Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School!

Hello my sweet bloggie friends!!  Boy summer flew by didn't it?!  My summer was consumed with keeping the boy occupied.  I spent my days carting him from Kumon to scouts then music lessons and band practice.  We spent a lot of time camping and managed to squeeze in a couple of beach trips and short weekend getaways.  I was able to get in a little creative time but not much.

Today is our first day back to school so I'm hopeful that I'll have some more time to create.  One can hope right?!  The truth is that my schedule will probably be just as busy because we still have the same schedule as summer except everything is happening in the evenings now and we also have to make time for homework.  Oh well, the boy is totally worth it!!

I do have to get to work though because I have to get ready for my Fall shows.  First up is The Peddler's Show.  I'll be set up at the San Antonio Peddler's Show at the Freeman Expo Hall on Sept 5th -7th

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After that, I'll be set up at Market Days @ Encino Park on Oct 4th - 5th.  Look for me inside the Banquet Hall.

I hope to squeeze the Soflo Market in there too.  So with only 2wks left til my first show, I have lots to do to make sure I'm ready.  I like to get completely set up at home before each show so I know exactly what I need to take and where everything is gonna go.

It's become sorta a ritual for me, lol.  It really does help during set up though.  My set up is always changing as I continue to try and improve.

New for my upcoming show is a sales counter and an actual cash register.  I'm really excited about that :D.  I'll share pics as that begins to come together.  I will probably start doing my mock set up this week so I have plenty of time to go get anything I need.

I'm also gonna work on getting more of my items listed in my Etsy shop, LittleHoneyBeeStudio.  I don't have any of my necklaces or key fobs listed on there right now.  I have seasonal items that I'd like to add too.

I 'd like to finish reorganizing my studio and create new art of course.  So there is tons to do, I better get off this computer and start working, lol.

Thanks for joining me today, have a fantastic day!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Notebook Sale!

Hey there!!  I just wanted to let you know about the SALE I'm running this week on notebooks.  This week all notebooks in my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio are 15% OFF.  Here's a look at each of the notebooks available:

SALE: Spiral Notebook - Do What You Love

Do What You Love

SALE: Spiral Notebook - Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars

SALE: Frida Kahlo Spiral Notebook

Modern Frida

SALE: Spiral Notebook, Journal - Wings


I hope you'll stop by and take a peek at my shop :D  Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Frida Por Vida - Mixed Media Art

Hi everyone, I have some new art to share with you today!

This is my latest mixed media original canvas entitled "Frida Por Vida".  It's a large 20x24 deep canvas.

This was my first attempt on Frida.  I've seen so many renditions that I thought it was time for me to do my own interpretation.  So I began sketching in my art journal while I was waiting for my son to finish up his band practice.  This is my original sketch :D

I wanted to paint her on a large canvas so I re-sketched the whole thing on my canvas.  If I'm using a small canvas, I'll just use tracing paper to add my sketched image.  You can see that my canvas sketch turned out a bit different but that's cool with me.

Loving those bold colors!!

You can't really tell from the pics but I used molding paste for the roses on her head.  The have a lot of great texture.

Oh yes, she's coming along nicely!!

I'm so happy with the colors.  I don't plan my colors, I just start working and decide as I go.

More roses, they were among my favorite things to sketch when I was little!

My son thinks she needs more shadows.  What do you think?

Gorgeous, I'm feelin pretty proud :D

So there you had it, "Frida Por Vida"!  Prints are now available in my Etsy shop HERE.  The original is also available for purchase but will probably not be listed in my Etsy shop.  So if you're interest in the original, please message me on Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to let me know what you think!  Suggestions and constructive criticism is always welcomed.

Have a Beautiful Day & "Frida Por Vida"!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Creative Blog Hop!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I'm very excited to be a part of this Creative Blog Hop! The hop was started to inspire those that take part, to meet new people and experience different styles of art along the way.  I really like the idea of this ongoing "creative tour" and hope that you will follow the links to the artists I'm sharing today.  They are truly inspiring and talented ladies.

I was invited to participate in this hop by my friend Dana Tatar.  Please take the time to visit her blog, show her some love and enjoy her beautiful work.  I first met Dana on the Paper Wings Productions design team and have since had the pleasure of working with her on a couple of other teams.  I have always been in awe of her talent and ability to manange all of her teams and family responsiblities.  She makes balancing everything look so easy!  Her work is always so creative and inspiring.  I love how diverse her style is and always look forward to see what she is sharing next.  You never know because she can do it all!  Make sure to visit her blog They Call Me Tater Salad and follow along!

Lately I've been going through a bit of a transition in my life and really haven't blogged much.  So I hope that this hop will get me back into the groove of things.  Life tends to get very busy but I know that it's important to keep sharing and getting to know each other :D

What am I working on right now?
I've decided to take a break from design team work in order to focus on my family and artwork.  Right now I'm trying to work on new art for my upcoming Fall shows.  I've also been working on adding new items to my product line.  I'm really excited to see my artwork on all types of things like makeup bags, coin purses, porcelain ornaments, notebooks, greeting cards, jewelry and artist prints.  

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
That's tough because there are so many talented artists out there.  I love creating with beautiful bold colors with lots of layers and contrast.  I try to make all of my artwork inpirational.  I also try to insert my ethnicity into all of my work.   Besides working on canvas, I love to create three dimensional projects using recycled materials.

Why do I create?
Creating is such an important part of who I am.  When I'm not creating I feel like something is missing.  When I was a little girl, I was always drawing and I had to take art every year.  As an adult I began crafting and sold my wares in local craft malls until the birth of my youngest son.   After that I began scrapbooking which led to art journaling, mixed media and illustration.  I'm kinda quite and use art to express myself.  I'm happiest when I'm painting and connecting with others that love to create.

How does my creative process work?
I have to have music playing when I work and I like to be left alone.  I usually don't start out with a plan and if I do have one, it's a very loose idea.  Most of the time I start by creating a background and then just go from there but sometimes I begin with a rought sketch.  I like to think the my project reveals itself to me as I work.  I love getting into that flow state where my projects come to life.  I like the freedom of creating without a plan or expection.  I think it's way more fun that way!

I'm nominating my friend and talented artist Kimberly Robinson Bolden from My Polka Dotted Bliss.  Look for her Creative Blog Hop posts on August 18th.

Kimberly creates the most beautiful cards, scrapbook layouts, altered art and creative gifts.  She masterfully mixes color and patterns to create unique projects with a sophisticated vintage flare.  Kimberly sells a variety of premade and embellished items that make memory-keeping and gift-giving to special ones like family, friends, teachers and assistants a cinch.  You can find her gorgeous work in her Etsy Shop Polka Dotted Bliss.  To see more of her projects, you can also visit her blog My Polka Dotted Bliss.  I hope you'll stop by her store and blog to get to know her better.

To keep up with me, visit my Facebook page, I post there on a regular basis and share works in progress along with things that inspire me.  If you're interested in seeing my current product line, visit my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  Have a beautiful day, hugs to you all!!!
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