Pearle Northrop

Artist Statement
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started taking what I do seriously and it took even longer to consider myself an artist. I love to paint whatever I can get my hands on from things as small as a Scrabble® piece to as big as a dresser and hopefully even bigger someday. Whatever it is I will paint it. I love transforming trash into treasure literally. Imagine that a chair that came from a dumpster (2006) made it into a museum (2009). It blows me away to think that something I did creates a sense of awe in a viewer’s eye.
I was talking to a friend a few years back about my love for furniture, my relationship with chairs in particular. There was a chair that I found discarded and ultimately forgotten. I came upon this chair accidentally. I wasn't looking for a relationship. Anyway, the chair was a very handsome chair with so many things to look at. His back was decorative; his arms were long and lean. His legs...I have never seen such beautiful legs. But he was beaten down. His self-esteem had long been worn out. His seat, which was repeatedly upholstered over years, was torn and faded. His stuffing was busting out revealing his age and loss of pride. Me, being a care taker and rescuer of sorts....picked up the chair and brought it home. He sat at the top of the stairs for a few weeks in a corner. My friends however saw this chair and commented on how ugly he was. They wondered why I had him in my home commenting on how dirty he was and how unattractive he was due to the years of neglect. I ignored them and kept him around. Finally one day I decided to put him on my coffee table and take the layers of cloth and wool stuffing off of his seat. Then I cleaned him, primed him and painted him black. Three months later I sat back and looked at him and this is what I saw.....A chair, a man restored...but not only restored but given a whole new purpose. He was beautiful again. He was unique and wonderful....The same chair that my friends were grossed out now a chair that they ask permission to touch. Amazing.....One thing is for certain...NOTHING STAYS THE SAME! Change is inevitable and what is ugly or dirty or discarded as trash can be saved, can be rescued and can be made shinier than new!
Taking discarded forgotten pieces and giving them their self-esteem back is a passion for me. Living in a world where we discard things so easily I’d like to think I am making an itty bitty difference.
Pearle Northrop

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A couple chairs...Digging the picture

Painted Wood Charm thingys

I painted these wood pieces yesterday. I actually had fun painting these...Little and sweet. I may be influenced by the wonderful sights of green out my window....Spring. Spring is such a lovely time of the year and makes me a bit whirly twirly and somersault happy! xoxox
Charms: $32 each

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shattered Blue

I worked hours on this ornament. It was lovely. I had it out in my living room because looking at things painted blue w/ white glittered paint makes my heart happy. I like when my heart has flutters of visual happiness....the strange part of this is that when it fell yesterday and shattered on the floor, I wasn't angry or even sad. The strange part about it falling and busting into hundreds of pieces made me feel a burst of joy. What a bizarre emotion to feel when something I worked so hard on falls to its end. So I grabbed a camera and took a photo because I wanted to savor the moment longer than it actually lasted...I watched it all happen as if it were slow fell from my hand, hit the dresser top, rolled and fell....and POP it burst. It was a mundane itty bitty experience that I dug.

Birdhouse Jewelry box thingy...$138.00

I am nearly finished w/ this but wanted to share it before its absolute completion.....not much is left to do on it other than dots and then a few coats of polyurethane. 
It will be lovely when it is finished and although simple...I am really digging  it.
Birdhouse/Jewelry Box now available: $138.00
Painted Necklaces: $32 each

Monday, April 26, 2010

Old Pictures that make my heart thump!!

I recently rediscovered pictures of my grandparents....from the 1940's. My Grandfather was the love of my life and every time I think of heart thumps! He was by far one of the most loving human beings in my life...

Things I have painted recently and random

I have started painting new barrettes and I am thinking they will be pretty cute. I am also working on some other little things. These will be available soon at the Five Crows Natick at $20.00

This wonderful moon is such a groovy thing to hang in a child's room or anywhere actually.

And then....there was a purple Pepper/salt mill. I really dig this one!

Clip it!

