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The Reflection Series: Abstract Landscape Paintings

The Reflection Series | Paintings by Britt Fabello

This week I am releasing the 'Reflection' series out into the world. It has been some time coming because I felt the need to hold on to them a little longer and feel their strength. They have been hanging up on my studio walls guiding me along my way to the next stage in my art career. It does not due them justice to just say that these works have played a huge role in my creative path. Picking up the paint brush again last autumn to begin a new series brought these out of my creative soul. It felt like a cleanse. My hope is that when they find new homes, they can do the same for someone else.

  Reflection I

Reflection I

A little about the works...

The 'Reflection' series paintings are inspired by reflections of mountains in natural bodies of water. While evoking how we feel amongst such grand settings, they conclude that nature is grounding; it is humbling. Each work visually represents the process of clarity that comes from the moments we are able to escape to nature and process life around us.

  Reflection II

Reflection II

  Reflection III

Reflection III

When I stood in front of the first canvas and started putting black paint on it, I thought that I was going crazy. Working with darker backgrounds challenged my brush strokes and drags of the palette knife. It also forced me to slow down and be methodic in where I was going to create the balance in the pieces. The black background with the white and neutral layers, created a strong contrast on the pieces. While nature itself is soothing, more dream-like, the contrast in the work represents our everyday life in comparison to the moments of peace we get when we take a break and head to the mountains. The contrast in the work allowed for simplification of the settings. I wanted the work to show parallels to these reflections we find in nature to how our minds work processing/reflecting.

Digging in further to nature representing our own emotions, I realized in this series (and my Ocean Blue series) how true that statement really is. It is perhaps that when we pull ourselves out of a busy city, the streets of our towns, or the comforts of our home, and we put ourselves somewhere to breathe fresh air, that that is the closest we will ever get to understanding how we work and who we are. I believe in the importance of taking moments to sit back and watch nature take its course. By doing so, similar movements can be seen in how we can successfully manage our own lives. It is relatable to say that going to the mountains or escaping to the seaside, brings me back to my core. There is a reason why these spots are so highly sought after for a nice relaxing vacation.

  Reflection IV & V

Reflection IV & V

  Reflection VI

Reflection VI

  Reflection VII

Reflection VII

These simplified landscapes show that upon reflection, life can be simplified too.

 

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Event Recap: Primrose Hill Festival

We moved to Primrose Hill back in the fall and one of the main reasons we were drawn to this neighborhood was the sense of community. It's small but full of life. You can feel the pride that people have for this little corner of London. As we settled into our new spot and were making our flat our home, we got word of the Primrose Hill Festival. It happens twice a year and we were excited to see what it was all about when the first one rolled around in December. The whole neighborhood comes out for a day of celebrating the area with local vendors, great food, and live music. With the December market being centered around the holidays, it felt cozy and full of that Christmas cheer. It was clear at this point that we had made the right decision when picking a new neighborhood to put some roots down in.

As Spring was approaching, the neighborhood was buzzing with talk about the festival once again. I was really excited to see what this one would be like—a non-holiday themed event. My interest was peaked. Then, Rico came home one day and asked if I had saw they were looking for vendors so we started discussing if it would be a good place to test out tabling. As I've noted before, I'm more of a behind the scenes gal but this is my year to have grit so I decided it was worth a try. It felt important to put my face and name out there in my own neighborhood, or even just to connect more with the locals. So, I submitted, was accepted, and got to work at prepping for the big day!

It ended up being an amazing day, truly. I loved being able to meet new people and chat about everything from my work to life in general. We got to hear some beautiful stories from others about their journey to how they ended up in Primrose Hill or London. There was so much support and love felt. It made me feel welcomed and closer to my community. And, one of the best parts of all was having a constant stream of friends stop by and surprise me. Being a creative and someone who works as a soloprenuer, it's especially important to have friends like this. People that are reassuring, supportive, caring, and loving. I'll never be able to fully express my appreciation for those who came by.  I returned home at the end of the day completely blown away by it all.

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather we lucked out with but it felt even more alive than the December one. I'm definitely still buzzing from all the energy—even weeks after. I'm happy to be a part of this neighborhood and I am walking away from the festival having learned so many new things from jumping into my first ever tabling event. It will be exciting to see where else this leads! The biggest takeaway from it all though was a reminder to continue pushing myself outside my comfort zone.

My Artistic Journey: Illustration With Hand Stitching & Embroidery

Earlier this year I wrote about having more courage and taking the leap to create once again under my own name (here). It has been quite the process separating the blog from my work. In some ways, they still feel like they go hand in hand but each path felt like it needed its own space. With that, though, I don't want to build a fence along each path—I want them to still be able to come together whenever it makes sense. I enjoy talking about my design processes on here and revealing new projects. I also really really love being able to share any artwork that I am creating. It means a lot to be able to have an open space like this to chat about everything out in the open. An artist work just isn't the final product but (and maybe even more so) the process itself that it took to get there.

