Day 46 thru 50 of 100 Day Project

I made it to the halfway mark. Yay! Thank you, Day 50. Its been a very fun experience as I reflect on the last 50 days. Yes, a lot of work but I think well worth it. I think the act of creating consistently makes you a lot less precious about your work which ultimately comes back to my life lesson of “letting go.” As a Type A perfectionist type (I’d like to think I’m in recovery but it’s a daily struggle) I’m always learning how to be more loose and free and let go. This week I experimented with a totally different color palette adding blues, oranges and yellow which was a fun change for a slightly different color palette for my boho series. I also painted a schnauzer and a yellow lab because these to iconic dogs are two of the best breeds. I love painting these fun and colorful eclectic pet portraits and, of course, the addition of a flower crown is the cherry on top.

To follow along daily please follow me on Instagram and see the #100dayproject unravel daily on my feed. Also, if you’d like my weekly email with the paintings that are for sale from the week then join my Pen Pal list HERE

All paintings are $100 for 100 days so grab them now while they’re still a steal!

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Day 36 thru 40 of 100 Day Project

Week 7 of #100dayproject2019 completed! Such a fun week filled with colorful florals. I also painted a golden doodle which was so fun because I just love labradoodles. They are such friendly, energetic dogs and super cute with that curly hair. I also painted a panda which I absolutely love. Pandas are one of my favorite animals and pop a flower crown on there and I’m in love.

Check them out and let me know what you think. To follow along daily please follow me on Instagram and see the #100dayproject unravel daily on my feed. Also, if you’d like my weekly email with the paintings that are for sale from the week then join my Pen Pal list HERE

All paintings are $100 for 100 days so grab them now while they’re still a steal!

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Day 31 thru 35 of 100 Day Project

Wow! Week 6 of #100dayproject2019 completed! I went down home this week adding in a couple farm animals to the mix. I painted a whole series of farm animals a year or so ago and loved it so I thought I’d throw in a dairy cow and pig with flower crown. And of course many many flowers are in the mix again this week. I just love painting colorful eclectic paintings. I’m always striving to get more abstract and more colorful in these boho paintings.

Check them out and let me know what you think. To follow along daily please follow me on Instagram and see the #100dayproject unravel daily on my feed. Also, if you’d like my weekly email with the paintings that are for sale from the week then join my Pen Pal list HERE

All paintings are $100 for 100 days so grab them now while they’re still a steal!

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Day 21 thru 25 of 100 Day Project

Week 5 of #100dayproject2019 was one of the busiest yet! I sold 2 of the paintings this past week which is super gratifying and also had some commissions come in so I’m a very busy painter! Yay!

Below are some photos of the 5 paintings from this week. If you want to follow along daily please follow my IG HERE This week included flowers, of course, a golden retriever and a yorkshire terrier aka yorkie. So cute!

And if you’d like to get my weekly email with the colorful boho paintings from the #100dayproject that are available for the current week please join my Pen Pal List HERE

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Day 6 thru 10 of 100 Day Project

I’ve completed my 2nd week of the #100dayproject

It’s been super fun so far but fair warning it is time consuming. I would not attempt this kind of project if you have A LOT of other things going on but for me right now I think it was the right move. I really appreciate the act of painting something everyday and the energy that I’m putting into not only the painting but also the marketing & thoughtfulness. In my opinion this energy that I’m putting out into the universe is coming back at me. I’ve received 3 commissions in the last month and I think that has to do with the energy I’m putting into my painting so definitely worth it! Give it a try if you’re an artist. If you’re an art lover look out for artists that are hashtagging their work #100dayproject #100dayproject2019 #the100dayproject #the100dayproject2019 because you can find some excellent work at affordable prices because these artists are pumping out so many paintings—AND WE ONLY HAVE SO MUCH ROOM IN OUR STUDIOS haha ;) I’m going to post some pics from Day 6-10 below. Don’t forget to follow along daily on Instagram and if you want to receive my weekly emails with the paintings that are available for $100 each that week join my pen pal list HERE

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Boho Paintings in Colorful Interiors

OMG!! I cannot get over these colorful, boho interiors and I am so thrilled that my paintings are among other vibrant artists in these eclectic spaces. LOOK at this bedroom by @theflamingoandthefox isn’t it just the most magical bohemian dream? You MUST check out @theflamingoandthefox Instagram page because each photo of her home in Australia is more whimsical and colorful than the next (if that’s even possible). I was so honored to have my happy, boho koala painting hang in her daughter’s kid bedroom. What a dream come true! This painting was so popular that I decided to make Giclee (museum quality) prints so if you love this koala and you’d like your own grab it HERE

