I had the urge to make another apple, and I thought a fat bumblebee would like to hang out here. This hoop and a handful of others will be available locally at @thefreckledhenfarmhouse this Saturday from 10-4. Swipe for more details and come say hi! #paintingwithwool
Hey Oklahoma friends! I'll be teaching a Painting With Wool workshop at @chirpsandcheers on Oct 21. I hope you can grab a friend and join us! Head to daniives.com and click on Workshops for full details and to reserve your spot. Can't wait to see you!
Currently sketching out the sixth composition for this group of #OrchardBirds. Wanna take a guess at the next fruit/bird combo? I'll sweeten the deal: if you guess the correct duo before I post again, I'll send you a free print from this collection when they're made. EDIT: Time's up! I'm sketching a chickadee and apple! I'll contact those of you (8!!) who guessed correctly. #eta22#paintingwithwool
Left: my very FIRST pet portrait in Dec 2014. Right: Two years and some days later. I've spent thousands of hours felting to get where I am, to learn my craft and be better. I strive to improve every day, because there's always something new to learn. Friends, I hope you will always aim for growth, and never forget to lift each other up along the way. Thanks SO MUCH for being here.
PS: When you look back on your older/beginning work and feel embarrassed, that's a GOOD thing. That's how you want to feel, because that's how you know you've grown.
You can see a mini photo of this beautiful Dalmatian portrait and read kind words about my pet portraits in the September issue of @oprahmagazine. I can hardly believe it! Also, can we talk about that skirt @oprah is wearing?! I just picked up this portrait and the other #HAMportraits from Little Rock yesterday, and they'll be shipping out to their homes very soon. (I'm waiting on a little something to go with each piece, so bear with me if you're anxiously waiting, too.) Things are a bit crazy around here. My husband and I are closing on a house tomorrow! We are excited to be homeowners again and put some roots down in this northwest Arkansas community. This was a quick and unplanned purchase, so it's really creating total chaos in my schedule. BUT, it's going to lead to great things for us. So who wants to help us move?! Lol jk. Kind of.
A mini portrait. I'm thinking about reviving this portrait size option in a 3 or 4 inch hoop when commissions open again around September. Is this an option you'd like to have? PS: Sign up for my newsletter to get info about when commissions open--->head to the bottom of my home page or commissions page at daniives.com. #paintingwithwool
Meet Olive! It's bittersweet sending finished portraits off to their homes, but I know they are excitedly received. I'm happy and so grateful to create keepsakes of your animal friends for you. If you're curious about commissions, there's a page on my website dedicated to that info. I will be taking on more portraits later this year, BUT I will be working around a very busy book production schedule. I'll also be doing a bit of traveling for felting workshops: Denver on Sept 23, OKC on Oct 21, Dallas likely in Nov. You can register now for Denver and OKC--head to my website or DM me for the link. #paintingwithwool
Another #OrchardBirds piece in progress. Very much looking forward to bringing this mourning dove to life, but I'm also kind of loving its current ghost-like quality. This is a very pretty pale blue linen, which doesn't come across well in the photo. Six of the new Orchard Birds series will be at the next @enormoustinyart show in September. #paintingwithwool
I've had to fight through some resistance to get to this point on this portrait. I've had many things pulling me away from felting this week (exciting life things), but each time I actually sat down to felt, no significant progress was made. I would catch myself finding other tasks to do instead. When there's no momentum, progress is hard. And when pieces take longer than I expect them to, I can get very discouraged. Thankfully I've learned not to overextend myself when it comes to creating portraits, but it's taken a couple years to get to that point of knowing I need some buffer time. I've also learned that sometimes creating is accomplished with tiny steps RATHER than finding a flow. So bit by bit this pup is finally coming together, and I'm happy to see this cute face emerge. #paintingwithwool#needlefelting
I need your help. I'm planning on turning some recent pieces into prints, but I'm having a hard time picking out favorites. Which piece(s) out of these and other #HAMportraits would you like to see available as a print??
Editing e-course videos this morning. Here's a peek at a new lesson dropping soon for Felt With Me! If you're interested, I'm giving away a couple e-courses over at @shaileyandkatie (look for the toadstool photo.) And you can check out my e-course details and kits on my website. #paintingwithwool