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Chickens – Childhood Series 2020

Lupita and Her Chickens

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 illustrations for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist Grant for your generous support of my project.


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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!

Birds in Boots COVER

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.


~Emily Lupita

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Author of  The Artist’s Alphabet and  Wonderful You

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New Bird Paintings

This Week At Emily Lupita Studio – New Bird Paintings:

I’ve been working on a few new paintings and just realized they all have wings!


I made this peacock in blue & green. And then, of course, in purple & pink.


These are dancing roosters I painted after making a similar design using line drawings & illustration as a custom design for a dear friend.

PRINT_Two Lupita Dancing Birds_by Emily Lupita Plum

And then, for my Marietta peeps…


The Big Chicken – Lupita style.  So fun!

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita


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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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Travelogue Thursday: Once You Have Traveled


“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” -Pat Conroy

This quote really struck me the first time I read it. I imagine I’ve read it again a hundred times since then. I find it so true that the journey continues in the mind, that the voyage never ends. I know for myself, the travels I’ve taken influence me to such a high degree – on all different levels throughout my day. While cooking I can be reminded of the smell of a noodle house in Japan or out on a walk around my neighborhood I can pause to find myself remembering the view from the top of Mt. Snowdon in Wales.


This is one reason why I like to keep little treasures from my travels in my studio. I have bird whistles from Nicaragua next to my candles on the mantle, a painted wooden mirror frame from Ecuador on the wall behind my paintings desk, and Mexican flower pots in my garden. I keep my drawing pens in a pottery container from Merida and use paints from Japan. I put flowers in a Turkish vase on my dining room table in front of a collection of tiles I bargained for in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.  The purple chair covers are handwoven textiles from Chiapas.


These small pieces I tucked away and carried home with me help fill my everyday life with the colors, textures and memories of the larger world.

What types of special things do you keep in your studio / creative place? What beautiful places do they remind you of?


-Emily Lupita


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