Sunday, April 13, 2014

New art prints coming your way.

Although I love my current art prints, I'm always on the look out to improve them, so this week I ordered a bunch of different fine art papers to play around with.

Paper is paper right? It's flat and white and comes from trees? WRONG!

There's cheap paper, expensive paper, thick paper, thin paper, rag paper, micropourous paper, smooth paper, glossy paper, smooth glossy, smooth matte, textured matte, textured satin, satin smooth....130gsm, 310gsm...archival, paper, photographic paper, watercolour paper, paper made from recycled tree bark that's only found in the South of France and has been stomped on by a herd of exotic's a crazy paper world out there!!


After gathering as many different papers together as I could find (including very expensive paper that I've been too scared to touch without gloves!), and trying different printing techniques, I think I have finally narrowed it down to a beautiful Canson Infinity Matte paper for my art prints. These new prints are absolutely stunning.

They are going to cost a little more to reproduce, so there is going to be a price increase in my prints in the next month or so, but the result is SO worth it. They will still be affordable for anyone, at around $20 for A4 size, $35 for A3 (because I believe that everyone should be able to add a little bit of magic to their walls) but they will now be super professional, high quality, collectable art prints that will be an awesome investment for anyone who has one.

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Until then, my usual glossy art prints are still available in A4 and A3 size HERE. I now have the busy job of updating all of my listings with the new art prints, and I'm also building an online store that you can access directly from my website to make it easier for people to find my work. Tech stuff!! Aaargh.

 Stay tuned. :)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jaz in the City

Long before "Sex and the City", there was a mediocre show called "Caroline in the City". If you were born before 1990, there's a chance you might remember seeing it. It was a sitcom based around Caroline - a freelance cartoonist who lived in Manhattan.

 I was about 12-13 when the show aired here in Australia. I don't remember following the story line much, but I do remember thinking Caroline had the best job in the World. She worked from her apartment, with an easel set up with her drawings...papers, pencils and art work spread out all around her.

You have to remember, this was 1996 and we didn't even have a computer let alone the internet (kids in my day!!), so the idea of this lifestyle was a dream that seemed only possible a World away - ok like maybe if you were rich and lived in New York.  So the other day I had the random idea to YouTube it, and I realised that my job is now very similar to Caroline's! I work from my little studio under the stairs, surrounded by pens, paints and artwork. Even the 90s clothes are coming back into fashion! Ha. Be careful what you wish for kids, because the Universe listens. It's a wonderful thing.

It's funny when I think back to what I wanted to be 'when I grew up'. I wanted to be an actress or a make up artist, I never really thought seriously about being a fine artist. However, I've always had a love for art - any type of art - and I even remember having a folder filled with big eyed characters scribbled in it on old lined paper. When I think about it, they were very similar to the girls I paint today! While I was studying Commerce at Uni (a stable career move if I ever had one!) - I continued to foster my love for art by painting at every spare moment, going to art shows, and watching other artists make a career from their art. It was then that the seeds were planted, and over time I realised that maybe I could actually do this for a living!

It's funny how when you look back, there are little baby steps that lead you to where you are right now.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are there any inklings or memories from your childhood that are related to what you're doing today?


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Take Me to La Danse Macabre!

I would really like to go on a little flight to Seattle right about now, to check out Camille Rose Garcia's latest exhibition "La Danse Macabre"....

In my eyes Miss Camille can do no wrong. Her artwork is just pure genius...

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"Ghost Moth Serenade" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 36″ x 48″)

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"La Danse Macabre Molar" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 24" x 36")

  Polillafantasma sml"Escape of Palilla Fantasma" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 24" x 24")

Alas, a trip to the USA is not on the cards today. There's a mountain of washing to do, a house to keep clean, a 1 year old baby to care for, the school run, and a ton of art related work to get stuck into.

 Baby A and I went on a little journey to Art Shed yesterday, and I'm all stocked up with plenty of fresh white canvasses and new paints just waiting to be opened.

The quicker I hang this washing out, the quicker I get to painting, so here goes!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Marsh Fairy

Tuesday painting news!

