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I'm so happy to announce that mom and I had car magnets printed!! It really turns our car from a vintage bug into an official company car, and personally I think the magnets look fetching! It's Wish Dog on one side and Gallery Burguieres on the other, so we can weave in and out the NOLA streets showing off both sides of our bourgeoning business. It's occurred to me, though, that I'll now have to be more conscientious when I drive. I cannot cut people off, or go around them at stop signs, mostly because it would reflect badly on the business and the magnets will tell people exactly where to find me. So here's to embarking on a new level of branding and embracing a kindler, gentler way of driving!! Wish Dogs and Gallery Burguieres are keeping me honest. Or at least keeping me from being an obnoxious driver.
I asked the printer if they needed any special care, and he said just don't go over 120mph with the magnets on. I'll try.
There's no denying that deer busts are hot right now. Inspired by the influx of antler-oriented home decor, I've started my own Deer Series of stags on stretched canvas. I look at it as a way to explore the trend and also attempt to capture the timeless beauty of these majestic beings. Also, 'tis the season of Reindeer, and with magazines featuring busts and xmas cards full of Rudolphs, it's hard not to be horny for antlers.
The First of my Deer Series on Canvas
Here's a little preview:
If the trend is news to you, here's a little recap, courtesy of one of my favorite blogs (hellolittlebirdie!, aka hlb):
The team behind hlb
is amazingly adept at delivering just the right balance of inspiration and information. This is the roundup blogger Katrina offers on the head trend.
I have to say, I agree with her on the mounted-head creep factor. Personally, I think game trophies are morbid and callous. Animal art, on the other hand, is a great way to appreciate nature and animals while also celebrating their right to life. You know, just saying...
Anyway, while deer busts are trendy at the moment, there have clearly been those who liked them before home stores like Anthropologie and West Elm brought them to design-discerning masses. For example, the Czechs apparently loved them; who knew? They used them to decorate the facade of the fabulous Hluboka Castle (above), a stunning Neo-Gothic behemoth situated on an ancient deer park. History says the residents used to hunt the deer, but let's not think about that. Thankfully, the decor was done in animal- and age-friendlly materials, making the busts animal art that is still lovable today.
What do you think of this trend? Love it? Hate it? Stay tuned for more stag art, because no matter how polarizing, I am committed to the Deer Series!
One of my all-time favorite places to shop and acquire materials is The Green Project (TGP), a mecca of reclaimed New Orleans architectural treasures. So imagine my delight when friend and creative mastermind Steve Suchman — in New Orleans designing a wonderfully science-y IMAX film — returned from a recent hunting & gathering trip to TGP with a beautiful brass chandelier in tow!! He recognized the potential in the piece and told me to make it my own.
So, I scrubbed it up, put on some primer, painted it turquoise, and finished off the whole show with some high-gloss epoxy resin! The final result? An old New Orleans treasure turned into a bright, shiny piece of art. I created it with the intention of crafting a statement piece full of history and heritage that isn't afraid to flaunt a modern yet classic sensibility. I hope to visit The Green Project each time a statement piece sells, so I can keep the circle of reclaiming, reusing, and recycling going and can feature one bright, reclaimed piece in the gallery at all times! Style and functionality for a good cause :)
A portion of the cost for this original chandelier goes back to New Orleans relief and rebuilding efforts.
Hi, my name is Ally Burguieres. When I'm done painting I update this blog with new paintings, events, and news!