Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Fragile Beauty" and "Mermaid at Dusk"

I've been trying to make some room in this little art studio of mine, so I'm putting some original paintings up for auction starting at just $1!

"Fragile Beauty" is one of my favourites I've painted so far this year. I was tempted to keep her actually. The colours and tone suit my house and I just love the cute innocent expression on her face. Bidding has already begun so I guess I'll be kissing her goodbye sometime soon.


"Fragile Beauty" original painting


The other is "Mermaid at Dusk" - a painting in some of my favourite pinks, mauves and purples with tons of little details including a seahorse, a jellyfish, skellyfish, and a treasures chest.

"Ice Cream Fantasy" Original Painting by Jaz  Higgins
"Mermaid at Dusk"

Both are starting at just $1! A great chance to add some original art work to your collection. I hope they will make a great investment to my collectors some day! 



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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Big Magic!

Last Thursday night, I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, and one of my fave bloggers, Mia Freedman speak at the Brisbane Writer's Festival.



One thing that really stood out (among many things!) was when she said:

"People wait their whole lives for inspiration to show up. But inspiration is there waiting for you (to start doing the work)."

This is how I feel about painting. I can sit an look and think about a blank canvas all day long, and no matter what I have planned for it, once I begin to paint - it has a mind of it's own.



For instance - I recently started out painting a "Day of the Dead" themed mermaid. I had it sketched out, planned out and started painting it on to the canvas. However...as it evolved, I realised what I was actually painting was "Snow White"...and along came the seven dwarfs with her. Except they weren't dwarfs at all - they were fish. Which eventually turned out to be "Snow White and the Seven Fish" (and the original painting is now up for auction, starting at $1 here!)


"Ice Cream Fantasy" Original Painting by Jaz  Higgins

There is a sense of mystery when it comes to inspiration and creativity - you just have to follow that little niggling of curiosity and see where you end up! If you're excited about living creatively - I highly recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic" (and no, this isn't a sponsored post, I truly loved it.)

With Easter coming up - I've put five of my bunny themed prints up for sale for a limited time only they are just $9.99 (normally $14.99)!



For the collectors, I have a bunch of original paintings available here. Be quick! There is only one original painting of each, so once they're sold, they're gone.

That is all from me for now. x



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Februfairy!

FEBRUFAIRY is here!

Every couple of days this month I'll pop up a new small fairy painting for auction HERE.

So far we have:

"Love Birds"



and
"Purple Dragonfly Friends"

 

Each auction will start at $50, so this is your chance to snap up an original piece of art at a great price!

Watch them as they flutter in every couple of days. Keep up to date on my Facebook page, or through Instagram.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Fragile Beauty"

A new painting!

 This one is called "Fragile Beauty" and she is the first one up for auction in 2016. 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ORIGINAL-PAINTING-Fragile-Beauty-Canvas-Big-Eye-Art-Skull-Flower-Girl-by-Jaz-/281913567274? 

 A big blue eyed girl, with plaits in her hair, a skull by her side and butterflies fluttering around her.


The original panting is up for auction HERE. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Alice and Absolem"

This week I finished a new "Alice in Wonderland" piece! It's called "Alice and Absolem (The Blue Caterpillar)".

"Alice and Absolem" Alice in Wonderland inspired Original Painting 

The original is 12" x 24" on stretched canvas (ready to hang on the wall). You can find it HERE (if it's still available).
 
"Alice and Absolem" Alice in Wonderland inspired Original Painting

There are also glossy paper prints available in A4 or A3 size HERE.

I had fun adding in lots of little details to this one. Little flowers, dots, mushrooms, butterflies...and of course "Absolem" - the blue, hookah smoking, caterpillar with a human like face!

Now that that is finished, I'm working on a couple of commissioned paintings with Christmas deadlines.

Unfortunately I have come down with some sort of head cold - which is making it hard to work for any period of time. I constantly feel like I need to lie down. I'm trying to listen to my body most of the time and rest up where I can, but for the work part - tea and panadol are getting me through. Also - my family have helped me out a lot which I am so so grateful for!

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Last night's studio mess.
A couple of days ago I also got a delivery of a bunch of new CANVAS prints! They are beautiful. So close to the original painting, you can barely tell the difference. My Mum thought they were original paintings!

      See all of the new CANVAS prints HERE.




 This afternoon I'll be busy packing up colouring book orders (which are proving popular as Xmas stocking stuffers!), and continuing on the commissioned paintings.

I hope you're having a nice week!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Princess Axolotl"

I've finished the axolotl painting!

If you're following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the progress pics:

Adding things in to the painting - playing with patterns - working out where the little axolotl was going to go...

