Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Custom 6x6 Illustration - Sweet baby boy

This painting is another very special custom piece. For the sake of confidentiality I can't share the details of the story that goes with this painting... but a wonderful Momma asked me to paint this piece of her sweet little son and herself.

Sweet baby boy!
Thank you for the honor of painting this piece for you, dear C!

Ps: I will soon have prints of this painting available in my Etsy shop...

A special custom piece - Birth Mother

This painting was a special assignment: a Momma asked me if I would be able to paint an illustration of her son's birth mother, going off of her description of the woman and a photo of her son.

I think it is so wonderful that a Momma would choose to honor her child's birth mother in this way!

Monday, February 27, 2012

2 cute kids in profile - custom ACEOs

I will be posting more of my recent paintings very soon - to hold you over, here are 2 adorable little custom ACEO paintings I painted for a friend. 
Handsome E.
Beautiful V
Check back soon - I have 3 more illustrations I'm almost finished with, and am working on 2 bigger watercolor paintings, too!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Artist Feature on Harmony's blog!

Harmony Pyper (a fellow artist, Etsian, and adoptive Momma) featured me and my art on her blog today.  Feel free to swing by there - you will find out a little more about my life, my background, my motivation and inspiration for painting, and you will even get to see my messy messy art corner.

Follow the link to Harmony's blog HERE.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Work in Progress - Kirsten

It has been a few days since I last posted. Right now I am working on a 12x16 painting of my youngest sister, Kirsten, playing the Cello. 
I still need to add in the dark shades and shadows, but I think this painting is coming along nicely.

Here's a detail-view of her face. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

8 little Daffodil Fairy ACEOs

Amid all the "real" painting I've been doing for my watercolor class, I started missing the quick little ACEO illustrations I did all last year. Inspired by the daffodil leaf tips I discovered today peeking out of the soil in our garden, I decided to paint a set of 8 little daffodil fairy ACEOs. 

1 of 8

2 of 8

3 of 8

4 of 8

5 of 8

6 of 8

7 of 8

8 of 8

I think I will probably list these on eBay as soon as I have the chance to list for free again... message me if you want a heads-up for when I list them!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Work in progress - Little Nursling

Look what I did yesterday evening. I haven't decided yet if I even like this painting... I may keep working on it, or I may abandon it and work on something else. I don't like the yellow highlights on the baby's face because they make him look jaundiced, but the pigment in the yellow paint is a dyeing pigment, so I can't lift it back off...
Little Nursling - 8.5"x8.5"

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Work in progress - Makeda - DONE! (I think)

I think I am finally finished with this painting. 
I have added some highlights to her lips and nose, and have blended the shadows on the left side of her face a little more.

Here is a detail view of Makeda's face. I love how expressive her eyes and mouth have turned out. 

Ps: I worked on Makeda's eyes a little more, and am much happier with how they look now (Feb 19). NOW she really is done. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

8 silly little Pink Pig Momma doodles

I recently listed some of my ACEO paintings from last year on eBay. After the bidding ended, one person who had bid but hadn't won contacted me asking to create more pink pig Momma doodles. I told her I'd be happy to, so here they are:

I list them on eBay as soon as there is another round of "list for free" days. This was fun and relaxing!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Work in progress - Makeda

Life has been busy, but I have had a little bit of time to work on this watercolor:


She is not quite finished, but I am getting closer to being done with this painting...