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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This Is The Best Way To Do Pink Plus a Little DIY Video

Hello, All!

I hope everyone is getting to enjoy this lovely Spring weather. I've been painting like a wind storm and am excited to share several new things with you.

First, I found this app called, Hyperlapse, and used it while I 
painted this antique wardrobe. 

I've been looking for a good way to add little clips like this on 

my Facebook page. There are so many days I wish I could move this fast. 

Have a look at the finished piece!

I used four colors of chalk / clay paint from Debi's DIY Paint to create 
this soft buttery shade of coral pink.  The colors are Carnival Red, 
Kissing Booth, Cowboy Coral and Queen Bee. Oh, and I also
 used a thin layer of their white wax...that's the best part.

Lastly, here are some of my newest paintings.  All of these are available as of today, on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.

~ Song of the Flower XXIII by Khalil Gibran

Have a good one, my friends.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Summer Haven Art Series - Originals

It's go time!

YOU are invited to preview AND shop my art release,
 Summer Haven, before anyone else!
Many of you asked if I'd offer a pre-sale or pre-release. Being the hustler, ie...crazy person, that I am, I have my new paintings all set and ready to purchase, so I figured why wait?

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. cst Saturday, April 29th, my art will be available to purchase,

This series is  very special to me and 
it reflects my favorite season. The words summer haven may mean many different things or places to people. I tried to touch on my personal most favorites. All of my precious moments are shared with family and friends.

I hope you find a piece that will take you back to a special place or remind you of a memory. Better yet, maybe you'll grab your computer and book your next summer vacation.

Bless you all for your continued support and loyalty.


Beach Bum


Fuchsia Sky

Good Vibes



Rose Crush

Seaside Barn

Simple Pleasures

Summer House

Summer Vacation

Sunset Palms

The Crest

The Golden Hour

Violet Meadow

Wild and Free


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Art Sneak Peek & A Farmhouse Hutch Makeover


( finally )

What does "Summer Haven" mean to you?

To me, it means relaxing. I don't care where really but the beach always calls my name.

My newest art series is a little bit water, a little bit sky and a whole lot of blue.

I am so excited to show you what I've been working on.

May 6th is the release date!!

My Blooming Botanicals series sold very well and I'm over the moon with excitement. 
Thanks to all of you that continue to support and encourage me. 
You are awesome!

Now, on to this makeover.  
Last week, I showed you a little paint tip on my Facebook page. 

Are you looking at this piece, I mean really seeing the details and uniqueness here?

I used all products from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for this makeover.  They make a beautiful gray but I didn't have one in stock at the time so I made my own by mixing Beckley Coal and Nantucket Spray. I also used Beaufort Blue and Thomasville Teal for the accent colors. 

While I was working on this piece, some clients stopped by to look at a piece I had for sale.  Instead, they bought this hutch before I even had it finished.  I love when that happens!! They promised to send photos, which I will share when I receive them. 

This week should be busy but fun.  I have an armoire I'm getting started on. I'll also be finishing up my art series and creating marketing material.  

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Story From Eleven Years Ago and These Blooming Botanicals


Hello friends,

I'm here to let you all know my newest art series, Blooming Botanicals,
 is just about ready to launch on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

First, I'd like to share a short story with you. 
This is my story.

Eleven years ago, this month, I turned 30 years old. This was also the year, my baby boy turned one and my big boy turned five. I told my husband that all I wanted for my thirtieth birthday were some paints and an easel. I had always day dreamed of being an artist. Creating beautiful things is all I'd ever wanted to do with my hands. I dabbled in makeup, decorating, fashion and gardening already but, it was time I really tried out this painting idea. I'll get back to that in a minute but I'd first like to tell you about that birthday in particular. 

It was unusually warm and I'd been dying to get my fingers in the dirt so I decided to go to the plant shop and get some red begonias for the front yard. During nap time, I headed out to the front to begin planting.  I'm down on my knees and getting those gorgeous blooms in the ground when my eighty four year old neighbor, Miss Margie, came walking over. We visited and I told her it was my thirtieth birthday. As she reminisced about her thirties, I continued to plant...my baby would only be asleep for so long, you know.  Margie wanted to get me a little gift so she told me she'd be right back. Just as I finished up with the begonias, she came back over with a brown paper bag full of seeds...hollyhock seeds, actually. I didn't know what a hollyhock was at the time but I do now. Those things grew to be gorgeous! I always appreciated Miss Margie's simple yet thoughtful gifts of seeds and flowers. She was amazing. Little did she know how much of an impression she had on me. Her garden was simple but manicured, gorgeous but not extravagant, and I knew someday, I too, would have a garden like Miss Margie.

