Sunday, May 23, 2010

Button Town

So continuing on through Button Town--we're now in a more upscale neighborhood, and this home deserved to be on a 24 x 16 canvas--

 

 
 
This neighborhood has tape measures that line the sidewalks--
 
 
 
 
And I found this ornamental tree there--
 
 
 
 
 
Look at this--It's a triptych!
 
 
 
So why are alot of us attracted to buttons--old and new?  Everytime I see them at a flea market or garage sale,  I grab them.  I have so many buttons--I think that if I laid them end to end, they'd end up in California.  Okay, I may be exagerating a bit, since I live in Pennsylvania.  But you know what I mean--I have alot of buttons.  I don't even use them that much either. I think it's because I'm fascinated with  their history.  Were they ever used before?  Did they come off of someones clothes?  And if they did, whose clothes were they on, and who would take the time to remove all of those buttons?  How old are they--where did they come from?  Oh, if only buttons could talk!
 
P.S. For those of you who didn't see it, you can still sign up for my giveaway.  I'll be picking the winner on May 26.  You can sign up here to win her--


 

47 comments:

ShabbyChicShaz said...

A girl can never have too many buttons - another saying I live by, lol. Loving your work with buttons

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Beautiful work!!!! I love buttons, too. I have two bags full of all different types of them. Haven't used them...yet. But I am think I'll be able to incorporate them into something soon! :) Theresa

Micki said...

Beautiful work Diane!
I too am a lover of buttons, I hardly ever use them but have jars full of them, I save all the buttons that come with new clothes and I have heaps of vintage buttons and bright funky ones too...now all I need is a use for them :)

Micki x

Kelly Berkey said...

Hi Diane,
I collect buttons also...but never use them. I'll have to get inspired by you:-)

I'm having a blast in Suzi's class. Almost finished with a couple more. Lesson three looks awesome!
Hugs and love,
Kelly

Createology said...

Such a happy place you have created with Button Town. Your attention to detail is what makes it delightful. Happy creating...

Butterfly Works said...

I love all the details...you could look forever and still new things....the buttons add so much....I love buttons too since I was a child I have had to touch them when I see new ones....
Great Job...
Hugs

Martha Lever said...

I love buttons too. There's just something about them. My mother had a tin of them and I love them then. I should use buttons more. I think you described it just right---if only they could talk. This is a fabulous piece!!!!! I think Lee is our next American Idol, do you?

daisydolls said...

The tape measure for the side walks is such a nice touch. I also love the silhouettes of the children, it's just precious!

Manon Doyle said...

Love your work and the buttons in it. Very cool! I don't collect buttons but I admire them.

Susan HP said...

So beautiful! The colors, the design, the buttons! Fabulous!

WendyK said...

Thank you for visiting my Blog. I've tins full of buttons as well, used to love playing with a tin full as a child.
Love your work, the picture is fabulous.

WendyK said...

Forgot to say; I love the ones with the birds on, in my favourite colours as well. Fabulous pieces.

Debby said...

Love this post, I love collectiing buttons and I adore your button town, beautiful.
debby

Marilyn Rock said...

Love your Button Town! I just adore buttons and use them so often in my art. You are so talented Diane! But - I knew that :) xxoo

Pamela Holderman said...

Well for sure if you lined up my buttons to meet yours we could definitely reach across the U.S. The funny thing is that I am very miserly with them when I try to decide which go on my art and might leave home if the piece should sell. lol. I just might like to live in "button town".

Trisha said...

I love buttons too! The button houses are so great.

Say It In Color said...

These are great!!...love the tryptich ones....and the houses and buttons.....more please!!

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Another beautiful creation! I wanna come over and play art with you. :) These are really lovely Diane!

♥Jenny

La Dolce Vita said...

button town is pretty adorable! I do have bags of buttons!! fun and cheerful work!

Emelie said...

I certainly like the little shadow figures on these and actually the whole design of each. Clever and pretty. I can see they take some planning, you have a way with color and your colors always seem antique in your designs.

I came in to blog a bit, I am being held hostage in the garden.
I don't mind so much but I do love to paint. Also it is nice to have a clean house and not stuff here and there all the time.

Summer is like that and really we have to pause and love it.

Beth A. said...

Love your artwork!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Just love all the details in this piece.. your eye has so many places to play! When my grandmother died, the only thing i really wanted was her tin of buttons.. cut off of all her old clothes over the years.. There is just something sacred about it to me.. When I was a child I would play with it, dumping it out and finding matches.. what fun!

