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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Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Flutters of Pink" and "Deep Sea Mermaid"

I finished my "Flutters of Pink" painting!

Flutters of Pink
"Flutters of Pink"
The original has already sold, however there are 8x10" prints of her available (with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING). 

This week I've been busy working on a new painting called "Deep Sea Mermaid". I had an idea for a gothic style mermaid with a creepy cute feel. I love deep sea creatures, so I wanted to add some scary angler fish in, and of course an octopus.

"Deep Sea Mermaid" painting by Jaz Higgins
"Deep Sea Mermaid"

If you look closely, you can see the background is made up of hundreds of tiny dots and rain drops...

"Deep Sea Mermaid" painting by Jaz Higgins
Detailed view of the "Deep Sea Mermaid" painting

I've popped the original painting up for auction starting at $1! It's quite a big painting at 12"x24". You can go to the AUCTION HERE.

It's very HOT here today in Brisbane, Australia. Hubby's taking the kids to the pool, and hopefully I'll be spending the afternoon with a cool drink and paintbrush in hand!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This week I've been working on a lighthearted pretty little pink painting - full of flowers, butterflies and anything else that flows naturally on to the canvas.

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It started out like this, adding pinks and yellows to the canvas and blush on her cheeks!

Being school holidays, it's been a struggle to find time to sit down and paint each day, but I've managed to get most of it done when the kids are asleep at night.

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Adding in 'underpainting' - reds, pinks, purples...working out where I want things to go in the painting.

I'll probably put this pink painting up for auction.

Yesterday I took Miss 6 to the movies to see "Big Hero 6". I had no idea what to expect, and I was surprisingly impressed! It was a great movie for the school holidays, because it suits any gender and any age.

"Big Hero 6"

Today I've been sketching all day for a commissioned piece, and haven't yet picked up a paint brush, but I'm really enjoying it! I really need to sketch and draw more often. I don't have prices for drawings on my website, but if you have an idea, let me know roughly what size and detail you're thinking of and I'll happily give you an idea of the price I can do it for. Mermaids...fairies...girls...angels...whatever you can think of!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1st painting for 2015 - "Wattle Fairy"

Good morning! and Happy New Year!

We spent Christmas in Sydney and had a wonderful time with family! This week we're back home and back into work mode, although it is still school holidays, so Miss 6 and Baby A are both at home with me. So let's just say we're back into work/play/chaos mode!

This week I finished off my first painting for 2015. She's called "Wattle Fairy".

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"Wattle Fairy" by Jaz Higgins

I can remember walking to school and smelling Wattle along the way. It's smells so pretty and it's like tiny little yellow pom poms decorating a tree! It is probably my favourite native Australian flower.

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Wattle flowers.
 
The original is up in my shop for $275, including FREE postage to anywhere in the World. Actually, everything in my shop now has free postage! There are also prints of her available in two sizes HERE.

It's raining here today (which I love) so apart from one run to the post office, I will be painting! Stay tuned via Instagram for regular updates.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

SUPANOVA wrap up!

Our SUPANOVA weekend got off to a rocky start, on Thursday night when we went in to set up, Brisbane had a massive flash storm which brought hail stones, flooding and traffic chaos. We didn't make it in to the BrisStyle Etsy Pop Up Shop preview, because it was practically impossible for us to drive through the city. We eventually made it to the convention centre and set up, only to break down on the way home!!

Uh oh.

Thankfully my parents came to our rescue at 11pm and lent me their car for the weekend while ours was being fixed.

Anyway...SUPANOVA was heaps of fun!

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My little booth in Artist Alley!
 
Not only did I get to meet lots of lovely customers, I also got to meet some favourite artists of mine that I've followed online for a while, but have never actually 'met' - including Mel Stringer, Ella Mobbs, and Lauren Carney. I also got to see lovely Amanda from Hungry Designs again! All such talented ladies!



Today I'm back at my desk catching up on print orders (yep - still FREE Worldwide SHIPPING at artbyjaz.com!) and unpacking stock that I took with me on the weekend.

Hope you all had a fun weekend!


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Catch up.

It has been a busy few weeks. Let me tell you.

Let's start with Halloween. Which I LOVED. This year I went with a "Day of the Dead" themed costume, and Hubby went as Zombie Kurt Cobain: "Kurt Cobraaaains". Miss 6 was a Skeleton Princess and Baby A recycled his Jack-O-Lantern costume from last year.

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Art work wise, art print orders are ramping up in the lead up to Christmas, and FREE SHIPPING is still running over at ArtByJaz.com. A couple of weeks ago I had a stall at Bounty Boulevard Twilight Market, which was great for meeting new people and talking about my art with lots of Mums and Dads. It was a HOT day, but we tried not to let the heat get to us.

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Hubby & I at Bounty Boulevard Twilight Market



 Then, this week we MOVED HOUSE!

We said goodbye to our little townhouse, which was our first house of our very own, and we're looking forward to moving in to a bigger house that will accommodate our family of 4.

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See under those stairs? That's where my little art studio was!!

Right now though, we are at my parents place between houses.

My art business will still be running as normal. Well, pretty normal! I'm still yet to properly set things up here. From this Thursday to Sunday, you will be able to view some of my original paintings and art prints at the BrisStyle Etsy Pop-Up Shop at Teneriffe, QLD!



I will try to get to the 'preview' on Thursday night, however before that I will be setting up for "Supanova, Brisbane!"

 I will have an artist's table at Supanova Brisbane from Friday to Sunday this weekend!

Where

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane, Merivale St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

When

  • Friday November 28th, 1pm to 8pm, 2014
  • Saturday November 29th, 10am to 6pm, 2014
  • Sunday November 30th, 10am to 6pm, 2014

Tickets

On sale NOW from Moshtix and at the door.


Needless to say, we're pretty tired from the last couple of weeks, but I'm determined to have a refreshing week in preparation for the big weekend ahead!


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