This has to be the brightest colored painting I have done yet! Karissa is a friend of mine that I met living in Virginia. As things go with the Navy her family was moved to another state, very far away, and she was VERY pregnant. Needless to say I was unable to trace her belly in person as we had hoped but I was still able to use a picture. She asked that I make one to match her newest little one's nursery, Dena Happi Tree owls. I asked if she wanted something in there to represent her first little one, we decided lady bugs. I made it bright and colorful and girly. As you can see with the pictures below I reworked this painting a couple of times till I got it right. I am very happy with how it turned out and I can't wait for her to get it!
Merissa's belly was a gift for her from her sister in law. She had very a very specific request for her design. I love it when someone is specific. She wanted green camouflage, deer (a doe, buck, and fawn) in a golden hay field, with a line of pine trees and a setting sun. I think I covered everything! She even sent me a picture of it hanging in her baby's room. I am super pleased with the way this turned out. I even had to re do the deer once because they weren't big enough, a super easy fix.
I also got to work with another local photographer! Melissa Smith of Work of Art Photography and Design took my finished product picture! She does maternity, newborn, family, and business photography. http://workofartphotography.wordpress.com/
I decided that I wanted to do a cherry blossom belly on a whim and Hyarthyr volunteered! Luckily it is one of her favorite flowers. I wanted ones that looked reminiscent of the Japanese cherry blossom watercolors and have a touch of fun. the outside is based on cherry blossom tattoos.
I decided to offer several different types of sample bellies. When I stared to work on them they were just for fun. I thought I would have them up to give people ides. Then I decided to sell them. 5x7 Mini bellies are for the instant gift on the go. Check out my esty store to buy one today or see them in person at Bee Mine Too in Richland, MI
Shawn's belly was a fun one to do. She posed in person and we discussed what she wanted in her belly. She wanted a tree of life, her little girl was born in December so she wanted snow. I decided on the camouflage and the dog tags to represent the pride she has in her husband for serving his country. Pink was the color of choice for her baby girl so the whimsical tree has pink leaves with a splatter painted snowy back ground. The dog tags has her baby's birth stats and their wedding date on it.
Jamie's belly was bought as a gift to her. She wasn't aware she was getting it. Her friend Samantha decided on the theme which was Valentines, hearts, and her 5 children. Jamie's 5th was due on Valentine's day. Inside the belly I did a colorful heart tree on bubbly snow. On the outside was a watercolor like rainbow gradation with black intertwining hearts that I did in Sharpie marker. I wrote each of her kids names in on the branches with the heart branches representing the parents and their love for them. I love how colorful it turned out.
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.
Holly asked for poppies with a tree, so I decided to go for a folk art feel. This is the only painting so far that is considered multimedia. Meaning that it is paint on canvas with paper cut out leaves. It suited the piece perfectly! On the base of the tree I paid tribute to her little family. i just love how bright this one turned out.
Jaime wanted something that reminded her of home in Tennessee. It took many layers, I decided to do pointillism inspired by the Smokey Mountains. I tried to make the sky look like it was done in watercolor, even though it is all acrylic.
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.
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