Grandmother Portaiture

My dining room is one of my favorite rooms of the house (even though we literally never use it). It’s got my favorite color, navy. I have hung the navy china plates from inspiration from my wedding. And now, it has one of my favorite side projects hanging as decor!

Charcoal portraiture is one of my all-time favorites for side projects. I fell in love with the process in my figure drawing classes at SCAD. Content is usually my hang up, but when I thought of mine and Clay’s grandmothers, it was a done-deal.

The first image is my maternal grandmother, Jackie, on her wedding day! The second image is Clay’s paternal grandmother, Judy dressed up for a high school formal. Both such vibrant women, I’m proud to have them both in our home!

Material: Charcoal + Acrylic Paint

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Handlettering queen, Lauren Hom posted an instagram challenge for hand lettering pieces so I hopped aboard. I love the hand lettered design, but there’s so much “meh” hand lettering out there, I tried to stay out of the game in attempts to save the world from more “handwriting” rather than design or calligraphy. However, Lauren’s work is SO inspiring I faced the fear and jumped in.

Not only was it so refreshing to see so much good design work fill my feed with her followers on the challenge, it was reminiscent of SCAD days where you want to be better because you’re surrounded by better.

I’m not an advocate of many challenges.. but when one pops up that has genuine artists and creatives participating and launching a hashtag feed of true art and design, it’s well worth the follow. Seriously. Take a peek at the hashtag to see other artists’ work on this challenge below and sign up (if you dare) to follow along and participate!

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