7.25.2014

Sunday Morning Painting


Last Sunday Morning, I settled in and continued this painting. Painting in the morning sunshine is one of my very favorite times to paint! So, continuing with this succulent piece I decided to add more texture and layering...


... and some words that were stirring within me...




I have plans to work on this painting more this weekend! (Hold me to it, okay?!?) I'm also writing a fun article for Altered Couture Magazine! I'm so honored and I can't wait to share more about it!

Also, thanks for the kind words about my spontaneous date ideas yesterday! Hope you use some of them this weekend! Happy day!

Creative Life...


Breaking in new yellow shoes, a Ladies of London tea time with a sweet friend, our first (and only!) garden tomato, and my favorite snack of late...

... In everything you have a chance to be creative, brave and see beauty around you... share your creative life on Instagram or Twitter #bebravecreate !

7.24.2014

Spontaneous Date Nights with Warby Parker

I'm so honored that Warby Parker asked me to help them introduce their new limited edition Beacon Collection! This collection of eyewear is inspired by spontaneous date nights, pulling all-nighters and enjoying every moment of life. 



This collection has so many beautiful colors and designs I was instantly inspired to share 3 spontaneous date ideas with you! I've also got some fun outfit, music and art inspiration inspired by the collection. Check it out!




1. Coffee Date on a Whim-
Take an afternoon break and meet up with your sweetheart at your local coffee shop! Sit outside and enjoy some afternoon sun together over sweet coffee and conversation. These pretty golden sunnies are the perfect detail to add to any simple outfit!

Specs: Warby Parker, Beacon Collection, "Nancy" in Lemon
Outfit: Simple Dress
Art Inspiration: "All You Need" by LilyandVal
Music: Oh Honey, "Be Okay"



2. Fancy Duds and Chopsticks-
All dressed up after a wedding or formal event? How about chinese for dinner at your favorite hole-in-the-wall place! These clear frames are delicate and match any color dress. I love the way they reflect different colors and light. Keep it fun and eat with chopsticks!

Specs: Warby Parker, Beacon Collection "McKee"in Moonstone
Outfit: Gold Shimmer Dress
Art Inspiration: Janet Hill "Dandelions"
Music: Feist, "1234"




3. Dinner in the Park at Sundown-
Just because it's getting dark, doesn't mean you can't have a date outside! String up some lights and have a picnic or watch a movie in your backyard. Keep things simple and your outfit soft and comfy. These ombre frames can be dressed up or down and are reminiscent of the colors of a sunset!

Specs: Warby Parker, Beacon Collection "Garrett" in Blue Slate Fade
Outfit: Wrap Dress & Dangle Earrings
Art Inspiration:"Spontaneity" by Livin and Lovin and "Be Brave" by Keli Murray
Music: She & Him, "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here"



Anytime is a great time for a fun spontaneous date! Grab a quick coffee in the middle of the day, or get really dressed up for take out. A sunset is a beautiful reason for a celebration. Every moment is beautiful and the perfect time for a spur of the moment date with your special someone. :) I can't wait to use these ideas for a spur of the moment date with my sweet man!

Glasses are the perfect accessory for someone who needs them or not! Don't forget the vintage style sunglasses too. Check out the new Beacon Collection on Warby Parker's website and also learn how they give away a pair of glasses to another person who needs them each time a pair is purchased! Love that! Thanks for letting me be a part of your launch day WP!

** This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. :)

A Look Around the S&W Studio!





I'm working on getting my studio ready for MUCH more painting and some other changes and goals for S&W! Here's a peek at my progress... what do you think? I'll let you know when there's more to see! Hope you enjoyed this little look around. :)

7.23.2014

Begin Again


The other day my mom and I sat together and she asked me a very important question. She noticed I'd mentioned a few times on my blog that I was finishing up custom painting. She asked if I meant for the next few months, or forever.
Yikes. Forever sounds so permanent, doesn't it? Well, the long and short of that answer is, at least for now, I'm not going to be taking custom orders. It's time for me to get back into the studio and start creating again, but this time time, fully out of my heart, mind and experiences. It's difficult to explain how I really loved the last season of S&W and how excited I am to move onto the next season!


So, as you know, I've been cleaning out my studio and I started painting again. This time without order forms or sizes or color schemes or specifics or even a deadline! It was so freeing and exciting, but also terrifying. What if I don't know what to paint on my own anymore? What if I'm "rusty"? What if it's different that I remembered?.... Then I decided to just #bebravecreate!
Let me tell you, the time spent in my studio floor, sitting on a drop cloth and letting the paint flow along with my creativity... it was magical. I chose a small succulent to begin my first painting in this new season. It's sort of symbolic of a fresh start, alive, growing, changing daily and organic.... just like beginning again on my painting journey. :)


I'll share an update on my painting later this week! Come by tomorrow for a peek at my studio progress! (FINALLY) Happy day!

7.22.2014

Still Life Revived

When I was in art class in college, "still life drawing" was categorized as the "boring stuff". The teacher would lay out some plastic fruit, some strange cow skulls, a mannequin arm, some glass bottles and a wrinkled piece of fabric and then tell us how long we had to draw the items from our point of view in the room. It's a great exercise, but the end result was nothing I wanted to hang on the wall... :). 

The reason I didn't like still life drawing in college was that I had to relationship with the items I was drawing and to me they didn't tell a story. (and if they did.. it was a boring one!) So, now I love a beautiful well done still life drawing or painting when I see real emotion and energy in the work. Check out these beautiful still life paintings.... they are anything but boring!

James Paterson  

Janet Hill

Erin Fitzhugh Gregory

Jennifer Fairbanks


Robert Joyner


Angela Moulton

Please click through the artist names under each painting to see more of their work and stories! Each one is amazing!
As I go back to the studio, still life is still my starting place. I started a painting of one of my succulents over the weekend and I'll be sharing my experience and some photos of the painting in process later this week! What do you think about still life? Did these paintings change your perspective? Share your thoughts with us!

Happy day!

7.18.2014

Happy Friday!





.... hope you have a really fun weekend! :)

(*Photos by Helen Byrd Photography at our sweet friend's wedding a few weekends ago)