You may remember me sharing that I’ve recently gotten really into art. I’m not sure if it’s hitting that mid 20’s age that has sparked this new, very mature and sophisticated obsession (mature, definitely not) or the fact that the bare walls of my home are practically forcing me into it, but either way I’m certainly enjoying this new interest of mine! That’s one of the many reasons I was thrilled to get the chance to spend a morning with local artist, Blakely Litte, of Blakely Made. Not only did I get to pick her brain on her creative process, but I got the VIP walk through of her most recent art show at The Real Estate Studio. Needless to say, I was in newly discovered, art lover heaven!
As you can see from the pictures, Blakely definitely has a specific style to her work. She paints coastal scenes using fresh, bright colors in acrylic paints. All of the paintings you’ll see here are done on wood panels, which I love how that gives it another coastal touch! Born and raised in the seaside city of Annapolis, Maryland, Blakely grew up on the water. Whether sailing or relaxing on the beach, the salt water was always a big part of her life and continues to be the inspiration behind her work.
Blakely had always been very artistic, but her business really began when her mother, who is an interior decorator, started asking her to paint pictures for her client’s homes. This was a wonderful opportunity for her, but she wasn’t allowed the creative freedom she craved. The clients wanted realistic paintings with exactly what they saw when looking at the ocean- blue waters, white sands, green grass, you get the point. Blakely loves using colors that you wouldn’t truly see in these scenes, but that add character and depth to her paintings. Her favorite color that she can always go to for inspiration, is turquoise (even down to a turquoise Mini Cooper)! Personally, I love her use of pinks and peaches in the water. Those seem to be her paintings that draw me in the most!
When it came time to go away to college, it only seemed natural for Blakely to make the move to another coastal city, so Charleston it was! While earning her degree at the College of Charleston in a Bachelor Degree in Arts Management and Minor in Studio Art, Blakely also interned with local florist, Charleston Stems. Yes, this girl can do it all!! Which then leads to how we met, because she worked on the beautiful florals in our wedding! I cannot WAIT to share those photos with y’all, but until then, Blakely’s gorgeous Annapolis wedding (at her parent’s home-how awesome?), will have to tide you over! Blakely continues to work part time at Stems, but with a suddenly booming art business, focuses most of her time on painting.
You can go see Blakely’s work at The RealEstate Studio at 214 King St. through February 10th, anytime from 10-6 or visit her website to order a painting. Keep in mind she also does commissioned pieces if something is sold out or you would like it in a different size!! Additionally, you can also find the largest piece of her work to date, in the new Charleston hot spot, Cannon Green. If you haven’t been there, you must go, if even just for a glass of wine and the beautiful decor and of course, art!