New Paint Experiment

Finally, a completed new piece!

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An 8 x 10 inch Prisme Fantasy Paint by PebeoΒ on canvas with gold leaf. The frame is an antique finished golden 3 1/2 inch wide wooden frame. This painting is one of my smaller pieces because I wanted to test out some new paint colors. I usually do a test piece on smaller canvases incase they do not turn out how I envision. I really enjoy the colors and flow of this one. It turned out just as I envisioned. As you can see from some of the close up photos, the paint has added some really interesting textures to the piece. I love playing with textures.

I’ll call it a new paint experiment success! Now to the next piece!

Until next week, XOXO.

Painting Restoration

This week, I thought I would share some tips on restoring old paintings. My husband’s grandmother was a wonderful artist, but after many years of completing pieces, some get neglected. I found some pieces that especially spoke to me but were never really finished. After years of sitting around, they were pretty dirty too. This is especially useful if you like finding and fixing up garage sale, thrift store or flea market type items.

First, you must very carefully clean the piece. For these pieces, I just used water and a cloth. I wasn’t sure the media used, so I did not want to use something too harsh and destroy the piece. Be very careful cleaning with anything other than water.

Second, if you need it, find a frame that compliments the piece well. I usually try to find frames that have elements in the frame design that reflect elements from the piece itself.

Third, make sure to coat the painting in a protective sealer to help continue to preserve and protect it. There are all different types for different media and have matte or varnish finishes depending on how you want it to look. I use this brand.


Once the finish dries, go ahead and put the piece in the frame and assemble any other hardware to go with it. A good strong frame helps to keep the canvas from warping which can ruin paintings.

These are the three paintings I restored and hung in our house. They are beautiful Paula Pigott works!




A Very Satisfied Customer!

10551609_10204105679380191_7372363343005828775_oThings have defiantly been busy and hectic around here lately. With our big move from Lake Zurich Illinois to Seffner Florida in March and the exciting soon to be arrival of our son coming in October, my website has been low on the priority list. I recently finished a custom order for a client and surprised her with her new painting. It was my first big project so it was a ton of pressure. I spent several days worrying that it was not good enough and working on tiny details until my husband told me to stop because I would never complete it and it already looked wonderful. Sometimes an artist needs a good outside perspective! I was very happy to hear how much the painting was loved and so glad I could spread joy through artwork. I am looking forward to transiting this webpage into not only a site to showcase my artwork but also a blog about my journey through each piece I create. I have a few new pieces I am working on at the moment along with some fun nursery projects which I will include. I hope you all will enjoy seeing my paintings and other artistic projects I take on as I begin the next big life challenge of motherhood!

For your enjoyment, a baby bump bathroom selfie of my husband and I at a friend’s wedding this past weekend. #3monthstogo!