 
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Now for my next collaboration with my friend, Sara Raak. Sara also has an eclectic and colorful home. Sara combines color and pattern like no other. If you’re not following her already then find her here @sararaak. Her home is super quirky and fun and working with her was a delight. Sara hung my boho giraffe in her entryway and I think it really gives a good introduction of what’s to come in her main living room which is styled impeccably with pops or color and pattern in her eclectic living area. Sara’s entryway is also not just any entryway with colorful patterned rugs and statement pieces of vibrant furniture. Can I move in with you, Sara?

 
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Lastly, we are off to the Netherlands (I know... we fancy!) to visit @colorful_kimmes who has one of the most colorful and vibrant bohemian homes I’ve seen. My boho wolf with flower crown adorns her rose-colored wall. Can you spot it?

 
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Isn’t Kim’s space magical? I love the eclectic gallery wall she has put together marrying vintage finds with original newer pieces. I also just can’t get enough of this hot pink bench! The hot pink bench and the bright pink background of my wolf painting look so great together. I was really pleased to see this wolf find a bohemian palace to live in even if it is far, far away.

You didn’t ask me… but WHAT MAKES A GREAT BOHO HOME? I would say layers, color and not being afraid to fly that eclectic freak flag. The more art the better! The more color the better! The more plants the better! Can’t decide between two rugs? Buy both and lay them on top of each other like Sara. Go for it!

Chase the rainbow!

If you are interested in buying a print of any of the animals you saw in the colorful interiors above please visit:

WOLF PRINT

GIRAFFE PRINT

KOALA PRINT

xo, daisy

A Pet Portrait from Start to Finish

I thought I’d demystify how to create a custom pet portrait from beginning to end. My client asked me for a portrait of a recently passed away family dog named Dudley. Dudley was a beloved family pet and lived a long good life and they wanted a way to commemorate his life with a keepsake. How lovely!

 
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First off, I’ve been painting for over 15 years and I did study art (and interior design) in school but it’s really just about practice and making mistakes and doing it over and over again until you come up with a look you like. When I studied in college painting was all about photo realism and how to make your painting look like the photo. BORING! Yes, I learned “techniques” in school and they are very helpful in the beginning but in recent years I’ve more been interested in un-learning what I learned and taking my metaphorical bra off and letting it all hang out! I say this because the photos I include in this post aren’t from any traditional technique from steps 1-10. Sometimes I started at 1 and jumped to 5 and came back to 2 and had FUN! My goal was to make a colorful pet portrait that looked like Dudley but that had personality and pizazz! Let me show you what I mean…

So as you can see above, I started with a simple line drawing using a thin paint brush. Then I added some fun under-paint colors. Why pink? I get that question a lot. I just love pink and I love how it vibrates with other colors when you lay colors on top of pink and have little hints popping through. Pink and green are also complimentary colors so I knew it would impact the fun wreath well. I then started painting the wreath. I didn’t do a fun under-paint color here… Why you may ask? No reason. I definitely could have done something under there and it would have made the leaves even more interesting but I decided to go a little more “traditional” on the leaves by starting dark green and building my way up to light green. I also got into painting the eyes and nose at this point and I kept these pretty traditional as well because I wanted to capture Dudley’s soul and expression here.

I touched base with the client and got some feedback on what background color she would want for the custom dog portrait. The client mentioned she liked gray and lavender and that Dudley’s iconic red collar was a must. I added in the collar and did some fun pastel highlights. I must tell you that when I discovered adding pastels to my paintings a couple years ago it was a GAME CHANGER. It just looks so fun and some of those colors and textures you just can’t replicate with paint so it really gave my paintings that colorful, whimsical edge that makes them look at little more eclectic, fun and spontaneous. I then went to painting the background color in. I decided on a grayish/lavender color (as per the client’s request) and I left hints of pink popping through (hard to see the pinks popping through on the photo but I promise they’re there). Then I sealed it, signed it and mailed it off the client.

I’m really happy with this piece because I think it looks like the colorful pet portrait I was going for while retaining some of the realistic quality of capturing Dudley’s personality.

If you are interested in a colorful and eclectic pet portrait of your dog, cat or rat ;) feel free to reach out to me or visit my Pets page.

 
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