artworkweekly wrap up

weekly wrap up + rebekka seale house portraits

by Grace Bonney

This time of year, few things comfort me more than being safe and warm indoors with loved ones (pets included, of course). Having a place of your own that you truly love and feel comfortable in is something worth celebrating. A fun way to celebrate the places we call home is to document the actual space you live in. Whether you choose to photograph your home or put your feelings about it into writing, having a physical reminder of that home or apartment can be really special. One of my favorite ways to document or remember home is through illustration. Sometimes an artist, or just the nature of drawing itself, can capture the feeling and spirit of a space better than a photograph.


While I love highly representative drawings, I’m really enjoying these more playful illustrations from artist Rebekka Seale. Rebekka creates these custom house portraits using watercolor and gouache, and each one emphasizes the details that make the house special. I feel like mine would primarily be about a lot of cat heads in windows, but no matter what makes your house feel like a home, this idea would be a wonderful gift, housewarming present or just a nice way to celebrate your home and the family within it. You can check out and order custom house portraits from Rebekka on her Etsy shop right here. Each 8 x 10 portrait is $100 and includes custom lettering, up to two pet silhouettes (yay!) and a CD with a high-res file for printing (Rebekka even includes step-by-step instructions for using the file to create affordable notecards online). You can read more about her process here and here. Thanks to Rebekka’s friend Sarah for the tip!

I’m shutting down my laptop for the day and heading out to find some black paint for our office floor. On Monday, Amy and I will tackle the gross gray portion of the office floors that desperately need a new look. Stay tuned for (paint-covered) process shots next week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm. xo, grace

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