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]

Abstract Delight

I had the MOST FUN making these bright, happy paintings for a recent client:

What a dream project:  the client sent me photos of their beautiful living space and let me run free with the content for the walls.

Part of our decision-making process was determining the perfect shape.

Part of our decision-making process was determining the perfect shape.

It doesn't hurt that the client's space is filled with all of my faaaavorite colors.  Pink, orange, coral, gold, white... I'm drooling.  

Just testing them out in my own living room...

Just testing them out in my own living room...

I love the versatility of these square abstracts.  They can hang vertically or horizontally and still look great together.

I love the versatility of these square abstracts.  They can hang vertically or horizontally and still look great together.

A real challenge and BLAST was working with delicate gold leaf.  I'll never get it all out of the studio... but I'm happy to have the reminder.

I bet you'll never guess the original inspiration for the composition.  It's very Richmond-centric.  If someone can guess, I'll make you an abstract painting for just the cost of shipping.  (No cheating if I already told you!)

These pieces were so FUN, I can't wait to do more!


Diptych Date

My husband is in JAPAN right now!  I miss him terribly but his absence gives me time to write a blog post.  This one’s for you, babe!

When we first moved to Cincinnati, we drew a date from our “date jar” and what do you know… it instructed us to paint something together. We foraged supplies from my studio and got to work in the backyard.

Thankfully, my hubs jumped right in and got us off to a good start.  I’m kind of a control freak when it comes to group projects, especially creative ones.  I had to actively restrain myself in the beginning so it would remain a shared activity.  We worked into a rhythm of “you paint a move, now I’ll paint a move…” kind of like chess on canvas.  Taking turns allowed us to end up with something really spontaneous, playful and different.  We love it!

Tried to take a selfie... fail.

Tried to take a selfie... fail.

The paintings now hang proudly in our guest room, flanking the bed.  They bring me so much JOY every time I see them because they remind me of our teamwork and the fun we had making them.

This guy.  <3

This guy.  <3

Art is so subjective… if something really speaks to you, own it!  Who cares what anybody else thinks?  Surround yourself with pieces that bring you joy.

And heck, get outside!  Go play!  It's fun to break out of a rut and try something new.  You never know what you might treasure from it.

l'Appuntamento

This January, I had the pleasure of traveling to Italy by proxy, thanks to a jet-setting client who shared one of her favorite pieces of Tuscany with me.

While visiting her Italian home, she fell in love with a painting and wanted me to re-create it for her husband.  

Sì, certo!

The original looks like it was painted on something smooth, so I decided to paint this on board.  We decided to make the painting 30x30".  I couldn't find pre-made wood panels that large, so I made my own.  Here's Phil at Home Depot helping me with Step 1:

I spent a few days prepping the board - cleaning, sanding, applying gesso, and so on… perhaps a little longer than I expected, but it was a fun process and so rewarding!  I loved the final working surface.  Sorry I didn't take pictures of the process.  Just imagine a piece of wood, painted white.

The completed painting:

What style would you call this?  Abstract? Cubist? 

Here are some details of the final painting:

(Love that swishy stuff.  I added a ton of medium to the acrylic to make it do that… fun.)

Here is the best part… the feedback!!  My heart nearly exploded with joy!!  Look how wonderful and warm it looks, propped in its new home:

This might just be outright bragging, but I can't ask for better reviews than these!

What fun it is, indeed!  Feedback like this makes every single minute of my job feel worthwhile.  Yay!

I hope to see an update when the painting gets framed and hung.  In the meantime, I have an "appuntamento" with some paintbrushes… arrivederci!