Monday, October 12, 2015

Color & Whimsy

Since I am currently busy working on custom orders, I thought I'd share some of my favorite paintings and prints available in my Etsy shop, Lana Manis Designs.

All originals may be viewed and purchased in this section of my shop.

And prints may be viewed and purchased here.

The last one may not be so colorful... but I love the bits of bright orange peeking through these abstract, putty-colored bouquets.

Do you have a favorite?

Be sure to check back in later this week for a bit of fun news!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tantalizing Textiles

Antique French textiles...
antique silk and linen...
vintage velvet...
vintage wool...
reproduction cotton prints.

I have been working on puzzle ball pincushion orders, so once again, painting has been put on hold.
But that's ok... I enjoy handwork immensely!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Change of Plans

I had every intention of participating in 30 Paintings in 30 Days, but some custom requests have recently come in and I will be working to fulfill those orders. I am happy to have the work, but wish I could have hit this challenge wide open. Maybe I can work in a little painting a few times this month. :)

For now, please pop over to my other blog to see the folk art papercuttings I recently made:

Honeysuckle Lane: More Pumpkin Papercuttings & Thank You!



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Supplies CAN Be Pretty!

I'm getting ready for Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days...

and in order to stay inspired, I decided to buy some really pretty colors.

I usually paint with only primary colors, along with white, burnt umber, and sometimes black...
mixing my own colors...

but I wanted to have fun and try something new!
The paints aren't expensive, but a girl's gotta work with what she can, and these will work just fine.

While spending the day with one of my sisters, I found this tall chevron vase at Goodwill.

I love the color and it's great for my longest brushes.

I'm just about ready... all I need now is to clear off my table and make room at my easel!

Check back September 1st for 30 Paintings in 30 Days!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Tidying Up Before 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Before I begin Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, I figured I'd get a few dozen vintage velvet pumpkins made and listed in my Etsy shop. Now that I have that taken care of, I can put those things aside and clear off some space for paints, brushes, and canvases. :)

There are three sizes available, as well as a few sets of stacked pumpkins. If you'd like to see them, click here for my shop link.

As for pumpkins in other mediums... I have several pumpkin paintings listed here.

Check back in September for 30 Paintings in 30 Days!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Daily Paintworks, Again

Since I am ever hopeful that I can start painting on a regular or semi-regular basis, I have decided to re-join Daily Paintworks.

My plan is to list my original art at DPW and sell my prints on Etsy until I have something more permanent, like my own e-commerce website.

Right now I am listing the few pieces left over from the Lavender Festival and hopefully in another couple of weeks I can start listing new art.

You can always find my links in the side bar to the right, or by clicking the SHOP! tab near the top of this blog.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Honeysuckle Lane: The Sun Comes Up, the Sun Goes Down...


Art is on hold as we plow ahead into gardening and canning season... pun intended! :)

Click the link below to see lots more photos and read the details on my home blog.

Honeysuckle Lane: The Sun Comes Up, the Sun Goes Down, Work Away, Wo...: The sun comes up, the sun goes down, work away, work away..

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bee Skeps, Lavender, and Topiaries!

I've been carving even more designs for my note cards! I suppose since garden season is here and we've been doing a lot of outdoor chores, it only stands to reason that my recent designs have a nature theme... bee skeps, lavender, topiaries, and birds. You can see more of the process in my previous post.

My latest block print designs (seen above) were inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), a wood engraver, artist, and naturalist.

I'm really excited about carving more subjects, most will be of a nature theme, but I do want to start incorporating every day household objects, as well.

If you are interested in these hand-carved, hand block-printed note cards,
they are available in sets of 6, and come packaged in clear gift boxes.
Size: 4" x 5.5"
Ink Color: choose violet or turquoise (I'll be adding more color options at a later date)
Price: $12 (plus shipping to your zip)

Email me to place an order:  or
include your mailing address and I'll get back to you with a PayPal invoice.

Lavender & Bee Skep
(choose violet or turquoise)

Old English Topiary
(choose violet or turquoise)

Fraktur Peafowl #1
(choose turquoise or violet)

Fraktur Peafowl #2
(choose violet or turquoise)

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pssst! New Art Prints Are Here!

Not a lot of time to chat, so I'll share a photo and a link and be back over the weekend.

I've got lots of new art prints in my Etsy shop
now. They sold really well at the Lavender Festival and I thank all of
you so much! These are whimsical, colorful prints and will brighten up
any decor... perfect for gifts, too!

If you'd like to help spread the word, please share this post with any
of the little Pin It, Facebook, Twitter, Google + buttons, links, or
whatever they are called that are below my signature. Thanks!



Monday, June 15, 2015

Getting Ready for the Lavender Festival

I've been dyeing silk ribbons for my silk ribbon embroidered pillows that I will have at the Lavender Festival Saturday!

This year all pillows will be the same size. I ordered pillow forms so I wouldn't have to stuff each and every one. That's very time consuming, and I've been having trouble with my hands, so just popping in a pillow form should help a lot!


I'll share some photos of the actual embroidery in a day or so.

Take care and God bless,


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Original Lavender Paintings!!!

 I have several more paintings ready for purchase.
Visit my online shop to read more about them.

Thanks for visiting!

 Lavender #20
acrylic on hardboard
7 5/8" x 11 7/8"

Lavender Watercolor #1

 Lavender Watercolor #2

Lavender Watercolor #3

 Lavender Watercolor #4

 Lavender Watercolor #5

 Lavender Watercolor #6

 Lavender Watercolor #7

 Lavender Watercolor #8

 Lavender Watercolor #9 - SOLD, thank you!

 Lavender Watercolor #10

 Lavender Watercolor #11

 Lavender Watercolor #12

 Lavender Watercolor #13

 Lavender Watercolor #14

 Lavender Watercolor #15

 Lavender Watercolor #16

 Lavender Watercolor #17

 Lavender Watercolor #18

 Lavender Watercolor #19

 Lavender Watercolor #20

 Lavender Watercolor #21

Lavender Watercolor #22

The following are examples of how the paintings will look in a mat. These have standard openings for 5" x 7" artwork.

Email me with questions or to purchase:
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