Friday, March 20, 2015

Family Tree


I painted this very sweet and simple family tree for one of my Nashville customers.  She requested this design, colors, and wording for her canvas.  I put it all together on this 16x20.  I just love it!  There's lots of colors mixed into that brown and those greens.  The highlighting always adds a little something extra!
 

Speaking of families, my husband and I recently celebrated 18 years of marriage.  I usually post about our anniversary trip.  We're so busy right now with the kids and work that we couldn't get away for a whole weekend.  The did go on a special date night to one of our favorite local restaurants, Maurizio's.  My parents kept the kids overnight, too!  




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Flowers


I saw my first buttercups last weekend...and my allergies are all fired up...that means one things...spring has sprung!  Even with the allergies, it is still a beautiful time of the year.
  My fourth grade class was asked to create some spring art for one of our local banks to hang in their lobby.  Flowers were the first thing that popped into my mind.  The kids and I liked them so much that I let them make some for my hallway bulletin board, too!  Don't they look great?



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It's very simple to do.  You get three layers of paper towels and put a coffee filter on top.  Color the filter with regular markers - abstract designs and patterns work best.  You want to leave a little white space to get a blended effect.  Once it's all colored, just spray with water and watch the magic!  They dry very quickly.  Finally, glue onto white construction paper and add a stem.


I've got some really pretty flower canvases all painted and ready for personalization.  This 7x14 black chevron with the flower in shades of red is so pretty!  It would be perfect for a teacher or with a cute spring saying.


This 6x9 yellow polka dot canvas with big, bright daisies is also immediately available.  I can see this on the front door or even in a wreath!

Just visit the etsy shop to see the flowers and lots more spring designs.  From now until April 5 enter the code SPRING to get 25% off your order!!!











Saturday, March 14, 2015

Feeling Spring-ish?


The snow and ice has been crazy this year in Middle Tennessee.  We have a year's worth of weather conditions in one week!  I've loved the snow and am all about snuggling in on a cold night, but I'm ready for spring.  Bring on the sunshine and flowers!


It's hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner.  I've not gotten out the first decoration.  It's past time!  This carrot canvas would be so cute on the mantle.


I love the colors of this 4x4 canvas block.  It's not just for Easter, but all of spring and summer.  It needs a great big monogram right in the center!
If you need a little something for spring, too, just visit my etsy shop.  You can always place a custom order, but there's lots of "ready to ship" spring items.  No waiting!

***From now until April 5 use the coupon code SPRING at checkout and get 25% off your entire purchase!!!





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Boys


It's nice to paint for the boys every now and again!  Paula Smith has two adorable boys who just got their rooms redone.  That happens as they start to grow up and their interests change.  Her older son, Tylan, has a beautiful patchwork quilt in shades of blue, green and tan.  He wanted a deer without his name on it.  This is going on a white door so I did the background in cream.  The cream matches his room decor better, too!  I added burlap twine for hanging.  This one's a little different but I love it!


Her younger son, Parker, chose navy and lime with a sports theme for his bedroom.  Paula wanted the soccer ball, basketball, bat, and baseball.  I did the navy border with lime accents and ribbon.
So cute!





 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pink and Green


Pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations.  It was big in the 80's and I had a mostly pink room then...maybe that's why I like it!  It always looks so fresh and cheerful.  Stacey Clark ordered a pink and green canvas for classroom.  How welcoming is this?


It does feature pink and green but she also requested the light blue background, lilac chevron, and yellow trim.  I think this will be perfect in her tropical themed room!
 

The princess Bible verse canvas has been very popular lately.  I'm so happy to be painting bunches and bunches of these!  I do them in lots of colors, but the lime green dots and the pink crown is the original and still the favorite!




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Celebrate Life's Events


A new baby?


A canvas makes the perfect new baby gift...either for your own baby or to give to someone special.  They also are so cute to put on an easel and use on the table during a shower.  I've done little 5x5's for the hospital, too!


Wedding or anniversary coming up?


These family name canvases are probably my most  popular item.  I can't think of a better wedding or anniversary gift.  They can be painted in wedding or home decor colors.  The canvases are also very light weight and easy to ship for those times when you can't be there.

Think about your year and all of the things that could be marked with a truly custom canvas!








Monday, March 2, 2015

Lanie


Oh, this one is soooo pretty!  The background is a combination of pale pinks, creams, and tans.  There's a little French handwriting in there, too.


The large off center crown is in shades of tan with brown in the shadows and creams in the highlights.  There's lots of little details added to the crown for texture.  The crown and the background were also sanded for a vintage look.


The name is in a fancy, but not overwhelming, cursive in brown with lots of cream highlights.  
This piece has a very tight color palette.  I am just in love with how it turned out.  

A long time friend ordered this for her daughter's room.  We went back and forth several times on the size, and I can't remember what we finally settled on.  All I can say is that it is big!  It was a pleasure painting for you, Autumn and Lanie!



Friday, February 27, 2015

Eiffel Towers...and More Snow!


I taught my first painting class at the iLearn Center here in McMinnville this week.  The theme was Eiffel Towers and the class range was 6-10 years old.  I have 6 little girls who painted with me and we had the best time!  Addison was a perfectionist and did so well!  She kept her brushstrokes smooth and even and did an awesome job shading.  


Kiera spent a lot of time on her sky using lots of shades of blue and choosing to do clouds.   I love her fancy tree roots and the heart she added in the tower.  This was her first painting class ever - awesome!


Baylee did swirls and dots in her sky and really wanted to use aqua and hot pink to match her room.  She really focused on all of the little details in the trees and flowers.  I love it!


Isn't Emma's just the sweetest thing?  She added her monogram in the heart on the tower.  Like Baylee, she also worked so hard on all of the little tree and flower details.  I think the patterns on her tower are really neat, too!
 

Trinity is just six years old!  Look how well this little girl paints!  She's really got an eye for color and pattern.  I just love all of the texture she put in her her sky.  Trinity loved the rhinestones and added a bunch to her flowers!


Lauren chose to only put dots in her sky.  She also added a lot of pattern to her tower and really made it stand out.  Cute!

I love hoe they're all the same and different at the same time.  Each girl added their own little bit of personality and flair!  My next scheduled class is March 13th.  I'll be painting cats and dogs with a little younger age group.  Should be fun!


It snowed again!  This was a wet snow that just added a white outline to everything.  Gorgeous!








Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lots of Bathroom Dots!


Oh, there's been lots of dots being painted around here!  I've had some snow days so I've been using the time (mostly wisely!) to catch up on orders.  I did this set of 5x5 bathroom dots to match a neutral colored bathroom for a little boy.  He's got cream walls and cute owl shower curtain in these colors.  It's going to be so cute all together!


No matter how late I stay up and paint, "studio cat" is right there with me.  She sleeps in the chair while I paint at my desk and gets in the floor with me to do all of the ribbons and wrapping.  So sweet!


This bathroom set is a little larger size with 8x8 canvases.   This one is for an older girl and she's got the coolest shower curtain with a hot pink, yellow, aqua, and purple design.  I did the accents in black and aqua ribbon was requested.  I almost always do this set on the 5x5 but really enjoyed having the extra space!

Since I'm getting a surprise snow day again today, here's one for you all, too!  Use the code SNOWDAY on the etsy shop - today, Thursday, February 26, only - and get a whopping 25% off your entire purchase!  Woohoo!









Sunday, February 22, 2015

Being a Brother...


I don't have any brothers.  I've got two sisters (you can see their pic in the sidebar!) who are my best friends in the whole world.  Even though we do look out for each other, I'm sure there is a level of protection that only a brother can provide.


I've painted this quote several times and have orders in for several more.  I think it is just the sweetest sentiment.


These are both 11x14's and cost $30.00.  They shipped out to different parts of the country!  As you can see, they are easily formatted to fit your room decor.  One is vertical with the highlighted words in red and the other is horizontal with the highlighted words in khaki.  Both are perfect!