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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. ūüĆłūüíēūüĆł If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out The Local Exchange…such a magical place!


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Evolution of a Giant Butterfly

View from my Art Desk РEvolution of a Giant Butterfly:

My art desk was overflowing with a giant Lupita butterfly painting that barely fit on my easel.

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I made this butterfly drawing back in the Spring in my sketchbook and recently had the sudden notion to just start drawing it on this massive piece of watercolor paper.

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It was fun choosing the color scheme and filling in the jazzy collection of shapes.

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I started with blue as my main color, then added pink, green, yellow and orange – all in typical Lupita fashion.

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Here it is all framed and on display at the MSAA Gallery…the biggest butterfly I’ve made yet.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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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.

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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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Creative Inspiration: The Flowers of Spring

Looking to Nature for Inspiration:

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This week’s inspiration came in the form of these beautiful peach blossoms growing outside my studio window. Spring has at last arrived here in Georgia and we are thrilled. I realize now looking at these flowers that my artwork for the past month has been centered around Spring colors – soft greens, subtle pinks, lilac purple hues. It’s so nice to see these colors coming back to us again around the neighborhood.

Lampwork glass beads by Emily Lupita Studio

These blossoms inspired me to get back into the glass studio and make some lilac colored beads. Here they are fresh out of the cooling blanket – still on the mandrel rods. I was going for an abstract look of the peach blossoms, but in glass form. It was a fun project…I’ll post a picture of the beads again once I have them all cleaned out and fancy.

Your Inspiration:

Do you get inspired by nature? I’d love to know what inspires you in the great outdoors.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~Emily Lupita

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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.

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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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Elephant and Dachshund Earrings

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

This week I’ve been trying out a few new styles of jewelry for my animal artwork. I love animals and it gives me so much joy to draw animals in all sorts of bright colors & wonderful forms.

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My favorite thing is to add wings and let them fly.

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Recently I came across another style of jewelry to add to my collection – the glass teardrop. I made two prototypes of this new style to see how they look & feel.

I think they turned out really nice. The winged elephants feel light and bright in this new style. And the dachshunds seem to love them, too.

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Design Decision:

I’m trying to decided if I should also try color designs with this new earring style or stick to the minimalist black and white ink drawings. What do you think? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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~Emily Lupita

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Creative Inspiration: The Endless Book

An Inspiring Project Idea:

I saw something that really inspired me – it’s called the “Endless Book” project.

This fabulous project idea is to make a handmade folded book out of art paper and choose an artistic theme for your book. Then paint one page a week for an entire year within that theme. You can read more about it on the beautiful blog, Global Art Junkie.

My mind is already swirling with so many possibilities for a theme…a series of Lupita in Kimono watercolors / landscapes from different places I love / a portrait series of my family and friends / portraits of pets…yes – it could be endless.

I’d love to begin making one and want to do all I can to encourage this idea to manifest. I put up a new artistic vision board in my studio & the first pin to my board is this idea. The seed is planted. Let’s see what grows!

Imagine It:

What would your endless book theme be? How do you imagine it unfolding? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~Emily Lupita

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