In my recent artwork I have been embracing hand stitching and embroidery. It forces me to slow down, learn some new techniques, and be intentional about my creations. Something I have always struggled with in my illustrations was the missing of the textile feel. I have found different ways to bring this into my pieces throughout my search and along the way—like using things like handmade paper that adds a lot of texture. This time around bringing out the needle and thread to see where it could take me was really unique for me. I've done some hand-stitching before for other personal projects like these handmade maps. It brought me back and I started to feel a passion flowing through me. My work felt more connected to my soul and I think (hope) it helps to bring the viewer closer to my work.

My obsession with texture and layering in different mediums is so the transportation to different places happens more easily. Sometimes that means connecting to the flower boxes that sit outside of the Primrose Hill homes and other times that means sparking a memory of a favorite chair. These images come to me and force me to make something of that imagery in my head. I am a strong believer that it takes more than just visuals to bring you back somewhere or to draw you in—and I mean really take you away. Maybe it's the sounds or smells that spark a memory. For me when I need places and objects to be deeper than just looking pretty. They need to tell a story, have depth, something unique. My recent drawings focus on texture to help bring more of this to life.

I'm feeling really good about the path I am not—not because it is easy—but because it is forcing me to really question myself as an artist. It is pushing me toward my roots and how my soul speaks. There's now a stronger connection between me and my work. I'm excited to see where this journey continue to take me.

Commissioned: Travel Drawings For The Global Creator

Back in the early fall I was commissioned to do a travel inspired illustration series. To be asked to do this was one of the best ah-the-world-gets-me moments. Over the past couple of months, I've been sharing a little bit about them on my art Instagram but since I have been getting a lot of inquiries about where to purchase, I figured I would open the book a little further to share my process and to better direct you all. Most of my personal art work revolves around my recent travels or are nature inspired. For me, it's about taking all the information that I am absorbing around me and trying to translate that into something to bring me back to certain moments in time. So when Amy Hayes, founder of The Global Creator, contacted me to be a part of her England collection for the online shop, I could not have been more excited. 

Our main reason for moving to London was to be able to travel more freely. We had a longing to get out to see the world and experience life in a new way—to shake things up. We've been enjoying London for two years now. I have so many visuals and all sorts of information whirling around in my head ready to come out on paper whenever the time is right. Travel has become my number one resource for inspiration. After being away in a new country and soaking up a different culture, I can't help but continuously feel transformed. Seeing the different architecture, wandering around the unique city lay-outs, and finding inspiration in different artistic approaches around the world. This series touches upon the key cities that have all won a spot in my heart. It felt good to finally get some of these locations down on paper and translated through my own artistic style.

These are all one-of-a-kind drawings—not prints. So when you head to The Global Creator, know you are purchasing a true piece of art that no one else will have. I believe in this process—one that is about the hands, the texture, the lines. It's not about mass production but connection to the individual piece. Each one was drawn by me on handmade paper. My hope with these drawings is to help connect others back to their favorite travel memories or to stir a little wanderlust up. These drawings show all different angles of these cities—some highlight an icon and others show what you can find when you wander a little further onto a side street or more local neighborhood.

Creating these brought me right back to some of the most amazing memories we have made over the past few years and I hope that they can do that same for others. Traveling is one of the best things we can do during this wild life of ours. It helps us to open our eyes to new cultures, ways of living, and to embrace one another. We all need that in this moment. I'm so thankful to Amy for letting me explore this series and pour out my recent inspirations onto paper.

Sending Love With Our 2016 Holiday Cards

Throughout the years we've done holiday cards off and on. Unfortunately they slip off our to-do list some times. I'm always regretful when we don't get around to it because I think it is an important way to show our family and friends some extra love during such a magical time of the year. This is coming more and more emphasized while we are living so far away from our loved ones. It is tough only getting to see our families just a couple times year but it's the little things like this that help make the in-between time so special.

This year we decided to hold ourselves to it and I took it upon myself to illustrate our own to make them extra unique! One of the elements that holds me back some years is being unsure of what card to send. Being a designer and artist, I'm typically picky and do want to do it myself but the time isn't always there to create them on my own. We've also given photo cards a thought but we feel like that should wait until we have a family of our own to make those special to that time in our lives.

When I set out to start brainstorming for this year's holiday card, I decided almost immediately that it would be fun to do an illustration of our very own Christmas set up in our new flat. It makes is a little more personable and unique to our lives here in London that our families and friends back home don't always get to be a part of. We've made it our own little way of sending love all the way from London.

