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Evolution of an Owl

The View From My Art Desk

I’m working on a new series of owl paintings. I wanted to share the evolution of how I develop a painting. First I sketch out the basic ink drawing several times to get the design I’m envisioning in my mind. I use sketch paper and go through piles & piles!

Sweet Owl 1Then I add in special aspects like crowns, bubbles, stripes and flowers to give the design the light-hearted character I try to have in all my Lupita paintings.

Sweet Owl 2

Once the design is all set, I draw it on watercolor paper and start the color selection.

Owl 1

I love to combine unexpected colors and I try to always use a touch of bright pink.

3 OWLS 5_Ink DrawingAnd here she is – my first owl painting. I’m calling it “Sweet Owl” and hope to make a few more Lupita Owls over the next couple of days. 3 Sweet Owl_ETSY 1

 

This painting is now up in my online Art Shop ~ here  and I hope to take it in to the MSAA Gallery later on this week.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~Emily Lupita

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Art Gallery!

I’m honored and so very excited (!!) to have a collection of my artwork showing at The MSAA Gallery.

Emily Lupita Studio at The Marietta Square Artist's Attic Gallery

 

The MSAA [Marietta Square Artist’s Attic] Gallery is located right on the beautiful Historic Marietta Square  above the amazing store The Local Exchange [120 South Park Square Ste. 207, Marietta GA 30060]. It’s open Monday – Thursday from 11-6pm / Friday & Saturday from 11-8pm / and Sunday from 1-5pm .

Emily Lupita Studio Art Gallery

My collection opened at The First Friday Art Walk event on Friday night. Alper and I attended and met so many great people and fellow artists. The collection will be up for the next 3 months so if you are in the area please stop by the gallery to have a look.

Emily Lupita Studio at The Marietta Square Artist's Attic Gallery

The next First Friday Art Walk at the gallery will be June 6th from 5 – 9pm. It’s a wonderful event for the whole family…hope to see you there!

Sending wishes for a beautiful week,

~Emily Lupita

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"Believe in Miracles" Art Print by Emily Lupita Studio
“Believe in Miracles” Art Print by Emily Lupita Studio

 

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View From My Art Desk: Creating An Online Artwork Gallery

The Design Process:

I’m embarking on the first part of a long-term goal to archive all of my paintings and present them in a new online gallery. I currently have a gallery with Fine Art America, but I’m thinking I would like to have one that I curate myself on my own website as well. I wanted to share my process for creating it – a sort of behind the scenes look as it comes together. It will be a long process but I think it’s time to get started on it.

The first step is to create a template for the images. I decided to use my watercolor portrait of my mother, Juana Maria, as my test image. This is how the template design started:

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This process has taken some time and is challenging because I’m looking to create the best balance between the information I need to display and the artwork itself. There needs to be a title, my name, my studio name & website, plus a copyright mark in addition to the image.

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I decided the first design was too colorful, so I took out all the color (except for the Lupita), but still too many distractions from the painting itself. I then went to full black and white for the info, playing around with the shades of gray in each area.

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Still too many distractions for the eye…so I took out the flowers and immediately loved the change.

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A few final touches – took out the ”  ” around the title, resized everything to one inch distances, took out the butterfly…then put it back again.

Juanita in a Blue Dress_Gallery Photo

Then I tried it out with several different pieces of art to make sure it will translate across projects.

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And there I have my template. Whew…it took a lot longer than I expected, but I’m glad I experimented and found a design that works best for my artwork overall. Next up – scanning all my paintings (there’s still a drawer full not yet scanned), digitally archiving them, and placing each image into the template to upload into my gallery.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~Emily Lupita

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