Monday, November 21, 2011

Coldwater Creek "Meet the Artist" Exhibit



On November 18th, I was honored to be invited to collaborate with Coldwater Creek for a "Meet the Artist" day.  

The location was Fayette Mall in Lexington ~ the largest shopping mall under one roof in Kentucky.


The store managers Donna, Tracy and Joey were all gracious host, pampering me with first rate accommodations. Being around retail for the day, brought back many fond memories. When I first graduated from college, I worked for a large department store as a fashion illustrator. Fashion will always be my first love.


As an added bonus, Coldwater Creek promoted my art before and during the exhibit. This proved to be an excellent venue to exhibit my original designs and latest holiday "functional art" gifts. Plus, it gave me a great opportunity to meet new customers.



After strolling through the nearby department stores, it is easy to see why so many women enjoy shopping at Coldwater Creek.


Coldwater Creek's beautiful merchandise last forever and colors from past seasons always coordinate with their newest fashions. 



Coldwater Creek's displays and friendly customer service make shopping an enjoyable experience. I hope to be invited back one day to showcase my latest artwork. Thanks again, Tracy for inviting me and creating such a wonderful venue for GG's Functional Art!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hummingbird Delight with Sunflowers by GG Burns

Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of 
releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight 
pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our 
life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize 
that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the 
future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. 
It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.  
- Constance Barrett Sohodski

Original art 12" x 12", acrylic and alcohol inks on ceramic tile 



Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Sweet It Is ... SweetGum Leaf Art by GG

Autumn generates a sense of excitement for many artist. The bounteous combination of leaves turning from gold, to orange, to red and then to brown ... is like a palette of paints just waiting to be brushed on a canvas. 




Stanley Horowitz expressed it best, Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.


Adding these dried leaves, "especially Sweet Gum Leaves", to my work has been a favorite form of art for many years. Their colors inspire me ... they motivate me to create as I discover new ways to capture them before they have vanished under a blanket of snow.



As a child, I glued them to greeting cards or attempted to reproduce them in clay. Later as a digital designer, I photographed them and edited hundreds of layers and patterns while adding them to my marketing materials.

Now, I add them to my "functional art" coasters and trivets and seal them in 4-5 coats of resin. Prices range $40 as set of coaster or $25-$40 for larger trivet sizes.





They will remain the way they tumbled to the earth, for many years to come ... long after I'm gone. It's my small way of preserving nature and saying thanks to "Mother Nature" for allowing me to enjoy these small gifts ... as I make it through the journey of life.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~ Albert Camus


Adding resin to my coasters and trivets is how I preserve nature as well as making my art a functional object.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Painting a Dance with Magical Humming Birds

Lately, I've had several request for humming bird art. Several times, I have attempted to paint these lovely creatures using watercolors, but I'm not satisfied with the outcome as I am when I mix alcohol inks and Lumiere Metallic inks on ceramic tiles. Painting these tiny birds "in flight" is a true labor of love. The first 3 of these images are 6"x6" and can be used as a trivet, candle holder or as an art object ~ to brighten up a room in your home or office. The last 2 images are 4"x4", and can be used for coasters. All are topped in a durable coat of resin and backed with matching felt.


Purchase prints here:
http://gg-burns.artistwebsites.com/featured/its-ruby-humming-bird-design-gg-burns.html

A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies. Quote by - John Banister Tabb

Purchase prints or framed art here: 



Quick as a humming bird is my love, Dipping into the hearts of flowers She darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly Dipping into the flowers of my heart. Quote by - James Oppenheim




Saturday, August 27, 2011

Custom Gifts by GG

Someone asked recently if I designed custom coasters and trivets? The answer is YES! I have created dozens of custom "functional Art" coasters and trivets of weddings, graduation, baptism, baby shower photos, granny's favorite pics ... pets galore ... cats, dogs, horses, rabbits you name it. These are just a few.






I can work from high res photos, just send them through email. The prices range from $15 each for the 4.5" coasters to $20 - $30 each, for the 6" trivets. A set of 4 coasters, (4.5" size) with similar photos can be ordered for $50/set.  Hand -painted pets or people, (not photo collage mixed with brightly color inks) range from $40 each to $120, depending on size of trivet or canvas, etc.

All have hand-painted abstract backgrounds, words or favorite quotes can be added and they are finished with several coasts of durable poly resin. Additional charges will be added if Photoshop editing is needed. Felt is added to the back to help reduce scratches to furniture as well as protects from breakage if dropped. Shipping does not apply to these prices.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BE a Work of Art ... or WEAR a Work of Art!

