We owned a vacation rental home in Seattle for a few years. During that time, I started working on creating a seascape from mosaics. Unfortunately, we had to sell the home when the Seattle City Council changed guidelines for short term rentals and I was not able to finish this work. You can get an idea of the waterline where the seals head pokes out and the seagull floats. I still have a jellyfish that we were going to install next followed by a lot of blue waves. The kiddos who stayed at the vacation home really enjoyed the colorful scene of the local sea-life.
I really enjoyed dabbling in mosaics although cutting all those tiles can be tough on hands! I look forward to trying this again hopefully sometime soon!
UPDATE: It’s not done… I’ll have a new photo posted soon!
This was a painting I did to get “warmed up” for the rooster that I painted on the hood of our stove.
Yep… I based my black velvet painting of Santa on a photo of my Dad which was taken at my wedding dinner reception. “Based” is probably the key word… but it was really nice to have Dad literally hanging around at Christmas this year since he left us (RIP) two years ago in December. Dad loved Christmas and enjoyed “playing” Santa when he could.
Just for fun, I submitted this painting to Daniel Smith’s 11th Annual Art Contest and it actually made it through the weekly entries… now it’s in the monthly competition for January. I’m hoping folks are so tired of Christmas that they over-look this painting and consider voting for it. 🙂
If YOU would like to vote for this painting during the January competition (no pressure!) you can do so by clicking here and search “rhonda” – my painting should come up!
UPDATE: This painting was one of the winners in the January competition and has moved to the annual competition. Once voting starts, I’ll be sure to let you know!
I began by starting on a much smaller black canvas so I could see what it’s like to paint on black. It’s a lot like doing watercolors except instead of planning your whites, you’re planning your blacks.
You can also see in the photos below how my husband created my black velvet canvas for the wine lady who is the size of a door.
The Wine Lady (I’m not sure what to call her) is a recreation of a Cognac painting by Mucha. I’ve done my only little twists, including painting her on black velvet, as this painting is for our home.
Enjoy! PS: I don’t know why some of the photos are sideways… sorry about that!