iSpy#1

iSpy#1

Has it already been another week? Geez! I’ve been working on new paintings and new etchings and a new portfolio and, well, there’s been no time for love, Doctor Jones (ten points if you’re all about an ambiguous Indiana Jones reference like me!). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few clicks on around the web that I can’t resist. First these words of wisdom for the hustler in all of us.

Remember when we met my ladyfriend, Bethany? Well, she’s been tearing it up in the kitchen! Find her here. Just look at this gnocchi! So delicious!

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Emma from a Beautiful Mess shared on thoughts on changing dreams which was moving and inspiring.

And, of course, what it’s like to be a menace over at Hyperbole & a Half.

 

Happy Monday, party people! If you’re in Seattle, stay dry! If you’re somewhere warm and dry, suck it!

xo,

Sunshine

A Very Adult Birthday

I’m turning 28 on Saturday, woohoo! These are the things my heart is aching for. I’m looking forward to tea time with fancy tea towels. Building a wall unit of shelving. Painting is always a must. And for the evening, a little black dress with these sexy Ampersand heels from Seychelles plus cocktails with friends. What can I say? I’m easy to please.A Very Adult Birthday

Little black dress
modcloth.com

Kitchen linen
urbanoutfitters.com

Porcelain tea cup
mikasa.com

My Labor of Love

Well hello there, gorgeous. How they heck are ya? I’m just kicking back here with a celebratory adult beverage enjoying the feeling of being a new Etsy shop owner! Check out my fine wares at Wrays of Sunshine Press!

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Remember when I was working on this bad boy?

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Well it’s all assembled and ready to hang on your wall. Yes! I know! I love how this piece came together. I think it’ll make a beautiful addition to any gallery wall or even on a mantle. See the finished work and find out all the details here.

You and I both know making a living off my artwork is the goal I’m working toward. With every happy customer I get one step closer to knocking another major goal off my Life List. This is a major step in that direction and I’m so nervous/excited to see how it turns out. I’ve learned through this experience that making dreams come true is a process requiring many baby steps. Each piece of artwork listed was first dreamt up, planned, sketched, painted (stained and/or assembled), dolled up, photographed, edited and described. It took quite a bit of work and patience, but I’m finally here!  And I’ll be adding more pieces to the collection as I go along, so be sure to check back often!

While I appreciate fine art in big galleries, I find it’s harder to bring that look home. These are pieces that are sized and priced to fit every home and every budget. My shop is called Wrays of Sunshine Press because that’s who we are and where we come from: a sunny, artistic place. I hope you enjoy!

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And look, here we are in a new month! September is one of my favorites, especially in the Pacific Northwest. The weather’s been so lovely and I can’t help but smile at all the sunshine. But a new month also means there’s available spots for sponsorship! My readers love killer diy projects, design and those moments in life that demand recollection. If your blog or shop would be a good fit, contact me at wraysofsunshinepress [at] gmail [dot] com.

Also, thanks for sticking with me through that bout of radio silence. I’ve been a busy little bee painting my fingers to the nubs, but it’s all worthwhile if these pieces find homes.

Happy Labor Day! Hope you’re having a restful weekend and if not that you’re laboring with love!

xo,

Sunshine

New Photography!

An update! I’ve still been having fun with my camera. Here are a few new shots. I feel like I’m getting better in terms of composition for artistic photos, but the ones for my recent projects were a bit blurry. Like this one and this one. More to work on, yes, but peep this progress.

flowers at the front door

These are growing right outside our front door. Just hanging out being lovely. All by themselves. They’re white already, but I thought b/w was appropriate to draw out the contrasting shadows. Cause I’m hella profesh.

pinboard at lighthouse coffee

Another black and white. I stopped in at Lighthouse and couldn’t help snapping a picture of their bulletin board. I love when they get used by the community and I love how the symbols of each business card the catch the eye. Sexy!

sway lights

Okay, this is where it gets artistic. I couldn’t resist playing up the blues in the background. It looks like the inside of an Edison bulb got loose in Greenwood. The washy tree silhouettes make my soul take a deep breath.

pulse

I call this one Pulse. I reminds me of the zoomed-in images of music when Honeybee is editing. Of course the twelve-year-old boy version of me would say huh, looks like a sun sperm.

blaze

Oh, the subtle wash. The looping ribbons of red. I can’t help but love this one, too. I call it Blaze. I’ve been practicing with form and composition, yes, but this one was definitely an accident. I saw that my shutter speed wasn’t what I wanted after I’d already snapped. Realizing my error, I went for the artistic light show. I had no idea it would move me. This feels like something that could only happen with traditional cameras, but it came to life via DSLR. Cool.

heart

I made a heart! But I made it upside down. Switching the orientation made the skyline appear to be a reflection. That’s deep, yo.

home

Home, get it, it’s where the heart is. Eh? Corny? Shut up.

And finally, because I know you missed her, Pokie:

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My darling kitty. She’s so damn cute. Right now, she’s in a similar position, but totally passed out. I swear, I put on the Simpsons and it’s nap time in kittyland.

Well, there you have it, y’all. Am I working it? Would you buy a print of any of these?

XO,

SUNSHINE

Creating Spaces

teal living room
I’m experimenting with putting together spacial plans and designs. I love the way this teal rug fades in the middle like the inside of an old oak tree. Can’t get enough of that modern gray couch and it’s sexy, sexy texture. You can’t keep me away from a coffee table with storage and this one features an extendable top, too! Perfect if you like to have a gajillion projects going on at once. Ahem. No one here does that. Can’t forget that cutie little terrarium, either! Presumably this would go on the table, but what if it was giant and just sat on the floor?! Well, it would probably not be such a good idea if you have a curious kitty like we do, but, you know. A girl can dream.

Tom Tru

Design draws my interest for a lot of reasons and on different levels. I loved walking around the Museum of Modern Art in L.A. with its stark white walls and ornate frames and crisp gardens, yes. But I’ve also loved the inherent homeyness of a grandparent’s house with relics abound. There are intangible traces of history in artworks that help make a house a home. Take this burlap wall hanging here.

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Did I ever tell you how much I love it? Matt says his grandma gave it to him when he first moved out on his own and he’s always had it up ever since. Can’t blame him. There’s a sexy mid-century modern approach to the flowers, to the colors. It’s joyous and wonderful and perfect and you know it. I wanted to learn more about it so I asked the internet.

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I came up with this one which is very similar, but links to a dead Etsy sale page. It was vintage and somebody bought that little cutie.

Printed on the back is the insignia of the Tom Tru Corporation of Lambertville, New Jersey. So I asked the internet more about this Tom Tru and all I can find is either people asking about Tom Tru or people auctioning Tom Tru originals. Mystery! Intrigue! I simply must know more. Tell me more!

Someone!

Sunshine