DIY Paint Cart!

I've been seeing adorable "bar carts" all around the blog world for months. In these "DIY" posts a blogger shares the basic ingredients essential to make the best drinks for any guest on a portable cart. Since I'm not much for drinks (besides coffee!) I decided to share my favorite basics for a DIY Paint Cart! 

I have been using a cart in my studio for the past few months and I LOVE IT! You wouldn't believe how handy it is to have everything you need in one place. Especially if you like to create different places in your home (like on the kitchen table, in the backyard, or where ever the best TV is...ha!) Just push your cart of supplies to any area and get to work! ;)

These are my 12 favorite items to help you get started on making your own painting cart! 
Here goes...

1. Large Brushes- For larger canvases & backgrounds
2. Various Shapes Medium & Small Brushes - for any details you paint, the right brush makes a difference!
3. Palette Knives- for mixing colors and creating textured paint applications on canvas
4. Acrylic Paint in Several Colors- I prefer Heavy Body Liquitex Acrylics
5. Water Jar- to rinse out your paint brushes between colors
6. White Gesso- to prime your canvas
7. Slow-Dry Medium- this is a GREAT help for acylics that dry to fast! Just add a little to your paint and work longer!
8. Matte Medium - so many amazing uses but I love to use it for collage paper or as a sealant 
9. Glass Paint Palette- makes it easier to see colors and you can use a razor blade to carefully scrape off dried paint
10. Paint Rag- for messes!
11. Scissors - because you just always need them
12. Color Wheel- to help with color mixing and explorations!

Come back soon..... I'm going to share some "Just for Fun" art cart ideas & variations! I hope you enjoy putting together your cart! Happy day!


Gallery Inspiration: AUTUMN


Are you ready for fall!? I AM!

So that explains why my next series of paintings for the gallery will be getting us in the mood for my favorite season! It may be a little bit before this paintings are ready for sale, but until then, I'll be showing updates and exploring all things fall!

My favorite inspiration here? Color. Orange with Dusty Mint... Deep Turquoise with Mustard, and every shade of red! I'm also loving the patterns here- florals, plaids, chevron... just so much to love!

If you'd like to shop now, just click on the "shop" link on my banner!

Happy day!


10 Tips for Creatively Transitioning to Fall

If you're like me, you're already thinking about the best season ever- FALL! I just love everything about it, but especially the clothes! I think it's because I love collage and color and when the weather requires more layers, there's more chance to be creative with outfits. 

Of course, Fall in my neck of the woods comes pretty slowly and there are plenty of warmer days before the cooler ones come. So how do you start transitioning to fall outfits while still wearing your summer favorites? Here are a few ideas...

1. Crop pants can move swiftly from Summer staple to Fall favorite! Just pair with a sweater and a dark colored flat.

2. 3/4 sleeved blazer just needs a long skirt and a belt to "feel" more like autumn. You might also pair with warm neutrals like a brown belt and shoes.

3. A chambray button down is like a seasonal chameleon. Pair it with a chunky sweater, a patterned scarf and boots.

4. Maxi skirts are great for fall! Just trade in your tank for a long sleeved t-shirt!

5. A shirt dress is fantastic with a long sleeved shirt layered underneath! Add leggings if needed.
6. Even a peplum top can be layered for fall... put a coordinating button down underneath and/or a blazer over it. 

7. When it's just barely feeling fall, keep your florals for a little longer! Add a cozy cardigan and some textured shoes.

8. Shorter dresses (especially in neutral colors) can be worn seamlessly throughout fall when you add a boyfriend cardigan, tights and boots.

9. Keep any patterned collared shirt for a playful layer under your favorite sweater.

10.  Have fun with pattern, color, textures and layers!

I can't wait to see what fun outfits y'all come up with! See anything that inspires you today? What fun outfits can you make out of the items in your closet? See where these fun ideas came from and find even more inspiration on my Pinterest page!


Grown-Up "Back-to-School" Shopping

I remember LOVING this time of year when I was younger for 3 reasons.....
1. I was totally nerdy and LOVED school starting again!
2. new Fall clothes & shoes
3. fresh set of markers!

Now that I'm out of school, I still feel a little dreamy when I see the school supplies row at Target and backpacks and rulers and folders.... *sigh*... ha ha! So, just for fun, I decided to do a little "Back-to-School" shopping around the web. Here are my favorite finds from 31 Bits, Modcloth, Paper-Source & Target. :)

If you were shopping to go back to school... what would your picks be?

*Also, don't forget to join my Insta-Gallery Sale @specsandwingsgallery at NOON! See you there!


Painting in Progress

Since I'm working with the theme "coffee"and I've already explored a couple of ideas with coffee mugs and steam, I wanted to go a more "honest" direction for this painting! I think a "to-go" cup is a much more realistic look at our usual coffee drinking and I see beauty there too! A "to-go" cup may be from a visit witha friend at a local Starbucks or maybe it represents a morning when you're taking on the world and you're out the door in a hurry! Whatever the story, I wanted this painting to feel a bit more rough and textured. It has a more emotional quality somehow and I'm really enjoying the process. So far I've used only 6 colors and one palette knife! I love how a little bit of blue is sneaking it's way in and bringing extra life and dimention.

What do you think? Does your coffee typically look like this? What's the story behind it?

Don't forget this piece and a few others will be on sale tomorrow at noon! Just follow me here for your chance to claim this painting first! @specsandwingsgallery


Gallery Inspiration: COFFEE

This week in the studio I'm focusing on the theme "Coffee". I realize this is a pretty broad topic, but I wanted to explore the colors, feelings, ideas and styles that are inspiring me right now so I came up with this little inspiration board to help me gather my thoughts.

Anything stand out to you? What feelings come up when you think of the theme "coffee"? Cozy, warm, inviting, waking up, spending time, connecting, beginning, completing, etc.? What about colors? Besides the obvious brown do you think of neutrals? brights? and then there's patterns, designs, textures, etc... so much to explore!

I'd love to hear your ideas and get your thoughts as I prep for Friday's Insta-Gallery Sale! Hope your day is awesome!


New Paintings & New Shop!

Over the weekend I worked on some older paintings and also created some new smaller ones! After Friday's Insta-Gallery Sale, I decided to open up a new shop for anything that's left. :) You can shop my original artwork and prints in my new shop here: 

You can also get a sneak peek at a few paintings that will be available at the Insta-gallery sale on Friday at noon! Those paintings are labeled "Coming Soon". Anything that doesn't sell then will be added to the shop, so to claim your favorites, come to the sale on Friday at Noon! Just follow my Insta-gallery here: 

Let me know what you think of the shop! Happy day!