Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mini House Portrait Ornament


 I was approached this past holiday season to create a set of four mini hand painted decorative ornaments in the fashion of my Pet Portrait Ornaments, but depicting a childhood home instead.  I jumped at the chance to try something new using the same base/format.  The set was for a group of siblings that have fond memories of growing up in their adorable little city house in Chicago. 


I loved painting this little series!  I only hope the recipients enjoy them as much. :)  There's something about painting an image over and over; I am always curious to see how each painting becomes its own.  Such subtle differences in small details that make each unique. 





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Belated Happy

Happy (though belated!) New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and has been enjoying the start of 2012; I know I kept very busy throughout all the festivities and have had some time recently to relax! I haven't shared much on the blog here in a while (though I have updated the website and facebook--check 'em out!) I figured I should post something for you.  :) 

This year, as I have done for the past few years, I made our Christmas cards.  A while back I had posted a little preview:



Needless to say, the preview picture was taken at the start of the process and I am so excited to share with you the final card....a number of steps later....



 ....oh yes folks, I had fun with this one!!


I had seen a handmade pop-up card at some point last year and made a mental note of it, thinking it could be fun to try.  When it came time to brainstorm ideas for Christmas cards, I thought of the pop-up idea right away and that was that....I set out to put it together.  :) Starting with some sketches of little snowmen, those developed into one snowman and one snowwoman (my husband and I of course!;) )  Just having the two figures seemed not quite finished so I added the third....a snowdoggie! (very closely resembling our husky mix, Vedder!) They were all hand painted and the remaining parts of the cards were printed and assembled. (note: with a TON of help from the husband! Thank you Mark ♥)



So, anyone have any suggestions for how this design can be used for other holidays/events??  I'd LOVE to try them out again---Valentine's?  Birthday? 
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Kim, Lori, and Kathy for winning
Cindy Lu's Muse's Holiday Giveaway!!


 


And for all those who may be interested in purchasing one of these items, visit my etsy shops:

(Enter HOLIDAY2011 at checkout
for 20% off through the end of the year!! )

Friday, December 2, 2011

Little Paws, Big Hearts!

Last year I donated some pet portraits to a wonderful organization's annual dinner and auction:  Almost Home Foundation's Little Paws, Big Hearts Dinner and Auction to benefit rescued dogs and cats.  The Almost Home Foundation is an all volunteer organization based in northern Illinois that rescues more than 1,000 dogs and cats every year and I am honored to be a part of this great cause once again. 

holiday party 

This year I am donating one Personalized Mini Pet Portrait Ornament!  I am so excited to see who wins!!


AND ONE MORE THING....I am also honored to be a part of a great pet lovers holiday giveaway found on Cindy Lu's Muse blog!  One of my personalized pet portrait ornaments, a set of my 20 hand painted cat cards, as well as a monthly calendar featuring some of my watercolor dog paintings are ALL being given away!! 

 


Just leave a comment to be entered and/or head over to Cindy Lu's Muse! If you'd like to up your chances of winning, she's offering additional means to do so. The contest will run until midnight, CST, Tuesday (12/06). Winners will be chosen by Random.org.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Birthday!

A year ago today we adopted our adorable little guy and named him Vedder.  It's been a great year! 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Winterberry Red ~ New Card Box Set!

New from BecArtDesign!
Perfect for the holidays--to give as a gift or to send to friends and family!
This new set of 20 cards features red winterberry hand painted on each individual folded card in watercolor.  Set includes 20 soft white envelopes and measure 4"x5.25". They come packaged in a handmade watercolor box, protected with vellum and held together with an embellished band.  You can even view a video of the 'making-of' the box on Becky Sorrentino Studio on Facebook! (And while you're there, why not 'Like' the page?!) ;)





 Like most all of my hand painted cards, they are great artwork to frame and hang as well! And a bonus with this winterberry design is that it can be viewed horizontally AND vertically!! 




To purchase a set of 'Winterberry Red', visit BecArtDesign on Etsy. 
For a limited time, enter HOLIDAY2011 at checkout to receive 20% off!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peek at Christmas?

Did you ever peek at Christmas?  I did... :)  (but I blame my sister for it---she couldn't stand the wait and always had to snoop around!) Here's a peek at my new Christmas cards for family and friends this year!  For the last few years I have made/painted/assembled my own holiday cards to send out and this year will be no different.  I have some plans for these little painted images and you'll just have to watch your mailbox (or check back here!) to find out what!

In the meantime, check out my etsy shops for some great gift ideas....and enter HOLIDAY2011 at checkout for 20% off cards AND Mini Pet Portraits!!

BecArtDesign ~ find great hand painted watercolor cards

BecArt ~ the one and only spot for customized Pet Portrait Ornaments AND original artwork!