September 9, 2013

Artist Stephanie Birdsall demonstration

Farmhouse by Stephanie Birdsall
 Art can reflect the soul. With the careful mixing of hues and strokes, an emotion or moment in time is captured.

Framed art is one of the main staples of home decor. Everyone's tastes vary, but most people will agree that hanging something on the wall that reflects your style and tastes makes your house more of a home. It creates the feeling and atmosphere that you want your home to exude.

I love spending idyllic Saturday afternoons in art galleries looking at paintings and wondering if the artist had an underlying meaning in the painting and maybe if you look hard enough you will understand the message, or maybe what you see is all that is meant to be seen, nothing more.

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to watch an artist in action. Saks Galleries hosted a demonstration by artist Stephanie Birdsall. Stephanie received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. She currently lives in Arizona but has plans to move to Denver by the end of the year.

To me, it's a privilege to see a work of art come to life, to see the process that the artist goes through. For this demonstration, she painted pansies. As she painted she explained her process, why she was adding a stroke, or taking one out, and how she was layering colors.

Stephanie didn't finish this piece that afternoon but here are some of her pieces available at Saks Galleries.  My favorite is Farmhouse, the one you see at the top of this post. I wish I could take it home!
Red, White and Blue by Stephanie Birdsall

Wild Roses by Stephanie Birdsall
Lilacs by Stephanie Birdsall
Forgotten Tea by Stephanie Birdsall
Festival by Stephanie Birdsall

If you'd like to learn more about Stephanie and to see more of her work, you can visit her website at

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  1. I have the same sentiment as you Khammany, love the stories behind paintings or deducing my own "might be" stories about an artwork. I have not seen a painting come to life in person, and your lucky you got to enjoy this session with the artist. :-)

  2. I know what you mean about having art in your home! I look for pieces that create a mood for the room, or an emotional response. So fascinating for me to watch an artist paint, as I have NO talent in that arena! Truly amazing to see it come to life. Thank you for the great post, I'll be looking at her work now.....

  3. Lovely post! Farmhouse is beautiful, would love to have it too!

  4. These are beautiful. I really like Forgotten Tea.

  5. A lovely post, I really like Farmhouse.

  6. thanks for stopping by! Following you back on GFC! gorgeous paintings!

  7. What beautiful art. The flowers are so detailed that they look like photographs. A wonderful post! I'm following you now, too!

  8. It is so wonderful to see an artist creating their art. I love going to art shows where I can actually meet and get to know the artist as it makes me appreciate the art all the more.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  9. Her work is UH-mazing. What a truly gifted artist!! Those paintings look real enough to jump off the page. I think it's great that you supported her. :)


  10. Beautiful painting! I like the farmhouse and Forgotten tea. Have a nice week!

  11. I think I like the one with the teacup the best, because nothing can beat flowers and tea after a hard day at work!

  12. I love original art. Her florals are amazing. I'd like to take the farmhouse painting home as well! It is beautiful!

  13. I have always found I am intrigued by the artists as much as the art. Great post. Thanks for visiting me as well:)

  14. Hello Khammany

    Stephanie's art is beautiful and I particularly like the top one too.
    I agree that our pieces of art and other pieces we collect which have meaning - is what makes our house our home!
    My home is a mixture of old and new - not a designers touch in site - it's all me and comfortable and that's what I like!
    I'm now following you too.
    I'm like you France is very special to me in many ways.
    Thank you so much for popping in - lovely to see you!
    Shane xox

  15. To see art "happening" is an awesome experience that enriches the soul and fills us with belief in possibilities. Her work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting/commenting on my hydrangea post. ~Zuni

  16. What beautiful art, especially the top one! I love seeing someone else paint, it always makes me wish that I knew how to.

  17. I love the wild roses and the lilacs. So beautiful.

  18. Thanks for sharing these beautiful works!

  19. All of these are beautiful. I especially like the red, white and blue.

  20. I love it when artists open their studios for us to enjoy. Lucky you to catch Stephanie Birdsall in action at the gallery. Her paintings are so beautiful and romantic. I love them, Khammany! Thanks for the introduction.

  21. Hi Khammany,

    I guess a lot of people wonder what the artist was thinking, trying to communicate or reveal in each of their paintings; I do. Isn't it amazing how we continue to be so taken with florals and landscapes? There's something so genuinely earthy, pretty and intriguing about these subjects! Stephanie Birdsall is blessed with a fine talent; thanks for introducing her to us. I am enchanted with 'Red, White and Blue' for its less defined style, which to me, translates into mystery, and with Festival, for its more fun and playful flair. Both of these also appeal to my colour palette.


  22. This is beautiful artwork. Her style and subject make me think of another american artist 'Kathy Anderson' who has painted with renowned artist Richard Smid.
    Here are their links :



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