Candle Collaboration with Content Co.

December 11, 2017
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 I am always trying to think of new things to make - new ways to express myself.  To stretch the way I create and push what I want to say in a new direction.  When thinking about making a candle the first person that came to mind was Beau at Content Co.  I have been a fan of his for a while and stoked with the opportunity to work with him.  His passion and excitement for all things candles is contagious.  He truly knows he stuff - plus he’s a pretty amazing human.  

 

 

Our first meeting went something like this.  We gushed about our cute sidekicks (pups) for a solid 20 mins and then got down to business.  I told him stories about growing up in Northern Florida and the smells that reminded me of home.  We talked about my work and what inspires me to paint the things I do.  We decide to use my different series as a guide for creating each scent.  

 

 

I paint girls with flowers’ all summer because the series is warm, bright and happy - much the way summer makes me feel.  I keep Bergamot in my purse at all time because the scent makes me happy.  

 

The ladies in conversation’ series came last spring.  It was inspired from a memory where I was sharing mint tea in a beautiful Charleston garden with a dear friend - I just love mint tea - the taste and the smell. 

 

I paint the Nest’ series in the fall and winter, when I need to feel warm and safe.  I hope the viewer feels the complex colors of the Nests and experiences this in an emotional way.  I wanted to create a winter candle that was both clean, but not too sweet.

  

  

 

 

With that information, Beau started the process to give life to my new scents. To no surprise, the next meeting was magical.  When smelling what he had been working on my mind was flooded with memories.   The experience was really surreal and has left me with so much gratitude towards his process.

 

 

Now that we had locked down each scent we moved on to thinking about the packaging.  I wanted to touch each candle and make each one uniquely special.  I was currently working on my Lucid Lines” series and thought it would be a cool way to extend what I was learning on to the surface of the candles. 

 

 

Contents Co. and I only made 50 of each scent.  Each candle is numbered and painted by hand.  The glass vessel is made with 50% recycled glass.  And the candle are made with essential oils and natural soy wax.  Only the best ingredients for you and your sniffer!!!!  Because I am such a big fan of this candle collection and want everyone to enjoy them - use "happysmells" at check out to enjoy 15% off!!

 

photos by Elizabeth "Lizzy" Ervin

sneak peek of the new 'Nest Series'

November 07, 2017
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I have been working on the 'Nest Series' for the last three years.  It's interesting to see how the collection has developed over the years. I hold this series very close to my heart.  I started painting Nests right after I got engaged to Thomas and was brainstorming what I wanted our invites to look like.  We ended up eloping to Italy, but the image of the nests stuck with me.  A messy colorful Nest represents how I experience love.  






 



For early access to all of my releases, you can sign up for my email list on the first page of my site. I'm only releasing 15 pieces in this series this year. Excited to share this new collection on Thursday, November 9th at 10am EST.  

Freda Salvador + Raven Roxanne

June 20, 2017
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Being featured as one of Freda Salvador's Freda Girls was such an honor! I was happy to give them a peek into my studio and creative process, and Olivia Rae James was there to capture it! I love that Freda Salvador is creating shoes that make it easy to feel confident and sophisticated, yet playful. Their shoes have graced the feet of many inspiring women, and I'm so humbled to be in the Freda Girl mix. 

   

Find the full Freda feature here 

'ladies in conversation' // Atlanta show

June 20, 2017
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The 'ladies in conversation' series is inspired by the support I find through just sitting and having a conversation with girlfriends, chatting about life over coffee. When we started planning the show for this series, I wanted to find a space that the series felt at home within. Chrome Yellow offered a clean white space with an approachable feel, and how fitting for the 'ladies in conversation' to be right where we've all shared so many special moments- in a coffee shop! I'm excited to share some of the images taken at the beginning of the evening!

 

I called Atlanta home for a long time, so some of my greatest friends live there. It was very special to have my Atlanta friends and my family join me for the show.  

Girls with Flowers Study // Kris Galmarini

May 24, 2017
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I was immediately drawn to Kris and her brand, Neve and Hawk. Kris has this amazing way of being instantly lovable and relatable through social media. She and her husband started Neve and Hawk (in Charleston!) as an online store selling clothing they’ve designed. They now have a brick and mortar shop in the California town they call home, as well as three kiddos!

 

 
 

Neve and Hawk is such a transparent brand. If you follow Neve and Hawk on social media you feel like you get insight into who they are as people, not just the brand. Neve and Hawk has served as inspiration for my business, and now for my latest body of work! Kris makes me excited for my husband and I to have a baby with a hipster haircut and drop-crotch pants.

