Posts tagged gift for mother
Mother's Day Giveaway
custom home portrait, mother's day gift idea

custom home portrait, mother's day gift idea

mother's day, gift for women, custom home painting, house illustration

mother's day, gift for women, custom home painting, house illustration

Well, I'm relaunching my business after taking some time off to have a baby and thought it'd be fun to do a Mother's Day giveaway (appropriate, right?) of a Custom Home Portrait in acrylic. The photos above are an example of what you'd receive if you won the giveaway- a 5x7 illustration of your home on a cradled wooden canvas. I want to run the giveaway now so that there's plenty of time to paint and mail out the portrait before the big day.

To enter, just drop your email in the box below. That signs you up for my newsletter. If you're already on my newsletter list, you don't need to do a thing because you're already entered in the giveaway!

The giveaway will run at the beginning of next week and winner will be notified via email.

A Few Portraits Lately and My Reading List

I've been feeling burned out lately on all my usual podcasts about relationships, science, business, money, marriage, etc. Since I work alone, I tend to consume large amounts of audio throughout the day. Lately I've been craving story over sermon and conversation over a business to-do list. Plus, I've noticed a huge drop in my mental energy since having a baby.

But I still really want to read and learn, so I decided to try out an Audible subscription. So far I've listened to...

I find it terribly difficult to sit and read at night. I'm just too mentally drained in the evening. And I've also found that I relate much more to female writers than male. It's nice to mix up my reading material from fiction to memoirs to nonfiction to novels to self-help. Too much time in one genre is monotonous for me.

One of my favorite things to do, I've discovered, is paint while listening to an audiobook or draw while watching TV. Of course, I paint in the studio but watch TV in the house occasionally when Seth is away on business. I'm currently re-watching the show Call the Midwife. We don't have cable, so I rely on our local library to supply me with DVDs, old-school-style. ;)

What about you? What's on your reading list right now? What shows do you watch in the Fall?

Turning Old B&W Photos into a Painting
A custom house portrait by Michelle Schneider, 20x30"

A custom house portrait by Michelle Schneider, 20x30"

custom house painting, arial view, zoom

custom house painting, arial view, zoom

old black and white photo turned into a painting

old black and white photo turned into a painting

I genuinely love getting requests like this recent one to turn a collection of old black and white photos into a new colorful house portrait, especially when I'm informed that the house no longer exists! What a tribute to this old farm house and the many memories it stored.

Painting this portrait made me feel like I was illustrating the cover of a book about this house and the property, those golden hills and dark trees. Like I am now, somehow, a part of it's history and the telling of it's stories. 

Sometimes old, blurry black and white pictures are the only images a person has of a home. While those pictures are such a treasure, I love to reimagine them in color and feel privileged that my customers trust me to recreate their childhood memories in this way. 

I count it a blessing to be a part of your stories!

If you have old, blurry photos like these that you'd like me to reimagine in color, simply purchase a portrait today to get the process started (here).