22 September 2010
small blessings | annamaria potamiti
I'm very excited to have received this beautiful, beautiful little water colour from Annamaria's Small Blessings series. I love the fact that I was able to buy the original from her Etsy shop, where there are many, many more works to tempt and delight - it's her confident approach to composition, abstraction and colour that I'm especially attracted to. I originally stumbled across her daily 'visual thoughts' project on her blog, where she used different papers (though predominantly graph paper) to create a body of drawings that display such a wonderful complexity in their simplicity - I hope that makes sense! But she also paints figuratively, and more recently returned to oil painting with a more realistic interpretation of her surroundings. And although they are very different to the bulk of her other work, I love their integrity and the fact that she continues to play, explore and challenge herself - as difficult as that can be sometimes!
The painting (along with two others), was included in the publication From Orchards, Fields, and Gardens, which looks pretty damn fabulous. It features writing from 11 authors, and photos and illustrations from 21 artists - and it just so happens that quite a few of the works are by some of my favourite artists - I think that means I have quite good taste!! I haven't had a chance to buy it yet, but it's definitely on my wish list, and I think it would make an excellent Chrissy present.
Links: Annamarie's blog, Etsy shop, From Orchards, Fields & Gardens book