Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Oh hey, August...

There's Always Room at the Top...for a Hug!
12x12, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel
not only are you one month closer to Fall and all things PUMPKIN SPICE (ridiculously happy about that, btw)....you are also MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! Shout out to all the Leos (and Virgos) out there celebrating as well! ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒŸ

Throughout the month of AUGUST ONLY,  I am offering a FREE 6x6 PRINT of a painting I did back in 2014 to commemorate one of my all time favorite characters from childhood (and now too)...HELLO KITTY!! She turned 40 back in 2014. Can we talk about how old that makes me feel?? I digress...back to the FREE PRINT. 

You will receive a FREE 6x6 PRINT of this painting with ANY PRINT PURCHASE in my Etsy shop....all August long. No coupon. No code. And, BONUS-I'm still offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on EVERYTHING in my shop for the remainder of the Summer. WIN WIN!! 

Happy Birthday, August babies!! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽŠ

PS-THE ORIGINAL PAINTING IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. CONTACT ME IF INTERESTED. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Illustration Friday~DOG

Lucky Puppy
6x6, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018
Just a sweet little puppy who goes by the name of "Mei-Hua" (meaning plum blossoms, of course). I created this painting this past February in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog. PRINTS are available as well as the ORIGINAL PAINTING (contact me if interested). 
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Also, pictured below since the IF prompt is DOG), is a recent commission I did a couple of months back. One which I had some trouble parting with because I loved it SO much. PRINTS are available of that as well due to the requests I had received for prints. If you'd like a custom painting, please don't hesitate to reach out. I have a few slots available before the upcoming holiday season.
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Puppies and Petals
12x16, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Softball and Sunflowers....

Softball and Sunflowers
8x10, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018
My latest commission. ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿป๐Ÿž

For more about this piece click here to read a bit about my creative process. And for commissions/custom paintings, contact me here and I'll do my very best to accommodate you.


Now back to the dozens of other creations I have in the queue. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, June 11, 2018

A little dive into my creative process for my current commission...


when a sweet friend of mine approached me a couple of weeks ago for a custom painting for her niece who loves softball and isn't very "girly", I immediately thought-this probably isn't the commission for me. It seems my work has gone down a much more "girly" path both subconsciously and consciously. Definitely a true reflection of the artist. ๐ŸŽ€
Despite the internal struggle of not wanting to say not to a friend for fear of not being able to do her request justice, I took it as a challenge of sorts. I knew that the jersey number was 12 and that the university colors are maroon and gold. Of course, my vision didn't include a jersey with the number 12. I was thinking some sort of whimsical dress, as usual. But wait, she's a tomboy. A dress could be problem. ๐Ÿ˜”
In that moment, I had to apply the principal that gets me through every single time I run into the creative proverbial "brick wall". Question-what do I do best (or feel I do best)? Answer-whimsical girls, cute animals and flowers. Lots of flowers. Once I get back on that page, the lightbulb goes off. Fast forward to the finished sketch for the painting...
a sweet little mascot of a bear and styling' tee shirt patchwork flare jeans wearing girl. Just chilling' in a patch of 12 sunflowers after their little game of softball. {Note the extra tiny sunflower on her jeans. It's like a baker's dozen. ๐Ÿ˜‰}
Creative brick wall-demolished. Sweet friend-very, very happy.
WINNING. ๐Ÿป⚾๐ŸŒป

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Busy May!!

May proved to be a very busy month and happily so. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Started working on a new series of cute little Chinese girls when another commission came my way a couple of weeks ago. That along with packing some pendants to ship out to a few customers was also another highlight. Thanks so much to Jewelry Affaire magazine for featuring my pendant necklaces in their Spring 2018 issue. Still so grateful for the exposure.

Here are some highlights from the month...

๐ŸŒธOne in a trio of cute Chinese girls WIP๐ŸŒธ




๐ŸŽ€Pendant necklaces available here๐ŸŽ€



๐ŸŒปSoftball and sunflowers commission WIP๐ŸŒป



Okay, June...let's do this!!




Monday, April 30, 2018

Puppies and Petals....

Emily's Commission
12x16, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018
or sleeping puppies and lots of pink roses, to be more exact. My latest commission was a complete dream to paint. So girly. So me. And, I mean, who can resist some cute little sleeping puppies resting on a rose petal dress.
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Making the world a little sweeter...one painting at a time.
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{If you'd like something special created for your little beauty, contact me and I'll do my very best to accommodate you.}









Monday, April 23, 2018

illustration friday~PINK

Sakura Dreamers
11x14, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel

With this week's Illustration Friday prompt being my most favorite color ๐Ÿ’—PINK๐Ÿ’—, well I couldn't resist posting something!

Cotton candy clouds, a strawberry moon and cherry blossoms with a sleeping baby elephant. The stuff dreams are made of....well, at least mine anyway.

Throwback to 2016's Sakura Dreamers. PRINTS and PENDANT NECKLACE available as well as some other GOODIES such as sketchbooks and mugs available in my Society 6 shop.

(PS-pendant necklace is FEATURED in the Spring 2018 Jewelry Affaire magazine. A full double page spread penned by yours truly.)





