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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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Week 19 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Springtime Lupita in Blue

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 19 at Emily Lupita Studio

A celebration of Spring continues with this week’s painting – Springtime Lupita in Blue.

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Springtime Lupita in Blue by artist Emily Lupita

This is the 19th work of art from my A Year of Flowers  project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 18 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Springtime Lupita in Orange

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 18 at Emily Lupita Studio

Spring is here and I’m back to painting classic Lupitas. In this painting, Lupita is enjoying the Springtime air in an orange, yellow, and green dress.

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Springtime Lupita in Orange

This is the 18th work of art from my A Year of Flowers  project.

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 17 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Lupita Illustration

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 17 at Emily Lupita Studio

For Week 17 of my A Year of Flowers art project I thought I’d try an illustrated version of my Lupita with Flowers in Her Hair design. Here she is!

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Lupita with Flowers in Her Hair by artist Emily Lupita

We’ll see where this experimenting all leads…exciting!

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 16 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – Custom Illustration

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 16 at Emily Lupita Studio

Week 16 of my A Year of Flowers art project brings me to illustration artwork – which I also love to do – in addition to my watercolor paintings. There happen to be 6 flowers in this design…can you find them all?

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Victorian Stroll – Albia, Iowa

I’m creating a few different versions of this design as options to be considered for a special annual event happening in December.

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It’s been so fun creating this!

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 15 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – “Lupita with Yellow Roses in Her Hair”

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 15 at Emily Lupita Studio

This is Week 15 of my A Year of Flowers art project. I made another sister for my Lupitas…and now there are three!

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3 Flower Sisters

This newest painting is “Lupita with Yellow Roses in Her Hair” and I love how sweet and happy she looks. The beautiful red roses sparkle, but it is her eyes that really shine.

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Week 15 – A Year of Flowers 2015

[ Art prints & cards of this design are now available here in my online art shop.]

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 14 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – “Lupita with Daisies in Her Hair”

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 14 at Emily Lupita Studio

This is Week 14 of my A Year of Flowers art project. This week I made a sister for my Week 13 Lupita.

I just keep looking at these two lovely ladies. Wow, they are something really new and exciting for me as an artist.

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Flower Sisters – A Year of Flowers

This newest painting is “Lupita with Daisies in Her Hair” and I love the expression on her face. Is she thinking of a long, faraway love? Is she about to laugh? Or cry? I don’t know…it’s a mystery and that’s what I like.

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Week 14 – A Year of Flowers

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May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Week 13 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – “Lupita with Tulips in Her Hair”

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 13 at Emily Lupita Studio

Week 13 of my A Year of Flowers art project is witness to a new flavor in my flower style.

Week 13 painting, "Lupita with Tulips in Her Hair"
Week 13 painting, “Lupita with Tulips in Her Hair”

Lupita is back and this time she’s wearing tulips in her hair.

Week 13 art print, "Lupita with Tulips in Her Hair"
Week 13 art print, “Lupita with Tulips in Her Hair”

[ Art prints & cards of this design are now available here in my online art shop.]

May your garden be full of flowers,

❤ ~Emily Lupita

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Evolution of a Giant Butterfly

View from my Art Desk – Evolution 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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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.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~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!

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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.

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~Emily Lupita

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View From My Art Desk

Projects In Progress:

Sharing here a few photos of my current art projects in progress.

New teardrop style glass earrings with my dog and elephant ink drawings, plus Turkish eye design pendants in progress.

Lots of new pendants in the works…round, oval & square.

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I’m experimenting with my different ink drawing / illustration designs and setting them into jewelry bezels. Also beginning to map out matching greeting card designs to create gift sets.

And a few new ink drawings / quotes on deck ready to be colored.

Sending wishes for a beautiful day,

~Emily Lupita

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Art Under Glass

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It has been an exciting week here in the studio with the launch of my new Art Under Glass jewelry line. The collection is off to a great start with 30 colorful pieces of art encased under glass and set in pendants of different shapes & sizes.

