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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Layers Upon Layers Upon Layers and Vulnerability

Dionne here. I'm sharing a couple of custom orders I finished last week.  I've been so busy doing customs and adding new pieces 
to my shop that blogging has been on 
my "get to it when I can" list. As I'm enjoying game 6, Cubs vs Dodgers, I thought I'd show you all these makeovers.
I used all products from CeCe Caldwell's for this cabinet. Sante Fe Turquoise stole the show, though. 


Layers often happen naturally, in life or in art. In life, they happen without our control.  In art, we create them one at a time. It's ironic that as we get older and experience more, we peel our own layers back, one at a time. Personally, I have opened myself up to being vulnerable but with my art, I'm learning to add layers, gracefully and intentionally. Within both of these aspects, 
I am finding more of my true self. 

The only thing I have to say about this cabinet is I never tire of turquoise. I hope to goodness I never do. 
These colors are my favorite - always.
Thanks to Tori for trusting me. 

Now, prepare to be stunned by this amazing chair.
My client brought it to me and said she's had it for a very long time.  The best part was she let me choose the colors to use. She was tired of the original finish and well, I added layers upon layers.
I created this color combination using Tuscan Red from 
General Finishes as my base color. 

You can see the original finish in the photo above. I love it peeking out among all of these paint layers. 

What about you? Do you see how social media makes us all feel vulnerable at times? Actually, more than not, someone behind the screen is making judgement about what we post, what we say or what we are doing. It's up to us how we receive that judgement.  Do we care and if so, how much? I think we are all on a learning curve, doing the best we can.

I am so grateful to be able to do what I love for a living and share my passion with you. Every piece I paint gets a stamp on it that says, "handmade by The Turquoise Iris" with two little hearts. I mean that. Each time I grab a brush, you get my love, sweat and vulnerability. Thank you for this, thank you so much.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Less Is Best? This Time, Yes.


Sure...I guess.


These colors together create a visually soft experience on this dresser. I am not usually a "gray" or "white" kind of painter, I know. I actually sat down to paint this dresser and chose a blue. But, then I sat there staring at the details of this piece. Aren't they amazing? 

I jumped up and grabbed my favorite gray, Steamer Trunk from Vintiques. I told myself, "less is best" - with this piece, "yes".

I distressed it heavily and really let the wood grain show through.  The coral is a perfect compliment to the gray and the white softens the entire finish perfectly. 

I know this post is short, and sweet and simple but I think I'll keep in theme, "Less is Best". I sold this dresser from just the little sneak peek clip on Facebook and Instagram so I decided to do another, very similar.  You can expect to see that one this week, as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Confession - The Fall Season and I Are Not Friendly and This Navy & Teal Furniture Makeover

     Sorry to be the odd ball here, but I don't like Fall.  This season does NOT make me happy.  Impending doom and gloom...that's all I think.  Fall means it's almost WINTER - Nooooo!!! I despise Winter. The plants die, the flowers die, and the leaves fall off the trees leaving them vulnerable and sad looking. Plus, the cold wind here in Oklahoma hurts my face, makes my ears hurt and eventually just freezes me, to the bone. I'll be freezing December through March. The older I get the more I'm affected by the weather. 
     I can't help it...I love the sunlight, the warmth, the green trees and gorgeous flowers that fill the Spring and Summer months. Yes, after the temperature has been 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity, it's a welcomed drop when it dips below 80 degrees here but it never stays long.  Soon, we will be shivering all the time and running to our cars and adding clothing layers and layers to our bodies. What is so great about all that, anyway?

     Now that you are all thinking I'm a big weirdo, I will admit, Fall does mean brightly colored mums and pansies. Oh, and I also love pumpkin spice lattes from Panera Bread ( without whipped cream ). On the bright side, the mums make staging my photos a whole lot of fun, too. I actually hung that huge basket on the wall for these photos. 

     You should have seen me trying to catch a grasshopper that rode in with that yellow mum...hilarious.  It hopped out right on to my arm and took off hopping. I then had to challenge it to a dual...sad ending for that little guy ( I have a Doberman Pincher ). 

     Have any of you ever seen a piece of furniture like this? Check out the design. It was love at first sight for me.  The navy and teal layered really well on this piece and the yellow, well, yellow is always happy to me. 

I used all products from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for this furniture makeover. This is available on my shop, The Turquoise Iris. I adore this piece and my mom wants it for Christmas so if you want it, you better hurry! Haha!