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just a little reminder....



a couple more weeks of FREE SHIPPING on ALL of my PENDANT NECKLACES to celebrate my spread in the Spring 2018 issue of Jewelry Affaire magazine. Sale ends April 30 at 11:59pm (EST).
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The magazine can be found in Barnes and Noble as well as online. Check out their awesome display of various crafting magazines. There surely are some really talented artists out there.
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Friday, April 6, 2018

Illustration Friday...it's been a while!

The Lucky One
6x6, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel

With this week's prompt being MONKEY well, I kinda though this would be fitting. Flashback (Friday) to 2016's "The Lucky One"...and the year of the MONKEY. ๐Ÿต

PRINTS and PENDANT NECKLACE available in my Etsy shop. Other GOODIES available in my Society 6 shop.

Look at that happy little face...๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿต

Monday, April 2, 2018

SO HUMBLED!!

MY PENDANT NECKLACES ARE FEATURED IN THE SPRING 2018 ISSUE OF JEWELRY AFFAIRE MAGAZINE!!  



Still can't believe this is real! Humbled, grateful, thankful a handful go other words that escape me at the time. I was happy just to be considered when one of the editors approached me on Etsy back in November when I listed some of these necklaces. Then, in December, I got the email stating that I had been chosen to be featured in a DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD and was to write a technique article to go along with the pendants which were to be photographed by an in house photographer. I cried tears of joy for days. And now, here we are, April 2nd and the magazine is in Barnes and Noble with my little pendants featured on pages 20-21. Unreal. Surreal. Just wow. I am so abundantly grateful for the exposure and opportunity. Thank you to everyone over at Stampington Co. for this sweet little victory of mine. They put out some really fantastic magazines, by the way.

To celebrate this sweet accomplishment, I am offering FREE SHIPPING on all of my PENDANT NECKLACES throughout the month of April.


So grateful. I already said that, right?? ๐Ÿ’




Thursday, March 29, 2018

2 New Pendant Necklaces...




are available in my Etsy shop and 2 more days of FREE SHIPPING....on everything!!

*sale ends 3/31 at 11:59 pm EST


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Snowdrops...

one of the first signs of Spring. 

Happy first day of Spring!!

"Serenity Amid the Solstice". 2018's first painting (and my favorite painting to date). PRINTS available and PENDANT NECKLACE coming next week!

PS/BTW, I'm still running a FREE SHIPPING SALE on EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop. Sale ends 3/31 at 11:59 pm EST.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sleeping puppies and pink rose mountains...


Truth be told. I don't usually share my sketches for commissions until after they are complete paintings. I'm a little superstitious like that. However, it was a request from a friend of mine on Facebook who commissioned me to do a special painting for her daughter's Sweet 16. She wanted to "share" it so I obliged. Helped me conquer my little superstitious fear along the way so I was all for it. 

Puppies, pink roses, blonde hair and brown eyes were the only must haves in the painting. My mind goes right to sleeping puppies on a dress made of rose petals amid large pink rose mountains in the background. Add some whimsical vines and rosebuds (which I have since added to the sketch) and Emily's 16th birthday painting is on it's way to the canvas.

They LOVED the sketch so I will be happily be working on this painting for the next few weeks. Larger scale at 12x16 but I'm super stoked for it.

Sleeping puppies and pink rose mountains...making the world a little sweeter, one painting at a time.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

SPRING SHIPPING SALE!!

Despite being sad to see my beloved season of Winter make it's exit later this month, I try to spread the love to the other seasons as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

No better way than to start an early Spring with a FREE SHIPPING SALE!! ALL items in my Etsy shop are are listed with FREE SHIPPING. No coupon code needed. Sale ends March 31st at 11:59 PM EST.

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒทHappy Early Spring!!๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gong Hey Fat Choy!!!

Lucky Puppy
6x6, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018

Little Mei-Hua has stopped by to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year!! It is her year, after all. 
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PRINTS and ORIGINAL PAINTING are available. 
PENDANT NECKLACE coming soon!!

Gong Hey Fat Choy!!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Illustration Friday~blue

My Blue Heaven
9x12, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel
Phew...almost missed the midnight cutoff to IF's promo, blue. Haven't gotten the chance to contribute to Illustration Friday in quite a while so I couldn't pass this up...especially with the title being "My Blue Heaven".

Prints here and pendant necklace here. I love blue poppies. And am so looking forward to seeing them again this March on display at Longwood Gardens. They are breathtaking.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018's first painting!!

Serenity Amid the Solstice
11x14, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018
And I love her! So much!

Inspired by my love of winter (yes, I LOVE WINTER-someone has to), snowdrops and green eyes, I present to you the beautiful, Lumi. Meaning "snow" in Finnish, Lumi just seemed like a good name....I mean she kinda has a Scandanavian like vibe to her (well, to me anyway). Painted in a palette of soft sages and gorgeous grays, I wanted to give a wintry like feel to her without using baby blues and icy pastels. I must say, I throughly enjoyed this color palette I chose. 

Those big green eyes (I LOVE GREEN EYES-i digress), conveying a feeling of serenity surrounded by the delicate beauty of the snowdrop flower and kissed by butterflies wings. Lumi is indeed, "Serenity Amid the Solstice".

PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE and I'll be turning her into a pendant necklace in the next few weeks. Pendant necklaces available here.

I really hope you love her as much as I do. She sure does own a piece of my winter loving heart.