Monday, December 17, 2012

Custom 11x14 painting

It has been a bit more difficult these past few weeks to find time to paint, but I did finish another custom piece of a darling set of 3 little siblings.
Custom 11x14 painting
This family looks a little bit like ours will some day - except that they have two big sisters and a little brother adopted from Ethiopia... and we will have two big brothers and a little sister adopted from Ethiopia. I am SO excited to paint my kids together when we bring little sis' home!

I am pretty sure that painting children is one of my most favorite things to do in the whole world!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stained glass Madonna and baby Jesus trio

I just finished another 'just for fun' painting.

During last year's Everyday Art project I painted a stained-glass style Madonna and baby Jesus. I got several requests for painting something similar, but in a variety of skin tones.

I had the idea to paint a more detailed stained-glass watercolor of Mary and Jesus, starting with pale skin, taking pictures, then darkening her skin a little, taking more pictures, and finally painting her with even darker skin, and taking pictures. So, the final result is one painting of Mary and Jesus, both with dark skin... but I can now make prints of all 3 versions!

I like all three next to each other, too. 

8x10 Madonna and Jesus (1)

8x10 Madonna and Jesus (2)

8x10 Madonna and Jesus (3)
I will have prints in my Etsy shop next week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Work in progress: Almost done!

I am almost done - just a few little touches are still missing, and I still need to sign the painting.
I love you, Sweet girl! 16x20
I will have prints available in my Etsy shop by the end of this month.

Friday, November 2, 2012

From a photo to a painting

Several friends and clients have asked me lately if I would mind posting a photo that I painted from alongside the resulting painting. As most of you know by now, my goal is never to create a perfect semblance of a photo - I create what I would describe as a children's book illustration version of a child.

Here is an example of a photo sent to me by my client, and the painting I created for her. She asked for a Bible verse reference to be included, along with the little girl's name.

Some clients ask me to paint with certain colors, so as to match the color scheme of the room they plan to hang the painting in. Others leave color choice completely up to me. I am fine with both.

The photo of Sierra was posted with the permission of the photographer, as well as her mother. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Work in Progress - excerpt of a Mother and Daughter portrait

These last weeks have been crazy-busy... but I really am working hard! Just to show you that I'm not being completely lazy, here's a little excerpt preview of the 16x20 portrait I'm working on right now.

These bigger, more detailed paintings usually take me several weeks, since I under-paint them with so many different colors (it's currently in the "purple and gold"-stage, as you can see.

 This painting is a new experience for me, since I'm painting it on so-called Aqua-board. This is in essence a layer of clay that has been sprayed onto a board. It's slick, and takes water (and color) very differently from what I'm used to. I am still trying to decide whether I love or hate painting on aqua board...

(oh, and the weird shiny blob in the top left corner won't stay shiny, i just painted protective misket over it so that I don't paint over the pink flower with the darker hair color)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Custom 9x9 portrait for Liza

Yesterday evening I finished the final painting of a set of 9 cousins!

Don't you love that tooth gap?! Custom 9x9 painting

I think this one is one of my favorites so far.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Custom 8x10 painting

Look at the handsome young guy I just finished painting!
Custom 8x10 painting for Liza

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Custom 9x9 painting for Liza

This painting is part of a set of 9 I am painting for one of my clients. I've painted 6 of the cousins now, so I just have 3 more to go!

Custom 9x9 portrait

Friday, September 21, 2012

Life Book Adoption Story Illustrations

How did time fly so quickly since I last posted? Between painting commissions, school starting for the kids, end-of-Summer-craziness, out-of-town guests and some other things, I just haven't had time.

Here, finally, are the 18 little paintings I created for a client's son's life book. These paintings help illustrate the story of how he came into their life through adoption. Each of these paintings is 2.5"x3.5"...

Oh, and I took the photos of these pics over several days, so the lighting varies a little. I have in the meantime taken new pictures, but have not yet watermarked them... you still get the idea! :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Custom 5x7 Family Portrait

What a beautiful family!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Sweet Dreams" 12x15 watercolor

I am almost done with another painting!

This painting is inspired by Brenda's photograph - thank you for letting me paint from it!

"Sweet Dreams"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"First Day Home" - 15x19 watercolor

It has been so long since I last posted - sorry! Life has been crazy with house guests, a family trip to my folks' house, and more house guests.

