Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oz Comic Con Brisbane 2014

It's now Tuesday and I'm still feeling tired from Comic Con on the weekend! We had a blast. I met so many lovely people. I sold out of a couple of designs ("Sugar Skull Princess", "Snow White in the Enchanted Forest" and "Taurus" - must be lots of Taureans around!). Plus, lots of sign-ups to my email list.

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I've never done an "Artist's Alley" at a convention before, so I had no idea what to expect. There were so many brilliant artists there, at first I wondered if I was out of my league! They all made me feel very welcome though.

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My first day in Artists Alley!














My postcards proved to be popular too! The lovely @Jesso88 instagrammed this pic of her 5 framed postcards when she got home:

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A cool way to display them!

The important question everyone's asking though...did I get to see Orlando Bloom? The answer is YES! but only a quick glimpse. I barely moved from behind my table for the whole weekend, but I did manage to do a quick run up to the back of the room to see him in the flesh. I was about 10m away? So yeah, let's just say Orlando and I worked together in the same room over the weekend, shall we?

Yesterday I planned to rest and unpack, but the Universe had other plans. I had to take Baby A to the Dr because he has conjunctivitis, then there was grocery shopping, school pick ups...the house looks like a bomb has hit it. So today I'm trying to play catch up. 

For any art orders made over the weekend, I promise they will be sent this afternoon or tomorrow morning at the latest. 

Wishing you all a fabulous week!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Peachy Fae"

A little "Peachy Fae" to brighten up your Sunday evening (or morning, depending on which side of the globe you're on).

"Peachy Fae" painting by Jaz Higgins
"Peachy Fae" 8x8" original painting

"Peachy Fae" painting by Jaz Higgins - Side View
Side view

 I've popped it up for auction starting at $1, so it's completely up to you how much you think it's worth. :)

 I hope you've had an awesome weekend.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Free Shipping on all art prints at ArtByJaz.com

http://www.artbyjaz.com

I love selling through Etsy and eBay, but I really want my customers to buy directly through my website, so I've been thinking of a way that I can direct them there, and I thought that offering FREE SHIPPING (Worldwide!) in my online store only would be the best way to do it. Everyone hates paying for shipping don't they? I do. My eyes seriously light up when my favourite sites offer free shipping. So there you go. 

Free shipping on EVERYTHING in my store except original paintings. 

The shipping on my originals can cost anywhere from $15 - $550 depending on where I'm sending them, so it wouldn't work out to offer free shipping on those. Everything else though - postcard sets, signed art prints, ACEO cards etc - will all be shipped anywhere FREE.

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It's raining here today, so our open home was a bit of a flop this morning.  :(

But...it's perfect weather for painting. So I'm going to be getting some print orders together this afternoon and then hopefully getting the brushes out!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Winning.

The supplier I've been printing my new prints on has discontinued their paper. But...when one door closes, another opens, right? Over the past few days I've trialled some new papers again, and I've found another beautiful gloss paper that is actually cheaper, but still amazing quality! This means I can pass the savings on to you too! So my A4 size art prints will now be $14.99 and A3 prints $24.99. It's a win-win.


Speaking of winning, Orlando Bloom has been announced for Comic Con Brisbane! Woo hoo! I wonder if I can sneak him a painting? lol.


That's all the news from me - I'm off to make dinner and organise a "book week" costume for Miss 5 for tomorrow!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So excite.

I'm excited to announce that I will have a table in Artist's Alley at Comic Con Brisbane this year! I've never been to Comic Con before, so I'm really excited (and a bit nervous!).

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Last night I posted a new original painting up on eBay starting at just $1 - click HERE to see "Midnight Mermaid".






"Midnight Mermaid" original painting by Jaz Higgins - Side View
Side View

I have to say this is the first mermaid I've painted with blue lipstick...but I think it really suits her!

 I've got some commissioned sketches to work on tonight, and I'm hoping to get some other smaller fairy paintings done this week...

Goodnight!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inspecting Castles & a Sugar Skull Princess.

As you know we are currently selling our house and looking for a new place to buy. That's how we came across "Castle Rumble" on realestate.com.au. It's nowhere near where we are looking to live, and it's probably completely out of our price range, but we had nothing better to do on Saturday so we decided to go check it out. I'm so glad we did! It was magical.

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Eccentric for sure. But I really admire the way some people refuse to live inside the parameters of what's socially acceptable, for the sake of bringing more magic into the World. I do hope that whoever buys it keeps it as it is and doesn't demolish it for redevelopment.

Speaking of gothic elegance...I've been drawn to sugar skulls lately and I was sipping out of my new favourite travel mug when I decided I should paint a girl with sugar skulls around her.   

A bit of history... 
Sugar skulls are historically used to celebrate Mexico's "Day of the Dead" (Dia de los Muertos) in November each year. They believe that on Halloween Eve the gates of heaven are unlocked and the spirits of their loved ones return to them once more.

I find this concept fascinating and I love the idea that sugar skulls are colourful and bright, and while they symbolise death, they also symbolise the celebration of life.                  
                 

