It’s been such a joy to create these lovely ladies (and their birds!) Growing up as an only child with a single mother, I was surrounded with lots of dainty feminine energy. My mothers friends were like inherited aunts to me. We would stroll the streets of Charleston and as far back as I can remember colors, textures and patterns being something I was highly aware of. The cobblestone streets, the old brick and stucco mix on buildings, architectural dental moldings, the colors of rainbow row and smells of restaurants mixed with pluff mud and salty air. I still have a fondness of the smell of pluff mud to this day! This collection feels like a mix of those elements to me and the way that it all made me feel. Funny how the things of our childhood tend to incorporate themselves making up our style as we get older. I hope you enjoy the collection as much as I enjoyed creating it. Each painting comes in a white oval vintage style frame. I think the frames really complete the overall vibe of these pretty ladies. To shop and see, visit my shop: www.TamaraBrownArt.com
Happy New Year, I hope it is off to a great start!
So many things have been swirling through my mind lately. New ideas, new opportunities and lots of time spent reflecting on this past year and the new year that is now upon us.
But first, with much anticipation and excitement I’m honored to have my art on 48 new greeting cards + product that is licensed through Legacy Publishing. These products are on their way to U.S. retailers as well as now being available to purchase directly through their website. Card purchasing just got easier! You can find all these new goodies here 🙂
Also, a % of every card that is purchased goes towards feeding children in poverty in the U.S. and foreign countries through Legacy’s “Buy A Card, Feed A Child” program. So awesome to see cards and products on mission!
The story of how this partnership came to be still blows my mind and can be chalked up to one of the powerful times in my life where the Lord orchestrated something so unexpected after years of praying for the right door to open for these cards. This was a vision I have had yet took several years to see it actually come to fruition. A vision to see cards that point back to the promises of scripture to encourage and that are fun, inviting, cheerful yet trendy. Simply put though…waiting IS HARD. Especially when you feel such a strong sense to do something. I call it “sitting in the waiting room of life” and I’ve learned over time to just go ahead, pull up a chair and get cozy. Waiting can take a while. BUT, I have seen the blessings that come when we wait on the Lord and His timing. It blows me away. EVERY SINGLE TIME. And every time I experience His provision and faithfulness again it reminds me not to doubt while in the waiting. HE IS FOR YOU + ME. When we live our lives truly believing His promises, powerful things begin to happen. His plans to use our talents, passions and abilities are good ones and all too often I can step ahead of Him and so easily can become impatient. He has shown me over and over again, He wants our hands to be open. Open to give and share our passions, abilities and our lives as well as being open to receive the things He is in the process of leading us to. AND it no doubtably leaves you changed when experiencing it all first hand and so personally. Remembering my many prayers over this and now seeing these 48 cards, journals, coasters, notebooks, bookmarks, list pads, recipe cards and the 2017 calendar that will be coming out later this year leaves me with a feeling I can’t quite put into words. Grateful and humbled is probably the closest words in my vocabulary.
New doors are opening in the world of Tamagrams…
Since January I’ve been refocusing the direction of the business. I’ve been trying to get my designs picked up by national card publishers. This past month, I got contracts for licensing several new greeting card designs. I’m really pumped about the licensing avenue and having the bigger companies rep and distribute my designs! I’m very thankful for the new doors that have opened and excited to see what’s next…
One of my best friends got married last weekend and I wanted to do something extra special for her, something she could keep and enjoy for many years to come. I painted and personalized a bar stool with a monogram of her new last name and used her home colors throughout the design.
I have missed doing those types of projects…I want to start marketing more about offering hand painted and customized products such as step stools for kids (birthday or Christmas presents) and baby showers, bar stools for unique wedding shower gifts or collegic themed graduation gifts, wooden letters for baby’s nursery, custom hand painted picture frames, painted furniture, etc. I love see a creation start from a blank slate (or in this case, raw wood) and then seeing the finished masterpiece for someone to enjoy. It makes my heart smile…I feel so blessed to be in this place to harness the creativity from within and the challenge of coming up with new ideas. Someone once told me, “Creativity is the next thing to divinity”…it is something that comes from above, something God gives to each of us. Thought it was a beautiful concept.
Excited that Tamagrams’ Website received the “Honorable Mention Award” by the South Carolina Press Association on March 27th, in Columbia SC. I really enjoyed creating the design of the site and made me think that website templates could be another cool design opportunity and avenue.
Press Release is below…
SKIRT is another magazine that I LOVE!!! What an honor it was to be featured in their June issue. I love how they used the pic of me and McKenna; she is a little stationary model 🙂 I think it’s extra special that she’s in the picture as she is such an inspiration and source of joy in my life. Also, will be kinda cool for her to have a pic with mommy in a mag to have when she is a little older.