French Inspired Paintings

I’ve always loved the beautiful floral plaster reliefs you find on French things… furniture, baskets, even buildings, are un-apologetically adorned with these romantic reliefs!  I’ve had in my mind for a while that I wanted to translate that to canvas and do some paintings that mimic that style. So today, I managed to steal away a little time and paint these two.  The number 5 represents the five people in my little family.  It was really fun to work on these. They’re not perfect.  I see lots of flaws.  But I had a great time doing them!  Painting like this is not as hard as you might think.  When I have a chance, I would love to do a short video showing you how I make the little flowers and leaves.  It’s fun and quick.  I will really try to do that this fall.  I will try.  But I have three kids, one of them is a two year old, so no promises or timeline!  But I would really love to share this with you, anyone can paint!

This one is in an amazing frame my husband made for my out of vintage moulding that was pulled from a falling-down Kansas farmhouse.  I was so lucky to stumble upon it many years ago.  I had enough for two frames.  He hated making them because the wood is crooked and wonky and warped.  But he did it anyway.  Now THAT is love!  Keep your romance novel heros, I’ll take a guy who makes frames out of chippy blue wood over that any day!

I’m trying to carve out time to be creative.  I did these at the kitchen island, while dishes sat in my sink.  I’m glad I took a moment to do something for myself and my home!  The dishes can wait.

3 Responses to French Inspired Paintings

  1. Holly says:

    Those are so beautiful! I’ve tried my hand at a little one stroke painting before. When you have time, I would LOVE to have a little lesson from you on how to paint those roses! Gorgeous.

  2. mary says:


    You are so quick in your talent! And your talent is magnificent!
    My guy likes things to be perfect… but also does projects for me that i need to be imperfect.
    We are blessed Holly! 🙂


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