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Bridgette's Blog - Wedding Table Number Designs

One of my childhood friends recently got married. She asked me to design the table numbers and name cards for her wedding reception. Together we designed and utilized three different floral graphics. The bright floral graphics added a pop of color to the green and white centerpieces. Collaborating with my friend and celebrating with her on her big day was fantastic!

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Bridgette's Blog - Pattern Making

Throughout the remainder of this year I am going to focus on designing patterns using my floral forms. My goal is to create patterns that translate well into graphics for fabrics. Eventually I would like to create a line of textiles that can be used for both clothing and home decor.

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Bridgette's Blog - Oh Joy! Feature

 

One of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram is Oh Joy! The company is owned by the cutest mom of two. Oh Joy’s aesthetic is bright and bold much like my paintings. They are located in Silverlake, CA., not too far from my West Hollywood studio. I reached out to Oh Joy’s team to see if I could gift them two of my floral paintings. They said, “yes!” It was such a treat for me to see their workspace and ultimately see the paintings I gave them in their social media content!

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Bridgette's Blog - July Art Styling

I used a graphic style in my painting submissions for this month at Serena and Lily. My favorite paintings form a 3-part series and are pictured in the mock-up on the left. A Serena and Lily customer bought all three! SInce this recent purchase by a happy customer, Serena and Lily contacted me and asked me to create ten black and white paintings in the same style for their Westport, CT. retail store. These will be on display September 8th. I am going to continue to create paintings that can be hung nicely together.

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Bridgette's Blog - Anthropologie Pop Up Shop July 8th

Mid-July I hosted one of my favorite pop-up shops so far! As many of you know, I have participated in Anthropologie’s Locally Yours pop-up program a number of times. The last two were at the Walnut Creek store. I love doing pop-ups there because it’s a great excuse to visit the Bay Area and see family and friends! Check out the YouTube video above!

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Bridgette's Blog - Anthro Pop Up

This was my first time hosting a pop-up shop at the Walnut Creek Anthropologie. It was a great opportunity to showcase my new line of smaller prints as well as my custom phone cases. The weekend was packed as it was also my friend’s birthday! I left directly from the pop-up shop to go sailing on the San Francisco Bay.

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Bridgette's Blog - Hydrangea Commission

One of my favorite paintings to date is Blue Hydrangeas. This painting was in the works for quite awhile. I was originally contacted about doing this commission last December (2016), but the family had quite a bit going on at the time. We agreed on the concept for the painting in May. This painting is one of my most developed and took a lot of time! It was also super special because I made a timelapse video while I created it. The most difficult part about creating the video was making sure the lighting and camera were all set up before jumping into the painting each time.

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Bridgette's Blog - Anthropologie Collaboration

I could not be more excited to announce I have two prints for sale at Anthropologie! The prints are produced by Artfully Walls. It was interesting for me to see how the Anthropologie Ecom team chooses and styles the artwork. I was also able to see how Artfully Walls frames their pieces. I will be receiving my samples shortly and will keep you posted on how I choose to style them.

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Bridgette's Blog - Mother's Day Gifting

Customers choose 5 gift cards, added a personalized Mother’s Day message and had their gift sent just in time for Mother’s Day this year!Please watch the video for more details. I am hoping to create more video content and promotional offers for the future.

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Bridgette's Blog - Leopard Painting

A few months ago my cousin Connor asked me if I was ever going to paint animal portraits again. We both started looking at all of the amazing leopard images online. I saw the image of this guy and knew I had to paint him! As with all my paintings on canvas, I start out with a light pink under painting. The pink color scheme looked fabulous with the leopard, so I made it permanent by blocking it in with light magenta pink acrylic paint. I was not expecting my cousin to purchase the painting, but when he saw the end result he surprised me and sent me a Venmo payment! I was ecstatic. For anyone who may be interested, I paint with Golden Open Acrylic Paints.

