Happy fall! I've been meaning to get this blog post out to you, but life has been full of car troubles, kids, work projects and home repairs! A month can sometimes feel like a year, but then we look back and it's flown by all at the same time!
I hope you'll take a minute to enjoy a new painting that I'm happily finished with. This one has been swirling in my head for years! Our First Church of Oviedo has faithfully hosted one of my favorite pumpkin patches for as long as I can remember and it's a favorite of mine. Even on the few years I haven't purchased from them, it's been so fun to drive by and see. Once those string lights start going up, it feels like it's officially fall. I love to see it when I'm dropping off or picking up at the nearby high school, especially after a football game!
Since this scene feels so iconic for Oviedo, I've decided to include it in the Oviedo art card pack. It is nestled among some of my favorite pieces such as; The Farmer's Market, Tutus on Broadway, The Old Townhouse, The Lawton House at Christmas Time and of course, Pappy's Patch just to name a few.
While over the years, this pack of cards has evolved and some pieces have been taken out (bye-bye old fire station : ) I'm happy to say that this year it boasts 12 paintings of Oviedo scenes!
I have other scenes that I've painted around town over the years such as Oviedo On The Park, roosters and the old downtown, but these 12 just rise to the top for me.
,If you'd like to pick up the 12 pack with envelopes for a gift, or a matted 8x10" print of the Perpetual Patch painting they are happily being sold at Riley Reigh Mod Market. If you haven't stopped in there, you simply must... the shop is bursting with holiday gift giving goodies!
Hello friends. I hope everyone has thoroughly enjoyed this jam-packed summer that seems to have gone by waayy too fast!
I did not paint as much as I had hoped, but I did soak in lots of time with friends and family. In fact, this week my project was inspired by those who are either pregnant or expecting new grand-babies! So much fun to anticipate and celebrate these new little lives. After drawing and painting this cuddly cutie, I put him into the new card design below.
I often have people asking me how I digitize my art and get it printed. Well, my secret is that my background is actually in graphic design (I have a visual communication degree from The Ohio State University.) I love to marry the two disciplines of art and design in my work where applicable. Having a graphic design background has given me the know-how to scan the watercolors, clean them up and put my art in all kinds of printable formats. It has also made it so much easier for me to market my art as well. Since this is something that I've been asked so much about, I've decided that in these upcoming open studio classes, I will share my best tips and tricks for digitizing my art. Each Thursday, I will demonstrate a short painting technique as well as a practical bit of teaching and advice about getting your work printed.
If you are interested in making and creating art and designs, then come to A Create Place in Oviedo on Thursday evenings! August 17th we'll be starting back up and sharing some hot tea, tips, techniques and of course just the joy of creating in community! Sign up or simply learn more about the cost and details here.
Psst ... I'll have this design ready in local shops soon and for sale in my studio.
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This week I had the pleasure of working on one of my favorite types of projects ... a large format custom canvas!
It brings me such joy because I have felt the frustration of having an empty space but not being able to find the right piece of art for it. Many of us have a wall in our home that is begging for something special to hang on it... something that pulls your color palette together. I have the ability to create abstract paintings that are all about the specific mood and colors you want to convey.
I find it particularly interesting that this savvy client wanted something round, curvy, bubbly and full of motion and layers. I was just reading how this is going to be a strong theme for 2022 in terms of design trends. Check out this quote from Adobe's website calling these sort of shapes, "Soft Pop."
If this sort of thing interests you, you can read more about Adobe's predicted upcoming design trends here.
So how does this work?
If you are local, we can schedule a home visit for me to see your colors. However, if you live out of town, you can send me photos of your wall, your decor style and your color palette. I'll give you a price on creating a unique piece just for your home. Contact me if you have questions about this process, or simply if you have a space needing some Creative Collaboration ; )
It's been a dozen years in the making... a dedicated place to create. If you or your children have ever taken an art class with me, you know that it's been at the dining room table of my big kitchen. We've sipped tea together, laughed, learned and experimented in this space. While it has served us well, it's been tugging at me to have a separate, bigger place to create with you. A Create Place. An attached art studio that I can hardly wait to move my giant, paint splattered desk into. We are about a week away from occupying it!
We don't know all of the ways that God will use A Create Place , but we do know it will be a place to more comfortably collaborate with students and clients, explore different mediums, practice, learn, gather with community and be inspired together.
Beginning September 8th,
Whether I am painting custom artwork, creating a water colored logo for a client, or teaching art students, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...