Friday, December 26, 2008

More Murals

Hey everybody! I am so excited to show you yhese pictures of the murals I did in Missouri!

I got lots of help on the backgrounds on these starry night paintings. Thanks everyone.

Hey everybody! I am so excited to show you

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Flowers in the Cellar

My in-laws wanted their basement to be more cheerful so they asked me to paint some flowers in the stairwell. I was excited to do it in honor of my grandpa who painted his stairwell with flowers. So here it is:

I had to give directions to my father in law to finish the stairs since I didn't get time to add the middle tones and greens for grass and moss in the edges of the stones (so don't look too closely at the stairs), but the flowers are done and I think it turned out very sweet.
I was inspired for this a bit by one of my favorite artists "Kim Parker" Thanks Kim for your awesome work. (Her link is on my sidebar if you want to check out her work.)

Missouri Murals

My friend Leah called me out of the blue a few weeks ago to see if I was available to come to Missouri to paint some murals for a new church called "The Crossing" that is opening on Nov. 2 in our old town. It worked out great for me to go to Missouri on our way home from Oregon and stay there to paint. I knew it was a big job but when I got there I realized it was a REALLY big job. They wanted murals on almost every wall in 4 large rooms and I didn't have much time since my kids would have to be babysat every minute I was painting and I would have to stay with someone the whole time I was there. A house guest for a week is one thing, but 2 weeks/ 3 weeks... that's a lot. So I tried to hurry. I painted everyday from 9-5 and then from 8-midnight for two weeks straight with only a few breaks. It was super intensive and I painted more than I have ever painted before in my life. I had tons of fun and stressed myself out quite a bit and would do it all again because it was so rewarding. Leah hooked me up with some great babysitters. Janelle was awesome! My kids were excited to go to her house every day. (Thanks Janelle!) And staying with Leah and Joe was an absolute treat. They were a lot of fun.

I painted 4 rooms:
A jungle room: Before

and after:

An Under the Sea Room : Before

Thanks Chase who painted the seahorse and Katherine who helped with the Angel fish. It was fun to work with you guys! I also had tons of help with rolling, edging and blending. Thanks to everyone!

A Starry Starry Night room: This is completed but I totally forgot to take pictures. Boo. I'll get some for you soon. It turned out so fun!

And a Garden Room, which turns out will be more like a Missouri farmland room. I worked (like I said) like a crazy woman for 2 weeks and when I hit the day before I was scheduled to go home and there was way more left than I could do in one day I called it quits and headed for home. I packed up and drove through the night. We pulled into our Michigan home at 7:00 AM. My kids had just had it and I needed a break! So I have plane tickets to fly back down and rock the garden room. It just needs a few more days of intensive love and it will be gorgeous. I'm so excited. Here's where it is at right now:

I was really pleased with how they all turned out! What a fun project. I kind of wish our church would do something this fun in our buildings. I want my kids to go to church and play in fun rooms like these. (I might get a hefty calling if I keep up that talk huh??)
So, thanks to everyone especially Leah and Joe for making this awesome opportunity happen and to my husband for his support and to all the sitters and friends who opened their arms to me and my kids.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Family of Five

These 5 paintings are for the 5 children in one of my favorite families. They live in Oregon and I am delivering them when we drive there this week. I hope they like them!

This addition is premature since the name is not yet painted. It will be in a beautiful simple script across the bottom.

I can easily do the same paintings again featuring YOUR childs' name. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


This was a commission piece for a sweatie girl named Bella. Her mom wanted me to use this beautiful quilt that she made as inspiration. I think it turned out really cute. I love how the design wraps all the way around the board. I learned from this piece that even though the design looks like it might be simple to paint.... it's not. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Joren's Tabby Quilt

My friend Erin agreed to a project night to make tabby quilts which gave me kick in the but to get this cute tabby quilt made for my son. He's at just the right age to really love it. He's already slobbered it to death. I'm so glad he likes it as much as I hoped. The textures on this one are so fun. He loves the green and yellow plastic netting. (These are vegetable bags that I got from the grocery store). The fun red circle tabs are inspired by my good friend Charyce. I think they are just the thing this monkey needed. The piece on the back is a scrap I have had for years and years. I'm so glad it finally found a great purpose.

This blanket was a shower gift for a cute friend of mine who adopted a darling little boy named Cooper (of course). You turn the colored part of the blanket under, lay the baby down and swaddle him so that when you pick him up it says his name across his back. Yes, this was my very own idea. I'm pretty proud of it. :) If you use it you have to send me a buck. JK

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Friday, March 21, 2008