Let’s Paint…


I don’t know what it is about the idea of moving, but all the sudden I am dead set on getting this apartment the way I have wanted it to be for the past 2.5 years. I am trying to finish up every project I’ve wanted to do, so we can spend however long we have left in here feeling like it is finished. It was one of my goals on my 30×30 so it’s been on my mind for a while.

With that said, we have had an old canvas that was painted over with gesso hanging on our wall for like ever. Last week when Rowan was taking a nap, I decided to get out all of my oil paints and go to town on it. It’s not my favorite thing ever, but I like it. It is colorful/abstract but full or florals. It brings some new life to our living room. I think I am a little too embarrassed to post a whole picture yet. I am not sure it is finished.

I love, love love botany illustration books though. This one is one of my new favorites (it’s a good source of inspiration)…

  1. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a painter, which I’ve written about here: http://natashafatah.blogspot.ca/2012/01/fashioning-art.html and I still paint from time to time, but not in any serious or disciplined way.

    But that’s the joy of having a fashion blog, I feel like that’s my new daily artistic expression.

    Can’t wait to see what you’ll create! Enjoy yourself!


  2. katie •

    so pretty jen!

  3. lovely painting, i love the book!



  4. Show us!!!

    I’ve been working on the set for my high school’s musical Beauty and the Beast and it has helped quelch some of my painting desires until I get to summer break. Painting sets is nice because it needs to look good from far away, but not one will ever see it up close…so Impressionist! I did have to teach a sophomore how to paint with oils though to create a portrait of the prince for the beast’s lair and just the smell of the paints made me long to spend days working on something. CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER!

  5. Love it, Jen! You are so talented! Can’t wait to see the whole painting!!

  6. Camilla •

    I love it!!!! Thank you to show us!! Happy colors!!!

  7. Mindy B. •

    I am going to have to check into that book! I love the way you painted the flowers, seems like the perfect way to coax the sun out of hiding out here! I am an art teacher too and recently moved to NY, I’m curious if you are thinking about ever going back to teaching??

  8. I really really like how you added your own unique detail in the lines of the flowers and leaves and the pot. Im sure the whole piece its amazing! You’re inspiring me to whip out my own set of paints:)


  9. Beautiful! Your so talented.:)

  10. Krystal •

    Your art is beautiful!
    Never be embarrassed or worried about what others think! You have a gift! Each piece of art work is unique!!! Use your talent. Create. And share:)
    I love the painting ! And I love all the pictures you took:) it makes me want to paint:)
    Thank you for sharing your life:)

  11. Michela •

    It looks lovely, Jen, but would love to see a full photo! I’m sure it feels a bit vulnerable showing your work to the world, but as a non-artist, I appreciate art in all its forms; I’m sure it is beautiful and would awe your readers. Thanks for sharing : )

  12. The snippets you posted are so pretty! I’m sure the whole thing is beautiful 🙂

  13. Oh my goodness this is beautiful! I love love love love the painting! Everything about it.

  14. i would love to see the whole picture!! i’m sure it’s beautiful. i know excactly how you feel though. i opened that old box of painting materials a few weeks ago and did a piece for above our couch. i haven’t even mentioned it on the blog let alone show a picture 😉

  15. gorgeous! would love to see the entire painting. loving what i’ve seen so far.

  16. so cool! i will be living in my first apartment this fall, and i have been trying to think of fun, easy ways to decorate–painting on canvas, perhaps?

  17. How fun!! I havent painted in so long…. I miss art class…

  18. Carol •

    Your pictures are amazing!!!!
    I have a blog also http://www.thegavlaks.com I live in Los Angeles and I post news from here…. take a look !

  19. pretty pretty! =)

  20. I vote you share the whole thing! The sneak peeks look absolutely gorgeous and inspiring, so I’d love to see more!

  21. You’ve GOT TO show the whole painting! I can tell it is exactly what I love–full of color and LIFE! 🙂 Beautiful. I wish I had artistic giftings…but…no. 😉

  22. This makes me wish I was more artistic hehe…. you are seriously awesome! Can’t wait to see the finish product 🙂

  23. Susie •

    I wish I had the gift of painting… It’s awesome to have your own work in your house. I love it!

  24. I’m a painter, too but haven’t picked up my brushes in oh so long! This post really inspired me to think about when I might MAKE some time for myself. I’m a teacher, too (we have a bit on common, Jen!) so I can’t wait for some summer fun…

    xo, Lindsay
    Lindsay Living

  25. I’m so glad your blogging a little bit about your art!

  26. Oh, It looks beautiful!! So light & refreshing 🙂

  27. How fun!! I’d love to paint a canvas one day. Those plants are gorgeous in that book.

  28. Love. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Great work!

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