Taratories Blog

Custom Wedding invitation

Recently these two love birds got married and I was able to make their wedding invitations a little more personalized that the typical invitation. I used photographs of them to work from in their wedding attire and painted them separately in their oval frames.  

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I love how they turned out on the wedding invitations! I just think it is such a unique idea and the watercolor sketches really make them lighthearted and fun!

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They even used them for the cake toppers!  I love it when things are repurposed for different uses like this.

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I used the original painting that I did for the commission as a gift to the lovely couple.  I also included the addition of a portion of a bible verse and their wedding date.  It was such an honor to be part of their special day in this small way!  

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Live Family Sketching

This week I had a fun evening of live fashion sketching!  I went to a local house and joined a family in a birthday party get together.  I have never done live fashion sketching for a family like this before and it was a really fun experience!  At the end of the 4 hours I felt like I was part of the crew, they were so inviting and so fun!  They came over to me and posed for me as I needed them.  I even used a photo to add a family member into the painting who wasn't able to attend the party.

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That night I painted 18 people total from the family!  This is a great way to capture a group of people in a loose and fun way instead of the typical photograph.  Doing quick sketches really pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to try and capture the essence of the person instead of every detail. 

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If you are interested in having this done at your next party or event, please email me at taratories@gmail.com to start the conversation!

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All framed up outside of the room I painted! 

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Cactus Wall Mural

This week I created a patterned mural for a baby nursery.  The goal was to create rows of cactuses to create the look of wallpaper.  I used fluid acrylics which can be watered down to mimic the look of watercolor.  

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With these paints, I was able to create a washy look with a variety of lights and darks which gave the cactuses a more interesting look.

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Before I started painting the cactuses, I cut 2 different cactus shapes out of paper to use as my outline. On alternate rows I flipped the cactuses in the opposite direction which helped to create 4 different silhouettes.  

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As you can see, I was pretty happy with the results!  My friend gave me a charcoal facial in the during my time painting and she commented on how well I was "multi-masking!"  :)  

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This room is a really fun and unique boy room with so much texture and energy and will be a room he can definitely grow in!

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Oh The Heart

This week I had the privilege to be featured in a wedding blog found on www.ohtheheart.com  which featured different ways to preserve your wedding bouquet... make sure you check it out!  Featured on there were my custom watercolor wedding bouquets which I love painting so much!  I can work from any photo to bring you a beautiful painting that can be cherished for years to come.  

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What makes these paintings so special?  Flowers are such an integral part of your wedding, but after the wedding the flowers die and most of us throw them away.  That's why preserving your bouquet is so important and really makes a lovely gift for yourself or someone else.  Here is where you can find out more and place your order for one today... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Merch Shop!

I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with Society 6 and opened up a new merch shop! This partnership allows me to offer prints, canvases, and an amazing range of fun and beautiful products that features my whimsical paintings. I will be adding other products to my shop in the near future, and check out the other products available now and see what grabs your eye! https://society6.com/taradeetscreek

"Her Boxed Beaded Gown"

Recently, I was part of a local art show where this painting entitled "Her Boxed Beaded Gown" was displayed.  I met a local couple where the husband was a visual artist and the wife was a poet.  They had the idea of combining art and poetry together in a show!  They gathered a group of artists together and gave each artist the book of poetry called "Solitary Spin" written by Barbara Sabol to read.  We were to choose a poem from the book to use as inspiration for our art.  I found this poem called "Circa 1943" in the book and used it to paint from.  I used metallic paints on this one which gives the entire painting a beautiful shimmer!  This painting is now up for sale on my website and can be purchased HERE.

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Circa 1943

by Barbara Sabol

Day Dreaming on the side of Prospect Hill

my mother is caught by some Eddie with his lens

before the swirl of champagne, before the dishwater swill

(years before she waltzed with my father in her beaded silk)

 

my mother was caught by a beau, quick with his lens;

some Eddie, by the flirt of her eyes in the sepia still,

years before she waltzed with my father in beaded silk

she posed in her swim skirt, chin in her fists, a slight head tilt--

 

flirting with some Eddie, one eye squinting behind his lens

while she posed in halter top and swim skirt, her head at a tilt

(before the dusty attic moths have had their fill 

of her boxed beaded gown, its yellow silk.)

 

Before the attic moths had their fill of silk and lace

she sold cufflinks to my father at Swanks, downtown.

He whirled her around the hall in her beaded gown

and danced her down that hill, leaving just a trace

 

of her teenaged sepia image, blurred to white at its edge

like the swirl of champagne and an unbroken waltz;

caught in the gaze of the luckless him, whose camera left

the ghost of a girl dreaming in the long grass of Prospect Hill.