Watercoloring Sweet Moments in Time

FlowerGirlBackFLUFFi love painting traditional facial portraits. It has always been a big part of my art business. But i’ve really started to appreciate the subtlety and storytelling of a portrait where the face does NOT take center stage. i’m talking about figures facing away, or with heads and eyelids lowered, maybe with just the curve of a cheek visible. Painting a little one in a certain dress, a particular moment of action, or the perfect candid pose has become an obsession for me.

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i love that the artwork becomes so much more timeless, romantic, ethereal and even decorative/graphic. Paintings like these are less formal in the sense that they needn’t be placed on the stairway wall, or in the family room. They easily work on a bedroom, playroom or entryway wall to convey an emotion or set a mood.

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Hope you enjoy these few from this past week.

If you would like to discuss commissioning a painting like this from a favorite photo, please drop me a note via the contact page on this website. The images in this post are all examples of commissions that would run between $125-$155.  THANKS!!

Portraits with whimsy & magic

CorfeeWhimsicalPortraits-TallPinWatercolor, florals, doodles, drips and spatter. i’ve been combining all my favorite painting tidbits into these charming whimsical portraits recently. They make a gorgeous keepsake and look beautiful framed in a nursery or little girl’s room. i scan and keep high resolution digital files of the art, so customers can have the art printed on mugs or in photo books as well. This also allows me to offer additional prints at various sizes so that grandparents, family or friends can have a mini version of the art for their desk as well.

Visit my shop here to purchase one of these darling portraits, and take a look at my other prints and originals while you’re there, too! ; )

completed work – Watery Woodnymph 24×30

All finished! This is a 24×30 gallery wrapped canvas painted with acrylics and overlaid with intricate line work done in opaque paint pens. Its all listed up in my etsy shop too!

Sometimes it is hard to draw the first lines of the illustration onto the canvas. Especially after you really work at getting just the right background with your paint and brush. About halfway through, i often regret ruining it. But that’s also usually when i jnow i just need to push forward until i’ve seen it through.

i know a lot of folks would have left it abstract and pure, with just color on the canvas….

What do you all think? Are you ever tempted to stop short of your plan? but then push forward anyway?

flakes are fun

PassionFlakeJustine Smith, of Handmade Blogger/Handmade Marketer fame, contacted me to create a header for her new personal blog, coming soon to a web browser near you. The directive was to create a Burton-esque-Alice-in-Wonderland-theme with a color scheme of Justine’s choosing. i wanted to do a loose, vibrant coloring in the background. i think the watercolor textures fit the bill nicely. But then, i love watercolor, so i am biased!

i love the name of the blog.

PASSION FLAKE.

i identify with it. It is so very human. i don’t know about all of you, but i wanna be friends with those people who are highly passionate, but can also be a little flakey. Flakes are fun. Perfection 100% of the time is so unapproachable! So, kudos to Justine for coming up with such a poetic title and i am so happy she asked me to help her with her vision.


inspiring me now – kendra binney

As i begin my “Summer O’ Paintin”, as i like to call it, i have been searching inwardly and outwardly for inspiration. So take a looky here. Kendra Binney has my number. Not because our styles are all that similar¬† (though, my dear readers have yet to really see my painting style since all i’ve posted for ya’ll so far is illustration work done in pen and ink), but because she does one thing, that i always strive to do, brilliantly well. She melds deep, rich, multi-hued background fields with bright, quirky, whimsical subjects without it ever getting overworked and murky. The elegant and “mature” color palettes play against the youthful spirit and playfulness of the the other elements like swirls and sketchy leaves in such a perfect way. The paintings blur the line of “appropriateness”, which is a word i just abhor when it comes to art. Lots of folks want “grown up” artwork in their living area and dining room and reserve things that have any sort of child-like feel for kids rooms and play rooms. I think this artist creates wok that would be beautiful in ANY room. It’s inspiring.