Growing Wild Plums Book

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 off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustration for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist Grant for your generous support of my project.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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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 really help her – it has been so hard for all my family.

But my Mom, she’s a warrior. And she has been fighting every single day to make progress with her physical therapy. She’s able to sit in a wheelchair for a few hours now despite still being paralyzed on the left side. She’s able to eat a normal diet now, after months and months of eating therapy. We’re so proud and grateful for these improvements. We’re so thankful we still have her with us.

And…amid all of this…Mom started painting again. She’s doing a bird series. She asks the nurses to move her next to the window for natural light. She has a set-up on her tray to help her manage the paper and paint and brushes. She paints with her one good hand and uses her paralyzed hand to hold down the paper. Unfortunately, Mom has lost her muscle memory she developed from a lifetime of painting as a result of her brain damage. This means she has to start all over again. She has to learn to paint all over again. And yet, Mom continues to paint because she loves it. Because it gives her joy. Because it helps her connect with the world.

Mom has inspired me. And here I go. Drawing again. I have a new series I’m working on. I’m calling it the “Chaos Lupita” series because that’s how this year has been for me. Art imitating life.

Many blessings,

Emily Lupita

 

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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 port because she can’t swallow.

Mom and Emily Lupita's Quilt

These are a few pictures of the latest quilt we made together. My painting on fabric and her quilting and sewing. My boys just love it.

It’s devastating for me to see my vibrant, artistic, creative Mama so silent and immobile in her hospital bed. But she’s a true fighter – a modern day warrior – and she will come back to us, I know.

To read more, get updates, and join her community of supporters, please visit Juana (Jane) Plum’s Stroke Recovery Go Fund Me page at this link:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/6sdalco

Many Thanks and Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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New Painting – Lupita and Her Captain 2.0

My newest painting is modeled after a photograph of me holding my son, Charlie. These are a few of the steps I went through to create the painting. I used an Apple Pencil and the software called Procreate. It’s very calming and relaxing for me to paint this way. I love playing with color and texture, with the different layers upon layers.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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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 at some of the Christmas cards (instant download to print at home), art books, handmade Turkish design earrings, and Lupita ornaments. The Christmas tree ornaments are made from my miniature original watercolor paintings. I coat them onto mini canvases and add ribbons to create the ornaments.

It’s been joyous for me to have spent time immersed in art again. Sending wishes for a beautiful holiday season to you and your family.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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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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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

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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

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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 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

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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

A Year of Flowers

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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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Week 22 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Springtime Lupita in Kimono

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 22 at Emily Lupita Studio

Springtime Lupita in Kimono.

Lupita in Kimono by artist Emily Lupita
Lupita in Kimono by artist Emily Lupita

This is Week 22 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

A Year of Flowers

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Week 21 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Custom Watercolor

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 21 at Emily Lupita Studio

This week I’ve been working on an original watercolor to match my custom illustration design I made during Week 16. The two mediums are so different, and I do love them both. This is the Irodori Japanese watercolor version – you can see how the hues in the color really stand out.

Victorian Stroll Watercolor
Victorian Stroll Watercolor

Even though this event takes place in December I couldn’t resist adding some pink flowers in the background.

This is Week 21 of my A Year of Flowers art project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 20 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Springtime Big Chicken

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 20 at Emily Lupita Studio

The Big Chicken is a famous local landmark here in Marietta, Georgia. This week I drew my version of this charming giant chicken-shaped building surrounded by blooming Spring flowers.

Springtime Big Chicken by artist Emily Lupita
Springtime Big Chicken by artist Emily Lupita

The original watercolor & ink painting is now hanging in the Marietta Square Artist’s Attic up on the Historic Marietta Square. Art Walks are the first Friday of every month all summer long and a great chance to stop by and see the famous chicken in person.

Big Chicken Marietta by artist Emily Lupita at the MSAA Gallery
Big Chicken Marietta by artist Emily Lupita at the MSAA Gallery

This is the 20th work of art from my A Year of Flowers  project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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