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?