Commissioned Figure Studies

September 01, 2016 0 Comments

In addition to the figure studies currently offered on our site, Inslee is now painting figure studies on a commission basis! If you're interested in an original piece, please feel free to browse the selections below and let us know if any poses in particular catch your eye. Inslee can create a custom piece for you inspired by the gestures below in the color palette and size of your choosing! For more information on pricing and timing, please email us here!

Babe No. 5

(28" x 35")


(11" x 15")

Cassandra No. 5

(11.5" x 15")


(28" x 35")


(28" x 35")

In Love

(35" x 41")


(11" x 15")


(11.5" x 15")

Mingnon Calamine

(11" x 15")

Mingnon No. 2

(11" x 15")

 Stone on Sand

(11" x 15")

Oat Bath Figure

(11" x 15")

Seated Taupe Figure

(11" x 15")

 Wishing Well Figure No. 1
(11" x 12")


Wishing Well Figure No. 2
(11" x 15")
Wishing Well Figure No. 3
(15" x 18")
Wishing Well Figure No. 4
(22" x 30")
Tiny Neon Figure No. 1
(5.7" x 5.7")
Tiny Neon Figure No. 2
(6" x 6")
Tiny Neon Figure No. 3
(6.5" x 7")
Patience No. 1
(15" x 22")
Patience No. 2 
(15" x 17")
Peach Pear 
(22" x 30")
Perpetual Figure No. 1
(17" x 22") 
Perpetual Figure No. 2 
(22" x 30")
Perpetual Figure No. 3
(22" x 30")
Pondering Figure No. 1
(22" x 30")
Pondering Figure No. 2
(22" x 30")
Watchful Figure
(22" x 30")
(11" x 14")
Thistle Gray Tiny Figure 
(6" x 6")

2016 White House Correspondents' Brunch

July 28, 2016 4 Comments

Bonjour mes amis! I invite you to feast your eyes upon the Frenchness that was the 2016  White House Correspondents' Weekend Brunch. 

I painted the artwork which graced the save the date, formal invitation, and various elements of party decor - all of which were produced by talented stationer, Kelly of Winifred Paper. And then On May 1st, I had the supremely fun job of attending the event, as artist in residence, where I set up shop with my easel and paints to capture the scene as the party unfolded...

If you're not a DC native or Political Junkie, you may not know that the White House Correspondents' Dinner is much more than just a dinner, it's a whole weekend of excitement for The District. A whirlwind of festivity, known affectionately by insiders as the "Nerd Prom" which comes to a glorious close on Sunday morning at the White House Correspondents' Brunch - an occasion that is anything but nerdy.

In fact, it may just be the chicest, most expertly orchestrated brunch of all time. 

Hostess Elena Allbritton came to me with a pinterest board bursting with images of deliciously beautiful scenes of the French countryside and instructed me that this was her inspiration for the event.

I jokingly suggested perhaps they should hire some chickens to peck about the yard to really amp up the ambiance and Elena's team seemed to genuinely pause to consider this as a viable possibility. I knew then that I was going to really enjoy these people and this project.  Chickens are always a good idea. 

We settled on the below illustration as the digital save the date for the event. Don't you wish you lived on this street and that was your bicycle? 

We then set to work on the formal invitation using the below illustration and some of my botanical pieces. Don't you love the subtle nod to Politico poking out of the wicker bag of flowers?

As I said, I knew I would like these people. We share a deep abiding respect for a truth we hold to be self-evident: Details. Are. Everything. 

I mean, couldn't you just die for the  "Oui  |  Non" RSVP card?! 

By the time May 1 finally rolled around, I was beyond excited to see what was in store. Imagine my delight when I arrived at the event to find that the blue bicycle I had painted for the Save The Date had come to life for the event. Elena is a goddess. 

There was also a tree, a fully actualized tree, made by the wizards at Amaryllis, inside the Brunch tent, turning the space into a sprawling vignette of provincial France... 

After gaping at all wonders of event design that were unfolding around me and remarking repeatedly that this was "nicer than any wedding I'd ever attended" I finally calmed down enough to begin painting. 

Here is a montage of pictures of me painting away on my first live event painting. At one point, you'll notice, I lose one of my shoes because I am so enraptured by my creative process. *I also ended up with a very large Yellow Ochre paint stain directly over my belly button, which thanks to the clever photographers, was not captured on film. I tell you, painting live at an event is truly a sink-or-swim experience. I think I more or less managed to dog paddle my way through it... 

 And here she is - my finished piece. It's not as clean or as perfect as the work I normally produce. As a perfectionist, this is kind of killing me. But, I do realize it's cool that I was able to capture it amidst the hustle and bustle of the brunch and am proud that I didn't knock the easel over and destroy it half way through or anything like that! 

Posted in DC, Politico, White House Correspondents Brunch

Ginny and Willie Say I Do!

July 18, 2016 2 Comments

Meet the newlyweds, Ginny and Willie!

This happy couple recently said "I do" on a hot summer day at the gorgeous Village Chapel in Pinehurst, NC. 

Drawing inspiration from surrounding Pinehurst, Ginny and Willie worked with Inslee to create a whimsical botanical suite. The couple dreamt of summer whites with subtle hits of pale pinks and forest greens to match the surroundings of their venue.  Inslee started with the blooms, crafting an organic bouquet of dogwoods, blush berries, untoothed leaves, and of course, pinecones!


