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Custom Pet Ornaments of 2016
custom pet portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

custom pet portrait ornaments by michelle schneider

cute custom pet portraits by michelle schneider

cute custom pet portraits by michelle schneider

Today I wanted to share a few photos of last year's Pet Portrait ornaments because they're just too cute not to talk about at least once! I loved painting these ornaments so much and can't wait to paint another batch of them this year. I decided to keep all of my custom ornament options consistent in size and price, so I'll no longer be offering these smaller disc ornaments. Each Pet Portrait ornament will be 4" in diameter like the photo below:

custom dog ornament

custom dog ornament

A limited number of them will be available for purchase every month this year if you're interested in stocking up before the holidays. Find them here!

Choosing Joy

Sometimes the world just seems so out of control, senseless, violent. The breaking news of the day is almost always tragedy, sadness, murder, bickering, evil. No one can agree on what is good and right and everyone, it seems, wants to fight about it, to make a name for themselves, to be heard.

I think about my life sometimes and what God has called me to do and who He wants me to be. 

I think He's called me to be an artist, among other things. Honestly, sometimes being an artist can feel frivolous and naive and irrelevant. I paint homes and flowers and families and dogs. "What is it that I really contribute to this world anyways?" I think to myself.

cute puppy portrait for girl's room

cute puppy portrait for girl's room

 

Here's what I want to contribute to this broken, evil, fallen world.

I want to share beauty, a sense of belonging, a reminder of what really matters to people who are discouraged by the world we live in.

What I want is to remind people and to show my children and any other child that sees my work that God created this beautiful world for us to enjoy. He created your family, and He loves you so much that He gives you reminders of joy and happiness all the time in the things you love, like your home and your pets.

You can choose to add beauty to the world, to make your family and your community better. But of course, you can choose the side of evil and destruction and sadness. God's given each of us that choice.

mini doxie print for kid's room

mini doxie print for kid's room

As I hope you can see, I choose God and goodness and joy and happiness. And the truth is, choosing to spread God's love and peace is not frivolous, as I sometimes think. Art is the tool and gift He's given me to spread His joy, and it's important to me that I do just that.

So, that's why I paint. To remind people of happy memories and what really matters and to say that no matter how bleak it looks, God is not oppressed by evil. He has already won the battle!

Buy a print for yourself and one for a friend and share a bit of happiness today!

Finding My Voice
new custom pet portrait

new custom pet portrait

One of the hardest things to do as an artist is connect with your inner voice and find a "style" that resonates with who you are but still connects with other people.

I personally feel like it's taken me years of digging deep and practicing drawing and painting, many pages of aimless journaling, and failed attempts at all kinds of mediums to figure out what I really, truly want to say with my artwork and how exactly I want to go about saying it.

This past weekend I had a creative breakthrough. I guess I hadn't really realized I'd been in a "creative funk" until I made these two paintings this weekend and suddenly everything seemed to click into place.

cute custom pet portrait, doxie

cute custom pet portrait, doxie

I painted this portrait of Sarge first. If you know me at all, you know that this portrait is SO me. The bright colors, the messy yet organized look, the flowers and puppy that I love so much, the illustrative style. 

Yes, this feels right! 

The main difference between this and my old pet portraits is the use of watercolor pencils. I'm sure that's boring for most of you, but for me it means I can incorporate more drawing into each painting and more of a sketchy and expressive look. 

Gosh, I just love it so much! What do you think? Can you notice a difference between these two portraits and my old pet portraits??