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Pear Tree Sketch – 2 of 20 Wild Plums Art Series

When I was a child, we lived on this beautiful hill in rural Iowa. There were two gorgeous pear trees next to the garden overlooking the countryside beyond.

Mom put up a hammock from Mexico. My brothers and I would play and read and take naps out there under the twin pear trees. Our dogs and cats would join us.

Here are a few pictures and a (new!) video of my “Pear Tree” painting still in progress.

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.

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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.

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Emily Lupita

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Guadalupe Christmas Paintings ~ Early Bird Sale until Dec. 1st

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio – Christmas Paintings ~ Early Bird Sale until Dec. 1st

This week I’m so happy to have finished a new collection of Guadalupe paintings.

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #1 by Emily Lupita Studio

These paintings are a series of four Irodori Japanese Watercolor and Sakura Ink originals with bright, festive colors.

[Click on the photos to see more views of each painting in my online shop.]

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #2 by Emily Lupita Studio

The paintings express my love of the Christmas season and my admiration for my namesake, the Patron Saint of Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #3 by Emily Lupita Studio

I loved experimenting with different patterns and colors, while maintaining the same form throughout the series. All four sisters look completely different, yet definitely belong together.

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #4 by Emily Lupita Studio

These four new paintings, along with my Guadalupe King & Queen paintings, are all on display together at the MSAA Gallery for the holiday season. A wonderful time to stop by is during the beautiful candlelight shopping event on the Marietta Square every Friday night until Christmas.

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I’m also offering these designs as custom paintings. If you order a custom painting, you have the option to choose custom colors for hair color, eye color, and skin tone for any of the designs…as well as if you’d like her eyes open or closed. I’m having an Early Bird Sale in my online shop right now that includes 10% off all custom paintings until December 1st.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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Turkish Art Pendants – Friends & Family First Pick by Thursday

The View from my Art Desk – Turkish Art Pendants – Friends & Family First Pick – Reserve by Thursday

The view of my art desk this week is filled with bright colors from my new collection of Turkish artwork pendants. They will be up in my online shop for just a few days…until Thursday evening, November 20th.

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The designs inside the pendants are beautiful Turkish gilded artwork. I then encased the art under glass and made them into pendants.

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I also have brand new square pendants! I think these are just lovely and unique.

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And the very first pieces of my “Geometric” collection – made from my abstract watercolor artwork – are finished as well. These are super bright and happy.

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I’m offering my readers first pick of these cool pendants. If you see one you love, please reserve in my online shop by Thursday evening, November 20th.

Once a pair is reserved, I will take it off the list and there will never be another one exactly like it. On Friday I’ll be sending them to the fabulous new Nite Gallery opening in my hometown of Albia, Iowa.

[ Full link to shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/emilylupitastudio   ]

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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New Turkish Artwork Earrings – 2 Day Reserve Sale

The View from my Art Desk – New Turkish Artwork Earrings – 2 Day Reserve Sale

I just finished a new collection of handmade art earrings and I’ve fallen in love with them. I feel like this is my most beautiful collection yet.

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The designs inside the earrings are amazing Turkish gilded artwork that I found while wondering around inside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. I matched the different designs up in pairs, then encased the art under glass and fixed them into earrings.

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I want to give my readers first pick of these beauties – if you see one you love, please reserve at this link in my online shop by Monday evening, November 3rd. Once a pair is reserved, I will take it off the list and there will never be another one exactly like it.

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The reason for the quick, 2 day only reserve sale is that on Tuesday I’ll be taking the collection of earrings over to the fabulous store, The Local Exchangelocated on the Historic Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia. The earrings (and my Christmas ornaments & Christmas cards) will will be available for the holiday season there starting with their Holiday Open House this Friday.

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These will be a bit hard to let go of…I may have to give each one a hug goodbye.  (I had a moment where I thought maybe I’d tuck them all away in my own jewelry box.) But what I love the most about making art is being able to share it – and sharing these bright, beautiful Turkish artwork earrings with you is a little dream come true.

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[ Full link to earrings:]

https://www.etsy.com/listing/209222579/reservation-for-turkish-earrings

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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New Design: Butterfly #1

“Butterfly #1” ink drawing and color illustration by Emily Lupita.

