Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1st...

my first post of the new month...and my first post in almost THREE months!!
{hangs head in shame}

I've been SO busy lately. The good kinda busy...painting my little heart out, creating whimsical gardens a plenty.

9x12, acrylic and oil pastel on Canson paper
Let me post a few and give a some quick deets about them. Oh my gosh, it's been since FOREVER!!

So, the trio above were inspired by my love for the Himalayan Blue Poppy flower. If you follow me, you know how I feel about those blooms. SO beautiful. SO ethereal. These beauties are done on my favorite Canson paper and painted in acrylic along with my usual oil pastel on top. These are STUNNING up close and I can't wait to share/list them.

16x20, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
This painting, JENI'S GARDEN was created specially for a fundraiser for a girlfriend from high school who passed away from endocrine cancer a couple of years ago. Purple and green were Jeni's favorite colors, so I had to paint a garden that I know Jeni would love.

24X26, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
Next painting, and goodness how I had a REAL hard time letting this one go. DIANE'S GARDEN. The event's coordinator from a local organization that provides equestrian therapy for families of cancer victims had contacted me through my Etsy shop. She wanted to know if I would donate a painting for their gala in April. I decided I would create something special in honor my stepmom's cousin, Diane who passed away last June from Stage 4 breast cancer. I LOVED DIANE. SO MUCH. She was salt of the earth, God fearing and just the most beautiful soul. Always made my brother and I feel welcome when my stepmom married my dad 33 years ago. Diane was grace and beauty personified. This painting was created in her honor and is now the image I use in my branding for my business. This painting...makes me cry just typing this.

9X12, acrylic and wax pastel on Canson paper
(Matted to fit a 12x16 frame)
Next in line, this garden based on my sketchbook paintings. I had gotten some questions on Instagram pertaining to whether or not I was selling my sketchbook pages. Well, I wasn't planning on it since they weren't on the most substantial of papers and they just didn't feel "finished" enough for me to list. So, this series was born. This piece found a new forever home rather quickly and more are in the works. A bit of a different, looser feel somewhat than my other gardens, but still me. 

12X24, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
And now, CHLOE'S GARDEN. I love this 12x24 garden. It's like a perfect Spring day on a canvas. She's available and looking to bloom in her new forever home.

acrylic and oil pastel on canvas and panel
Finally, just released vintage pastel SADIE'S GARDEN Collection. Oh how much I swoon for this collection. While I do love me some bright and cheery colors, there's something so sweet, so peaceful, so retro about a vintage pastel palette...and I must say, even with 5 pieces in this one, I'm not sure it's quite out of my system yet. Expect more vintage pastels in the future.

So, THAT'S A WRAP for this blog post. 3 months of not posting and I'm sure I left some pieces and sneak peeks out, but hopefully it won't be too long before the next post.
{makes a handwritten note to blog more frequently}

PS-I hope you'll come and say HELLO over on my Instagram account and catch all the sneak peeks your little heart can handle both in my feed and in my stories. Let me be your daily dose of COLOR and get your floral fix on at the same time.