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Pillow Collection Web Grid 0410142Pink, yellow, soft green and blue: I’m so excited to launch the new Kathe Fraga pillow collection, based on my paintings.

My inspiration? 17th and 18th century chinoiserie with all the color and whimsical imagery that never fails to fascinate. Add to that the faded soft hues of vintage Paris.

The frescoes and murals and aged wall paintings  in the wonderful grand old French maisons and chateaux influence my work. I’m drawn to colors and patterns that reveal a story of old and of generations past. I love to paint  birds and flowers to tell a narrative of life and family, sweet gardens, roses, love and joy.

I hope you enjoy the new pillows, in silk or linen.

They are lined and each plumped with a feather/down insert and invisible zipper.

Merci mille fois!

xo, Kathe

P.S. The pillow collection is now available through Flowering Around, Bainbridge Island; Museo Gallery, Langley, Washington; and Jane McIntyre Design, Winchester, England. Pillows are also available through my website. Also, please visit the Live Happy Inspired blog. This San Francisco-based blog recently had a fun post pairing my pillows with furnishings/interior design. Finally, a big thank you to Leslie Wood of Chancellor Interiors for including my painting on her  Hadley Court design blog  in a post commenting on the current trends at High Point Market–a lot of pink and a lot of chinoiserie!

 

 

 

 

I love our rich rainy days here on the Island and how the heavy grey clouds hug us close–we’re shrouded in a cloak of sweet fog, the only morning sound, the blast of the distant ferry warning “we’re coming through, watch out!!”

The high-pitched screech of the eagle cuts through the drip of the raindrops. They’re looking to nest and  fighting off a seagull coming too close. The robins are everywhere, so busy, busy, busy. And the hummingbirds, so tiny but so loud as they swoop and forage. Everyone’s building nests.

We can’t wait for the swallows to return to us. Their three grey simple wooden houses are waiting, perched up above the the beach rock first floor to the safety of the grey shingled second story. They come back every year but we always wait with bated breath and wonder, “will they come back?”

Here comes Spring.

The daffys, a little wet and bedraggled have pushed through the damp soil in the little garden behind our old stone house, sunny and yellow. The age old camellias are a-blooming, red and pink and another pink right on cue.

On the porch,  the purpley blue hyacinths in their purpley blue hand hewn wooden planters waft their perfume into the front hall every time we open the door.

“After The Rain, A Spring Serenade,” my new painting on frescoed panel, inspired by the rain and the garden and bird friends!

I’m delighted to be part of Museo Gallery’s beautiful Garden Show-my 5th year. It opens April 5.

Please join me in celebrating Spring and all the wonderful artists at this joyous show!

Kathe Fraga - After The Rain, A Spring Serenade

After The Rain, A Spring Serenade, 36×24 inches, acrylic on frescoed panel

My paintings "Garden Dance" and "Cherry Blossoms" on Trophy Wife, episode 3 - with Bradley Whitford!

My paintings “Garden Dance” and “Cherry Blossoms” on Trophy Wife, episode 3 – with Bradley Whitford!

I was very honored and appreciative to see two of my paintings featured on ABC’s “Trophy Wife” with one of my favorite actors, Bradley Whitford! The two pieces, “Garden Dance” and “Cherry Blossoms”, reflect my love of soft green with pink and orange.

This is the third time my work has been featured on a TV series and I give a huge thanks to my art publisher, Grand Image, located in Seattle. Merci mille fois! It is so much fun to see my work included in these shows!

The two other shows that added my artwork to the set are “Is That You, Chelsea” with my turquoise painting “Chez Nous” and “The Office” — in Roseanne’s Barr’s “office” along with another favorite actor, Ed Helms! These “twin” paintings are cream with soft pink, titled  “Remembering I” and “Remembering II”.

Kathe Fraga's "Chez Nous" on the set of NBC's new show "Are You There, Chelsea?"Office 1

Three of my new pillow designs.

Three of my new pillow designs.

Happy News! The new “Kathe Fraga Home” pillow collection makes it debut this December at Museo Gallery, Langley, Washington!

Here’s a quick picture I took yesterday, (because I couldn’t wait to share it with you), but we’ll be headed to the photo studio for more professional shots of every design.

It’s taken over a year to introduce the new line based on my paintings. (Lots of color tweaking, design decisions, size discussion. Who knew that there would be so many details to consider?)

The pillows are available in either luxurious silk or lovely linen with plump down/feather inserts and best of all, they’re all made in the USA.

I was happy to donate a painting to Luxe Magazine’s recent “Battle of the Chefs” event to benefit a college scholarship fund for deserving young women.

What a good cause! And the “Battle” was fun too–groups of architects, designers and others competing in teams to cook up dishes with “secret” ingredients just like “Iron Chef” on TV.

Thank you Luxe Magazine publisher Debby Steiner for placing the winning bid on my painting–it couldn’t have gone to a better home!

Luxe Cover

I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming DIFFA GLAM: Tablescapes! It’s my third year of being involved with this very worthwhile event. And it’s fun! Fabulously decorated tables, auctions for fine wines and dining at some of the Seattle area’s best restaurants, and new this year — custom decorated wine buckets. I’ve created one of these unique buckets, along with Valley & Co, Heather Christo, Watson Kennedy, Amanda Pearl, The Gracious Girl and Masins Fine Furnishing.

I’ve painted my wine bucket to reflect my “French Wallpaper” series of paintings based on aged murals and papers from the 17th and 18th century grand manors and castles of France. My work is also influenced by my love of vintage chinoisserie—so lots of pinks, oranges and blues.

In addition to my hand-painted, one-of-a-kind wine bucket for DIFFA, I’m also including a 12×12″ painting, “Pink Kiss” (with one of my favorite motifs–hummingbirds!) along with a bottle of pink champagne and two sets of Kathe Fraga greeting cards-16 total, all with a different look based on my paintings. (My painting is valued at $500.)

If you’d like to know more about my work, please visit my website.

I’m also very happy to announce that I’ll be giving away two pairs of VIP tickets to attend DIFFA Glam valued at $150 per pair. Please leave a name and comment on this post by October 4 and I’ll pick the lucky winners’ names from a hat!

The DIFFA GLAM: Tablescapes event will take place at the beautiful Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design in Bellevue on Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 pm. You can find out more about the event here.

If you haven’t heard about DIFFA and the important work the organization is doing, here’s a little background information: DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.

Hope to see you there! Happy bidding!

I had the opportunity (and fun!) of painting a variety of platters/dishware for the upcoming “Art of the Table” auction (see previous post) to benefit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. More than 20 artists were invited to contribute hand-painted pieces and the results were wonderful to see. Thank you to Margaret Stine and BIMA for hosting a lovely reception at the museum last night for the grand unveiling and display of the finished work, all fired and glazed. Here are a few shots of my work.

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