Over a few nights this week I've been painting away on an 8x10" painting I call "Marsh Fairy". I had this idea to create a fairy with interesting butterfly/moth wings. Let me tell you, there are a lot of different butterfly wings out there! Her wings ended up being a mesh of both butterfly and moth.

Motif Science Biology  - Butterflies of the World Chart

At first I wasn't sure what I was going to have in the background, I liked the idea of the stripey tree, and somehow it became sort of a sinister swampy looking backdrop. I like it.

"Marsh Fairy" Original Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Marsh Fairy"

"Marsh Fairy" Original Painting by Jaz Higgins - Side View
Side View of "Marsh Fairy"
I've popped her up in my eBay store HERE.

Because we are getting our house ready for sale at the moment, I decided to clear up some space by putting my original "Sunflower Fairy" painting up for auction! Now is your chance to grab her for a steal!

Sunflower Fairy
"Sunflower Fairy"
Sunflower Fairy Side
Side view of "Sunflower Fairy"
Miss 5's school fete is coming up, and like a good Artist Mummy I've promised to donate some art to the art auction and craft stall, so today (while also trying to keep the house clean with Baby A in it!), I will be busily getting some goodies ready. I'm thinking along the lines of notecards or bookmarks for the craft stall and some beautifully framed prints for the auction??

Wish me luck! :)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Easter Fairy Princess"

It's rather late Sunday night (ok 10:24pm, but it feels late!), and I thought I would check in with a quick blog post while the babies are asleep and the house is unusually quiet...

We've been busily working away on getting our house ready for sale. As you can see in the photo below, I got plenty of painting done today. Just white walls though - not the interesting canvas paintings that I would like to be doing! It seems like the longer I spend away from the canvas, the more ideas go swirling around in my head until I just can't take it anymore and need to pick up a brush. Or a pencil at the very least! But for today - it's been boring white walls. I even had to paint over my favourite pink striped wall :(
Boring white wall paint everywhere.

I finished off the fun Easter themed painting I was working on last week. She is aptly called "Easter Fairy Princess" - which is a rather obvious name it may seem - but the painting itself is a bit, well, obvious. She is a beautiful Easter princess - with a love for everything commercially 'Easter'. As I walk around the shops at the moment, I'm loving the fluffy bunnies, coloured eggs and pastels everywhere! This one has definitely inspired me to play with more pastel coloured palettes in the future.

ART PRINT - "Easter Fairy Princess" by Jaz Higgins - 8"x10"
"Easter Fairy Princess"
The original painting has already sold, however there are 8x10" prints available HERE.

Tonight I spotted a rainbow moon! It really was magical - and I hope to incorporate it into a painting sometime soon. It looked something like this:
Image © Masahiro Iizuka
It really is now time for bed, 
so I wish you all an exciting and productive week ahead!



Friday, March 7, 2014

In Bed With Peter Alexander

My love affair with pyjama king Peter Alexander began right back around 1999 when I read a magazine article about how an Aussie man started a mail order pyjama business from his Mum's kitchen table. In 1999, when the internet was only taking baby steps, the idea of building a business empire from your kitchen table seemed like a pretty wild dream. Plus, I was 15, and what did I know about business? Nothing. All I did know was that I loved Peter Alexander's pyjamas (even though I couldn't afford them with my Hungry Jacks job), and I felt incredibly inspired to one day build a fun and creative business from my kitchen table. I realised that there are real people out there who get to be creative every day and make money from it, and it can start with just a little dream at home.

Fast forward to December 2013, while I was doing some Christmas shopping, Peter Alexander showed up unexpectedly to the store I was in! I jumped at the chance to meet him and get a photo with Baby A.
Peter and I with our babies.

 Having a fangirl moment, I told him how I had followed him for a long time, and how inspirational I've found him to be. He was genuinely interested in what I had to say and immediately told me he would send me out his book that outlines his business journey. It's a book that is very hard to find anywhere now. I quickly scribbled my address down, and really didn't expect much at all. After all, he's super busy and probably lost the bit of scrap paper I'd written my address on.

However, true to his promise, in the next couple of weeks this arrived at my door!

How cool is that!? I was very impressed. Thanks Peter!!!

