Wild Plums – Rainbow

Lupita & Mavi Encounter a Rainbow“Growing Wild Plums” series 2020By Emily Lupita About the “Growing Wild Plums” series: My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustrations for the book. Thank…

Rainbow Sketch – Growing Wild Plums

About the “Growing Wild Plums” series: My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustrations for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist…

Lupita Remembers the Old Hay Barn

About the “Growing Wild Plums” series: My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustrations for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist…

Growing Wild Plums – Barn Clouds Drawing

This painting has stayed in my mind and worked itself out over some time. I’ve been trying different designs to combine my Lupita paintings with my childhood memories. This one felt different as soon as I drew it. I’m excited! About the series: My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up…

Des Moines Botanical Garden

This is one of my favorites! It’s a beautiful memory I have of going to the Des Moines Botanical Garden when I was little. We didn’t go very many places, so this was a real treat. The big glass dome filled with incredible plants and flowers was like a wonderland. I think part of my…

Sledding on the Hill – Childhood Book

This painting makes me smile. We had some good times sledding out there on the hill in the depths of winter. I wanted to show how completely empty and stark the landscape could look in winter. Yet there we were out in the middle of the emptiness having a fantastic time. Our dogs were experts…

Newest Painting -Barn Clouds

There’s nothing like a gorgeous cloudy day in the countryside. When we were little, my brothers and I would climb up into the loft of the hay barn. And then we’d scoot along the edge of the loft and pull each other up onto the roof of the barn. Then we’d relax up there and…

Growing Wild Plums – Painting 3

Painting #3: A scene from our living room out on the hill. Always a loyal good dog nearby. Art and color everywhere. My mother’s paintings 🖼 on the walls. She won many art prizes over the years. Her iris paintings even won best in show. I would sit and try to make art like she…

Third Painting In-Progress: “Painting at the Table”

My series continues with the third painting now in-progress. It started as a sketch from my memory of using my mom’s art supplies to paint at our big table in the dining room. Then I made several new sketches and came up with the final dimensions. Here I’m adding in my Lupita character at the…

Second Painting Finished

I’m so happy to have finished the second painting in my new Iowa Childhood series. Here I am with my brothers and our dogs and cat in the hammock under our twin pear trees. 🍐 🌳 🌳 🍐 About the series: My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in…

First Painting Finished 1 of 20

My newest painting is finished. On my blog post, I tell the story of canning corn as a little girl growing up in rural Iowa.

Art Grant for New Book Project

It’s an exciting day! I’ve received a Community Art Gathering Grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The grant is to create my newest children’s book – about growing up off the grid in rural Iowa. I’m filled with gratitude to have this opportunity. The book will have a series of…

New Painting – Chaos Lupita

I thought I could be finished painting. I went months and months without picking up a pen or brush. I felt so devastated by my mom’s severe stroke…and her brain damage and paralysis that followed. To see her continued suffering through a very difficult recovery process, a long recovery process, and not be able to…

My Beautiful Mama – Brain Surgery

My beautiful Mama. She has been my life-long teacher in art. Mom suffered a brain bleed and stroke two weeks ago, and was flown by helicopter for emergency brain surgery. She survived the surgery, but still has swelling on her brain. For now she is still paralyzed on her left side and has a feeding…

New Handmade Artwork

There’s been a flurry of activity on my art desk these past few days. I promised myself I wouldn’t give up on my artwork and would finish new items in time for Christmas. There are 100 items in my online ETSY Art Shop as of today…a long time goal of mine. Yay! Here’s a look…

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…

About Artist Emily Lupita

🌟 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 Mexican-American artist & author working out of her studio at The Hummingbird House. She paints, writes & illustrates books, and designs jewelry & surface patterns from…

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. ❤ The scenes…