Every once in a while I want to paint something fun. This small painting was done last year right after Halloween. I bought some candy just in case trick-or-treaters came to my door. This was one of the left over treats. I decided I wanted to paint it as I love painting big things small and small things big.
Another reason for choosing this subject was it reminded me of going out on Halloween and having fun. While I no longer eat very much candy, this use to be one of my favorites.
When I decided to paint this portrait of Elizabeth Taylor I tried to think of a woman who made an impact on Hollywood and whose career was extraordinary. Elizabeth Taylor came to mind. She was talented, elegant and full of controversy.
She began acting as a young woman and continued for most of her life. She is a Hollywood legend and will be remembered for a long time coming.
If you would like to purchase this original art piece you can find it at Wendybsstudio90264 on Etsy.
I am into all things retro. I think it comes from my love of history. Last week I decided I wanted to do a portrait and I wanted to embrace the colors of the 1970’s. The only thing missing from this portrait is the avocado green.
Clint Eastwood his Dirty Harry character are symbolic of that time period. I love his side burns and hairdo. The expression on his face which is so Clint Eastwood. In those movies he plays a rogue policeman, but he gets the job done. Classic Hollywood.
Last week I began a small painting series that celebrates summer. It started off with flip flops and this week summer peaches. I love doing small paintings. It gives me a chance to complete a painting in a few hours and hones in on needed skill sets for doing larger ones.
Peaches always remind me of my grandmother and her family. Many of her brothers and sisters grew peaches and some for a living. They would arrive with boxes full. My grandmother would then make them into pies and peach cobbler and sometimes jam. She was a great baker and she is the one who taught me all of my baking skills.
A more modern take on peaches is to grill them on the barbecue. If you have not done this, you should. They taste fantastic, especially topped on a bowl of ice cream.
Wonderful memories of summers spent with family is why I chose to do this painting. The painting is 9’ x 12’ and has been done on a linen panel board. It is available for purchase at Wendybsstudio90264 on Etsy.
I am originally from the Seattle area and because it was rainy most of the year I never wore flip flops. In 2017 I moved to California and ended up in Los Angeles selling my art at the beach. In LA I wore flip flops all summer. They are the easiest shoe to wear when you are in the sand everyday.
I recently moved to the desert and find myself wearing flip flops at the pool. So for me, they are a California thing. Tonight I decided to pay homage to the shoes I never thought I would wear.
My new painting is 8” x 10” oil on canvas and will be available for purchase soon at Wendybsstudio90264 on Etsy.
A few weeks ago I finished a painting of an intersection on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The painting was done from a photograph I took on one of my trips to Hollywood. I enjoy painting the unexpected or the mundane over the “touristy” spots. In my mind this painting represents the “real” Hollywood over what most people see in the media.
The medium I use currently is oil and I paint on stretched canvas or panel board. I begin each painting by coating the blank canvas with a color medium in tone. This assures that none of the canvas will be left blank and it makes painting much easier to have a base coat.
I then take a paint brush and a darker color and sketch in only the main shapes to assure that the perspective and dimensions are correct. I can easily paint over any mistakes at this time.
I then begin filling in some of the shadows or darker colors.
Slowly adding color elements of the painting begin to come into view. At this stage I usually paint the sky and some of the main objects of the painting.
Continuing to work on the main shapes, I fill in colors without worrying about detail yet.
Once the main colors have all been places, I work on the details of the painting until I decide it is finished.
I had a lot of fun on this painting. It took me about 4 days working several hours each day. I like to let some of the layers dry before continuing on, especially once I start on the details.
This week Wendy B’s Studio has leveled up a notch and now have a store on Shopify. We are excited to be able to add more products and reach a larger audience.
So what’s new? One of the advantages of being on Shopify gives us the ability to diversify our product line. We have canvas prints, greeting cards, mugs, tote bags framed posters, t-shirts and metal prints. Besides selling a wider variety of products we are now able to sell wholesale. If you are interested in featuring any of our products in your brick and mortar store, please contact us for the wholesale price.
What does this mean for the Etsy shop? The Etsy shop has not changed and will continue to focus on home decor and the California lifestyle.
We have featured one of our new products in our blog post image. This is a photo of Indio, California and is available at Wendy B’s Studio on Shopify. We hope you will take a peak and see what we offer.
Thank you to our loyal customers and we hope you will give our new store a look.
What is trending for interior design this summer? Here at Wendy B’s Studio we are into vibes that bring the beach indoors. How do we do it? We surround ourselves with wall decor that reminds us of our favorite places to visit during the summer. The photo above is of the Beach Cafe located at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California.
This photo is of the Malibu Lagoon. I love the contrast of the blue sky and the sandy beach. These are nice calming colors for the indoors.
When we think of beaches in California, we always picture surfers. Surfing brings the good vibes home.
The housing market has always been fiercely competitive for those trying to sell their homes. How can you make your home stand out from the rest? The answer is home staging.
Why is home staging so important in todays real estate market? Whether you are selling your home yourself or using a realtor, homes sell faster if they are staged. When a home looks like it is move in ready, it emotionally connects the buyer. It allows them to visually imagine themselves living in the home and think about their own belongings there.
Statistics show that a staged home will sell for more than a vacant home. Think of the home staging as an investment and marketing tool. You can stage the home yourself or use a professional. Staging will help you get the most value from your home sale.
A staged home looks kept up. When a home looks nice and ready to move in, the buyer is less likely to worry about repairs. An unkept or empty home may make a buyer worry that necessary repairs to the home have not been done and if they buy the home they may need to spend more money.
Now that you know the importance of home staging, where can you find items to decorate with? That is where Wendy B’s Studio comes in. We have wonderful wall decor and other items for the home. Visit our site for your wall decor needs. Wishing you the best on selling your home.