Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mystical Magical


The Flower Lady
a pet seahorse
the size of a dog

fancy ladies who
wear huge flowers
as hats  

floating in the
sky with butterflies
the size of kites

or in the ocean on
a scallop-shell boat....

Sea of Poppies

Viewing his on-line
gallery is like stepping
into the pages of a 
magical book.

Last year I read about
Harrison Howard's work
for the first time on a blog.

I was smitten.

The Maze

Harrison's Flower Girls,
as he calls them, are
whimsical watercolor and
gouache paintings inspired
by fashion illustration,
children's book illustration,
flowers and decorative arts.

I call them

Rendezvous at Night

Since I love a good story,
I was equally taken with 
the tale of a Pennsylvania 
boy who had his first art 
exhibition at the age of 19, 
selling all 24 watercolors,
except one.

Harrison went on to become a
renowned muralist, painting
for clients with names such
as Vanderbilt, DuPont,
Firestone and many other
renowned families.

The Coral Gardener

Currently he is creating
smaller paintings and limited-
edition giclee prints from his
studio in La Jolla, California,
like those I first saw last
fall on a that memorable 
blog post.

I left a comment.

He read it and
commented back.

The Reader

Serendipitously, the post
I had up at the time was about
my daughter's dream to be
a working artist someday.

Howard generously offered
some words of wisdom from
the perspective of a professional
artist ~ and new friend.

The Letter Writer

I asked Santa to Please bring
me a Harrison Howard giclee
print for Christmas.

My mom beat him to it : )

Because I had included Harrison
in a little post that I'd done about
artists that I admire, he gave
my mom his special price.

Christmas 2010
Love that.

I hope to add more of these
mystical-magical prints 
to my first one and start a
collection of art from this
talented and kind gentleman.

If you'd like to indulge your
own sense of whimsy and step
into a beautiful, imaginative
world for a few minutes, then
visit Harrison's gallery, here,
and prepare to drift away
to some new lands.

Garden Work

{I am not affiliated with his
gallery in any way; I simply
want more people to learn 
about this amazing artist!}

Magic becomes art
when it has nothing
to hide.

~ Ben Okri

Here's to finding
magic in our own



Elizabeth said...

Wow! These images are so whimsical and beautiful. I love them! I am going there as soon as I am done here! What a wonderful artist and a kind man to send your daughter some advice. There are nice people left in the world!

Thank you for sharing such a happy and beautiful work of art. I hope that you are enjoying your gift from your mother.

Enjoy your weekend!

Terra said...

I can see why you fell in love with this painter's works; they are charming. Did he illustrate a book about tigers maybe called Tiger Flower? He is very talented and cool you own one of his prints.

Cheryl said...

Oh, my! What dreams are made of! Thank you for sharing this, I'm going to pass it on.

Stitchfork said...

Whimsy is good! His work makes me smile!
xo Cathy

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh Suzanne, I love his work and I love his generous heart. Thanks for sharing that story.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Suzanne...I AM enchanted! I love his whimsical style--it just speaks to me!

So glad you introduced him to me tonight--will hurry off to learn more about him...who knows? Maybe Santa will bring ME one of those beautiful prints (please, please, please!)

Wishing you a mystical magical night, dear friend...


Susan T said...

I just love the Alice in Wonderland quality of these paintings, plus the glorious colours. Your Mother is an absolute darling for buying you such a gorgeous print, you are so lucky.

Felicity said...

My initial reaction upon seeing the glorious first image was "Ay carumba!".

What a wonderful man and such fabulous images - I can imagine your delight upon receiving such a fabulous gift.

Happy weekend!
Felicity x

paige said...

as i was perusing these amazingly creative images, my favorite was easily the writer. then to see you have that one!!
what stunning work.
i love that you two have some correspondence going on too

Jenny Schouten Short said...

For some reason the paintings remind me of Frieda Calla but in a happy way. It is the colors and flowers. Thanks for sharing. xo Jenny

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful and interesting art. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne!

