Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ethiopian Coffee ceremony, 8x10 painting

This 8x10 painting isn't quite finished, but it is getting close! I have been so busy creating custom portraits these last few months, that I really needed to paint a 'just for fun' painting. This painting was inspired by a picture taken by my friend Cindy M. 

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony 8x10 watercolor
I had a lot of fun creating this watercolor. I used much darker colors than I usually use for the backgroun, which I feel adds to the drama. I wish I had taken pictures along the way, because as usual, I glazed MANY different washes of color in the under-painting!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Custom 8x10 Portrait

Here is another custom portrait that I finished last month. These two little girls were so fun to paint!
Sisters - 8x10 portrait

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ooops, I forgot to post my newest portrait paintings!

As mentioned before, children are my most favorite painting subject. Here are a few of the 8x10 custom portraits I've had the honor of painting for a few of my clients! 

This little girl has the sweetest smile!

I can almost hear this little boy chuckle...

I had so much fun painting this sweet girl. 
I have several more paintings that I still need to post. I'll do that soon. Life is busy but good!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun little ACEO-sized Tortoise paintings

As some of you may know, I love tortoises... a lot. In the midst of painting all the other paintings I'm working on, I took a little time for some 'just for fun' tortoise paintings, each in 2.5x3.5 (collectible ACEO format). 














Saturday, March 23, 2013

Custom 11x14 Portrait Painting

The most recent custom portrait I painted was especially fun for me to create: Little Boo is such a gorgeous child, and I got to play with colors!

Rory from Chocolate Hair/ Vanilla Care approached me early last year about creating a custom painting of her daughter, Boo. She patiently waited until it was her turn, and once the painting was done, honored me with a special feature post on her wonderful blog! If you would like to read it, the link is HERE

Custom 11x14 Portrait of little Boo

Detail view of Boo's face in my painting
Because there have been quite a few inquiries lately: I am currently not accepting new custom clients. I still have so many clients on my wait list... I am working very hard to finish paintings for everyone, and once the list is at a more manageable number, I will accept a few new custom clients. I will announce this on my Facebook artist page,  - so please make sure you have "liked" me!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Work in Progress... little sneak peek!

Here is a little excerpt of the custom portrait painting I am creating for my client...
Custom 11x14 painting of gorgeous little Boo
I'm showing you in black/white, since the colors of the underpainting are all in purples and reds and yellows and magenta...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hair Time Art ...T-shirts!

I am so excited to show off the brand new, fresh off the press Hair Time shirt! I finally found a company that was able to print them in full digital vinyl color, and let me just say, they look FANTASTIC. 

M modeling her new Hair Time shirt
If you would like to purchase one for the special little curly-haired girl in your life, please swing by my Etsy shop, www.mossyrockdesigns.etsy.com to order one!

The Hair Time shirt
Did you know that my friend's daughter M (who is proudly wearing her new Hair Time shirt) was the original inspiration for the Hair Time paintings? Her mother graciously took an afternoon to show me proper detangling, care, and braiding of M's beautiful natural curly hair.

M in her new Hair Time shirt!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Custom 5x7 portrait

I really love it when clients send me a FUN source photo. This piece was commissioned by a wonderful Grandma, and shows her grand-daughter. I just LOVE that big laughing smile!

Custom 5x7 portrait

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just for fun - Indian Star Tortoise

When I'm this busy painting custom pieces, it is sometimes fun for me to paint a few pieces just for fun. This little Indian Star Tortoise is one such 'just for fun' painting. 

Indian Star Tortoise
I listed this painting in my tortoise-themed Etsy shop, www.MossyTortoise.etsy.com. Here's the listing link.

Custom Portrait set - Sisters

Painting these three beautiful sisters was a lot of fun. They have such beautiful smiles! Their mother commissioned me to paint these portraits: one large 11x14 of the three of them, for her to keep, and then a 5x7 of each of them individually, to give to each girl as a gift. 

Custom 11x14 Portrait - Sisters

Custom 5x7

Custom 5x7

Custom 5x7


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Custom 8x10 painting - BIG smile

8x10 custom painting - so handsome!

Just-for-fun tortoise ACEOs

The past weeks have FLOWN by. Between mailing Christmas orders, celebrating Christmas and New Years 2013, school stuff, friend stuff, family stuff, sick kids etc. I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to paint. 
I am working really hard to finish several custom portrait paintings right now. The formats of the paintings resulted in some free space in the margins. Since I hate wasting paper, I had fun painting some little 2.5x3.5 tortoise ACEOs in there. :) 








Happy new Year 2013!