Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival: Instant Inspiration

One of the beloved traditions in our little town is the Winter Park Art Festival. Located just minutes from downtown Orlando and the theme parks, I’ve loved attending since I was a little girl and even sold my first piece of art in that show at age 12.
The sidewalk show is the perfect combination of spring, art and “window shopping.”  And watching the people who watch the artwork is as much fun as the art itself.  Each artist with their own aesthetic, combined with the park and her new blooms, creates the perfect outdoor gallery of inspiration.  It doesn’t take a lot for me to leave there and paint up something new that makes me feel like I am an exhibitor myself.
Going to this art festival year after year, renews my curiosity of trying new mediums, new subject matter and boldly painting. As a result of browsing the show, we now have some designs! So….what inspires you in your everyday?
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Fifty Shades of Taupe

Visiting far away places is always a good time for inspiration. For me, I didn’t even need to leave my hotel for new visions in Aspen.  Upon entering, the mahogany lined walls and blue stone floors immediately drew me in, never mind the low buzz of music and clinking of glasses in the lobby lounge. I was hooked and then sucked into the layers of taupe.

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As a rule, I usually don’t paint with it much as it’s dull and tired, but not here.  I went from one area to another are…all shades of taupe.  Not dirt colored, not ashy, but layer upon layer of taupe, each with a different twist, hue and finish. I couldn’t stop counting or taking pictures.  In my mind, I was designing entire suites of work using the color I never use.  Taupe, fifty shades of taupe…..introducing the newest pieces to our collection. Here’s to many, many more shades of taupe.

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giddy paperie + west elm

We’ve partnered with West Elm for a pop-up shop this Saturday! Stop by their Millenia location from noon-three and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Our 2016 calendar and some exclusive West Elm items will be available among other treasures. We hope to see you this weekend!

Xoxo, the giddy girls

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