Monday, July 11, 2016

some recent photo shoot sneak peaks!

My blogging is sporadic at best...but I'm having a blast living life and sharing it mostly on instagram. So make sure you follow me there if you're interested to know what I'm up to these days. The days don't slow down, I just do my best to make the most of them!

I am keeping busy with my five beautiful kids and doing my best to help our family make ends meet with a lot of custom painting and hand lettering work. I've also been able to get behind the camera again which has been a blast. I had the opportunity to photograph my friends from college and their beautiful family while on vacation and I was fortunate enough to photograph two gorgeous young ladies who will begin their senior years of high school in August. While I don't actively market my photography I am always up for capturing these memories for people...and I haven't lost ALL my skills so there's that! Here are a few of my favorite shots from my last three sessions!

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully it won't be five months before I'm back again!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

a gift for louis markos

I was honored to be asked by the art teacher at my children's school to create a gift to give to the speaker at our big spring fundraiser. It was a little intimidating to create something for such an esteemed and well respected person whom I didn't know much about (personally). 

Usually when I create a piece I have an idea from the person about colors, font type etc. I was given free reign with this but asked to make it somewhat simple. So that is what I did (after I made a more elaborate one). 

Louis Markos is a professor in English at Houston Baptist university. He is a known scholar of works by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein...which are obviously beloved authors of classical schools (which is the type of school my children attend).  I was asked to write a quote written by Tolkien in which he spoke of C.S.Lewis. 

I think Dr. Markos liked it...or maybe he was just being nice ;) But it was a joy to make this piece and the more elaborate one with the fire will be hanging at the school in the upper school students lounge!!

This is the piece that will be hanging in the student lounge at my kids school!
I still have this piece if anyone is interested in purchasing it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

painting and hand lettering

My sister-in-law contacted me in February and asked if I would be willing to donate a piece of art work to their Lutheran Schools auction to be held later that month. I was honored to be asked to do so and got to work! 

I decided to paint three similar pieces right away to save myself some time because I knew I wanted to be able to donate more than one piece for Lutheran Schools. Once my friends found out I was willing to do so I got some emails about other auctions. I have been able to donate six pieces so far for Lutheran School auctions and I am working on a few other donation pieces as well. 

I am going to be donating two pieces to our upcoming Relay for Life Auction as well as for a couple of adoption auctions that are being organized online. Here's a little glimpse into my process. One of these days I'll video tape my process and put it up on you tube!

Background painting...The three blue ones were for the Fruit of the Spirit paintings and the apricot ones were for my kids bathroom that I shared yesterday.

Then I painted the basic banner shape.

Next I added in the banner details and the splashes of color all around the painting!

Next I marked my words directly onto the painting with chalk which I just wipe away with a damp paper towel once I am done with my marker!

I used a black faber castell marker on these boards and it worked great!

While I was painting the big pieces I made some smaller pieces to send to a friend for a giveaway she was having on instagram!

Here are the other pieces I donated!!