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Sending happiness,

-Emily Lupita

 

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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year from Emily Lupita Studio!

Sending out wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!

I love writing New Year resolutions & this year I decided to create a fun poster to display some of them here in my studio.

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Sharing here the steps to make one of your own…I’d love to see what you create!

New Year Resolutions Poster Project:

#1: Find a picture or photograph that you love. (I used one of my landscape paintings I made of San Cristobal.)

#2: Divide the picture into 9 squares. Fade out the middle square and four of the corner squares.

#3: Write the year in the middle and your resolutions in the corners. Play around with the fonts & colors.

#4: Put up your inspirational poster somewhere you’ll see it every morning and visualize your dreams coming true!

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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Final Days of my Kickstarter Project

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

The final few days of my Kickstarter project are here! (The project ends on October 31st.)  I’m truly grateful to the 55 amazing people who’ve backed my project so far. I now have 93% of the total pledges needed to fund The Artist’s Alphabet book. Almost there…

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This has been one of the busiest weeks here at my studio and also one of the very best. I’ve been enjoying the time I spend each day working on finishing up all the details of the book design. These are two screen shots from my latest layout to give you an idea of how the book will look when finished. (I also shared a few different screen shots on my Emily Lupita Studio Facebook page earlier this week if you’d like to see more.)

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I added a colorful first letter to the title word on each definition page as well as a fancy text divider underneath to better balance out the spacing . I still have a few more definitions to write because it takes me awhile to think of how I want to phrase each definition & I go through so many drafts for each word.

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The book cover is coming along nicely. I still need to format it to the printer’s specifications, but this is the latest design I’m working with as of today:

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It’s hard to believe my Kickstarter project  will end on October 31st, only four days from now. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’m excited to see where the next four days will take me.

Sending you all many heartfelt thanks for your support & encouragement,

-Emily Lupita

Kickstarter Project Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

KINDNESS Definition Page

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Week 4 of Kickstarter: The Final Week Begins

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

Week 4 of my month-long Kickstarter project begins today.  I had 7 wonderful people back my project in the third week and now have 60% of the total pledges needed to fund my art book project.

It has been a joy designing the book pages and receiving such great encouragement & support from my incredible group of backers. I’m still hopeful that the remaining 40% of pledges needed will find their way to my project before October 31st.

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I designed this special “Thank You!” card especially for my awesome backers. I have it all prepared to send to the print shop on November 01st, hoping my optimistic actions might somehow help give my project that extra boost of positive energy needed for it to succeed in the final week.

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This is another hopeful design I made this week, “A Note of Thanks.” I love how the paintings & letters flow together to create a bright & colorful thank you card. This might be another option for my special backer cards – or perhaps I’ll try to create a combination of the two designs.

I’ve been working on the letters for such a long time – now that they are all finished I’m really enjoying the process of combining them into words & special designs. Here’s another I made as an update to my project page.

Imagine a new alphabet

Thanks for all your encouragement. One more week…

-Emily Lupita

Kickstarter Project Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

HOPE Definition Page

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Week 3 of Kickstarter: Poster Design & Definition Pages

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Week 3 of my month-long Kickstarter project has started and a huge thank you goes out to the 11 wonderful people who backed my project in the second week.  I now have 47% of the pledges needed to make the book a reality. But I still need to raise more than half of my funding goal in the next two weeks, so the butterflies in my stomach are growing.

I had a beautiful moment this week when I finally finished the alphabet poster, something I’ve been slowly working toward for years. Each letter represents an original watercolor painting & design process that was a labor of love. The day I finished it also happened to be my 36th birthday, so I felt like this was a good sign I’m on the right path.

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The definition pages are slowly emerging – I’m all the way to “hope.” I’m writing my own definitions for each word based on the traditional Oxford Dictionary, but modified with my own feelings & experience with the word. Two of my favorite definition pages so far are Dreamer & Friendship.

DREAMER Definition Page

Thanks for all your encouragement!

-Emily Lupita

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FRIENDSHIP Definition Page

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Week 2 of Kickstarter & New Designs

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I’m entering Week 2 of my month-long Kickstarter project here at Emily Lupita Studio. I’m so grateful to the 13 people who backed my project in its first week & to those who’ve shared the project link with others. It’s exciting to see that I have almost 30% of my funding goal, but nerve-wracking to know I have a whole 70% to go in the next 3 weeks in order to make the book a reality.

