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Food for Though during the COVID-19 outbreak

Costal Sunset Art

Just my humble artist, mom, wife, small business observation

First time I heard of the outbreak I was reluctant to believe in the seriousness of it. My first thought was “how does it compare to previous outbreaks like SARS, Influenza, etc.?” Soon enough everything was being shut down, the world came to a full stop and we are all waiting for a miracle to happen.

What if THIS was the miracle we were waiting for?

Wait, what? Let me explain.

Change doesn’t happen without effort. And let’s face it, the world has been screaming for change in so many aspects!

A real clear realization we all can agree with: the planet does MUCH better without humans interference. Our Mother Earth has been dealing with us, spoiled children, for so long… we take, take, take until there is nothing left. The resources to keep humans here are very costly and it is clear to see that as soon as we stop harming, our beautiful mother has been able to recover immensely. We kept saying how we couldn’t stop the economy or driving our cars, using plastic bags, etc. to give the planet time to heal. Well, the decision was made for us.

Yes, we can do differently. So how about we start now?

This brings us to the economy. I am no economist and I have no understanding of how such a fragile system has been rolling for so long. But I can tell it is not working for everyone. I live in the USA and even though my business has taken a toll, we are still pretty safe. There are so many measures being taken that I know we will be ok. However, I am originally from Brazil and I am very worried about people in countries like that. I doubt the government will be of any help, but I do believe in the people and I can see them getting through by helping each other. I don’t see money being the solution, only action. People will share food and essential goods. Perhaps it is time to rethink the economy. The collaborative economy was just emerging, and my guess is that we will be moving in that direction.

My final observation has to do with belief. I am not talking about religion or faith; I am talking about believes in what truly matters and in what we should put our focus on. When we are all under a lockdown it is much easier to clear our minds to what is truly important. What are the core values in your life? We all need the basics to survive, such as food, shelter, and water. However, humans don’t survive on essentials only, we need emotional fulfillment, we have the urge to create a legacy. We suddenly realize who are the people that matter in our lives and that social distancing can be one of the hardest things for us to implement.

This pandemic brings a huge reflection to us all. Individual action will affect everyone else. The invisible spread has turned the butterfly effect visible. One person not knowing they were sick, traveling to a place that was virus-free, suddenly gets a whole new group sick. To stop the pandemic, we are forced to think of each other, to realize how connected we are. The virus respects no border, our connection has no borders. We are ONE. It is time to act like it.

What are you doing to make things better? We all have a part to play. Even if your part is simply staying home. The body needs all organs to function properly. If we realize we are one body, I am sure the world will be healthy again sooner than later.

Peacock Silk Scarf
Peacock Silk Scarf – photo taken by my 6-year-old

Personal Experience

Unlike most people, I am actually pretty isolated most of the time. I work from home and I have been self-employed for about 20 years now. I enjoy the silence and I love what I do. If I could, I’d work 24/7.

I believe everyone has something to learn during this crises, and for me, it has been mostly allowing the family to come first. Homeschooling has been really hard for me. Instead of studio time, I now spend most of my day helping my 6-year-old get by his studies, taking him outside to bike rides and making sure I can minimize the effects of isolation on him.

My husband is now also working from home and we have Bella every second week. My quiet environment is now very busy, and I am struggling not having my alone time.

I could take the easy choice and leave Cauê on his iPad while I go downstairs to work, but I understand that he needs support now more then I need to work.

So, while I seat with my son for his homework to get done, I have been creating coloring pages that I’ve made available for free download on my website. Art may not be considered essential, but I honestly believe it is. Art is helping people get through this. People are turning to books, music, movies and craft projects. Art keeps us sane. Art feeds our soul.

Be safe everyone! Love one another. Offer help if it is within your reach.

We are one. We are stronger together.

Much Love,

Fer

Pillows to Snuggle

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Sip & Color Online Fun Class

Sip And Color Class

After much success with my free downloadable coloring pages, I have decided to offer an online coloring class.

Maybe we should call it a social meeting instead? After all, there is no right way to color a drawing. I will be here to give you ideas, answer questions, and have a good time with you while we enjoy coloring #togethernottogether
 
We choose a few pages, each person prints their own, grab your glass of wine (or any beverage of your preference), your pencils and join me on Zoom.

