Monday, March 30, 2009

Mellow Yellow On Etsy

Here is a mini treasury in yellow that I put together. These are some shops on Etsy that I hadn't come across before. I want the Danish Chairs so bad! I am really diggin yellow these days. Check them out:

Danish Modern Pair of Chairs from Summerland $160
Eames Eiffel Chair Quote YELLOW Chair from NanLawson $10
Whimsical Retro Girl Notecards (6) from Brandyinthesky $12
Tupper Cereal Time from Imotime $19

Friday, March 27, 2009

Come Paint With Me

Sorry its been a while since I posted but I have been very busy with two sick little girls, and I have been working on a new painting. It is bigger than what I usually paint, this canvas size is 15"x30". I am going to continue to work on bigger canvases to change things up a bit. Its more challenging and more time consuming for sure. I wanted to bring you into my art room with me, so that you can see the painting process I go through. I love learning about other artists, and find it very interesting to see their techniques. So here we go!

It was very challenging to come up with something that was going to be larger scale, because I am so use to working with small canvases. Some of the things that I paint would look weird blown up this big. The top left corner is some card stock I was drawing on the night before with sharpie markers, and here is the idea I had in mind. I first did a vanilla color as the base and began to do the pattern of waves. The next thing was the whale tail coming out of the water. Do you like my paper plate palette, lol?

I wanted to put the three colors stacked throughout the whole painting to give it that retro look that I love. So the water was next. The bottom of the tail starts with the yellow, and the end of the water spout ends with the yellow as well. That progression of color looked best. These are just the first coats of paint to test colors I had used in the sketch.

Here it shows the end result of the whole concept.....but I wasn't feeling the blue. I tried brown on top and it went better in my opinion. So I went on to test out the brown on the waves as well to be sure.

There it was, brown and looking good, but I still felt something was off balance! To me, there looked to be too much open space which made it looked unfinished. So I added more big splashes of water below the tail, and I think it worked. All I had to do was put a couple of more coats of paint, and do touch ups on the edge of some messy lines. I am pretty picky about clean lines. It bothers me to see edges that are sloppy (well in my art anyway).

And here it is, the end result. I like it, and it is beginning to grow on me with every hour! I am enjoying it hanging in the living room right now. I don't know if I will sell it and for how much. I may donate it to an auction that my friend asked me to donate a piece of art to. I still have to name it ...sigh...any ideas?

I hope you enjoyed an inside look of my painting process. Nothing fancy, just basic sketches blown up bigger with a little color to bring it to life!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Simply Hue Interview

Hey everyone, check out the blog Simply Hue by Vicki Dvorak who is a color consultant for Matisse Color Consulting. What a cool job to have, right? Well she posted an interview she did with me and I just want to thank her for being so kind. I look forward to reading more of your blog Vicki!

yellow wall

yellow wall
Originally uploaded by ooh_food
I would love to have one yellow wall in a room. Usually I would not think of yellow, but it brightens up the room without overwhelming it. Love it.

bed & bedside

bed & bedside
Originally uploaded by ♥threadbare
This lamp is awesome!

Carpet & Couch

Carpet & Couch
Originally uploaded by ♥threadbare
I love this room. Not only are the colors lovely, but the textures are amazing!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Mini Art Block

Here is a block I just finished. I am not sure if I will make it part of a set or sell it alone. I really like these colors together, and I thought it looked real nice with some of the natural wood coming through.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yahoo Writer Features My Art

So, a couple of days ago, a writer for Yahoo, named Rita Mauceri, contacted me through etsy. She was interested in featuring something from my shop for an article on her blog "Foxy Festivities." The article was going to feature great birthday gifts for $20 and under. I, of course was totally stoked and said I would be honored. So I was poking around and googled her name and found her blog , and Bam!, there I was! Just scroll down to see. I am so excited, now if I ever get a website, I have something to put under the "press" section,lol! Here is the piece that she featured:

Retro Mini Art

Flickr Find

This is a 1978 Himark Saltera Air Coffee Pot from StudioSmith. If you like his taste, check out his Etsy shop Cur8tor for more excellent finds.

I love, love, love the color and designs on it!

This part of it looks like inspiration for a sweet looking owl, don't ya think?

This is absolutely my favorite part!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


So a couple of weeks ago our friend Sal brought over his girlfriend Hannah who is from Finland. She had the cutest bag and I asked her where she got it from. She then introduced me to Marimekko! I fell in love with everything. Check out some of there stuff!

