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Almost there! 17 paintings finished

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.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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First 10 Paintings – Wild Plums Book

This is a big day for me. I’ve finally finished the first 10 paintings for my new book. Wow – it was a fun journey to get this far. Only 10 more to go for my full set of 20 paintings.

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.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Living Room – Wild Plums

The next painting in my “Growing Wild Plums” series.
Lupita and Mavi in the Living Room in Winter.
By Emily Lupita ©️ 2020

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Final Sketch
Adding Color
Finished Painting

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.

https://bewildrewild.org/artwork-paintings-childrens-book

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Sledding Hill – painting redo

Lupita & Mavi at the Sledding Hill
Growing Wild Plums series 2020
By Emily Lupita

About the “Growing Wild Plums” 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 art project.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Wild Plums – Rainbow

Lupita & Mavi Encounter a Rainbow
“Growing Wild Plums” series 2020
By Emily Lupita

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Curly hair!
Final painting

About the “Growing Wild Plums” 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 art project.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Rainbow Sketch – Growing Wild Plums

Artwork by Emily Lupita

About the “Growing Wild Plums” 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 art project.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Lupita Remembers the Old Hay Barn

Artwork by Emily Lupita

About the “Growing Wild Plums” 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 art project.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Growing Wild Plums – Painting 3

Painting #3:

A scene from our living room out on the hill. Always a loyal good dog nearby. Art and color everywhere. My mother’s paintings 🖼 on the walls. She won many art prizes over the years. Her iris paintings even won best in show. I would sit and try to make art like she did, but my paintings looked different. I’ve always had my own style and I’m lucky to have an artist mom who encouraged me to paint in my own way. This painting is the closest thing to how I remember that room in my childhood home. This is how I see the world.

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.

https://bewildrewild.org/artwork-paintings-childrens-book

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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Third Painting In-Progress: “Painting at the Table”

My series continues with the third painting now in-progress. It started as a sketch from my memory of using my mom’s art supplies to paint at our big table in the dining room.

Then I made several new sketches and came up with the final dimensions.

Here I’m adding in my Lupita character at the table and adding in color. These are all sketches I use as guides to then make the final painting.

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.

https://bewildrewild.org/artwork-paintings-childrens-book

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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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.

https://bewildrewild.org/artwork-paintings-childrens-book

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

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First Painting Finished 1 of 20

I’m excited to have finished the very first painting in my new series. This is “Lupita Canning Corn.”

I remember corn harvest time. My brothers and I would pick the corn and pull off the husks. Mom would boil the corn on the cob in big pots on the wood cook stove. She’d dump the corn into the table and we’d eat all we could manage. The smell and taste of fresh corn (and fresh tomatoes!) was heaven.

 

We had boards with a nail end pointing up through the center. We’d stick the ear of corn onto the nail and cut off the kernels with long knives. Then we’d push the kernels into canning jars and Mom would pressure cook them on the propane stove. We stored the canned corn in a cement block cellar under the house. In the depths of winter, we’d open the glass jars and enjoy the fruit of all our hard work.

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.

https://bewildrewild.org/artwork-paintings-childrens-book

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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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.

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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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Handmade Holiday Gifts – Order by Dec. 15th for Christmas Delivery

Handmade Holiday Gifts – Order by December 15th for Christmas Delivery – This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

I love making handmade art, especially this time of year. The festive preparations for the holiday season give me so much inspiration. The Christmas tree is up and the beautiful handmade wreaths my mother made us are hanging on our doors. Every time I walk by them I smile and feel like my creative energy is being nurtured.

My Painting Desk
My Painting Desk

I wanted to share some photos from my creative process this holiday season, sort of a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making my art.  If you’d like a custom made gift, please feel free to contact me ~ I’m still taking custom orders until the end of this week.

Lupita Ornaments
Lupita Ornaments

My Art Tables
My Art Table

If you see something you love in my  online holiday shop, please keep in mind the last day to order handmade art gifts that will be sure to arrive in time for Christmas is coming up soon…December 15th.

Artwork Jewelry
Artwork Jewelry

Christmas Painting Mexican American folk art
Guadalupe Paintings, Cards, and Art Prints

This year has been full of artful blessings. I’m so thankful for all of you who encourage and support me in my creative adventures!

Happy Holidays!

