Collage Process- Holly's Colors of the Market

One of my pieces is going to be in an art auction to support my friend Holly’s adoption process. I wrote about her story here

When I was asked to participate, I knew I wanted to have my piece connect to her work somehow. So, I decided to use her photograph “Colors of the market” as the inspiration and create a collage that incorporated the colors and textures of the food represented.

"Colors of the Market"

"Colors of the Market"

I had had some time to think about this piece for a little while. So when I was at a farmer’s market in the fall, I shot a few photos of some gorgeous displays of eggplants, squash, and other produce.



When I start collages like this, I don’t usually have an idea of how it’s going to look at the end. Typically I just know what I’m going to do first. And then go from there. I also knew I wanted lots of layers and textures- like the subject matter themselves. 

Here is a series of photos from this process:

If you want to know how I know when to stop…I don’t. I just evaluate as I go along. Here are some of my thoughts: 

“Is that enough purple oil pastel? Why did I just draw it on a diagonal? Oh well! Can’t go back, so I have to make it work”

“What else should I put in this corner? More color or a neutral…neutral.”

“Oh crap. That paper got water on it….but do I hate it? Actually that looks good!”

“YES! I’m going to add some white paint to this pomegranate.”

“Great…now I have to add white on the green leaves because they look flat now”

And on and on…

However, after I splattered red paint on certain parts of the canvas (to tie everything together) and then drew the almonds in the bottom right portion I knew it was done. I felt your eye successfully travels around the piece and the light and dark portions of the piece are the way I want them to be. I think that any piece should be critiqued in order to really reach their full potential- because it’s in community that art (and actually people) can be made more beautiful. Since i don't have time to get this critiqued before the auction, it will stay like this. But as an artist, I want my art to attempt to be the best they can be. 

Here is the final piece:


I think that this would look beautiful in an eating nook or next to some open kitchen shelving (as long as it’s not going to be splashed with water or spegetti sauce). 


What kind of art work do you like to put in your kitchen? Do you like complex art or do you feel like you have to understand it before you can like it?

Buy art to support adoption

Happy Thanksgiving!

There are a LOT of things to do this week- including eating many delicious dishes- but I wanted to highlight a couple of friends and fellow creatives who are selling their beautiful work to support their adoptions.

It’s National Adoption Month and it’s about the be #GivingTuesday and Black Friday. All things that help me remember that people are at the heart of every small business and are at the heart of giving to help others.

Please meet Holly Everett and Emily Jamison.

Holly incorporates hand lettering, calligraphy, illustration and design into products that inspire others to celebrate life and relationships. (You can see and purchase her work here.)

Emily is a painter who is inspired by nature’s beauty and the idea of story- she hopes that each piece draws you in and takes you away at the same time. (You can see and purchase her work here)

Let’s look at a few of their amazing pieces!

Both women have wonderful husbands and sweet little boys and both are trying to grow their amazing families through adoption. Since I’m in LOVE with their work and want to help them adopt, I wanted to tell you 10 different ways to display work of this size in a home.

Holly's "Colors of the Market" photographic print is both on a small wall and near a kitchen sink. 

Holly's "Colors of the Market" photographic print is both on a small wall and near a kitchen sink. 

1. Smaller walls- Think less than 2’-0”. You know those ones that are in between bedrooms or small spaces next to hallway closets? Those are perfect places to put them.

2. Above/near a kitchen sink or toilet- The places that you or your guests see a lot are excellent places for smaller pieces. You can even do pairs of them together- depending on the size of the space. One 8 x 11 is perfect or two 6 x 6 pieces stacked/next to each other.

Emily's piece from the 216 series is above the door

Emily's piece from the 216 series is above the door

3. Above a door way- Sometimes we forget there is space up there! This  is a great place to have your work shown. It not only helps your ceilings look taller but is a sweet thing to see going through them

4. On an end table- This is easy to do, especially if your end table is close to a corner of the room and you feel like it looks empty.

Emily's piece " Chrysanthemum" is on the windowsill 

Emily's piece " Chrysanthemum" is on the windowsill 

5. On a windowsill- This only works if your windows have a deep ledge, but they are a great little addition to a place in your bedroom or guest room or kitchen window.

6. On or above a nightstand- Usually real estate on your nightstand is precious, but something small like one of these would be perfect next to your lamp or above your lotion.

Holly's piece "You are my greatest" letter press print is on the bench

Holly's piece "You are my greatest" letter press print is on the bench

7. On top of your piano, mantle, dresser or console table- Anything long would work. We usually have something tall there (like a vase or candle sticks), but one of their pieces would be great to pair with it.

8. Kitchen counter- This would have to be if your kitchen counters allowed  something besides a mixer to go on them. One idea is if you have deep corners that you never know what to do with. I would recommend at least a 8 x 10 size or greater for those dark corners because anything smaller would look too small. 

Emily's piece from the 216 series in on the bookcase

Emily's piece from the 216 series in on the bookcase

9. On a bookshelf- Instead of bookends, these little pieces are great. You can still have something to hold the books up, but on the other side of them have a great print or painting. 

10. Next to family photos- anywhere you have a family photo, one of their pieces would probably look great with it. They wouldn’t distract from the photos and they would be a great way to add a little different element to the mix.

I hope this helps if you love their work but are struggling with where it could go in your home!

I love when art steps beyond just creating beauty in the world and helps create families.

By supporting these amazing artists, you are supporting their adoption efforts and helping them bring home their kids sooner than later. (To read more about Holly's story and Emily's story)


What’s your favorite piece of theirs?! Have you found another place to use small art in your home?