Sometimes people ask me what I paint, and the answer is: everything. I'm a decorative painter, but I also accept canvas commissions, and have really been enjoying all the canvas work I've been doing lately.
I got a commission from a client in Florida about a month ago for this piece. It's going to go in an office, I believe. I hope to get some pictures of it in it's final home when it makes it's way onto the wall!
Anyway, here it is in my living room (I wouldn't mind keeping it!):
My client wanted dark brown and off-white, simple lines, with texture. She was happy with the result, and so was I!
here, you can really see the texture:
if you are interested in a canvas commission, feel free to email me at kristen(dot)fountain(at)gmail.com
I am in the middle of doing a little redecorating in our living room. I'm lightening things up a bit, but as always, I still am making plenty of room for lots of color (I love color). I knew I wanted turquoise to be a bold pop of color in the room, and I decided to bring it in with some artwork over the sofa. I just smeared and wiped paint onto piece of bristol board with my hand (because I was being lazy, and I didn't feel like going to the studio on Sunday when I did it!), then let them dry out in the sun. I bought these frames from Michael's, and hung them in a group over the sofa. I love them! I feel like they look sort of fancy, but the sketchy turquoise paint keeps it playful.
They are not entirely even. Like I said, I didnt feel like making a trip to the studio, and that's where I keep my level. I probably should've put in the effort to go get it, because the unevenness is driving me nuts! I'll fix it eventually. :)
Check out this crazy pattern that I made yesterday! It took all of my brain power to get this pattern to make sense, and to cut this stencil. I made an actual stencil this time, though, out of plastic, and rolled it on like a real stencil (often, my stencils are not stencils but templates, then I hand paint the pattern). Anyway, I was proud of how the pattern interlocks, and I like the black and gold!
This is the template that I traced the pattern from, onto the clear plastic, before I cut it with my razor blade. When I am sitting on the floor, measuring things out and hand-drawing, I think it could've been useful if I was a graphic design major, rather than fine arts. Oh well!
The process! Ill reveal the final look soon enough, but for today I'll leave you with this teaser photo...
just thought I'd drop in and show you guys some stuff that is making me happy lately. It's the little things, ya know?
This rad bamboo tray that I found at Goodwill for like $1:
Pretty cute, huh? Also, I got Jordan that Chemex coffee maker for Christmas -- have you used a Chemex? They're pretty cool. My brother is a coffee snob, and uses one daily, so that's where I got the idea, and we love it. When made with the Chemex, coffee is less bitter, more pure, and plus, it's just fun to make. I also appreciate the simple design of the canister.
Anyway, next up is this cute candle I recently bought at Anthropologie:
I bought it for the color of the glass, which is a greenish-yellow (almost neon). It smells great, too. Jordan and I both love great-smelling candles burning in the house, so they're a treat that we are constantly indulging in :) This one is the Capri Blue brand that is always burning at Anthropologie, but it's a different scent than the regular one - it's Mandarin Mango. It smells good, but I prefer the original one. I really love that colorful glass, though!
Mika and I love it. I just put the pillow that came with the chair inside the pillowcase for now. Jordan likes the lumbar support of the firmer pillows, so it might have to stay. But I would prefer a down filled pillow. I'm actually having a hard time finding 12x20" down filled pillow inserts - any suggestions?
last but not least, a shot from the studio yesterday. Heather organized my paint supply room which was a DISASTER. Seriously. Disastrous. I wish I had a "before" pic. Anyway, we put together this new shelf, and she rearranged and organized my stuff, and I am ever so grateful.
I blogged over at the MyColor inspired by Pantone blog today - please head over and check it out. I wrote about how I made this geometric artwork on the cheap and easy!
ps my living room transformation is coming along slowly. I haven't really done a whole lot (I do have plans up my sleeve, but I just haven't had time to execute them!), but I did order a cute pillow this past weekend, and I can't wait 'til it gets here! I want to get a few new things for the room, and it seriously needs some modern-ification and funkfying. yes, that's a word. stay tuned.
Hello, everyone. Last week, I painted this vintage Thonet rocking chair for a client, and I was so pleased with the way that it came out, and how it looks in the cute nursery it belongs in.
Here is what it looked like before:
after a really intense tape job, I was able to keep the caning on it natural, and just paint the wooden parts. I sanded, deglossed, primed, painted, and sealed it.
