I can confess, I am a terrible artist. I mean horrible, I really cannot even draw a proper stick figure. So when I came across these sweet and whimsical paintings by Houston based artist Lisa Chow, I was in awe.
I absolutely love your work! Tell us about yourself :: I am a self taught artist/illustrator born, raised and currently residing in Houston, TX. Like most kids, I started drawing from a young age but unlike most kids, I never stopped. I always loved art but never took it more seriously than a side hobby. So, when it came time to choose a career, I received my business degree and worked in the corporate world for several years. While working a very routine office job, I started itching to do something creative. Slowly and tentatively, I gathered up a small collection of drawings and proceeded to sell them at a local art market. Having my work reviewed was terrifying but selling my work was intoxicating. The first seeds of a potential art career were planted and I couldn’t shake that dream even while sitting through hours of meetings and presentations. After a few years of building up my art as a side business, I decided it was time to pursue my creative endeavor full time. It has been a bumpy ride but a hundred times fulfilling.
What medium do you use? :: I’ve experimented with everything; acrylics, oils, pastels, colored pencils, even clay. But I keep coming back to watercolors. I love watercolors’ ability to be sheer and delicate and ephemeral.
Typical questions, I know, but what inspires you? :: I draw a lot of inspiration from childhood. I love stories and fairy tales and magic and mystery. Childhood can be a place of whimsy and wonder but also loneliness and frustration.
Are you a big daydreamer? :: Absolutely. When you get lost in thought is when creativity is found.
And what else? :: I purposefully use delicate lines and subdued color palettes to give my illustrations a bit more sophistication. My hope is for my work to be appreciated by children and adults alike. I love when a parent buys one of my pieces for their child because it is something they both enjoy. I love hearing my work will be baby’s first piece in baby’s art collection.
All paintings and prints by Lisa Chow
Remember if you are an artist or know someone who draws, paints or even scribbles awesome things for kids email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With fall quickly approaching in less than a week we are trying to squeeze in our last little bit of summer with these beautiful images by German photographer, Beatrice Heydiri.
If you know me, you know two things I love are black and white photography and the beach so I instantly fell in love with this series of kids surfing in South Africa by Beatrice Heydiri. I love how she shot them as a total observer and captured these kids I asked her a couple of questions about these pictures because I just had to know more.
I just love these! So where were these pictures taken? :: These images were taken in Soth Africa, in a small surfing community where surfing is to the people what air is to everyone else. The place is Kommetije, on the West Coast halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point.
This wasn’t a planned shoot, right? These are all real surfer kids? What inspired you about these kids? :: Yes, this was not a planned shoot, these images are a reflection of a weekend on my local surf beach. These children come here every single day after school and spend their lives surfing. I think this incredible spirit of these small but very passionate people needed to be captured in it’s natural environment.
: Photography by Beatrice Heydiri :
:: This is the first of a new series showcasing kid related fine art- photography, illustration, painting and prints. If you are an artist or know someone who paints or draws awesome things for kiddos and would like to be featured on the blog write to me at Stephanie@babiekinsmag.com ::
I love dresses. They are my go to outfit, quick, easy and cute and I am loving this shift dress from Agate Mermaid. And these boots can go from the sand box to happy hour to a sunflower field.
Change it up by adding layers, like this pin striped denim skirt. Remember when you were little and you piled on the jelly bracelets? This is the grown up version. Load up and layer different sizes and colors. Raid your grandma’s jewelry box for the ultimate vintage pieces.
Add more layers and change up the look even more. A vest or a jean jacket and there ya go, most stylin’ mom in ballet class.
Dress: Janis shift from Agate Mermaid :: Ankle boots and denim skirt: Target :: Bracelets: Patricia Candido and Yun Price :: Vest and necklace: Vintage :: Beach wavy hair: courtesy of the humidity and Josie Maran Bohemian Waves :: Photography by Shaka
Part 3 of our back to school styling tips is all about the four hottest trends for fall and how to incorporate them into your babiekin’s wardrobe.
1.PATTERNS – polka dots, stars, plaids, galaxy/space prints, animal prints, fair isle patterns
It’s easy to be on trend by adding a tee or pair of leggings in some of the seasons trendiest prints.
2. ACCESSORIES :: tights, hats, leg warmers, glasses, scarves and colored shoelaces.
Low on funds, buy accessories in trendy patterns and colors. Pair them with past season clothing or hand me downs to make an outfit feel new
3. COLORS :: sunrise gold, indigo blue, all shades of pink and purples.
Buy your child’s wardrobe in a few of the fall shades and it will be easy to mix and match outfits.
4. FABRICS :: denim, chunky knits, tweed, quilted fabric
Denim is worn in new silhouettes this school year. Jumpsuits, dresses, skirts. So be daring and layer denim on denim.
- When mixing prints like in the outfit on the right use a unifying color. The black checks and the black horses work with this look.
- Pay attention to scale when mixing patterns. Do not use prints that are the same size. Smaller patterns with larger patterns create balance.
- Pair contrasting colors on the color wheel, AKA complimentary colors. The purple/ blue hue of the dotted dress pairs well with its contrasting color yellow head wrap.
- Stay with similar textures to keep the patterns from getting to busy
- Some pattern combos to try are stripes and florals or stripes and polka dots
- Afraid of mixing prints? Start by mixing a floral head wrap with a polka dot dress. On boys mix a striped beanie with a plaid flannel.
Kids are back to school and gone are the lazy summer days of bathing suits and flip flops. Here are some back to school tips and trends for dressing your babiekins. Part one in our three part series.
- Muted green
On Zoe, on left:
On Henry, in middle:
On Penelope, on right:
:: Styling by Heather Rome ::
:: Photography by Stephanie Matthew ::