Saturday, August 31, 2013

Random Acts of Artness...

My art these days has been a hodge podge of things but mainly focusing on art work for our little t shirt business, Mr P's Tees.
With 2 young babies (Pearson is 18 months and Phoebe is 2 months!), my "free" time is so limited these days. So, here goes.... I was able to recently paint a mural for Cutie Patootie in West Monroe.


They are over by Counter Culture in the Spotted Giraffs old spot. Cute place! I painted their logo for them.  Then, I had a friend who wanted to surprise his wife with a pen and ink drawing of their first home they just moved out of. What a great anniversary gift!
 Praying she doesn't read my blog bc I don't think he has given it to her yet...One of my favorite horse friends, Meghan Nichols, has opened up her own barn-Lone Oak Farm. So proud of her!! I started back trying to ride about once a week when the kids are at "school".
(Pearson got to come out to her place and meet his first horse)
 Meghan asked me to help her come up with a logo for her barn...this is what I did!
 Initially we had talked about having a horse jumping over the tree, but the horse shoe just seemed to work out better.
 My friend Jessica Stutts has a son named Tucker who has diabetes. Every year, they have a group that walks in this Diabetes Walk in Ruston in the fall. They all wear matching shirts and there is even a contest for who has the best tee. This year, Jessica and Tucker came up with a Duck Dynasty theme of "A Cure would make us Happy Happy, Happy!"  I drew up a funny duck with a beard and bandanna on him for the tee.
I sure hope he wins!!!
  Here are some of the drawings I had been working on for Mr P's Tees.
I bought myself some construction paper to play around with shapes and colors. This was a cool gator design that was I'm really excited about.
Created in mind for the folks at Grace Episcolpal School. Also, my hubs has been wanting a deer shirt for over a year now.
This is actually a drawing of a particular deer that he killed.
 Hoping to get this printed real soon.
  Lastly (for now!) I'm working on surprising a friend with a painting of her dog. I'll post pics of that at another time. And doing a drawing of the old Logtown School for a fundraiser for an alumni (Brent Hart)that recently passed away from cancer.
 They are also having a big concert on Oct 19th to help raise money for the family of Brent. Sounds like a fun family event on the grounds of the old school.
 Music, food, etc. Check out the Logtown Facebook page for more
  Until next time~

Sunday, June 30, 2013

River & Rail Cantina Art

A couple of months ago, I was hired to paint a bunch of paintings and murals for the new River & Rail Cantina.
 It's the newest restaurant in town that over looks the Ouachita River in Monroe on Walnut Street. In an earlier blog, I showed y'all some fun drunk donkey paintings I did for it. They were on large pieces of wood in vibrant colors.
 After completing them, the owners asked me to also paint some murals in the restaurant. Owners, Merion and Matt Sanderson, love art and it was important to them to hire local artists for their new place. Besides me, Adam Davenport did some awesome murals in the restrooms (ladies- make sure to check out the Brad Pitt look alike in the woman's restroom!!). Caroline Youngblood and Lacey Stinson also left their creative touch on the walls, and Polly Spence did some neat graffiti looking paintings in the dining area. Big THANK YOU to Matt & Merion for supporting local artists!!!
  The first mural I did was of the River and Rail logo. They wanted it to look old like the building. This is the spot it was going on.
I drew it out with a pencils and charcoal first.

Then, they decided they wanted me to add a big iguana to it too. Great idea! I sketched it out first to make sure we were all thinking the same thing for the placement of it.
 Love how it turned out
 but must say it was a little scary painting that high up! And now distance shot.

  Next, I did a painting of a spanish looking donkey beside a chalk board wall. Think 3 Amigos!! Here was the initial sketch.

The chalk board paint was purchased at Sherwin Williams and worked real well.
They can write daily food and drink specials on it.
I even added a gold tooth on the donkey!! hehehe

 Then, they wanted the yellow rail road logo painting done real big beside the elevated stage/ special dining table. This took a little time to get in proportion. I went through a lot of blue tape trying to mask it off correctly.

 I have never used over head projectors- just T-Squares, rules, tape and string. Next came the yellow paint.

