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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 Mexican-American artist & author working out of her studio at The Hummingbird House. She paints, writes & illustrates books, and designs jewelry & surface patterns 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 – Growing Mexican Plums – an illustrated children’s book about her multicultural childhood in rural Iowa. This book project is funded by a grant from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

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Emily Lupita’s unique style is a combination of traditional aspects of her Mexican heritage and her Iowa roots. She also includes influences from her many years living abroad in diverse locations such as Turkey, Ecuador, Japan, and Wales.

Emily Lupita has been a working artist since 2004 and has shown her artwork & jewelry at hundreds of art shows and festivals around the United States. She has shown her work at galleries and has given readings of her books in Iowa, Atlanta, and Japan.  Emily currently has work available for purchase by request.

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Emily Lupita has a Bachelor of Arts from Central College and a Master of Fine Arts from Iowa State University. She’s been writing a blog about her artwork journey for many years at http://www.EmilyLupitaStudio.com .

Emily Lupita lives in the great Atlanta Metro area with her husband and their two young sons, nicknamed the Captain and Admiral. Both of Emily Lupita’s sons are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and non-verbal Autism. She works from her home studio so she can care for the boys full-time, and writes a blog about the joys and challenges of their daily life on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/AutismBrothers .

Another great place to get to know Emily Lupita is on her artwork 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

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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

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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

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The Local Exchange – A Magical Place

I love stopping by my favorite shop on the Marietta Square. I got to sit for a moment with my paintings, pillow, and prints. 🌸💕🌸 And…saw my books! Yay! If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out The Local Exchange…such a magical place!

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New Painting: “Ashley”

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“Ashley”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

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🌟 Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

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New Painting: “Amy”

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“Amy”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

🌟 Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

http://www.EmilyLupitaStudio.com

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New Painting: “La Familia”

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“La Familia”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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New Painting: “Lupita & Her Captain”

 

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“Lupita & Her Captain”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

🌟 Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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New Drawing – Mama & Baby Portrait


I’m continuing with the feeling and flow of my new style. These are two of my latest drawings – based off one of my favorite pictures of me and my son. 💕 I’m still thinking about color. There are so many options! 🌈

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New Lupita Painting – The first in about a year

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✨ Life is a mystery. People we love get sick and we are overwhelmed with sorrow. Then there are these beautiful moments of joy…where the gorgeous sunrise awakens our spirit and the waves bring us beautiful shells to hold in our hands. We each have our own way of expressing and exploring this duality of life…through dance, music, sculpture, mathematics, song, art…and many other ways. ✨

✨ It’s been so long since I’ve painted in any dedicated way, but when my spirit is looking to express itself, somehow I always find my way back to my Lupita paintings. It’s how I explore life in all it’s mystery. When there are no answers, I paint and create my own answers…perhaps?✨

✨This is the first in a new series. Same Lupita spirit. Same watercolor & ink. A new perspective. ✨

Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist at Emily Lupita Studio

🌸 The original painting & art prints of this painting are available in my Etsy Shop at this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/527762637/original-art-watercolor-painting-and-art 

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New Bird Pages

My newest book is starting to form. It’s turning out to be a rhyming sweet little bedtime story filled with Birds in Boots.

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I’m also making a coloring book as a companion…sharing a few of the coloring pages I’m working on now.

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Peace & Love,

Emily Lupita

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New “Birds in Boots” Book In Progress

I’ve been working on the concept and sketches for my next book for almost a year now. I’m finally at a point where I have something ready to share…exciting!

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Yay! Birds in Boots is starting to come together and will feature a whole family of birds all wearing fabulous boots. This is the first book I’ve written specifically for kids and is dedicated to my one-year-old son.

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I hope to share more soon as the next pages develop.

Artfully,

~Emily Lupita

Artist, Emily Lupita Studio

Author of  The Artist’s Alphabet and  Wonderful You

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New Book Published – Wonderful You

New Book Published – Wonderful You

I’m happy to share that my new book, Wonderful You, has been published. Hurray! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy and helped support my artwork.

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Both of my books are now available in my Etsy Shop and also on Amazon here and here. You can also pick up a copy at The Local Exchange on the Historic Square in Marietta, Georgia.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Big News! New Art Book – Kickstarter in October

Wonderful You! –  A New Book by Emily Lupita

I’ve got big news!

I have a new book full of my Lupita watercolor paintings called, “Wonderful You!” It’s a book of art & encouragement with uplifting quotes and joyful colors to brighten your day.

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I would love for you to consider backing my Kickstarter project during the month of October to help me receive enough pre-orders to afford the first printing of the book. I have copies of the book, postcards, original paintings, and special dedication books available for different pledge amounts.

Please click here to view & support my art book project or visit this link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/emilylupitastudio/wonderful-you-a-book-of-art-and-encouragement 

Thank you! I’m so grateful for your support of my Lupita artwork.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 26 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Mod Flower #2

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 26 at Emily Lupita Studio

“Mod Flower #2”

Japanese Irodori Watercolor + Sakura Ink on 100% Cotton Paper – Size 8×10 inches

"Mod Flower #2" by artist Emily Lupita
“Mod Flower #2” by artist Emily Lupita

This is Week 26 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 25 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Charlie Bird #1

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 25 at Emily Lupita Studio

“Charlie Bird #1”

Japanese Irodori Watercolor + Sakura Ink on 100% Cotton Paper – Size 5×7 inches

Charlie Bird #1 by artist Emily Lupita
Charlie Bird #1 by artist Emily Lupita

 

This is Week 25 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 24 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Owl with Flowers

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 24 at Emily Lupita Studio

“Owl with Flowers” – Custom illustration for nursery pillows.

Owl with Flowers by artist Emily Lupita
Owl with Flowers by artist Emily Lupita

This is Week 24 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 23 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Fox with Flowers

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 23 at Emily Lupita Studio

“Fox with Flowers” – Custom illustration for a special set of thank you cards.

Fox with Flowers by artist Emily Lupita
Fox with Flowers by artist Emily Lupita

This is Week 23 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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