Thursday, July 23, 2015

This week.

 Lots of fun arty things this week...

On Sunday we took the kids to see "Dinosaur Discovery" at the QLD Museum

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The robotic dinosaurs are pretty life-like and the kids were SO scared at first, but they ended up loving it. They keep asking when can we go back! It was probably a little overpriced for the 20 mins it takes to walk though - but I think it was worth it over all.


I loved the nature exhibits too - so many beautiful colours and pattern inspirations for paintings!
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Yesterday I found this incredible make up look on Instagram that was inspired by my "Skellyfish Friends" painting! It's by the talented Maria from OldDollsStillPlay

  
 Also this week my CANVAS prints have arrived! At the moment I've just started out with 5 of my best-sellers to see what people think. I've had SO many requests for canvas prints. I guess it's because they don't need to be framed and they can be hung straight on the wall. They are the closest thing to the original painting!
 
http://www.artbyjaz.com/collections/canvas-prints


I'm also taking pre-orders for any other of my prints that you might like on canvas. Just email me and let me know which one you are after at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au

This morning I popped my "Little Peach Mermaid" original painting up for auction starting at $1!

"Little Peach Mermaid" original painting

I also reached over 2000 fans on facebook! Woo hoo!!!

Today I have Mr 2 at home with me, so I shall attempt to get some art work done, but we'll see how that goes! Tonight Miss 6 and I are going to see a play at her school called "Fairytale Extravaganza!" - should be good!! 



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Donut know when I'm going to finish this painting...

I couldn't help but begin this with a donut pun. #sorrynotsorry

I've had donuts on the brain lately. I'm seeing them everywhere. I'm pretty sure they're 2015's answer to the gourmet cupcake.

So it would seem that the only reasonable thing to do would be to create a Donut Princess. I mean, there is a Donut King after all? Maybe she should be called the Donut Queen? No...I think this one is a Princess.

I started by just roughly painting in a bust of a half pink/half blue haired girl, with several donuts falling around her. I wanted her to have a crown, and a donut tiara seemed to fit just right.

Then I did what every great artist would do, and tracked down some still life reference materials to work from. Thanks Krispy Kreme.


I continued to build up some of the layers of colour on the donuts, and start to work out what each one will look like. Sprinkles, icing, coconut, chocolate flakes...so many possibilies!
 


...and that's where she's at at the moment. I've got a few other projects on the go, and some commissioned paintings to finish up this week. So "Donut Princess" will have to wait a while...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Ice Cream Fantasy" Mermaid Painting

This painting really just came from the heart. I had no idea where it was going to go when I started it. I had no idea that she was even going to be a mermaid. Just slowly, bit by bit, day by day, I worked on it at any spare moment. Slowly a mermaid emerged and I spent hours painting whimsical details around her. I found it to be quite meditative actually! Tiny dots, swirls, starfish, lilypads and shells...

"Ice Cream Fantasy" Mermaid Original Painting
"Ice Cream Fantasy"
It's a big painting. 12" wide x 36" long x 1.5" deep.

"Ice Cream Fantasy" Mermaid Original Painting

The original painting is available HERE.
A4 and A3 sized glossy paper prints are available HERE.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Little Red Riding Hood"

This week I worked on two paintings - "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Little Dragonfly and Daisies".

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They are now both finished! You can find "Little Dragonfly and Daisies" HERE...

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...and I decided to pop the "Little Red Riding Hood" original painting up for auction starting at $1! You can view the auction HERE.

"Little Red Riding Hood" Original Painting by Jaz Higgins

For any of my other art prints or original paintings, I suggest you check out ArtByJaz.com - there is FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING there! I will try to get prints of both of these paintings up on my website tonight. :)

That's all for now. I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Little Dragonfly and Daisies"

I've just popped this little 6"x6" original painting up in my shop:

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"Little Dragonfly and Daisies"

A little fairy with blue-green eyes on a background of bright yellow daisies. She's looking at her dragonfly friend who's stopped by to visit! Right now there's still free worldwide shipping on everything in my shop, including all original paintings (which can save you up to $200 in shipping on some of the big ones!).

I'm also saying goodbye to my old 80s style kitchen tonight, because tomorrow we are ripping it out and putting in a new one! Woo hoo!


 I look forward to posting updates on the new one!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

School holidays are over and the last few days I've been working on some line work drawings for a project.

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It's actually been nice to work with ink and paper rather than the usual paint and canvas. Black and white as opposed to lots of colour. Mixing it up.

The house is finally starting to look a little more organized. There are still boxes everywhere, and we're currently working with a make-shift kitchen (and studio) but it's starting to feel a little bit more like home. 

