Cheryl Bartley American Folk Artist

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Cheryl Bartley Designs
100 Whiting Street, Winsted, CT. 06098
Telephone 18608061931
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Art As if the Earth Matters

The Artists, Artisans and Craftspeople at Whiting Mills (AWM Gallery) invite you to the event “Art As if the Earth Matters!”

The show features an eclectic mix of fine art, woodworking, pewter smith work, hand-made; one-of-a kind jewelry, knitting, weaving, fiber art, new and restored furniture from locally to nationally known artists.
Exquisite retail shops will be open.
April 23rd to May 23rd, 2010
Opening Reception Friday April 23rd, 7-9 pm
Artists Open Studios April 24th, 1-5 pm
Whiting Mills
100 Whiting Street
Winsted, CT 06098

My studio will be open during this event and I will be at the opening reception as well!

These are pictures of the AWM Gallery Showing at the last event in conjunction with Friends of Main Street "Bubbles and Truffles"


New Sampler Painting
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The inspiration for this painting comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson

"Hope is the thing with feathers"

That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.


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NEW! Tulips and Hearts Folk Art Sampler Painting

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 Color Trends

The color trends for 2010 reflect hope, happiness, and family values through happy vibrant "spring time" color.

In these tough economic times many people are longing for simpler times of days gone by, or looking towards a future that is built on the hope and a fulfillment of their dreams. When the first vibrant colored flowers bloom in spring after a long winter of netural color we often feel a renewed sense of life and hope for the future.

This years lively "spring time" Pantone color palette is a mix of vibrant hues: golden glow, living coral, lipstick red, purple orchid and neutrals: endive, woodbine, oyster gray and rose dust. This bold, uninhibited approach to combining happy colors with neturals reflects a sense of hope and renewal that is unique to one’s own experiences and personality.

Pantone -fall 2010 Colors

This year’s color palette to me reflects the type of family values that supports and nourishes its members by creating a safe, positive and supportive place for all members to thrive. If you think about what plants in springtime look like before they burst forth with colorful blooms you will envision the “neutral colors” of its leaves, stems and earth. These “neutral colors” can be likened to the leaders/ parents or elders of the family unit. The vibrant colorful blossoms that burst forth from these neutral plant units are representative of each child or family member that has been nourished by the leader plant. The nourishment by the parent plant has provided a supportive place for the bud to blossom and thrive into a unique and colorful flower. Likewise, it is with other family units. In order for the virtues of each of its members to be cultivated they must feel a freedom within the group to express themselves freely. Thus the “vibrant colors” of this year’s palette and the nourishment of the “neutral colors” provide us with as sense of cohesion and feelings of being loved, of belonging to the group and being nurtured by it. The “neutral colors” provide us with the ability to experience balance and the “vibrant colors provide us with the opportunity to express our originality and uniqueness.

Turquoise has been declared the 2010 Color of the Year by Pantone. A mixture of blue and green makes it both calming and invigorating. I love to surround myself with this color because it makes me feel as if I am escaping to someplace tropical and beautiful. Turquoise is also a nurturing color in that it is reflective of the color of the ocean and water. Water is an important element in every family unit as it supports and nourishes its members to live happy healthy lives.

Although color trends can point us in a direction that is trendy, you will be happiest when you choose colors that make you feel happy and allow you to express your own sense of style.

People that purchase my vibrant folk art always tell me that they like the colors and the theme becuase it makes them smile :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Downloadable E Patterns

I have been asked by customers and friends to create down loadable e patterns and e books of my folk art so that they may create their own works of art. Due to these inquiries I am now offering down loadable e patterns on my web site. I will be adding new patterns as I create them. They are very affordable at $5.30 each. I am working on a series of how to e Books and I will be offering them soon. These e books will feature my e patterns and step by step painting and technique instructions. You will be able to create your own folk art paintings or stitchery project from my designs. These patterns can be printed out on your computer printer and then transfer them onto your canvas for painting or stitching projects.

CLICK HERE to go to my web site to view and or purchase a pattern.

The e pattern down load includes a full sized pattern template in jpg format that measures 11h x 13w. You can print it out on your computer and easily transfer it onto a canvas or cloth of your choice. The pattern that you will download does not have my name and copyright written across it LIKE THIS IMAGE BELOW. Please see long description for download instructions AT MY WEB SITE.