Layering in colours, building up layers, adding more dots and patterns!
 

The finished painting!


I've popped the original painting up for auction on eBay HERE.
 
There are also glossy paper prints available in 2 sizes HERE.


Axolotls are magical creatures. You might have heard of them as "Mexican Walking Fish". They are basically salamanders in their larval form. A tadpole turns in to a frog, but an axolotl hasn't quite turned into a salamander. They can breathe in and out of water. About 10 years ago, I had an axolotl named "Axle" as a pet. He was a black axolotl like this guy:

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But what happened at Boggo Road Gaol you ask? Unfortunately, my Saturday night at Boggo Road Goal was cut short, so there's not much to tell. It certainly is somewhere I'd like to go back and tour through though. It's so eerie and interesting! A ghost tour there would be fun.



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Friday, November 6, 2015

Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass GO, Do Not Collect $200.

I'm going to jail tomorrow night, and I'm taking my art with me!

Yep! Tomorrow night 7th of November '15 - I'm being involved in an art show at the historic Boggo Road Gaol in Brisbane. I will literally have a jail cell in Cell Block D set up as my art gallery for the night. 


This just isn't any jail. This place is a 100+ year old maximum security prison, and known as one of the most haunted places in Brisbane.


It's part of a 'party' that is being held by Flying Eyeball Promotions. It's open to the public, and you can get tickets at http://flyingeyeballpromotions.com/

Info from their event page:
The night’s entertainment includes drum’n’bass, heavy metal, rock and progressive; projection mapping on 3 storey brick walls, the Heavenly Art Gallery inside cell block D, interactive video walls, live performance art in cell block F, to name a few – and once again we have BYO status!

There will be limited tickets at the door, but the event is limited to a certain number of people, so if you're keen I recommend to pre-book your tickets on the website.

I'll be taking art prints, colouring books and postcards with me, as well as a couple of original paintings including:

"Crystal Death" Original Painting
"Crystal Death"


"Ice Cream Fantasy" Mermaid Original Painting 
"Ice Cream Fantasy"

"The Wicked Witch of the West" Original Painting 
"Wicked Witch of the West"

and

"The Little Mermaid's Demise" Original Painting
"The Little Mermaid's Demise"
I've been here once before (during the day) for a tour when I was a teenager and I remember it being really eerie, so I am a little anxious about it...although I'm excited as well. Nervcited?

 Wish me luck!!!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Aussie Creatures + Bejewelled Fairies!

This week started off with a trip to Australia Zoo! We'd never been before, and it was great for all of us to experience it for the first time together. We saw crocs, eagles, exotic parrots, koalas, wombats, tasmanian devils, giraffes, rhinos, bearcats (I didn't even know there was such an animal?), iguanas, kangaroos...it was an awesome day out.

Crikey!

My colouring books have been selling well - most of my orders this week have been book orders, with the occasional art print order thrown in as well. I even managed to give one of the pages a go myself while we watched a movie one night. I rarely sit and watch a movie without doing something at the same time (usually painting or sketching) - and I found colouring in really relaxing! I can see why this craze is taking off...

http://www.artbyjaz.com/collections/books/products/colour-me-in-colouring-book-for-adults-or-kids 

I used Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils for this one...I'm yet to finish it!
I'm starting to get stock out to stores in the lead up to Christmas, so if you have a shop that you think my art or colouring books might suit, please let me know at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au 

 I've finished two new little 5"x5" paintings this week -


and 

"Purple Shimmer Wings" Original Painting 

These were embellished with pearls and rhinestones and I love the way the wings turned out! Magical! °☆。

These paintings sold very quickly, but if you would like something similar, just email me at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au and I would be happy to create something for you. This size as a commissioned painting would be around $65. I can create them in any size, hair colour, eye colour etc...

Ok, I'm off to see if I can fit some painting in while Mr 2 is sleeping and before I pick Miss 7 up from school! 

Ciao for now,

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Colour Me In" - A Colouring Book for Adults or Kids.

Hey Enchanted Ones!

http://www.artbyjaz.com/collections/books

The launch of my colouring book has been crazy town. Crazy busy town! Crazy fun town!

I hand drew 24 designs - mermaids, fairies, witches and lollies - and created a colouring book.

It's called "Colour Me In" and it's available in print (delivered to your door) or eBook form (which you print out yourself, and can start colouring right away).

"Colour Me In" eBook - a PRINTABLE Colouring Book for Adults or Kids!

 The designs are quite intricate, so they are great for adults or kids.

 I'm currently waiting on some more stock. My initial print run has completely sold out and I'm looking to get my next lot in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, all of my mailing list have been sent a FREE colouring page from the book. If you want to get your hands on one, simply enter your name and email here:

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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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