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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"She Happened Upon a Frog"

Hello!

Right now while Baby A is having a nap I'm busy getting some art print orders ready. (Remember - everything has FREE worldwide shipping at ArtByJaz.com at the moment, including original paintings). Although I don't mind packing orders, I really would rather be painting.

At the moment I'm working on a "Little Red Riding Hood" themed piece. I've only just started by blocking some colour into the background and working out where I want things in the painting.
 

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and when I'm taking breaks from that, I've been working on some smaller "mini paintings" that I've been putting up for auction in my eBay store. At the moment I have one called "She Happened Upon a Frog" up for auction starting at $1 HERE.

"She Happened Upon a Frog" Original Painting by Jaz Higgins - Side View
"She Happened Upon a Frog" 6x6" Original Painting


Thank you for the wonderful feedback on my "To Do List"! :) I'm so glad you have found it useful. Some days I print it out '2 to a page' - so you get 2 days out of one A4 piece of paper, and there's still plenty of room. If you haven't got it yet, you can print it out for free HERE.

That head cold that was hanging around last week seems to be almost gone now. Phew! Time to get some orders ready while I've got a quiet house...

Hope you're having a great week!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

"Purple Lotus"

This morning I finished up a new "Purple Lotus" painting I've been working on over the weekend. 

"Purple Lotus"
Side View

I've popped the original painting up in my store HERE.

There are also 8x10" art prints of her available HERE.

I've just had the urge to paint flower after flower after flower lately, and I had saved some really beautiful pics of purple lotus flowers on my computer, so I decided to put them in a painting. They have a really nice meaning also. They are born in muddy water, yet they bloom to be so pure looking and beautiful - giving them a sense of hope and rebirth.

The purples and pinks in this painting really pop!

My mini paintings are proving popular in the eBay store, so I might work on a couple more of them today. If you're after another original painting or a print though, I suggest you buy it through ArtByJaz.com because you will get FREE SHIPPING Worldwide.

I hope your Mondayitis isn't too severe today! ;)

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

FREE 'TO DO' LIST! (Printable)

There can be so much in front of me some days that I feel completely overwhelmed. One of the ways I overcome this is to have a 'to-do' list in front of me, so that I can get everything down on paper and tick things off as I do them. Ticking that box is SO satisfying. I even write every day things down like "pick kids up from school' and 'make dinner' - just so I can have the pleasure of ticking them off the list.
 
Most days I will scribble out a rough list on scrap paper, but if you are a stationery freak like me, you will appreciate a 'pretty' list.

So today I designed a FREE 'TO DO' LIST for you to print out and get organized!
 
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I would love to know if you find it helpful!

This week I've been working on some mini 6x6" paintings. I've decided to put them all up on eBay starting at $1, so everyone is in with a chance. Click on each one to go to it's auction. 



If you're after something bigger, I also have a few original paintings available HERE. They are free to ship Worldwide, as is everything in my web shop right now.
 
*MAKE ME AN OFFER*
If there's a painting that you love, but it's a little bit out of your price range, I would be happy to consider an offer from you. Don't worry about offending me with a price, I would love to have my paintings out of my studio and on your walls. That's why I paint them. Just email me with an offer and which painting you are after. :)

I hope you're having a great weekend!

Much love and paint,

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mini paintings!

I've been busy painting mini (6x6") paintings this week. I love them because as soon as I get an idea, I can paint while the kids are asleep at night, and they don't take days/weeks to do - probably about 4-5 hours each? As I stack them around my desk I feel like lots of little fairies are popping up in my studio.

They each have a personality of their own, and they look like they're sneakily popping their head into the frame.
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"Daisies In Her Hair"
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"Little Bluebell Fairy"
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"Fairy Stars"
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"Fairy Lucky"

 As I've been painting them, I've been popping them up for auction on eBay, starting at $1 each - so you can decide how much you want to pay for them!

Speaking of which - ALL of my available original paintings are up for negotiation. If there's one that you love, but it's a little out of your price range, don't hesitate to email me at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au and make me an offer, I promise I won't be offended by a price. I want my paintings on your wall, not sitting around my studio collecting dust*. (*fairy dust)

I hope you're having a nice week. If you're not, just remember what my Grandma always told me:

"Wednesday breaks the week's back" (click to tweet this!)


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!

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Is Black Friday lucky or unlucky for you?
For generations it's been lucky for my family. Thank goodness - because today is the first of two in a row! It's Friday the 13th next month as well! :)

On Tuesday I managed to finish my "Moon Phase Angel" painting. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me working on this one for the past couple of weeks.

"Moon Phase Angel" original painting by Jaz Higgins - Side View
"Moon Phase Angel" original painting

 I've put the original painting up on eBay starting at $100

There are also glossy paper prints of her available HERE.

After doing a couple of bigger paintings in a row, I wanted to do a few little ones - so I've started on some 6x6" canvasses, and I really like how they're turning out. The first one this week is "Little Bluebell Fairy", who I put up on eBay starting at just $1.


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"Little Bluebell Fairy" original painting

Today was mainly spent packaging art print orders and ordering stock, so I'm looking forward to putting brush to canvas tonight. I also want to wish my late Grandad a happy birthday. He would have been 87 today.

Wishing you a magical weekend!

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