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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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Art Grant for New Book Project

It’s an exciting day! I’ve received a Community Art Gathering Grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The grant is to create my newest children’s book – about growing up off the grid in rural Iowa. I’m filled with gratitude to have this opportunity.

The book will have a series of twenty watercolor paintings. Here I am with the very first drawing, all ready to paint. This one is, “Lupita Canning Corn.” These are the largest paintings I’ve ever made, by far. (The new paintings are 12×12 inches and I usually make 5×7 size.)

I’ve also added a new element to the Lupita paintings…a background. I’m experimenting with gauche paint for the background work. It’s challenging and exciting, both.

My favorite part of painting again is sharing the experience with my sons. The Captain is fascinated by Mama painting and joins me at the table to watch what I’m up to.

I’ll post updates on my new project here on my blog and also on my Emily Lupita Studio Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/EmilyLupitaStudio/

Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Fund for supporting my work!

Blessings,

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!

3 Flower Sisters
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.

Week 15 - A Year of Flowers 2015
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

A Year of Flowers

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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.

Flower Sisters - A Year of Flowers
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.

Week 14 - A Year of Flowers
Week 14 – A Year of Flowers

[ 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 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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Week 12 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – “Modern Flowers”

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 12 at Emily Lupita Studio

Week 12 of my A Year of Flowers art project. Modern flowers!

W12_ELS_Flowers2015

[ 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 11 – A Year of Flowers 2015 – “Modern Trees”

A Year of Flowers 2015 – Week 11 at Emily Lupita Studio

I feel like this is a good time to take a look at where I’ve traveled so far this year with my A Year of Flowers art project. These are the first 10 paintings I’ve made during the first 10 weeks of 2015.

Weeks 1-6 A Year of Flowers
Weeks 1-6 A Year of Flowers
Weeks 7-10 A Year of Flowers
Weeks 7-10 A Year of Flowers

My Week 11 painting features flowering trees in a cool, crisp modern style. Something different!

I used Sakura ink & antique Irodori Japanese watercolors to paint the flowering trees, then added a background of handmade Japanese paper to create this art print.

W11_ELS_Flowers2015

[ 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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