Tuesday, June 9

On Etsy right now

Remember when you had to explain to people what Etsy is? ahahhahah, those were the days right?

Here are a few things that I am favoriting, thats a word right?

This belt is so pretty, and I have a few dresses that would look so killer with it. Full honesty here: I bought it, and I will let you know how awesome it is when it arrives. Ok?

How beautiful is this rug? Great colors, and so hardy. I love imperfect rugs like this one.

Perfect ottoman/ pouf. I need something for Alias room for when she is crying at night and needs to be cuddled back to sleep. I am just not comfortable unless I have my feet up, its just my thang.

How cool are these earrings! Once Alia is old enough to understand that ripping things out of or off of my head is not cool, I can wear stuff like this again!

Tuesday, April 21

Life with 7 month old Alia Mercedes

O and I are having a blast being parents. My favorite parts are the snuggling, her laughing, watching her learn new things (like how to rip the glasses off of my face faster than I can deal with quite frankly), and seeing how much our families love her and enjoy her. I honestly like her company, just chilling together feels really nice. I talk to her all the time and she just stares at me. She isn't particularly babbly or laughy or physical for her age. I sometimes think that maybe she is behind because she is so mellow and chill that maybe its bad that she isn't learning things fast enough but that lasts for a nano second because I know she is just going at her own pace and like I always say its not like she is going to be the only kid in College who can't crawl.

For Easter this year we just hung out in the back yard, no traveling to families house. I did put her in a super cute bunny romper though. Her face looks so different in this photo, she is developing so fast. She loves to be outside, and its good for her to touch and lay in the grass so we go out there and she just chills out. 

Her sweet smile and giggle melt me. She is so happy.

O took this picture of us just chilling again in the back yard. We make a point to spend Saturdays together as a family doing no work at all, just enjoying the weather, and each other. 

I took this photo this morning when we were laying around in bed together. I let her sit up with me sitting indian style so that if she falls over I can just prop her right back up. Sometimes she just wants to cuddle and hold her favorite toy stuffed rat.

I don't know how she can hold her head up with those cheeks!! 

We have a nanny that can take her five days a week, and she can hang out with her little friends there who she loves to see and who love to see her. This past week I kept her with me four out of the five days because I missed her too much. Sometimes when I have work to do that isn't painting, for example if I have to run a lot of errands or have meetings I just take her with me so we can spend time together on an adventure. I try to throw in lunch with my aunt, or mom or a friend in there too.

She is so easy going, just loves observing and listening and doesn't complain. I am feeding her all kinds of yummy things like apples, bananas, avocados, chicken, roasted carrots and squash, eggs and pork too. She is learning how to hold and use a sippy cup and she learned recently that if we put her down on the ground she can just roll her sweet cubby little body around to get where she wants to go: namely to my art supplies, or the dogs. She is just fascinated with them and even sort of understands petting them, although it turns into "let me see if I can pull this ear off and eat it" sometimes so I don't let her do that.

I really try to have as much mental space as possible when I paint, so she has to be napping, or engrossed in something if I am feeling very confident about a painting. Mostly though I head to the studio to work when she is at the nanny. I can already see that I am going to enjoy having a studio at home so much. We are going to build in the backyard and I hope that when we do that I can spend time with her in there and teach her how to create. Of course O wants her to be a musician and I can already see him teaching her to compose electronic music at a very young age. He is so proud of her and adores her. The feeling is mutual, she grins and kicks her chubby legs as soon as she sees him and reaches out for him. I am so grateful that she has such a loving, doting father in her life.

Basically we are very contented, and very happy and loving every second of having Alia in our lives.

Monday, April 20

Feelings and Memories holding hands with Paintings

Maybe you have noticed that I have updated my shop a little bit. I want to talk more about what inspires a painting, or what I was thinking about when I created it. I love love love when artists who I admire, or who's work moves me does this and I have so much to say so I started updating my listings to include more info. Not every painting has been updated, but some of them that are very special to me I just had to talk about. What do you think?

All On My Own:

"This painting is a time travel machine. It is a memory of a time I spent as a child flying kites with my family on a blustery spring morning in a beautiful open filed near our home in Texas. The sun was so bright that my minds eye pans blacked silhouettes, the flash of a smile and laughter carried away so quickly on the wind that only the hint of it lingers. My mom was wearing a soft and faded blue sweatshirt, off the shoulder like a good 80's fashionista, her hair was curly and floated around her shoulders. She smelled warm and we drank lemonade. I was so intensely in the moment that I was suspended in time, and I felt so grown up, and alone (in a beautiful way) to my small self."

I Couldn't be, but you Could: Of course it wouldn't be natural if I didn't write the way I think/talk. So sometimes what I write about a painting is so honest, it sounds freaking crazy. Your are welcome friend!!!

"Lines, streams and splashes leaping about, a magical colorful water fountain in a make believe city where everyone high fives each other and the mountains way up high are covered not in snow but with ice cream and the rivers flow with milkshakes and the boats are propelled with straws so you have to drink the milkshake to go faster and faster! The fish are very nice and they taste like chocolate chips and they are very social and like to jump out and have a chat, they also high fin and are all in a band that plays magical music that lulls you to sleep so you wake up without a sugar hangover."

The Straw that Broke the Camel's back (poor camel):

"This painting was inspired by the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico. I wandered and touched and watched as the sun cast shadows on the temples and buildings that are now simply compositions of stacking stones with the faintest whisper of carvings of men with large eyes, birds and lizards. I took many photos of edges, and rocks, and pillars and the shapes that have become what they are now because of the work of people long gone and the endless breath of the sea. Repetition, rounded forms, stacking shapes, the colors of the ocean with the sun low in the sky, the eye that remains and what it must have seen. I gave it the name "The straw that broke the camels back" because this painting is two painting, the one completed and hidden behind, and this new one here. I lifted my brush to the canvas and it came out of me, with the taste of Mexico still on my lips (mezcal baby). Several other paintings after this one have had similar shapes and colors, drawn from me by my memories or maybe my desire to leave behind the city and move to Tulum. So it is in fact, the straw."

Sunday, April 19

Kandinsky + Egypt

Ok, so these two paintings were inspired by all of the visuals below, that is all:

See the paintings here, these two are soft pastel and ink on raw linen. I love drawing with soft pastels and on toothy linen it is a dream. These two are headed to The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.

Check out these stunning Egyptian artifacts. The shapes, texture, repetition of line, the subtle detail, the proportions! These images have been inspiring me so much.


So add into this visual mix selected works of Wassily Kandinsky who's work I saw at the Neue Galerie in New York last year. It was bonkers, especially this room:

I prefer his shape pieces. I love the movement and how you can just hear jazz when you look at them. right?

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!

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