Beach House Living said...

Love the whimsy of them all.
How wonderful you have one of your own.

Whosyergurl said...

These are sooooooooo beautiful. Wouldn't it be wonderful to wear a big flower hat? I want to! I sent the link to one of my best gal friends...she has a degree in art history. And, I bookmarked the website.
Thank you!
xo, Cheryl

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Amazing work. Truly magical. I just love the way dreams can come true. I will visit your friends site. Have a great weekend. XO, Mona

Rozmeen said...

Beautiful works. I can understand you love it.

xoxo Rozmeen

Tiffini Kilgore said...

that is way cool!
You never know what can happen when you step out into a magical world..outside your fears and dare yes?
sending you a hug today:)

Claudia said...

I'm off to visit his site. What a wonderful world he creates - thank you so much for introducing us to him!


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hello..hello Suzanne - What an extremely talented man and obviously with a huge heart of gold (your mother too). What I admire about his art is it is unique. I adore it and for someone that has a huge imagination, I think I could get lost in his works.

I've been out of the blogging world for the last few months during our move. I wish you and your sweet family a joyful Thanksgiving. I am flying to Seattle on Wed. & am visiting Portland to see my children. Looking forward to celebrating with them all and spending more time in the PNW, YEAH!

All my best to you,
xx Deb

Olive Cooper said...

Suzanne, what a charming gift for your girl from such a talented man that you have talked with. That makes the gift so much more special. Young artists like your daughter should be encouraged and allowed to bloom:) olive

Anonymous said...

His work is so imaginative, mystical, and storybook-like. Maybe Santa will add another piece this Christmas!
xo E + J

Jemsmom said...

Those works are just stunning in such a unique way. I am so drawn to those vibrant colors and beautiful subjects! Gorgeous! What a sweet gift from your mom! I think it is brilliant that he has taken the time to mentor and encourage. That in itself is such a gift!

Tricia said...

Oh, I love these! They have such a magical quality. I think the Sea of Poppies is my favorite, just for the simple fact that I love poppies. Lucky you, Suzanne, getting one of his pretty prints...that would be a wonderful collection, wouldn't it?

Harrison Howard said...

In the hope that many of you who so thoughtfully left such encouraging remarks will read this message, thank you for taking the time to comment. I have never met Suzanne in person, but her especially generous nature is clear from reading her blog. If I typed with more than one finger I'd like to write to each of you individually to say thanks.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend,

Sorry to be so late; parent conferences on Thursday night left me exhausted. This is what I need. Whimsy, art, IMAGINATION to constantly flow into me, from me. You have made a wise choice, a wonderful choice for this art is seasoned, beautiful and most definitely tells a story. SO LOVELY!


Jeanie said...

His work is indeed magical, and he sounds like a kind, lovely man as well! Thanks for introducing us!

It's been awhile since I've visited. Things have been keeping me away from the computer (except at work). It's nice to check in. I miss you.

michele said...

so enchanting, his work, yes?

love your print and story behind it!


Linda said...

How fun, Suzanne! His work is truly imaginative, magical, and full of whimsy...I just love it! Thank you for introducing him to us!

quintessence said...

I adore Harrison's work!! I have been an admirer for quite some time - what a beautiful series!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, what a bundle of creative energy, talent, and vision! You are one lucky girl :) XOL

Sylvia said...

Dear Suzanne, thank you for bringing the attention of your readers to Mr.Harrison's work which is exceptional in many ways. I love the children illustration influence in it and the absence of traditional perspective. The colors and detail are amazing . I enjoy the "Flower & shell People" series, especially Rendezvous at Night . How lucky for you to have acquired some of his work as a present of your thoughtful mother.Such a wonderful story !

patty said...

delightful and joyful!

Lili said...

Thank you so much for introducing us to this wonderfully talented man and his charming works of art! I hope your collection grows and grows, I can see it could become addictive, his work is completely awesome! xo ~Lili