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Happy Holidays! Book Signing & Big News

Happy Holidays! Book Signing & Big News- This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

One of my favorite things is attending book signing events where I get to meet with people and talk about art, writing, and creativity. These are some of my favorite photos from my recent book signing event at the MSAA Gallery on the Marietta Square.

Artist Emily Lupita Book Signing MSAA Gallery Marietta Square local artist art book The Artist's Alphabet
artist Emily Lupita with her new book, The Artist’s Alphabet.

It was such a lovely time! I especially enjoyed meeting the young visitors to the gallery and sharing my book, The Artist’s Alphabet, with them.

Artist Emily Lupita Book Signing MSAA Gallery Marietta Square local artist art book The Artist's Alphabet

The MSAA Gallery has copies of my book on display for the holiday season. You can also find my book (as well as paintings, cards & jewelry) at The Nite Gallery in Albia, Iowa.  This year I’m offering signed books, custom alphabet paintings, and custom alphabet art prints & cards in my  online holiday shopas well.

Artist Emily Lupita Book Signing MSAA Gallery Marietta Square local artist art book The Artist's Alphabet And for my BIG news…my husband and I are expecting our first baby in the Spring! We’re so looking forward to being parents and starting a new wonderful adventure in our lives. Here we are in the beautiful MSAA Gallery with my new showing of Guadalupe series paintings.

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Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season!

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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My “Writers Write” Series Interview

This Week At Emily Lupita Studio – My “Writers Write” Series Interview:

I’m delighted to have been interviewed by AndiLit.com about my creative process and new book as part of the “Writers Write” interview series hosted by AndiLit founder, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. I answer 10 questions ranging from thoughts on building a platform for writing to how books influenced my childhood.

I’m re-posting the first section of the interview here and it appears in full at this link.

Treasure This Sacred Space – A Writers Write Interview with Emily Lupita

 

I absolutely love creative people who throw their creative energy into the work of other artists, and Emily Lupita is one of those people.  Please take a few minutes and enjoy her words and wisdom today.

1. Tell me about your latest project.  The Artist's Alphabet by Emily Lupita

The Artist’s Alphabet: 26 Words to Encourage Creativity is a hybrid project that brought my love of painting and words together. It combines a collection of my “Lupita on a Journey” paintings with a painting I made of each letter of the alphabet. All the letters are connected to a word that I felt encourages creativity or represents an important aspect of the creative lifestyle. On the facing page of each painting / letter / word combo is the word’s definition, which I edited to better fit my idea of what each word means to me as an artist and writer. I designed it as a tool for children learning to read, but I also hope it can serve as a sort of colorful sanctuary for adults, a place where they can go to embrace the powerful versatility of a joyful child’s creative mindset.

The book is dedicated to my mother, artist Juana Maria Plum, and starts with a design I made of a favorite quote, “All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life” by M.C. Richards.

Signed copies are available in my art shop at http://www.EmilyLupitaStudio.com and unsigned copies on Amazon.

 

2. What role, if any, did books, writing, and reading play in your childhood?

Books, reading, and writing were central elements of my childhood. My parents, two brothers and I lived on a self-sustaining homestead in the countryside of rural Iowa. We didn’t have running water until I was seventeen and had almost no modern electronic conveniences, so our collective imaginations were the most exciting thing around and that’s were we spent most of our time. We read books, put on plays in the living room, and went on narrated walks into the wild landscape that surrounded us. My mother is an artist and we had a special long, rectangular table dedicated to painting and to all sorts of craft projects from making our own fishing lures to chiseling animal figurines out of wood. My father is a bardic poet who recites long stretches of oral poetry from memory, and some of my earliest childhood memories are of him teaching me to memorize lines from his poems by repeating them in rhythmic patterns while waving my hands like a conductor before an orchestra. When the two of them got together on a creative roll, it was a true wonder for their three children to behold and, still, I go back to those moments of wonder when I’m on the verge of creating something new.

W is for Wonder

 

3. What is your writing practice, your writing routine?

In the mornings I wake up early and sort of stumble downstairs to my art studio. I like this because it feels like I actually wake up painting. Once I’m through the mist and fully awake, I spend time working on my memoir manuscript, The Poet’s Daughter, for about an hour. It is a slow process that I’ve come to enjoy – etching away at it line by line for years. Each night I do a writing exercise where I open my Artist’s Alphabet book to a random page and write about how I want to manifest more of that particular word in my life. Some of my favorite words that keep appearing to me are gratitude, imagination, perseverance, and wonder.G is for Gratitude

 

4. Who are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Love, love, love. I’m also reading her Facebook page posts, which are excellent and seem to arrive just when I need the bursts of encouragement and words of wisdom.

 

5. What are three of your all-time favorite books? Why do you love those?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This book was one my parents used to read to my brothers and me as children. I love the illustrations and how the timeless story speaks to readers of all ages. The Spanish version, El Principito, was the first book I ever read in Spanish, my mother’s native tongue, and opened up her world of language to me in a whole new way.

