People We Love | Cathy Rodgers

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Recently, I became aware of a friend of my mom’s that has an incredible talent! She is an amazing painter. I mostly found our about her through Facebook after I was tagged in this incredible painting of the bouquet I made for my mom’s Alaskan wedding back in July. It was an amazing representation of her bouquet. What a special way to remember your flowers from your “big day”! Now, my mom’s bouquet was actually made of paper, so it wouldn’t wilt anyways, but the painting is still amazing to have! Until Cathy painted the bouquet, I never really thought about paper bouquets being something that Salt + Paperie could provide but, I think we are going to start! You can spread the word.

 

Check out these amazing photos of her painting of my mom’s bouquet, and compare them to the real thing. And then scroll down to see the painting of my very own wedding bouquet!
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Cathy was nice enough to let us interview her for our blog! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Cathy Rodgers!
Tell me a little about you, your family, where your from, anything about your own wedding that stands out?
I’m married (28 years) and have two children, a son and a daughter.  My son lives in Nashville and my daughter is a Senior in high school.  I’ve lived in Huntsville longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, so I guess you could say that I’m from Huntsville!
My wedding colors were white and pink.  It was a really small wedding (less than 20 people, including me and my husband) with a mixture of traditional parts and non-traditional parts.  Traditional – I wore a long white wedding gown that my mom made for me, we had two bridesmaids and two groomsmen.  Non-traditional – we got married in an old home (that I think has been torn down now) in Huntsville, a local judge performed our ceremony and when the ceremony was over, my parents took everyone out to eat Chinese food.  The worst part of our wedding had to do with the location.  The old home was beautiful – antiques everywhere, antique wallpaper.  Just gorgeous.  I visited the house and made reservations in February for my June 1st wedding date.  The woman who owned the home forgot to mention that the ballroom that we were renting was NOT air conditioned.  In fact we didn’t find out about the lack of AC until the rehearsal on the night before the wedding.  So, on June 1st of the year I got married, it was 98 degrees + humidity.  Every one of us nearly died from the heat.
What was your very first painting?
I painted a scene of a bunch of flower pots that I had planted and placed on my back deck.  In the painting you can see all of the flower pots, the deck railing behind the flower pots and the top of my neighbor’s house way in the distance.

How long have you been painting?

I painted for the first time in 2006, as a way to escape the unbelievable stress I had at home – raising two teenagers and being my elderly mother’s primary caretaker.  I’ve been creative my whole life, but never thought I could draw or paint.

What made you want to paint wedding bouquets?

My absolute favorite thing to paint is flowers.  Every time I finish a flower painting, I tell myself that I’m not going to paint anymore – that I need to move on to other topics.  But I always come back to flowers.  I decided to paint wedding bouquets for several reasons, the first, of course, is because they’re made of flowers.  Another reason that I like to paint bouquets is because they’re such happy, joyful topics.  And my art is all about happiness and color.  I’ve been working and learning a lot about marketing my business and turning my art skills into a “real” business over the past six months.  I’ve learned many, many things – one of them being the need for your business to develop one or more “niche” markets.  So, I spent about 3 months trying to figure out what in the world I could say was my “niche” market.  I couldn’t think of a thing – other than “pretty paintings”!  Ha!  Finally, one day while out running errands, I had the idea that painting wedding bouquets was the niche for me.  Flowers + creating a product that makes a fantastic gift + a target audience that I could narrow down to and focus on:  brides/newlyweds and their families – of course, what I’m really saying here is “mothers and grandmothers of the bride/newlywed” – right?!  🙂
How long did my bouquet painting take?
Your bouquet took me 8 to 10 hours to complete.  In fact, I took several photos while I was painting your bouquet, in order to document my process.  I may use those photos for a future blog post on my site.
(a screen capture my mom sent me in her excitement to see my bouquet!)
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And now a series of choices!
Vanilla or chocolate? chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
Coffee or tea?  coffee
Alabama or Auburn? Auburn (I’m an Auburn graduate and that’s where I met my husband, too).
Lace or glitter? glitter!  Everything’s better with sparkles.
Beach or Mountains? beach.  I’m the type of person who’s cold all the time.  I crave the heat and sunshine of the beach.
Black or White? black.  I like white, but it’s such a “cold” color to me & I hate cold (see above).
Polka dots or stripes? stripes

And finally, what’s your favorite thing about painting bouquets or in general?

Flowers are endlessly fascinating to me – I never get tired of them.  And brides are so happy.  When I get to paint a wedding bouquet, I feel like I’ve gotten to participate in that joyful experience with her.
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Cathy has started a project for 2014 to paint as many bouquets as she can! You can even send her your bouquet! Here’s what she said on her blog:

If you’d like to participate in my project, please email your bouquet photos to me at rodgers77 (at) gmail (dot) com.  Ideally, I’d like to have at least one close-up photo and one that shows the entire front of the bouquet.  You can also help me by spreading the word about my need for bouquet photos.

If I use your bouquet photos, you can purchase the original painting at a discounted price.  But, you will not be obligated to purchase the painting.

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Seriously, check her out! I’m so excited to say, that before I even had the chance, my mom had already purchased the painting of my bouquet for me. I can’t wait to have it in my hands!
Find her on Facebook and Instagram or her website