Just added one of my designs on Zazzle.com ... buy it here:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Painting "Functional Art" Garden Delights



The "Echinacea purpurea", or pink coneflower ... is a perennial with bright pink flowers that attract bees and butterflies.  I have enjoyed growing these in my garden since moving to Kentucky.  I have captured dozens of photos of butterflies on these flowers over the years ... so I am finally painting them on my 4" ceramic tiles. This is a grouping I just finished. One is an abstract of a tiger lily in the same color combination.




This original art is sold, but prints on high quality paper or canvas can be purchased here: http://www.imagekind.com/Purple-Iris_art?IMID=4d8d17ed-afd1-4e73-85c9-775da6b786af

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rembrandt Tulips from GG's Garden

Well, I don't really have a garden.  I have small flower beds scattered around my yard.  Several years ago, I purchased both red and pink colored tulips.  Every year, one of the red bulbs bloomed with yellow stripes.

Thanks to Richard Weber, owner of Springhilll Gardens, I now know the history of this interesting tulips. (Springhouse Gardens is located at 6041 Harrodsburg Rd Nicholasville, KY). 

I have completely ignored this lonely, odd bulb until this spring, when a patch of my pink bulbs from my front yard ... also bloomed with stripes. Their interesting stripes really caught my attention. These tulips have never bloomed with stripes before. Could it be the really harsh winter we had this year?  Did the stripes occured due to our lawn being sprayed by a chemical company accidently. (Twice this past summer, a lawn care company accidently treated our yard instead of a neighbors.)  

Well according Richard and a few other websites, my unique tulips may be a virus! Geez, we have flu viruses, computer viruses and now ... "flower" viruses? It appears there is a long history to these tulip viruses, dating back to the 17th century. Who would know? 











For more info about Rembrandt Tulips click here:http://www.suite101.com/content/growing-tulips-history-and-use-of-the-rembrandt-tulip-a297104
or here:

http://www.theplantexpert.com/springbulbs/Tulip9Rembrandt.html 

Perhaps, I need to use these interesting tulips as subjects for some of my "functional art" projects.

Always remember ~ the beauty in your garden, will give you peace. Flowers feed the soul. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Haley Prevatt Law Office Art of Giving Charity Art Show



The Haley Prevatt Law Office
Art of Giving Charity Art Show

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Benefiting:

date/time:
Friday, April 15, 2011
5:30pm - 8:00pm

location:
Lion Building
Suite 210
155 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

artists exhibiting:


GG Burns - Lexington, mixed media artist http://ggsfunctionalart.blogspot.com/
David Toczko - Elizabethtown,  photographer/author ~ “Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill”
Connie Tucker - Lexington artist, watercolors
Stephen Wiggins - Lexington artist ~ www.okya.co.uk/wiggins
Theresa Williams - Versailles artist ~  owner of Solaris Art Gallery, (online Facebook)

sponsors:
catering donated by: BabyCakes Cupcakes, www.bb-cakes.com
media donated by: GG Burns, www.ggsfunctionalart.com, http://ggsfunctionalart.blogspot.com/
flowers donated by "House" by JSD Designs, www.housebyjsd.com

donation: $5 per person
for more info contact: (859) 259-0083

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Featuring GG Burn's newest Derby Inspired Divas and other Kentucky horse racing themed originals and framed prints.
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Featuring: David Toczko - Elizabethtown,  photographer/author 

New Shaker Village book commemorates restoration of historic Kentucky site
Ashley Judd provides foreword for new coffee-table book

David Toczko is owner of Lone Dakota Photography in Elizabethtown, Ky. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and has been acclaimed for its richness and depth. His photos have appeared in the Shaker Workshops® catalogs and were included in Kentucky Derby 133 Review. The book, published by Acclaim Press, features more than 260 photos of iconic Shaker arts and crafts, architecture and furniture. The photos were culled from more than 30,000 images shot by Toczko over four years and depict all four seasons at Shaker Village. The book is available through the author’s Web site and major online book retailers.  
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Featuring: Connie Tucker - Lexington artist, watercolors


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Featuring: Stephen Wiggins - Lexington artist ~ www.okya.co.uk/wiggins

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Featuring: Theresa Williams - Versailles artist, acrylic and oil ~ owner of Solaris Art Gallery
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