Sunday, February 22, 2015

february in wisconsin


We are approaching the end of February and hopefully experiencing our last below freezing wind chills. I have not done much writing here in the past year. Looking back, loosing my dad, my uncle, being in a car crash, I could safely write about these experiences. Post divorce issues; not getting along with my ex, loosing a family because of divorce, loosing my home because of divorce, these are not easy topics for me to address. Attorney's and court rooms and obligations not met. SO MUCH emotion and anger and past regrets. So many times in the past year, driving through these beautiful country roads, I ask myself "How did I get here?" There is so much of this that I don't want. I just want things to be simple and they are not, and never will be.

My parents divorced when I was 3, the same age my son was when his dad and I "officially" got divorced. Although it was well over much before I was pregnant, 10 years of co-dependency and bad habits. When I was growing up my families lived in the same small town. My mom got along with my dad's parents, and would often be invited in for pie and coffee. There was never any negative energy. My families spoke fondly of one another. And the best part, I had both my families. Everyone lived in the same place. I spent every other weekend with my dad. My parents didn't hang out, but they also didn't avoid one another. Of course, there was no facebook, no cell phones. If you wanted to contact someone, you called, and left a message on the answering machine. And then they called you back.

I live in Wisconsin. This is where my ex is from and where his family lives and that's why I am here. This is where our child was born. So this is where we live. I'm lucky to have good friends here. This world can be a mean place. I'm damn lucky to have good friends, a powerfully supportive mom, a strong, honest man who loves me, and a few paintings to finish. One of the best joys I have right now, is when I bring my son home after he has been away with his dad, and he says "Did you make a new painting while I was gone?" as he walks over to my painting spot to see for himself.  I think he is my biggest fan. 

It's going to be a big year. My son and I will move to a small apartment. He will begin kindergarden. I will continue to paint, drink too much tea and probably spend too much time wishing things were just a *little* different.

My mom, dad's mom (grandma Mary) and cousin Philip. 1980

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Have a commissioned portrait done of your furry friend this holiday season!

I am offering a discounted price to those who commission me to paint a portrait no later than November 24. This is in celebration of the body of work I have created in the past year. I am so thankful for those that have given me the opportunity to do something I love. Please contact me no later than the 24th to get details! 

The above is a portrait of a famous Irish Terrier named Wuss. Here is the great review I received from the owner:

Natalie, the portrait arrived today and as I thought, it's even more beautiful in person! Your detailing is astounding. I love the use of golds that highlight it. Also, you can feel the tension in his body which gives the impression that he is about to pounce! Wuss crossed the Rainbow Bridge this past August so this means a lot to me. Thank you again...

If you are in the Madison area, you can see my work at Johnson Public House and at Wendigo in Stoughton. My work is also up at the old post office in Charleston, Illinois and I have an upcoming exhibit at the amazing Vault Arts Collective in downtown Tuscola, Illinois, this January!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Art on display at new restaurant in Stoughton and new pet shop in Charleston!

Sneak peak!

I'm super excited to announce the opening of the new restaurant Wendigo in downtown Stoughton! I'm double excited to announce that my wild animal portraits are adorning the walls! For more information and to make reservations, check out the Wendigo Facebook page.

If you are in the Central Illinois area, I am sharing display space with Lumbering Behemoth at a new pet shop called Fetcher's, located in the old post office in Charleston, Illinois. Jim, my super talented and loving boyfriend, is the talent behind Lumbering Behemoth. He designed the columns and arches for the new store *and* he is displaying his beautiful handmade furniture and lamps. 

Lumbering Behemoth & Wright Home @ Fetcher's Pet Supply

Lumbering Behemoth & Wright Home @ Fetcher's Pet Supply

I wanted to share this photo Jim took of our work together at the new pet shop in Charleston. Isn't this table amazing?!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer 2014


Summer is flying by, as usual. It's almost August and much as I love Autumn, I must admit after our last winter, I'm a little weary! This summer has been wonderful and so jam-packed full of projects. The show at the library was a success and the show at The Firefly is already set to come down this up-coming Thursday!

My show is up for two more weeks. Stop in The Firefly for a drink and bring a friend :)

If you haven't had a chance to stop in yet, please do! Bring a friend, have a cup of coffee or tea, or stop in for lunch. It's an amazing cafe and I'm proud to say I've been on staff for 6 years! 114 North Main Street in Oregon, Wisconsin.

I've completed a few new commissions that I'm pretty proud of. The cats are Gregg & Duane and the bloodhound is Pita. It's been so great to be able to meet the animals. I am loving this so much. If you know someone that might like my large scale work, please share my website with them!Gregg & Duane. The latest commission! 38"x50", acrylic and gouache on paper. Pita, the Bloodhound. 38"x50", acrylic on paper. I never imagined myself painting pet portraits, but I sure am loving it!

If you are in Madison, please stop by the wonderful shop Zip Dang, on Monroe Street. They are now selling my giclee prints! They sell a wonderfully curated selection of local art, letterpress cards, housewares, clothing, and the best clogs! (someday...)

Thanks for stopping by the site and for passing my information along to folks who might like my work. 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spring 2014

June issue of Madison Magazine! (In case ya haven't heard...)

It's hard to believe my last post was January 31st! How is that possible?! Well, a LOT has been happening and I'm so very excited to report my little article in this month's Madison Magazine! Also, if you missed the little blog write-up, you can find that here


The show looks great at the Alicia Ashman Library in Madison. If you haven't stopped by yet, please do so! If traveling to the West Side is a bit far for you, no worries, looks like I will be showing my work on the East Side, as well! Stay tuned for my work being displayed at The Pinney Branch later this summer. (If you are wondering who that good lookin' man is helping me hang the can see his work here!)


Don't let the road construction stop you from stopping in Johnson Public House this summer! My new series of Wild Animals can be seen while you enjoy the best coffee in town. No kidding.

My plans for the show that goes up at The Firefly Coffeehouse in July are being a bit challenged by some material I need that is on backorder. The show might not be what I had planned, but there will be a show! I work as a barista at this amazing cafe, so stop in this July and say hello! The show goes up July 3.

Oscar with his new painting!

It's been a busy Spring! My son turned 4, and per his request, I made him this painting of a Mama Fox and her kit. If you have interest in commissioning a work of art, please visit this page for details

Friday, January 31, 2014

This is exactly where I want to be...

The show at Johnson Public House in Madison has been a great success. I have sold a few pieces and am currently working on my third commissioned painting. This May I will be showing new work at The Alicia Ashman Library on the West Side.

I love the challenge these pieces give me. Today I was almost in tears over a painting in progress. It was such a terribly wonderful thing. I'm stressed out over something that is mine. My WORK. My doing. This is exactly where I want to be; in my studio, painting.

If you are interested in having a large scale portrait painted of your animal friend, and you like my work, please contact me for details! {nataliewrighthome at gmail}

Friday, November 22, 2013

Animal portraits! Now available as Fine Art Giclee Prints! Yay!!

Giclee prints are in my etsy shop!

These beautiful archival quality giclee prints are now available in my etsy shop! They are 8x10 with a 1" border on 10x12 somerset velvet paper. If you would like one of the animal portraits not listed, or you would like to have it printed larger or smaller, just send me a message on etsy and we'll make it happen!

  8x10 Giclee print with 1" border