When Audrey emailed me about painting their Wheaten, Ricki, I was ecstatic. Why? Because David Bowie was their inspiration. Ricki was described to me as an excited girl, full of nervous energry...always bouncing around with her huge personality. They described her as a David Bowie fan girl, recovering from years on the groupie bandwagon. A little crazy, a little shell shocked, a lot of fun. With this in mind, Ricki Stardust was born.
Pets play a huge role in our lives from the minute they prance through our front doors. They become our daily companions--there to greet you in the morning and cuddle next to you on the couch at night. They're there through it all...new jobs, breakups, engagements, cross country moves. A large part of what I do involves creating painting in remembrance of these incredible members of our families, who still leave stirring impressions even after they've gone.
This past Christmas I had the privilege of creating one such painting in honor of a sassy Shiba named Maisy. Her parents initial email made me smile and tear up. We came to the conclusion that her outgoing and cheeky personality was calling for some 1920's flare. I couldn't wait to get started. The result? I'll let Maisy's parents say it here:
"We love the painting so much. I find myself smiling at it every time I walk by her, and Dave too. The other night we were on our way out to dinner & he was smiling, so I asked why and he said oh I was just looking at Maisy. ... This is my only gift for Christmas and it might just be the best gift I've ever received… can't thank you enough. "
You may have already seen it--the adorable viral video of Hudson, Chelsea, and their wedding guests shot by Danielle Rivera and styled by the amazing Sara Murray from Confetti & Co.-- but I'm excited to share today some images of my contribution to the event #hudsonloveschelsea.
So many great vendors came together and donated their time and services to this event with the hopes of creating something to make people smile. My watercolour portraits of Hudson & Chelsea were incorporated beautifully into the invitations by Ashley from Hello, Bird and were also featured next to Ashley's calligraphy on the place cards, cake topper, and wedding favors (custom dog treats from Amelie's Bark Shop).
Hanging behind the beautifully styled dessert table were portraits I had painted previously of Hudson and Chelsea. And, of course, that dog friendly cake from Saylormade didn't go to waste; the day ended with the pups digging in for a tasty snack.
Interested in your own custom watercolour pet portrait? Head over to my shop for a selection of prints and custom options!
Hudson + Chelsea's wedding vendor dream-team: photography: Danfredo Photos + Films // styling: confetti & co. // paper + calligraphy: hello, bird. // florals: Kate Farley Design // cake + sweets: Saylormade // watercolor portraits: Pennys & Stamps // dog treats: Amelie's Bark Shop // furniture: West Elm
All photos & video courtesy of Danfredo Photos + Films.
Hudson & Chelsea's wedding has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Brides.
Edward was described to me as wild, crazy, smart, friendly, and sometimes...maybe sometimes... just a little bit bad.
Henry was considered the "angel baby". Kind and easy going. Lovable beyond belief.
So, naturally, Edward became the epitome of the charming bad boy; Steve Mcqueen. His look was formed around a classic image of Steve Mcqueen in a black turtleneck sweater, eyes shaded by sunglasses. While looking through images of Edward I noticed he is never without his goofy grin so, of course, that needed to be added as well.
While Edwards look came quickly, Henry took more thought. I painted him with a stoic gaze and classic JFK wear-- simple suit jacket, white shirt, blue tie. He struck me as a charming dog, with his lovable face and calm demeanor. It seemed only natural to have his look influenced by one of the most loved and most intriguing figures of American politics.
To me, Edward and Henry seem like the perfect pair. Completely complementary, total opposites.