I have been familiar with the work of Katie Bradley of MossyRockDesigns for a few years now. We belong to a few of the same online adoption groups and I've seen her paintings featured on other blogs. But what really drew me to her art were the stories that each painting tells. Using ink and water colour, Katie's work doesn't so much capture a moment in time as much as it conveys a whole story from beginning to end. The ability to create an ethereal sense of both movement and time in a static work of art is a gift that far outweighs mere technique, which is why I feel the need to share her remarkable talent with all of you.
One of Katie's most popular works is Hair Time is a set of three paintings, illustrating what all of us know all too well:
And not forgetting the boys, here's Barber Time:
I love that Katie illustrates so much joy when it comes to hair! This is just the type of positive imagery we love to see.
If I had to choose one word to describe Katie's work it would be "hope." Everything she paints is filled with it, from the simple joys of a child napping with his mother:
to the stability of a forever family through adoption:
Katie's work captures the true spirit of everything she paints whether it be a child, a family, or a culture.
But don't take my word for it. See for yourself! I highly recommend taking your own journey into Katie's world. She has several items featured on her MossyRockDesigns Etsy store, but to get a full feel for what she can do you really should browse through her MossyRockDesigns Facebook page albums. I promise you will not be disappointed.
And if you find something you like when looking around, Katie has a special treat for you for stopping by: You can get 20% any purchase for the next month (expires May 24, 2012)! Use coupon code: CHVC20PERCENTOFF at the time of purchase.
But wait, there's more! With every purchase, 20% of each purchase goes towards buying diapers, formula, etc. for the Ethiopian orphanages when Katie travels to bring home her daughter daughter home this year! It's really a win-win for everyone.
To keep up with Katie and all the latest that she is doing, follow her blog at mossyrockdesigns.blogspot.com. Although she's not taking custom orders for the remainder of this year (I'm totally bummed about this, I really wanted to have her do something for us *sigh*), you can see all of the work she has done for others in the past. ;-)
No doubt when things settle down for her family, Katie will be available once again to continue to bless families with custom orders. We pray for a smooth and happy homecoming for the Bradley family as they prepare to bring their daughter home.