After my Holden woke from his nap, we headed to the arts and craft store to buy my paints. My husband was afraid he'd buy the wrong ones so he suggested I pick them out myself.  I really didn't know what I was looking for but bought the cheapest started set I could find.

Let me tell you, I found out very quickly that painting is hard. I attempted a few canvases. It was a brief endeavor for me. I realized this wasn't the right season for me to begin painting.  I wanted to leave my mess out and not clean up every time I played with paint, but, guess what? My little stinker also liked to get his hands in my paint. So, I packed up those paints and put them in the attic and decided I'd wait a little while for that adventure.

That thirtieth birthday of mine was the best one to date.  I really couldn't say why but I knew I felt love and excitement about my future. My boys were happy and healthy. My husband and I had been married eight years already and were planning to build a new house.  My mom bought me a gorgeous watercolor painting of blue irises that I will cherish forever. My best friend and photographer secretly took photos of my boys while at my brothers house and surprised me with the prints. My family showered me with love. What else could I ask for really? I spent the day with sunshine, flowers, paint, family and love. Yes, please!

Fast forward ten years to my fortieth birthday. My paints were screaming at me by then.  It was time to try again and I knew it. Only this time, the boys were turning eleven and fifteen and very self sufficient. If you've followed me long enough, you know I've been painting furniture for several years and selling them locally and on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris. 

I've been painting canvases now for over a year and loving every single minute of it. It just feels right, like this was what everything I've ever done has been leading up to. This season of my life represents a blooming season. I've changed and I've grown. The seeds were planted in my youth. The roots dug in and held on waiting for this time in my life. Here I am doing what I always dreamed of and you, my loyal followers, are buying paintings from me. Not only are you choosing one of a kind pieces of furniture for your homes, but now art, art I created with my own two hands.  I am grateful and honored and I cherish every single day I get to do this with you all.

Thank you so much!

This series will be released March 30th, 8:00 a.m. cst. 

Go to The Turquoise Iris to start shopping!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Oh, This Serpentine Dresser Makeover Makes Me Think of the Ocean

Let me be honest.  

If I really try, I can make anything remind me of the ocean. 

The serpentine shape of this antique dresser is the ocean waves.

The blues and greens of the paint colors remind me of the warm salty water.

The yellow drips are the rays of sunlight.

And, the golden glass knobs are the shiny happy smiles on my childrens' faces.

I love using the paint from CeCe Caldwell's. It's very thick and creamy and works so well with my style. I often water down the paints and blend them so the original thickness is a perfect match for my art style. I used three colors on this piece but it also had an aqua all over it from a previous makeover.  The green you see is Alaskan Tundra Green and the blue is Windsor Blue. I love a highlight color ( same for my makeup actually) so I added Carolina Sun Yellow to this one, hence the sunlight reference earlier. This blue and green are both two of my favorites with CeCe's paints. If you haven't tried them yet, I recommend you do.

This little gem is now available on  my website, The Turquoise Iris.

For those of you following my artwork on Instagram, my new 
floral release date is March 30th!!!

I'm so excited to share all of these paintings!

~ Dionne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blue & White But Not Traditional Furniture Makeovers & New Artwork

Denim Jeans,
Antique China,
Fading Skies,
Blooming Iris,
Salty Waters,
Soaring Blue Jay

These are all my sources for inspiration.
 Blue fading to white is timeless and impressionable.

I used paint from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for the two furniture makeovers I'm sharing today. For this ombre finish, I used Windsor Blue, Antique White and Blue Montana Sky. I think I could use these colors on every single piece I paint! The coverage is amazing and if you're a painter also, you know that shades of blue cover so easily...and I like easy!

Here I am, bringing back this fun Otomi paper again. I paired it with Windsor Blue (again) and highlighted the blue with Sante Fe Turquoise. Look closely and I'm sure you'll see the Carolina Sun Yellow I add to almost every piece I makeover.

I had to add these fun hand painted knobs, also.

You can find both of these pieces in my online shop, www.theturquoiseiris.com

On a new lighter note, I've been having the best time painting canvases 
and guess what, my friends?!?!?? They are selling!!! I've already sold 11 paintings for February. I honestly do a happy dance every time someone purchases a piece of my art.

Here are a few. 

Isn't it amazing that we can keep learning, keep trying new things, begin and begin over and over again? I don't know about you but I still have so many things I'd like to try my hand at. 
If you could learn a new craft or skill, what would that be?

Until next time,