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Bridgette's Blog - December Commission

My December painting commission was for a long-time family friend, Cindy Newton. Her husband originally reached out to me about painting some flowers for a Christmas gift. Cindy sent me images of her favorite back yard flowers (via text). They were Japanese Anemones and Icelandic Poppies. I was able to deliver the painting in person while I was home in the Bay Area during the Christmas holiday.

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Bridgette's Blog - Love Wall

I recently started working as a merchandiser for a t-shirt company called Junk Food Clothing. Junk Food is located in Culver City just a few miles from my West Hollywood studio apartment. I was on my way to get lunch one day and drove down a street I had driven on a few years ago, back when I was assisting a stylist on a Chico’s commercial. I remembered this street specifically because of the amazing “Love” mural (pictured above). An artist named Curtis Kulig painted the mural. Check out @LoveMe on Instagram

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Bridgette's Blog - Shop Small Spotlight

This holiday season I am making a goal to only buy presents from small business owners or artisans I know personally. I am coveting Ice Water Jewelry! All items are handmade by my friend Kim Brown. I’ve known Kim for about 13 years now. Time sure does fly! I custom ordered the two necklaces I am wearing (above). Check out @icewaterjewelry on Instagram.

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Bridgette's Blog - MOCA

I was inspired to check out The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. This was largely in part because I kept seeing awesome videos and images of what was on display through Instagram and Snapchat. Before visiting the space I knew the gallery was going to be highly interactive. Doug Aitken calls the show currently on display Electric Earth. He filled up the huge space with a series of different installations. I am just now realizing how many different mediums he works with. My two favorite pieces are pictured above. I highly recommend going to check out Electric Earth at MOCA before it closes on Jan 15th. Read more about the exhibition here: http://www.moca.org/exhibition/doug-aitken- electric-earth

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Bridgette's Blog - Holiday Shopping

The New Year is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to making room for a series of new paintings. That being said, I am offering ½off of my Framed Floral series. Copy and paste HOLIDAYSHOPPING to your order at check out. Each painting comes with a white wood frame, ready to hang. I ship the painting directly to your home. The images above pull together my favorite interior decor items from HD Buttercup and Serena and Lily. I love pulling bright colors and beachy decor to create the ultimate bo-ho aesthetic. Shop Framed Florals: bridgettethornton.com/florals.

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Bridgette's Blog - October Commission

My most recent commissioned painting is my favorite painting I have made so far! I almost loved it too much to sell it. Brooke Finegold asked me to recreate a painting she had seen from awhile back. The first time I painted this image it was as a 24x24 on wood board. I ended up giving it to my brother for Christmas last year. Brooke wanted this painting for her parent’s newly remodeled home in Lafayette, California. We decided to make it 18x24 on a gesso board. When I think about this painting, I daydream about relaxing in the tropics. Since this painting is now finished, I will start my latest commissioned piece for another family friend. This next painting will be a 24x24 on gesso board. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress. Follow along for updates @PaintandPetals on Instagram.

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Bridgette's Blog - Artfully Walls

A company called Artfully Walls contacted me. They asked if I would be interested in selling prints of my work through their website. Their digital service allows you to see what the painting will look like in your interior space before purchasing it. I now offer framed prints of my paintings through Artfully Walls ($24-$61). Artfully Walls recently started working with Anthropologie. I am hoping they will pick some my work to showcase in the Anthro stores. Having my paintings produced on a large scale, especially at Anthropologie, has been a long-term goal for me. Shop Here: Bridgette Thornton + Artfully Walls

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Bridgette's Blog - Styling With Framed Florals

As you all know I love creating these interior mock ups featuring my art. I live for great interior design that incorporates original paintings. That being said, I am happy to announce my newest project. I will be teaming up with interior designer, Leslie Price. Leslie is opening a design space in the Bay Area and has chosen to showcase some of my work. We had our first meeting where she showed me the fabric, wallpaper and the color scheme she will be working with. We are planning on having an opening event too. Follow my painting process for this project on my Instagram @PaintandPeatals.

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & Petals X Anthropologie Take 2

My second pop up shop in the month of September was at Anthropologie in Santa Monica. This time around I was placed at the front of the shop. My set-up was relatively the same as the previous weekend. I released one new card style for this event (pictured above). My parents and cousin, Valentina, were able to stop by and see the show too! It was such a treat having them in LA for the weekend. After my stint at Anthropologie we went to eat tacos and drink margaritas at Blue Plate Taco on Ocean Ave. Generally, I am thrilled to have launched my stationary line. Now I am looking for new ways to expand my sales and broaden my audience. Most of my cards are now available for purchase on my site. I am looking into participating in the National Stationary Show in New York this May. 