I have been working really hard on several larger pieces, as well as several custom paintings. This one still needs some small tweaks, but is mostly finished. It is a large version of my "I'll Protect You" painting, and I've named it "First Day Home." I wanted to capture the love and promise of protection from the Mom, as well as the little girl's mixed feelings of wanting to be snuggled and loved, but also still being really darn afraid.  

First Day Home 15x19

This painting comes with a cool story. As some of you remember, I painted "I'll Protect You" as part of my Everyday Art Project last year:

In addition to selling prints of the little painting, I also sent free ones to a few of the families in our agency who had been waiting at #1 for a long time. Just a week after I sent one of the Mommas a print, her family got a referral for their daughter... and she looked so much like my little painting!

I was thrilled and honored to have been able to bless and encourage this family with my art... not even knowing how it would touch their hearts!

Once sweet Baby O was home, her Momma sent me a picture of herself posed with Baby O in the same way as the "I'll Protect You" painting. The picture she sent me is the photo that I painted from when I created "First Day Home."

Prints will be available in my Etsy shop in a couple of weeks.

Friday, June 29, 2012

"Soft Cheeks" - custom 5x7 painting

Here is the second painting that goes with the wonderful set of rhymes my client's husband wrote:

"Soft Cheeks" - Custom 5x7 painting 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Custom 5x7 - Princesses in the Mirror

I recently finished a really fun little custom piece! This painting goes with a set of wonderful rhymes about a mother and daughter that my client's husband wrote.

Mommy and Me

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flamenco Dancer - 15x22 watercolor

Here is the Flamenco Dancer whom I finished painting yesterday. I challenged myself to paint with soft edges, while at the same time staying precise. I wanted the dancer's dress to look like it is really swooping!

15x22 inch Flamenco Dancer

This painting is for sale in my Etsy shop HERE.

I see Africa - 12x16 watercolor

A client recently asked me to paint a much larger version of my ACEO-sized African Eye painting. I decided to add the African continent into the reflection!

I see you - 12x16 inches

Do YOU see Africa?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grandchildren - 11x14 custom Painting

Here is another 11x14 custom painting that I just finished. The client asked me to include a certain view of a lake and mountains, and also the grandparents' dog in the background... what a great Mothers' Day/ Fathers' Day gift!

It was so fun to paint these 7 beautiful kids! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Two more custom paintings - cute little girls!

These are two more of a set of 9 custom paintings that I am working on.
Kaia - 9x9 inches

McKenzie - 8x10 inches

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Curvy Daffodil Fairy ACEOs

A while ago someone asked me to paint a few curvy fairies. Since I had some room in the margins of another painting, I decided to paint a little set of 4 Curvy Daffodil Fairy ACEOs.

I plan to list these on eBay some time next month...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Done! "Little Friends" 22x22 inches

I know it has been a while since I last posted... in part this is due to finishing my big gardening/landscaping project in the front yard. In part this is because I have been painting some custom pieces that I can't post online because they are gifts for people who also read my blog. In part this is because I've been working on some bigger "for fun" paintings! *Surprisingly* a 22x22 inch painting just takes longer than a 2.5x3.5 inch painting... who would have thought?! :o)

Little Friends - 22x22 inches

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Custom 8x10 painting - Fort Huachuca

A friend of mine wanted to give some special military wives from the Fort Huachuca PWOC a special gift. She asked me to paint something that has to do with the beautiful landscape around the fort, as well as Ft Huachuca Bravo 4 company's rich historic heritage. Using several photos that she sent me for inspiration, I came up with the following painting:

Painting a landscape was previously uncharted ground for me, but I really enjoyed painting this piece! My friend purchased the original, and I made prints for her to give the ladies, as well. If you happen to be interested in a print, just let me know!

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Boy"-themed Africa map

I just finished an "I love Ethiopia" Africa map painting in boy colors.

I have prints of this painting available in my Etsy shop now.

Custom 5x7 painting for Mother's Day

Sorry that I haven't been posting more often... I have been busy painting some larger pieces... to be revealed at some point soon. Custom orders have also kept me very busy. 

This little 5x7 painting is a Mother's Day gift for "Grandma" (in the middle), who lives far enough away that she only gets to see her grand-kids once or so per year - my client sent me individual pictures of her kids and her mother, and asked me to paint them together. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Custom 8x10 fashion portrait painting

I just finished this fun fashion portrait painting for Treasure!

Custom 8x10 fashion portrait

This was such a fun project! I especially enjoyed painting her beautiful full curls.