I'm signing off and already looking forward to SPRING, Lol.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Coastal or Christmas - I Staged This Armoire Twice

     I thought it might be fun to stage this armoire two different ways. I'm often asked how I choose what to use in my photos and also, where I find my inspiration. So, below were my choices...coastal and Christmas. 

Introducing...No. 2 in my series, Perfectly Imperfect

I love contrast.  I always use something shiny with rustic items. I also like to use "white" space as real space to create balance. Above, I used pine cones and a mercury glass jar to create this texture. Below, the marble vase keeps the curly willow branch from going too rustic.

     I used paint from General Finishes for the exterior of this piece. The colors I combined were Summertime Blue, Midnight Blue and Halycon Blue

     Now, I normally would NEVER bust out Santa this early in the year 
( don't curse me ). However, I just knew my favorite Santa would look so good with this armoire.  I had to get it out and stage it up.  I have already put it all back up, though. I'm one to roll my eyes at the stores filling their shelves already with Christmas decorations.  I'm old school and prefer to see all of this AFTER Thanksgiving! The rest of the decor were the ones "left behind". You know the ones...they get looked over when you clean up your holiday decor. I will find these days after and instead of getting back in the attic, I shove them in a cabinet. 

     Who else loves this pop of color inside? I don't usually paint the interior but this piece needed it.  Before, it was sort of a dark hole and this pop was a huge compliment to the shades of blue.  I actually sold this armoire already...Yea! 

     As much as I don't want to admit, the Christmas photos of this piece are my favorites but I promise, Santa is going back in the closet for a few more weeks.

These are the colors I used. I love making a mess with paint! 
Am I alone?

You guys have yourself a wonderful evening and we will chat soon.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Your Two Cents and Perfectly Imperfect - No. 1 in My Newest Series

"Ask and ye shall receive." 

     Right? I asked and you all were so generous with your two cents. Just so you understand, I took your thoughts and generous comments to heart and read each one multiple times. The decision to teach painting classes has been a real struggle for me and if you know me personally, I've most likely asked your opinion. 

Thank you all very much.  Thank you for taking precious time out of your day to continue following and supporting me. These comments were just a few of many left by my awesome Facebook  followers. 

I completely understand all your hesitations to teach. I can share with you what Maria Revollo's response was when I took her class to teach her Bermuda Blending technique. We asked her why she wanted to share her "secrets" with us. She said that even though she is teaching us the technique, the things we create will still all be different because we will apply them with our own artistic eye. Those are not her words exactly, but basically she said artists are all unique in their visions and preferences and no one will ever do her technique the same way she does it. Just like no one would ever be able to exactly replicate what you do, even if you show them how you do it. Hope that is helpful! Good luck with whatever you decide!

Teaching WOULD take a lot of time and energy. ..and still some peeps couldn't get it...do what your doing and charge the big bucks....it will be quiet in your studio (just you ) and your thoughts not a bunch of peeps asking questions...hook up with Joanna Gains and be her go to gal....more $$$ in that...plus you might have to sell paint...and that can be a pain....my two cents. ...love your work...keep it mysterious. ...wink wink...

Love this!! Just read you're post! Completely understand! You definitely learn by time, experience, trial and error.... Etc.... But someone like me would love to be able to see your work/technique in action... Not to copy but to hopefully to add some small tid bit and incorporate in my small world... You are a true artist and they can not be copied!! But you may be able to help others expand and strengthen their skills just a touch!

If you missed my last post, you can read it HERE.

When I decide to "flip a coin", you all will be the first to know!


Now, let's get to the fun stuff. This is the first in my series, 
Perfectly Imperfect

"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man."
~Alexander Hamilton 

     The older I get the more this becomes true, true of myself and true of the world around me.  I tried many years to be perfect. I'm so happy to finally understand no one else expected it or really even wanted me to be.  Those were my own standards, ones I often lived up to and more often did not.  As my own children are getting older, I often point out my flaws to them, no shame or guilt involved, though. I want to make sure they see me for who I really am. I'm perfectly imperfect and that's pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. 

     I'm excited about this series. It won't really be anything different than what you've seen me do before but it will be filled will heart, uniqueness and originality. This is the first piece, a sweet charming little cedar chest.

Yes, those are paint cans hanging on the wall. 
It's imperfect art - Can you hang?

I used all CeCe Caldwell's paints for this furniture makeover. The base color is Thomasville Teal.  I accented with Sante Fe Turquoise, Sedona Red and Carolina Sun Yellow. 

This piece is currently available on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

Here is a sneak peek at No. 2 --

I'm off to enjoy these Fall temps!