Over the Anime Rainbow…Mural

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Welp, this mural couldn’t be more perfect for both the client and the weather we’ve been having! I really love the chance to brighten a room with a fresh coat of paint and a cute little rainbow. Depending on your mood, I guess both clouds are relatable at some point, huh? This mural is roughly 4×4′, acrylic and took 7 hours to complete. The periwinkle blue background is regular glossy interior house paint found in mis-tint section of Walmart! You can’t tell from the photos but a subtle layer of sparkle was added to the cloud cheeks and stars throughout. Can’t wait to do another mural – commission me yesterday people….I love to paint!:) xo

 

A very “FROZEN” Christmas Recital

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Finalizing the trees, moving up the entire piece to paint the bottom and snow highlight details! Another 8 hours and she was a completed beauty:) What a beast! Wrapping in plastic because of the rain and my husband driving everything 40mph on the freeway ensured it got to the Littleton Center in Galt safely lol. What a magical night watching my little girl dance and shine with her peers.

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12/16-12/15

Finally back at it! Put in another 2 hours each day and accomplished big things – the majority of the three amigos:) Tomorrow is a big day! Going to move the piece up so I can finish the bottom of the trees, touch up snow, add shadow details and blend the blue and white levels. Have to finish tomorrow so wish me luck!!! No more posts until after the big day:)

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Majority of Chuck complete and Lumber Jack begun 12/16

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The big three mostly completed, white snow touch ups on trees and north mountain, tiny felt ice castle added to mountain

 

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After a day of rest, I was able to complete the figurines that will stand in front of the backdrop. Took about 3hours of painting, and 2 hours of cutting out/assembly (thank you husband:). Acrylic on wood, 7′ tall, 3-5′ wide. I had two sick babies this week so getting this done was a miracle in itself!

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12/12/15

Popped in a couple times today, two hours in the am and four more last night while no one was stirring, not even a mouse (getting Christmassy over here:)

I have affectionately nicknamed the large trees in the piece since I am spending so much time with them (from left to right): Lumber Jack, Bob and Wood Chuck. Bob got some TLC and I painted more snow. Next is to finish Bob, move the whole thing to the right so I can work on Jack and finally take on Chuck.

After that, it’s detail time! Adding Elsa’s ice castle in the distance, shadows on the snow, highlighting the trees, etc. That’s when it really comes alive! Right now is crucial too though since we are laying the foundation.

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12/11/15

Started on the smaller trees and am working my way up! Another full day of happy little trees (insert Bob Ross joke here). Also, my assistant, aka husband, cut out the wooden figurines today and will mount them on stands for me! What a keeper.

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12/10/15

Day two went well, had a helper which was a god send! We managed to get a lot of the background done so we can focus on the trees today. Lessons learned yesterday on painting day one: plastic on the ground is a must (when not painting in my own space); protect the wall behind the piece when backdrop is porous; and while watering down paint may make it spread easier, it requires more layers to really show up on fabric (especially black).

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Mountains and snow today, 8 hours

 

12/8-9/15

My eldest daughter, Lucy, is performing her honed ballet skills to a song from the movie Frozen in less than two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited: I’ve been commissioned to paint the stage backdrop and characters to stand in front! By far the largest work for K.M. Creations to date. I’m also pretty excited to see how Lucy’s first big performance will go so needless to say, not much sleeping going on right now, haha!!

Here are the beginning stages and I will try to update as I go. Big paint day today for the back drop (12×26 feet), wish me luck!

On Tues, the piece was sketched out with chalk in two hours and Weds. night I sketched out the figurines (another two hours).

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Here is a sample of the wintery scene and characters I’m working from

 

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Sketched the backdrop in about 1.5 hours. That little cutie Hayden is for scale. Three feet of the piece is on the floor because we didn’t have a high enough ladder to hang it from the top. It is black sheets sewn together with chalk sketching (I’ve found it is more forgiving).

 

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Characters from Frozen that will be cut out, braces added so they can stand in front of the back drop. They are both a little over five feet. Still need to work on Anna and Elsa’s faces, have a tough time with those! Olaf is still my favorite, hands down.

Baby Lewis’ SuperHero Baby Shower

What a wonderful day it was! I was honored to co-host a shower for my dear friend who is due any day now with their little boy. As you all know, I love my job at Kaiser since I can still do arts and crafts while taking calls. I really put my time to good use and tried to DIY as much as I could:

I painted a suite of superhero paintings that now hang in the nursery

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Batman mini flashlights as favors

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Superhero diaper cake, photo props for super selfies, and advice cards for mom and dad-to-be

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Cityscape backdrop and superman shaped banners

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I can not wait to meet him and auntie loves him so much already!!!:)

My baby girl’s 2nd Birthday – Under the Sea, Nemo style

I go a little over the top sometimes and my daughter’s birthday was no exception. She is obsessed with Nemo right now and loves water hence – Under the Sea birthday. I made all the decorations, some of which we were able to carry over into her room. We had silly selfies, tissue balls, and an overall great time. 20140804_123615_resized 20140804_123555_resized_1 20140804_123600_resized_1 20140803_151658_resized 20140803_151540_resized

Who Let the Bear’s Out?

It was my coworkers birthday coming up and she sent me this image to replicate:

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I went to Michael’s and found a great piece of wood to paint on. She then relayed to me that she has 4 nieces and 2 nephews she considers children. This is what we came up with:

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Start to finish about 4 hours, acrylic and permanent marker. She has a cabin with bear theme and this will fit right in!:)

Rugrats Christmas

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I remember watching this cartoon myself and love the funky nature in which the characters are drawn. We used the first image as inspiration and I adapted the layout to be horizontal instead of vertical to fit the 10’x5′ board. Everything is drawn on paper and colored with oil pastel from 2013.

Baby Mickey and Friends

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I loved doing this board – not only are the characters pint-sized and cute but the layering and use of different materials made it textually interesting too. The characters are in oil pastel on paper, tree decorated with real tinsel garland, framed with brown paper and plastic wrap overlay and finished with plastic snowflake ornaments on top. The finished product gave a true sense that we were looking into an intimate scene the night before Christmas. Mixed materials, 10’x5′, 2013.