My Favorite Piece with Studio E Houston

We’re thrilled to welcome Erica Sandberg of Studio E Houston to Heartmade this Saturday! Her dreamy paintings drew us right in and we know they will find a lot of good homes with our fantastic customers. Visit Erica on Main this Saturday from 10-5 at Heartmade Harvest!

My favorite piece that I have created recently is called “Mauvescape #1.” I had some idea of what I wanted to try to accomplish with these colors and luckily it worked! This piece is an alcohol ink painting on yupo paper. Alcohol ink dries very quickly so I had very little time to manipulate the colors to create a mountainous type landscape. After the painting was completed and dried, I mounted the yupo paper on 8” x 10” cradled birch panel. I love that this piece has so many layers and so much depth. I usually use more brilliant colors, but I really love the more muted color palette. I look forward to showing everyone more of my work in my first Heartmade market! 


My Favorite Piece with fuzzy grapefruit

We’re so happy to be welcoming back Heartmade artist Allison Johnston of fuzzy grapefruit! Her work often features animals in hilarious situations, like dogs dressed as famous people. (Tracy: “I own a Doggy Parton print!”) We were really proud of Allison’s most recent show featuring incredible paintings of endangered animals on entirely recycled materials. It was incredible and we’re crossing our fingers for prints at Heartmade Harvest, a week from tomorrow on November 3rd! Today’s post is about her favorite piece, which comes from that very show!

"Sacred Animal: Bornean Orangutan"

16" x 19.5”

acrylic & gouache on cotton, wood, and twine


This original painting was one of the pieces from a recent show I put together titled "Sacred Animal", featuring endangered species. He was a challenge for me, in a lot of ways. Although I love painting animals and they continue to be a recurring subject for me, trying to capture the emotion of this great ape was tricky -- throughout the process, I constantly wavered between feeling that I was making him "too animal" or "too human". In keeping with the theme of environmentalism, I also gave myself the additional challenge of only using substrates I had on-hand for the paintings in the show. I only had a handful of wooden panels and canvases so I turned to the one substrate I had an excess of -- fabric. Obviously there's a big difference between painting on paper or panel and painting on fabric, and at first I hated it! But slowly, with practice, I began to enjoy the way the fabric soaked up paint and water and forced me to abandon finer details for larger swaths of color. Making these fabric paintings into wall-hangings was a new experiment as well! I gathered branches from fallen tree limbs in my neighborhood, sanded and dried them, then protected them with an acrylic sealant. The purpose of the show was also to draw attention to animal conservation efforts, so this series will always hold a place in my heart with its cause-driven focus.


My Favorite Piece with Meechi Ceramics

We’ve added a new category to our blogs for this market called “My Favorite Piece” where Heartmade artists could share a special work that they will also be selling at the show! Today’s post comes from new Heartmade artist Michelle Hernandez of Meechi Ceramics in San Antonio. We are thrilled that she has joined our market family and we know you’ll enjoy meeting her and seeing her gorgeous ceramics in person on November 3rd!

My current favorite piece is my "bitty bowl." I especially love making these little cuties because they are small and fairly fast to make on the potter's wheel which allows me to really get into my "flow" state where I can fully be in the moment of making and not distracted by my mind chatter. They are also great to have around because you can use them for so many things! I like to keep one on my night stand for my jewelry, in the kitchen for my spice mixes and at my desk for paper clips! And that's just the beginning of their endless uses.