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  • Lauren Thrift

    Original acrylic paintings full of bright colors, clean shapes, and much joy.

    Bright colors make me smile. There is something about a big orange sunrise, a vast blue ocean, a deep green leaf, or an intense pink peony that fills me with warmth. I try to use the brilliance of color in my paintings to create a visual happiness.

    I hope you will enjoy viewing some of these colorful paintings. Check back from time to time to see what's new, feel free to share with friends, or subscribe in the sidebar below to receive occasional updates by email. Paintings are added several times a month. Anything added is sure to be filled with bright colors and much joy! Thanks - LPT

Save the date…..

Save the date:  Thursday, October 6th.

Pop-Up Art Sale at Paper Twist 2902 Selwyn Avenue

100% of my sales will go to a local CMS school.


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details:

…specifics on the art

…the inspiration behind the sale

….the school that will benefit

Back to school = back to work…

Well, summer is officially over.  My boys headed back to school Wednesday, and I headed back to painting.  I don’t actually take the entire summer off, I just work at a slower pace.  In fact, I love summer because we LIVE at a slower pace.


Above is a 16×16 delivered to the client yesterday.

Time to get back to that easel.

Fireworks for a 50th anniversary!!!


The couple in the center just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  For this special occassion, their daughter-in-law commissioned a painting of the whole family.  The happy couple spend summers in Blowing Rock, NC.  Fourth of July in the mountains is always enjoyed by the entire family, so we captured those happy memories in the painting.

And if you think about it, shouldn’t everyone have fireworks for their 50th anniversary???

(20 x 24 canvas)

Angels in dorm rooms….


Hooray!!  School ends this week for our boys!  Thanks to all who have been ordering angels as graduation gifts.  I love knowing these sweet paintings will be headed to college dorm rooms in the fall.


Angels on 3×5 blocks are $50.  Paper Twist was just restocked!  Stop by if you are in Charlotte.


Hanging angels are also available.  Slightly smaller and lighter than the angels on blocks.  All are hand cut and drilled with a hole for attaching your favorite ribbon to hang.  $40 each.  Limited supply available.  All custom colors.  One week turnaround. Leave a comment below if interested in placing an order.


Angles can be ordered in custom colors….like the Carolina Blue above.

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Angels can also be personalized with added details.  Custom colors $50.  Added details $60.  Again, ordering is simple, just leave a comment below, and I will be in touch with the rest of the necessary information.


Sunny or Snowy….


How did you spend your spring break?  A sunny spot?  Or a snowy destination?

Spring Break 2016 was snowy for the Thrift boys.   They hit the slopes in Mont Tremblant with their cousins.


It’s always so fun to turn a vacation memory into a piece of art.  Let me know if you need your travels captured in paint.