June 22, 2021

YOU KNOW IT'S SUMMER WHEN YOU'RE PAINTING CHERRIES

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Fresh cherries and summer go hand in hand. Last night, I popped several in a little yellow bowl for this 6x6-inch oil painting.

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My friend Peggy and her husband own and operate Barry Davis Produce Stand in Collegeville, PA. It is there that I found the juicy cherries for my painting.

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My new "Yellow Bowl of Cherries" oil painting is 6x6-inches, framed and ready to hang. Find it HERE.


June 03, 2021

SPRING CITY MILL STUDIOS WEBSITE COMING SOON

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Soon you will be able to visit Spring City Mill Studios via our new website. 

Spring City Mill Studios hosts more than 20 working artists and creatives - painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers and writers. Individual studios are open by appointment. The studio building is a three-story renovated knitting mill factory built in 1896. Located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

When not working on oil paintings for my Inspirational Women solo exhibition at the Chester County Art Association this November, I'm designing our collective art studios building website. The latter includes collecting artists' photos and links and adding them to the new website.

You will find me in Studio 101. Contact me me to schedule a visit. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming events and fun art classes.

Watch this space for the new launch of our Spring City Mill Studios website!

March 08, 2021

NEW ENGLAND SAILING AND CIVIC PRUNING AT THE J.M. BYRON HOUSE

A painting of a salty sea dog adorns my bathroom wall, keeping me company while I shower. I stumbled upon him in an odd vintage shop on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake, a stone’s throw from the marina where we docked our boat.
 
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For years, decades rather, we were sailors. One summer, we ventured from our safe haven in Maryland, all the way to Block Island, Rhode Island. This was bluewater, no anchoring, all-day/all-night sailing. Huge waves crashed over our bow. I thought we were going to die.
 
Once safe and sound on a mooring on Block Island, we rented a scooter and tooled about the island, enjoying freshly caught seafood on a whim. Each morning, we would hear, “Andiamo . . . andiamoooooo,” which meant an Aldo's Bakery boat was coming around to bring fresh pastries and hot coffee right to our boat.
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The New England adventure continues with the artfully styled interiors of The J.M. Byron House. Every happy photo on their Instagram feed is painting-worthy. In the end, yellow forsythia against multiple shades of blue won me over. I paint room interiors that make me want to be there. This is most definitely one.
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Many thanks to the The J.M. Byron House for allowing me to paint their living room. Their Instagram post
stated, "Forcing forsythia is a fun way to jumpstart spring in your house. Just remember to ask for permission before cutting down your neighbors’ forsythia hedges." #civicpruning 
 
"Yellow Forsythia in New England," 6x6-inches, oil on Museum Gessobord. One in a series of room interior oil paintings by Merrill Weber.  
 
Personal style is a journey - not a destination.  One that takes a lifetime.
 
Thank you for sharing my adventure.
 
xo,
 
Merrill 

March 01, 2021

THE ECLECTIC NEW YORK CITY HOME OF JOHN DERIAN

This morning, Stay Groovy coffee mug in hand, I was reading a NYT Style Magazine article by Mary Kay Schilling about a four-story Greek Revival in Greenwich Village inhabited entirely by creative people. From 1958, Ed and Ruth Frost lived in the parlor on the ground floor and rented the seven apartments upstairs to only people in the arts. In the article we get to know several of the tenants, what they create and their distinct decorating styles.

I pumped the brakes when I read how one tenant had “transformed his duplex into a nest of elegant, John Derian-inflected whimsy.” Serendipity, as I only just finished an oil painting of John Derian’s dining room wall, "Pink Peonies in the East Village." 
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"Pink Peonies in the East Village," 6x6 oil painting
John Derian is beloved for his home accessories decoupaged with vintage illustrations that are sold in more than 600 retailers worldwide. He is the owner of four John Derian Company retail stores and has now co-introduced a line of menswear featuring some of his charming prints. Many thanks to John Derian for sharing his space.

February 27, 2021

PAINTING A SERIES, RED NOOK IN PARIS ROOM INTERIOR OIL PAINTING

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Eighteenth-century English painter, Joshua Reynolds, said, “A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.”  
 
Instantly, you know this room in the Paris home of James Cook is hung with thoughts, and beautiful pictures. The boldly executed red nook is full of warmth and character. đŸ“· credit: @paris_chic_home

I enjoy painting a series or collection, which might be inspirational women, flowers, animals and anything or one that/who piques my interest. Red Nook is one of a Paris-inspired series that was the impetus for my now series of room interiors.
 
Red Nook in Paris is one in a series of room interior oil paintings. 6x6-inches, oil on museum gessobord.
January 30, 2021

HAPPY NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY and BEST CROISSANTS IN PARIS!

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"Le Petit Dejeuner, 5x7-inches, oil on Gessobord
Happy National Croissant Day in the US! 

My mind is in Paris where no breakfast would be complete without a croissant. I prefer my croissant au beurre (butter, no margarine) with a cafĂ© AmĂ©ricain, while sitting at a cafĂ© watching the energy of Paris pass by. My all-time favorite is the pain au chocolat, a buttery croissant dough folded around dark chocolate. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. 

Renowned Chef David Lebovitz (if you’re a fellow cook book collector, check out his. “My Paris Kitchen” is a fave! I’ll talk about my 9’ floor-to-ceiling collection of cook books another time) named Maison Landemaine best croissant in Paris! 

My croissant travel checklist includes creations by: 

I cannot wait to return to Paris.

Until then, 

Merrill XO 

Le Petit Dejeuner is one in a series of Paris-inspired oil paintings


January 24, 2021

ANGELINA'S HOT CHOCOLATE IN PARIS AND FAMILY

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I've been working day and night on a series of Paris-inspired oil paintings, in remembrance of my sweet mom. My mother adored everything French! She was delighted to celebrate her 70th birthday in Paris with her daughters, her first and only trip to the City of Lights. 

No trip to Paris is complete without enjoying the famous hot chocolate at Angelina, the 1903 tea house on Rue de Rivoli. Angelina’s hot chocolate, or le chocolat chaud, is so smooth and velvety. The secret recipe includes African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and CĂŽte d'Ivoire. A sophisticated experience elevated even more when enjoyed with family. Our sweet mother adored Angelina.

 8x8-inches, oil on Gessobord. Available.

 https://www.thegoodlifeofanartist.com/2021/01/angelinas-hot-chocolate-in-paris-and.html

Stay safe. XO, 

Merrill  

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