Thursday, April 9

Mamma Love portraits by Mallory Myers

Beautiful portrait of Me and Alia by the amazing Mallory Myers.

Just in time for Mother's day guys. Check out this amazing, beautiful and perfect little portrait that I had commissioned from painter Mallory Myers! This has been my favorite photo of Alia and I for some time. When she was bad at holding her head up she used to just rest on me and coo as I walked her around the house. Her sweet smell, and her warmth and her little hands resting on me and her sweet gurgling sounds all come back to me in a flash when I look at this beauty of a painting. Just look at that pouty face, look at the joy in my eyes. Mallory perfectly captured this pure moment.

Wouldn't this be the most amazing mother's day gift? Listen up dudes, and friends of mother's, or hell for yourself on your big day. Can I just say I never buy into holidays but I am kind of excited to celebrate my first mother's day! I digress. Mallory started Mamma Love after she painted a portrait of a dear friend and her baby and gave it as a surprise gift to her. Her sweet friend had helped her out during a tough time and together they experienced that special beautiful bond that can form between women who turn to each other and support each other in mother hood and friendship. Women power. Hell yes.

10% of each sale goes to support Every Mother Counts. The mission of EMC is to provide safe childbirth for all women in the world, what a noble goal and something that I would gladly support.

Mallory is offering discounts on gift certificates, and they are goood deals. I personally love this idea of giving a gift certificate for a painting because then mom can choose a photo that really means something special to her, after all she will keep it for her whole life. I know I will keep mine forever.

Regular pricing:
500usd for a 5x7 or 6x6 painting on paper,
or an 8x10 for 650usd.

Mothers Day Specials:
325usd for a 5x7 or 6x6 painting on paper,
or an 8x10 for 475usd! Wow!!

Just Contact Mallory and order your gift certificate, dude, get one for yourself. She will send you a beautiful card to present as a gift on the day of. Brilliant.

Friday, March 20

Whats new! Framing, new work, canvas prints, pretty pictures. Totally PG, I promise.

22x30 mixed media on paper, The Gregg Irby Gallery

22x30 paper piece available at The Gregg Irby Gallery

I have been so productive lately! How about you? Is Spring a time to bounce out of bed and accomplish things or is it a time to rest and take time to enjoy the changing season? Personally, I have been painting a lot. There are so many things going on I thought wouldn't it be great if I put it all in one place! Try to keep up. mmmmmmkay

I delivered a lot of canvases to The Gregg Irby Gallery recently. They have so many paper pieces of mine, you can see them on the website, and large or smaller canvases.

These watercolor on linen panel pieces will be available in early April for a pop up shop at Furbish Studio. Framed in white floating frames, hanging hardware on the back, singed. 

There is an upcoming Pop Up sale at Furbish happening in early April. I created several paintings on linen panel, and had them framed in white floating frames, the artwork nestles right in there and sinks in 1.25 of an inch. Very pretty! I love how they turned out. Also there will be small works on paper, medium sized works on paper, and small canvases. Plus the amazing Simply Framed will be working with them to offer beautiful gallery style framing on all orders. Brilliant I tell you!!

Costume Party, 22x30 inches mixed media on paper (acrylic, ink, soft pastel, graphite. Available soon at The Hidden Lantern, framed in beautiful light maple.

Lavender and periwinkle watercolor style pool painting on canvas. 40x40. Going to The Hidden Lantern.

I am sending a bunch of new work, including some watercolor pool paintings to The Hidden Lantern Gallery. I am working on getting them all framed in light maple, they look amazing all together. Jennifer is a natural curator, she has a knack for picking the most interesting things, always somehow knows the paintings that are my favorites.

Barnacle. 24x36 inches mixed media on canvas. At The Hidden Lantern (soon). Read about this painting on my website, in the new  "Available Works" section of the shop.

I also updated my shop and now I have an "Available Works" tab on my homepage. This is where you can see all of the paintings that I have sent to galleries, but there is a link in each listing taking you to the website where you can buy it. When the gallery informs me that a piece has been sold I update the shop so that you can see all of the paintings available through all areas in one place. Your welcome. But actually I should have done that a long time ago, but blah blah.