Dubious Angels: Poems After Paul Klee by Keith Ratzlaff (Anhinga Press, 2005)

In this beautiful book of poems, Ratzlaff writes stunning lines as a reflection of the angel artwork Paul Klee drew during the 18 months leading up to his death. Ratzlaff gives a voice to these angels and the combination of art and poetry together on the page is inspiring. I come back to this book over and over when I want to contemplate the larger questions, as Ratzlaff writes after Paul Klee’s drawing “Last Earthly Step,”

For we are a dream of instability

For we are a drama of horizontals

How we last and are last

How our hair goes disguised as a shroud in the little wind

Relics: Deep Mythic Image Poetry by Joseph S. Plum (Dreaming Deer Press, 2013)

As a child, I listened to my father recite his bardic poetry from memory and as I grew older, I would try to remember the lines myself and then run to my room to write them down so they were not lost forever in the forest of his mind. After decades of trying to convince him of the value of his art and how important it was (to me and many others) that his poems be preserved in the written form, my father finally agreed to let me type them out. This process took years and consisted of him saying the poems aloud in a trance-like state as I recorded him during different visits to my home studio. I then transcribed the recordings and went about editing the hours of transcriptions into lines of poetry. The final result is a manuscript of many hundreds of pages, with more added each year as my father continues his annual visits and recordings.

Relics: Deep Mythic Image Poetry is the first book created from this massive manuscript. Because his genre exists so far outside the modern arch of poetry, I created my own press, Dreaming Deer Press, in order to publish it. I have since published three books and have four more of his books in different stages of the editing process on my desk. These poetry books are the culmination of a lifetime of effort to record and document my father’s gift, and symbolize to me the power of perseverance and the mysterious bonds of love between a daughter and her father.

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Read the rest of the interview (10 questions in total) on AndiLit.com at this link.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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"Marietta Fountain" by Emily Lupita.  Sold at the MSAA Gallery - July Art Walk.
“Marietta Fountain” by Emily Lupita.
Sold at the MSAA Gallery – July Art Walk.
 
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MSAA Gallery Grand Opening – June 22

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

Next Sunday, June 22,  the new gallery where I have my watercolor paintings on display, the MSAA Gallery, will be having its Grand Opening event. If you are in the Atlanta area, please stop on by anytime between 1-7 pm to meet the artists and check out the wonderful art that our talented group of local artists has to offer.

The artists with work in the grand opening event include Ann Miltiades, Dell Ard, Emily Lupita, Frank Buckner, Gwen Waters, Jill Sinclair, Kathy McCullen, Kristi Fleming Poole, Sarah Mantel, and more.

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I was excited to see the press releases I wrote for the Grand Opening now up online in the Marietta Daily Journal,  The BrightSide Newspaper (page 5), and Marietta News Events . Thank you to these publications for featuring our event!

Also coming up later this summer:

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Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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Summertime at the Studio

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

Summer has arrived here in Georgia and it is off to a wonderful, busy start. I’ve been enjoying the process of getting my paintings all up on display at the MSAA Gallery – adding to the collection, meeting & learning more about my fellow artists, and spending time at the gallery.

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I am delighted to have sold two original paintings so far from my collection at the gallery.  The first was this “Teach Love” quote surrounded by a flower of hearts. Thank you to the beautiful couple who bought this painting – your kindness and encouragement this summer have meant the world to me!

Sold_Teach Love

 

The second painting that sold was “Lupita Travels the World” where my Lupita character flies over the globe in a blue dress. I don’t know who purchased it, but if you happen to read this blog one day…thank you! 🙂

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My busy and wonderful start of summertime also included my first book signing event for The Artist’s Alphabet. It was part of the Awakened Spirit Expo that took place at the Cobb Galleria last weekend. I want to send out a special thank you to Sherry at  Forever and A Day for inviting me to be a part of this amazing event and encouraging me to embrace the quote, “Live the Life You’ve Imagined.”

Book Signing at Awakened Spirit Expo May 31 2014

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~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
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Book Signing: The Awakened Spirit Expo

Book Signing Coming Up:

I’m happy to share that I will be doing a book signing for my new book, The Artist’s Alphabet, coming up soon. It will be at the Awakened Spirit Expo at the Cobb Galleria here in Atlanta.

The Artist's Alphabet book by artist Emily Lupita
Emily Lupita with her new book, The Artist’s Alphabet

This is an exciting two-day event with a variety of excellent speakers and exhibits. My book signing will be at the Forever and a Day Bookstore booth at 2pm on Saturday, May 31st.

If you are in the Atlanta area, I hope you’ll be able to stop by!

Tickets available here.

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~Emily Lupita

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The Artist’s Alphabet Paintings

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

One of the most amazing parts of The Artist’s Alphabet Book Project has been creating special paintings for my fabulous group of Kickstarter art collectors.

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Emily Lupita with her commissioned watercolor paintings, “Gift.”

I wanted to share a few photos of  some of the alphabet paintings I’ve been working on in my studio. I hope you can see the happiness and joy surrounding this project through these photos.

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Emily Lupita with her “L” is for Love watercolor painting.
Emily Lupita painting early in the morning. "I" is for Imagination watercolor painting commissioned artwork.
Emily Lupita painting early in the morning with her “I” is for Imagination watercolor painting.

I’m all finished now with my 2013 Kickstarter art book project…It was so fun and I’ll miss it so much!  It has been a wonderful journey and I’m excited for what the New Year will bring.

"A" is for artist watercolor painting by Emily Lupita.
“A” is for artist watercolor painting by Emily Lupita.

Sending wishes to you & your family for a very happy holiday season,

-Emily Lupita

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New Artist’s Alphabet Book Now Available: http://www.etsy.com/listing/169174662/art-book-the-artists-alphabet-26-words

**The book is also available for sale on Amazon.com, but those books ship directly from the warehouse, so they don’t pass through my hands and can’t be signed or dedicated.**

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