The dinosaur's name is Dion, by the way.
This painting is a good opportunity for me to emphasize why it's important to buy handmade, the obvious of course to support other artists following a dream! And the other is because it will inspire you.
Explaining the inspiration to this painting is also a really good excuse for me to gush about another favorite Etsy seller, MadebyHank. You see I came across this seller via the Poppytalk Handmade market, which if you want even more inspiration just sign on to Jan's weekly email newsletter. They are so gorgeously designed, you get inspiration just by clicking open on the email. I digress. So, I found this kelly green tote in Jan's newsletter and I instantly fell in love. I had a feeling that it must be mine for the autumn, but as it turns out that particular one was sold ~ so I did what any good customer on Etsy does, I asked if by any chance the seller had another one ~ and that is how I came to know Katie and MadebyHank.
Turns out Katie had some of this fantastic green fabric left and she said she would be happy to make me another one!! (Another reason to buy handmade, the awesome personal customer service). And so my green bag arrived and attached to the handle was this adorable little dinosaur tag. I completely admired the creativity behind the hand made tag and the choice to include a dinosaur toy in a purse purchase ~ and I fell in love with the dinosaur too. I knew he had to make an appearance in a painting. Besides, I have never painted a dinosaur before ~ how can that be?
My bag is the BEST, especially the pretty floral fabric inside ~ you know how I'm a fan of surprise fabric inside the bag and then my other favorite part is the little hook inside for your keys! Thank you Katie!