Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Few Recent Commission Portraits, from the Holiday Season

This fall I started accepting more commission work, which has be incredibly rewarding and inspiring. I love to work new customers to give their special someone a unique gift of art. It was really fun to envision being a part of people's Christmases around the country.

To learn more about my commission portraits see my website HERE. And you can purchase your deposit to begin the portrait process- HERE.

ABOVE: this one was really special, quite the beautiful scene and relationship between child and cat. The customer also purchased a few prints of the original to give to the grandparents and Aunts and Uncles, which is a really great way to spread the love (and to offset the cost of a custom portrait).

Twin sister, watercolor 8x12

8x12" watercolor.

8x12" watercolor.

watercolor 11x14".

And this painting has a very sweet story. Pictured is a mother with her pregnant daughter. The unborn baby here commissioned this painting for her mother to honor their grandmother who passed away this past year. 

11x14" watercolor.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

DIY: Dyed Dinging Room Curtains

Well I finally dyed our dinging room curtains before Christmas, and I'm really glad I waited because I ended up abandoning my original indigo inspiration (as seen above). Don't get me wrong I still LOVE the ideas above, but after dining in the space for 6 months now I realized I wanted something more subtle and subdued. (to help promote calm children eating -wink) Plus I have a lot of blue in our living room and the runner in the dining room is an ikat busy little thing... so I didn't want to go overboard.

So after consulting the Rit Dye color chart online HERE, I opted for Rose smoke which combines petal pink and tan, and I gotta say I'm loving the results! It picks up the warmth in the brown walls and even the pink in the large painting to the right.

Here are the curtains the night following their dye day. I simply followed the dye instructions but let the curtains soak for extra time just to be sure. I used a pair of linen curtains from ikea see HERE. My original plain was to silkscreen a gold botanical print over top, but since time wasn't on my side before the holidays I opted to hang them as is. (since this picture was taken the curtains are now hung on curtains rings allowing them to pool just slightly on the floor, which is really nice!)

I love how the pink catches the sunlight, like a sunset on my window. We don't have a lot of pink in our house... it's not that I'm opposed to pink, I simply gravitate to blue and gray first. However, I LOVE our new curtains. They are so warm and inviting plus I love the texture of the linen. I've always felt that pink (along with red or any other warm color) works really great as an accent, pillows ottomans etc and now curtains! Perhaps by spring I will know what to print on them, but for now I'm enjoying them how they are.

Monday, January 5, 2015

GrayDayStudio Advent, a look back!

Hey All!

Well Happy New Year! Hope you had a great Holiday, that it was relaxing a perfect recharge to start 2015.  My Advent update here on the blog fell to the way side with the business of December, but here I am with a complete recap.

This was a really fun self-inflicted assignment. And it inspired me to start a new series called "GrayDayStudio Quotable Kid" where I illustrate some of our daughter's more quotable moments. I will share that new series here as well as on Facebook and Instagram- @GrayDayStudio.

I'm getting pumped for the new year! At this point in my career (Ie: the beginning) it can be a little daunting to stay optimistic when I'm hustling and trying to find the next nut that will lead me to the mother load of continuous projects.   But I'm pumped (she writes as she listens to Taylor Swift on her head phones, yeah I've scummed.)

So once again Happy NEW YEAR! go get em tiger!

Friday, December 5, 2014

GrayDayStudio Counts Down to Christmas with Illustrated Advent Numbers!

I decided to give myself a little assignment for December, to post a new advent number each day!
It's be a fun and carefree task, that allows me to unwind at the end of the night when I want to still be creative but don't have all of the attention required for bigger commissioned projects.

You can follow along with my advent countdown on Instagram GrayDayStudio

December 2nd

December 3rd, reindeer antlers

December 4th

December 5th

have a great weekend!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Recent Work at GrayDayStudio

I have been busy this fall with a few commission paintings. Since they are presents I can't morally share them until after Christmas. ;) So in the meantime here are a few recent paintings I have made between the commission work. All recent work can been viewed HERE on my website. (I try to update it every other week.)

Above: Fall Bouquet, 8x12 watercolor and gouache.

Nursing, 8x12 watercolor

Legs, 8x12 watercolor.

Watering, 8x12 watercolor.

Planting bulbs, 8x12 watercolor.

A series is clearly taking shape (or perhaps two).

This coming year I'm hoping to receive some illustrating work and license my art as well as work on a few Children's book. I'm getting there!

Friday, November 28, 2014

40% off Sale at GrayDayStudio 11/28-12/1

Hi All!

My Holiday sale has officially begun. 40 % off the entire shop (save gift certificates and custom portraits). So hop on over and take a peek, there is a little something for everyone. From original art to greeting cards and canvas bags!

Support small businesses this year, we all appreciate it so much. (It's like giving a gift to the maker AND your recipient.)

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mark Your Calendars for GrayDayStudio's big Holiday Sale!

Hi all, I'm having a big Holiday sale this year to give my customers a chance to scoop up some original art at a great savings! so I am offering 40% off my etsy shop. That's right, a great deal!

So mark you calendars and support small businesses this gift giving season!

Friday, November 7, 2014

An ant ascends a mountain and a kite is rescued... New Illustrations from GrayDayStudio

I've had a pretty productive week... diving back into my watercolors in order to continue to build my illustration section of my portfolio. I'm feeling really inspired and enthusiastic about everything with my art career. I'll admit it can be rather daunting to be at such a foundation stage of my career.. to continue the faith so to speak. Everyday I have to renew my commitment and optimistic attitude that this will pay off.  And it will.

In the meantime, I wanted to check in and share a few more paintings I made this week.

Above: Ant Ascends Peony Mountain, is a watercolor and gouache painting. I am diving back into my vault of reference images I have taken over the years and this one could easily be elaborated on and turned into a book, or used as a single image.

"Rescuing the Kite" is a little imagined elaboration of a picture I took this week of our daughter with our neighbor standing upon the tree stump in our backyard. I'm enjoying giving myself little one-off paintings that evoke a story.

And another one from the vault of stored reference images- this painting I made of our daughter's dollhouse last year long after she received it for Christmas, as the helium leaves the balloon.

This week I also tweaked my website and finally have a better layout for each portfolio section.  I'll continue to tweak it I'm sure, but for now I am so much happier with it and actually want to share it more.

SO here it is!!

Also don't forget you can save 20% off my etsy shop with code November14 at checkout, so scoot on over!

Have a Great weekend!


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