I can't wait to show you the cute nursery that it belongs in!
The nursery is gender-neutral, because they don't know the gender of the baby who will make it's way here in April. My client still has some artwork to finish for the walls, but isn't the nursery cute?! I love the mint green walls, and the cute shelves with wallpaper behind them. I also adore the globe collection!
see the globes at the top of the shelf?
look at the cute mobile:
I also love how she replaced the knobs on the changing table with the cute blue glass ones:
such a cute nursery! Thanks for letting me share it, and having me paint the rocker, Brooke!
It's been a really long week for me! I think my posting might show that...I figured I might just do a little rambling for you guys, and photo-dump a bunch of iPhone pics onto the ol' blog. I feel like I have about 100 different projects pulling me in 100 different directions, and life has just been crazy! But, I enjoy being really busy, and I like crazy. :) I'll be working again this weekend, but at least we have 80 degree temps here in Atlanta, to keep me motivated.
I moved the gallery wall from a front room at the studio, to the bathroom. When I first moved in, I tried to keep the studio neat and sort of "cute" looking, but the longer I'm there, the more I realize it's a utilitarian place, and it's for work. I've had to move virtually all of the cute and superfluous stuff out of the way, to make room for projects and paint splatters. We had to take all of these items off of the wall in the front room so that we could do some paint spraying in there, and instead of hang them back up, I decided to just make a gallery wall in the bathroom, where no painting happens. Plus, it's nice to decorate that big white space. Also, I like "gallery walls" because, really, they're just a mish-mash of pieces that take about 5 minutes to hang, with no rhyme or reason. I am not one of these people that makes a paper chart and arranges everything just so before hanging. I just DO it. It usually works out :)
this is a project that I am working on for the MyColor blog:
full reveal and tutorial is next week!
finally, I had a young artist in the studio this week:
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a designer that I work with, to create some signs for a wedding show that she and her design partner were participating in. The wedding event was the "I.C.E. Wedding Day Hooray". I wasn't able to make it, but I've been to the Indie Craft Experience before, and everything there is always so cute.
It was held at Ambient Studios, and it looks like it was great!
Anyway, you can see the signs I made on the back of the chair, and check out their cute table:
they had that precious table skirt made, and it looks like they made the flowers in the centerpiece! I loved the coral and pink elements in their design.
I actually have another couple of "signs" that I made for a nursery a while back, but I haven't had a chance to properly photograph them for you guys! Soon, I will, though, because I was really happy with how they came out!
So, you may recall that I used to have this cute little chair in our living room:
I still love this chair, and I'm not getting rid of it, but something better suited for us came my way. Jordan and I both wanted something with a higher back, that you could actually lean up against, and sit in comfortably. I went back and forth with lots of options, but I couldn't decide what exactly I wanted. Standard wingback chairs were too feminine and formal to me (though I do love them, in the right space), and the rest of the ones that I seemed to find were just slipper chairs, similar to what we already had.
I went into World Market last week, and found my match! It's called the Triton High Back Chair, and it's in the color called "Wheat." I love that it mimics a wingback, but it's modern at the same time. It's pretty comfy, too!
check her (him?) out:
I like that it's a solid neutral, too, and not the same color as the sofa. I think this will help with my "issues" with sticking with something for a long time. After all, I still love my sofa :)
Right now, I'm trying to figure out what I'd like to hang over the sofa. I think we need something either rustic or modern or both. I'm considering making some sort of mirror contraption. Maybe a starburst mirror with salvaged wood around it? It hasn't hit me yet. I think the room needs a little something modern and rustic though, I don't want it to feel to formal or feminine. I was also considering trying to find a little rustic or modern table for beside the chair. hmmm...we shall see.
So what do you think? Do you like my new addition? I do!