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Bridgette's Blog - Serena & Lily September Art Collection

In the September Art Collection for Serena and Lily I created a cohesive mini series. Recent customers have been interested in purchasing multiple paintings to hang next to each other. I like how the four pieces above have different styles and color pallets, but they are unified by the solid colored background and white tabletop foreground. In my next series I will attempt to create another unified mini series. Perhaps I will use the same color pallet in each painting. Shop here… Serena & Lily Art Collection

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & Petals X Anthropologie

These past couple of months have been all about the ‘Pop Up Shop’. I showcased my new line of greeting cards along with my prints at Anthropologie, The Grove in Los Angeles. My greeting cards, inspired from my larger floral paintings, proved to be a hit at Anthro! It was strategic having a product with a more affordable price point for customers. My display was located directly near the check out line. This placement within the store was perfect for selling my cards. A majority of the sales were to women who were buying presents for their friends. One of my favorite things about participating in a pop up shop is planning the table display. I enjoy thinking about what products I should sell and how they should be arranged. Fresh flowers are something I have at each pop up shop too - it’s all about the flowers after all! I arrange each bouquet the night before the event. My future goal is to sell my cards and paintings online through Anthropologie or in their retail stores!

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Bridgette's Blog - Salvation Mountain

During Labor Day weekend my three coworkers/friends and I traveled from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. All of us work in advertising at BCBG Max Azria. We stayed at the Ace Hotel for two nights. The hotel has a terrific pool, an amazing bar and is decorated with authentic vintage décor complete with an old school photo booth in the lobby. On Sunday we took a day trip to Salvation Mountain located in the Colorado Desert. The drive took about an hour and a half. I originally discovered Salvation Mountain while watching the movie Looking For Alaska many years ago. I always wanted to see it in person, so the ability to check it off my bucket list felt great! Salvation Mountain is both strange and beautiful. The bright hand-painted “mountain” lies in great contrast to the surrounding simple and monochromatic desert. Leonard Knight created the sculpture as a “tribute to God” in 1931.

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Bridgette's Blog - Pink Tulip Commission

A customer from my hometown of Moraga commissioned my most recent painting. His wife originally saw my artwork displayed at Home/Made Kitchen a few months ago. She initially purchased a painting from the show at Home/Made titled Twelve Tulips. Tulips are her absolute favorite flower! Her husband asked me to create a pink tulip painting for their wedding anniversary. I had so much fun getting to create a larger scale painting and hope to continue creating more paintings in this similar aesthetic.

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & Petals Prints

Recently I have been participating in local Pop-up Shops. It has been a rewarding experience getting to see how my artwork looks inside prominent retail spaces. By setting up Pop-up Shops in stores such as West Elm and Anthropologie, I have learned prints and items with affordable price points sell best. As a result, I am starting to build my print inventory as well as create a new stationary line. Two print examples are pictured above. Just about every painting on my site can be custom ordered as a print.

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Bridgette's Blog - San Clemente Beach House

I enjoy seeing my paintings paired with bright beachy interior spaces. My painting Swirl is displayed in a San Clemente beach house (above). The homeowner purchased several paintings for the space. I was included in the decorating process as well. The shelving unit directly below Swirl is from a furniture store located in San Juan Capistrano called RJ Imports. Located in the back left corner of the space is a stylish pub table and stools from Cost Plus World Market. I love seeing a space come to life with the addition of great furniture and art. I relish working collaboratively on interior decorating projects.

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & (Tropical) Petals Takes Maui

On July 30th my mom, brother, his girlfriend and I took a trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was such a relaxing vacation filled with tanning on the beach, snorkeling in turtle cove and exploring the island. I was determined to get some great photos of flowers as they directly inspire my paintings. The above photos are florae I shot at Napili Point, Alii Kula Lavender Farm and on the side of a road leading to Haleakala National Park.

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & Petals X West Elm

West Elm in South Coast Plaza hosted a Pop-up Shop art event where I was able to showcase my most recent paintings and prints. My Aunt Holly and two of her daughters were there to help me set up. I was able to place my display in the middle of the sales floor. That same day West Elm hosted another artist, Megan Blanco. Her tropical pineapple and coconut paintings paired well with my colorful pallet. I had such a great time interacting with the West Elm customers. Hearing about their design projects and love for art was so inspiring. Thank you to everyone who supported me through this process.

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Bridgette's Blog - Paint & Petals X Kreation Organic

Kreation Organic is one of my favorite smoothie shops in Southern California. I have enjoyed their amazing Orange Sunrise smoothie ever since I moved a few blocks away from the Venice Beach location. I now live in West Hollywood and love visiting Kreation on 3rd Street. Each location is decorated with intricate wood walls that also function as planters for succulents, moss and colorful cacti. I always imagined how my paintings would look displayed in a Kreation space. It was a dream come true to finally be able to display my work with them!

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