I'm arranging my studio slowly, and in line with the New Moon on Tuesday, I put my original "Moon Phase Angel" painting up for auction, starting at $1! You can go to the auction by clicking HERE.

Moon Phase Angel

The weather is finally cooling down today. It's been the longest Summer here in Brisbane, Australia. I thought it was never going to end. It's nearing the end of April and we're still wearing t-shirts and shorts. I love the heat, but we're definitely ready for a cool change. :)

What's the weather like where you are?
 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New beginnings.

Exciting times!

A few months ago, we bought a house! It's in the perfect location for us, but it does need some work. Luckily, we were staying at my parents place in between houses, so we had time to paint it before we moved in. For the lounge, I wanted a dark grey colour, with thick white molded trims. And after carefully considering literally more than 50 shades of grey, I chose "Afternoon Storm" by British Paints, paired with Antique White U.S.A. by Dulux for the rest of the house.

Testing paint colours

Work in progress
The nearly finished wall, except for the molding along the bottom.
The finished wall and molding.
If you look closely you will see the molding along the bottom is thicker than before. I found this awesome trick to make your baseboards bigger by simply leaving the existing ones there, and leaving about an inch of wall space before adding another trim of your choice.


Once it was on there, we painted the entire thing in glossy Antique White U.S.A. and we had the thick molding I was lusting after! Hooray!

We finally were able to move in on the weekend, so I'm currently surrounded by boxes and thank goodness my wonderful Husband has finally got the internet up and running on my computer. (Hallelujah!!) Between Easter and moving, there may be a slight delay in art orders, but I'm trying my best to keep them as up to date as possible. :) There's still FREE Worldwide shipping on all Original Paintings and Art Prints at ArtByJaz.com, so there's been plenty of orders to fill today. My studio is all over the place, but I'm having fun sorting through things and beginning to set up the studio of my dreams here in our new place. All in good time.

I also have a really crappy kitchen that is going to be ripped out in the next few weeks, and a new one is being put in - but more on that one later! Time to get back to work.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Little Pineapple Princess"

Hello!

Today has been the typical work-at-home-Mum (WAHM) duties...school pick ups, cooking, and in between working at my desk, making and packaging art prints, taking them to the post office etc. 

Now that that's out of the way I've had time to scan in and list a new mini painting. This one is called "Little Pineapple Princess":

"Little Pineapple Princess" Original Painting by Jaz Higgins

I've popped her up for auction starting at $1, so everyone is in with a chance.

The other little painting I have up for auction at the moment is "Purple Vampire Fairy". As I write this the auction is up to $7.50 with just under 3 days to go, so you might be in luck to grab a bargain original painting!

"Purple Vampire Fairy" original painting by Jaz Higgins
"Purple Vampire Fairy"
      
 That's all for my eBay auctions, however if you pop over to my website, I still have FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on everything, so if you're interested in an original painting (other than the ones for auction) you will be better off buying it direct from me and saving on shipping. 

That's all of my art news for today. I'm off to bath the kids!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Free Printable Easter Tags

Before we know it, it will be Easter! So I made these cute Easter themed tags for all of my 'Enchanted Ones' (people on my mailing list). Never fear if you're not on my mailing list - you can get direct access to the Easter tags immediately after you sign up to my newsletter here:

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  • You simply print the PDF.
  • Cut out the labels.
  • Punch holes in the top.
  • String them with ribbon or twine on your Easter gifts!

I hope you like them. :)


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Monday, March 9, 2015

"Blessed Mermaid"

Hello Monday!

Our weekend was mostly filled up with catching up with friends and family. The weather is still HOT here in Brisbane Australia, so I would've been happy to sit at home in the air con all day, but I'm glad we got out and about. :) We went to Wynnum yesterday for lunch and the kids loved playing on the whale park.


On Saturday morning I finished and listed a new original painting "Blessed Mermaid" up for auction in my eBay store, starting at $1.

"Blessed Mermaid" original painting by Jaz Higgins
"Blessed Mermaid"

 It's 15cm x 30cm on stretched canvas, so it can hang on the wall or sit on it's own on a desk or side table.

"Blessed Mermaid" by Jaz Higgins - Side View



It looks like the week ahead will be filled with lots of painting with a couple of commission requests coming in this weekend. It's fun to do custom paintings now and then. When I'm painting I can have a million ideas running through my head, and I never really know where the piece is going to end up. Sometimes I can start painting a mermaid and it turns into a fairy. But with a custom piece, I am working with someone else to bring their ideas and dreams into being. It's really a team effort!

Even if you don't want to commission a painting for yourself, I would love to hear any ideas you might have for paintings. Feel free to message me anytime on Instagram or my Facebook page.

Here's to a great week!



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