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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Inspiration: The '80s (Part One)

Rainbow Brite

As far back as I can recall, I've been addicted to color. After all, I grew up in a room with a rainbow mural. In true '80s style, I watched Rainbow Brite, played with My Little Pony and coveted all things Lisa Frank. Much of my art is influenced by these '80s icons. Rainbows, hearts, stars, unicorns, and lollipops are just a few of the '80s themes that inspire me today. 

Lisa Frank stickers

Donuts with Rainbow Sprinkles
© Sharon Whelton

Get out your Trapper Keeper and check out these vintage Lisa Frank stickers (right) with their adorable little munchies, like donuts and lollipops! As a photographer, I always keep an eye out for such tasty-looking treats, like "Donuts with Rainbow Sprinkles" (above) and "Pink and Yellow Unicorn Lollipop" (below).
Pink and Yellow Unicorn Lollipop
© Sharon Whelton

I've been building a lollipop collection in preparation for a photographic series featuring lovely ladies with lollipops to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can be sure that rainbows and stars will make an appearance or two.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Inspiration: Glass (Part One)

Reichenbach Mirrored Balls and Blue Herons, 2006
Temporary Installation
New York Botanical Garden - Bronx, NY

In 2004, I fell in love with glass while attending "Chihuly in the Garden" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Beautiful glass sculptures were placed throughout the gardens, some of their forms so organic, it was as if they had sprung from the ground. From organic garden installations to whimsical fountains and chandeliers, the work of Dale Chihuly continues to inspire me today. 

Cobalt Fiori 2007
Temporary Installation
Phipps Conservatory - Pittsburgh, PA

Boathouse Aquarium - Seattle, WA

Friday, September 24, 2010


Hi there boys and girls! Let me tell you my plans for this wonderful thing called a "blog." I intend to share with you my ideas, inspirations and opinions. I hope that this blog will also be a resource for other artists and Etsy sellers.