Materials:

When:
Saturdays, 4:30 pm (Eastern Time)
 
Cost:
Minimum donation suggestion of $10

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8 Scarves Everyone Will Love

Peacock Silk Scarf

Last year I was approached by a company to represent my art on a clothesline. I loved the idea but I didn’t like the contract to which I had to sign exclusive copyright. That was when I decided to create my own collection and these scarves are my favorites!

I started my collection with my top seller image: Rainbow Row, Rainbow Sky. The original is long gone but I sell lots of prints and products based on it. The scarves arrived very close to Christmas when most people had already done their holiday shopping and yet, I sold a lot of them.

Rainbow Row Scarf

I have created some variations, including the Infinity Eco Scarf, and a cotton scarf but my favorite is the Modal.

Almost a year after I painted the first Rainbow Row piece, I decided to create a night version and that has become the new favorite. Of course, I have already created a whole line of products with this image and this scarf has made it to the best sellers in my shop.

Rainbow Row at Night Scarf

Modal is an amazing fabric! I love it!

The first modal was created in Japan in 1951 and has been improved over time. Modal is the third generation with micro-modal (lyocell) being the fourth.

Modal is incredibly luxurious, lightweight and silky smooth. It breathes, absorbs water, is shrink resistant and holds dyes well so your scarf is unlikely to fade. It is soft and warm and a quality modal will not pill easily.

Modal is a wood pulp fiber, technically known as “Regenerated cellulose fiber”. These types of fabrics are not new, in fact, the first cellulose fiber was developed in 1855 and is called rayon. The next generation is called viscose.

Angel Oak Tree Shawl

I realized people love having their local favorite location as wearable art and with that thought I created the Angel Oak Tree Shawl. I love the idea that you are embraced by this ancient tree when you put your shawl on.

Angel Oak Tree Scarf

Besides the shawl, you have the scarf option. Same fabric, different size.

Peacock Silk Scarf

After I got into the scarves, I kept envisioning a peacock. I mean, who doesn’t love the colors of the peacock? And considering my art is all about colors, I figured I should work on this idea. The peacock turned out to become a really great piece and I immediately created a full product line for it. As for scarves, I have 4 options with this image. Silk Scarf, Silk Shawl, Modal Scarf, Modal Shawl.

Peacock Modal Shawl
Peacock Modal Scarf
Peacock Modal Shawl

I am absolutely IN LOVE with my collection and I am proud to say I always get many compliments whenever I am wearing one of my products. They are not only a great versatile and colorful item to cheer your look, but they also make an awesome gift.

I hold a small inventory of this collection so if you want it, order yours now! When I get low on inventory I will have more done, but the process takes about a month.

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Free Downloadable Coloring Pages

Fer Caggiano Drawing

Yes, my friends. Art comes to the rescue! I have made coloring pages available for free download so you can stay in the safety and comfort of your home and do some stress-free activity.

The first selection is available here, they are mostly pages to color for adults, but I am sure your children will enjoy as well.

To download you have to add them to your cart and check-out. NO CHARGES at all but that was the only way I figured how to do it on my website. You will receive a download link and there you go! Feel free to share with whoever you want and I would LOVE to see how you color my drawings so please send me a picture. You can share them on my Facebook page too. Share your co-creations on social media, tagged #Icoloredwithfer

On Saturdays, I am hosting Sip&Color over Zoom. Join Us! I’m asking for a small contribution to cover some basic costs, such as a premium subscription to Zoom so that I can host the online meeting.

And more will come soon! The first group of coloring pages is from an old book I have put together in 2015. They were all done on ink and paper, a very old style. I like the effect. New series will be done as digital drawings so the corners will be sharper and offer better resolution.

I would LOVE to see what you have done with those drawing so, please leave a comment below.

Stay tuned for more free downloadable coloring pages!

Some of My Original Watercolors

Notecards

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Commitment to the Environment and the Community

Jaguar Glass Cutting Board

One of my biggest concerns, ever since I was a kid, has been into helping preserve Nature.

I remember hand drawing posters about recycling and riding my tricycle around my parents’ neighborhood, fixing the signs to lamp posts in an effort to bring awareness to the theme. Of course, I had no idea I was contradicting wasting so much paper on the same matter.

That is to say, we don’t always get it right but I will keep doing my best, in whatever area I have control and awareness of.

Every series I create helps me support a worthy cause. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are also helping when you buy from me.

