Friday, December 31, 2010

new years print giveaway!

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***we have a winner!! thanks everyone who played along! we'll do it again soon***

happy new year! i hope everyone feels relatively awake and not too headachy and whiskey-drenched this morning. i've been thinking of doing a giveaway for a long time and i decided that the new year is a perfect reason when i found the perfect challenge to go with it! the above isn't the print, it's the mystery. this is the back cover of a book i found a few days ago and i have spent a good bit of time trying to decipher the entire poem written in pencil in the center. i can't find it online when searching for the lines that i can make out so maybe it's an original.

the title is Boys and you can download a super big version here. i like doing this sort of thing and if you do too then give it a go! the first person who emails me (contact@holliechastain.com) with the entire poem can choose any one print from my etsy shop for free, shipping and all!

2010 was such an amazing year and i want to thank you all for following along and for your support!
i wanted to share a few things i've picked up recently, some for work and some just because i couldn't pass them up.



new stacks yet to be sorted and a glimpse of the beautiful botanical anatomy poster of mistletoe i got for christmas!

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i didn't stand a chance against paint-by-number-german-shepherd's noble gaze.

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ticker
an entire bankroll ledger book that i already have three of was purchased just to acquire this perfect ticker tape that was tucked inside. they might have let me just have it if i had asked but i'm normally too chicken and i always have this feeling of things "going" together so they can't be broken up. like if i'm flipping through an old book and find a letter or a picture then those things should stay with that book. i'll get over it one day.

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ickle wee owl vs. collie

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gorgeous webster's dictionary with a leather cover. the first few pages are missing where i might find a date but there is a school book plate in the inner cover dated 1905.

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...and inside.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

happy holidays!







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we woke up to snow this morning! a lot of it too. warmest wishes for the holidays and thank you everyone for making this past year amazing.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

out in the night
out in the night

in the shop now! this will probably be the last small original for awhile. i have a lot going on in the new year right from the beginning and already have a big checklist on the wall. fun!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Conner Branch"
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another small original for the shop!

in other news this is the last picture i took with my camera before i tripped over the dog and dropped it. it was old and crappy and needed replacing anyway but it still doesn't change the fact that i'm without a camera now. also choosing to get a new camera and having to because of a clumsy mistake are two different things. lame. new camera suggestions are welcome! is there one in particular that you're in love with?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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two thirty eight 5.5" x 8.5"

one of a few small original collages on book covers that i'm adding to the shop this week. items can be shipped without an extra rush option up until tuesday in the states.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

tony fitzpatrick

the winter tiger





the december moth




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i don't like moths. butterflies are fine so i really don't know exactly what it is about them but maybe the thick grub-like bodies and moth fur have something to do with it. i really want to like them. usually i adore night creatures and i can picture a luna moth in my head with the offending parts tamed down (basically i make it look like a butterfly) and it's just beautiful. it's been with me for ever i guess because i can remember how huge green and orange ones would bask on the warm brick on fall afternoons at my elementary school and i would swing wide to avoid them.

so you would think that tony fitzpatrick's drawing collages of moths would offend but they don't. i love them.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

wip

just a few workday photos to share. we try to coordinate the afternoon coffee break with the 20 minutes a day when the sunlight coming in the front windows is perfect for basking and warming your belly.

my giclee community chorus print made the bloesem 2010 gift guide in the company of some of my favorite ladies! i'm keeping this guide in mind when i start my holiday shopping this weekend. no, i haven't started but shhh don't panic me. it'll be cool. deep breaths. in addition to shopping local and supporting some super chattanooga creatives i have a few websites bookmarked. this one specifically!

thanks lori for the mention on automatism!