I’ve been working hard on finalizing the letter designs for the book. I have two new designs – “E” is for Encouragement and “I” is for Imagination. They make me smile!

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I’ve also started designing the definition pages that will face the letter pages. I made mark ups using a book of the same size to be able to format the layout correctly. Here are the first two pages – a glimpse of what the book will be like when finished.

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I’m just praying the Kickstarter campaign will be successful so I will be able to send the finished book files to the printer in November.

Thanks for all your encouragement!

-Emily Lupita

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New Art Book Project Accepted By Kickstarter!

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New Art Book Project Accepted by Kickstarter:

I’m excited to share with you that my new art book project, The Artist’s Alphabet, has just been approved for a Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign! A special Kickstarter website will run until October 31, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern.

The official launch is October 1st, but I wanted to give the wonderful people who read my blog access to the project site early, so I linked it to this post. Just click here or on the invitation photo above to check it out.  (The site is now live & running, and I’m able to accept backer pledges as of today.)

Pledges start at $10 and I’m offering some great rewards for supporters of my project.  These rewards include “Kickstarter Only” packages on copies of the The Artist’s Alphabet e-book & soft cover book, plus, I’m offering big reductions on my original watercolor paintings as a special thank you to backers who’d like to collect a piece of original artwork.

Everyone who supports my project will also receive one of my artwork greeting cards in the mail with a handwritten thank you note inside and will be listed on a special page on my website and/or in the printed book itself to thank you for your generosity.

I’m hoping to raise $3500 to help fund the first edition printing of my alphabet book. To explain a bit about Kickstarter, it’s set up as an “all or nothing” platform, so if I meet my funding goal before the October 31 deadline, I get to put all the money I raise toward my art project (minus about 10% in Kickstarter/Amazon fees). If I fall short of the $3500 mark, I won’t get anything.

Thanks for your support & for helping me spread the word about this exciting project!

[This is the direct link to my Kickstarter site if you’d like to share with family & friends.]

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/835782441/the-artists-alphabet-an-art-book-by-emily-lupita

Wishing you a joyful weekend,

-Emily Lupita

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This Week: Finished the Alphabet

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

This week I finished my Artist’s Alphabet series! I’ve been working on the paintings & pairing them up with the letters to create these designs for years now & it is wonderful to see them all together.

I’m especially excited start collecting these designs into the book I dreamed up all those years ago when I first started sketching The Artist’s Alphabet out in my art journal. I look forward to seeing where this project takes me next!

Wishing you every happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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This Week: Updated “About” Page

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

This week at Emily Lupita Studio I created a few collages to include on my new “About” page here on my blog.

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It was a joy putting them together & finding the best way to match my paintings with the photos.

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To check out my new “About” page, click here:

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Wishing you every happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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This Week: All the Way to “Wonder”


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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

This week at Emily Lupita Studio I’m finishing up my designs for my new book, The Artist’s Alphabet. I’ve made it all the way to “W” is for Wonder.

This book has been almost a decade in the making & it truly is wonderful to see all the paintings merging with the letter designs. The whole thing is really coming together…I’m excited!

Wishing you every happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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New Painting: “Lupita Aya Sofya”

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New Painting: “Lupita Aya Sofya”

“Lupita Aya Sofya” has been months in the making and it gives me such joy to see it all finished. This painting features three sets of color combinations, more than my usual two, making it extra bright.

I also added a layer of shimmery gold to each color in the robe & halo, and around the flower petals in the background as well. I love how the gold makes the painting sparkle in the light.

This painting was inspired by the mosaics in the Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul, Turkey. For more background on the mosaics, check out my blog post from July 30th.

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“Lupita Aya Sofya”

Irodori watercolor & Sakura ink on Canson watercolor art board

by Emily Lupita Plum-Guclu, 2013

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio: Fireworks

This week I finished a new painting in my Japanese kimono series. This one is called, “Fireworks.”

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This painting reminds me of the excitement I felt as a little girl in Iowa watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July each year & also of the amazing fireworks I saw at the summer festivals in my adopted hometown of Miyakonojo, Japan.