One of my clients text messaged me over the weekend, to ask some advice on painting a frame that she bought from a thrift store. She said she didn't like the colors of the frame in its current state, but it was a great deal that she didn't want to pass up. I told her what I thought she should do (spray prime it, then use spraypaint, since it's metal), and she did it, and sent me pics. I wanted to share here, because I thought they turned out so cute!
here is her "before" shot:
and, her after!
there were (obviously) two of them:
aren't they cute? I love that the little patterns on the metal are now reading chicer than before, and the bubble-y shapes of the frames look perfect with the bright colors. Great job, Nakia! :)
I was contacted by the Furniture Bank of Atlanta to donate an original piece for their "Chairish the Future" event. The piece didn't have to be a chair, and I actually donated a small side table. The event is this Saturday, March 10th at the Foundry at Puritan Mill here in Atlanta. It is a wonderful organization, benefitting housing resources for the homeless in Atlanta. To read more about their mission, please visit here.
To check out the artist list, and some photos of pieces that have been donated, visit this site.
This may be the first time I've ever used the word "tchotchkes," just FYI.
Also, I'd like to formally state that I know I spend a lot of time blogging about my bookshelves. I'm not ashamed, though -- arranging and re-arranging bookshelves is one of my favorite hobbies in life. Empty shelves with lots of pretty accessories all laid out, waiting to be added is my cup of tea.
Anyway, you know that I painted my bookshelves a couple of weeks ago, and after I painted them, I just kind of threw everything back up, in an effort to clear off the floor. I had planned to go back and make it look pretty again, and this weekend, I finally got around to it.
I also got a chance to head out to some thrift stores last week, and found some cool new accessories I wanted to show you guys.
Check it out:
That green ginger jar! I loved the colors in it. I'm making an effort to add more green to my house. I'm not sure if it's springtime or what, but I'm into the green these days. I got that guy for around $4! When you are decorating bookshelves, and looking for fun accessories, thrift stores are the way to go.
I also found these sweet little brass birdies:
I think they're one of my all-time favorite finds...and I like that they're tarnished. You can find brass pieces in almost every thrift store, and there are always lots of animal options! I'd never seen birds on twigs like this, though, so I thought it was a special find. It was $3. I know that my thermostat showing is unattractive, but I try to keep the house user-friendly, so keeping it constantly covered up is just a hassle!
I also found this sweet little crystal cup (hard to get a photo of):
I see lots of "crystal" (look-a-likes and the real deal) out at thrift stores, too, but I thought this little cup was special because of its arms on the sides. It'll be sweet to put flowers in, in the springtime (flowers in little cups remind me of my mom and my Mimi - they both always had little tiny bud vases with flowers all over the house, growing up), and I think it's cute as a standalone object on my bookshelves for now!
lastly, I found this small purple vase:
I'm sort of getting into lavender for springtime, too. Actually, purple of all types. Green and purple together are a great combo!
If you'd like to see my shelves how they are now, here ya go:
(also found that cool driftwood on the lucite coffee table! not a thrift store find - it was a Marshall's snag.)
I'm loving the bright and airy look that I'm achieving in here. I owe you guys a few posts about some other changes I've made in my living room recently, too. I made a sort of large-ish furniture purchase this past weekend, that I can't wait to share with you, either! Come back soon for more info on all of this...
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Please head on over to the MyColor blog to see what I did to this table! Leave me a little comment, if you are so inclined :) Be sure to leave any questions in the comments section, and I will answer them. Thanks!
hi, guys. I'm back with a little weekend blogging, to ask you to check out my MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE® paints Facebook page and new Twitter account - we're gettin' on the social media bandwagon. :) I'll be the primary contact for these accounts, so "follow" me for recent updates and the newest posting info. I'll also be posting fun pics along the way, and any contest information, too. Anyway, I hope you'll "like" it and follow moi...show me some love. :)
This post is quite the "before and after." My clients had a mural in their hallway that had been painted before they moved in. It was a beautiful mural, painted by one of the most talented artists I've ever seen. (He is from my hometown of Griffin, Georgia, and he does AMAZING work. His name is Shannon Lake. He's insanely good at what he does, and I bow down to him.) However, to my clients, the mural always seemed like "someone else's piece", and didn't feel like it was representing my clients' tastes for what they preferred in their own home. My client struggled with whether or not to paint over it for years, and ultimately decided that painting over it with another commissioned decorative painting piece would be "right" and a fair move. I agreed!
Anyway, onto the "before":
The mural depicted the story of Narcissus and Echo, and is almost an exact replica of the Waterhouse painting.
Here is the "after"
a bit lighter-feeling, no?
I used my trellis stencil that I made, and some silvery paint, and went to town.