Kicking off my newly named ART + WORDS life and studio blog with the work of Amanda Blake, an artist based in Madison, WI. She paints portraits of people experiencing moments in time, alone and together, in nature or empty spaces. Her color use is what draws me most. All kinds of pink and blue and dark blue and green. She weaves flowers, patterns, stripes, and polka-dots into her figures, their clothes and the landscapes they inhabit (which are full of birds and blooms and wide, starry nights). There is something slow and quiet in these pieces, too. A sense of space. Her prints and original work are for sale in her Etsy shop: this is all i know.