This guest artist is my beautiful and dear friend Joan. I'll never forget the day we met. It was at a church luncheon about twenty-two years ago. Joan introduced herself to me and said, "I really like your lipstick. Would you like a cup of coffee?" Back in the day, I was a fan of black turtlenecks and blood red lipstick--O the drama. Joan remembers that day and that she offered me a cup of coffee. I remembered the lipstick comment (because I'm vain like that; it sealed the deal on our friendship). Our families have shared many wonderful years together, and I'm blessed to have met this most talented artist. Here's a description of her work in her own words:
"I’ve always been drawn to the simple designs, color, and history of folk art. I remember gasping when I saw for the first time the beautiful painted PA German trunks and Fraktur at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA.
I enjoy interpreting PA German folk designs and painting them on wooden pieces with casein tempera. Commonly known as milk paint, casein is the protein part of milk (buttermilk) which is used as a binder for dry pigments very much like the yolk in egg tempera. Tempera is Latin for “to mix.”
I love executing historic designs with a historic medium. I feel wonderfully connected to the past and happy to be keeping part of our American heritage alive, yet I feel able to express myself personally in the designs.
A college freshman that we’ve known through home schooling recently voiced the mystery of folk art to me beautifully: 'Though folk art is simple enough to be rendered by the untrained and often the uneducated, it represents a synthesis of the skills and heart of a whole people, and therefore it is elegant and refined in a unique way.' ”
Joan's studio - if you enlarge the picture, you will see some beautifully painted pencil boxes at the lower right
gorgeous - my photography doesn't do her work justice
This striking matchbox holder( pun intended )sits proudly on our fireplace mantle
a Joan original - since this is what we've always called our home
Thank you Joan for letting me share a few of the amazing things you have created