Two months 'til Christmas already!?

Has this fall snuck up on anyone else besides me?  Maybe because it's still in the 70s in North Carolina… but the holidays seem soooo far away!  Alas, they're right around the corner.  

In my attempts to wrangle my business calendar, I've laid out my upcoming projects and realized there isn't a lot of space in there before the Christmas rush.  I don't mean to blatantly pressure anybody here… but if you were thinking about an AJC Christmas gift, now is the time to let me know!  

I'm also coming up with a cute design for gift cards, so your art recipient can participate in the commission process if you want them to (and we won't have to rush the actual painting).

Gifting artwork is really a joy… sometimes I have the honor of delivering artwork in person, and sometimes my clients send photos of their recipients enjoying the gift.  It's always unexpected and always unique.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!  

...and wish me luck in the coming months - it's going to be a madhouse around here! :)

Lisa's Siena

One of my best friends in the world got married this past weekend.

In 2007, she lived in Siena, Italy.  I visited her for a week and we had an amazing time.  She showed me the most wonderful things and taught me so much - but that happens no matter where we are!

I painted the sunset view of Siena from her balcony when I returned to the States.  She was supposed to have the painting from the very beginning… but I've held onto it for seven years!  yikes!


Congratulazioni and best wishes, Lisa and Rhett!  I love you!

Abstract for Bright Fabrics

Goodness gracious, I left you hanging there!

I was so excited to get started on the colorful abstract painting that I neglected the computer once I began.  You may recall, I had these fabrics to work with:


…from which I derived this color scheme, and shared it with my client and her decorator:

We ended up having to switch the Teal for a Turquoise, upon closer inspection of the fabrics.

Drumroll please…..




This thing is crazy, right?  I experimented with lots of mark-making and shapes and motion.  I could have done this for weeks.  Abstract paintings are a BLAST… the only problem is, when are they finished?  You can't step back and say, "ah, now it looks like ____, so it is complete."  You can just keep playing and pushing and smearing and dabbling.  Too fun.  I can't wait to make lots more.

Along the way, I fiddled with photoshop and sent some mock-ups to my client:

I can't wait to see how it actually looks in her beautiful home!




Confession: I totally wanted to keep it.  We (the painting and I) basically went on a date all around my apartment and made ourselves comfortable… 

How many places can an abstract painting look good in my apartment?

And I also made a little coordinating floral painting with the leftover paint.  I liked the colors.



Bringing Fashion Illustration Home - to your walls!

Have you read the September issue of Traditional Home?

On page 52, they have a beautiful article by Ted Loos:

Fine Lines: The delicate art of fashion illustration attracts collectors with an eye for vintage chic and glamour.

I wish I could link to the article for you, but for some reason it isn’t published online.  Basically, it states that fashion illustrations are finally being recognized as art after decades of being overlooked (kudos to the Met and MFA Boston for being ahead of the curve).  Auction prices are creeping upward as interest and niche markets develop for original illustrations.

I was excited to read: “Steen’s most cherished pieces are two original drawings by René Gruau (1909-2004), one of the 20th century’s most important career illustrators, who helped popularize Christian Dior’s 'New Look' in the 1940s and ‘50s, among other style milestones.”

René Gruau?  I know that guy!


The piece above is my interpretation of his 1956 illustration, Diorissimo.

When Allison Mannella photographed me in the studio, she suggested that I work on a painting for a few shots, so I had to whip up something quickly.  I’d recently encountered this illustration on Pinterest and couldn’t get it out of my mind.  So, I painted over an old canvas and gave it an elegant second life.  I changed the background colors to suit my apartment.

I went to High Point Market soon after the photo shoot, and I was so excited to see one of the vendors use this exact Gruau illustration in their display!  I even left a dorky Instagram comment like a stalker (I was new to Instagram, be easy on me):

High Point showcased the most stunning trends in interior design.  You might remember from my recap… it’s an overwhelming place.  Six months later, I’m beginning to see the light: fashion illustrations at High Point + fashion illustrations in Traditional Home = fashion illustrations for your walls!

There are countless illustrations to pull from, and original designs to be made, but here are a few ways the Gruau could be customized for other spaces:

Custom paintings like this would be beautiful near a vanity, in a bedroom, a feminine office, even a giant closet.

Here is where “my Gruau” currently hangs, needing a frame:

I love these crazy orange chairs.  Apparently my living room color scheme is orange-and-blue right now, and that works for me.  This custom Diorissimo complements it perfectly.  

Seems like she could be friends with Suzon from the Manet, don’t you think?

If you want a custom painting to complement your own color scheme, don't hesitate to get in touch!  I loved incorporating new colors into these feminine illustrations, and can do it for any kind of painting you like.