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These paintings are part of a book I’m working on titled Long-sleeved Kimono that will feature haiku about Japanese culture along with my Japanese kimono paintings.

6-2-2 Fireworks Kimono Blue Squares

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-Emily Lupita

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio: Lupita Portrait – Ashley in a Green Dress

 

 

This week I’ve been working on a special painting in my Lupita Portrait series titled, “Ashley in a Green Dress.” It features my Ashley Lupita, based on my beautiful sister-in-law. 
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In this painting, Ashley has bright pink wings and wears a brilliant green dress. When I made this painting I was thinking about all the wonderful things Ashley has done for our family, and how she brings her great strength and compassion with her wherever she goes.

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I’ve been enjoying adding various backgrounds to this painting for different effects. Here are a few different versions. I am thinking this series would make cool greeting cards someday.

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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“Lupita Portrait – Ashley in a Green Dress”

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From the Lupita Portraits watercolor series by Emily Lupita Plum-Guclu, 2013

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio: Artistic Inspiration

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Artistic inspiration comes in many forms. This past weekend I went to see the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer at the Atlanta High Museum of Art. I loved being back in the art museum, surrounded by beauty in all its many forms. When I got home, I was looking at the museum’s website and found their “Go Girl” gallery. It offers a chance to be “part of the exhibit” by adding yourself to their online gallery – complete with Vermeer’s famous pearl earring and headscarf.
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I found this hilarious and, of course, submitted my own photo right away, not wanting to miss out on this once in a lifetime experience to laugh at myself dressed as a famous painting. I showed the picture to my husband and he thought it was great. He suggested that I try to paint my own Lupita version of the famous painting, based on this silly photo. I wasn’t so sure…but he kept encouraging me. So, I played around with it, trying all sorts of new things…and eventually this new painting emerged.

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I was delighted – most of all because I had such a good time doing it – I was like a little kid again with my paints designing away on a rainy day. But also because it felt like I was trying something new and I got to grow a bit as an artist. Once I got over the initial fear of making a mistake (the first couple versions I painted I had to throw away), I just really enjoyed creating & exploring the space on my art board. Then once the painting was finished, I had fun pairing it with a couple different paper backgrounds in purple.

My previous visit to the art museum was in May with my mother and a group of close friends to see the Frida & Diego exhibit, which was just beyond stunning & still stays with me to this day. I’m hoping one of these days another wave of inspiration will roll in from that experience…can’t wait to see where the tides will take me next.

What inspires you to create? Are there specific places you go to soak up the creative spirit?

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

Featured Painting: “Lupita with a Pearl Earring” watercolor & ink on Canson art board by Emily Lupita Plum-Guclu, 2013

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio: One Month Blogiversary & Aya Sofya Painting

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Today I’m celebrating the one month anniversary of my new Emily Lupita Studio blog. Sending out a special Thank You! to everyone who has visited, followed, and/or left a comment during my first month. I’ve so enjoyed getting it all set up and writing a little each day about my artwork and travels. I’m happy to have met my start up goal of a full month of daily posts, and hope to keep up with my long-term goal of at least weekly updates from here on out.

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio:

This week I’ve been continuing my work on my new Aya Sofya painting and I have everything done now except the background on the original.  I have just this morning decided on a turquoise blue background with purple flowers and should finish soon now that I am (happily and gratefully) returned to my peaceful daily life back in the studio.

I’ll post the final painting in my Artwork Gallery when finished. I also like to keep a version of the painting with a white background, as well as choose a paper background for my portrait paintings. For this design I decided on a cool paper with swirls in purple and gold. This means for each painting, there may end up being three or four design versions.

Aya Sofya Lupita Post

You can see the details of the two versions (above) that I’ve already finished in my Artwork Gallery here:

http://emily-lupita-studio.artistwebsites.com/featured/lupita-portrait-aya-sofya-emily-lupita-studio.html

and here:

http://emily-lupita-studio.artistwebsites.com/featured/lupita-aya-sofya-emily-lupita-studio.html

For more info on the mosaic inspiration behind this painting, please see my earlier blog post here:

https://emilylupitastudio.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/new-painting-aya-sofya-lupita/

I wish you a wonderful week full of happiness,

-Emily Lupita