A little while back, my friend Lindsey asked me if I would do a little watercolor illustration of her to put on her new business cards. I have never done something like that before, but I loved the idea and think it is a great way to put a handmade touch to a business card which can often feel cold and lifeless. I love working with people because it causes me to do things that I have never done before. These new challenges help keep me on my toes and it so fun being the one to help people implement their creative ideas! If you are looking for a quick watercolor sketch to use on a business card, other printed material or anywhere else, go to my shop and place your order for one today!
Recently, I had the unique opportunity to do a painting for someone based on the lyrics of a beautiful song called, "Remember Wild Horses" by Birds of Chicago." I have never done something like this, but I was really excited about the challenge! Here is the song and lyrics below...
Remember Wild Horses
First daughter of a Knight of Columbus
Friend to moonbeams and painters’ brushes
There was not a single one among us
Who thought she’d be alone
Now she loves her nieces and all her nephews
Green tea and the good view
Of the butterfly weeds and the coneflowers
Out back behind her home
Remember wild horses running
Oh! With the morning in their eyes
Ears pinned back on free land
Under free blue skies
You don’t have to wipe away your tears
Go on and let ‘em fall
You're just remembering wild horses is all
Down at the Whirlaway I saw an old buddy
Kind of laughing in his beer I said man what’s so funny
He looked up at me like he wanted to punch me
He said nothing’s funny not a damn things’s funny
I loved her so long I believed that she loved me
I promised her she promised me
Remember wild horses….
Well his mind was bright but his body played tricks
Would not be long before it flat out quit
Chopsticks in a bag of old leather
Alone in his room with the ghost of past summers
He can see her now he can see her now
Sunlight through her camisole
One hand over her eye to block the sun
Waiting by the window for her only one
Remember wild horses ...
I started with painting the girl who this painting was for first. Then, I formed a circular frame around her head to frame her face. Painting the horses in motion helped to show the wild nature of the horses. I chose pink as the color for the horses and painted them in an ombre effect where each one was getting lighter and lighter as they went around the circle.
A coneflower was incorporated into the painting to go with the lyrics, and I also added a butterfly to give the background some life.
A little detail that I decided to add into the painting was the suggestion of forget-me-not flowers on her shirt. I used this flower in particular because of its symbolism.
The last part was adding copper leaf to the top of what I had painted. I'm not going to lie, I was terrified to do this part because once I applied the copper leaf, there was no going back. I have used gold leaf before in my work, but only in little bits. I have never used copper leafing and never used it in such large masses. I really felt like the painting needed another layer and some texture added to it and this seemed like the perfect solution. As soon as I started laying the leaf down, the feelings of being terrified slowly turned to giddiness! It is always good to take risks here and there because that is when pure magic happens. After I finished applying the copper leaf, I realized that I never added stars in the sky and I was so excited that I could make it look like the copper leaf was dispersing into stars in the night sky! In the end, it all came together as it should and I was very pleased.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any inquiries about a commissioned painting you are dreaming up.
The Artists of Rubber City is a wonderful and eclectic group of artists here in Akron that I love being a part of! it is always good to be in community with other people who are along the same type of journey as you are. We are going to be having a members art show at the Box Gallery which starts this week!
The Box Gallery is located in the Summit Artspace in downtown Akron. The Summit Artspace is an awesome place that holds multiple galleries and several floors of working artist studios. The Akron Art Walk is also held here on the first Saturday of every month! The opening reception for the members show will be held on Friday December 1st from 5-8pm. Art will be for sale and you can also check out the artists studios that are open that night! Come out and support your local artists and maybe you will find yourself a piece of art that will steal your heart. The show will be up through January 6th.
THE BOX GALLERY HOURS
Located on the third floor at 140 E. Market St. Akron, OH
Hours only apply during exhibitions
Friday: 12-5 pm
Saturday: 12-5 pm
Opening Receptions – first Friday of exhibitions: 5-8 pm
Akron Artwalk – first Saturday of the month: 5-9 pm
Handicap accessible – elevator available
Free parking located behind building on Summit Street
Every year, the Evolution Revolution blog by Lisa Graystone has has a gift guide which is just fabulous! I always enjoy reading her biog year round, and also her gift guide during the holidays. I was so touched to see that I was featured in there this year. Take a minute to read her gift guide and also check out her Etsy shop where she sells beautiful vintage women's clothing! Featured below are some Frida Kahlo socks that she featured which I must have in my life! To check out John's Crazy Socks click HERE!
This past week I was able to work on a fashion illustration of a beautiful couple. This was a commissioned piece for someone who gave this to them for their wedding shower. The person who commissioned this from me showed me some different photos that I could work from and this one grabbed my eye immediately. It was full of love and light, and I knew this was the one that I wanted to use as reference.
The sunlight peeking through the trees in the background inspired me to make the circular design behind her into a watercolor sun. I also added some watercolor grass to ground them, tie them together, and add some more color. Of course, I added touches of gold to it which is always my favorite part. I think this was such a unique and thoughtful gift to give this couple and I love that they will have a piece of art commemorating the beginning of their lives together.
To commission a custom fashion illustration, email me at email@example.com and we can start the conversation!
When I first started brainstorming what I wanted to make to sell for Christmas, I pondered what I would want in my own home.
First, I knew that I would want something small to put on my mantel or to add to my collage wall. That's why I went with the smaller 9X9 inch size.
Second, I would want something that has a natural and muted feel to it. I wanted texture and a washiness to the painting. This is why I chose to use my mixed media technique of ink and colored pencil on these paintings.
Third, I knew that I would want something that I would be able to display not just during Christmastime, but all winter long. This is why I went with gold accents on the wreath instead of red. I also made this painting very neutral from the gray background to the white letter.
Fourth, I wanted it to be personal and custom to our family. That is why I am painting a custom letter inside each wreath.