Monogram Monday

I’ve been experimenting with different painted monograms, name cards, and single initials.  

  I love how this monogram turned out! It’s going in the formal living room.

  I went a little berserk with the the single initial painting. It’s not my favorite…reminds me of a glorified grade school doodle. But it’s practice. This one, I love! I’m so excited to turn it into stationery for little man. ūüôā

Advertisements

Art Alley

I’ve been working part-time at the local Art’s Council and I am amazed everyday at how much is going on there. ¬†There are very few people doing a great deal of work and they pull if off perfectly. ¬†One of the many things going on is the new “Art Alley.” Staff, volunteers, young and old had worked for quite sometime to turn a regular ol’ alley into an artistic hot spot. ¬†

Art Alley Sign

The custom sign was donated to and installed for the arts council.  The sign really makes a difference; the alley is inviting and complete.

Entrance of AlleyIt looks really cool at night too…

IMG_2907The Art Alley is lined with art by local artist and volunteers, artistic quotes, and more important little details that create a good vibe..

IMG_2684

IMG_2688

IMG_2682

IMG_2687

Last week we had our monthly First Friday event where we unveiled the Art Alley. ¬†There was a ribbon cutting, a drum line, a belly dancer, a yART sale, and vendors all rallying¬†in the Art Alley. Robert Rigsby, local plein air artist, painted the alley during First Friday which was fascinating to watch.Art Alley2If you’re headed to Center Street Jam tonight then you should swing by the Arts Council. ¬†We are hosting Open Mic Night from 6:30-8:30pm and make sure to take a stroll down Art Alley!

*Photos courtesy of Blaine. ūüôā

New Prints for You

Getting prints made of my watercolors has proven to be a little complicated.. You can’t just slap it on a scanner and make copies.

My girl, Catherine, at Goldsboro Record has been my life saver. She has worked so hard on every print to make sure we get it as close as possible to the original.  I plan on getting my own scanner and photoshop program in the near future but until then Catherine’s been doing the dirty work. I highly highly highly recommend going to GR for all your printing needs. 

I just recently picked up some new prints that will be available on my Etsy shop soon!  

  

  

These pictures were taken at the Arts Council of Wayne County.

I’ll be working on some new paintings over the long weekend while sipping my Chardonnay…Have a fun but classy Memorial Day weekend!

To Grandmother’s House

Today has been a challenging day. All three of us are little sickies and Michael’s had it the worst. ¬†Luckily, I started to feel better this morning. ¬†Good thing too because having TWO sick boys is enough to deal with..

This week I’ve been working on my mom’s retirement gift. ¬†She bought a house back in October and will be moving here to Goldsboro full-time after she retires from teaching. ¬†She bought her house from a friend of mine. ¬†I’ve always loved this house and I’m so glad that my mom will get to enjoy it once she’s free!

I figured I would give it a go and paint her house!

photo 1Once I draw it out onto watercolor paper, I added masking fluid to keep my whites, white.

photo 2I was a little worried about how I would paint the brick and then realized it’s only going to look right if I paint each individual one. ¬†It’s cool though, I think it turned out nicely.

photo 3This isn’t a tutorial but I did just want to give you glimpse into the process of painting in watercolor. ¬†There’s a lot of layering and working from light to dark.

photo 4I applied more masking fluid on the windows to keep them white..

photo 5

Voila! My first attempt at painting a house.

P.S. My mom doesn’t do the internet so she won’t see this, so don’t tell her or I’ll cut you.

Happy Friday!

Mary

Salesman

Having talent is one thing.  Selling your talent is another.

I’ve vendored 3 times since I started painting. Is that a word? “Vendored.”  Spell check is saying no. But I say, yes.

After the first couple of times standing around, zoning out, and staring at my phone; I realized that you need to prepare yourself for hours of trying to play “salesman.”

Design House Vendor

My first day at the Design House, I set up in the kitchen due to rain.  I didn’t come prepared that time.  I awkwardly stood there with my hands behind my back, hoping to sell something but also hoping that no one noticed me and my awkwardness.

So, this last time that I vendored, I brought music to play, some salty snacks, and a project to work on.  People ate that up! (My art, not my chips)  I set up my paint and paper and started working on my latest painting of banana leaves.

bananaleaves

I was suddenly the “cool” vendor. I played the Down Like Silver Pandora station on my boom speaker.  It’s literally the perfect vibe.  It’s also a little easier to ask people for their money when they actually see you work and it adds a layer of authenticity to your other work, I think.  Also, if you buy from me, perhaps I can afford something a little nicer than a cardboard box to paint on.

I ended up selling several prints and passed out a few business cards.  When I had a moment I toured the Design House.  It was so awesome.  It gave me so many ideas for my own house…but that’s a whole nother blog post.

I leave you with my favorite room from the Design House, “The Sunroom.”

Favorite RoomI’ll have prints of the BL pair soon. Keep an eye on my shop.

Mary