Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In my studio

Custom home re-design
If it could really be this easy.
So, a customer purchased my custom home portrait ornament and along with her image sent the following requests:  When painting the ornament please eliminate the car in the driveway, the telephone pole, the garbage cans, the bare bushes which obscure the house to the left of the front door and the bare tree which is blocking the front door.

Don't you wish reworking the landscape around your house could be this easy!  With just a few swipes of a super large brush all those little things that drive you crazy, or take up a huge portion of your weekend could quickly be eliminated, fixed or built!

My yard boys ~ my husband and, when he's home from college, my son ~ could go from head scratching, hauling, digging, sawing and constructing to simply requesting a few minor changes to the backyard.

With a bit of erasing here, a swoosh of the brush there to add a little texture and color, and wallah you're ready for dinner on the deck!  

Unfortunately, life doesn't work like that.  So I'll go back to sketching, painting and filling customer requests and my husband will go back to planting, raking and fulfilling my requests :)

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

In my studio

24 more days until Christmas! 
Happy December.

After a nice little get-away over the Thanksgiving holiday to my families all time favorite city, Charleston, S.C., I am fill of grits and turkey and ready to get back to the business of painting.  But before I go any further let me just say, if you ever have the opportunity to get yourself to Charleston you really must pay a visit to Hominy Grill.  The food there is simply to die for!


 I began painting this portrait while we were down in Charleston.  Since my son, daughter and husband like to sleep in and I tend to rise early, I used this time to get a few custom pieces painted.  Which means, yes, I did bring my paints, canvas, bisque, glaze ie. work with me. 

The painting was divided into thirds, cut and adhered to three sanded and stained wood blocks.  Then given a clear coat of glaze to seal and protect my work.
The finished piece of sculptural art was packaged and shipped out yesterday to my customer in Australia ~ where if all goes well, it will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas! 

This wedding portrait ornament is rather remarkable ~ and I'm not talking about the picture, which I totally love ~ but the fact that it is a custom piece ordered by the groom as a keepsake gift for his new bride.  I have had male customers before, so that's not unusual, but my wedding portrait ornaments are almost always ordered by the bride, one of her female friends or by the brides mother or mother-in-law.  So my feeling on this one is ~ what a thoughtful, loving gift.  Yup ladies I would have to say I think this guys a keeper!  I do love this image and can't wait to see what it looks like once fired in my kiln! 

 And here's another custom gift ordered by a male customer.  This portrait is for the mans mother who was a huge fan of Regis Philbin.  On the back is written, per his request, "Regis Philbin's Biggest Fan for 26 years The Morning Show & Live!"  I hope this little Regge brings her many years of holiday happiness.

Thanks for stopping by - if you'd like to see a few more custom pieces, please bring your jolly little self to my shop by clicking here