Tuesday, October 12, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the silhouettes I did for my sister. I then did a pair (and dang-it if I didn't forget to take a picture) of my cousin Sloan and her fiance Tyler for their first home. Under Tyler, I wrote I Cor. 13:8 "Love never fails" and under Sloan I wrote their wedding date. I was SO nervous to give them to her at her recent wedding shower. I was afraid that she wouldn't like them, but they turned out to be a huge hit with everyone! So I have been doing them more and more. I even recently (thank you Heather! I am so excited about my first "commissioned" pieces) sold a group!!!

But while doing some price research I noticed that there were mostly people and pets, and that objects were not done in silhouettes often. This got me to thinking... there are a lot of objects that I find beautiful. They have nice lines, or good movement.

Or they mean a lot to me or my family. Which is what inspired this piece. I have to say, he was harder than I thought he would be. But I love the results and he was worth the effort!

Presenting the silhouette painting of a UH-60 (aka Blackhawk) Helicopter.

Along the bottom, it says...

Arkansas National Guard - Razorback MEDEVAC - "That others may live..."

My attempt at an artistic photo. Not so great...

My husband would be UBER disappointed if I labeled this a Blackhawk. It is technically a UH-60. Duh... ;)
"UH-60 Down" just doesn't have a nice ring to it!!! HAHA!!!

I considered doing it in a bold color, like red. But because the subject of the painting is unexpected, I thought I might just keep to the traditional black & white.

I am really pleased with the results. Did I say that already? Oh well. I am! Now I have to explain something to my friends who are not married to military pilots. Most of my friends' husbands have "normal" 8-5 type jobs. So they probably don't have a lot of job related displays in their homes. Pretty sure my accounting friends don't frame spreadsheets! HAHA! But Pilots are different. Especially military ones. We have something in almost every room relating to something aviation. In our bedroom, for example, we have an air-nav map of Iraq framed on the wall and a wooden scale replica of a UH-60 on the dresser. NOT normal home decor. Even our daughter's name, Ava, is aviation related. But his career is a lifestyle for our family, and while he may be the one who goes and flies the thing, we are an aviation FAMILY.

Sorry for that tangent, but it leads to a humorous (or at least I think so) story- the other day I was with my friend Amanda (her hubs is also a pilot) and we heard a helicopter. We found ourselves discussing the type it might be based on the rotor noise, and what type of pattern he might be flying... Okay, maybe you had to be there. But for two new moms spending the day at the pumpkin patch with their babies, it was odd conversation! HAHA!

What item or object in your life is "silhouette worthy"???

By the way, if you want to see a video of my hubs uber cool job, click here.

If you want to learn some impressive facts about the UH-60 to impress the man in your life, click here.


Memoirs of a Makeup Addict said...

Love this!!
Looking forward to my profile shots that I ordered. Hope to get the two year old, Rebecca, to cooperate tonight to take a picture.


Melissa said...

I think you may have just found your new calling!!