Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hazy Bridge

Hazy Bridge: 8x10, acrylic on canvas, 2014


W often travels down to North Carolina from Maryland in order to visit his father. With a lot of time on the road, it is easy to pass by beautiful settings without noticing how pretty our country is. Often people are so destination-focused, but W snapped this picture with his cell phone and inquired if it would be quality enough to transform into a painting. North Carolina is considered home for him, and the moment he captured in the early morning was a serene picture that he felt embodied his birthplace. I decided to use variations of silver to capture the picture and give it a bit of dimension and shimmer. I especially felt that the clouds and water should take on a softer, glimmering presence with the focal point of the bridge.    

Monday, February 17, 2014

Confetti Art


My Littlest Valentine, 2013

The main reason I am drawn to art, is because it makes me happy. Whether it brings up memories from my travels, life experiences, or loved ones, I want to enjoy the pieces I choose to display in my home.There are other times when I am drawn to art simply because it is pretty. One such piece is one I made for my personal home in hopes that it would cheer up the wall that is shared with our television. Instead of allowing our flatscreen to dominate the wall, I tried to distract from it with some cheerful and personalized art. It brings to mind our little piece of Virginia, and how it has slowly weaseled its way into my "I heart California" soul. It makes me think of the silly snow days that shut down our entire town, yet make for the best unexpected family snuggle days. And perhaps most of all, it makes me grin thinking about how my husband loves me enough to support my need for a sweet pop of pink on our walls.







 

I call it my confetti art. It is a gradient of pink that lightly falls, ending in a scattering of gold. After a year of making me happy, I decided it would be fun to spread the cheer for those who might be interested. I experimented a bit by creating two colored backgrounds in addition to the traditional white. They would add sparkle to a room if hung in succession or solo. Here's to sneaking a little pink into your happy place. I am thinking that a black/grey/silver lineup might be next...

Pop on over to my newly revived etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing or prices. I have also included some classic pieces at lowered price points compared to the custom paintings!


While I am still not fully sold on the cold, it is impossible not to love the view through my Babe's eyes.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Shelby

Shelby: 8x10, acrylic on canvas, gold on mint, 2014


Of the seven popular love languages, I know that I feel most loved by gifts. I have always been slightly ashamed of this, because I feel it screams "slightly shallow and lover of things," but I have come to accept the fact that unexpected treats can make me smile and cry happy tears all at once. Sitting around contemplating my new year's resolution possibilities, I was hit by the realization that as much as I love and am moved by others expressing love through giving, I was lacking in the trait myself. As one of my two resolutions(the other is to clean more), I have decided I would focus more on being generous. Whether with my time, talents, or little unexpected gifts, making people happy will be on the forefront of my focus this year.
It is so easy to find sweet people to brighten with surprise gifts. Lauren from Pearls, Poppies, Pinkies Up, screams darling and adorable. She has been utterly kind writing up an article about my artwork, which kind of left me smiling like a goon. Her authentic post about real beauty and true feelings brightens my day with every post. Here's hoping that a painting of her fur baby makes her smile just as wide.    

The gold paint was not easily captured inside, so these outside shots are a lot more accurate in color. The gold paint has a metallic shimmer to it that makes it really beautiful. 




Sunday, January 5, 2014

30

30: 8x10 acrylic on canvas, 2013
I land firmly in the camp of belief that all birthdays are worth pomp and circumstance...making the milestone ones even that much more special. Turning thirty was an event to be celebrated by B. Her last year in her twenties had been pretty memorable, including a trip to Hawaii with her best friend S. It was one of the Hawaiian memories that perfectly capture their sweet friendship that S decided to have captured in a painting for her dear friend's birthday.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Adoring Love

Adoring Love: 8x10, acrylic on canvas, 2013

I personally know this lovely couple, and I am constantly touched by how much they mutually adore each other. It is encouraging to have such a lovely example of a committed marriage around up to admire.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Baby Curls

Baby Curls: 8x10, acrylic on canvas board, 2013

 The adorable baby curls are now long gone, replaced with an official big boy haircut. It's funny how mothers can get so emotional about their baby's first haircut. I know I certainly was. Kids grow up so fast, that it is precious to have a painting that captures some essence of his fleeting babyhood.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Festive Christmas

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

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.


 I usually work on paintings during my Little Man's nap, but on this occasion he woke up extra early and was excited to join in the fun. He took one look at the canvas as asked: "I try it?" It's his latest catch phrase, and it tickled me that he wanted to try out one of my favorite activities. I forsee a lot more afternoons spent putting brush to canvas since the chilly weather is creeping in quicker than I'd prefer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Happy Home


No matter how long we have lived in a home, it is always important to me to hang up art as soon as possible. My husband, coming from a military background, was not used to living with so many pieces of happiness adorning the walls. Six years in, I feel I have successfully converted him. Much of my personal art is a compilation of my paintings and pieces I have gathered in my adventures. Each individual piece makes me smile and brings with it swarms of memories and emotions. Whenever I wrap up a finished piece and make the pilgrimage to the post office, I tend to daydream a bit on the future of the painting. Will it be a part of a gallery wall? Will it stand solo? Will it be framed? It excites me to think of the possibilities. Here is a glimpse into how I decided to include my latest painting into my home. It found a place in my baby's room. I left it unframed, since it was in close proximity to my wood framed train art. The train was painted from a picture that I took in Suffolk, which was the birthplace of our Little Man. The golden L was a gift given to us while still in the hospital, and the crayon art was created by my very talented friend, who has her own etsy site. Each time I scoop up my Babe from the crib, we spend a moment making silly faces in the mirror and appreciating the wonder that is bedhead, before we take on the rest of the day. I like to choose a happy home. For me, that translates to lots of art and [hopefully] lots of babies!


*If anyone would like to email me pictures of their Light of My Life Studio paintings, I would love to feature them in future posts: lightofmylifestudio{at}gmail{dot}com.*

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up


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

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

Baby Boy


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

Spooktacular Sunday

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.


How cute are those lollypop pumpkins?! The spiderweb ceiling was a daunting task, but I am so glad Liz convinced us it was possible. It ended up adding the most impact to the room. My lesson from this project was that fabric soaks ups more paint then I previously imagined. I had to go back to the store for more, and ended up using two full tubes, twice the amount I expected.
 Sunday morning we dressed up baby L in his Halloween costume, and my husband was sweet enough to indulge my demands of all plaid shirts.