This Kauris bag is the style of bag she had with a different print on it.

Here is a hint of the bedroom line they carry.

Here is a little preview of what their kitchen line looks like.

Sanna Annukka designs on! I just love it.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Some Etsy Furniture Finds

Table/Stool $500

60's Teak Danish Modern Vintage Credenza Cabinet $1,895

Lobsters on the Cocktail Table $150

Front Page

Yay! My "Retro Wallpaper 4" print made the front page of Etsy last night! I was very excited to be in this treasury full of great designs. Thanks to MozelleMetana for including me. Just click to enlarge it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rodney Alan Greenblat

I came across Rodney Alan Greenblat's artwork on Fffound, and I loved the color and geometric shapes he uses! He has a huge body of work that you can check out here. Here are some of my favorites of the bunch:

Moon Wheel


Daily Wheel

Morning Star

Monday, March 9, 2009

Weekend Pics

Well we had a great weekend, but I was totally exhausted from it yesterday. We literally laid around until about 7pm. Then we decided that it was time to get moving, ya know, cook dinner and all. We had people over Friday and Saturday night, so we went to bed real late for both. Saturday afternoon was so nice, the weather was perfect: sunny and breezy. I felt like I was in South Texas again laying on the beach. Well I know I never put pictures of myself or my family up, but I am gonna share one today. This is my husband and I, my daughter took the picture. We hardly take pictures together because there is never anyone around to snap them at the right time. But since my Milla is older, she can start doing it. It is the weekend, so my husband usually walks around the house the whole time with his guitar...practicing. This is about the most dressed up I have been in a long time, I am usally in jeans a t-shirt anda hoodie jacket. Oh and the other picture is of the tree in our front yard, I love this tree and it is starting to bloom fast. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Shipping Canvases

I am always curious how other artist package and ship their paintings, so I thought I would show how I do it. This past week I sold a my "Retro Whale Tail" painting, and it was exciting but sad. It was one of my all time favorites. Plus, it was hanging in my living room for a while, so I got used to it. I went to UPS to find a suitable box along with packing peanuts. I always wrap my paintings with wrapping paper, or sometimes tissue paper if they are small. I then include a thank you card that has a little message and my business card. Here is what this one looked like.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


I know I am just a stay at home mom, but I really look forward to Fridays! My husband is around more, and he loves to cook on the weekends. It gives us a chance to have a drink and talk while we cook together. Even though we have no family around us, we still have a good time together. Just us and our girls. We will be moving back to Texas in the summer where our family is and I can't imagine how much more fun it will be with our parents and siblings around hanging out on the weekends. Ooh and this weekend we have to plan what we are gonna do for my daughters birthday on monday, she is turning four. I can't believe it! We have been deciding whether we should try for a boy right now. I really don't want to be pregnant after thirty, so I have to hurry. I want them to be close together so they can enjoy each other. I don't even remember what it is like to not have to be changing diapers,lol! Anyway I wish everyone a happy friday and a wonderful weekend to follow! Here is a litte something I made for my daughter.

PersianGarden on Etsy

I just had to share this shop that I just discovered on Etsy called PersianGarden! The illustrations are inspired by Persian art and culture, and they are just beautiful. I am usually not crazy about pinks and purples, but I just love the way they are more like neutrals in Afsaneh's art. She has a website with her portfolio that is equally enjoyable and you can see the diversity in her art style. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that she has in her shop. Be sure to check out her other etsy shop called JooJoo which has cute little mini sculptures, jewelry, and more.

Fantasy Lotus $15

Pomegranate Tree $20

Little Bird (Pink) $20

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Inspiration Pic

I think this painting just makes this space way more special. I love the colors the artist used, it is just perfect and compliments every single object in the picture! The picture was found via Ffound.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

All the Little Things

These are two of the four paintings in the series I have named "All the Little Things." The other two are already listed in my shop, and these should be in there real soon. I just love the mushrooms, its my favorite right now!

Thomas Paul

I found these beautiful designs by Thomas Paul and I love them!

Goldfinch Maize

Palm Persimmon

Lovebirds Aqua

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Prints

Just wanted to start off my come back with some new work. I am working on listing the prints in my shop first. The paintings are still in the process of getting photographed and named. Here are a couple of new "retro wallpaper" prints. I am gonna try and put them in the shop soon, but I have orders to get out in the next few days. I am overwhelmed right now because i forgot my packaging routine,lol! I hope I get into the swing of things soon. Well, here they are, enjoy!

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