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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Looking Back: Thumbprint Guestbooks

I haven't been doing many of these lately, but while I was making thumbprint guestbooks, I put together a helpful diagram of how many thumbprints would fit on different standard sizes of paper.  I hope this helps clients determine what size guestbook they need for their event.  

It may be helpful to click on the image above to expand it.

Here's another way of looking at it:

And the same progression again, but vertical (sooo pinnable):

Hope this is helpful to anyone who's considering a thumbprint guestbook tree!

Elephantastic

Yes, I repurposed that word from a favorite nail polish…  

When we were in Thailand, we had the pleasure of visiting BaanChang Elephant Park in Chiang Mai.  Seeing so many elephants up close was really amazing… this blog post can't do the experience justice.  Suffice it to say that these creatures were beautiful, we learned so much, and I'll always be grateful for the time we spent there.  Also, riding an elephant is awkward.

I've had elephants on my mind ever since!  They've found their way into some of my artwork - specifically, the nursery paintings.  

I created two new elephant watercolors for baby showers.

The first is a thumbprint guestbook:

Here is how a thumbprint guestbook works:

 This setup includes instructions, two pens, and two inkpads.  It's always a good idea to have wet wipes on hand, too!

This setup includes instructions, two pens, and two inkpads.  It's always a good idea to have wet wipes on hand, too!

 Guests stamp the paper with their thumb and sign it with the pen.  Hopefully your beautiful guests are forgiving if you put their picture on the internet.  :)

Guests stamp the paper with their thumb and sign it with the pen.  Hopefully your beautiful guests are forgiving if you put their picture on the internet.  :)

 That's it!  You're finished with the guestbook, and now you have beautiful custom art to display on your wall.

That's it!  You're finished with the guestbook, and now you have beautiful custom art to display on your wall.

I also worked on this watercolor, to which I will add the baby's name, birthday, height, and weight when she is born.

 Might make a cute birth announcement!

Might make a cute birth announcement!

Baby Boom

I'm heading to Richmond today, which seems to be the land of babies.  I didn't realize how many baby-themed projects I've been working on for Richmonders...

  • This week, I'll paint a mural in a baby girl's nursery.  It's inspired by abstract, painterly flowers… will post an update as soon as I can!
  • Delivering a stork quote for another baby girl (pictures below)
  • Delivering a large abstract painting for a boy's nursery, which coordinates with his bedding (pictures below)
  • Consulting on a baby shower project
  • And, just for fun, getting to meet two new babies belonging to dear friends… though I don't have any art for them.  Yet.

Let me show you the pieces I'm delivering!

This large abstract piece is going in a baby boy's nursery.  His parents already chose some multicolor bedding with oranges, blues, mint greens, olive, and brown.  The walls are light blue and the furniture is dark wood… they needed one big statement piece to tie in the greens and oranges.

Let me tell you, abstract painting was MUCH more difficult than I expected.  It didn't help that my client works at a renowned art museum and has quite discerning taste… the pressure was on!  I went through so many iterations of this one painting.  I wound up really liking the layers, though. 

Because abstract painting was such a new adventure for me, I made a companion painting at the same time, using the same palette.  It was fun to experiment with different styles of mark-making.  The photo below shows the baby's bedding, the final painting, and the companion painting:

I really like both!  The companion coordinates with my living room, actually… wish I could keep it!  Alas, it is for sale.  Let me know if you're interested!

I'm a sucker for detail shots...


I'm also delivering an 8x10" watercolor-and-ink stork painting!

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This baby girl isn't due for a while, but I think her momma is having fun feathering the nest!  Her nursery is in pinks and neutrals… can't wait to see it in person.

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All in all, I'd say this guy is keeping me busy!  Keep 'em coming, Mr. Stork!

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