Inslee then digitally arranged each blossom and branch to create a unique botanical envelope liner!

The bouquet sat perfectly on top of a hand-drawn crest...

and perfectly bordered the gorgeous calligraphy created by Calligraphy Plus for their save the dates!

 Inslee then passed along the high resolution files of her artwork and Arzberger Stationers worked their magic, printing the artwork on deliciously thick cardstock! 

The artwork even adorned Ginny and Willie's wedding weekend itineraries and guest gift bags!


At the venue, Inslee's blooms were brought to life by Maggie's Farm Flowers

And to really bring it home, the wedding cake crafted by Sweet Fi's bursted with blooms!

Check out the full team below:

Photography: Graham Terhune

Ceremony Location: the village chapel

Reception Venue: country club of north carolina

Band: the atlanta showstoppers

Bride’s Gown: monique lhuillieralexia’s bridal 

Bridesmaid’s Attire: joanna august

Wedding Painter: wed on canvas

Special Decor: themeworks

Linens: ce rentals

Hair / Makeup: retro salon of southern pines


A waterfront garden wedding with a botanical invitation to match!

July 11, 2016 1 Comment

Meet the newlyweds, Kathryn and Ryan!
To combine their love of waterfront views and green gardens, the pair decided to hold their wedding at the Inn at Perry Cabin at Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland! Their wedding was then chosen to represent Maryland in The Knot's 50 States of Weddings. 
Drawing inspiration from the Inn's perfectly manicured gardens, Kathryn and Ryan worked with their planner to incorporate custom botanical and garden designs in the ceremony and reception decor. The couple dreamt of a subtle yet sophisticated romance, a picture-perfect venue with a soft and organic palette of blush pink, ivory and peach. As a fan of whimsical watercolor creations, Kathryn worked with Inslee to create custom watercolor designs that matched the aesthetic of their garden venue.
 Inslee partnered with Kelly of Winifred Paper to produce a gorgeous wedding suite. Kelly used the high-resolution files of the artwork, adorning the invitations, envelopes and place settings with these beautiful blooms!
Kathryn and Ryan's three-tier red velvet cake was covered in light pink fondant and finished off with Inslee's painterly floral print! 
 It was a design almost too sweet to eat! 

A botanical invitation featured on The Knot

May 30, 2016 3 Comments

Coming to a newsstand near you this Memorial Day Weekend! Pick up your copy, hit the beach and follow along as we give you a sneak peak into the illustration details behind this blooming botanical wedding!

First, meet the newlyweds, Hazel & Ian! 

For their wedding suite, they dreamt of an assortment of blooming buds...

And of course wisteria! 

To bring Hazel and Ian's floral fondness to life, Inslee partnered with Kelly of Winifred Paper to produce a gorgeous wedding suite. Kelly worked her magic designing an invitation suite around Inslee's floral illustrations! The botanical lined envelopes featured elegant calligraphy by Penned by Palmer!

 At the venue, botanical embellished place cards and menus adorned each setting...

and made for the perfect backdrop for a diamonds shoot!

And although Inslee may be a floral arraignment extraordinaire on paper, Victoria Clausen Floral Arrangements crafted these gorgeous centerpieces bursting with blooms!


Check out the full team below:

Photography: Abby Jui

Planning/Design: Cristina Calvert Signature

Videography: Monachetti Weddings

Gown: Matthew Bridal

Bridal Boutique: Love Couture Bridal

 Makeup: BTV Beauty

Catering: Gourmet by the Bay

Band: Washington Talent





May 19, 2016 0 Comments

Hello! Melissa here to fill you in on an upcoming event...
Being Inslee’d is a magical thing! In the blink of an eye, or 30 minutes in this case, your waist cinches, your hair gains volume and your skin is kissed by a bronzed beach glow.
Don't believe me? See for yourself! To kick off the start of June, Inslee will be headed to New Orleans to set up shop at Brandshop, a popup shopping experience, designed to empower female entrepreneurs and introduce sophisticated shoppers to a curated collection of emerging brands. This two-day event will include shops from over 20 fashion, art, and design brands, as well as a day-long speaker series featuring experts in everything from art to business.
On June 3rd & 4th, Inslee will be offering her live illustration services in 30 minute slots! During live illustration events, Inslee typically illustrates individual fashion portraits, however, for this special event, Inslee would be happy to illustrate  to your heart's desire... wedding photos, pet portraits, a sketch of you in your favorite outfit, you name it! If you're interested in being Inslee'd, sign up here to secure your slot! 
*disclaimer: the above pictures are from another event that Inslee just partnered with kate spade on! This is just to give you an idea of how fun the "being inslee'd" experience is!
In addition to her live illustration services, Inslee has also partnered with Simply Framed for the Brandshop popup! During the event, Simply Framed is offering free framing on Inslee's custom portraits! Simply Framed will also be selling a variety of ready-framed Inslee figure and animal studies. 
And if you're not able to attend, be sure to follow along with the fun on Instagram -  #brandshopnola
See you there! 



Dior Addict Collaboration

April 15, 2016 1 Comment

Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules 
Jenny Bernheim of Margo & Me
Aimee Song of Song of Style 
Kristen Noel Crawley of KDIA Jewelry 
Negin Mirsalehi of Negin Mirsalehi
Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary 

Posted in 2016, Dior Addict, Fashion Illustration, Margo and Me, Sincerely Jules, Song of Style

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