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Bridgette's Blog - Mary Weatherford Art Show

Last weekend I went to check out the Mary Weatherford art show at David Kordansky Gallery. Her show is titled “Like the Land Loves the Sea.” I knew of Mary Weatherford’s artwork as I attended her “artist talk” at California College of the Arts in 2014. I remember her presentation vividly because her paintings are very unique and specific. She graces the surfaces of her paintings with a single neon strip of light. David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles is one of my favorites. Artist’s work is well represented, as the aesthetic and structural space is used. Pictured above are some of my favorite paintings from the show. From top to bottom they are titled: Emerald Underwater, City and Blue Cut Fire. Find Out More: http://davidkordanskygallery.com/exhibition/los-angeles/

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Bridgette's Blog - NYC Interior Design Collaboration

Here’s a brief synopsis about how the custom painting process works:

An interior designer based in New York City contacted me via email. She wanted an 18x 18 painting that matched a specific color scheme. Her client requested a replication of a painting she liked on my website. The designer sent me the fabric swatch, and I then adjusted the color scheme to recreate the painting using the colors in the fabric.

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Bridgette's Blog - Antelope Valley

My friend Diana and I took a day trip to see the sprouting poppies located in Antelope Valley. Due to the extra rain we received in LA this winter all of the desert flowers are blooming more than ever before! After getting coffee at Alfred’s on Melrose Place we drove about 90 minutes to Antelope Valley. We found most of the poppies, along with many other wildflower enthusiasts, on top of a large hill. While on top of this hill we noticed a bright green patch of grass off in the distance. We got in the car and drove to this new location. Not only were there less people at the new spot, the grass was much greener, and we did not have to pay for parking. Best advice: drive around the area outside of the park until you find your very own patch of poppies! To top off our adventure, Diana and I ate a nice lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel poolside café. It was a perfect day exploring LA!

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Bridgette's Blog - Small Series

I decided to create a collection of smaller paintings to be sold at the Price Style & Design Showroom opening. This “extra” project opened up my art practice to a new process. I can test out a painting by first making a smaller painting/sketch on 14” x 17” paper. If the smaller study is successful I can then translate the painting to my standard 18" x 24" scale. This new practice will help me conserve time and supplies. Smaller works will be for sale on my website, hopefully by May 6th.

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Bridgette's Blog - April Art Styling

I developed a new style and composition for my next Serena & Lily Art Collection. My favorite paintings in this new body of work are shown in the top three images. I used more paint and applied it in a thicker relaxed manner. These paintings are inspired by images of bridal bouquets. A variety of flowers in the initial inspiration image allows for more mark making, color and range within each painting. I hope to create more paintings in this style. I also think it would be great to start painting bridal bouquets for people to give as wedding gifts! Perhaps I will add this idea to my website where I can show the image of the bouquet and the painting side by side.

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Bridgette's Blog - Matthew Chambers Floral Paintings

I hope to be more involved in the LA art community. Recently, I have made it a point to visit painting exhibitions. One of my favorite art shows thus far, I stumbled upon accidentally. I was looking to attend a show by one of my CCA professors, Terri Friedman, at Acme Gallery, but when my boyfriend and I arrived at the location, we were informed Acme had moved across LA to the East Side. The trip was not completely ruined because Praz-Delavallade Gallery took over the old Acme Gallery space. Currently on view is a floral painting show by the artist Matthew Chambers. His paintings are executed in such a fresh contemporary way. The loose gestural painting style is superbly effective.

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Bridgette's Blog - The Flower Fields

I had been fantasizing about visiting The Flower Fields in San Diego for a few years. I remember driving by The Flower Fields as a child when my family was on vacation. The perfect visiting opportunity arose when my brother came to see me in LA and needed a ride south to San Diego for his Spring Break. If you are traveling to The Flower Fields from LA, I recommend timing your drive to miss as much traffic as possible. We made sure to leave LA after morning traffic around 10:00 AM, and I made my way back to LA before evening rush hour traffic. The Flower Fields were amazing! There were quite a lot of people walking around the property and taking photos. There is a complimentary tractor tour for visitors. Before heading home I indulged in a delicious chocolate/vanilla soft-serve from the snack bar. There is truly nothing better than ice cream and flowers, so why not combine the two? The entrance fee was around $14 for the day - totally worth the price!

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Bridgette's Blog - Spring Styling

My paintings from the Price Style & Design Showroom are included in the above interior mock-ups. The paintings are for sale and dually act as inspiration for customers to see how art completes a living space. I attempted to paint the collection in a variety of color schemes. I also wanted each painting to compliment one another in order for one to create a gallery if they have a few favorites. The furniture seen in these mocks ups can be purchased at HD Buttercup and Serena & Lily.

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