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Call For Submissions – Mothers

Send me your photo & I might use it for my next series!

The past two years, I released a series of paintings for Mother’s Day, and both years they were a huge hit. You can see the collections here and here.

I will make a new series of original paintings for Mother’s Day next year. Would you like me to use your photo as inspiration? Email up to three (3) photos to hello@darlingillustrations.com with “Mother’s Day submission” in the subject.

The deadline for submissions is 5/30/2019. (more…)

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Our Children Are Our Inspiration

This is a guest post by Justine Done. She is a single mom of two children. When she submitted her photos to me last year to be considered for my Mother’s Day series, she sent a heartfelt email along with the images. Her words are as follows.

I recently went through a divorce (“recent” meaning two years) but it still feels recent, and when we parted for the last time, I sent him all the pictures I had of him and the kids. Probably a few hundred. Candid. Beautiful. Every bonding moment between my children and their father.

He had none of me and the littles, which I expected. No candid pictures, no random snippets he thought worth capturing behind the scenes, not even from the day our daughter was born. (more…)

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Come stand on the blank page with me

I am not ashamed of getting divorced. Divorce has been a winnowing experience for me.

First, I cleared physical clutter from my life, giving up things that I did not need in order to stay close to my girls. I budgeted carefully, gave up my car and simplified my spending habits so that I could stay home.

Then I cleared out emotional clutter, letting go of relationships with people who did not believe in me. I was told to get a real job or to stop homeschooling or to parent differently. I was told that everything bad that was happening to me was my fault.

But there were other people, people who stood by me, and I couldn’t have made it through this year without their support. (more…)

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Call For Submissions – Mothers & Fathers

Send me your photo & I might use it for my next series!

I am making two new series of original paintings: one for Mother’s Day and another one for Father’s Day. Would you like me to use your photo as inspiration? Email up to three (3) photos to hello@darlingillustrations.com with “Mother’s Day submission” or “Father’s Day submission” in the subject. (more…)

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Celebrating Contemporary Black Artists

Last year, to celebrate Black History Month, I did a series of portraits of important black female artists.
For Black History Month this year I want to step back and let the work of black artists speak for itself. We’re making our own stories right now & I feel it’s important to share those stories so that they can shape reality. Without further ado, I will let the following 11 Black Female Artists speak for themselves:

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