The “Saudade” series, for instance, is supporting a reforestation project in Brazil. I love this project so much that I have donated way more then I have collected.

The SAUDADE featured show

The “Like A Girl” series and the “Like A Girl: Dare To Dream” project will be supporting an association that helps girls and women position themselves in their careers. My partners are still researching what is a good association for us to connect with. I will announce it soon.

The beginning of Like A Girl

On top of it all, when I decided to launch my product line I researched possible suppliers and I have chosen a few partners that I trust are doing good work with great awareness on their process.

The first wearable art series was developed through VIDA. They have some really good fair trade policies and zero waste commitment. I do love their fabrics, design and community programs, however, once I decided to focus on scarves, I found a new partner that follows similar principals and offers a few different options that I was looking for, so my new line of scarves are produced by Scafos.

Expanding my product line I have started an awesome partnership with Gooten. Through them, I have a huge array of products produced on demand and using suppliers that are also committed to environmental causes, supporting associations such as Trees for the Future.

Thank you SO MUCH for riding along in this journey. It is all possible because of you.

With Love,

Fer

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Why this feminist painting has become the talk of the town.

Feminist Art Poster

Originally titled “I Don’t Give a F*ck”, this feminist art piece has been selected for the juried show at the City Gallery in Charleston, during the Spoleto Festival 2019, and I consider it my MonaLisa!

After the speech I gave (watch the video below), I had a couple of people approach me to say how excited they were to hear the story behind that piece.

At first, people may perceive this painting as a bit aggressive. I would say that is not totally wrong, however, the true meaning behind it has more to do with freedom of expression.

See, I am a feminist and it took me years before I could realize what that really means. Most of my friends were boys and I have always considered my self a tomboy, 0% girly.

As I grew older I learned to understand the true value of sisterhood. I was blessed to have some extremely supportive women come into my life when I needed it most, and I understood I was actually sexist myself until that point.

Being a feminist has to do with the belief that all genders deserve the same rights. It has to do with equality. I should not have to raise my voice to be heard, I should not have to work twice as hard to receive the same payment or recognition a man gets with half the effort.

Back to the story behind this piece… I moved to Charleston 3 years ago, all the way from São Paulo, Brazil. After a year I got representation from a gallery and had been painting mostly landscapes trying to fit in and make a living. At a certain point, I decided to work on some figurative pieces (I have always loved painting people) and I went for a nude, posted on social media and, to my surprise, I was told it was a big NO-NO here.

Apparently, I live in an extremely conservative area.

Well, my blood was boiling and this image came to my mind so I immediately went on to work on a sketch and soon came up with this final piece.

I posted it on Facebook and Instagram.

While I lost many followers, I also had the best interaction ever with a post. People were commenting, loving the attitude, wanting to know more about it and even suggesting it should be the image to a feminist movement.

After some requests, I made some merchandise and to my surprise, I started getting orders from absolute strangers. This week I even had an order from the UK.

Feminist Art Poster

No need to say, the repercussion gave me a boost and I started a new series called “Like A Girl: Dare To Dream“. I am currently working on portraits of strong and inspiring women.

They won’t shut me up. My art is my voice and I intend to use it for the greater good.

Join the movement! Get your Tee, send a notecard, hang a poster at your office. Show that women have a voice and that we “don’t give a f*ck” to what the conservative people think.

We are here to shine!

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What Are The Meaning For Different Color Roses

Pink Rose Art

I love colors, I love roses and I love symbology. Therefore, today I am going to talk you through the color meaning for roses.

So, what is the meaning for each color of roses?

Let’s say you want to buy flowers to a loved one and you want the correct message going along with the gift. Maybe you want to decorate a room with purpose. Or you may just wish to send the appropriate notecard with the right rose meaning color in it?

Bottom line is, you should know the meaning of the color of a rose before you choose it.


Roses meaning by color:

RED ROSES:

Love, Respect, Courage, Passion, Well Done, Congratulations

Deep Red Rose Art

Red is the number one choice of roses when you are in love. Whether a person is aware of it or not, when they give you red roses it basically means they have a strong desire towards you. Red roses immediately bring to mind passion and true love. Most people will say red roses express love, romance, beauty, and courage. However, when you cross-reference, red is also the color of our base chakra, the one responsible for our primal needs. In astronomy, it is related to the planet Mars and indicates action, impulse. So, my conclusion is that red roses would be most accurate to express PASSION. Reason why you see red roses in tango and flamenco.

