Birds of a Feather: Paired Paintings

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m digging painting paired pieces right now. This holiday, I wanted to make my grandparents a different painting each but make the paintings complement each other.

My grandmother is a skilled watercolorist. Since she has been painting less these days, she handed me down a shoebox’s worth of her paints. I used many of those in these paintings from mayan blue to quinacridone gold.

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I went for a bird theme to go with their house. A floral branch is more my grandmother’s taste and the rock is a nod to my grandfather’s participation in geology.

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A Boho Birthday Card

One of my best friends has a birthday only a few days after mine. We are both major fans of Free People so I drew inspiration from their brand to create this birthday card. I created the watercolor backgrounds and additions to couple with flowers I pressed.

Crafts are interesting, you never know where you’ll end up. The floral pattern I made was originally a large, more detailed chunk but ended up being cut into a tiny square and layered with vellum. Same with the feather. Originally it had a designed background but I ended up ripping that all off. I hope these decisions were right and that she will like the end result.