What I've Been Working on No. 6

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Our baby girl Zoe is 6 weeks old this week and has so much personality. Addy is doing great with becoming a big sister. We've been holding down the fort, enjoying the warm weather and getting used to being a foursome. Right now I would LOVE to go out to eat at a restaurant, a date night would be amazing. I'll just keep daydreaming. ;)

Two new prints are in the shop, the one above called "5 Little Chairs" and a succulent painting called, "5 Little Cacti".

What I've Been Working on - No. 5

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I've been working overtime so I can re-open my shop and today is the day! I now have three new mixed media illustrated watercolor girls added to the shop. The one above is called Orange Top Knot Girl.

Also, I'm offering more sizes: 4x6, 5x7, 6x8 and 8x10. As a thank you and to celebrate I have a 20 percent off promo going on, just enter APRIL2015 as the code. Promo ends Sunday, April 5 at midnight MTN time.

Follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery) and once I reach 300 followers (I'm at 219!), I will have a giveaway (shipping worldwide).

Thanks for your support and have a great week!

New Channel Video and a New Print!

I've been a busy girl over here trying to figure out how to record and edit video on my iPad. I set up my YouTube channel, fluximagery, (like and subscribe!) and two videos are published so far. I'll show more works in progress in the future. There is no sound because that part was driving me insane with copyright infringement and all that.

One day I will have sound on my videos, mark my words. If you have any feedback, leave me a comment, I would love it.

Also, this print is now available in my Etsy shop right here.

Winter Bunnies

I think I have sweaters and all things winter on the brain because I'm not wearing these items myself.  I'm in full maternity gear but form fitting and representing the bump.  My bunnies and bears get all the fun this season....and all the bulk.

Now available in my shop.

Bookwhale

I'm sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories. They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!

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Just Paint.

My Home It's taken me awhile to get back on the art horse.  Not going to lie.  I have been trying to find my groove again and even though I haven't been painting painting, I've been reading.  To date here are my absolute favorites.  And I mean getting dangerous with the library late fees territory:

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media  - Heather Smith Jones

Watercolor Painting, A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium - Tom Hoffmann

And of course I can't forget YouTube:

I have been messing with my process too.  Order of operations is big for me so first I would just dive into the watercolor paper with my sloppy paints.  I didn't get anywhere because I didn't know where I was going.  I am extremely methodical with my digital art but watercolor is a completely different beast to me.  So, I would read and watch other painters I admired and try what they did.  Some sketch, then bring the sketch into photoshop and compose the image, then print out the image, then use a light-box to trace it onto the watercolor paper and then go for it with the paint.

When I follow those steps, by the time I get to the painting phase, I'm paralyzed.  Watercolor paint is so expensive, watercolor paper is not cheap either, then you add in the brushes.....everything I paint better be a masterpiece at this point.  That is what I hear in my brain, that very loud annoying voice.  What I am finding that works for me (knock on wood that doesn't jinx it) is that I sketch out elements I might want to paint on computer paper.  Just scribble and freely draw.  Then when I think I have my elements, I will sketch out a composition.  Then I come to my paper and freely draw my composition but not too much.  Everything doesn't have to be planned in advance, a nice mix is nice.  Lastly, it's time to paint.  Parts can be wet into wet, other parts wet onto dry, etc.  But I eat that elephant one bite at a time.  Oh and chanting that no one is going to see this helps too.  I tell myself I'm painting for me (which I am, it brings me joy) and if it doesn't turn into anything it isn't a big deal.  I think this mind play is working for me.

I am taking in all of these opinions and methods of how other painters work and finding what works for me so I can just paint.  That is by far my favorite part.

The painting above is called My Home and 6x8 prints are available in my shop!

Happy happy girl.

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So many reasons to smile:

  • the weekend is almost here
  • after running around all day, I'm home
  • I have a great friend that came upon a mirror and gave it to me
  • I'm not cooking tonight
  • I am surrounded by supportive friends and family
  • I am loved and love in return
  • My eyebrow will eventually stop twitching.  It has to.  Right?
  • I have pics of our pale gray bedroom paint and the key wall project.

For the key wall I found the numbers at Anthropologie, the keys at Pottery Barn and the limited edition prints are available in my store.

I'm just happy.  Can't help it I guess.  Happy Thursday!

Illustration Friday - Expire

expire This is my attempt for the theme of Expire for Illustration Friday and it is also an entry for 52 Designs.  Winter has expired, hello spring!  Come as fast as you can please.  We got dumped with snow with a nice March spring storm.  I say that with a lot of sarcasm included. This illustration is available as a limited edition print in my shop.

Now I'm off to go do a boot-camp workout with my friend at her gym.  I am slightly scared, not sure how difficult this is going to be but she assures me it won't be that hard.  We'll see.

Two things that I can't wait until tomorrow for:

  1. Going to check out fabric at Fancy Tiger so I can sew a cute cover for my printer so it is protected from dust.
  2. Going to see the Liberty of London line at Target!

Wish me luck with the workout, goodnight!