I am excited to announce my latest collection, Favorite Things for Lang. This collection is meant to make you smile. It is such a joy receiving comments from friends and fans; just knowing my art has touched someone's heart is so rewarding.
Today, I will be doing a live chat on facebook/thelangcompany at 2-3:00 CST, if you have any questions.
Along with the live chat is a short video of my studio chatting about my sun painting and my other collection, Elegance.
And there is more....
I am always interested to know what style speaks to my friends and family. The Elegance collection was created in a very different way from the paintings of Favorite Things. Elegance Collection is nature-inspired, filled with vintage etchings, patterns and sophisticated, collaged motifs with inspirational quotes.
Part of being an artist, for me, is mixing up artistic techniques which create such completely different results. I hope both are enjoyed!
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I am thrilled to show the talented work of clothing designer Heather Bentley, Curious Georgia and Chrissi Richards, photographer extraordinaire. What does it take to get to this place where I can make a blog entry about this? Well, I thought it would be fun to explain the process....It starts with designing the fabric, that's my part, after going to vintage stores and doing much research, I designed a collection called Tea Party, soft gestural illustrations were made of tea pots, tea cups, roses and tasty little desserts. Timeless Treasures and I work together to get the collection just how we want it and then it is manufactured. Almost year later the fabric is delivered to specialty quilt stores and on-line quilt stores to be sold. From there, I asked Heather if she could design some cute little outfits with this fabric. The fabric is sent to her, where her designing and sewing magic happens in her creative studio, Curious Georgia. From there, the outfits were sent to Chrissi where she creates the mood and finds the right accessories to photograph her adorable models in these sweet Tea Party dresses. A collaboration of love and mutual respect. Whew! On to the next collection....
Posted Thursday, May 02, 2013
In honor of Arbor Day, I thought I would post my calendar tree art paying homage to trees, celebrating trees in a conceptual way called Trees for All Seasons.
My most recent creation is a collage-painting of a tree that is 36"X36"canvas. The working title options so far...Loving Tree, Tree of Love...any ideas, anyone? If you would like this canvas for your home, email me and I can give a quote on a size and price.
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It's here! It has been made, Feline Fantasies Kitty Cushion. This cushion was made with a foam interior with an oval cut-out in the top foam layer so Tangee has a cozy cove to get comfy in. The zipper is handy, for washability and I love incorporating all the fabrics from this collection along with a ditzy, filigree print to cover the piping from my fabric stash. Tangee's tail was wagging when I put him in his new bed, so lets hope he likes it...we'll see.
Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Introducing, Feline Fantasies licensed to Timeless Treasures. I thought it would be fun to show the process in the development of this collection. I started off by painting a Tabby cat inspired by our family pet, Tangee. The sketching process was fun and thinking about what they dreamed of. After getting a "go-ahead" from Timeless Treasures, I painted each cat and the little icons for each one. Creating accent fabrics, multi-colored mice and paw prints were developed to compliment the star toss print. The foam covered cushion with all of these fabrics have not been sewn yet, but I will post it when it is done. Any cat lovers out there? WOuld love to see what you do!
Posted Friday, March 15, 2013
On those chilly nights, what could be better then sipping on some comforting, creamy potato soup? It is so easy to make and so tasty. Here is how to make it. In a big pot on medium high, stirring occasionally, add these ingredients...
5 Cups of water
3 chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes
5 Cups of chopped Idaho potatoes
2 Cups of chopped carrots
1 Cup of diced onion
1 Cup of celery
2 Cans of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery (I prefer Cream of Mushroom)
Reduce heat and add
1 Cup of cubed Velveeta Cheese (optional)
1 Cup of diced mushrooms (optional)
2 Cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken (optional)
Serves about 8 people
Great with Artisan Bread or crackers
Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013
One of my favorite things is learning about other creative people and showing off their wonderful work. I recently found some totally cute dresses made from my Lift Your Spirit collection by Cindy Fix at her Etsy studio called 8th Day Studio. I wrote to her and asked if she could tell me a little bit about her. I just love Cindy's spirit and her letter gives us a glimpse into her world.
I'd be honored to be mentioned in your blog! I can't tell you how much I love this fabric -- a year ago I made a set of pillowcase dresses like the ones on my Etsy site, for my niece who was expecting twins. One dress had the blue on top and yellow on the bottom; the other was reversed. I made hair bows to match. They were the hit of the baby shower, and she LOVED them!
As for my creative life.... hmmm.... Mom taught me to sew when I was 8 years old. I was the third of four girls. I figured if I was ever going to get to wear something that wasn't a hand-me-down twice over, I'd better learn to make my own clothes! And I did. Took a flat pattern design class in high school, and that added a whole new dimension to my sewing career. Majored in fashion design in college, but plans got waylaid by marriage and babies, so I never did finish, but kept sewing and creating nevertheless. Fast forward 25 years -- my daughter and I started an online boutique for little girls; I made the clothes, she made the bows -- and we had fun with that until SHE started having the babies. Four of them in five years.... no time for bows anymore. So here I am on Etsy, doing what I love best. Bright, colorful fabrics just speak to my heart, and that's why I was immediately drawn to your fabric, Wendy!
Thanks for the opportunity to be featured in your blog!
Cindy Fix @ 8th Day Studio
When you have a chance, check out Cindy's studio...maybe the perfect gift will be found for a loved one in your life. Have a great day!
Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Introducing the latest collection I have made through Timeless Treasures called Tea Party. A beautiful, sweet tea party is such a wonderful way to spend time with friends whether its formal and elegant or country and quaint. Inspiration develops through research...finding beautiful imagery, taking a trip to a local antique store and considering the artistic style in which this collection would take shape. I look forward to seeing all the beautiful creations.
Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2013
If you haven't found a calendar yet for 2013, how about Check Chic at Lang.com http://www.lang.com/pbendecasearch/result/query/?Ntt=wendy+bentley. Along with this 2013 calendar I created, there are some other fun products that would match this calendar too and many are on sale!
Here is a wonderful oversized ceramic mug that comes in a beautiful box. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend.
Along with this mug are the most stylish post-it notes. One of these post-it notes will not go unnoticed on this Check Chic variety pack.
We're always on the go these days, right? Well, I almost never go anywhere without at least a little bit of coffee to sip on along the way. There are two wonderful "to-go" travel mugs, Check Chic (ON SALE!) and Check Chic Blossoms.
I am particularly fond of the cherry blossoms and the fabric covered journal and note cards because my mom and I worked on the quote together, "The fragrance of new blossoms awaken sweet memories." My mom is a wonderful writer, her poems are so touching, it is such a pleasure to work together on these projects.
Well enjoy all these items and check out some of the other options on the site too. New products will be coming throughout the year. Happy 2013!
Posted Friday, January 11, 2013