30 Minute Painting 1.30.14

January 30th, 2014

I picked up some beautiful Moro blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges, which inspired another 30 minute painting. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to successfully combine my pen and ink drawing with gouache, and I really like how the two mediums work together here. Maybe I’m onto something! If you have the perfect spot for some bright little orange slices, the original painting can be purchased here.

blood orange painting

blood orange painting

blood orange painting

blood orange painting

blood orange painting

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Window Shopping 1.28.14

January 28th, 2014

I was going to do some painting this afternoon, but I’m so antsy I don’t think I’ll be able to sit still long enough. Last week’s snow didn’t amount to much, but they’re calling for 3-6 inches this evening. I keep looking outside for the first flake. Those of you who get frequent snow should really come spend a winter here where it’s a rare delight. Everyone gets so giddy! I know it’s silly, it’s just precipitation after all, but we can’t help ourselves. Whee!

I’m obviously in no condition to be productive, so I put together a little collection of some of my latest Etsy finds for you. Which is your favorite? I love them all equally, and I love the photography just as much as the actual products!

wit & whistle window shopping 1.28.14

1. brownstone blue mug
2. bronze + quartz dangling bell necklace
3. waxed canvas rucksack
4. spray zip pouch
5. dodecahedron terrarium
6. mini bulbosa air plant pod
7. rustic serving board
8. licorice dipped pencil pot
9. half moon screenprint

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Bedroom

January 23rd, 2014

It took almost a year of brainstorming and painting a little at a time, but I’ve finally made our master bedroom better suit our space and my taste!

I painted the walls, ceiling, and trim white (Martha Stewart’s Tailor’s Chalk) and sold our old bedroom set that was too large for the space. A storage bed frame from Lovely Furnishings, was the perfect solution for our little bedroom. It has a much smaller footprint than our old sleigh bed and is visually smaller due to the lack of headboard and footboard. On top of that, there are four huge drawers built into the frame that hold all my clothes with room to spare, so I don’t need a dresser. We moved the mid-century dresser from my studio up to the bedroom for Daniel’s things. It’s much lower than our old dressers, so it doesn’t draw attention to the low sloping ceiling.

Now it’s just the way I like my interiors—bright and sunny with a couple houseplants and a few knickknacks. It’s so cozy that want to spend all day in there basking in the sunshine!

Before:

Here’s a panorama shot I snapped before painting the trim white. Too much dark wood!
Here’s what the old furniture looked like in our room. It was a tight fit!

After:

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Do you like the new bedroom, Mabel?” (tilts head and looks confused)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

“Hey Oliver, let me get a shot of you pretending to be a throw pillow.” (gives me a patronizing look as I stack pillows on him)

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

bedroom makeover

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Sketchbook 1.21.14

January 21st, 2014

Here are the sketchbook pages that turned into my newest Valentine’s Day cards!

We might get snow tonight! We didn’t get any to speak of last year, so I’m really hoping. Please send wintery thoughts and wishes my way! 

hand lettering sketchbook

hand lettering sketchbook

hand lettering sketchbook

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House Plant Portrait No. 4

January 16th, 2014

I’ve been filling lots of orders this week and haven’t had much time to be creative, so today I set aside a few hours to paint another house plant portrait. My little hanging terrarium was kind enough to pose for me. Can you believe these are the same succulents I planted in there almost two years ago? They’re kind of goofy and stretched out from too little sunlight, but they’re still green. This is the longest I’ve ever kept succulents alive—somebody high five me!

If you’d like this original painting for your wall it’s for sale here.

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

terrarium painting

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