This particular doll that I am featuring today is lucky enough to have her own portrait. You may have seen her in one of my sketches, take a peek here, if not. She is a little more dark and simple than my other paintings. Bare branches peek out from her shoulder and hair. I decided to give her a simple and practical black dress, something that in her time was considered every day wear.
Today I would like to share with you one painting in particular. At some point it was set aside in a pile of failed gouache paintings for the day, ready to be thrown out. Some days are just a little frustrating, the ideas in my mind don't always interpret so well on paper, canvas, or whatever I am using that moment. I decided to take a break, but after a few hours I went back to my desk and pulled this one out of the stack. For some reason , it didn't look so bad and seemed salvageable. So I added a few more details, and eventually it turned into something I really love and cherish.
I have been relying on my cups of tea for comfort and warmth these days, hence the tea cup in her hands. The bare branch as a reminder of the cold, yet provides her with shelter. She really has become one of my favorites.
My hanging sachets were my best selling item last year, so i am restocked, this time with lavender filled sachets. The designs are simple and feature hand painted designs. I have combined acrylic paint with textile medium to create these. Along with a new medium comes many new ideas, too many to keep up with. How do I turn off the creativity switch?
Portraits and still life paintings have taken over my studio recently. New lavender sachets, like miniature art pieces, provide a welcoming scent, reminding me that the cold months will not last forever!
I would like to share with you today one of my recent works. The cold months are here, and I find that most of my time is spent indoors. Not only does this effect how I work, but my subject matter as well. With this particular painting my goal was to capture the warmth our home provides. I chose a neutral color palette to bring in the sun's warmth.
Here is a little preview of the handmade Christmas gifts this year. Both my parents and my in laws received a basket full of goodies. It included a small lavender sachet, hand embroidered towel, honey vanilla peach jam, wood burned spoons, beeswax wood polish, and fire starters (made by me and my boys). But my most favorite inclusion was the warming pepper salve, made by Holy from Nature First. She makes high quality natural health products, take a look at her shop!