With the mark of our Annual Spring Sale beginning today, we would like to feature a couple ways to welcome in the season just right. Spring is only about 3 weeks away and as we hopefully prepare for warmer weather up here in the north east, switching up your wall decor is a good way to start. Two new prints for the Spring 2012 Catalog are pictured below and proudly made here in the USA.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Seen here to the left is our April Print by artist Ned Young. A breathtaking spring renewal landscape of a country farm house is set against a blue sky on an early day in spring. A budding cherry blossom tree in the foreground, an old farm house and the contrasting bright green grass are painted in exquisite detail. A lovely sage green, double mat border frames the image wonderfully. Did you know 3,000 cherry blossom trees were first planted in 1912 as a gift from the mayor of Tokyo, in motivation to strengthen ties between America and Japan? The very same year the Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington D.C. and every year since then in accordance with the blooming of these beautiful trees; which typically peaks as early as mid march through mid April.
Ned Young is a self taught artist who lives in Northern Utah with his wife Melanie and three children. Becoming famous for his attention to detail and use of color; allowing viewers to feel as though they have actually visited or experienced the scene in painting.
The next new print offered at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop this spring, is our Cottage Print by artist Fred Swan. An amazingly realistic scene is captured amongst a blooming spring garden. The warm sun shines on the stone walkway while a sleeping kitty lounges on the porch. Look closely to appreciate further details accomplished through shading and the reflections captured in the windows. There’s even a friendly red robin ready to greet you on the white picket fence and a bold blue jay standing by on a tall birdhouse. Did you know that bluebirds don’t actually have any blue pigment to their feathers? A thin layer of cells on their feathers absorbs every color wavelength except for blue; thus reflecting in our eyes the appearance of blue. Welcome spring into your home with our lovely Cottage Print.
You may be familiar with Fred Swan’s winter themed prints, like the December Night Print or Night Run Fox Print we carried this past holiday season and this Vermont Artist definitely does not fall short when painting other seasons. Another self taught artist who has work displayed in numerous private and corporate collections, like Johnson and Johnson, the estate of Malcolm Forbes and the Vermont Council of the Arts; just to name a few.