02 September 2013
14 May 2013
My latest perfume creation is one of my most complicated and intense to date. Not for the faint of heart.
Many of the photographs and ephemera that remain from that era tell brutal truths about the ways of life and death in those harsh days. There is absolutely no doubt that 1863 was ripe with hardship and strife, but somewhere in there also lies many simple truths, ordinary days and feasts with family and friends.
My mind often wanders into a land of daydreams that writes stories for people in pictures, borders on synesthetic mania and "sees" scent and/or color in memories. The faces in old photographs are more than just nameless lost souls. They lived, they loved, they laughed and cried, they probably meandered about this planet with more mundane thoughts than they did great ones. In those days, like today, many people in love were ripped apart by war, some were reunited, weddings, births, deaths and togetherness.
1863 perfume oil starts off with delicious cranberry sauce followed by smoked vanilla, deciduous woods, mystery and musk.
Oh My Darlin' & 1863 will be released for purchase on Etsy and my website this week!
06 May 2013
I'll post pictures of the finished product sometime this week or next. In the meantime, the label design is up there.
03 May 2013
|Hazel Fern Perfume Oil|
9ml Roll On Bottles
Four of the fragrances are some of our most popular sellers in soap, wax melts and candles. Lime Berry, Courtesan, Bedchamber and Full Moon are all available for purchase here for $10.00 plus shipping.
28 February 2013
In the spring of 2005 I was taking an art history course at BGSU as part of my degree requirement. It was American art before the Civil War and I wasn't exceptionally enthusiastic about it because I was in a phase of obsession with Artemisia Gentileschi and the Italian Baroque. Early America was just going to be a thorn in my side. Or so I thought.
|Grave of Timothy Lindall. Burying Point, Salem, MA. Photo copyright Johna Gibson Bowman|
|Lindall graves at Burying Point Cemetery, Salem, MA. Photo copyright Johna Gibson Bowman|
19 February 2013
There is also a place for you to sign up for my mailing list. I will be sending out specials, coupon codes, festival and show dates and signing dates and locations for the Higher Intuitions Oracle. All of my holiday specials will go to my mailing list first!
In the coming weeks and months I will be blogging more and more about my artwork, candles, melts and soaps.
Visit my website at www.johnagibsonbowman.com. Thank you!
|Snow Day Coffee Mug Design|
|10 oz. Snow Day Mug|
29 January 2013
If you've followed my work at all you know that I have a selection of cemetery photography & art that I've done. I've gotten a lot of flack for this and to be honest, I didn't really publicise these works until the last couple of years. I think cemeteries are beautiful, peaceful places to remember and reflect. An open minded trip to a cemetery can be a great history lesson.
I wrote my art history term paper about gravestones. It seems to some like a fairly dry and bleak subject but it's truly fascinating. Afterall, we still memorialize our loved ones by choosing a lovely resting place and marking it with engraved stone.
There will be more posts in the future about this topic with my art, photographs and observations.
For now I've posted three of my newest photographs which are available as prints and ceramic tiles.