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 27, 2011

Danforth Annual Juried Exhibition is here again...

I submitted two pieces this year for the Annual Exhibitions at the Danforth Museum.
I didn't submit furniture this year but instead I entered my Dot Dot Dotting By Pearle
Entry #1
Bowl & Orb

Blue side of the orb

Bottom of the bowl

Entry #2
Up-Cycled Trader Joe's Cookie Box

So, there are my two entries. Lets hope I get at least one...It would be wicked cool! ♥ 

Letter from Trader Joes about the origin of this box...


Thank you for your feedback and inquiry.  We offered our Orange Cardamom
Cookies in this box for the winter holidays several years ago.  This
packaging was exclusively picked just for this product by our supplier.
However, we do not have any specific details available about this
packaging.  We are sorry we cannot assist further.

Trader Joe's 
Customer Relations

*On a side note: If anybody does know any more about the Trader Joes Cookie box that would be cool.
Also...totally looking for more. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

New~ Dot dor dotted Vase

This vase took me a little over 20 hours to dot. It was quite a journey.
I really do love finding things that I can just paint away on.
This will be my last Blue and Green piece for a short while.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Free & Groovy (sigh)

I work Crisscross applesauce on the floor...and in the middle of all my creative chaos are my cats! What I don't quite understand is why they MUST drink the rinse water. I always provide them w/ fresh drinking water in the kitchen...but they step over brushes and paint to get to my rinse water....Why? They wont tell me.....any ideas?

It's where my head goes....

The music is flowing through my house. The paint is glistening as I place each dot on this vase I am working on. My head is spinning with thought...from one life happening to the next~ I feel as if I am getting lost in the maze that has been my life. I have hit a lot of Dead Ends! Whoa! Back tracking to another path that perhaps leads me to a groovier way of living. I think I am on the right path now...
Amazing...I start painting and my head head head journeys through time with ease and grace. It's like dreaming out loud while I am awake! Is it safe to say that each piece I create no matter how big or small is a puzzle piece of my dreams? For sure! Absolutely! Only in my dreams do dot dot dots equal beauty in a Pearle♥ way of thinking....Two objects intermingling to be one!
I can't imagine I am the only one that feels or thinks this way...when the inspiration hits, when the outside world pauses so not to interrupt...Get lost in the forest of creation! ♥
God has given me something that is unique to me
No matter the difficulties...It will be the Gifts of God that get me through
Reagan Took this picture! Look up!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It may be STUDIO time...

Reagan is home...Spring break!
She asked me if she could have a sleepover and it made my stomach twist! We live in a small two bedroom apartment and the entire living room has been taken over by my work. I feel sort of guilty. I mean...She should be able to have a sleep over w/ out it becoming a HUGE ordeal. I want to say yes but Where are the couches? OMG! One couch works as my shipping couch....boxes, tissue paper, labels etc. Where is the coffee table? Oh...over is my photo studio now! WOW!
I MUST GET A STUDIO! It is official...I just need to do it! My work has taken over our tiny little home and it is affecting our social life. I'll have to start trying to make some money so I can sock it away for a studio!
Praying for sales & maybe donations....I need to make this happen. Dreaming will be my reality! ♥
I am feeling so very optimistic about our future....Reagan has been very patient and supportive. What a great kid I have...I need to make this right for her so that she doesn't resent my work.
Free laying on our couch...Yikes I got paint on EVERYTHING!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Green & Blue Dot Dot Dotting

After many hours, roughly 19 I dotted this wooden bowl and the ceramic orb. I think they are fantastic! I love the swirly way the dots go...This was a trip I really enjoyed!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Butterfly Tall Pepper Mill...Mr.Dudley

This pepper mill is 11.5 inches tall. I found it in a clearance section...It is a Mr. Dudley Pepper Mill. Good strong quality w/ a Pearle♥ touch! Totally Functional Art
Now available @ my Etsy Shop

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dot Dot Dotted Ceramic pots/bowls ♥

I bought these wonderfully ugly pots at a local shop up here (Building19). They really were not the most attractive things...but the shape is wonderful! As soon as I saw them I knew I needed to paint them. This is where they took me and I have to admit...I am quite pleased.
Will be available at The Five Crows in Natick.
I am thinking I may go buy some more to do..if they still have them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dot Dot Dotting....I am on a Dotting frenzy!

I am dot dot dotting away...I am really feeling the flow of just Dot Dot Dotting away!
Any guesses what this is?
This took me 6 hours to dot...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Free & Groovy


Free a.k.a. Fat Free

Fat Free


AH~ Stretch Groovy

I was just thinking as I was working how my kitties are always near me when I am working! They swipe the wet paint w/ their tails, they knock over my brushes, they step on paint and leave paw kitties are near me every step of the way w/ every project. I use to think my rinse water evaporated rather quickly but it turns out...My kitties drink it!
I don't know if I can remember a time when there wasn't a tail whipping me in the face or a cat walking across my keyboard....Free has even shut off my lap top by standing on the power button...I swear he did it on purpose.
It doesn't seem to matter that at times they make my job hard to do....I love these guys so much. So what if I worked hours on something and Groovy just swishes her tail right through the wet paint smearing it all....I just wash off the dots and start over.
There have been many OOps in my work space because my kitties can't stay close enough to me...spilled paint, knocked over supplies, collapsed bookshelves....It doesn't matter. They are safe...
My kitties are a part of my process regardless if I want them to be or not! ♥

The 4 most important products I use....

I choose these products because they have been the most effective at giving my work a long lasting finish. The primer sticks to nearly everything...The flat black paint keeps its color and doesn't bleed through the other colors I use and it also allows my work on top of it to stick with ease....and the envirotex gives it a hard durable finish that protects my art over the longest period of time. 
It takes me a long time to go through a quart of Zinsser primer & the Flat Black paint. 
I have had the cans in the photo for over a year now. I am almost at the bottom...
It is important to me to use high quality products that give me the best results so that I can use less and feel confident it will last for many years to come. 
Anyway...boring I know.... some degree I am sure.
I have been asked what I use..
now you know! ♥