PINK ROSES:

Happiness, Elegance, Romance, Grace, Admiration, Sweetness, Appreciation, Gratitude and Thank You

Pink Rose Art

The color significance of roses may vary but you have to agree that pink and rose is almost like a euphemism. And for that reason, pink will always be the most used color for a rose.

Ranging from a subtle hint of color to deep and bright, each pink rose has its own meaning and implication. The palest pink roses are sweet color variations, a sign of gentleness, joy and grace. The light to medium pink roses can show sympathy or admiration. They’re often seen in bridal arrangements, thank you or congratulations bouquets.

Pink is the color of the heart chakra. You get the picture now, right?

LAVENDER ROSES:

Mystical Love, Enchantment, Love At First Sight

Probably the most mystical and fairy-tale perfect color of rose is lavender. Giving a lavender rose is an enchanting way to tell someone you love them, as in Cinderella and Prince Charming. The color definition of roses, for lavender, means Majestic, Enchantment and if the rose has zero thorns it represents love at first sight.

PURPLE ROSES:

Power, Wisdom, Luxury, Elegance, Magic, Ambition, Sophistication and Majesty.

The color meaning in roses varies when there are several shades of one color. The lighter shades of purple roses are associated with love at first sight as well as true love. The darker shades mean more of long-term love and romance. The deep purple represents lasting love and can be seen as a 25th wedding anniversary gift.

Purple is a royal color and also often associated with Magic, so sending purple roses means you find her mysterious and majestic.

BLUE ROSES:

Blue Roses are not a natural flower. The real blue roses that exist are actually variations of purple or lavender, which look blue in certain light.

WHITE ROSES:

Purity, Secrecy, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality, Reverence, Worthiness, New Beginnings

White roses are traditionally used in weddings because they symbolize purity and innocence. Brides traditionally wear white and the Pope wears white on holy days. That says a lot, right?

The white rose comes in many different shades and nuances, from almost pure white to shades of ivory, making the perfect choice for bridal bouquets, corsages, and dramatic arrangements. You may use a cream color of the roses meaning charm and thoughtfulness.

GREEN ROSES:

Life, Health and Wellness.

Green Rose Art

Green is the color of the Archangel Raphael, responsible for cure. Green is a healing color, therefore often used in hospitals. Green is the color of our forests and one can say it is the color of life itself. The green rose is associated with the rejuvenation of spirit and is, therefore, a messenger of wellness and cheerfulness.

YELLOW ROSES:

Friendship, Caring, Joy and Welcome or Welcome Back

Yellow Rose Art

If you understand anything about color therapy, you know yellow is the happiest of colors! In the same way, when someone offers yellow roses, they are being cheerful and joyful. Yellow roses are associated with warm feelings. When you give yellow roses, you are telling someone the joy they bring you and the friendship you share, you want to see them succeed in their journey. It is also the color of roses meaning for sorry.

ORANGE ROSES:

Desire, Energy, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Pride

Orange roses indicate enthusiasm, desire, and excitement. Giving orange roses can symbolize your passionate romance and share your excitement about the relationship with your loved one.

The color orange is a cross between red and yellow. Just as the red rose means passion and the yellow rose means friendship, orange roses often mean a crossover between these two emotions.

CORAL ROSES:

Desire, Enthusiasm, Happiness

Coral is a softer variation of orange and brings the same meaning, with a little more subtlety on the intensity. The coral rose still speaks of desire but also of happiness and would be a perfect “thank you” gift, or a great way to remind someone that you still desire him or her.

SALMON ROSES:

A slightly pinker shade of orange, the meaning behind salmon-colored roses evoke the same message as orange roses.

PEACH ROSES:

Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty

Peach roses are often sent to show your deep appreciation, sympathy, and gratitude, rather than a token of love. It is a good way to say “Thank You” or show how much you miss a dear friend.

BLACK ROSES:

Death of a Relationship, Rebirth

Black Rose Art

Though true black roses don’t exist, you can find blooms of the darkest red that can look black. Giving someone black roses can mean the death of a relationship or idea. It may also symbolize rebirth or the beginning of something new, like the Death card in the Tarot deck.

