Laura Gunn Studio

Monday, February 26, 2007

Girls, Girls, Girls

I wanted to show off these charming vintage paper dolls that my mom found. They're too precious to be played with, but she framed one page for Lily's room. I love it so much I think I could have all the pages framed. Do you guys have any other ideas for them?
I think I need to make Lily a poofy slip like the paper dolls are wearing. They are so sweet. The Easter dresses are coming out. I'd like to buy 4 or 5 for her at T.J. max. It's hard to find cute dresses the rest of the year. So much of the little girl clothing is way too grown up.
My Etsy painting sold! Thank you, Cris from WA. And we'll see about my poppies on eBay tomorrow night. The suspense! This week I'm going to load up on canvases at Dick Blick. They have a big sale twice a year and it ends Wednesday. Ahhh! I better get going.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Poppies For Sale

Poppies, poppies, poppies. What is it about poppies? They just make me smile. Well, two of my treasured poppies are going public. That's right. I decided while I am working on getting prints made I can part with a few of my beloved creations.

Now, in the past I've sold my work at a boutique, so selling on the Internet is a new experience for me. For that reason, I am experimenting with 2 ways of selling my paintings. The poppy painting above, Tall Poppies on Blue, is available on eBay. The painting below, Poppies on Blue, is available at my Etsy Shop. (Sold!)

I would love to hear your tips on selling your work, or hear how you prefer to buy others' work. Any feedback is appreciated.

I already made one near foible in selling on eBay. As I was proofreading my post I realized I had titled my painting Tall Poopies on Blue. Phew, close one.

FREE PATTERN (You get what you pay for)

Alright, you asked for it. Click here for your free Scotty Dog Quilt Pattern. The instruction are underneath it. Good luck. Only tell me about it if it works.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

At Last, a Nest!

Hurray! I think I sat and starred at this crib for like 20 minutes after I got it all prettied up. I am so excited to finally be having another baby. Yesterday morning I found this crib at Baby's R Us and fell in love with it. Love the curves. Then my girl friends came over for our Friday project day and we sewed like crazy. They also assembled the crib for me and moved some furniture around. How did I live without those Fridays???? Someone asked what we do with the kids. They pretty much run wild. You should have seen the way Michelle can iron with a baby on her hip.

As you may have read, I've gone a little crazy with the scotty dogs. Heather fed the frenzy by emailing a photo of a vintage scotty dog pattern. Irresistible! So I made my own. I did 12 squares in this quilt. 3 of them are scotties. That way I get the point across, without all the work. Now it just needs to be quilted and bound.
I mentioned before the "lip" that Shannon showed us how to do. It's a great way to make a really skinny border. I did mine in turquoise. I cut four 1 1/2 inch strips and pressed them in half. Then I sewed them around my quilt with the raw edge of my strip lined up with the raw edge of the quilt. Then I just sewed the striped border around like I usually would. Does that make sense? Maybe the picture explains it better.
If you have a sense of humor, I can post my scotty quilt "pattern". It worked, but I am a terrible rule breaker when it comes to sewing. You may find it hard to believe, but I took a pattern making class with my sister-in-law, Heather Bailey (Heather got an A). And my mom, elinor peace bailey, makes patterns for a living. Ha!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Iris on Grey

Today Lily is home sick. We had a rough night last night. But I confess, there is something nice about being stuck at home all day (every once in a while). So far today, I have finished this painting, sorted through baby clothes, listened to Lily read, and sat at the computer. And yes, I am still in my P.J.'s.

Thanks for all your lovely comments. It is so nice to get feedback about my work. In answer to some questions: Many of my paintings are for sale, but not quite yet. I just can't part with them until I get some nice prints made.

I've also had some questions about my process. I always start with the texture. You can do that with lots of things: gel mediums, joint compound. Then I start with a funky color that I want to show through later. Then the layering begins. Sometimes I'll water down the paint to make it more of a glaze. Sometimes I rub a lot of it off after I apply it. Most paintings have 4 to 7 layers of different colors on them before I am ready to paint a subject. I want the backgrounds to look like old walls with peeling paint, or the side of a rusty, painted shed. Some rotting synthetic thing. I think when I put a fresh botanical over that there's a yin and yang thing going on. Am I waxing too philosophical? Ah well.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Magnolia on Yellow

My sister, Moe, called me because we have free mobile to mobile and she's about out of minutes. I chat with my sisters all the time. In fact it is difficult for me to clean without talking on the phone. I can almost forget I'm cleaning a toilet as I listen to Evie recite all the deals she got at TJ max, Maureen describe the appetizer she had at her latest Portland dive, or Rachel tell me the wonders of wool diaper covers. (Cindy is in Africa so we'll have to settle for email.) There are others I have recruited into my phone addiction. When I can catch Heather (which I am dying to do today to get the details of her trip) I love to talk with her. She's an avalanche of ideas.

But today, instead of cleaning while I talked with Moe, I finished a painting. I've been in love with the background of this painting for weeks, a bit scared to tackle the subject. I decided a few days ago on white magnolias and today I finally plunged in. A lot of you bloggers have asked if I use oil or acrylic. Acrylic! Wonderful, fast drying, comes off with a paper towel, mixes with water, acrylic. I can't tell you how many branches I painted on this canvas and quickly wiped off until I realized what it needed was another blossom, not a branch. I really thinned out the paint with water on this because I wanted all the textures and colors in the background to come through. Fun, fun, fun! I included I close up of one of my favorite parts of the painting. I just like that turquoise coming through.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Need a Shower?

I have such crafty girlfriends. Thought I'd share some of their ideas for the next shower you throw. Look at all the cute stuff they did. The baby banner on the top is a ribbon with friends' baby photos clipped to it (also part of a game we played). The table cloth was made by Nikkol. Sooo cute. The flags are cut out with pinking shears (sorry about the blisters Patti) and zig-zagged onto bias tape. The food was scrumptious and the games were hysterical. We played a game where everyone had to pick a name for Baby Gunn (or BB Gunn) . We got some great Gunn puns. Some Dave had never even heard! Amazing. Lets see, there was

Whauter Gunn

Winchester Gunn

Naked Gunn

Tommy Gunn

The list went on. Lily's favorite was naked, of course. If you have anymore Gunn puns send them along. We will seriously consider them.

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Mad Hatter

On Monday my sweet friend Haydee came over and showed me and another great friend, Kortney, how to crochet baby hats. Little did I know the obsession I was unleashing. What a fun little project! On Tuesday I had to register the car, which in MO means 4 different stops all over town, and lots of waiting. But before I began this all day affair I picked up some yarn. Who knew I could have so much fun waiting in line! I actually found myself hoping for longer waits.

Last night Dave was begging for his nightly orange julius or as he affectionately calls it OJJ (2 cups ice, 2 cups water, 1/3 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, and 2-3 Tbs vanilla pudding mix). The man is insatiable. But I use this to my advantage and got him to come downstairs and keep me company while I embellished these 2 hats. He sat at the computer listening to his language de jour CD's and I cut little bits of felt. I was even happy to listen to him explain grammar rules to me. There is simply nothing like having hand work to do.

I have so many friends having babies. I should be busy with this for a while. Emily, I know you're reading this. Pretend you never saw the little pink one. So much for surprises.