Saturday, July 13, 2013

petal pusher

A T T E N T I O N ! Are you a recently married person/celebrating a wedding anniversary/looking for a belated wedding gift/just like paintings of flowers? Well my friend, I have just the thing for you!

As of now I'm taking commissions to do illustrated portraits of your wedding bouquet! The world of freelance is a fun but prickly place, and I'm looking into any avenue that will allow me to keep making art but also, you know, provide myself sustenance and shelter. I think it's pretty clear by now that I love love love drawing flowers and plants of all kinds, and I've been getting back into watercolor on the regular, so this was the clear next step.

Some details, if you're interested in one for yourself or some newlyweds that you know and like:

-The painting will be 9x9 inches, perfectly sized for this simple frame from Ikea
-This is not a print, you'll get the original watercolor painting!
-Pricing will range on the complexity of your chosen bouquet, starting at $100. 
-Shipping within the U.S. is included, if you're international we'll work something out. (And if you're in the Twin Cities I'd be happy to do a drop off at a local coffee shop!)
-I am by no means a student of realism, so this will be a stylized painting. See below for details.
-The process will take about two weeks to complete (before shipping), unless you'd like to approve a sketch, in which case I can't quite estimate the timing.
-Paypal is my preferred method of payment, and unfortunately I won't be able to offer refunds.

If you're super into this idea, here's what I'll need from you:

-Photos of the bouquet from different angles. 
-If you'd like, the exact wording for you & your partner's name and the date of your wedding.
-An initial e-mail from you so we can talk pricing and my schedule.

As a warm up for this project the lovely Maggie volunteered to be my first customer. Guys, Maggie is seriously the sweetest and most adorable person ever. Here are some more photos from when we installed it in her (also sweet and adorable) apartment:

 Here's an example of the "stylization" I'm talking about - a photo from Maggie's wedding day (by the great Gene Pease) vs. a scan of the painting itself. Also watercolor is a serious pain to scan - does anyone have any tips? 


  1. These are gorgeous!! You continue to impress me day by day.


  2. This is fantastic, and I know the feeling.
    I've been trying to use my illustration skills in a way to help support myself and it can be pretty darn difficult. But you make lovely stuff so I have faith! Either way, good luck!

    Avo (