One of my absolute favorite things in the entire world is building relationships. That sounds super cheesy now that I type it out... But I am passionate about people! Working retail definitely tested my patience and love for all people, but nonetheless, I still love people. Even if they yell at me for not giving them ten cents.
I am at my best when you have just me. I am my truest self when we are one on one. I love using that time to be real, authentic, honest, and thoughtful. I want to know the person. Personality has always fascinated me, and I definitely see peoples personality in color. (THAT sounds super cheesy too.)
For the last couple years I have had this idea of taking someone's testimony/story/personal inspiration, and literally exploding it on a canvas, the way my mind sees it. It's sort of the same idea as some tattoos I guess. Telling your story, your past, certain people or feelings through a permanent mark. I want to feel with people, and that is EASY for me to do being who I am. I would love to be able to say that my art can be therapeutic, encouraging, or joyful to each buyer because it's personally made for THEM, or others in their lives.
I got my very first commission doing this in March. I was shocked. Now that I look back at the process, I am satisfied with how it all came together. I was so frustrated and stressed 75% of the time while working on this. "IT'S FOR ANOTHER PERSON. WHAT IF THEY HATE IT."
I find it funny that sometimes I get so irritated with myself, that I say I am finished. Then I come back the next day, and I'm actually proud of the finished peice. Whaaaaat.
This painting took me a little under two months. It's 30 x 40, and it was made for a sweet woman named Zaena Hall. She reached out to me, NOT EVEN KNOWING ME, and we discussed this painting. Here are her kind words:
"When asking Lauren to paint this, I was inspired by a boring bronze and silver painting. Shortly after contacting her, my best friend passed away and this painting had turned into so much more. Lauren incorporated more colors into this piece, making it her own. In return, probably not knowingly made it more like my friends heart: A vast array of colors you can get lost in."
Thank you for giving me the beautiful opportunity Zaena!
I also did my first series of timelapse videos for this painting! Scurry on over to my instagram to see them! (@laurenashleighb)
I already have a small list of other commissions from others after they saw and heard about this one. I am undeserving! But I am so excited to continue painting stories, and painting hope.
Reach out if you are curious or interested (: