Babywearing International of Chicagoland raffled off a portrait as part of their International Babywearing Week fundraiser…and this adorable baby’s mom was the winner. This piece is 8×10, charcoal on paper.
This house is the last in the house series (here are house one, house two, house three, and house four). I am really sad to be done, since these were so much fun. This house is just two towns over from where I live, so I tried to get some photos of it as it looks today (mostly to have some shots with additional lighting options and some summer foliage). I could not believe how much it had changed! I had to double check the address just to make sure I had the right house. As I was trying to take pictures, the homeowner came out to water her flowers and I sped away like a coward without any good pictures. So the photos I painted this from were taken years ago.
This house ended up a little different from the first three in this series (here, here, and here). I like how it feels different from the others, with cleaner lines and more perspective. The photographs I painted this from were taken in the 60′s, when the house was brand new and the landscaping was clean and fresh. And the house is in Florida, so that landscaping includes palm trees instead of maples. But I think ultimately, what I love about this one is that it’s the first house where I couldn’t take my own photographs, so I had to make something beautiful out of the photographs I had, optimal or not.
This is the the third in a series of houses I was commissioned to paint. (Here are the first and second). Since I was taking final pictures of the second piece, I happened to take some in progress photos of this as I was working on it. So here is a slide show of the work in stages from start to finish:
Just like the other two pieces in this series, this painting is acrylic on paper, 4×6 inches. The owner of this house said her favorite thing about the house was that driving up it felt like she was arriving at a resort. I’m hoping the sun drenched lawn and summer trees feel like vacation.
This is the second in a series of houses I was commissioned to paint (the first one is here). You won’t be able to find this house…this was how it looked years ago before it was painted brown and the landscaping was changed. When I went to take the picture of the house as it is today, I was so sad to see that the japanese maple to the left of the house is gone. I was told this was the house that all the kids on the block flocked to; a place with lots of laughter where everyone felt welcome. I hope that comes through here. This painting is acrylic on paper, 4×6 inches.
A lovely friend of the family asked me to give this a try. It’s a miniature (just 4×6 in) painting of the house she lived in while her son was growing up. I was a little nervous to try something I’d never done before, but it ended up being so much fun! I’m going to attempt a few more, and hope to share the results as soon as possible. This is acrylic on canvas paper.
This Saturday, June 1, from 10-4, is the Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival. Come out and see my newest work, including the piece below. You’ll find lots of great activities for the kids, music, food, and the always awesome Bowen Park. In Waukegan in the parking lot of the Jack Benny Center for the arts.
This new piece is acrylic on canvas.
I painted this for a Noah’s Ark themed nursery that my future niece or nephew will be living in. It’s acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20. Unfortunately the picture of this is pretty bad…the colors at the bottom are rainbow colored confetti from the Noah’s Ark themed baby shower. I was having too much fun to take the time to get a good picture.