Large Scale Harbor View: Hvar, Croatia

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

After my City Series, which were all at petite sizes of 5.5" x 7.7" ish, I wanted to try my hand at a larger scale format.
Most of my commissions range between 8" x 10" to 16" x 20," so my hands are trained to andrefined at this scale, and as I prepare for a grander series which also focuses on American Architecture over the coming summer, I'm interested in adapting my style and sense of detail to a larger format.

I must admit that the petite scale of my City Series really suited me, because it allowed me to labor over the details without the overall painting's completion taking too long.  Each piece taking me only a few sessions to get them perfected.

This 26" x 40" painting took more sessions, and to be entirely honest, I would have liked to do even more details in the distance.  The houses are technically large enough I could paint people in the windows washing laundry, or kitty cats bathing in the sun.  But that wasn't the focus of the painting, and to make it personal for it's purpose, it is void of human forms.

This is a town portrait of the island of Hvar, Croatia, completed for my husband's 32nd Birthday this past week.  It was one of our favorite spots along our tour of the country, and has recently become a hot spot for touring millennials. 
Chyea, I know. We are totes so hip.


Design Crush Tuesday: Ginger Jars

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth


Soooooo I'm doing my taxes this week. Yes, this whole week. They take me that long. :(
And all I can daydream about is my next slated painting-- which is going to be a big one- of a TON of flower stuffed ginger jars. All my preliminary sketches are all over my studio space. 
And what's MORE exciting- is that my husband totally told me that I should get some REAL ones. You can bet your bottom dollar it did not take me very long to take him up on the offer. So excited so be painting these by the end of the week. 
With Easter around the corner, I had to include a couple of pretty little Easter eggs in this sketch.  
Happy Tuesday, friends! Wishing you easy taxes and big checks back from the government. 


Design Crush Tuesday: Havana

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth


I have never been to Havana; however, I have been to Cuba. Its beautiful, and I got the worst sunburn I've ever had.

Chanel hosted their resort collection on the Main Street last year, of o recall correctly, and ever since it has been on my mind. Colorful and exuding a vibrancy of spirit that few cities have.  

It is romanticized in my mind (as are most things,) but what a beautiful backdrop it makes. If I were ever to plan a city, it would probably look like Paris.  But if I were to plan a vacation city- it would have to look like Havana. 

Its my daydream vacation spot and I'd hire a pink taxi!

While my current city series is only taking on my darling America, a European city series may be shortly on its heels. Happy Design Crush Tuesday! ;)