Just starting to paint in some details...

I wanted the painting to have a Mexican 'folk art' feel to it, so I knew I wanted to use lots of bright colours and little details like flowers, diamonds, pearls, hearts etc. I made the girl look like she had her face painted like a sugar skull rather than actually just having a skull head. I wanted her to look like she was just a normal girl who was decorated as a "Sugar Skull Princess" for the day!

Work in progress...

The finished painting! "Sugar Skull Princess"

The painting is now finished and up in my shop HERE.

There are also two print sizes available HERE.

I'm off to bath two babies and make some dinner now. We're having gourmet nachos for dinner (how appropriate!). By gourmet I mean, you know, added taco mince, sour cream...the works. Hope you enjoy the new art! Adios amigos!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Midnight Purple Fairy"

We spent the weekend away on the coast. It was nice to get away and have a change of scenery, but it seems our kids always get sick when we travel. Always! This time was no different, and Baby A decided to throw up last night at midnight all over our hotel bed, and there was no spare linen. Great. So we spent a restless Saturday night sleeping on beach towels! 

Thankfully, it was only a 24 hr thing and he was fine the minute we returned home. I spent Sunday afternoon taking some pics out in the backyard of a new painting "Midnight Purple Fairy". As you can see Baby A decided the photos needed a bit of turtle power...

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This one is an 8"x8" painting of a little purple fairy with golden coloured wings on a midnight purple background. She is now up for auction HERE in my eBay store, starting at just $1!

"Midnight Purple Fairy" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Midnight Purple Fairy"

I like the thick sides on these smaller paintings because you don't have to hang them on the wall, they will sit up by themselves on a desk or side table if you want to display them that way as well.

"Midnight Purple Fairy" Painting by Jaz Higgins
Side View

I'm pretty sure that now I have caught whatever bug that Baby A had on the weekend! I'm trying to spend the day resting up and getting better. I'm so grateful I've got Hubby home today to help with mailing out art orders.

Ready to take to the post office!

Hopefully I'll be able to get some painting done tonight, if I'm feeling up to it.

Hope you are well! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

"Alice in Pastel Land"

I've finished the new Alice painting!

It's funny how I started out painting something completely different, and then I hit a wall with it. 


 The painting was going nowhere and I was getting frustrated with it, so I put it aside and started working on something else. When I would glance at it though, I kept feeling that I wanted to use a pastel colour palette for it.

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Once I picked the brush up and started working on the girl, I kept thinking of her as Alice! I've done a few Alice paintings before, so it just knew this is where this painting was suppose to go. So I added in quite a few "Wonderland" inspired details and voila!

"Alice in Pastel Land" original painting

A quick snap out in the garden!

 The original is currently available (at the time of writing this post!) HERE.

There are also beautiful paper prints available in 2 sizes HERE.

Today I'm continuing some commissioned work and hopefully starting on a new painting as well!


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

An "Alice in Wonderland" work in progress + "Fairy Wishes" painting.


Remember this painting I was working on a few weeks ago? Well I've decided to turn it into an "Alice in Wonderland" piece. So far it's turning out nicely.

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I'll be working more on this one tonight.

School goes back tomorrow and Baby A starts daycare! Can you believe it? I'm a ball of nerves and excitement over it. It means more painting in solitude, but also means that both of my babies are going to be away from me! Waaaahhh! I think he'll love it though - it will do him good to play with kids his own age a couple of days a week.

 Hubby has started making dinner a couple of nights a week which I'm loving. Right now he's making Mexican Lime & Herb Rice with Chicken and Chorizo! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and don't forget to bid on the "Fairy Wishes" painting that's up for auction. It's at $10 at the moment - bargain!

"Fairy Wishes" painting by Jaz Higgins

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Winterberry"

It's school holidays and this week got off to a slow start with the household coming down with a head cold. We're slowly picking up the pieces now, and I can't believe it's already Thursday! 

Despite the first few days being a write off, I did manage to put the finishing touches on my painting for this month's "Monthly Painter's Challenge". The secret topic was "Winter".

"Winterberry"

 Lately I've been obsessed with berries of all kinds, maybe it's because of the cold weather, or maybe I've just developed more of a taste for them as I've gotten older (I'm nearly 30 you know!!). I was eating some raspberries in the car the other day when I started imagining a painting of a girl/princess surrounded by berries. I immediately conjured up a colour palette of rich reds, deep blues, violets and dark purples. So, when I saw that this month's challenge was "Winter" I immediately set about creating "Winterberry". She has deep burgundy eyes, strawberry blonde hair and wears a winterberry crown.

"Winterberry" painting by Jaz Higgins - side view

The original 8"x8" painting ($59) is available to purchase by emailing me at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au.

There are also 8x8" paper prints available HERE.

I've also picked (at random) a subscriber from my email list this month to win an art print of their choice. Congratulations Vicky!

I'm going to continue the promotion for July - so sign up below to be in the draw to win an art print of your choice!



I hope you're having a nice week!
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