July 2013 Dress of the Month

Introducing the July Dress of the Month along with the pre-order listing for the August dress! The month of the July will include a French themed dress along with a coordinating beret and two double sided trading cards (one for a friend!) to collect or frame. The trading card this month includes the colors of the rainbow in French on the front and fun, interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower on the back.

July 2013 Dress of the Month - French Theme via lilblueboo.com

 

Purchase the July dress of the month at any time as long as limited supplies last. However, when you pre-order the following month’s dress you will guarantee your size. You will also receive free shipping. I’ve even given you a hint of next month’s theme!

 

Lil Blue Boo July 2013 Dress of the Month: What you will get via lilblueboo.com

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East Coast Cutie

This is a portrait commission I finished in early December for a family living in North Carolina. It was a Christmas gift from the boy’s grandparents.

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It’s a tough job painting such a beautiful child but someone has to do it….

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Closeup of vintage handwriting:

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I remembered to take a few photos of the process this time. I am a very messy painter. I paint the image, then paint layers over it. Then sand it down….

East Coast Cutie 4 via lilblueboo.com

…..repaint the image in different shades of dark and light, then paint more layers on top….and repeat about 30 times.

East Coast Cutie 5 via lilblueboo.com

To see more of my commission work click here for recent work or visit my painting website here.

Lil Blue Eyes

One portrait down…two more to go. I just finished this one a few days ago.

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This little girl has the most crazy beautiful blue eyes and I really wanted them to be the focus of the painting.

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Every portrait I do takes a few weeks. I paint a different layer every day (sometimes twice a day depending on the time I have) and then sand each layer down slightly. I scratch away paint, I do some glazing, I layer on some ephemera….and then I sand it all down and restart the process. The result is a very textured, weathered, interesting portrait. I never know what they will look like until I am finished….i.e. I don’t have a plan when I start.

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This girl’s family has recently moved to Philly for 2 years while her dad goes to business school so I included a Liberty Bell to signify that time in her life.

Lil Blue Eyes 4 via lilblueboo.com
A closeup of some of the texture and distressing:

Lil Blue Eyes 5 via lilblueboo.com
Some old transportation tickets wrapped around the side (this painting was on a 2.5″ gallery canvas):

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Scratching away of the paint and some layers peeking through:

Lil Blue Eyes 7 via lilblueboo.com
Some stamps and old papers:

Lil Blue Eyes 8 via lilblueboo.com
My little portrait business is always the busiest around the holidays. I have a few more to finish and ship before Christmas. If anyone needs me I’ll be up late at night in the painting studio for the next month! You can see more of my work on my painting website if interested.

Painted Portraits

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Sienna – November 2008 – 18″ x 18″ (2″ gallery canvas)

 

You won’t find portraits like these anywhere else! I’ve spent years working on my process of layering and distressing so that each portrait is a unique family heirloom.
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 2 via lilblueboo.com
I paint my original portraits from photograph using acrylic paint and other mixed media.
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Original “Sienna” reference photo
I love to include ephemera such as copies of old family letters, a stitched outline of a church, or images that represent a child’s interests etc. Many paintings include stitching, vintage watch parts and stamps, old ledger paper and other items from my collection.
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 3 via lilblueboo.com
Detail of “Sienna” – Vintage stamps, paint layering, old ledger paper and handwriting
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 4 via lilblueboo.com
Closeup of “Sienna” shirt detail
Detailed views from several portraits:
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 5 via lilblueboo.com
Vintage travel stamp, vintage car ad, gold stitching
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Vintage handwriting, vintage watch parts attached
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 7 via lilblueboo.com
Reproduction of an old family bank book (this was given to me by the family to include)
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 8 via lilblueboo.com
Vintage postage stamp, gold stitching
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 9 via lilblueboo.com
Vintage car ad, gold stitching
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 10 via lilblueboo.comVintage train advertisement (the child I painted this for LOVED trains)
Summer Special on Custom Painted Portraits 11 via lilblueboo.com
Vintage travel ad (the little girl featured in the painting has a love for zebras)
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