Emily was the winner of the Dear Olympia Blog Giveaway. I was super excited to do this for her since her sweet baby is now 17. Her request was fun. Images that represent her being a southern girl, her son's love of hunting and fishing, their love of sports and more specifically Ole Miss. They love spending time at Ft. Walton Beach so I took that and ran with it. I love the beachy colors of turquoise, navy, brown, and blue. I wanted it to be calming and be something they would both love to look at.
Deb's belly was purchased by her friend John during a benefit auction. I don't do them often but it was for a good cause. Deb is 37 weeks pregnant with twins and was scheduled to have them the next week. This painting is based off of 2 pictures from a trip to Jamaica. I textured the rocks using saran wrap and again I splatter painted the beach for that sandy look. I really love that this brings her back to a peaceful time in her life.
Julie learned about me through a good friend of mine. She wanted a belly to represent their love of being on the water in Grand Traverse Bay. I was so happy to do this since I spend most of my childhood on Lake Michigan so I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to put a speed boat on there but I just found that no matter what I did it never fit the painting. The belly represents what much of the Grand Traverse coastline looks like, the outside is a map of the bay with a nautical compass rose. I attached 2 small petosky stones to the beach after I splatter painted it to look like rocky sand. The sky is a partly cloudy day with little sea gulls flying over a tiny light house. This belly brings all sorts of warm memories.
When Chelsea came to my house to be traced, I asked what she would like to see on her belly. She said it was up to me. That is really tough to decide and hope that a person likes it. I had to rework it so many times. I am really happy with this one. Since she is a fellow Navy wife and from my hometown I finally decided to go Navy with a little bit of Michigan thrown in.
Her husband is attached to the USS Eisenhower, which is an aircraft carrier. The beach was a must, in the Navy you are always near water but growing up in Michigan, a lake was never too far away. The light house itself is inspired by one I frequented in South Haven, MI.
Discussing doing this painting wasn't hard. I had Sabrina over early in the spring so I could pass on some of my pumpkin’s clothing. She took one look at my painting and said she wanted one for her shower. Jump to about 4 months later and here I am working on her painting. She wanted a sunset but couldn't decide if dolphins were the way to go or a tree like mine. Also she wanted me to extend the scene to outside the belly. I decided to go with Mangrove Trees. My brother is currently in Hawaii and had taken pictures of them. Trees that grow in water, how perfect! I taped off the side that is not the silhouette so her form really pops from the canvas. I chose the night on the other side to make the sunset really pop and to almost give in a yin yang effect. 3 trees equal Mommy, Daddy and baby.
Erin Heidarisafa, Artist / Owner