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My sister-in-law and niece were amazing and helped me to get started on this big project when they came to visit several months ago. I’ve been working on finishing this first batch of the collection since then and each finished piece is so special to me. I feel like I’m just getting started with this new miniature art form.

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How It’s Made:

The process for making these little wonders begins with creating a digital image of my original watercolor painting that fits the size of the pendant. Then I print the image, cut it to the proper shape, wax it and bind the glass to the top with a transparent fixing agent, making sure the glass doesn’t slide around by holding it in place until it sets. After this dries for a day, I wax the back of the image, coat it with fixing agent and set it in the metal pendant base coated with a thin layer of metal glue. After the finished pendant dries for 2 days…Voilà!the art jewelry is ready to wear.

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Coming Soon:

I was so happy to be asked to make a custom pair of earrings using this same Art Under Glass technique to match a friend’s favorite painting in my Artist’s Alphabet book. Such a wonderful idea! After several tries I found the best design to fit the space and just loved seeing the book pages transform into earrings. It was a fun project and I was inspired to keep on making a series of alphabet earrings…coming soon.

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-Emily Lupita

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Where You Go I Will Go

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The Follow Your Dreams Project is going strong with several new designs coming to life. One of my favorites is this new art print featuring two winged elephants, first in ink then in color, framing the quote, “Where you go I will go. Where you stay I will stay.”

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I made this design after finding a second elephant ink drawing in a random folder. For some reason these winged elephants I drew years ago really speak to me now. I wonder how many more are out there hiding in my studio, just waiting to be re-discovered?

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I know this is how creativity works sometimes, in large loops, but it still surprises and delights me how (and when) inspiration shows up. The elephants gave me that spark I needed to start creating more freely in this new medium of ink and illustration.

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I made a few trees, this being the one I ended up illustrating. The trees led to flowers, which became more & more detailed and eventually resulted in this tulip design, looking very Turkish.

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I got excited about the new designs pouring out and ended up re-designing my blog & website with the new images. I’m not exactly sure where all of this creativity will lead, but that’s part of the adventure and right now I’m just enjoying being along for the ride.

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new website logo design

 

On Creativity:

This week I’m wondering about inspiration…how it works, why it works, where does it come from? I’m interested to know how inspiration appears/works in your life. Have you ever created or been inspired by something and then forgotten it, only to have it re-appear at the most opportune time, like my winged elephants? If so, I’d love for you to share in the comments section below.

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Sending wishes for a beautiful (and inspirational) weekend,

-Emily Lupita

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New Design: Winged Elephant #1

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New Design: Butterfly #1

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

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Follow Your Dreams Project

This Week @ Emily Lupita Studio:

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here on my studio blog and I have several exciting things to share. Returning readers will notice the new look to the website featuring designs from my newest art project.

The path is still taking shape, but I wanted to share some of my first designs for what I’m calling my “Follow Your Dreams” project. I chose this name because this was the very first design I made. It was inspired by my wonderful niece and her love of archery.

My last big art project, The Artist’s Alphabet book, took me more than a decade to finish. I’m hoping this new project won’t take me soo soo long…but I know it will be an extended journey so I wanted to be sure it is filled with things I love.

That’s why I took some time to really focus on developing my ideas for what I want this new art adventure to look like. Of course, when I think of loveliness…my two mini dogs immediately come to mind and I made a design featuring them next.

 The designs are made from my original ink drawings. This one below of the mountains came together all at once while listening to Deepak Chopra’s meditations. When I felt the peaceful flow of this design I somehow knew I was headed in the right direction.

Reflect. I framed this one and put it on my desk to remind me about my desire to reflect my inner artist as I develop this new project.

I’m excited to start this new journey and grateful to have you as my companion. Starting something new gives me butterflies…

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my butterfly ink drawing – colored version coming soon!

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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