When I began my acrylic painting class last February, I mostly did it for adventure. Something new! Playing with paint! I posted my paintings on Facebook so my friends could see what I was up to.
I was delighted when my friend Rachel commented that she loved the colorful, simple quality of my work. She thought the kids she worked with would love it too. She commissioned three paintings for her office at Dogwood Psychology Center for Children and Families. She requested an elephant, a giraffe, and an owl.
Elephant is giving advice to two bird friends. Giraffe is making a tower of magic spots. Owl is deciding what color frosting she wants on her birthday cake.
Rachel’s idea that I paint for kids hit a happy chord with me. Next, I painted a scene for a favorite second grade class at Hillsborough Elementary School where my friend Julia teaches. The school’s mascot is a dolphin, and their motto stresses kindness and cooperation.
Here is Dolphin kindly rescuing a baby bunny, who landed himself in big trouble by NOT cooperating with his parents and going out too far on his boogie board. A highlight of 2017 was delivering this painting to Julia’s classroom and talking with her students about the creative process.
A few weeks later, my friend Binnie asked for two paintings for her granddaughters. Binnie wanted the elephant (at top), and she asked for a giraffe and two bunnies going to Stinky, a Brooklyn restaurant frequented by her daughter.
Here are the paintings, framed by Binnie and on their way to Brooklyn for Christmas.
My friend Nancy encouraged me to donate a painting to a fundraiser for the Burwell School, an historic house in downtown Hillsborough. I got carried away and did three paintings, all Hillsborough scenes (with a twist).
This is Yveette, the Giant Frog, trying to decide if she wants to move into the Stickworks sculpture on our riverwalk.
In the painting below, Stegosaurus and two bird friends arrive in Hillsborough. Wouldn’t that be a blast!
Here is Hippo pondering history on the lawn of the Burwell School.
At the fundraising event, I really sweated it as people selected art to buy. I’d told mysel I was NOT going to get upset if my work didn’t sell, but I could hardly concentrate on the white wine or the delicious mint brownies.
One painting sold at the end of the event and the site manager had offers on the other two, thanks to Facebook publicity. I’m pleased that some grownups bought my paintings just for themselves.
Hippo landed herself in the after-event publicity.
Close to Christmas, interior designer Vicki McDaniel, requested Dolphin for her grandson and a hot air balloon painting for another child. The little girl’s name is Nellie Jane, and her mom is wild over hot air balloons.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of these kind folks, I’ve decided to launch a small art business. Here’s the description:
I create custom paintings for nurseries, kids’ rooms, medical offices, schools, and other places where kids and whimsical adults will enjoy seeing them.
Each of my paintings comes with a bit of a story. The owner gets to fill in the rest!
For more information, email me at BKYounger@gmail.com. Paintings may be any size you like and done on canvas board or stretched canvas, ready for you to frame or hang without framing. Prices range from $25 to $100. Shipping is additional.
I’m into painting toys, too. This is grandson Maze’s toy turtle and a favorite ball. Sadly, they’ve lost their kite. Turtle is gently nudging Ball back to the beach cottage after this unfortunate occurrence.