More Priceless Than A Picasso ... To Me

There is an amazing new artist on the scene, not sure you've have heard. I've had the privilege of meeting her and she is an amazing talent & an even nicer person! Luckily for me, she commissioned a piece at my request. I had to pinch myself at my good fortune!

Now every time I walk by my new painting I can't believe that an original Carson Coffey hangs in my den. If your scratching your head and can't place that name, but you know it sounds familiar, that's because the artist happens to be my daughter as well!

Now, when I introduced her to you, I didn't really lie. She is up & coming, she is amazing and she really did commission a piece for our house;)

I asked for an abstract painting that included the colors from around our home. As you might imagine our home is pretty neutral, but we do have loads of plants so that explains the green. I also requested that it have movement and thickly layered paint.

She raided the paint on our garage shelves and this is what she came up with. I'm in love! It turned out way better than I could have ever predicted.

I've always displayed her artwork around the house. From the stick figures days to her award-winning high school projects, but this takes it to an entirely new level.

As usual, my poor husband was roped into helping complete this project. I needed a picture frame for this beauty and I knew he was the man for the job! I wanted the frame depth to be greater than the canvas, so we again turned to our inexpensive material of choice, 1x2 select pine boards.

Read more about an easy DIY curtain rod project also using 1 x 2's here.

He stacked two pieces side by side and then biscuit joined them together. The corners are cut at 45-degree angles and joined with finishing nails. I also applied a thin coat of Danish Oil.

To hang it perfectly straight he used a laser line level. Side note, this Skilz laser line level is an essential tool that we use on almost every job. Not sure what we did without it!

And, viola just like that I'm an art owner. In my home hangs an original one of a kind painting by my very favorite artist!

I've come to realize that art doesn't just belong in the houses of the rich and famous. Truly, art belongs in all of our homes and if you can't afford it then create your own.

This piece is one that I would choose if I had to make a mad dash out of the house at a moment's notice.

All of you mom's out there will agree that the artwork created by our kids is more priceless than a Picasso ... to us!