Friday was a beautiful start to a wonderful weekend. The temp was actually above 30, Yay! It didn't last too long but it was enough time to get outdoors and have fun. The fantastic thing about kids (as most of you know) is they want you to have the same fun right along with them... and it is seriously a breath of fresh air.
I am enjoying this new style! I love to draw but I love color too, so to incorporate the colorful beams to accentuate the meaning of the painting is perfect. There is a story in almost (if not all) every ordinary subject we come across. In this new series I'm focusing on that meaning... well that is where your eye is drawn any way. In "Mama Magic" the focus is on the mother bird and what is taking place in the nest. Motherhood is so magical... a true blessing. This mother put in so much work on building her nest, the home for her babies, where she will take good care of them until they are ready to take off on their own.
I added some more contrast into the drawing since these photos were taken. (My photos are kind washed out too.) I did the same to "Lit Path" so that one is now complete. Now I just have to get good prints of "Mama Magic" and "Lit Path"... that part isn't so easy. I love making the art but the steps after that, well I tend to put off. Anyone else have this problem? I'm sure I'm not the only one!
Linking up today with Studio JRU. Jennifer has redone her site/blog. It looks amazing, so check it out if you haven't already!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Then the first weekend in February is Kaelyn's third birthday party! Can't believe my baby is already turning 3! She is super excited for her party and can't wait for the cake! Ha! And to think last year she was more excited about eating the cheese rather than the cake. (she had allergies to milk products and eggs but was just starting to tolerate some milk products when she turned 2)
The day after the party I go back to my corporate marketing job. The good news is I only have to go back full time a few days til I get the hang of it again and then I can work from home! Yay! I know it will be harder doing the job at home with Kaelyn and keeping up with Enduring Arts too, but it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. For now I think it's the best decision. I did a lot of praying about it, and there's a certain peacefulness in my heart that I know it is right. I know now that I'm not stuck any where and I can still do my own art and take care of my number one priority... my daughter.
Hopefully it won't take too long to find a new structure to my days where I can find a balance to being a good mom, wife, daughter, maid, cook, artist, designer and such all at the same time. Hoping we'll have the house renovations pretty much finished up too. I just have to remind myself that God will help me along... don't stress, just enjoy this crazy, good life.
Hope you are all having a great week!
Then she was checking out her work and told me she was just matching the dots on her shirt!
No matter how hard you try to have her just take a normal bite, it doesn't work. She's happy doing it her way.
On a much more serious note though, we do need to enjoy every day we have and live in the moment because we have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring. My cousin's wife's sister had a horrible stroke recently and is fighting for her life. Joanne (some of you may know her from her blog A Simple Wife) is only 38 with two young girls and a wonderful husband. Prayers are definitely needed for her and her family.
Remember to not take life too seriously. We're only here for a short time... have fun, be you, help others, love the gift of life. ♥
I'll share one of the sweet packages I received; it came from the talented Kelly Berkey! Yay! Her card had one of my favorite paintings of hers on the front. Isn't it beautiful?! Her faces are so dreamy... LOVE them!
And inside was a beautiful artist necklace she made me! Wow, what a treasure!
Playing around with another style. After participating in Kelly Berkey's Stretching to Sketch challenge and realizing how much I missed drawing I decided to try yet another style. This mixed media piece involves pastels with a focal point of acrylic paint. I don't have a photo of the entire piece yet, but to give you an idea it's done on a wooden block and I painted the sides black so it really makes the drawing/painting pop. It was definitely fun to try something new and I hope to have a couple more pieces done using this style soon.
Also thanks to the talented Kelly for the sweet blog post about my charcoal drawing gifted to her hubby. :) You can read more about it HERE.
Finally able to share a couple projects I had been working on before the holidays. I was thrilled to get a modern portrait order through etsy. The color is a bit washed out in the above photo but I wanted to show the painted sides and the depth of the wrapped canvas. It will certainly give a pop of color to a room! I thought the photo was so adorable. It's an interesting process to simplify as much as possible yet leave enough to look like the people and tell the story of the day at the same time.
Then I had a little freelance project to design an online store front banner. Pretty small to see here but it gives you an idea any way.
I love the feeling that I'm serving God by creating religious based art. It warms my heart knowing that many of my prayers are going to be hung in children's nurseries/bedrooms and they will be able to say them every night and know that God loves them. I'm a pretty quiet person so sharing God through art is perfect for me. I want to do my best to serve Him and I feel this is one way I can.
I really love this bible verse. Parents who have a difficult time having a child(ren) can really appreciate this verse. Whether they have to wait an extended period of time to have a baby or they end up adopting there is nothing better than in the end when their lives are lit up by a child. Children have to be one of God's biggest blessings.
These new pieces hold lots of meaning. All of the text is specially distressed to give a vintage/worn feel. These sayings have been around for a very long time and they will always be around so I wanted to design them in a modern way yet still give an old feel... because they are old. Old, but very good.
Everyone has there own preference of color so there are a few different options in my shop. More will be added soon for the Guardian Angel prayer but if someone wants a particular color that is not listed just let me know and I'd be happy to make it.