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Week 4 of Kickstarter: The Final Week Begins

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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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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

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

Kickstarter Project Link:

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

FRIENDSHIP Definition Page

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Week 2 of Kickstarter & New Designs

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This Week at Emily Lupita Studio

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

Kickstarter Project Link:

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

https://emilylupitastudio.wordpress.com/about/

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: 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

Featured Painting:

“Lupita Portrait – Ashley in a Green Dress”

Irodori watercolors & Sakura ink on Canson art board

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

Prints, cards & iphone cases of this painting now available in my Gallery & Artwork Shop or at this direct link:

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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: Girl with a Pearl Earring

IMG_2324 - Version 2This week I went to the High Museum of Art in downtown Atlanta. They had a special event of Friday night jazz & viewing of the fabulous Girl with a Pearl Earring painting by Vermeer. My husband, Alper, and I went with our amazing friends, Diana & Selim, and just had the best time.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring painting was stunning. It has been recently restored and the paint glistened through the centuries. I loved it and could have stayed standing there, face-to-face in front of it all night.

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Alper found this cool coloring book in the gift shop and decided I just had to have it. Inside are 52 coloring plates of famous paintings with 10 facts about each painting pointed out on the page so you can learn more about how the master painter created it. It is hard to explain, so I’ve included a page here.

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This exhibit inspired me in so many ways. I loved the many paintings, including some by Rembrandt, and how the paint still had its brilliant shine after so many years. It reminded me of the quote, “Art is what endures.”  I feel so grateful to have had the chance to see these masterpieces painted so long ago, enduring the journey through time and space all the way from their original home in Holland to the museum where we stood to gaze at them last night.

Here is the link for more information on the Atlanta High Museum of Art:

http://www.high.org

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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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.

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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:

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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

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Q & A: Where Do You Paint?

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Where do you paint?

My favorite place to paint is next to the window in my studio room in the mornings.  I play uplifting music, open the windows, make a nice tea, and spend some quality time with my colors to start my day. My dogs love it, too, and sit at my feet or up on the arm of the sofa to watch me paint.

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Sometimes I enjoy going outside to sit on my rose garden bench to paint. I like to watch the world going by and it is always a good way to meet new neighbors. My mom and I are planning to go to the Botanical Garden to paint the next time she comes for a visit. Can’t wait!

Where do you like to paint? Do you ever go to coffee shops or parks or mountain tops to be inspired?

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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Painting: Lupita Dreams of World Travel

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“Lupita Dreams of World Travel”

Irodori watercolor & Sakura ink on cold press watercolor paper

From the Lupita Dreams watercolor series by Emily Lupita Plum-Guclu

Prints, cards & iphone cases of this painting now available in my Gallery & Artwork Shop or at this direct link:

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Creative Inspiration

Peony by Juana Maria

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This beautiful peony painting is by my mother, Juana Maria Plum. It is part of a series she is working on now where she creates flowers on watercolor cards and sends them off in the mail to brighten people’s day. This one arrived and brought so much light into my house!

I love the sturdy stem & leaves contrasted with the freedom of the pink flower, just flowing freely up & outward toward the sky.

Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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* Prints & cards of this painting are now available in my online Gallery & Artwork Shop at the link above.*

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The Artist Alphabet: B is for Beauty

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In my Lupita artist alphabet, B is for beauty.

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Q & A: What type of paints do you use?

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Q & A: What type of paints do you use?

I use a type of watercolor paint called Irodori Antique Japanese Watercolors. They are made in Japan by Holbein.

When I was living in Japan I fell in love with the fantastic contrast of patterns and colors in the traditional Japanese textiles used to make kimonos and yukatas (cotton summer kimonos).  I was looking for a way to paint my own vision of these vivid patterns and came across these watercolors at my local art store in the city of Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, where I was teaching English in an academic high school at the time. I had been using the Holbein watercolor paint set in traditional Western colors for several years at that point and got so excited about this particular Irodori color series as soon as I saw it.

This is the description of the paints on one of my boxes:

“Ancient oriental watercolors are characterized by their delicate hues. Now today’s artist can journey back into time to create with the same timeless palette used by Japanese and Chinese artists 15 centuries ago. Delicate and harmonious, the 48 Irodori colors are created using pure pigment in gum arabic for clean, crisp results that won’t darken or muddy. Highly saturated, they granulate very freely, and are more opaque in the true Asian fashion.”

Sure enough, once I started using this Irodori set in the antique colors, I knew this was the paint for me. That was more than a decade ago and I’m still using the same paints. I’ve had to refill a couple times, but lucky for me Dick Blick Art Supplies carries the series and I can re-order online instead of traveling back to Japan. Although…it would be a wonderful excuse to get to return to the land of the rising sun.

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New Gallery & Artwork Shop

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I have a new online gallery…hurray!

Creating it has been a true labor of love for some time now, so I’m delighted to see it this morning fully up and running. There are still several paintings and a few collections I need to add to it, but I’m excited with how it has turned out so far. I especially love how I can group the paintings into different collections, as well as have one collection showing all paintings together.

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This gallery also serves as my new artwork shop. I’ve partnered with Fine Art America, the premiere artist support company online, to do all the printing. Because they have such a wide network, orders can be placed & shipped world-wide and products include professional artist prints in a range of paper (like watercolor, rag & velvet), prints on canvas, metal & acrylic, greeting cards and even artwork prints on iphone cases. (I’m especially excited about getting a new iphone case with my artwork on it!)IMG_2212

They also offer a wide range of framing & matting options in a variety of sizes, so you can customize the painting to fit where it will hang. The best thing is they have full customer service for buyers and a money back guarantee on all products. I’m so very grateful for their partnership with all of this amazing support and look forward to the places this new path will take me.

I’d love for you to visit the new gallery & post a comment below.

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Happiness,

-Emily Lupita

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Weekly Gratitude: The Artist’s Alphabet: G is for Gratitude

Post July 30I’ve paired my Artist Alphabet “G is for Gratitude” design with this quote I love that I think does justice to the definition of gratitude: “Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

What is your definition of gratitude? Do you have any great gratitude quotes you’d like to share?

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Painting: Lupezilla The Broken Hearted Monster

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I’d like to introduce you to my Lupita Monsters series. This character’s name is Lupezilla  and she represents the fun, exciting & emotional side of Lupita.  The sentiment of this painting is, “Even though she is broken hearted, Lupezilla still insists on singing.”

I was inspired to start painting Lupezilla after spending some time in Xalapa and Oaxaca, Mexico. The amazing artisans of these regions make beautiful, colorful wooden (and sometimes paper maché) figures which are commonly known as alebrijes or figuras. An example is shown below.

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I fell in love with the style of the alebrijes and began painting my own vision of them, which eventually manifested in Lupezilla and her two dogs, Mavizilla (miniature dachshund monster) & Yunazilla (Boston terrier monster). 

Special thanks to my Aunt Martha for encouraging me to show some of my monsters!