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Painting Penny

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Let me tell you about a wonderful little gem of a space in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. It’s a painting bar called Splash Studio.  You can sit at their bar like you would at any bar but the real experience of Splash Studio comes with either grabbing a “mini painting” for $10; or signing up for the three hour, artist lead guide of the featured painting. Rob and I have gone together a few times and I’ve gone once by myself. Before Splash Studio opened this year, we were invited to participate in the trail opening where we painted Barney in Paris.   Rob painted Meiko scaling the wall in alert to the “meiko call”which looks verrrrrrry similar to the batman call. In another painting, Meiko is on a sailboat–it’s nice she get’s to go on these adventures with us.

Barney in Paris

Barney in Paris–beginning stage

I’m usually drawn to the paintings of landscapes, my favorite being Poppy Field.  I was so excited one particular Friday when I didn’t have anything planned, I looked up the calendar on Splash Studios website and saw that it was the featured painting that night.  So, without any hesitation, I called Rob discussed if I was overlooking any plans, of which, I wasn’t, and drove after work to Milwaukee and painted my little heart out.  There was also a glass (or 2) of yummy wine involved. I love looking at it hanging on my wall, knowing that it was something I created.  Sure, I recreated it.  But I made it my own.  That’s what’s great about Splash Studio.  They give you a place to start and you get to decide if you want to follow each exact step, or make modifications along the way.

Poppy Fields

Poppy Fields

A few weekends ago Rob and I went with a few friends and painted “Looking Up.”    The painting is as if you were laying down looking up at the tree branches and leaves.  So, in Meiko fashion, she would be right in front of your face.  I love that all four of our paintings turned out a bit different.

Looking up

Looking up

I made a little modification, too!  I wrote “namaste” into my tree branches.  It’s subtle, but it’s there in the tree on the left side of the canvas.

Namaste

Namaste

The night before my half marathon in Milwaukee we stopped over at Splash Studio and created a mini painting. I made my way over to Splash Studio’s library full of art books to gather inspiration for my mini. I ended up painting a river with a grass field by using the techniques I learned in my previous Splash Studio experiences.  Rob and I sat outside sipping our beverages, munching on our wheat thins, painting, and laughing.

Mini Painting

Mini Painting

Ask yourself, when was the last time you had a creative outlet? Really, when do adults, get to be creative?  Unless it is your profession, creativity is looked at as a scary option in life.  Sure, a blank canvas is intimidating, but the great group of artists and staff at Splash Studio help you to realize your true potential as a “creative person.”  I’m re-inspired.  We are moving quite a bit of distance away from Splash Studio and I want to continue to paint. Once we get moved in I plan on brinign out my creative side with a canvas, some paint, and of course some wine. :)  Thanks Splash Studio for creating a fantastic enviornment where only smiles exist.

I suggest you “like” their facebook page, found here.  It’s one of the only business that posts helpful, fun, and inspirational information on their page! You might even find a few photos of yours truly in one or two of their albums. :) ….. go get creative!

 

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Don’t fly away!

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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sent out our save the dates so almost everyone should have received their copy.

We talked about doing the ever so popular save the date magnets.  We were  then quickly reminded that not everyone has a magnetic fridge…my parents being among that short list. So we decided to go the postcard route.

I thought about using vistaprint.com for  the printing.  When you sign up for their emails, they’ll send you at least an email a day, but in those emails you’ll find free products offered ALL THE TIME.  The printing would’ve been free after I had clicked on the email but I would’ve had to pay the $7 shipping charge, not so bad, eh?  However; we decided not to wait for the order and take the files I created to Officemax…all by myself in Illustrator, I might add.  Not the easiest program to use, so, go me.  Officemax had the postcards printed and cut within 30 minutes of walking through the door.  The whole reason behind not waiting was so that we could get them in the mail sooner rather than later (trying to avoid heavy holiday mail traffic!)   By going this route, I had created the files, had them printed and addressed/stamped all within 24 hours.  I think it was worth the extra couple dollars not having to wait.  Plus I was able to have my Grandmother and Mom help their opinions and addressing! Here’s the finished product!

save the date front (rob is flying away)

One thing I wasn’t going to compromise on was having rounded corners, I think postcards look 10times better with rounded corners. The back says, “don’t let this day fly away!” (Get it? Because Robbie’s flying away?)

save the date back

What do you think?!

Chihuly = Happiness.

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I was “getting inspiration?” while at work today and came across this Brooch, online.

Brooch
Brooch

It made me think of how Dale Chihuly‘s work makes me smile. During his design process he splatters paint around, on paper, before he gets started on the glass blowing.

Aren't they lovely?

Aren't they Lovely?

Each one of those drawings will turn into something beautiful, like the photo below. Take a look around Chihulys Website. It’s impossible to be unhappy while looking at his creations.

Bridge of Glass

Bridge of Glass

365/12/7

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What would a normal 23 year old do on a Friday night?  Go see a movie, have a few drinks at the local watering hole, enjoy a get together…etc.  Not me, this past Friday I stayed in, with Meiko.  I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, in bed by 11pm on the weekends has been a normal occurrence.  We popped in the Netflix and enjoyed Gossip Girl.  Naturally, I can’t just sit on the sofa and watch a show, so I gathered up some scrapbook paper and decided it was time to have a calendar, custom made, of course.

I’m really pleased with this project.  I’ve been wanting something on the wall over my dream desk for some time now.  For the construction of calendar, Scrapbook paper and creativity. From the photo you can see I nailed a piece of scrap ribbon so I’d be able to see all my months in a row.  I’m able to lift the month open (there are handy little tabs) if I just need a quick glance, or if I need to write anything in it, I can easily remove the month and place it back on the ribbon.  Tres Magnifique!