Monday, October 12, 2015

Custom Portrait Painting

When I was in college, I met all sorts of people. I made friends from all over the country and the world. In the years since graduation, those people are doing all kinds of exciting things. I know world travelers who have lived in Europe and South America and New York City. I know writers who have published novels and entrepreneurs that have opened coffee shops and pizzerias. My friends are nurses, teachers, soldiers, actors, social workers, and artists. So when my friend Shannon, an artist living in Italy, opened her Etsy shop Pine and Poppy Art, I knew I had to have one of her custom portraits! 

Last year, I had the pleasure of doing Shannon's hair and makeup at her wedding to her college sweetheart, Tommaso. They got married in the little college town where we went to school, and now they live just outside Rome, Italy. In addition to being a crazy-talented artist, Shannon works as a tour guide at The Vatican and The Sistine Chapel (how cool is that?!)

When I commissioned (that sounds so fancy) our portrait, I thought about having one done of the whole family, but at that time, I didn't have a good one of all four of us looking put together and well, worthy of a painting. I ended up choosing this photo of Chad and me from last fall. I was about six weeks pregnant with our littlest little, and I've always imagined I could see that special pregnancy glow in my eyes. 

I'm so glad she didn't include my brown hairstylist's fingernails in the finished painting! 
She emailed me many times to customize everything from the flowers and the banner to the colors of our shirts, and I am so thrilled with the results! 

The frame is from Hobby Lobby, and it's 11x14. I'm not 100% sure where this little gem will end up permanently, but I've enjoyed styling it in different ways around the house. 

Here it is in the living room next to our custom cake topper and some wedding photos. I think it's clear from our wedding cake that we have always been lovers of color!

I was surprised by how much I loved it in our bedroom. I chose all the colors of the flowers and details so that the painting would look at home in any room of the house, but this spot really seems to be working for me! I think it pops against our navy accent wall.

The last place I tried it out was on our DIY industrial shelf in our gallery wall stairwell. This is a dark area, so I like how it brings some color to this spot. What's your favorite place for our painting? I can't decide where it should live! 

If you'd like to see more of Shannon's work, follow her on Instagram or visit her Etsy shop to get your own custom portrait! 

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