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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New Prints & Cards for Small Business Saturday ~ Free Shipping

View from my Art Desk – New Prints & Cards for Small Business Saturday ~ Free Shipping 

I’ve been working so hard over the past few weeks in the hopes of reaching my goal to have 100 artwork items up in my online holiday shop. I’m delighted to have met that goal today, just in time for Small Business Saturday tomorrow. Hurray!

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #1
Art Print by artist Emily Lupita

To celebrate, I’m offering FREE Shipping (in the U.S.) on all items until midnight on December 1st. Just enter this coupon code    shopsmall2014    at checkout.

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #2
Art Print by artist Emily Lupita

Some of the latest items I have up in my shop are brand new artist prints of my “Guadalupe Prays for Peace” painting series.

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #3
Art Print by artist Emily Lupita

I really enjoyed matching the paintings up with bright, festive backgrounds to create these new artist prints. [Click on any photo to see more details in my art shop.]

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“Guadalupe Prays for Peace” Series #4 Art Print by artist Emily Lupita

I also have a new variety pack of Guadalupe cards that are hot off the press. I’m happy to make custom card packs as well if you’d like a pack of just one of the designs.

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Another new listing is for my latest batch of Turkish artwork jewelry. I have a few pendants and one pair of earrings still available from this collection.

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Other great deals in my art shop right now (in addition to free shipping) include 10% off all custom paintings and a sale on Christmas cards…all happening until December 1st.

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

❤ ~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.

Turkish art pendants, Turkey, Istanbul, Iznik, artwork, jewelry, necklace

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 Holiday Cards – Early Bird Sale

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio – New Holiday Cards – Early Bird Sale

I’ve just finished designing a new collection of cards for this year’s holiday season. They’re all part of an Early Bird Sale going on in my art shop until December 01st.

Christmas cards, holiday cards, watercolor cards, art cards, local artist, Emily Lupita Studio, angel greeting cardsThe new collection includes my “Believe” series featuring designs of my Lupita watercolor angels with backgrounds of traditional Japanese paper designs. There are 6 cards in this series including faith (twice for good measure!), love, joy, dream, and believe.

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The collection also includes my “Merry Christmas” 2014 design series. There are 6 cards in this series including 2 each of Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, and Joy to the World.

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I print and hand cut each card myself here in my art studio, making each one a little handcrafted work of art.

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So far there’s a total of 17 different designs, plus variety packs of each series, now up and available in my holiday shop. I’ve been hoping to have a good selection of cards in my shop for several years now, and I’m so happy to see this card collection finally taking shape. 🙂

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Thanks so much for all your encouragement this year! I feel like art is really flowing out of me lately and your supportive energy has made all the difference. ❤

[ Full link to cards / holiday shop:]

https://www.etsy.com/shop/emilylupitastudio

Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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Lupita Christmas Tree Ornaments

This Week at Emily Lupita Studio – Lupita Christmas Tree Ornaments

I’m delighted to introduce to you my new art project…Lupita Christmas Ornaments!

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Original Painting 3×3 Ornament

For the last several years, I have been experimenting with how to create Christmas tree ornaments from my Lupita artwork. With the help of my mother’s artistic vision and encouragement, I have tried out so many different ideas over the years…including adventures in printed fabric, embroidery, polymer clay, layered felt, and colored wool.

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

This year, I finally found what I’ve been searching for – a way to share my Lupita artwork in a size and style that will fit nicely on a Christmas tree.  I have both original paintings (photos above) and also art prints for ornaments featuring my more intricate paintings & designs (photos below).

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Art Print Ornament

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

The ornaments are made by coating & sealing my artwork onto small canvas panels, then attaching a ribbon and adding pretty craft paper to the back. The original paintings are on canvas blocks stretched over a wooden frame and the art prints are on flat canvas panels.

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Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

I tried to make them in a mix of more traditional Christmas colors of red & green, as well as my Lupita style of bright pink & rainbow colors. They come in two sizes – 3×3 and 2×2 inches square.

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

Each ornament is handcrafted individually and takes quite awhile to make (especially the ones made from original paintings), so there’s only a limited number of them available this first year. I have a collection of them up in my online art shop and also currently have a small collection at The Local Exchangelocated on the Historic Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia.

 

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

Emily Lupita Studio Christmas Tree Ornaments Handmade Artwork Holiday Gift Decoration

I hope you enjoying seeing these sweet little Lupitas. It’s so fun to get to present my artwork to you in a brand new way!

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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:]

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Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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