The Woodland Brush (Behind the Scenes)

Because of this long, cold, dreary winter, the photography “off-season” has dragged on longer than I had hoped. However, with spring just around the corner I have slowly begun to book some sessions. Though the photography-side of my business has been non-existent recently, I have thankfully kept busy with many custom paintings and orders to fulfill!  I took my first painting class in college (2010?) and wondered what the heck I had been doing with my life before then. I loved it.  At the time I was stuck on B&W photography, but painting began opening my eyes to color again.  I am also obsessed with parables, folk tales, fairy tales and fiction because of how it allows us to think for ourselves and imagine a better world.  To inspire. To gleam hidden wisdom from authors who have something brilliant to say, but would rather you come to the conclusion for yourself, instead of stuffing it down your throat.  Some think “smarts” come from biographies and non-fiction only.  But I think fiction is just as clever.  It’s a way of speaking your voice in a creative medium. Much like a painting or any other form of art.  And that is why I fell in love with painting. I hope to inspire others to see a better world through it.  And for me, that better world revolves around Christ, and Him redeeming me. I know there is something better than this broken world, and I love sharing that hope with others.   Besides sharing about WHY I paint, I wanted to share with you my process as well.  And my process is always changing and pretty simple. I am constantly experimenting, though. So this post may be outdated by next month.

I used to only paint on canvas with lots of thick paint. But more recently I have been obsessed with small details and watercolor (or even acrylic paint that has been watered down quite a bit).  I have also been growing in the hand-lettering realm, though not quite to the place I’d love to be. (but who is ever 100% pleased with their work all the time?).  My favorite pens to ink with (after I have sketched with a pencil) are the Micron pens. .005 is great for little details, and I sometimes go all the way up to 08 for bigger lines and lettering. After that dries I either coffee stain or start watercoloring.  The coffee stain gives it an aged/natural look. But I also enjoy it because I am a coffee-aholic and it is always a surprise how painting with coffee turns out. I layer it on the watercolor paper with a normal paint brush until it suits me.  And then I add color with watercolors or acrylic. After that I sometimes go back over the ink in places that have been covered, and I may add in designs as well.  This process takes on average a couple of weeks, between all the planning, sketching, inking, staining, painting, re-inking, designing, etc.  Below are a few pictures of my little workspace in our apartment. (And my not-so-helpful-but cute co-worker Luna), and a few customs I made recently for some awesome clients! I plan on blogging about some recent work I have been doing.  So stay tuned!

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If you are interested in a custom painting, contact me.
More spring inspired prints will be coming to my Etsy shop soon!

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”-CS LEWIS

Josh: Senior Session

I was thrilled to get back into the “senior sessions” again!  I loved photographing Josh in all of his outdoor glory, and I am also very thankful for the beauty of his parent’s land. With his sister and girlfriend in tow, we managed to get a lot of natural smiles.  And the light/weather couldn’t have been better!

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