Look at this Pretty Little Number I found on Etsy!

I so admire the talents of those who inspire me as a painter, poet, and educator.  As I was browsing for unique and interesting items for a hand-picked treasury list for  Etsy, I found Amanda Archer’s store. This dress is so brilliant, isn’t it?  And she has a shop full of other offerings just as lovely.

And here is the link to the treasury list featuring another of Amanda’s dresses     https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTAwMTgwOTZ8MjcyNDYxMTUxMg/soft-sage?ref=pr_treasury

flowers and cream pleated collar dress from amanda archer on etsy

Amanda Archer for Etsy, Flowers and Cream Pleated Dress

Amanda Archer for Etsy, Flowers and Cream Pleated Dress on Etsy


New Work this Week and Just Listed

on Etsy as prints:    https://www.etsy.com/listing/153717200/decor-impressionist-fine-art-painting

Tess Farnham, "Study in Lavender and Light" acrylic on canvas, 24x30

Tess Farnham, “Study in Lavender and Light” acrylic on canvas, 24×30








Among Some of the New Works

This original mixed media textured piece was given to a friend as a thank you gift recently, but I’ve made prints of it now!   Here is a link to see it on Etsy.  🙂                https://www.etsy.com/listing/153525298/peach-purple-maroon-lavender-floral

"Carnival Glass Abstract" by Tess Farnham

“Carnival Glass Abstract” by Tess Farnham

Work, Work, Work

Been really busy with my Etsy site.  So much to do to get exposure.  Artists gotta pay the rent too.  😉

Yesterday it was soooo cold here, too cold to garden brrr. .. so I got to work writing curriculum for Summer Eng 101 and Fall Creative Writing. . .and put down some preliminary strokes for my new iris painting in progress.

Tired!  But here is my newly listed painting:


And in honor of Isadora Duncan’s birthday, here is my collage tribute to her:


The Beginning

So here I am starting a blog about my creative process and how it figures into surviving in “the end of days, Dear.”

These past few years I’ve been mostly working with mixed media, pastel, painting and collage, beginning with botanical abstracts mostly and then branching out into other areas.  Oddly enough my MFA is in poetry.  Graduated from Washington University with that in 2000.

So flowers.  I paint those mostly or I find ways to incorporate them into other themes and pieces.  Someone once told me that my work was all about escaping to some kind of heaven.  So if I had to categorize them, I guess I would have to say, “these pieces are about heaven.”


For example, this piece, called, “A Room with a View,” where I  have assembled a montage of feathers, glitter paper, gold paint and a movie still depicting Clark Gable and Jean Harlow floating in the ether  "Bathing Beauties"


Above you can see another work called “Bathing Beauties,” which is a mixed media piece incorporating vintage photos, pastel, lace, tissue and gel medium.

I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate links into this text, but for now if you want to find more of my stuff, you can go to Etsy.com and look up tessilustudio.  Thanks for checking this out!

But before you go, have a look at my newest painting, just listed on Etsy.com: