Bringing out the artist in us all.
~from Sunny Goode’s website
Sunny Goode‘s exuberant style has been influencing RVA for many years. She first garnered attention as a decorative interiors artist with the stenciled floors and walls that she applied to some of the chicest interiors in town. As demand for her work increased, she developed a line of stencils and Sunny’s Goodtime paints that at one time she even sold out of an eponymous shop on Grove Avenue. On top of that, she wrote two books, Paint Can!: Techniques, Patterns, and Projects for Bringing Color into Every Room and Paint Can! Children’s Rooms: Patterns & Projects for Colorful, Creative Spaces, sharing her processes.
Though she had planned to be a jewelry designer after graduating from Hollins College, Sunny’s love of color has flourished with paints, and it was only a matter of time before she turned her brushes from floors to canvas. Inspired by the beauty of her annual beach destination, Figure Eight Island, Sunny decided to try to capture its colorful setting while on vacation. Her initial experiments in acrylics soon turned to oils, and the locals began scooping up her light, colorful and happy paintings.
Over the last twelve years, Sunny’s style has evolved as she experiments with different subjects. Some parts of her approach, though, have not changed. Her paintings are always bright with very pure colors, and Sunny’s studio remains smack in the middle of her busy family’s home.
Sunny has easels set up throughout her Stonewall Court house containing works in progress or just completed.
Whether painting canvas, board or cabinets, her art and supplies reside in the midst of the family’s daily life.
Her home reflects her “Sunny” style, which she has refined over the years through
and furnishings, though her essential irrepressible spirit always remains.
The Goode home constantly evolves as a creative laboratory for her children, husband and herself.
As evidence that her imaginative expression has infiltrated her husband and children, check out this chicken pen.
When her youngest child wanted to raise chickens, she and her husband did not hesitate to embrace the idea. Handy with tools, her husband researched this new backyard hobby with benefits, and soon he and his son built this movable chicken coop.
Talk about nurturing creativity.
Sunny and her husband collect and showcase other artists’ works. Some, like the picture of the deer (lower left) drawn by local artist, Lee Baskerville, when he was ten years old, have become a part of the Goode family lore.
(Wire Platner chair, circa 1970, by Knoll is one of a set in Sunny’s home.)
Generous in her praise of the talents of others,
Richmond takes pride in Sunny’s success that is recognized well beyond the borders of our fair city. Recently featured in one of my favorite design blogs, The Pink Pagoda,
Sunny’s works are sought by designers throughout the country, but you can purchase her originals, too. If you live in Richmond, stop by Palette (formerly known as Rue) on Grove Avenue to view and purchase some of her latest pieces, as well as her stencil designs and paints. The sizes of her artwork range from large to mini’s,
so you can own a piece of her art at most any budget. If you can’t find Sunny’s work where you live, you can contact her through her website.
Sunny also still does interior commission work and in her free time will share her tips and projects on her website. Last fall she generously painted this upstairs loggia floor for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer Showhouse at Pinifer Park.
This space was one of the highlights of the tour.
As we toured Sunny’s home, we didn’t see one piece of her work that we wouldn’t love to have in our own homes. Any of her delightful creations would make a great anniversary present (hint, hint hubbies). Thank you so much, Sunny, for sharing your remarkable home with The Gracious Posse and providing an example of how to make art a part of daily living.