Owl Portrait no 8. Available here.
This is a little different than my usual posts, but this is a little of what I was up to during my summer painting block…
My Madeline turned ONE! How did that year go by so fast!? We wanted this baby so much and she came and brought so much joy to our family. She was a very easy baby and now she’s grown so much and is starting to walk and talk! She is the sweetest! So for her birthday I wanted to celebrate big and that turned into makes hundreds of pretty things with tissue paper.
I didn’t have a theme in mind for her birthday I just wanted flowers everywhere. I came across this tutorial for tissue paper flowers on Pinterest and LOVED it. I ended up making them slightly different and came up with some other flowers to go with them (tutorial below!) I grouped the flowers on walls and even made a photo back drop. I also made a one piñata and covered it in tiny flowers! Yes, I went a little overboard. They are just so easy to make and look so pretty!
The other decorations were fun to put up in my home and enjoy the week before the party. I made a tissue tassel garland and hung it across the fireplace. I also printed out 50+ of my favorite photos of Madeline’s first year and hung them with small clothespins along twine.
I have an awesome friend that helped me with setting up the party and the food. And by helping with the food, I mean, she prepared the menu, sent me a shopping list, came over the day before and morning of to prep and put everything together! She is the BEST. We had very tasty sandwiches, salads, vegetable platter and the most delicious cakes! Look at that cake! Amazing!
We had the party at home so Madeline could crawl around with everyone. It was a really great day! Now to figure out what to do with all these tissue flowers…
Gold! I have always been more of a silver girl, but slowly I have been adding some touches of gold in my home and paintings. And I love it. I saw this tan/blue/gold combination on something recently and was inspired!
I finished this one a couple weeks ago. Sometimes I keep fussing with shapes and then they become a little too perfect, so it took a while to decide if it was complete. I’m really into this raw look to my geo shapes, so you’ll be seeing such more of it!Acrylic on 24×24 gallery wrapped canvas
I became slightly obsessed with owls while pregnant with my little girl. She’s been here seven months and I kept thinking about painting a little owlet for her room. It still needs some finishing touches, but it got me excited to start this series.
Six 6×6 owlets with colorful backgrounds! I’m not stopping here, I have a few more with neutral backgrounds on my desk right now. Take a look!
Owl Portrait no 1. Available here. Owl Portrait no 2. Available here. Owl Portrait no 3. Available here. Owl Portrait no 4. Available here. Owl Portrait no 5. Available here. Owl Portrait no 6. Available here.
How cute are owlets? I love painting birds was excited to try something different from hummingbirds. I started with the eyes and just couldn’t stop for days. Shading with blue and purple was really fun to experiment with and for a few hours I got lots in the pieces of bark,but my favorite part is the signature blending in with the bark cracks!
I painted the first Sea Glass over two years ago! I can’t believe it has been that long. These guys mean so much to me, they are my babies. I have had a couple interests in purchasing them, but I wasn’t quite ready to let them go.
After a couple commissions since the baby was born I was looking through the oil series and I decided it is time. I’m starting a new acrylic series and posting them to the shop as quick as they dry!
Sea Glass Acrylic Series: Immersed
Acrylic on 12×12 wrapped canvas. Available here.
I’m back! Wow, that was a busy summer. Moved and had a baby. Painting got lost in the mix for awhile. It is a bit harder to find the time right now, but painting. It is so good.
I wanted to add some smaller paintings like this one to my shop and then I just got carried away and painted all four at once like they were connected. So, they are for sale individually, but look really cool together as a set! Available here.
Pond no 1 | Acrylic on wrapped canvas
Pond no 2 | Acrylic on wrapped canvas
Pond no 3 | Acrylic on wrapped canvas
Pond no 4 | Acrylic on wrapped canvas
I have this friend, Sarah (she is totally my person and has the best food blog EVER: Daisy At Home). She and her boyfriend recently moved into a new place and they asked me to paint them a peacock. I was a little bit nervous, I mean, I started and stopped the painting like five times. I have done some larger paintings recently, but none with so much detail. And hello! It was going to hang in a friend’s home!
Finally after a few months and some better planning and then reminding myself that the detail strokes take time, I was making progress. Once the overall shape took form it was really fun adding in all the layers and layers of the feathers!
We got together last night and watched the kiddos run around before they unwrapped the canvas. I’m pretty sure they love it. It was so exciting handing off a large painting to someone, I need to get to work on the stack of large canvases sitting under my desk!
Acrylic on 20×16 gallery wrapped canvas.