So, to be honest, these figures have somewhat been tucked into my artist heart and mind for a while. When I began honing in on my painting skills several years ago, I experimented, experimented and experimented. While exploring the many subjects and styles I felt drawn towards, for some reason, feminine figures was something I kept going back to over and over.
I’ve always been a sucker for texture and textiles. That is the very reason I am so at home when browsing through Anthropologie stores. Something about the mix and blend of femininity, pattern play, artistry and that boho yet class vibe gets me every time.
So….all that to say, these new figurative pieces have been in process inside me trying to work themselves out but when they finally began to emerge, it felt like it was just what I had been trying to figure out how to express.
As a typical color lover, I was a little surprised when I kept leaning towards keeping the figures monochromatic. I really think our seasons of life do indeed affect our work as artist so much. My life has been a very full one with being a mom, homeschooling for the first time this year, selling our house and moving last month, possibly building again as well as continuously painting and working at growing my art business. Something about the simple palettes really spoke to me. It felt calming and soothing to my senses. It felt like it quieted all the noise and let me focus on the one thing I was really trying to convey. The figure.
Being also a lover of textiles, sewing and texture I began playing around incorporating those elements into the figures ruffles and clothing…and I completely fell in love with the effect! The cloth textiles create such a cool 3D effect off of the canvas which gives extra focus and interest to the figure. They are ethereal, sophisticated and calming. Yet still playful with loose brushwork and energetic splatters.
Spring has inspired me to begin incorporating rosettes – loving that delicate, floral, feminine touch!
Studio Scene / (Work in Process) #wip
I’m busy getting ready for several new events in the works that I can’t wait to announce more about soon! xoxo Tamara
Charleston was my childhood home and deeply influenced my style and subject matter I feel drawn to as an artist. The city is filled with color, textures and patterns and you can’t go there without feeling inspiration oozing out of every street corner. To this day, Charleston is my happy place and our official home away from home! My recent Charleston Home series features a whimsical spin on these charming southern homes. I loved painting these cuties in a loose style as it seems to translate the artsy + eclectic vibe I always sense in the city. These homes are now available as 8″x10″ prints and I couldn’t love the quality of the prints more! They make lovely pairings and groupings as well as being very versatile for any room. Not to mention, prints are a great alternative to get gorgeous art at an affordable price!
Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved sending and receiving cards. When I was a teen, I would spend lots of time in the Hallmark card aisles looking for just the right one for a specific occasion. I loved the idea of heartfelt sentiments on a cute little folded piece of paper accompanied with beautiful artwork. In high school, the idea donged on me that one day I would hope to start a greeting card company.
Almost a decade later, married and working in a corporate sales job selling building materials, my husband encouraged me to step out and begin the new venture. Not knowing even what my style or genre was at the time, I took the step of faith and launched a card company called Tamagrams. After much exploration I began to find my sense of style as a whimsically affectionate toned greeting card artist. A mentor that I had met along the way began to highly encourage me to exhibit at the National Stationery Show in New York City. In my third year of business, I exhibited and I felt I was really stepping out in faith at that time. It was very costly for a small business to exhibit and was a huge gamble. I remember feeling a strong prompting to go and so after lots of show prep, my husband and I were off on a plane headed to the NSS to set up a booth.
To my surprise, one of my cards received an award for the Best New Product category and that was also where Recycled Paper Greetings (a division of American Greetings) found my work which resulted in a licensing partnership along with other licensing opportunities with other manufacturers.
Stepping out in faith during that time was powerful for me to see how when we hear God call us and we shakily step out in faith, He does in fact honor and bless obedience. It may not always look like the way we think it will look, but when we surrender our hopes and our dreams, it has a way of rolling out the red carpet for God’s plans and purposes and for Him to do His thing through us, through our talents, our gifts, our relationships…our lives.
After years of continued growth and discovering a true love for painting along the way, this new card offering is different from the original cards that I had digitally designed years ago. Cards have been the backbone of my business and what it was originally founded on so I’m very pleased to now bring a fresh, modernized look that represents my growth as an artist. I love that the cards have grown along with me — which are now marketed as Tamara Brown Art. Each one is truly designed from my heart and soul and are inspired by my very own sentiments that I have for friendships and relationships in my life. I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I have enjoyed creating them. My hope is that my art and cards would touch the lives of many and bring joy to both the sender and the recipient.
I've been spending the month of December working on painting a new painterly greeting cards that will soon be available but have been really having the itch to take a day to just paint for the sake of painting…painting for the sheer joy of it and for myself. It is so reviving and refreshing to let what you're feeling to have room to playfully make its way out and I've seen the importance in allowing time for that as an artist beyond demands and deadlines. Through the many subjects that I've explored when stepping into the world of painting and fine art…one thing I continue to notice is that painting figures seems to always come back and call my name. I love everything about capturing the human emotion, the painterly skin tones, strands and strokes of hair and ultimately I love to capture the feminine, free spirited and carefree moments in life where the simple joys are found. See below for inspiration:
Through the busyness and the hustle, she knows the good of taking time to stop and smell the flowers. The reprieve of the slow and the simple. The freedom of the gift that is right before her when taken time to notice. It's at no cost and demands nothing in return. Just a gift from her Creator to be admired. Such unshakable joy is evoked in those moments.
I just began offering fine art PRINTS and have been so delighted with these high quality prints of my original artwork on beautiful watercolor paper (has the raised texture). I've got 6 prints in my shop ranging from $19.95 – $49.95 which is an affordable alternative to original art. For a limited time, I'm offering a complimentary print until Dec. 15th as a "Thank you and Merry Christmas" from me to you on all orders over $49.95!
I thought I’d take a moment to tell you why I journal and further more, why I’ve been compelled to design journals recently. I began journaling when I was around 9 or 10 years ago and I can’t tell you how therapeutic it has been for my soul. There is something that happens when you put your pen to paper and write out thoughts, hopes, prayers and dreams. It has a way of helping me become more focused and self aware and at times even helps me connect things in my life and get to the root something that I may be working through. Not to mention, a way to record life’s moments that I can look back on and make sure I don’t forget moments, conversations, adventures, prayers that were answered.
Lastly, it holds our stories. Our life stories are powerful and are meant to be shared with our children and future generations. It’s neat to think about future generations being able to get a sense of who you were, your story, lessons learned, special moments and a sense of connectivity with you.
I recently designed 8 journals and hope you love them as much as I do! With Christmas coming up, they make great unique, functional gifts for any woman. Oh…and they are under $20! Be sure to snag one for someone special this Christmas!