Marylu’s Freestone Guesthouse

Marylu Downing is a mixed media artist living in the tiny community of Freestone in Sonoma County, California. In the back of her beautiful property in the foothills above the town, she has a tiny guesthouse that has served as a respite for out-of-town family and vistors to this area of Wine Country. The guesthouse reflects the colors and textures that Marylu uses in her colorful and quirky paintings.

The tiny cottage was originally a shed and contains just a bedroom and a full bath, but Marylu is interested in putting in a small kitchen. The rooms are decorated with splashes of paint, comfortable furniture and Marylu’s paintings which are inspired by this bohemian community and the local beaches of Bodega Bay. Continue reading

Tiny House Paintings

Tracy Booth contacted me the other day about some cool paintings she creates with tiny houses. Tracy is an independent artist from Western North Carolina. I’ll let her tell you what inspired her to create these beautiful paintings.

My tiny house paintings were inspired by my love of tiny homes and spaces. My husband and I have lived in a variety of small homes from studio apartments to log cabins and tiny cottages. In living small, we continually reinvent our lives insmall ways that have resulted in large changes in our thoughts and habits. We try to live greener, better, and freer.

I have been living in the beautiful southern Appalachian mountains for many years now. After working as a theatre lighting technician for over fourteen years, I decided I needed a change.

Since then, my desire for art has turned into a fulltime profession. I have my artwork displayed in several galleries and have had a couple solo shows in the region. Besides trying to live below our means and doing what I can to grow some organic foods, I embrace making art for these small, comfortable spaceswhich calm my soul. Even a small home has plenty of room for beauty and inspiration!

“Dream big – live small”

Please visit Tracy’s Gallery and if you like what she has to offer give her some business.