Thursday, October 20, 2016


Acrylic on canvas panel, 12" x 24"
© 2016 Fannie Narte

Where have you been?  I haven't seen you for a while.  Oh, wait a minute, I haven't seen me for a while ... I mean, you haven't seen me for a while.  ;-D

I missed you.

I'll tell you where I've been and what I've been doing in future posts, a little at a time.  At the present time, I have a new painting to share with you.  "New" in many ways.  "New" because this is an abstract piece.  In the past I've painted faces or still life, generally.  "New" because I "see" differently and I "express" what I see differently, than before, that is, before I went missing ....

Those who recognize my style can see that I've kept the "old" of using text in my art. There are four words in this painting.  Can you see them?

While I've been away, I collected a few new words, some from the dictionary such as 

P l a c i d n e s s
pleasantly calm or peaceful; unruffled; tranquil; serenely quiet or undisturbed:  placid waters.  Not easily upset or excited.  Not agitated physically.

And I created new words because the dictionary words didn't quite say what I wanted to convey, such as

L o v e J o y

I experience LoveJoy when I'm with my friends, family, husband, daughters and grandchildren. Just being with them, talking with them, sharing with them, creating with them, cleaning with them, traveling with them ... all of that is LoveJoy.

All of the silliness that goes on, and the chocolates ... those are LoveJoy too.

Tea Time is LoveJoy.  Some would say "Coffee Time."  I say "Tea Time" because that's my favorite drink.  So many flavors, the aroma of lavender and rose tea, yummy.  During Tea Time with me, you don't have to drink tea.  You can drink whatever you want:  coffee, juice, water, whatever.  It's your choice.  And that's another part of LoveJoy.  You get to be you and choose whatever fits you in a space that is free and without judgment.  It's a safe space just to Be.  Ahhhhh ... just Be You and I'll Be Me.

LoveJoy ...

It's good to be back, here, that is.  I hope to see more of you.  

Love and Hugszzz,

Sunday, February 7, 2016


JOY, Acrylics on canvas panel, 8x8"
© 2016 Fannie Narte

is being with
and sharing

Dear Sweet,

When I'm in a creative space, I flourish when surrounded by others who sing their own songs and move to the rhythms of their own beautiful heartbeats.  In this creative space, we are all joyfully at play.  Some share their work; some don't.  There are no expectations or rules.  Freedom reigns in a space of nonjudgment.  Each day we show up in our private space and just play and share and BE in the joyfulness of creating.

As we play and share, we eventually release the farkles that create noises, and which get in the way of the magical union between our brushes and our juicy colors.  

In this nurturing environment, Courage shows up and asks Fear to leave.  High-five, Bravo and Me-Too join the party. 

Confidence and Acceptance are late-comers, but that's okay because they bring chocolate desserts for all.

Finally, we are all singing the same song, just in different colors.  It sounds beautiful.

Thanks, Dreama for inviting me to your party.  The room was beautifully decorated, the videos are awesome, the DJ was the BEST!  I love BEing a DreamLovePainter.

Next art date is at my place . . . Please gently remind Confidence and Acceptance to arrive early because, I mean, you know, Chocolate enhances our play time.  By the way, wouldn't it be nice to hear Confidence and Acceptance sing with Magic?  Can you imagine what the three of them will create?  OMG!!!

Love and Hugszzz!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Seeking Joy

Seeking Joy, Acrylic, 8x8"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

During those stormy days,
sometimes it's enough
just to feel joyful and 
"Thank You."

Thank You!

Friday, June 26, 2015


Aloha, pigment inks and powder
© 2015 Fannie Narte

You are loved

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Courage, Love Notes/Bookmark

Courage, Love Notes/Bookmark, 2.5" x 5.5"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

I love words.  Spoken or sung, words are powerful.  Words can heal hearts and offer inspiration.

Courage to Be

Courage to stand

Courage to wait

You can find these in my Etsy Shop.

Share love, joy and cheer with a Love Note . . .

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt, 21" x 21"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

This quilt was hand pieced using dark blue, light blue, red and pink cotton fabrics. The background is a tone-on-tone off-white cotton fabric, and the entire piece was hand quilted. The blue binding was machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.

Hokulani is a Hawaiian word that means Stars from Heaven or Heavenly Stars. Its name is inspired by our voyaging canoe, the "Hokulea," and the stars who guided the navigation of its first voyage, the voyages of our Polynesian ancestors, and the voyages that continue today. 

The Hokulea and its voyages have come to represent many things to the Hawaiian people. At its core is the idea of our connection to all things, all people. In addition, it is a symbol of the seemingly impossible things that can be accomplished through the dedicated work and commitment from many hands. To me, the Hokulea represents "Aloha," the love, gratitude and wisdom of the ancients.

It was a joy to make this quilt.  I may make another Hokulani quilt using fabrics of other colors, maybe using batiks, my favorite fabric; Hokulani 2, Hokulani 3 . . .

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Royal Companion--A Peacock Purse

Blue and Red Peacock Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

New item added to my Etsy shop.  

Stippling the background took some time, and I think it was worth every second.  The tiny quilting gently pushes the peacock forward, and he becomes the focal point--the star.  Of course, a king needs to be properly dressed, so I had  to give him a crown by adding three light blue Swarovski crystals to its head.  To emphasize his beautiful cloak of feathers, I randomly added nine irridescent Swarovski crystals.

This was a fun project.  I bought other amazing Asian fabrics featuring cranes and fans, which I will turn into more "royal" purses.  Stay tuned . . .