Ready for Takeoff

I'm semi-retired from guestbooks, but this one was too fun not to share.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of creating an airplane-themed guestbook for a world-traveling couple.

I love the newly married couple as the pilot and co-pilot!

Retro fonts and ben-day dots channeled 1960s airline posters.

You never know how guests will actually sign the guestbook once they see it... but it's fun for everyone!

Can you spy the parachuter?

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The many looks of Minis!

I just completed a series of four bright, colorful abstracts.  This client wanted a frame-able series of small paintings, planning to use gold with white mats.  

Each painting was 8x12" on canvas paper.  Now she can use them as a set of four OR cut the paper into lots of even smaller paintings!  There are so many fun ways to frame them.

The following images are totally knocked off pinterest and photoshopped so it looks like my artwork is inside.  They're just mock-ups to illustrate some possibilities for the client.  I do NOT want to offend the original photographers so I've credited the sources the best I can and will be happy to take down these mock-ups if anyone complains!

The original idea was four square frames with four square openings for artwork, hung in a grid.  [Source]

The original idea was four square frames with four square openings for artwork, hung in a grid.  [Source]

This shows the option of cutting the four minis into pieces to get lots of frame-able art!  [Source]

This shows the option of cutting the four minis into pieces to get lots of frame-able art!  [Source]

The actual minis might not be big enough for THESE frames, but I like how they're matted a little off-center and then propped on a table surface.  [Source]

The actual minis might not be big enough for THESE frames, but I like how they're matted a little off-center and then propped on a table surface.  [Source]

Here, the canvas paper is mounted in front of the white mat, letting the raw edges show - kinda cool!  [Source]

Here, the canvas paper is mounted in front of the white mat, letting the raw edges show - kinda cool!  [Source]

One Bride, Two Ways

A lovely friend of mine commissioned a drawing from her wedding, but couldn't decide what medium would best represent the moment she chose.

She sent a gorgeous photo of her father walking her down the aisle.  He's beaming at his daughter while she reflects that radiant smile toward her future husband.  (I can personally attest that I've never seen a more joyful, exuberant bride walk down an aisle - her happiness was infectious!)

How to best show that on paper?  I tried two ways: pen-and-ink and charcoal.

On one hand, I like the ink cross-hatching on structured things like the suit.  But the charcoal gave the figures much softer suggestions of expression.

With two portraits to choose from, the only remaining decision for the bride was which to keep and which to give to her father!  She's beautiful either way.  :)

 

Delinquent (with a side of portraits)

I am currently staring at (and avoiding) a list with 15 ideas for blog posts.  I drafted it last year and haven't even touched it yet in 2016.  There is SO MUCH I need to catch up on!

Talking to some current clients put me in a lovey-dovey mood and reminded me of this sweet engagement portrait I did for a couple last fall.  

This was a little 11x14" painting on wood.  The very smooth texture was great for laying down fine details.

The texture showed up really well when it was all dry and finished.

Love watching the progress from monochrome underpainting to final piece!

I'll try to update more soon and fill in some of the work I've done in the last year.  Lots to show you!