Ironically, I don't actually have a kitchen table to work from here at home. Our place is much too small and my little studio area is where the kitchen table might be. I am busily working on my dreams from there though. Now, I just have to work out a way to get some of my fairy and mermaid designs on to his pyjamas...



Monday, March 3, 2014

"Cloudy Night Fairy"

The past week I've been mainly working on commissioned paintings. Hopefully I will share some with you very soon, once I've got the ok with the clients. We've also been painting our house! This past weekend I sadly had to paint over my chalkboard wall next to my desk and work area. It's been really handy, but we're painting the entire house in one colour, and it was time to paint over it.
Goodbye blackboard wall!

In between commissioned paintings I've also been working on a couple of 8x10" pieces. I finished "Cloudy Night Fairy" on Friday night, but have only just had the chance to scan her in and list her for sale tonight. 

"Cloudy Night Fairy" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Cloudy Night Fairy"

I'm loving her batty wings!

 Today I began working on an Easter themed painting. Not an Easter painting in the biblical sense, but rather focusing on the more commercial (superficial?) Easter fluff. Everywhere I go there seems to be bunnies, eggs, and hot cross buns, so I guess it's only natural that I have pastel coloured Eastery dreams floating around in my head.
The beginnings of an Easter themed painting.

This week got off to a rough start with my Dad being involved a motorbike accident yesterday. Thankfully he's fine (mostly!), but it was a scary start to the week none the less. I need to explain to him that he's not 16 anymore. He really needs to cut out the extreme sports antics.

I'm off to get some orders ready to post tomorrow and catch up on The Oscars.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Mystical Garden Fairy"

Today it has just been the kids and I at home while Hubby is at Soundwave, so I've been able to potter around and get some tidying up done, as well as a little bit of painting too. Thank goodness the weather has been cooler today than the heatwave of the last 2 days!

Last night I listed a new painting called "Mystical Garden Fairy". It features a fairy with big purple eyes and pinky purple wings. She's in a mystical garden of flowers, and has a crysanthemum, hippie inspired headband.

"Mystical Garden Fairy" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Mystical Garden Fairy"

The original painting sold within an hour! Before I even had time to blog about it. If you want to be the first to know about any new paintings that I have, be sure to follow my Facebook page or Twitter account, as I update those as soon as I have one for sale.

If you love it, but missed out on the original painting, there are still prints available HERE in my Etsy store. (or HERE in my eBay store).

My eyes are a bit blurry and I've got a headache (probably from flicking between looking at the computer, my painting and the kids), so I think it's time to take a break. Hope you're having a nice weekend!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Little Blue Bubble Mermaid"

It's 10pm and I haven't even picked up a paint brush today! Some days are simply all about running errands, other 'art business' like emails, social networking posts, updating products etc, not to mention all the Mummy stuff, that I don't actually put a brush to canvas. It's ok though. It comes with the territory. :)

Last night I put another 5x7" painting up for auction! This one is called "Little Blue Bubble Mermaid". She's got a little shell bow and pearls scattered through her hair.

"Little Blue Bubble Mermaid"

 At the time of writing this, it's currently at $10 with no bids, so this might be your chance to grab a bargain!

You might notice in the listing, I spent a couple of hours last night creating a new 'banner'. I'm still not 100% sure about the font I used though. I liked that it looks like a paint brush type, but I'm not sure that it's my style? What do you think? 

 Header Banner Logo 2

I'm no graphic designer. I may have to get my friend Tabitha from Wrappd Designs to help me out next time!

 "Like a Diamond in the Sky" is also still up for auction - ending on Sunday night at 8:30pm AEDST.

It's officially a 'school night' - and while I'm tempted to start painting now that the babies are asleep, I think it's also time for me to catch some zzz's as well. I need to get my brain ready for some serious painting tomorrow! :) Goodnight.


Monday, February 10, 2014

"Like a Diamond in the Sky"

Last night I popped a new 8x8" painting up for auction HERE. It's called "Like a Diamond in the Sky".

"Like A Diamond In The Sky" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Like a Diamond in the Sky"

I had fun painting the detail of the diamonds. I might add some more jewels to paintings in the future! 

Twinkle, Twinkle!