Labor of Love – Painting!

So… my oldest has officially inspired me to start painting again.  I think it’s been… over 10 years since I’ve actually sat down and painted anything serious on an actual canvas.  Finger painting with toddlers – yes!  But actually sit down, sketch out a portrait and landscape, do all the colors and shading and back-painting a real painting requires?  Nope.

That actually changed today, and I sat down and painted a rather large sized canvas of my oldest (because he’s the one who has inspired me to paint again 😀 ) when he was about 2 years old.

This is what happened today:

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It just took the afternoon, and it’s going to be a gift to my sweet Mom… I had to keep stopping to tend to the kids and then to make dinner 🙂  but wow was it fun to paint again.

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I used to draw portraits in high school for fun… and then my friends started actually paying me to draw them.  I could never draw (or paint) faces of people, even though I tried a lot growing up… until finally something “clicked” when I was 17, and suddenly, it made sense in my brain and I was able to draw them.

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Honestly, this felt so relaxing and was so easy tonight.  I think I’m going to make it a point to paint more LOL.  I forgot how enjoyable it was…. 🙂

All the tiny little details, the millions of leaf prints and different shades of green and blues… it does take some time, but it is so worth it to make all the little leaves.

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Stephanie

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Inspiration

A few beautiful things….

Anthropologie, the store that inspires me always.  When you walk in you are met with the intoxicating smell of their Volcano candle, which is heaven.  They also play delicate & intriguing music in the background, not uncommon to hear a little Madame Peyroux.

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When in doubt, do it from the celing

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Stripes & their Signature Vase

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Newlywed Cookbook & Beautiful hand-painted bowls

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I love that cookbook. Very good recipes inside.

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Turning Displays for all kinds of beautiful knobs & handles

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White Kitchen & Colorful Dishes

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Wooden Spoons for Decor

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Hand Painted Plate

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This soft grey sweater with lace

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Anthropologie hires an artist at each store that creates all the displays and artwork inside on the walls & windows.

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Interesting Ideas, almost every book was open to a chapter page

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