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the summer project


super excited… and a little nervous to share with you today my latest project. I’ve been painting with watercolor and doing calligraphy lately for work and the blog. When I work on interior projects I often paint my own artwork… sometimes really small just to put on a book shelf or something but I do it all the time and never really think much of it. It’s fun and I get exactly what I want for a reasonable budget. I’m BIG on original art but it’s tough to find affordable options. Thank goodness for Etsy! I have a really hard time buying anything from a big box retailer (confession I have bought a couple of things from West Elm) but as a general rule I prefer original art, photography or limited edition screen prints.

I ran into one of my dear friends the other day, Shelle, that I went to art school with. She told me she had started painting again. Thus I was inspired by Shelle and The Ultimate Summer to dive in, just for fun. Then I thought “what am I going to do with all of this stuff”? Thus my idea was born. For the past few weeks I’ve been painting, drawing, styling, photographing and setting up a Big Cartel site to sell the artwork — all for the summer project (which is now live and ready for you to shop). Yay! Names are all people, places and degrees of temperature (and yes my car did say 118° at one point – Texas heat y’all).

More to come in weeks ahead… First batch of 24 paintings available here.  I hope you enjoy. If nothing else, I’m having fun!

featured above (one of my favs): boerne II



boerne I




trail hill








larchwood IV











30 Responses to “the summer project”

  1. Meda says:

    As always, your talent knows no bounds. Look forward to the sale.

  2. Molly says:

    SIGN ME UP. These are beautiful! I need artwork for my apartment and so does my boyfriend… I especially love Boerne I and 118 for my guy.

  3. dick patrick says:

    sam, i love them! what fun and such a great way to tickle your creative funny-bone. good luck samantha.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks so much Meda — too nice!! I should have known you would be one of the few people up super late. :)

  5. Bret Sano says:

    118° is my favorite!

  6. TMT says:

    Lovely pieces!

  7. AmeLia says:

    Sam! I’m so flattered!
    Great work…….keep going!

  8. They’re all BEAUTIFUL Samantha! I especially love the pink washes.

  9. Annie Salem says:

    SAM – these are stunning!!!! As always, I am so impressed by you! xoxo Annie

  10. Charlotte says:

    When do I get one named after me? :)

  11. Saundy says:

    Wonderful to see you painting again. I love “Blythe”!

  12. narda says:

    watercolors rule!! the painting are lovely and flowy …. I like them all!! you are a natural, Sam

  13. Melissa says:

    Very cool Sam…as always everything you touch is beautiful!

  14. Blakeley and Kim says:

    Oh, I LOVE theses, Sam! You are inspiring me! Very cool. Love.

  15. Kim says:

    Fab, just like you. I’m also a 118 fan!

  16. Tiffany says:

    Stunning, just stunning!

  17. ashley says:

    gorgeous! just found you through annie of the now stylebook and let’s just say you were an immediate add to my favorites tab :)


  18. Tonia says:

    Looking good Sam. You make me want to pull out all of my watercolors, oils, canvas gesso…and just go to painting. Lovely!

  19. We are on the same page, same paragraph, same sentence!!! I feel much the same way about original artwork and have slowly begun doing something similar myself. Your work is inspiring me to take things to the next level. Thanks Sam!!

  20. Samantha says:


    Again, you are AMAZING!! I’ve tried to get back to painting, but it’s really difficult! I’m so inspired by you and WILL own one of your fabulous pieces! Just have to decide which beautiful one!

    xo, sam

  21. Jill says:

    Sam, so inspiring!! Of course leave it to you to come up with watercolor chic!

  22. Shannon says:

    Your simple art work is so inspiring! I’d love to take a swing at it! Can’t wait to buy one!

  23. Jess says:

    WOW. Sam, seriously?? How do you do it all?! Love these … esp. the Larchwood. Truly amaze me with everything that you accomplish!

  24. lily says:

    These pieces are amazing !! Just found your blog and am really really loving your work !


  25. Inspiring, very inspiring. There is such a creative spirit coming through in your work. The paintings, styling and photography are really beautiful.

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  27. these are gorgeous pieces!

  28. Sarah says:

    Really lovely artwork! You’re so talented; I hope to add something to my home! :)

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