Welcome to Monday, ladies and gentlemen! This past week has had us East Coasters very spoilt with proof that Spring has arrived without the threat of disappearing again. Having been victim of some pretty rotten winter seasons throughout the years, I have to admit...this wasn't the worst. But the tease of a beautiful day tricking us into thinking nice weather had arrived early only to be met with, literally, feet of snow the next day, was seriously irritating. That being said, I am going through a pretty heavy phase of bright colors and fresh flowers. Because I can.
Which is why I am so excited to be sharing the stunning work of Anne Harwell, aka Annechovie. While her prints and paintings strike a very excitable chord in my fashion nerve, it's the colors that really draw me in. And for good reason too...Anne herself says, 'Color seems to define my style more strongly than any other element and I love to work in clear, saturated colors'. And I love that she loves it. Her combinations are striking and demand a head turn and a smile. Anne's aesthetic brings together a mix of materials and skill with a sense of humor and passion that brings her work to life. And her work injects a little bit of life into the viewer as a result. It's amazing what a punch of color and a beautiful object can do to a girl.
Working mostly with gouache/ink and acrylics, this self-taught artist found her talent as much as it found her. 'After school, I went to work for my parents who owned a home furnishings boutique at the time. I became interested in picking up a paintbrush and trying my hand at some watercolors and then I found I really enjoyed it. I took on a few commissions from customers and sold some pieces in the shop and then decided I wanted to pursue art more'. For those of us trying to make careers for ourselves without the same level of formal training as others we may be competing against or working with, Anne is a real inspiration. 'As far as any formal art education, I have none (other than a 1 week art camp in 7th grade). I am pretty much self-taught. I've been through the school of hard work, close observation, long hours, trial and error and the passionate desire to create.'
Now if we really want to talk about inspiration, I think Anne's work screams about where hers lies. 'I am totally energized and inspired by color and living in a place where the light is spectacular and there is a great deal of natural beauty, Florida.' As a fellow seeker of daily inspiration and beauty, Anne works to take in the world around her. (If you need a bit of help in this, like I sometimes do, check out my post on this amazing book that works to help you 'be an explorer of the world', no matter where your own personal world may be.) 'I am inspired by everything around me, nature, books, travel, different cultures, interior magazines, design blogs, fashion and especially COLOR!' Love it.
And now...YAY, A GIVEAWAY! Anne is going to give one lucky Thrill of the Chaise reader a paper print of their choice from her Etsy shop! Open internationally, all you have to do is click here to enter before the end of the day on Monday, June 3rd...and don't forget to visit Annechovie and leave a comment on this post letting us know your favorite item from the shop! Look at all those exclamation points...I MUST be excited. Good luck and spread the word!
(All images c/o Annechovie)