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First Layer of Color

I’ve been slowly filling in the first layer of color on my new family portrait. I wanted to start over using the portrait I painted a few years ago as a base and draw everyone together, adding in our new baby, Archer. Now that this first layer is finished I can add in layers of what I call “style” – freelance swirls, chevrons, stripes, dots and the like…they make me happy.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio

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Fundraiser for My Sister’s Breast Cancer Bills

Fundraiser for My Sister

Once a year around Thanksgiving, I host my Annual Fundraiser as a way to give back to people & causes dear to my heart. This year, I’m hosting a jewelry fundraiser for my beautiful sister-in-law, Ashley Krusinski-Plum, to raise money for her medical bills from her breast cancer surgery. Ashley had triple negative breast cancer, went through months of chemo, and has had two surgeries…so far…including a double mastectomy. These actions saved Ashley’s life. Ladies (and Gents), please don’t delay – make your necessary screening appointments today.

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Jewelry Fundraiser Mission

Medical expenses associated with breast cancer can add up to many thousands of dollars, and I am hosting this jewelry fundraiser to help Ashley begin to pay off her medical bills. I’ve also set up a Go Fund Me page for Ashley and have posted more info about both below.

How You Can Help…Buy Jewelry as Holiday Gifts! ❤

Purchase your favorite jewelry and hair accessories from the famous New York City design company, Chloe and Isabel, in my online fundraiser boutique at this link here. The holidays are coming and this is a great way to buy gifts while at the same time giving to Ashley’s medical fund.

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Jewelry Fundraiser Dates:

The fundraiser runs for two weeks. It begins on Saturday, November 17th at 1am EST.

The fundraiser ends at midnight EST on Friday, November 30th.

Jewelry Fundraiser Link:

http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilylupita/ashley-plum-breast-cancer-fundraiser

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About the Jewelry:

Beautifully Crafted. Inspired. Exceptional Quality.  Chloe and Isabel takes great joy in designing gorgeous, finely-detailed and affordable pieces for the stylish women of today – jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.

All Chloe + Isabel jewelry is:

  • Exclusively hand-designed in our New York City studio
  • Hypoallergenic, nickel-free + lead safe
  • Branded with signature closures + keepsake packaging
  • Timeless + fashion-driven with prices starting at just $18
  • Backed by our Lifetime Guarantee

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My Donation:

100% of all proceeds for all purchases made during the fundraiser dates (November 17 – 30, 2018), an amount equal to 25% of your total purchase price, will be designated toward paying off Ashley’s medical bills.

A Note About Check Out:

When you check out, there will be a page that says “Confirm Your Merchandiser” where you will see a small box with Ashley’s photos and my name “Emily Lupita.” Beneath that is a box – “This order is part of a pop-up.” Check this box and select “Ashley Plum Breast Cancer Fundraiser.” Then click on “Confirm + Continue” and your purchase will automatically be designated as part of the fundraiser.

Jewelry Fundraiser Link: http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilylupita/ashley-plum-breast-cancer-fundraiser

Go Fund Me Page

Go Fund Me page has also been created for donations toward Ashley’s medical bills at this link:

https://www.gofundme.com/ashley-plum-breast-cancer-bills

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Thank you for visiting and supporting my beloved Ashley…I wish you many blessings!

Love,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio

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About Artist Emily Lupita

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🌟 Hello! I’m Emily Lupita. Thank you for reading my blog & joining me on my journey of art & discovery.

Artist & Author Bio

Emily Lupita is an award-winning artist & author working out of her home studio in the greater Atlanta area. She paints, writes & illustrates books, and designs jewelry from her unique & brightly-colored artwork.

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Emily Lupita’s books include “The Artist’s Alphabet: 26 Words to Encourage Creativity” and “Wonderful You: A Book of Art & Encouragement.” She is currently working on her next project – “Birds in Boots” – a bedtime book for children.

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Emily Lupita’s unique style is composed of vivid colors mixed with black ink lines. She uses ‘irodori’ Japanese watercolors and Sakura inks on Arches 140lb watercolor paper. Emily Lupita has shown her artwork & jewelry at hundreds of art shows & festivals around the United States. She currently has work available for purchase in her online Art Shop and at The Local Exchange in Marietta, Georgia, USA.

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Emily Lupita lives in the great Atlanta Metro area with her husband and their two sons, the Captain and Archer. She also has two long-haired miniature dachshunds who brighten every room they enter.

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Two great places to get to know Emily Lupita are on her blog and Facebook page.

 

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My First Amate Bark Painting

I’ve always loved the Mexican traditional art form of Amate Bark Painting. Whenever my Mom and I would travel to her home country of Mexico, we would make a direct line for the fabulous markets where these gorgeous handmade paintings were sold. We’ve collected quite a few between the two of us. ❤

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The scenes are usually of village life, showing weddings, farming, people out shopping, and the amazing natural scenery of Mexico like volcanoes, mountains, cactus plants, and rivers. And, of course, the centerpiece of life – the sun.

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It was my Mom who suggested that I try combining the traditional Amate style with my own Lupita painting style. The Amate style is handmade on tree bark, usually with acrylic paints and ink. In this case, my painting is created by me drawing with an Apple Pencil on my iPad using the design program Procreate.  I left the software frame on these close-ups so you could see a bit of how it works and all the many layers of color involved.

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Two completely different approaches, but in the end, the same bright colors and feeling of celebration and joy. I learned so much making this first painting as far as technique, color, and how to use the vertical space on the page. I felt more connected to my Mexican family and to my Mom while I painted. I’m so glad I took her advice and tried something completely new.

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Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio

 

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Custom Blankets

My newest project is to create custom blankets for my boys. I wanted them to have something special with my artwork on it that they can use and enjoy. I started with two of my favorite photographs, then made the art portraits from there. These portraits are digital made by hand using my Apple pencil and the design program Procreate.

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Then I added a background to each one – Japanese paper designs. Finally, I uploaded the finished paintings to Spoonflower online to be made into custom fabric. I chose the “minky” fabric for it’s soft and fuzzy quality. I was so excited when the fabric arrived! Wow, it’s so much brighter and more vivid than I even imagined. And the paintings look so cool in this large size.

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The next step is to sew them into blankets. I’ll post again with the finished blankets…my hope is I can finish before Christmas.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio

 

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Introducing Our New Baby

Introducing our new baby, little Archer. He’s the sweetest tiny guy and it’s been such a beautiful and busy eight months since he was born. I’ve been wanting to add him into the family portrait painting I made before he came along. It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally finished. I thought it would be cool to show you my process for making portraits.

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I start out with a photograph that I love. In this case, I’m adding baby Archer to an existing painting, so I had a print out of the family portrait handy. That way I can match the style and colors.

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It usually takes me several tries to get the sketch how I like it. I begin with the basic form, then add in my Lupita style circles, chevrons, stars, stripes, and style. These are just two of the fifteen or so sketches I made on plain white paper. Then the fourth one is the final sketch on watercolor paper.

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Let the painting begin! I almost always start with the face then move outward in a circle from there. I’m not sure why…it just seems the most natural way for me to paint a person.

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Once the painting is complete, I scan it into my computer and use Photoshop to add it to the larger family portrait.

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I hope to eventually re-paint the entire family portrait so all the colors match exactly. With two small children at home it may take some time, but one day soon! 🙂

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio