More fun with polka dot paintings! I am loving the combination of gray and brown for nursery decor. It’s a color combination that not only looks beautiful, but can be used for both boys and girls to create a beautiful nursery that can be enjoyed for many years to come! Plus these lightweight canvasses are completely nerf-ball proof , which is super important in my house.
Whenever I can, I love to head to the zoo for a little animal inspiration. We recently had a gorgeous day here in Chicago so we made a quick visit before the snow hits.
Be sure to do something that you love as often as you can, it feels so good to just relax and enjoy a beautiful day once in a while.
This is the Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park Zoo, beautiful!
We had a wonderful get a away weekend spending time with great friends, shopping, eating (too much) and watching the runners of the Chicago Marathon.
I recently took my camera in for some tweaking and was able to get some great photos of the event as well as some beautiful photos from our zoo visit later in the day.
I love spending time down in the city! There is always so much to do and the people are all so friendly and helpful. Being a rooky, the learning curve can be steep at times but there is always a welcoming Chicagoan to help you out if you get completely lost as I tend to do.
Congrats to all of the Marathon heros that finished, great job!
Loved this quote!
I had to share this video of two wonderful people that braved the rain to save this poor pregnant, abandoned dog and her unborn puppies.
They restore your faith in humanity with their gentle kindness.
I have been super busy lately trying to get the new studio set up and organized, which is incredibly difficult for me because I am constantly distracted by so many ideas for new paintings. I will post pictures as soon as it’s complete, promise. If nothing else it is a great motivator for me to finish it in a somewhat organized manner, (hopefully soon). In the meantime, here’s a new piece that I have been working on lately.
I am totally obsessed with lollipops. Crazy I know, but I actually think their colors are beautiful for children’s art. I have been focusing on creating inspirational work that can apply to all children, whether they are a boy or girl. Especially if you’re doing a first nursery, what a great idea to design it in a way that can be used forever and does not need to be redone with each future child that you may want to have.
Well it’s official, my college graduate has moved out. It took awhile for me to accept this because I really, really want a do over, but nope life changes, kids grow up, college and then they head out on their own as adults. Really? But, weren’t you just going off to kindergarten?
I know this is what it’s all about so ……after his room has sat empty for the past 8 months or so, (sort of a shrine to my son), who I thought just might change his mind and come back but no such luck (which really isn’t normal or healthy anyway), I have decided to move my painting studio into his former room after decades of painting in the basement.
I am super excited to have my own space, above ground and with windows. I can’t even tell you!!!! We are just starting the transformation, so check back in to see the changes that we’re making to the place! Oh and also lots of new artwork in the works!!!
We were driving back from dropping my daughter off at college for her senior year, (so excited I can barely believe it), and I saw this adorable little blue and white Mini Cooper humming down the interstate. You know the cute ones, that have sort of a British look to them? Just adorable! But, what struck me even more was the bumper sticker on the back- “Ye Harm None.” I love that saying! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all think that way? Kind of makes you stop and think doesn’t it?
From the time I was a very young child I have always been crazy about animals. I went through so many stages as a child with small pets of all kinds. I had a goldfish in a bowl, that led eventually to the small aquarium which led to the enormous aquarium that kept my guinea pig company while it would aimlessly roll around our kitchen floor driving our dog crazy, all of the while living in a small house with 4 kids and a couple tolerant parents.
I was also known to occasionally bring home any injured animal that I found for my mom to save during our lunch hour. She would often times spend our quick 45 minute lunch hour racing to a local wildlife haven to help try to save it. Sometimes we were successful and sometimes not, but we always tried.
Back then and even today, I still feel the same way about animals. They are so beautiful and vulnerable. When my children were young, they also loved animals, so I was sure to include them in our family. There is nothing like the love of a family pet to cheer up a hurting child or to teach them to love and respect animals. Pretty priceless lesson to me.
Our newest dog’s name is Caleb and we have grown to absolutely love this guy! He just turned 2 and has brought our family so much joy that I can’t imagine having not had him. He is still a bit of a work in progress, but loving him more by the day. Best part is he stays off the furniture. Oh wait?