When an old friend from high school contacted me and asked if I would paint a mural on her baby’s nursery wall and I jumped at the opportunity! I’d never done a mural before, but I was up for the challenge.
Charisse and Karl gave me an image they had found that I could work from, which always helps (and takes some of the pressure off)! But still, it was intimidating! No mess ups, no redos, no “Oops! My hand spazzed and made this weird line!”. So being the Nervous Nelly that I am, I sketched the design out on paper, chalked it out on the wall, did a rough line sketch with very, very light white paint and then just crossed my fingers and went for it.
Below is the progression shots!
Turns out, I am really, really happy with the results! I never painted anything that BIG before, so to see MY work take up an ENTIRE wall – it was just really moving.
I usually stick to a pretty standard 16″ x 20″ canvas size but after completing this project, I think I’m ready to go bigger!
I always hate when people say things like “the last few weeks have been a whirlwind!” because it’s like, really? C’mon. You’re life isn’t that crazy. So I won’t say that.
But the last month has been insane. Insanely busy. Insanely fun.
We finally, finally went on our honeymoon at the beginning of October! We decided to forego Paris for another year, and instead took a trip to the Pacific Northwest. What a beautiful, beautiful part of the world! We drank, we ate, we wandered around, we saw things, we did things, and I sat next to really smelly lady on the plane on the way home. (Click here to to see more pics on Instagram!)
We had a running joke during the entire trip that involved TV show about “a really old baby”. Sure, we went Mount Hood, went to amazing bars and restaurants, and wandered around picture-perfect cities, but laughing-until-we-cried, at 5:30 in the morning, waiting for our train to Portland, thinking about “really old baby” is what brings the biggest smile to my face when I think about the trip.
I’m finished with my collection of paintings that is going to be on display at Coffee And Blank starting THIS Saturday (insert nervous jitter dance here)! I was inspired by a combination of treehouses, deep greens, youthfulness, coffee, and minimalist design. The above painting was the first one that I created for the series, so it has a special place in my heart. I can honestly say I’m so excited and pleased with each and every piece. I feel like I’ve grown as an artist so much over the last 5+ years, and I’m couldn’t be happier with how this entire collection came together.
I’ll be adding more paintings to the shop in the next few weeks, but in the meantime check out my new collection HERE!
If I being honest here, I don’t need to buy another book.
Reason #1: I’m in the middle (err.. read the first 75 pages) of “Infinite Jest“, and I just haven’t the slightest idea of what’s going on. I’m kinda over it. But I should probably try to finish it before picking up something else.
Reason #2: We need a rug for under our dining room table, we need a coffee table, we need a step-stool. We do not need another book for our invisible book shelf.
- Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein – AAAAAAND I just found a new line for my Instagram bio.
- The Last Love Song by Joan Didion – Read this, and then you’ll buy it too! And then we can start a book club. Or whatever!
- M Train by Patti Smith – Read “Just Kids”. Full-on sobbed and felt so many different emotions. FAR AND AWAY, best book I ever read. I have high hopes for this one.
- Woolgathering by Patti Smith – ^^ ditto ^^
*Do I subconsciously love punk music?
I just got back from a very, very last minute trip to Utah and somewhere in the time that I was gone, it became mid-August. This summer has been crazy busy so if it’s midnight on any given day, you’ll most likely find me in this position. Usually somewhere around 10 PM, I go from painting like a lady, sitting at my easel, to the floor where I sprawl out and paint like a 5 year-old. I’ve been working very, very late into the night on a bunch of different paintings, surviving on coffee and adrenaline. It’s exhausting and invigorating at the same time.
It’s so easy to work so hard on things that you absolutely love.
SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS!! A really cute little coffee shop & cafe called Coffee And (__) is opening up at the end of September on Jefferson, right near Belle Isle! (A record shop called Hello Records is going to be next door!)
And I’m going to be featured artist for the opening!!! EEEEEEK!!!!
My work will be hung on the walls (and my face will be planted in a vegan cupcake and a giant cup of coffee) for the first few months! I’ll have more details as the opening gets closer, but as of right now, the official grand opening is September 26th! Cue nervous tap dancing around my kitchen.
Because I’m so excited and can’t wait to share what I’ve working on, I’ve decided to give you a very small sneak peek!
I hope you like what you see so far!! Can’t wait to share more in the next couple months :)!!!
In the meantime, “like” Coffee And (___) on Facebook to see her updates!
And “like” Molly Alone on Facebook to see my work in progress!
- Green Juice No. 3 and Red/Orange Juice No. Something from Drought
- The sale going on at Willy’s Detroit! (I got the tee pictured above for Drew, and then stole it back 4 seconds later.)
- “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac
- Chilled Malbec wine in a stemless glass.
- Discussing possible questions that I would ask inhabitants of Kepler 452-b
- The brightest blues and the palest peaches.
- My new haircut!!
- Dancing to “Madness” by Muse.
- Entourage, season 4.
- Ace & Jig’s fashion videos – ALL OF THEM!
Our oven had been broken for about a month. Never thinking of myself as someone who likes to cook, I thought I would WELCOME the idea of ordering take-out in lieu of cooking dinner every night.
Oh no! QUITE the opposite. I would sit on the couch, starring at my phone for the first hour after getting home from work and feel completely restless. Not ready to delve into my painting the moment I walk through the door, but not being a person that can zone out in front of the TV – I was so antsy.
Thank the lord, our oven was back in working condition as of Sunday and my dark, dreary hour-after-work-funk has quickly dissipated. Last night, I made lemon chicken (!!!), sauteed baby broccoli (!!!!!), and banana muffins (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Sure, the mountains of laundry didn’t get done, and I didn’t start painting until 10 PM but sometimes procrastination is just good for your brain… and your soul.
Today is my birthday! I’m so thankful for all the love in my life, and I’m looking forward to the next year.
There’s something about time marching on that makes me wake up and take notice of what’s going on around me. It brings a sense of urgency, mixed with a sense of purpose and more frequent moments of clarity – about what’s important, what makes me happy, what I love, what I hate, what I can’t live without, and what I can do without.