To view the Girls with Flowers Study Collection click here
To view available Girls with Flowers prints click here
website: neveandhawk.com
Instagram: @neveandhawk
Facebook: Neve and Hawk

Girls with Flowers Study // Amy Osaba

April 14, 2017
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A couple of years ago my good friend and studio mate, Lulie Wallace, introduced me to Amy Osaba's website. For those of you who don't know Amy, she is an incredible, and I mean incredible, florist. When I was beginning my career as a full-time artist, I knew that I wanted to paint florals. Amy's florals and loose bouquets were some of the inspiration for my annual 'Girls with Flowers' series. A few years later I was a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding and Amy was contracted to do the florals. The wedding was on a farm and had miles of green, rolling hills, and Amy curated a fantasy land of florals for the reception celebration. Awe was an understatement, I felt like I was in a fairytale. I admire Amy and her ability to transform a space and make the imagined a reality, which I try to carry with me when navigating a new body of work. 




To view the Girls with Flowers Study Collection click here
To view available Girls with Flowers prints click here

website: amyosaba.com
Instagram: @amyosabaevents
Facebook: Amy Osaba Design
Pinterest: Amy Osaba Design


One World Health Auction

March 27, 2017
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I am happy to share that I will be donating another painting to One World Health (previously named the Palmetto Medical Initiative), an organization striving to improve the health and quality of life throughout the world's under developed countries. 100% of the sale of "Intertwined" will go to One world Health. Visit there website and see how you can donate and participate in the Auction on March 27th! 

only love. 

Raven Roxanne

Girls with Flowers study // Marsha Robinson

March 23, 2017
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I was first introduced to Marsha’s work when we were both featured in FOUR Magazine in the Fall of 2014. As a visual person, it is not unique that I am artistically inspired by beautiful things, but I have always viewed my home and wardrobe as another way of expressing my artistic practice. Marsha is a self taught artist located in Denver, Colorado, creating and designing botanical pattern in the form of giclee prints, fabric patches, and silk wall tapestries. Marsha and I are at similar points in our careers, which means we've had to persevere through the insecurity of people liking or disliking our practice in order to build our businesses. Part of this perseverance has been to find a community of fellow artists to lean on in times of weakness and self-doubt. Marsha’s community includes makers and artists that require the same support, and together they lift each other up and encourage each other to create and get out of their comfort zone.




Marsha also finds resolution by looking through old botanical books and wandering the historic district in her neighborhood, this puts things back into perspective and allows her to keep on creating. Wandering around a thrift store or antique mall, looking through old postcards and dirty mirrors is one way that Marsha gets out of her head and lets her creativity take over. This sort of outlet is important to me in my own artistic practice because the variety keeps me sharp and abstract. Walking through my favorite neighborhoods, or stores, or even grabbing a coffee at my favorite coffee shop, inspires me to see shapes, colors, and the figure, in a way that I could not imagine on my own. Marsha is a reminder to me that living passionately and rooting in my community are invaluable pieces to this puzzle of a career. 


To view the Girls with Flowers Study Collection click here
To view available Girls with Flowers prints click here

Website: strangedirt.com
Instagram: @strangedirt
Flowers by: Sacred Thistle

Student Career Day in the Studio

March 09, 2017
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I tried something new today! A sweet 5th Grader from the School of Math and Science asked if she could come shadow me for her career day assignment. I've never done something like this before so I was a bit nervous about making a good impression. Turns out she was nervous too, so we just dove right in to practicing figure drawing. After we'd broken the ice I learned that she was currently working on a portfolio to audition for the School of the Arts. She obviously had her own artistic style, and she had a clear idea of what mediums she wanted to use. Although the object of the assignment was for the student to learn about my small business, it was an equally as effective for me to reflect and remind myself of I value and prioritize as a full-time artist. Check us out!



Upcoming Release >> 'Ladies in Conversation'

March 06, 2017
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I have been busy working on my new and upcoming series 'Ladies in Conversation'. This series emulate the beauty and intimacy that I find between women in conversation. Lizzy Rollins, local photographer here in Charleston, came to hang out in the studio and capture the progress of this challenging and vibrant body of work. As two women enjoying conversation, It was a 'full-circle' moment of what I was hoping to achieve with the series - light conversation with an inspiring person creating beautiful things. 


















instagram: @elizabethervin