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Fine Art Friday: Helen Frankenthaler

When I discovered Helen Frankenthaler’s work I was left with a visceral feeling. Her color field paintings some dark and others cheery in their abstraction amazed me.

One more of Frankenthaler’s gorgeous color field paintings which reminds me of a  storm cloud. I appreciate the way she creates tension like the purple shape is floating in the composition.

I was left wanting to try to create something similarly either through a dripping deep oily glazes or perhaps a large watercolor abstraction for an interior space. When the inspiration strikes me, I want to be ready.


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Shadowbox Frame DIY

I think a great thing to learn this Tuesday, is how to build a custom canvas frame. I took a crash course a few weekends ago…when I got desperate to frame an old oil painting for a show.

I have built frames once in the past, but had much more success in a recent attempt at a Shadowbox style frame.

The frame is fairly straight forward framing all four sides with a 1/4″ over hang that adds depth to the 3/4″ deep canvas painting.

You will need:

Several feet (based on the size of your painting) of 2″ x 1″ wood, I  chose Douglas fir without knots for this piece. I always buy extra to allow room for mistakes.

It was inexpensive, had a clean looking grain, so I chose it knowing that I had plans to stain the wood.

Water based stain (easy clean up! enough said:)

Wood glue

Canvas painting

Measuring tape and pencil

Miter box and corresponding saw, I found a kit for $14

Total supply cost:$32.92 (I reused stain and wood glue from previous projects)

Here I started with my Birds original oil painting. This one had been taken off the stretcher bars and re-stretched, so I new I wanted to take that extra step and frame it.

Next up, was to measure and make the mitered cuts. All cuts hould be at a 45 degree angle and since my painting is 24″ x 48″ I measured the shortest lengths 24″ then made the cuts using a handsaw. In my experience, I’ve found handsaws to be as accurate as electric ones, just a little extra work. You can see that I clamped down the wood strip to the miter box to be certain that it wouldn’t move while I was working.

I thought the idea of drilling the holes versus using nails was brilliant!…and while I’d love to claim it as my own, I stole it from this fantastic demo by Storyteller Media on YouTube, where these British guys hang out in a wood shop and make well executed frames.

The dowel slides right through the holes gently with some wood glue and dries using elastic bands which pull the corners together tautly.

Once the frame has dried all tape and elastics can be removed. Then, saw the ends of the dowel which snap off easily, then sand until smooth.  As a finishing touch the wood frame should be stained and waxed. I preferred an American Walnut stain and wax with Beeswax.

It was resting in the corner of the bedroom because it was on it’s way to the Brentwood Art show!

If it returns from the show. I have just the place for it.

Part of the reason, I’ve been so busy is the research on ancient Greek Architecture that I have been doing. Well, hold on to your hats! because later this week, we will go Greek with inspiration for an authentic Greek Interior and I think you will love it!

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Snapshots from Kentucky

Lavender Fields is a 6″ x 6″ oil painting from a series called Snapshots that I have recently gotten FRAMED! Yes, it’s true. I finally found the time to do this while on vacation.

I was incredibly happy with the reverse lip frame that is deep like a shadowbox. You may notice the wood even has a hint of gold in it that made it irresistible in my opinion. It will be auctioned of next month as part of the Rocket Spectacular.

On a family golf cart ride I was enamored by the chickens and coop in a neighbors backyard.

Thoughts of dandelions blowing in the wind reminded me of long summer days growing up.

there’s notepaper too!

A quick trip to Paul’s fresh Fruit Market inspired this Beet salad served over Boston lettuce and oil rubbed Kale tossed with Couscous, roasted corn and goat cheese.

Then, there’s always a swimming hole there to cool me off!

I wish these days could last forever.

I also drank lots of Heine Brothers Coffee and ordered takeout from Ramsi’s Cafe on the World. They have a delicious dish called the Shanghai Stir Fry.

Later this week, I have a surprise for you.

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Pink Pianos Etsy, peacocks, and vintage

It is rare that I find the time to promote my PinkPianos shop on Etsy. Perhaps, now that I am on vacation in Kentucky, I can really get to work!

It has taken me some time to launch, but keeping the doors open I have had lots of lovely visitors trickle on in which makes me happy.

My shop is a bridge to all the furniture and design work that I do. Here I offer home accessories, vintage finds, hand painted knobs, along with original artworks. As always, custom pieces are available simply email me at hilary.hahn@ to talk about what you envision.

Just look at what the creative people on  The Wedding Channel did with peacock feathers.

Isn’t that sweet?! Then, there’s also hair clips, bookmarks, and I’d love to see a peacock feather garland!

Well, I’m going back to relaxing and catching up on all the blogs that I love to read. I promise to share inspiration from my visit to Kentucky before I leave and to post the final pics of the Girls’ Room Metamorphosis for those of you that have been following.

What could you make with feathers?

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Visit me at Taste of Encino

Most of you know how much I love to create. In fact, my indoor studio is bursting with creations that really need to get out into the fresh Fall air.

Tea at the Taj Hotel

If you live in Southern California, I invite you to come and see me in Encino!

I’ll have a booth at Taste of Encino, and arts and music festival from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I’ll tempt you with more good things that I will show tomorrow.

Dogwood Tree and Swirl earrings

This will be my biggest show ’til date!

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Vintage Vignettes

This weekend I’d like to charm you with an oil painting by Janet Hill of a Farmhouse interior. Along the search for Farmhouse lights, I found these little beauties over on her blog.


I became really excited when I noticed that she has an artist’s shop and  lives in Stratford, Ontario, a place I used to visit as a teenager to watch their summer theatre festival. It is such a quaint and artsy town, it is no surprise such cozy interiors are found nestled along the Avon river. Summers there are so romantic.

Yellow Footstool

If you love vintage fabulosity, then definitely check out Barb’s work over at Knack Studios.


Her new lights shown here are made of armature are right up my alley. Barb’s studio is located inside an artist’s colony in Greenville, South Carolina and I love the flair and southern grace in her work.

armature ight

I am always interested in seeing what she will come up with next.

Have a sweet weekend everyone!

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Wooden Inspiration: Part II

As promised here is a quick glance at one the 3 wood panels that I’ll be showing in September at Gallery 1018.

I love to work with wood services anf thought it was only appropriate to begin painting on wood and staining it with oil based glazes.

I love architectural and organic lines intermingled… so here it goes!


Still a work in progress….

I have also been inspired this month by WoodworkDesign’s. David Byrd, the artist behind the name, is an expert in this medium and offers cool chunky wood blocks that could be used as photo cubes, collages or  home décor!

Large wood blocks

I also came across these smaller fun cubes and thought, now here’s a project!

With a few of my best friends having newborns, I’d love to create a memorable and custom gift of hand painted letters or animal blocks with a few leftover for building too! You can find them here at A.Drauglis on Etsy.

Wood blocks

As  the dates of the show at Gallery 1018 draw closer, I will keep you up to date and formally invite you all very soon!

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