Another reason cards were extra important to us this year was to not just send love to our family and friends far away but also to our friends right here in London. We've been here for almost two years now and what has made it feel the most like home for us are the people we have met. Being away from home is a little easier when you build your own network of loving souls who become your second family. We're lucky we have a group of people to celebrate holidays with and get every day loving support from. Living in London wouldn't be easy without all of them!

The holiday season is a reason to spread cheer and love to those who matter most to us. It's the perfect time to send that reminder out to let them know you appreciate them and are thinking of them during the spirited celebrating!

Sending so much love to all of you as well for your continued support all year long! Happy Holidays, Xo

Commissioned: Hand Lettered & Illustrated Rupi Kaur Poem

It's was a busy spring and summer in the studio working on all different projects from custom lettering to wedding invitations. I have been doing some serious slacking in sharing my work on here as each are finished. It's always fun to be able to walk you through more of my process as an artist so I have truly missed doing so. The best intentions have always been there but have unfortunately slipped through the cracks. As the year is coming to a close, I've set the goal for myself to pick this back up and welcome you all back into the studio to see more of what goes on in that side of the business.

One of the more inspirational projects I worked on during the summer was designing and creating a custom Rupi Kaur piece for a client's home and a couple extras for her to pass along on as gifts. The poem is so empowering and inspirational so it was very important not to overwhelm the words with too much distraction. The lettering was kept nice and simple. As we went through options for the lettering, we ultimately landed on a style that was a variation created and based off my normal hand writing to keep the emotion of the poem raw. Having the lettering stay in a more organic form brought a personal voice to the words as if they were being spoken directly the reader or written in a letter.

On the bottom of the pieces, I put my own twist on the mountain illustrations that Rupi Kaur uses as a representation in her book, Milk & Honey, to sit along side the poem. Strong, towering, powerful mountains connect so well to the words written by Rupi Kaur. Not only do mountains represent that strength but together as a mountain range, it shows the power of a community lifting each other up. I wanted to do it the justice it deserved. Talking with my client, we knew it wasn't right to make it frilly or focus on the beauty. That would contradict what these words represent, lifting woman up for their intelligence and strength. 

All together, it was relatively simple process. I worked with my client on a few rounds of rough sketches with different options and edits. The completed final drawing was done on a handmade soft off-white paper (my favorite). Lettering and illustration for the piece was created with a good ol' micron pen to supply a strong contrast to the paper and make it easy for the readers/viewers to be captivated by the words.

I love projects like this. Ones that represent something so much greater than just putting pen to paper. Getting to work on a piece that meant something to someone—to many people—and have it represent such an important message is a really unique opportunity that I am very thankful for.

Spotted: Peace Illustration In The Tiny Canal Cottage

The Tiny Canal Cottage motto: "you don't have to live large to live beautifully." Owned by Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman, the 1924 Craftsman-style home located in the Venice Beach Canals of California is 362 square feet full of love and absolutely stunning design. While the two call the cottage home, they also rent it out for shoots, commercial & editorial content creation, and product styling. And, you can totally see why!

The couple just recently revealed the nursery for their little babe on the way. And I must say that they truly worked their magic once again to show us all that their motto is nothing but the truth. The exciting part for me—my Peace Leavesdrawing found its way into the nook! Whitney and I connected a few years ago when I was just starting out. She is someone I look up to immensely and has always been a huge source of inspiration. Her impeccable taste makes it quite the honor to see my work make it into their beautiful home!

A lovely thanks to Whitney for the support! And a very happy congratulations and best wishes to the Mom and Dad to be! That little one is so lucky to constantly be surrounded by such a cherished home.

A New Beginning For The Etsy Shop

When I first started my own company, every single day I worked towards creating and building an Etsy shop full of paper goods from greetings cards to calendars. It was my first real step into the small business world. I learned so much from maintaining the shop and gained tools to grow my business to the next level. Over time, my business (which was then named Light Rust Studio—throw back!) evolved into a creative studio where custom work was put at the forefront of everything. That is where I found my true passion—creating unique branding, hand lettering, illustration, and stationery for people who were bold and adventurous like myself. 

It has been a heck of a journey and one that I am darn proud of. During a recent reflection and evaluation of my path, I realized that it was time for the Etsy shop to have a new beginning. It deserved some love and I want it to continue to exist as a part of the ride. So, when I started to sketching and drawing more as a part of my new morning routine, it naturally shifted to sharing my illustration with all of you and then making the shop be a place where my one-of-a-kind art work can have a home. I'm slowly but surely working on refilling it with pieces like these that truly mean something to me—and hopefully to you. These four drawings are a start and are surely not the end.

