Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Last Painting of 2011

I feel lucky to have ended 2011 with a bang, by being hired to make a wedding gift for someone to give to her best friend. A woman named Kelli came into Wood Icing with a very unique request. She wanted me to create a tree painting like what I already do, but with one special detail...marshmallows! Yep, you read right, she wanted marshmallows stuck to the end of the branches. She had a dream where her friend was proposed to under a tree with marshmallows stuck to the branches, long before the groom to be ever proposed to her friend. When the impending wedding became a reality, she thought it would make for a wonderful gift. Kelli and her husband wrote some lovely sentiments and I adhered that paper to the back of the painting.
Ready to begin!

Tree is drawn with marshmallows into the texture.

Detail of marshmallows on ends of branches.

First layer of color.

All finished!
I feel so fortunate to get to be a part of such a thoughtful gift. I hope the happy couple appreciates Kelli's thoughtfulness for dreaming up such a uniquely personal gift. I am sure she is so excited for them to get it on their wedding day!


  1. That's so great....meaningful gifts (that are also artist made!)

    I have a question for you Heather...I was wondering if you could spill some secrets or share some secret-keeping tips to how you "draw" into wood icing. I have trouble with it sort of cracking you use a special tool or prepare it in a certain way? Just wanted to know how to work with the wood icing I won from your blog awhile ago! Thanks!

  2. A beautiful last painting it is! I always enjoy your art, the wonderful texture and vibrant colors. Wishing you a happy 2012 with lots more gorgeous paintings!

  3. Thank you Brigitte, and same to you!

    Melissa, maybe try to work with the wood icing in a ittle thinner layer and you can also spritz it with a little water if is seems to dry to draw through. I draw through it with literally everything; toothpicks, ceramic tools, pencils almost anything works. Good luck and keep trying because it so fun!

  4. I love this! I have always had very vivid dreams, and many very meaningful ones! What a wonderful idea to share this dream in a painting! That is a very unique gift!

  5. So lovely!
    What a wonderful gift and a wonderful way for you to wrap up (no pun intended) 2011.
    Sure the bride and groom will love it.
    Happy New Year!

  6. Lovely. I am always so enthralled with your paintings. I love to go over to Etsy and browse through your work.......those colors are just wonderful and challenge me to live a little outside my typical palette.


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