Friday, December 30, 2011

Purple Iris




In Greek it means Rainbow

The Greek Goddess Iris was a messenger, the connection between Heaven and Earth.

Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide them in the their journey.

France's Fleur de Lys is an Iris - The flower became associated with the French Monarchy before the Renaissance.

Japan-The flower is a means of expression for heroic deeds, the color blue symbolizes a blue blood and the Iris is used extensively in the Japanese Spring Festival

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Watercolor Portraits

















Watercolor Portraits Process:

Photo Reference

Pencil line drawing

Underpaiting for darker areas

Adding details

Finish with Black Micron pen

Sign





Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking Forward to 2012

I'm making three lists:
  • Things to Do Now

  • Things to Do Later

  • Done
I struggle with being inthe moment because I'm thinking about all the things I need to get done. I'm also thinking about money and the bill which takes away from the fun of whatever I'm doing. I need to somehow be more present and stop worrying about the other stuff that can wait. I hope these lists will help me realize what is important and needs my attention versus things that can wait. And ultimately everything will end up in the Done list.

Goals:
I want 2012 to be a year of growth for my art. I would like to teach a class. I would like to be a part of another group show. I would like to explore illustration and reach out to publishers.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Customer Thank You and Delivery

I struggle with this everytime I'm making a delivery. What should I include as a small thank you? I usually include business cards and post card, but it seems like digital is the way to go so...

I've started emailing the customer a jpeg of their portrait so they can use it for cards, iron-ons, screensaver, desktop background on their computer and whatever they like. I hope they'll post to it their social media site and do a little free advertising me. I like this idea, but I could also possibly make more money if I send them a sample of their portrait looking awesome on a note card and then in turn selling them a package of 10.

Hmmm, something to think about in the new year. I hope to have lots of orders...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fun Night Out

Fun Night Out

Vince sequin tank top
$119 - barneys.com

Rick Owens genuine leather jacket
€1.735 - shopmrsh.com

High rise legging
249 DKK - nelly.com

Kenneth Jay Lane gold jewelry
€94 - pret-a-beaute.com

Holiday Party Ready

My first love is Art but Clothes and accessories are a close second. I found this fun website Polyvore where you can create outfits, I have a new past time. Words With Friends will have to wait.Holiday Party Ready

Dorothy Perkins pleated dress
$57 - dorothyperkins.com

Elie Saab high heels
$636 - boutique1.com

Nixon watch
$450 - net-a-porter.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs heart ring
$130 - net-a-porter.com

Bangle bracelet
£5 - peacocks.co.uk

Pet Portraits






12x12 inches


Acrylic on canvas


2011

White animals are always so difficult for me. I usually start with an underpainting for the darks and then start building layers of more detail. I started with the eyes, for me the eyes are the most important feature so I do them first, that way if they don't look right I know the rest of the painting won't either and I can start over sooner rather than later.




These two pet portraits were done for a local Austinite, who wanted to shop local this year, which I would like to try for 2012 for all occasions, we'll see what happens. Thank you so much, it was a pleasure.


















Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Wreaths









I think I'll have one on every door, I can't stop making these things. Luckily I had an order for two, so they already have a home.












Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Bazaar Open House



































My best friend and I started doing craft fairs together two years ago. We have enjoyed the experiences, but were never super successful at the events. So this year we decided to do an Open House Bazaar and we invited other crafty and creative moms to join us. We turned a house into a store for a day, we served snacks and had a craft table for the kiddos.

It was a success! Here are some photos from our event, taken by Lindsey Thorne.


Summer Strotkamp - Graphic Designs & Crafts

Pamela Riemenschneider - Tie Dyed Fashions

Michelle Laviolette - www.zahavah.com

Wells Teague - Writer & Artist

Jennifer Thorne - All Natural Skin Care



Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Wreath



First wreath ever. It turned out pretty good, I learned a few things and the next one will be even better.

I wrapped a 12 inch straw form wreath with gray yarn, then made flowers and leaves out of felt and used a hot glue gun to attach.

The felt flowers:

Cut four different size circles
For the white flat flower I sewed a button in the middle to cover the thread.
For the navy petal flowers I used the same circle, but folded them and sewed together, thread was hidden.

Anyone have any tips please let me know.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Adorable Son Mateo!



At an upcoming Holiday Open House I'm thinking of doing on-the-spot portraits for customers. I will have a computer and printer set-up so they can go online and print a picture for me and then I'll create a simple watercolor or line drawing for them right there! I wanted to see how long the process took from start to finish so I picked this picture of my son, Mateo from last year. It took about 30 minutes. I was hoping I could create one in about 15 minutes so I'm going to try shaving off some time on my next one.

If you want one of these portraits (thinking I'll charge $15), send me a picture and I'll mail it to you.

This would be a cute Christmas card too. Hmmm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Finished Commission Piece

This is a photo of a house in Muleshoe, TX.





This is the painting I created, the picture was taken when the house and ground were covered in snow. I was difficult to make out some details. Interesting project, I hope they like it.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Birds on Sale in Etsy Shop












Visit my Etsy Shop and order a bird friend for your nightstand or window. They are a gorgeous iridescent blue that shines in the sun light. They would would also make a great gift, coming in there own gift box.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Old Chevy Truck - In Progress




This painting is for my husband, he's been wanting this for a while and I finally started it. I'm loving the meticulous detail to the truck, the grill and wheels are a big challenge for me. I know it's going to make a great addition my body of work and who knows, maybe I'll do more classic cars.




Commissions welcome! Pets, People, and now Cars!