Also! I have upgraded the "print shop" in the store to include a framing option. I am working with Framebridge, they offer a gallery style white wooden frame, glare free plexi glass, beautiful packaging and shipping right to your door. I have been meaning to update my shop with this option for months, before Alia was born, but you know. Alia was born so screeeech sound.

The Other Olivia prints are now in the shop. These canvas prints look so good, you can't tell it isn't an original. I swear.

Finally you can now order any print from my shop as a pre-stretched canvas print right from the website! There is a listing under the "pre-stretched canvas prints" tab where you can go and buy the correct size print you want, and tell us what print you want in the notes section when you check out. We make it and ship it right to you! Any print you want!

Also That Bowtie I Like stretched canvas prints back in stock, all of them are back! Evvil laugh.

Tuesday, March 10

Instagram Sale Today to help save Elephants! Check it out!

Hello beloved and loyal blog readers! I have a fun post today because I am going to be having a flash Instagram sale and donating all of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. You can see their inspiring instagram account here. The amazing people there rescue and rehabilitate elephants of all ages, even little baby elephants who have survived poaching attempts, or the slaughter of their families. I know that sometimes, ok a lot of the time, I feel like my life isn't devoted to a high enough cause, that my efforts to make beauty should extend to saving lives or loving as much as I can. I finally decided that just because I can't do everything doesn't mean I should do anything. So I can help by donating my talents to you! And then turning around and giving that money to organizations that I feel can use help and support.

So! keep up with me on instagram today, and get yourself Paywithpenny so that you can purchase directly from my instagram feed! All you have to do is download the app, enter your payment info, and thats it, you are ready to purchase directly from instagram by commenting with the hashtag #sold to purchase. Amazing right? Of course if thats too much for you, then you are welcome to email me, or comment on this post and we will figure it out!

Wednesday, March 4

March inspiration

Wow, isn't this beautiful? Just last week...or was it the week before? I covered an icky old canvas that I had sitting around the studio in gold leaf. Some nice and smooth, and some very crinkly and messy. I love it. It has a nice reflection but this beautiful, I am thinking resin piece is just bonkers. I love the graffiti look it has.

Drama! Deep blue with polished gold. So stunning and sexy.

More reflection, simplicity and tension. Love this.

I have also been thinking about this:

The images in this blog post are from pinterest, from my private inspiration board. I thought you would like to see a little snippet of what is going on in the old noggin.

Thursday, January 29

How do you pull yourself out of a self defeating funk? Help please.

This blog has always been a place for me to grow. A platform to learn from you guys and try new things, express myself and shake it off. Even though this goes out to the whole internet I have been so lucky to only receive positivity from it. No haters. Just support and love. Right now I am having a growth spurt in my own life. I can clearly see around me that I am constantly fighting to be sucked into "the race." Race to have the most sales, to create work I feel good about and get it out there. Race to know the right people, to go to the best events. You know. Of course you know. And since I make my living by expressing myself, and by creating constantly I am already vulnerable to external pressure because I am always drawing from my reserves, emotions and experiences to work. I can either become petty and competitive or confrontational and let my hurt feelings make me scared or I can rise above all of it and focus on the constants that I know to be true. I believe in creating fearlessly, and from my heart and I believe in loving other people and I believe in taking deep breaths and living in the moment. I believe that if I express joy then joy will come back to me.

Help me out. What do you focus on when you feel like you are circling the drain? How do you put yourself on the right track again?

Monday, January 26

Elizabeth Suzann

Elizabeth being chic. I mean really.

I am sure you have seen Elizabeth's clothes pinned or on blogs or you probably already know about her beautiful, simple and elegant store but just in case you don't... Allow me to introduce you.

Elizabeth makes beautiful clothing out of her studio in Nashville, TN. I love that this powerhouse of creativity is another southern lady, but I digress. She chooses simple, elegant fabrics for the texture, drape and subtle color and creates timeless and perfectly cut silhouettes that I can't get enough of. Her instagram account is full of inspiration. Also, check out the #elizabethsuzzan on instagram to see even more images of people wearing her gorgeous clothes. Also she has a pinterest here. I love to see what inspires other creative people so I clicked follow right away!

