Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Happy Holidays, blogosphere!! TODAY OFFICIALLY BEGINS THE COUNTDOWN UNTIL CHRISTMAS! 25 days to go!

First and foremost, I'd like to start this post by saying WELCOME to any of my new readers out there. I am trying to get better at this whole blogging thing, so bear with me! Now, on to the main topic...

I am so excited to announce that I have opened an Etsy Shop: B.Wanders Design Co

I have loved art and design for as long as I can remember. Because of this passion, I ended up going to Design School and ultimately received my degree in Graphic Design. For a long time, I thought sketching/drawing was my "thing", but it wasn't until I had to paint coolers in college that I found my love for painting. Do you guys know what it means to paint a cooler? Basically, in the South when you are invited to a fraternity formal or weekend function, you are encouraged to paint a cooler for your date and stock it with snacks and drinks for the trip. Well, I have to toot my own horn a little and say that I was always very impressed with myself when it came to designing these coolers.

Fast forward to a more present-day Brooke. A couple of years ago, and through a bizarre twist of fate, I left my Graphic Design job in NC to become a flight attendant. This job is so unconventional and forces me to have a very unpredictable and inconsistent schedule. After many long, dull days spent in my apartment, waiting for scheduling to call me to fly, I decided I needed a hobby. I bought my first set of watercolor paints and decided to just go for it. After MANY failed attempts at being contemporary and abstract, and trying to paint portraits of friends and family (oh and let me just say, those of you who can paint people's faces, I bow down to you! NOT MY THING. So. Not. My. Thing.), I found out I really liked painting animals, landscapes, nature, architecture, fashion, almost anything very detailed and realistic without a human face...

What started out as me giving my paintings to friends and family as gifts, evolved into me being asked to sell prints of my work, a lot of them being paintings of animals. All of this has led me to start a new mini-business, if you will, of creating custom pet portraits! Unexpected, but so much fun!

Without further ado, Here are some examples of my prints as well as some commissioned paintings I've done!

In the future, I really hope to expand my company to not just animal prints and pet portraits, but to add more innovative prints and unique artwork. Phone cases? Wrapping Paper? Fabric? Oh my!

So, if you are ever in the market for a fun art print or a custom pet portrait, head over to B.Wanders Design Co.! I promise to add more and more fun artwork and prints as I go (these make great Christmas Gifts, *wink wink*)!

I am so excited for this next step in my creative journey; thank you for letting me share something I love with you!