Ok, so this post is WELLLL overdue. Every time someone asks about the art in our foyer whenever they catch a glimpse of it on or (like in or ) I say something like “A good friend of mine made that portrait of our kids! I’ve been meaning to write a post about that – soon I hope!” Whelp, that day has finally come. Hold on tight, it’s gonna be a wild ride.
I actually got the painting over a year ago! It’s a pastel drawing done by our friend and neighbor and she is SUCH A TALENT! It’s based on one of my favorite photos of the kids ever taken. Just a casual iPhone shot I got a couple of years ago of them laying in our bed and staring into each other’s eyes. #FEEEEEELINGS
You can see how she printed out the photo to guide her drawing on a nice big sheet of pastel paper in this progress shot below:
Sometimes I think kids portraits (or family portraits in general) can get kind of a bad rap, especially when you picture these giant formal oil paintings over the fireplace with people dressed up and posed in a big gilded frame. I think one of the things I love best about this portrait is that it feels like it’s just a casual moment in time. A sweet little ordinary sibling exchange that happened without any special outfits or hair-brushing or prompting (“hey little guy, why don’t you poke your sister in the mouth and make the other hand a little blurry! PERFECT, WE GOT THE SHOT!“).
The final size is 12 x 12″, which can slip right into the mat of a square 20 x 20″ Ribba frame from Ikea. It would also be really pretty in something a little fancier, like – or . You’d just need to get a mat cut to fit it with a 12 x 12″ opening (any framing shop should be able to do that for you pretty inexpensively).
Robin usually does her portraits locally but she also has an (if you’re looking for something similar to ours, her is two kids together). They take her days to do, and she can do other things like , people looking at the camera, and more customized things (more kids, larger sizes, etc). She also does an amaaaazing (she’s a fellow chihuahua owner).
I just can’t say enough about how much this piece of art means to me. I teared up when I first saw it. And then I got something in my eye again when it fit perfectly into the frame that we already had hanging in our foyer because I wanted to see it 500 times a day, every day (and that’s the perfect spot to get to ogle it all day long).
Someday I’ll be walking through this hallway and they’ll be giant teenagers, looking at colleges, and I’ll stare at their sweet little baby faces on the wall and cry at least ten buckets of tears because we blinked and they grew up. *SOB*
Yeesh, who knew this post would go from zero to sappy in three seconds? But while we’re on the topic of art that we love, here’s a quick list of some other artists whose prints (or even original paintings/drawings) hang in our home:
- – we have in our bedroom and I love for the beach
- – we have an original painting of a Paymaster like
- – of hers also hangs in our bedroom
- – we just bought and have an original painting in our foyer that’s kinda
- – hangs in our kitchen and hangs in our dining room
- – a few months ago we bought for our office
- – we have in our daughter’s room and love it so much
- – I might regret sharing her with the world, but I’m obsessed! Her little original paintings are around $50! Such a steal! I just ordered two and can’t wait to get them and show you guys! I also love & .
- – You’ve heard us talk about Lesli before – she’s so talented and you can check out her work .
- – we have in our daughter’s room & , , & in our bonus room
- – we ordered for the beach house & I LOVE & , so they might be next
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Speaking of which, I’ve been asked a few times to do an “art tour” of the house (maybe on video? maybe just in pics?) to update you guys on everything we have and where we got it, how we framed it, what we like when it comes to art pairings and grids and galleries, etc. Does that sound like something you’d like to see? Let us know on or if so. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go fix the mascara that’s running all over my face and making me look like Marilyn Manson (I am wearing all black…).
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