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Angie’s Landscape Dresser

Let me start by saying that I rarely accept custom work, but this one just felt right.  Angie, the client, said I could just do what I do and her only request was that I "add critters".  She also wasn't in a rush, so I was able to work on it when I had time and as inspiration struck. Kriste lightly sanded the piece and painted it in two coats of MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White to give a blank  (read more …)

landscape dresser no. 4 reveal

I finished "landscape dresser no. 4" yesterday and had the chance to style and photograph it today.  The prop-pickings were slim in the studio, but I love how everything came together to showcase this piece. As a reminder, here is how the dresser started.  It really was pretty as it was, but I've learned that even pretty wood pieces don't usually sell for me, so I went ahead and painted  (read more …)

landscape dresser four | part one

 I'm realizing that I should probably start coming up with clever names for these landscape dressers! Well, for now, this one is "number four." I was originally going to try watercolor over MMS Milk Paint, just to see how that worked out, but I tried it on a sample board and I didn't like the look of it.  The things I love about watercolor just didn't happen.  What looks soft on paper, looks  (read more …)

soft landscape dresser | reveal

The "soft landscape dresser", as I've been calling it, is finished! I had to struggle my way through it a bit, but I've learned that's often the way it is with new creative endeavors.  My first venture into sewing, my first refinished dresser, my first blog post...they were all a learning process.  And let's not even talk about the first time I attempted upholstery! Anyway, I pushed through  (read more …)

soft landscape dresser | part three

I loved reading all of the feedback and suggestions shared on my post yesterday.  Some of you overestimate my abilities, I think! All of the different suggestions were an encouragement to me, though.  Each one of you had a different vision of how it could be finished and isn't that just how art is?  And there are no wrong answers.  Just different interpretations.  (My brother suggested I add  (read more …)

soft landscape dresser | part two

I will fully admit that I still feel out of my depth with this whole landscape painting phase of mine.  I'm inspired by it and moderately terrified all at the same time.  I waffle between loving the piece I'm working on and wanting to put it on the burn pile.  This may be how I always feel, but I hope this internal conflict goes away as I gain some confidence and discover my style. Or at least it  (read more …)

soft landscape dresser | part 1

I came into the studio on Monday morning like a tight ball of stress.  The studio is my "happy place", but I was struggling to step away from the "businessy" things and create.  I finally had to force myself.  I needed it.  I needed to mix some paint, dip a brush in, watch a transformation in progress, feel myself relax with each stroke. I pulled out this little pine dresser and decided to start  (read more …)

second landscape dresser reveal

It's finished!  And, would you believe that it's sold already!  Someone came to pick it up Saturday morning.  Sometimes I like to enjoy my pieces for a while, but I was really glad this one was scooped up right away.  The buyer loved it when it was just a chalked sketch and I love that she trusted my vision enough to ask to buy it before it was even finished. Anyway, here it is... Here is how  (read more …)