Laura Gunn Studio

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Water Lilies

I really discovered lily pads in St Louis. We have the most beautiful botanical gardens here. It's free to residents on Saturday mornings and has become a favorite family activity. The lily pads get over 4 feet across, with rims 2 or 3 inches tall. And they have the most amazing giant flowers. I was shocked the first time I saw them. Here's a photo Dale Chihuly's glass orbs in the water lily pond.

Here's my own little Lily in front of the water lily pond. What a ham!

And here's my own version of a water Lily. I just finished it this morning.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

More Poppies, hee hee hee

More poppies and more to come. Aren't poppies the prettiest flowers. I just can't get over the centers of them. The centers look like they're from outer space. They're fuzzy and bulbous and weird.

So my friend Michelle just showed me a great website to search images. I always like to have several images on hand for a painting. Just for reference. I like this better than google images because they are screened. Some of them are amazing:

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Going to the Birds

This was a seriously fun project. Heather and I found this vase at TJmax for $13. I spray painted a branch red and hung some little birdy Christmas ornaments on it. It just makes me giggle.

I have to add Happy Birthday Heather!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Three Poppy Panels

The Kitchen is a mess and bills still need to be paid, but I finished a painting yesterday. Can't say I regret it. Somehow I always eventually get to the dishes and the bills, but those creative surges come and go. Have you noticed that the inside of a red poppy is dark purple, not black. Poppies are definitely one of my favorite flowers. I think I'll do some yellow and orange ones next. Hmmmm.....Can those dishes wait a few more hours?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Well, I was going to wait until the living room was completey finished before I put it up, but decided I can't wait. I love to show my mom and sisters. I had my mom and sisters, Maureen and Rachel, on the phone looking at my dining room and studio a few days ago. It was almost like having them here!

Check out the before pictures here.

My biggest concern with this room was to open up the big bay window. I wanted to do Roman shades, but Heather pointed out how hard those are to open and close. We found these bed spreads at Urban Outfitters, cut and hemmed'm into pannels, used those rings with clips, and instant curtains. I love how they squish nice and tight against the wall when I open them. Now I can see my window!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Watercolors in Bed

I think the greatest advantage of watercolors over acrylics is that you can do them in bed. I discovered this during my 3 days bed rest . I'm up'n at'm now, but wouldn't mind doing some more watercolors. I love how gradually you can change the colors. That's especially great with flowers. The colors just bleed into each other. My mom taught me a few tips before I got started.

1. Mix the colors on the lid of the water colors.

2. A little goes a long way. You don't want it to be too thick. If you apply it to the page and it's too dense, simply spread it out with a wet brush. You can fill in a lot of area that way.

3. If your brush is too wet squeeze it out between your fingers.

4. If your not happy with an area you may be able to erase some of it with a wet brush. (I discovered I could also get the paper wet and dab it with a dry paper towel.) It won't erase it completely but enough to paint over it.

Does anyone else have watercolorin' tips?

Dave was so fascinated he wanted to join me. So last night we lay in bed painting away. He did a lemon, a Kermit, and lady with glasses like that blind guy on Star Trek. He said her eyes were too tricky. That was a fun date!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Jars and Junk

Yee-ha!!!! I finally have a room I want to paint, sew, and create in. My own art studio. I found this cabinet at a garage sale for $15. My husband declared it junk (whenever we move he develops furniture phobia) but I painted it, hung it up, and he thinks it's snazzy now. I love how I can see all my tools and supplies. You can see my adorable pin cushion on top that heather made. And all my tools are in mason jars. I wanted to dress up the jars so I stuck beloved scrap- book papers in them with a little peek-a-boo slit so I can see what's inside.

Next I want to do some sort of bulletin board to hang papers, magazine pages, and photos that inspire me. I was thinking of getting a cork bulletin board and painting it. Has anyone done that?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


What fun! Heather and I rummaged through all my nick nacks, linens, paintings, etc. and chose our favorites. We made curtains out of Urban Outfitter bed spreads. We fussed over where to put things, how high to hang them, and on and on. Click here for a before picture.