Posts tagged house portrait
Changes are coming!
new custom home portraits in acrylic, the art of michelle, custom portraits by michelle

new custom home portraits in acrylic, the art of michelle, custom portraits by michelle

I know a lot of people who are afraid of change, afraid to take risks and to try new things. I'm definitely not one of those people. As an artist, I crave change and have always been the type to make decisions easily, to push myself out of my comfort zone on the regular, and to be mostly unafraid of big risks- sometimes to a fault.

I know it's time for change when my spirit gets a little restless. I felt that restlessness after I had Josie, for example, and finally made my way back into the studio only to discover that my interests had changed and my curiosity and desire to try something new had blossomed. That's when I decided, on a whim, to order acrylic paints and work on canvas and wood again like I had in college.

It was one of the most refreshing changes I've ever made. I found JUST the right acrylic paints and fell instantly in love with this brand new color palette, these big new brushes, the new painting surface, and a new-found freedom to paint over mistakes with ease! 

As I'm sure you know, I started painting ceramics this year and pushed myself, again, out of my comfortable studio and into people's homes and retail stores to teach classes and host painting parties.

And now, with a new sense of confidence and real excitement over the possibilities that lie ahead, I've decided to transition my entire business from offering WATERCOLOR portraits on paper to ACRYLIC portraits on cradled wood panels. These new portraits will have a different look and will come in bigger sizes than I've ever been able to offer before. I'm hoping to even offer framing services in my shop at an affordable price, which I'm thrilled about!

I still need to work out a few details but am hoping to launch this new collection on January 1, 2017. I'd love for you to follow along with me as I make this fun transition by dropping your email into the sign-up form at the top of this page.

Thank you for a fantastic 2016! Here's to a fresh new year in 2017. 

2015 Wait List is Full!

I'm so please and excited to announce that my Wait List for this year is full! My goal is always to book a few months out on portraits, and it's a good feeling to know I have lots of work ahead of me through the end of November! 

Every year I try to take as much time off during the month of December as possible, and every year I somehow find myself packaging up "just one more order" a few days before Christmas. I love my job so much that it's really hard to take time away.

But this is the year I actually take a few weeks off and enjoy our first Christmas with Josie! I can't even wait...she'll be almost a year!

In the mean time I've opened my 2016 Wait List and have started booking portraits for January. If you'd like to be on that list, simply visit my shop page and purchase a portrait. I'd love to serve you!

How Painting Can Improve Your Memory
Custom House Portrait by The Art of Michelle

Custom House Portrait by The Art of Michelle

I typically have a terrible memory. No joke. If I could change one thing about myself, I'd switch out my memorizing abilities with Seth's because that guy's mind is like a steel trap. I'm totally jealous.

But when I paint, something weird happens. I can look at a painting from months or years ago and immediately remember every single smell, sight, sound, and feeling I experienced while painting it. Somehow painting opens up a door in my brain that is otherwise locked and empty and floods that empty space with memory.

I'll prove it to you.

Take this house portrait for example. I painted it almost a year ago. Every time I see it I remember that I was in a camper while Seth was out riding horses on the trails in southern Illinois. I was 6 or so months pregnant and swollen. The window was open to my left, and I could hear the horses trotting, birds chirping, and breeze blowing. I could smell the sweet and sharp scent of horses, leather, the smoke of campfires burning. Sarge was curled up next to me, and I was listening to the audiobook The Fault in Our Stars. I was totally engrossed in that story, feeling sad and happy right along with the characters.

I remember falling in love with this house, the deer in the backyard, my sweet customer Lacey, her little pup, their Autumn decorations. 

But ask me what I did last Friday, and I'd probably say, "um...let me look at my calendar." 

Crazy, right? I mean, this doesn't happen to me every time I paint something. After all, I paint every day. But, sometimes, the magic happens.

So, here's what I would tell you. If you want to remember a place, an experience, a feeling, then sit down and paint something. It can be anything, really. Paint the bouquet of flowers in front of you or the bowl of fruit on your counter. It doesn't matter what the painting looks like. Come back to it in a few weeks or months and notice how it brings back your memories of that moment. It's amazing, really!

This is just one of many reasons why I love painting so much.