|Adoring Love: 8x10, acrylic on canvas, 2013|
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Baby Curls: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2013|
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Festive Christmas: 8x10, acrylic on canvas, 2013|
The second part of the Christmas Morning collection is complete. How fun are Grandparents that dress up in order to make the day even more festive. I am glad they will have something special to unwrap this year since they clearly give so much love to their family.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|Christmas Morning: 8x10 acrylic on canvas, 2013|
I have duel orders from a client for custom paintings to be ready in time for Christmas. The recipient picked them out herself, so I don't feel like I'm ruining any surprises by showing off the gifts early. This is the first in a set of paintings for grandparents of their three loving grandchildren. Christmas morning is always filled with warm memories of cozy pajamas, anticipated gifts, family gathered around, good food, and hopes of eggnog in the near future.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I am thrilled to be linked up with the blog Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up. The content is a mixture of home design, inspirational projects, lovely thrifty finds, and uplifting messages. Lauren, the writer behind the blog is the reason that her content is so interesting. She is so genuine in life, and that is reflected back in her site. I had the pleasure of knowing her throughout high school, and she is just one of those people that daily strives to grow and learn as a person. She radiates wisdom and inspires those around her. Having my art site featured on her blog is such a treat. We are working out possible plans for an art giveaway, so stay tuned...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|My Son:11x14, acrylic on canvas, 2013|
There was a time in my life when I thought I didn't want to have children. I had never been drawn to kids in general, and I stubbornly refused to change my little brother's diaper for the first two years of his life. Instead of babies, I dreamed about traveling around Europe learning different languages and collecting various artistic degrees. Four years into dating my husband, I shared this little bit of insight. His response? "I'm sorry, but that is a deal breaker." Oh. Interesting. I tried to envision my life without this man I had already fallen in love with, and the decision was quite simple. Babies were back on the table. A year later we were engaged, a year after that we were married, and four years following our vows, we had the most amazing miracle enter our lives. I didn't trade in my girly dreams for a life of motherhood, I believe I just enhanced it. Traveling has still been fit into our new world, and sharing those moments with my two boys has only enriched it. I don't hold any degrees from Europe's oldest schools, but I have carved out time for art and making beautiful things. My baby just happens to be one of them.
I finally took the time to paint our son on the eve of his second birthday. I adore creating captured memories for others, but when having to narrow down what single image I would put paint to canvas for, it was quite the task. Capturing his smile was a must. It is interesting that the picture I chose wasn't even the best quality. It was a bit blurry and unfocused due to the fact that I was snapping shots in between tossing a ball over the coffee table at my Babe, while making ridiculous sound effects, solely to garnish more eruptive laughter from his kissable cheeks. It is in these moments that I know I made the right choice for my family. That is what I want to remember from this stage in our lives. This is the life I didn't always envision, but it is the one I cherish and the one I know I was made for. Happy Birthday Little Man. Your joy is contagious. I am honored to be your mother.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Exactly two years ago, my husband and I headed to the hospital with the prayers that the gripping aches around my abdomen were signs that this truly was the real deal. Today, I have teared up no less than four times. The moments didn't flood in not on waves of sadness, but on crushing tides of gratefulness. I am so honored to be made a mother by my Little Man. Our world was forever changed two years ago when we were given the honor of raising our sweet baby.
I finally put paint to canvas to capture the sweet essence of our Babe. When I look at it, I can see his eyes light up when he spots a dog, his jaw drop when I offer him mini m&ms, his squeal of delight when he hears a motorcycle roar by, and my favorite, seeing him jump for joy every time I go into his room to swoop him out of his crib. In the morning, he will wake up to a room filled with helium balloons and walk out to a living room decked out in crepe paper and birthday banners. Here's to your Happy Day Baby Boy!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
This week I had the privileged of helping my church decorate for Spooktacular Sunday. This was specifically for the children's ministry, so it was all innocent Halloween fun. All things scary was strictly forbidden, which is my preference too. My best friends Liz was in charge of creating the overall design plan, and tasked me to specifically make the entrance banner and photo booth background. I was so pleased to be able to use my skills to bring some smiles to the kids, my baby included.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|Old Friend: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2013|
My baby has not yet has his second birthday, so maybe title of old friend is a bit of a stretch, but for sure his oldest friend is Little T. T is all things spunky and wiley. Look at that bouncy pile of curls! I can only envision the many antics in store for the two of them! Until then, let's take a walk down memory lane...
T was a frequent visitor to our home during all of his mom's trips to the OB for baby #3. They loved their mornings full of play and games. I chuckle at how entertained L is by T's mischievous shenanigans. It reminds me of the relationship I had with my sister as a child.
|^^^The sweet hand on the shoulder makes me melt a bit inside^^^|
So we may have started early on the recorded embarrassing moments, but come on! The opportunity was too good to pass up!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Girly Pigtails: 8x10, acrylic on canvas|
Sunday, June 23, 2013
|Daddy's Girl: 11x14 acrylic on canvas|
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|Sweet Indiana Love: 8x10 acrylic on canvas|