A rare “black” rose is the Turkish Halfeti Rose. It only grows in exceptionally small numbers in the village of Halfeti, Turkey.

Visit my Flowers page if you would like to order prints.

A good reference for extra information: Sensational Color

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I am a Colorist Artist, but what does that mean?

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What does colorist mean? There are many ways to classify an artist. But not many people know it can be by the artist’s capability in the use of color. 

If you want to look up the dictionary for the general colorist definition, check out this link: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/colorist 

However, I am here to explain how that comes to be in the art world.

The first question most people ask an artist is: what kind of art do you do? One can answer by explaining the medium, technique and what style is used. Rarely you hear people classify an artist as a colorist.

We have some amazing colorists in history. Amongst them are Henri MatissePierre Bonnard, and Paul Gaugin. 

So, let’s talk about the history of colorists. For that, we need to go back to the impressionist movement. 

The Impressionists

“Impressionism was a radical art movement that began in the late 1800s, centered primarily around Parisian painters. Impressionists rebelled against classical subject matter and embraced modernity, desiring to create works that reflected the world in which they lived. Uniting them was a focus on how light could define a moment in time, with color providing definition instead of black lines.” -from History.com

This movement gave rise to a new wave of artists, whose main preoccupation was with the way color was used to create paintings. Artists such as Bonnard, Gauguin, and Picasso were interested in the relationship between colors. They produced images that created mood, drama, and intensity by optimizing the effect colors had on each other.

Pierre Bonnard ,1940-1946, Nude in a Bathtub, oil on canvas, 122x150cm, Carnegie Museum of Art
Pierre Bonnard ,1940-1946, Nude in a Bathtub, oil on canvas, 122x150cm, Carnegie Museum of Art

The Expressionism Movement

“The roots of the German Expressionist school lay in the works of Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor, each of whom in the period 1885–1900 evolved a highly personal painting style. These artists used the expressive possibilities of colour and line to explore dramatic and emotion-laden themes, to convey the qualities of fear, horror, and the grotesque, or simply to celebrate nature with hallucinatory intensity. They broke away from the literal representation of nature in order to express more subjective outlooks or states of mind.” -from Encyclopaedia Britannica

When I first started as a student in 2001 at the Art Students League in NYC, I was very interested in The Fauves movement. That really inspired my early works. Their strong use of colors was truly a motivation for how I came to use it in my paintings.

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Rémy, June 1889, oil on canvas, MoMA
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Rémy, June 1889, oil on canvas, MoMA

Vincent Van Gogh has influenced me tremendously. In the book “Letters to Theo”, I was impressed with Van Gogh’s vast understanding of color and how he would see the seasons affecting the atmosphere and therefore, the colors in the landscape. Do read the book! It is an amazing understanding of his creative mind.

The Fauves

In the early 1900s artists used a heightened sense of color to express a strong emotional response to nature. These painters were called “fauves,” or wild beasts. While Fauvism as a style began around 1904 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years, 1905–1908, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were André Derain and Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse once stated that the chief function of color should be to serve expression, helping to express light from the artist’s brain, and not from the physical phenomenon. 

Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908-09
Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908-09

The Color Field Movement

“In the 1940s and ’50s in NYC, NY a style of painting emerged known as “Color Field” painting. This style is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas. In this movement, the color becomes the subject in itself.

The leading pioneers of this movement were Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.

Rothko considered color to be an instrument that served a greater purpose which was to evoke our most basic emotions. Each of Rothko’s works was intended to evoke different meanings depending on the viewer. He achieved resonance through the use of layering colors.” -from the healing power of art

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1950, MoMA
Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1950, MoMA

You can now see that several movements were focused on the use of colors. We can say that colorists looked at the color balance and color contrast in a particular scene and how the color affected not only the image but how it affected the story behind the image. Instead of working with tones light and shade, they began to use color instinctively to produce works which became more abstract in form and which relied on the placement of color, hue, and saturation to impart a fresh angle into image-making. 

For example, Picasso’s blue period in the first few years of the twentieth century. Picasso’s blue period lasted three years (1901-1904), and it is said to have been his way of expressing his depression following the tragic suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. It was a tremendous loss for the artist who changed from his typical gregarious personality to one who sank into a period of despair and recluse. 

The Old Guitarist is his most well-known work from this period is which depicts an old beggar in torn clothing, playing the streets of Barcelona, Spain. Picasso’s “Blue Series” series demonstrates how the color blue could propel the viewer into a state of gloom and melancholy.

Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1903-04, Art Institute of Chicago
Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, 1903-04, Art Institute of Chicago

Colors are an extremely important tool for artists to express themselves, their beliefs, carry a message and transform viewers intellectually and emotionally. 

Claude Monet said, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” The artist repeatedly painted the same subject at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. His paintings are excellent examples of how light affects color on subjects. He reworked them in his studio, as he explored myriad examples of colors and moods.

As an artist, we make use of the color wheel to create an endless variety of moods and expressions. To achieve good results, we must have a solid understanding of analogous and complementary colors.

The colors that are close together on the color wheel are called analogous colors and they can be used to create a sense of calm. 

The colors across from each other are the complementary colors, and when you place them near each other you will make them seem more intense.

color wheel

There is so much knowledge and dedication to understanding colors, however, at the end of the day, I always trust my instincts to create my paintings. You can study forever but the best tool you will ever have is your creativity.

View my article on the meaning of colors in roses.

Source and recommended further reading: 

https://www.britannica.com/art/Expressionism

https://www.history.com/topics/art-history/impressionism

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May The 20ies Begin!

Fer Caggiano Painting
Dear one,

Thank you so very much for being here during this year. So much has happened and there is a lot more coming for next year.


Highlights of 2019:

The Reforestation Project I am involved with has reached the main goal for the fundraiser. I have been told to be the top contributor to it and my logo has even been placed on the government website in Brazil for a supporter of reserves. Now, my dear friend and manager is looking into making their project larger.
I will continue to be involved and donate part of the funds on my Brazil series to this remarkable project.
Lowcountry Artists Gallery
This month I have completed a full year as a co-owner and Marketing Director at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery.
I am proud to say that I have accomplished a lot for all our artists. 
Mayor Haynie and Fer Caggiano
I was selected AGAIN for the art rotation project at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall. As an immigrant, this means a lot to me. I have also been selected for another project with the Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Committee, but that project is not finished yet so I will share more on this later.
A few other accomplishments worthy to look back:
TEDx White Point Gardens Women
9 Muses Curated Exhibition
My Speech at the City Gallery
ABC Lowcountry Live Feature
Goals for 2020:
Portrait of Gabrielle Forgione
In 2020 my main goal will be to complete the Like a Girl Project.
I now have a writer to work on the bios and some absolutely amazing women already involved.
I am currently looking for sponsors. Shoot me an email if you would like more information on this.
I plan on writing more on my blog. If you never checked it out, please do. My latest article is “I am a Colorist Artist, but what does that mean?
I am loving designing my line of wearable art.
My current top sellers are the Rainbow Row scarves. I already have a few more ideas for a new line so make sure you stay tuned for that.
On one last insider note, I would like to inform that my prices will have to be raised next year so if you want to take advantage of the current prices, order now.

I wish everyone a wonderful 2020!
May it be blessed with love, prosperity, health and good fortune.

I love you.

Fer
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Why should we write notecards nowadays?

black rose art notecards

Handwritten notecards are old fashioned and a tradition that is slowly dying, as we embrace technology more each day. It is so easy and way cheaper to shoot a text or email, send an Evite or create a Facebook event. So why should we bother?

Last year I decided to ask for my friends’ addresses, and I sent a simple Christmas card with a personal note. I had friends that literally cried when they got them. They were so touched I took the time to do it. It was a simple gesture that shows someone you truly care about them.

In a world where our social life has become social media, that old fashion personal touch means a lot.

Here are a few other things I recommend doing to nourish your dear ones:

Invite them to meet for a cup of coffee.

Have a real “one-on-one” get together, put your electronics away and give them full attention.

LISTEN when they talk.

Give hugs. It can be so healing!

Be kind. You can always be kind.

Rejoice from other’s accomplishments.

Wish for happiness to all beings.

I love you all!

Fer

Christmas Notecards

Charleston Christmas Notecards based on my original watercolor. Prints are also available on my website.

pink rose notecard

This Pink Rose Notecard goes really well on Valentine’s or anytime you wish to share some love.

Pineapple Art Notecard

Pineapple, a simple of Hospitality. A Charleston Classic.

Saint Philips Notecard

Saint Philips Church in Charleston, SC.

Feminist Notecard

Girl Power! Feminist Notecard.