Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune Favors the Bold – Now available in my Etsy shop

This mixed media assemblage was created using a weathered, salvaged board as the canvas. Various elements, typography and painting techniques come together with the message that “Fortune Favors the Bold.”

People often mistake financial wealth as a sign of having “fortune.” I like the definition I found when I was doing research for this piece:

for·tune
/ˈfôrCHən/
noun
noun: fortune; plural noun: fortunes

  1. chance or luck as an external, arbitrary force affecting human affairs

If that’s the case, then two things come to mind:

  1. “Fortune” can be anything – one can be fortunate in love or business or health or, yes, even money.
  2. We can manifest our own luck by being bold enough to pursue our dreams.

In this art piece, American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019) poses the timeless question:
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Once you decide, be bold and follow your heart. It will not lead you astray.

Measures about 14” wide x 6” high x 1 1/2” deep (not including the chain). The piece has a painted chain hanger = ready to hang on your wall.

Thank you for looking and thank you for your support of local artists. It means more now than ever!

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Pure Energy

“Pure Energy”

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

All I can say is this: if you want something badly enough, go for it. I can tell you from personal experience that Ben Franklin was right. This statement is true – 100%. It may not happen in the timeframe you think it should, it may feel like it is NEVER going to happen, and it will definitely take every ounce of energy you have and persistence you didn’t even know you had. You cannot give up, you must be patient, you must try hard to maintain faith. It may not be easy, it will most likely be terrifying. But in the end, if it is something you are truly passionate about, if it is something – or someone – you truly love, it will be the best thing you ever did.

By the way, this quote by Benjamin Franklin is my wife’s favorite. She’s the inspiration for this and many (maybe most) of my pieces of art. She’s also the reason I know this quote is true.

Put your energy into what you love, be brave, be persistent, follow your heart… You won’t be disappointed.

That’s what this piece is about. You can see more pictures of it in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrytopjun

Gifts for A New Year

Happy New Year!

As we move into 2021 we leave the last year behind us and start fresh with hopes of good things to come. In order to start the year right, I’ve updated my Etsy shop and added some new work. And in order to celebrate this with you, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed through Valentine’s Day 2021. Art is a lasting gift, whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one, and I’m hoping a visit to my shop will inspire you in some way.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY SHOP

Use coupon code HAPPYNEWYEAR to get free shipping, and be sure to check back often – I’ve got more new pieces on the way!!

I’m so grateful for all the love and support that comes from clients, family and friends throughout the year. I hope each of you has a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

New Art on Etsy

Now available in my Etsy shop…

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and art, like love, is original and enduring. These small mixed media assemblages make the perfect gift for someone special or for yourself! All are made with vintage paper and found objects on salvaged wood.

Check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrytopjun

Work Made Simpler

  
One of the best gifts ever from my dad and stepmom! This chop saw made quick and easy work of cutting up salvaged fence boards for small art. It’s helping me get ready for a couple of upcoming events… FOUND Treasures for Living will be participating in The Junior League Holiday Gift Market in Tampa, Nov. 10-13 and Atomic Holiday Bazaar happens in Sarasota, December 10-11. I’ll also be taking some new work to FOUND in Dunedin soon! 

For more info:

Holiday Gift Market

http://www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/mobile/

https://m.facebook.com/foundindunedin/

Beer Cap Flowers Revamped

  
“Beer Cap Flowers” are available at FOUND Treasures for Living in Dunedin!! These new pieces are a revamp of a previous design. Created with a vintage paper background, rusty beer caps found and collected from streets and parking lots, vintage ruler pieces and postage stamps, and inspirational quotes, all on salvaged wood. 

FOUND Treasures for Living is located at 475 Main St., Dunedin, FL 34698. For more info: http://www.foundindunedin.com or find the shop on Facebook & Instagram.

Small But Mighty

Words are a powerful thing… These pieces are no bigger than an index card, but hopefully they pack a punch. They’d make a perfect last-minute gift (only $18 each or 2 for $30 – more photos available on request). Created with vintage paper, ephemera and salvaged wood.