Saschi said...

diane! you are on a creative roll! good for you! i've never collected buttons. but i see where you're coming from. i aspire to collect old valentines cards and post cards. these items have a tendency to make me sad also. do you ever find yourself saddened by a button? just a sad little button.........

Janet Ghio said...

Love your houses and the triptych! I have a button collections also--I need to get those out and use them!

Monica said...

both this and your previous work turned out so lovely. great style.

Silke said...

This is so cool! I love all the buttons on your painting. That makes me remember my mom's button collection and how I would organize it again and again as a little girl. What fun!! Hugs, Silke

Dorthe said...

Diane, I am so in love with this painting, love the checkerboard and measure on top, the sweet village visited of wonderfull and colorfull birds, and all the buttons "living" there.
Have a great monday,dear-
xo Dorthe

wanda miller said...

i love the buttons and the birds and your work!!!

Jeanne Nelson said...

More beautiful pieces of art, Diane! Love the button village, and the tryptich is stunning! So much to see within these pieces; I could stare at them for hours, and continue to find new things.

Buffy said...

Theres always an upscale neighborhood right outside of town,LOL I love yours and your set of three is gorgeous,love the bottom where it says home and I too have a button thing,I don't know why,I think its all the colors,I have a jar of just white buttons(my favorite)I love all the different shades of whites.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am drawn to buttons, too. You can always tell the new from the old.

This is a gorgeous and very colorful mixed media piece. I so love it. Of course, if it's got a bird on it, that makes it even more fun.

Saschi said...

diane,
you are a wonderful artist and you are a good person
i mean you are truly a good genuine person. so everything that you do will be blessed and god will take care of you. your comments are little rays of sunlight to my blog. and your work is always sunshine too.
you are just good people
and i love you.
you have a real good day my friend.

Kelly said...

I've just stumbled onto your blog, and wanted to say how much I like your work! And I agree - buttons can be so interesting - if only they could talk... Then again, maybe it's a good thing they can't! I would hate to hear what my buttons would be saying..."I can't believe you washed me in hot water!" or "You sewed me back on with the wrong color thread!" anyway, I got a little offtrack, but just wanted to say your work is fantastic. Have a good day!

Annette Q said...

I know what you mean Diane! They look so pretty all put together, I have spent a lot of time photographing them and my hubby looks at me like I'm a bit crazy!
Love these pieces too.
Okay... I'm off to enter that giveaway :-)

pammyjo said...

I'm totally relating to the buttons. Love this post.

simplydelicious said...

Love this!! I love to use buttons and yardsticks in my art whenever possible!! have stacks and stacks of yardsticks and jars and tins of buttons! Have a great day!
~Karen

little sheep said...

really cool stuff! must find my button collection...

sharon said...

Sooooo beautiful Diane! The birds, the houses, the details!! Just like home!
Hugs!

joyfulploys said...

Hi Diane...love your buttonscape! This is a cool idea.
Cheers,
Mary

Queen Bee said...

Absolutely, positively fabulous!

Holly Loves Art said...

I want to move into THAT neighborhood! Just adorable!!
Hugs,
Holly

Kim Palmer said...

Popped in from Lovey's eye candy post and so glad I did. Love button town what a hoot! Great pieces here I will be back!

Julia said...

Hi Margaret,
Lovely to meet you!...
Thank you for your lovely comments re my art..
I love what you are doing...I too loooove buttons and have squillions...its moreish, anytime I go past Op shops I swoop in...but these days the price things dont they so bargains are hard to find...I've taken to buying little sheer georgette print tops to cut up the material for my textile peiecs too...xx..stay in touch..julia

Linda said...

Fabulous artwork....with that special 'Diane-style'. The colours work beautifully.
I like altering buttons with paint and alcohol inks - is that sacrilegious ;-)

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Lovely pieces Diane! Thanks for signing up for my giveaway and to follow my blog!

Marlynn said...

Oh, Diane - I have such a love affair with buttons - their history alone tickles my imagination. Love your houses in Button Towne!

Sue J said...

I think everyone has a thing for buttons. I know when we were kids if clothes were being chucked out mum would always take the buttons off first and it's something I continued with. I don't know if there was a button shortage in the war or what. I do know that they can be quite expensive to buy if you want something a little different.

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