Your Painted Story: "Gather You Up" Watercolor

Today, I'm so excited for y'all to hear the story behind this painting! My sweet friend Sarah gave me the blessing and honor of creating it about her recent journey through adoption. I hope you are as encouraged by her story as I am! 

What is the story behind your painting?
Earlier in our adoption (we're currently adopting a 7 yr old boy from China) we were going through some stuff that was really messing w/ my head. Our adoption seemed really fragile and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone- like all these weird things that we should have total control over were actually out of my control and that they were threatening the adoption. One particular day I was completely overwhelmed so instead of working on my to-do list when I put my kids down for naps, I just got quiet and spent some time in my Bible. I read a "random" devotional by John Piper that didn't seem to fit my current situation at all, but then there was this verse, Isaiah 43:5, tucked in there. I don't remember what the devotional was about, but I remember thinking it was so weird for this verse to be in there. God totally stilled my heart w/ that verse and all my worry was immediately gone. He said it. I trust his Word to be infallible. It's done. 

What's your favorite thing about your painting?
Hands down, it's the vantage point. We didn't expect our next adoption to be an international one- and especially not from China. Neither me or my husband have ever had a tender heart toward China or known much about the country or its culture. But that's changing more every day and looking at a view of the world and being able to see where we are in the same frame as where our son lives right now is surreal because I still haven't completely wrapped my head around it, humbling because this is a really BIG world we live in and God chose to intertwine our lives w/ this little boy that lives all the way over there , and at the same time it's comforting because as huge as this world is, it still fits in the palm of our Creator's hand and he's totally got this thing covered.

How will you style your painting in your home?
Right now it's sitting on a shelf as part of a collage/gallery of other paintings and prints because I want it in the living room where I can see it and am reminded of it throughout the day. But when we bring Yuan Li home, it'll go in the boys' bedroom. I can totally picture sitting on the bed w/ him before he goes to sleep and telling him the story behind the painting and what it was like to pursue him and wait for the time we until we got to go get him.


Painting. All. Day.

So, when the crazy season of work ended, we closed the office for the day and I had a whole day to myself! What did I do? Paint. all. day. It was glorious! I found this canvas in my studio's closet with only a pencil drawing. I had started it right after we moved into our first house! I decided to spend the day playing on this canvas and trying out new techniques, paint tools, and textures. Here's a little peek at my progress!

I'll be sharing more when I finish this painting! I'm determined not to let it get back in my studio closet! :)


Wedding Toms in Progress!

I wanted to show you guys a sneak peek at some Wedding Toms I've been working on! This awesome bride is getting married at a vineyard and will be wearing these at her ceremony! (How cool is that?!) We decided on a "vintage vineyard theme" and it's been a blast to create these! She chose two beautiful Bible verses to remind her to be a blessing to her fiance and she's counting these as her "something blue"!

I can't wait to share these when they are all finished and share the story behind them too!

Are you interested in some Custom Painted Toms? You can get all of the details here.



Remembering....a sweet coffee date with my love!

Celebrating... Jesus is ALIVE! :)

Drinking... Coffee Coffee Coffee!

Dreaming.... up a season of paintings and possibly re-opening my shop!

Painting.... finishing up a pair of wedding Toms (sneak peek of those tomorrow!) and a personal painting I started over a year ago! (I'll share that one too!)

Planning..... on writing my next article for Artful Blogging in the next week or two! SO excited!

Reading..... I just got my library card and checked out a book on vegan crockpot meals and The Daniel Plan. I'm excited for my next trip to the library (nerd alert!)

Eating...anything that I can create in a crockpot plus mangos daily. ha!

Loving...this time when tax season slows down and I have more time to focus on painting and blogging- YAY!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! I'm excited to get back to creating and sharing stories with you here! Happy Monday!


Watercolor and Chinese Newspaper.. In the Studio!

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to create a painting for a very sweet and awesome friend who is adopting! I can't wait to share more of her story soon, but I wanted to show you a peek at the progress on her painting. I love the awesome Chinese newspaper that she gave me and the opportunity to play with watercolors on canvas. It was a blast and I can't wait to show you the finished product, but nearly as much as I want you to know the story behind it!

Until then, thanks for letting me share the process... :)


I'm Back!

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I know that seems to the post title every April 16 or 17th, but working at an accounting firm during the day means that mid-April is especially daunting! Days are busy and I'm so thankful to have a job during the day and live my dream at the same time, but during tax season, it proves difficult to do both! Thank you for patience and understanding during the past few weeks! 

The other good news about my hiatus is that I've been doing a lot of thinking, brainstorming, dreaming and even some planning for Spring at Specs & Wings. As I jump back into the art that I love, I'm so excited to be sharing stories from some of my client/friends in the coming weeks! I will have more to share soon about upcoming plans, but until then, I wanted to thank you all for being the best ever!

Here are some of my favorite pins from around Pinterest lately. I'm especially excited about the awesome artwork, beautiful lettering, a lovely DIY and that vegan french toast... hello! If you'd like to follow my pins, click here.

I'm so excited to be back! If you're still reading, please comment to let me know you're here! :)


7 Tips for STELLAR Gallery Walls!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I just love them! It could be my love of collage taken to a grand scale or the way I am into anything eclectic, but they are just awesome! Today I want to share a few tips on how to make your gallery wall stellar! ...

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 1. Include different shapes besides just frames... these vintage plates are great!

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 2. Think texture! Why not include a mirror or other shimmery surface?

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 3. Use clips so that you can easily change up the imagery in your gallery anytime!

 4. Frame "things" that are important to you like handwritten cards and letters or mementos from trips!

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 5. Paint a big frame shape and hang everything inside. This will really make each work of art stand out!

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 6. Something old. Include a pretty find from your thrifting adventures or that belonged to your grandma!

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7. Start hanging your gallery pieces in a corner so that you can add your collection.

Hope these beautiful images and 7 tips will inspire you to create a gallery wall in your home! Need some tips on how to hang it? My awesome friend Ragan from Painterly Passion has a how-to right here!

I am dreaming of creating something like this in my home too. :) Need a custom painting to add to your gallery wall? I'd love to create one for you! For details, click here.

Happy day!