 Now wording. (all done by hand-no stencils)
 And now...voila!!
(love that blue bottle light fixture)
  On a side note, our sweet little Phoebe was born last week. I was pregnant with her when I did all of these paintings. Can't wait to show her one day what "we" did!
 So far, she has been the calmest, most easy going baby. If "they" say newborns sleep an average of 16 hours a day, Phoebs sleeps 22!! Still can't believe we are a family of 4. Feeling very blessed and very thankful.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Studio Transform...Garage Life!

A few months ago, I realized I was never using the extra bedroom that was designated for my art studio. It was the biggest mess!!  I'd either paint at the kitchen table or in the garage. And, hubs and I realized we could really use another bed in the house when one of us was sick or company was coming over to stay. So, I started the process of changing my studio into a guest bedroom.

It was a disaster area! Paint was all over the concrete floors, the walls, etc. I had all this stuff pinned up on the walls for inspiration.
I started trying to organize it all and get the old paintings, projects, etc out of the room. Next, I had our painter come in and repaint the whole room.
Went with Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray on 3 of the walls and a rich Black on one. Then, Dupuy Flooring came in and put some nice thick shag like carpet in.
I already had the bed (been in "storage" at my parents) which I love!!
The cool painting above the bed was done by myself and two other friends at Tech (Toni Parks and Katrina Parker). It was a project for one of Ed Pinkstons's (my hero) art classes. There were actually 3 of these large paintings that all hooked together and we each each ended up with one. I will treasure it forever!!
  So, now I'm painting in the garage. It hasn't been bad.  I just recently finished up a large Swamp painting for a friend that was one of my last big commissions before Miss Phoebe comes.
 Ive also had a blast painting with Pearson in the garage.
Yes- paint goes EVERYWHERE!! but, I really don't care.
(The floor of garage)
We have now created some very cool works of art by him for this past Mothers and Fathers Day.
Its amazing what a matte and frame will do for some paint platters by a 16 month old!!
 I know when we go to sell this house one day, I will just repaint the walls and paint the concrete floor too. No biggie. :)

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

We have a WINNER!!!

Big big congrats to Gregory Hudgins!!
 Everyone's favorite designer extraordinaire won the Rhino painting raffle last night. So happy for him. I know this piece of art is going to a good home. Big thanks to all of you who bought a ticket. Over $1600 was raised to help Kay Frost with her expenses in getting back to Tanzania, Africa.
 I truly appreciate all of you for helping with this. I have seen first hand the great work she has done over there and know your contributions are for a good cause.
 A few pics from the evening..
Thanks to Daily Harvest!
All their proceeds from the last couple of evenings went to help Kay!( On a side note- I had the "Little Bit" pizza at the recommendation of Mark Fenn, and it was AWESOME!!)

She set up a little table of items from Africa and had a slide show going too.

She and I in front of Mr Rhino.
She heads back to Africa Around June 7th so please keep her in your prayers.
Thanks again!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shelby's Wish at St Francis Hospital and More

I just finished up a neat project for Shelby's Wish-a local non profit who has done some amazing things to improve a child's visit to our local hospitals. Shelby's mom, Summer Fulton, hired me awhile back to paint a few ceiling tiles in every room on the Peds floor at St Francis Hospital in Monroe.
I had the privilege of getting to do the same exact thing for Glenwood Hospital in West Monroe a couple of years ago.
   There were 24 rooms that needed tiles and the challenge was to try and make them each different and unisex at the same time. I saw one of the nurses, Brooke,  while delivering the last batch of tiles and she said they were going to carry out the themes of the tiles in each room. All of the themes range from cartoons,
 famous kid movies or books or famous nursery rhymes. I can see where they will have fun having stuffed animals or the books and movies from the themes in each room for the kids.
  I painted everything you can imagine... Humpty Dumpty,

101 Dalmations,
, Pinocchio
, the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar
, Nemo,
Bambie, a few Different Dr Suess ones, and many many more. I hope you never have a reason to see them! But If you do, I hope that special child in your life that you are visiting has a happier time at the hospital due to the wonderful work of Shelby's Wish. For more info, check out
  I also squeezed in a couple of more wedding pics for people to sign. This one was for my friend Allison.
And painted a couple of dog paintings for my friend and horse trainer, Joan Moore's birthday.

On a side note- we still have the Transform Tanzania Rhino Painting Raffle going on.
We have sold about 45 tickets so far. Only 100 will be sold total. $20 each. Retail value of painting is $1800. For more info, check out my previous blog. Drawing is May 24th.

Thanks for reading!!