Clip boards..I decided to make the clip boards bright and lovely. Something to add a bit of unique grooviness to an otherwise pretty boring useful thing.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Boston Marathon 2010

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston race Monday, finishing in 2:05:52 to shatter by 82 seconds the course record set by four-time winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who’s not related. I dig this picture of him passing me because both of his feet are off the ground. I think it makes him look light as air!

I asked Reagan to turn and smile...and this is what I got...Reagan's cute face w/ runners behind...perfect...what I didn't plan for was the Mini-mouse dressed male runner to come along! Excellent.

I didn't paint today. I was distracted by the constant flow of runners who passed through my town. We had wonderful seats.
It was a lovely day.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Is working hard!

So, I haven't exactly been creating master pieces but I have been creating little useful things such as hair clips and clip boards. Little nothingness that create a somethingness.
I am excited, my 17 year old son is coming up for 5 days next week from CT. I am looking forward to this visit. He is such a great kid.
My Children:

I will be submitting two pieces to the Danforth Museum to hopefully be selected to be exhibited in one of their upcoming shows. I get nauseous and excited about this whole ordeal. I am so afraid of rejection. I force myself to do these things because I wont know if I don't try.
Click here for the Danforth Annual Exhibitions.
 I called the woman who had me paint a High Chair and asked if I could borrow it. She said yes! I will submit that and the Butterfly Table....I think. Whao! My nerves feel twisted because I get told a lot that my furniture isn't "real" art. Honestly, it is little stings that cause the biggest damage. A lot of people also tell me it is but my fear of failure and rejection listens to the negative so much more than the positive. HOW DO I SHUT THAT OFF?

Submission #1
Submission #2
I think these are good choices.
I am having an inner struggle going on....wish I weren't. I feel like a fraud. I wonder if other artists feel like a fraud am I am artist or am I pretending to be one? It is absurd....A lot of the artists I meet seem to together and confident....I am always doubting myself and my ability or so called talent. Amazing how contests can make me just want to crawl inside myself and hide. I can't be alone w/ these ridiculous insecurities. OI!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rocking Chair....complete.

An itty bitty accomplishment....hardly worth mentioning but mentioned nonetheless

Today I finished 3 clip boards. i realize this is not some great feat but it is something considering I have had a huge battle with my creative flow and my endless wrestle with the brush. It seemed nothing was going right for weeks now. The paint wasn't spreading smoothly, the finishes were a disaster and in the end my frustration caused everything to be a mess. I completed 3 clip boards w/out any problems. YEAH! For a while there I felt as if I may have had a Little Black Rain Cloud!

Friday, April 2, 2010

An Ode to Pearle...Written by: Kim Hillard


Today I received a wonder email from a friend. She is a poet. I was lucky enough to be invited to hear her read a couple weeks ago at Gallery 55 , an Art Gallery here in Natick. 

I was very pleased that Kim shared with me a poem about me. This is incredibly special to so is my developing friendship with Kim. Thank you! 

Inspired by your painting...

Kimberly Hillard 
hey Pearle - this is for you! I was inspired by your painting. I hope you like this!

Ode to Pearle

She sees the world in patterns
Swirling, dancing, flowing
Filling her thoughts with design.

She lifts the brush and dabs -
Dots, wisps, textures emerge,
Beauty exploded, fantastical.

She paints, mesmerizing;
Detailed, intricate, tiny
Each stroke deliberate.

She is vibrant and radiant.
An artist without doubt.
Not a diamond in the rough -
A Pearle!
Copyright 2010 Kimberly Hillard

April is Autism Awareness Month

Click Here: Autism Awareness 
Eliza is the daughter of a friend of mine. She is inspiring and wonderful. Even though Autism may not affect your life directly it is estimated that eventually everybody will know somebody with Autism. Knowledge is power.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Forcing out the Creative flow....

 I decided to order business related things yesterday in hopes that it would trigger my on button. I have not been painting consistently and find myself in a state of despair because of this non-productive slump. To Do List: paint clip boards. Goal: Complete at least 5 things today!!!