It's been a fun month getting this back up and running. I have felt really grateful to have all of you along by my side. The love and support given has meant so much to me—not just for motivation to get the shop going but it's an amazing display of community, something our world continues to need more of each and every day.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

Notebook Sketches: December 2015

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Notebook Sketches: November 2015

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Hand Lettered: Never Give Up

It's Auction Time: Ocean Blue Painting Series

Over the summer, I made the commitment to myself to get back into painting. After a few trips that involved the ocean, I felt a particularly strong calling to it and its meaning in my life. The strokes in the paintings all reflect the movement of the ocean. If you think about the way water acts and flows, it is much like the way life works. There are calm points and rough points. Sometimes two elements crash into one another. Things drift and comes back. I find a sense of peace in relating my work and life to the sea.

When I look out into the ocean, one word has recently jumped out in my mind over and over again—connection. There is so much connection involved in the sea: person to person, place to place, our body and our minds, our spirit to the earth. I think about how this one large body of water touches the coasts of countries all over the world. The ocean brings us all together as one living and breathing earth. As I stand on one side of the Atlantic Ocean, my family stands on the other. Our spirits are carried through the waves and our bodies move with it. The ocean, and water in general, is a symbol of wholeness—an element in life that brings us all back to a natural, refreshing state.

There is simplicity in finding inspiration in the ocean. Anyone who grew up near the coast knows its powers. It has a way of healing the soul and making you feel refreshed. For me, my five senses feel alive by the sea. The light glistens on the deep blue surface, the air smells and taste of salt, there’s the sound of the waves hitting the shore and the birds circling above, the sands slightly indents from our movements as we walk alongside the changing tides, and we feel our bodies floating, carried along with the waves. And even when we get home, we can still feel the water moving our bodies. My favorite feeling is going to bed after a long day at the beach. You close your eyes, feel like you are still in the ocean, and relax to the rocking of the waves. And like that movement that follows me back home, I allowed the inspiration from the ocean to come back with me into my studio when creating the Ocean Blue series. It comes from a place deep in my soul.

These paintings have helped me transform back into the artist I once was and allow my artistic roots to shine through. They proved to me that you can take these leaps and push yourself to be better, to work harder, to create out of passion and love. It is important to me that while I have such a strong connect to this series, that they go to homes that not only call for the ocean like I do, but also I want them to hang as a reminder of what we are capable in life. We are all here for a purpose and whatever that purpose may be, strive to make it a good life. So with that said, we are happy to announce that we are hosting an Instagram Auction starting tomorrow and ending Saturday highlighting the four remaining pieces we have from the series.


INSTAGRAM AUCTION DETAILS

THE PAINTINGS

We have a total four paintings from the series that we will be auctioning off. All were painted by me (Brittany Fabello) using acrylic paint on natural canvas. Each painting is unique and we have details for each below matched up with a picture of the painting so you can know exactly what you are bidding on.

THE SCHEDULE

We will be kicking off this auction on Tuesday, 2 November 2015. Each day at 3:00pm GMT (10:00am EST) a new painting will be revealed going from smallest to largest of the series. Bidding will continue on every painting until Saturday, 7 November 2015 at 3:00pm GMT. This means some paintings will have a long open bid time, and others will have only a day so be quick to stay on the painting your heart is after!

HOW THE BIDDING WORKS

Bidding is open to US, EU, and Canadian residents. Once the bid is open, you will comment under the picture of your desired painting with your bid and email. We ask that everyone bid in increments of $5.00. If you are not the first bidder, you must tag the last bidder in your comment so they know they have been outbid. Examples:

FIRST BIDDER: "seaofatlas $25 hello@seaofatlas.com"

FOLLOWING BIDDERS:  "brittfabello @seaofatlas $30 brittany.fabello@gmail.com"

Once the bidding is closed, we will announce all the winners by the end of the day on Saturday, 7 November. On Monday, 9 November 2015, we will be in touch through the provided email with details. Shipping will be free and all final invoices must be paid via Etsy or PayPal.


TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE FOUR

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 40 x 40 cm (15.5 x 15.5 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $75 (Originally $460)


WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE FIVE

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 50 x 70 cm (19.6 x 27.5 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $100 (Originally $618)


THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE TWO

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 60 x 90 cm (23.6 x 35.4 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $125 (Originally $773)


FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER

OCEAN BLUE THREE

+ Created in London, UK in July of 2015
+ 60 x 90 cm (23.6 x 35.4 in)
+ Stretched 100% natural linen canvas
+ Deep 38 mm edge (1.5 in)

Starting bid $125 (Originally $773)


Please join us on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 3:00pm GMT (10:00 EST), for our Ocean Blue Painting Series Auction. We are excited to get this rolling and have you all there to share the love of the ocean with us!

London Inspiration / March 2014

Last night we landed safely back in Boston after a wonderful stay in London. We had an incredible trip and were inspired by so much. Today will be a day of filling all orders as well as writing and sketching. My head is full of new ideas!