Happy Holidays from me, Talking Walls aka Corie!
I hope you all are enjoying this time of year, whatever you celebrate, if anything. I celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah. I really enjoy putting together and making my own presents for people for both those holidays. In my Talking Walls Murals business, it feels really good to be able to create a piece for someone that has only existed in their imagination before I made it real. Making surprise-present-artwork for my family is the best feeling though (even though sometimes they ask for something very specific... not so surprising then haha.) Anyway, here is my family's haul this year:
The above is a painting for my sweetie's office. He needed something calming and peaceful. Awhile ago I asked him what he would want if I could paint him anything in the world. He said, a forest with snow.
When I was in elementary school, I took sewing lessons. It's been a really great life skill to have. Not only for practical things, but for artsy endeavors as well. There's a tradition of gift-giving in my family that I make my mom an art doll every year. Sometimes it's totally random, and sometimes the doll is themed to something important to my mom that year. This year, my parents travelled to Greece, so my mom got a doll of Athena, the greek goddess.
My boyfriend is of Jewish heritage as well, and needed a menorah. So I made him one out of a raptor toy, naturally.
My little sister lives in the cutest studio in San Francisco, and was growing tired of her old black and white Ikea prints over her TV. She measured the space she wanted the new artwork to hang in, and put in her holiday present order from her artist sister: a triptych (3 paintings that go together) with red, close-up poppies. Sister gets what sister asks for because I love her.
This giraffe went to my aunt and uncle. My grandma, who passed away a few years ago, loved and collected giraffe things. When we cleaned out my grandparent's house, many of us took one or more of her giraffes. My Aunt said: "A giraffe painting! A realistic one. Oh nevermind, just do it your own way." And I sat down to paint it like, "ok then it's going to be purple."
And there is one more piece for my dad, that I failed to get a picture of. Maybe I'll post that at some point too. But basically, there you have my family's Corie-art-present haul for 2015. I think sometimes my family thinks this is annoying or burden-y for me to make most of their presents. Shhh don't tell them how much fun I had making them. :)