The designer on a recent trip to New York. Now you all know I can get behind that. She is so cute too!
Items are made to order, and can take up to two weeks to ship. I love this model for selling. You can return anything that doesn't work on you for free and get immediate, never expiring store credit. I also like this, because there are so many things I want that I can just loop it right back.

I could totally wrap my head around this being my studio! If my mom had had her way, and I had been into sewing like she is. I chose painting though. High five dad. 
Another thing I love about her shop is the stories section. Beautifully shot editorial style images of beautiful women wearing her clothes in their own individual way.

I personally own the Marlena tank in ivory, and the Georgia T in black silk (its so perfect!) and the Linn Sweater. My wish list includes:

1. Vera Dress

I would like to wear this with a leather belt, like the one used to style the linen dress here.

2. Maxine crop top. Brilliant!

3. Ryan Pants. I love linen pants for summer, its so hot here in Georgia. I just love the cut of these.

4. Elise Shell. This is so perfectly 90's and just fits right into my wardrobe so effortlessly. Its the kind of thing that you just can't seem to ever find.

5. I am also super partial to the Lauren T. I would wear it with something that has a very abstract shape like this, or something very lacy and dramatic like this.

I am going to buy up a bunch of these because they are just too perfect to pass up!

Thursday, January 22

A taste of what has been happening inside my brain

So this is it. My brain on paint. More like paint fumes. I am getting back into oils. I am so impatient and thats why I like to use acrylics, gouaches and inks and pastel sticks. They dry fast and I can just keep making decisions quickly and watching the painting evolve. With oils you effect the layer under whatever you paint if you don't wait for it to dry, and the linseed goes through the layer under it, revealing whatever is under that layer. So, its freaking cool is what I am trying to say. When I started painting it was always with oils, but when I started to make larger paintings I wanted to work more quickly and it just felt good to express faster with acrylics. Now I am really having fun blending oils again. The pigments seem richer and the way the paint interacts with the canvas is different too. I also have some raw canvas that I am dying and painting on directly, can't wait to show you those paintings! I am so impatient that I painted them on loose canvas like I often do with commissions. 

Tuesday, January 13


Did I ever tell you guys that this past summer O and I were supposed to go to Tulum but then they had a crazy hurricane and we decided not to go? We pre-paid our fancy hotel so there was nothing to be done but just learn from our mistake (book through Amex! get travel insurance! Don't trust in your good luck during the rainy season!). Well it turned out that they were able to sell a few of our nights that we didn't take so we re-scheduled for earlier this month. Alia went to spa grandparents, and we had a luscious vacay all to ourselves.

View from the temple of the Mayan ruins. Mayans were some real bad asses.

I love the textures of the shore.

I want to run in right now!

View from the outdoor shower. My new happy place.

It. Was. Heaven. Originally when we planned the first trip we were going to go adventuring all over the place because we had a whole week to explore. Our recent trip was just a few nights, so we didn't stray far from the perfect beach but it was still amazing. I love Mexico so much. I love the people, they are warm, hard working and genuine. I love the art! Culture! History! Nature! Food! Also it is the perfect place for O to practice his Spanish. Mexican Spanish is beautifully enunciated, very easy to understand and much slower than Spain Spanish, which he just couldn't get no matter how hard he tried.

PiƱa Colada. Ah! Why am I not there right now!

It was so hard to capture the color of the water. It was so stunning and the waves were so much fun to play in. 

We stayed at Encantada Tulum and I would recommend it to anyone. It was perfect waking up to the breeze off of the ocean, and the sounds of the waves, the bright starlight every night, the delicious food, long walks along the beautiful water and countless mezcal margaritas. We did yoga on our perfectly situation little terrace, we drank fresh watermelon juice on the beach, we had long dinners by candlelight and ocean breeze, we explored the town and I didn't buy any textiles no matter how badly I wanted them (remember our resolution to save money? sob).

Lunch on the beach! 

sunrise on a cloudy morning

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