Lauren Taylor Creates

Custom paintings from Christmas

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Christmas is my busiest time of year for custom paintings. They are the perfect unique gift to commemorate a trip, for a friend who was recently married or your parents who always wanted a nice family portrait. I love working with clients to turn their memories into beautiful watercolor paintings. Now that the holidays are over and gifts have been given, I'm excited to share with you a few of my favorites from this past Christmas. 

Wedding Illustrations

Travel Illustrations

Interested in a custom painting? Check out the process here and email me with any questions!

Introducing the Map Collection!

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Six vibrant illustrated map prints inspired by some of the countries I love most. So when you're home from a long day at work and want an escape to the beaches of Brazil or to a castle on the cliffs of Ireland let a LTC map take you there! They also make a great gift for your travel obsessed friends! :)
Shop the collection HERE!

Let me know what location you would like to see illustrated next. Send me an email to laurentaylorcreats@gmail.com with your favorite travel destination. 

Happy Halloween!

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I love Halloween! Well really I love any excuse to celebrate and dress up. It's such a fun way to be creative and dress up as something silly or wear something you never would any other time of the year. These are a few of my favorite costumes I've worn over the past couple of years. I was Honey Rider back when I lived in Hawaii and it was warm enough to wear a bikini to a block party. Daenerys Targaryen because, well Game of Thrones duh. I dressed up as Carmen Sandiego right before heading to South America. You can say I really had the travel bug. And last year I was a shark. I was in Turks and Caicos and I'm obsessed with sharks. It was probably my favorite costume to date and the one I've gotten the most compliments on, proving funny always trumps sexy!

Inspired: Ashley Longshore

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Who is she: Ashley Longshore is a hilarious and talented pop artist.

What makes her inspiring: If you don’t follow Ashley Longshore on Instagram, you should. She is a successful pop artist who draws inspiration from fashion, icons and greed. She churns out painting after painting that are bedazzled with beautiful crystals and have cheeky phrases and characters such as Gucci Jesus. Her work is beautiful and she has a long list of celebrity clients and incredible collaborations. Not only is her work over the top, but Ashley is a character herself constantly wearing oversized jewelry and sunglasses and says fuck a lot. 
Ashley is hilarious and really inspiring to follow. Not only does she post her amazing work but she constantly posts motivational and inspirational quotes along with her own positive thoughts. In a recent post she wrote “I hope that today you say fuck it, and make the decision to live the life you have always wanted.. it is not the easy way, but it IS the better way… live a fulfilled life chasing your dream not someone elses. Your time is precious. I love you!” 
She also encourages artists to skip the galleries and promote themselves and for art enthusiasts to purchase art directly from the artist (since galleries typically take anywhere from 50% - 70% commission). She’s making waves in the art industry and doing it her own way and encouraging other artists to do the same.

Find out more: http://www.ashleylongshore.com/
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Who would you like to see featured? Email me at laurentaylorcreates@gmail.com to submit someone who inspires you!

Workshop with Andy Evansen

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Since I travel so much I’ve been wanting to do more landscape and plein air paintings however I had always struggled with them. I’m always interested in trying new styles and techniques and one of my favorite ways to do that is through classes and workshops. Last Fall I flew to Minnesota for a workshop with Andy Evansen.  Andy is one of my favorite watercolor painters and I really love the way he captures light and the essence of a location. 

It was a week long workshop in Andy’s studio in Hastings, Minnesota. We worked off of pictures we brought and most of mine were from my travel to South America. Here are a few of my favorites - 

You can find out more about Andy HERE!