Lauren Maurer Artworks

October 30, 2010

vintage dress paintings for the holidays

Filed under: allen company inc, green, holiday dresses, red, twirl vintage, vintage, vintage dress, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 11:58 am

Introducing….. Allen Company Inc (soft and neutral…. grays, blacks, whites and browns), and Twirl Vintage (full of color)…. Two amazing vintage shops in which I found around a million or so dresses to paint. 
I’ve added a list of links to the side of my blog so that when you see these dress paintings and it makes you want to buy a vintage dress of your very own, you can easily pop over to one of the amazing vintage shops that I love so much and buy one! 
For the holidays, I am mostly doing black and white, silver and gold dresses. But I couldn’t leave out a green and red set! The green dress is from Allen Company Inc and the red dress is from Twirl Vintage. The green one has a bit of gold in it! Actual, real, sparkly gold! I stopped trying to find watercolors that were metallic and started watering down my Golden Acrylic Interference and Iridescent paints – and I LOVE the results. They look so amazing on my black and white dresses (post coming soon!)
I love love love green. It’s one of my very favorite colors. Red…  not so much. Maybe because I’m a redhead and red anything looks bad on me (or near me). So I generally avoid it, but I realize others don’t necessarily share my opinion., and I feel bad neglecting the red lovers of the world. The actual dress is pink, but I took a little liberty with it 🙂 

October 23, 2010

Little Black Dresses

Filed under: holiday dresses, vintage, vintage dress, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 5:30 pm
The little black dress… classic in any decade. Timeless, really.
I’m really super excited about painting holiday dresses for the Vista Lights show! I started off with some black dresses from Dear Golden, which are perfect for holiday parties, and then I want to paint some with metallic paints! Maybe glitter? Is that a bit too much? I already did a larger dress in acrylic with this beautiful coppery gold color and black, but I’m not really sure where to find metallic watercolors. Any suggestions?

October 20, 2010

customer feedback… a picture is worth a thousand words

Filed under: bedroom wall art, vintage dress, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 4:19 pm

I love when my paintings find new homes, and I love to hear about how pleased people are when they receive them! When I work shows, or meet people through the galleries where my art is shown, I get instant gratification. Through online sales, however, I rely on people leaving me feedback through my shop or via email (which is nice)- but! Today I received a super sweet email complete with a photo of the dresses in their new home! LOVE!

October 4, 2010

my paintings are in Better Homes & Gardens DIY magazine!

Filed under: better homes and gardens, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 5:07 pm
They are on page number 58! 

October 3, 2010

Lauren, meet Yupo… Yupo, meet Ink…

Filed under: dresses, vintage dress paintings, yupo — laurenmaurerartworks @ 9:20 am
Dresses from Dear Golden… 11×4, and 8×10 Watercolor and Ink on Yupo … click here to purchase
I am not sure why I didn’t paint dresses on Yupo sooner, I totally am in love with this stuff! Yupo is a synthetic paper, and super slippery. I’ve tried it before with flowers and landscapes, and just wasn’t feeling it…until… Lee Monts, an awesome artist and friend, painted his latest landscapes using Yupo with INK. So I went to City Art, scooped up a bunch, and am loving it! 

September 20, 2010

pleasantly plum

Filed under: purple, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 6:31 pm

Click here to visit the shop dressed up in it’s new color … plum  … and click here to purchase the actual dresses from Adelaide Homesewn…

August 21, 2010

lemon lavender

Filed under: vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 6:45 pm
This dress makes me think of this smell….

August 6, 2010

Vintage drawings…. drawn when they weren’t vintage!

Filed under: vintage, vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 6:54 pm

I am so in love with these drawings of vintage clothes- all the more so because my Grandma Marj drew them! I had no idea that she drew anything beyond doodling while she’s on the phone, but when my stepmom saw my dress paintings, she said they reminded her of the style of drawing  that her mom used to do. Her and my dad drove up to New York last week, and these came back home with her! I have a whole sketchbook full!

I love the sassy posture of her models, and the bags! And the little kitten heels! And the little details! And the hair. I could go on and on.

July 18, 2010

New Dresses…New Blog

Filed under: vintage dress paintings — laurenmaurerartworks @ 9:52 pm

Here are two new dresses, which I wanted to be a champagne color (super hard to render in watercolor!) I used some blues and grays and browns for the shadows and light.

The top is from Dear Golden Vintage, and the bottom is from Land of 1000 Dresses.

I’ve also decided to start a blog just for the vintage dresses. They’ve sort of taken over and need their own space, I think! You can check it out at

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