Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Big News and Big Weekend Ahead!

BIG NEWS! We are expecting another little addition to our family in March 2013! I've been meaning to share this on my blog for a while now, but have been so busy updating everything else. We don't know if it's a boy or girl - we're just going to wait and see! Hubby, Miss 4 and I are over the moon. :)


Lately I've been busy busy in the lead up to Christmas. Orders are rolling in, and deadlines for Xmas commissioned paintings are closing in (art makes awesome presents!). Adding to this it is market season, and I'm attending markets nearly every weekend from now until Dec 25th!

This weekend there are two:

The Ruffled Bazaar Christmas Spectacular on Saturday 3-8pm, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, QLD.
 
 

 and Sunday...

The Young Designers Market, 10am-4pm, Little Stanley St, SOUTHBANK, QLD.




I'm really excited to be part of both of these events! If you're in the area and need to finish a little bit of Xmas shopping - drop by and say hello! :)

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

"A Christmas Angel"

Due to a late afternoon nap, which went for way longer than it should've, I am wide awake at 12:10am and so I thought I may as well blog about my latest painting.

I decided I need to do more Christmas themed paintings, because I love the lead up to Christmas and I also wanted more designs for cards. This latest creation is called "A Christmas Angel" and it has a festive angel with big green eyes, teal coloured hair (with a sprig of holly) and beautiful blue feathered wings. There are lots of little Christmas details in this one, including a candy cane, little swallow bird, baubles and stars.

A Christmas Angel
"A Christmas Angel" Original Painting
I've had a few customers asking about Christmas cards, so I've made a few from this painting - both note card size and greeting cards size. They are currently available to buy on Etsy or through my Facebook page.

Set of 4 notecards $9.99

Greeting Card (with diamontes!) $3.50 ea

Miss 4 will be awake at her usual time in the morning so I should probably go and get some sleep.

Have a nice weekend! :)

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 P.S. I didn't win the $100m lotto. I did however get 4 numbers out of 7, winning $21.40!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Is Today Your Lucky Day?

Today in Australia we have our biggest horse race of the year - The Melbourne Cup. They call it "the race that stops a nation" because around 3pm (Melb time) people all over the country stop work, drop what they are doing, and wait in excited anticipation while the horses run their final lap around Flemington Racecourse. I haven't put a bet on this year. I normally do, but always seem to fail miserably, so I decided to put my money on a lotto ticket instead. Tonight there will be a $100 million superdraw!

My lucky "Four Leaf Clover Fairy"

Along with these exciting events - 3 of my Facebook fans have also been lucky today! I'm excited to have reached 900 fans (actually 921 at the moment!) - and I am giving away art prints to 3 random fans. The winners this time are...Lisa Jayne Blackmore, Kathryn Woods, and John Paul Luna! If you are one of these winners could you please email me at artbyjaz@yahoo.com.au, along with which 8x10" art print you would like, and where you would like me to send it to. Congratulations!

I've continued to be busy working on commissioned paintings lately. In the lead up to Christmas I tend to get quite a lot of them! Which is great of course. :) I recently finished a big triptych piece for a client inspired by his lovely little girl and 2 of her favourite doggy pets! 

Commissioned triptych painting - each panel measuring 50cm x 60cm (20" x 24")

Today I'm starting a new commissioned painting - it's quite big at 30"x40" - so I better get going on it! Hopefully I'll be able to share pics of it once it's finished. I'm also open to your ideas for my big 1,000 Facebook fan giveaway! An original painting? A set of prints?...What do you think?


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween + New Painting!

Happy Halloween



Ok, Halloween was actually yesterday here in Australia - but it's still Halloween for some of my Northern Hemisphere friends.We took Miss 4 trick or treating last night with some friends, but we made the rookie mistake of going after dinner, and everyone was out of lollies! Every year Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger here in Oz, and this year the trick or treaters were out in full force - no one expected the numbers they got! So my tips for next year peeps: 

1) Stock up. It won't matter if there's some left over :) 

2) Trick or Treat early. That is, somewhere between 5:30 - 7pm. Seriously though - some people aren't even home from work at that time? Maybe we should just make it a public holiday.

3) Leave something outside (ie. a balloon, or a jack-o-lantern) to let trick or treaters know they are welcome. Otherwise, if you would prefer not to be disturbed, leave your lights off.

 It's lots of fun!

 Today I've been working on a painting that I started back in August for the Monthly Painter's Challenge topic "Insect". (My Husband accidentally read the topic as "Incest"...which was a bit of a worry, but that's a whole other story!). Half way through painting it, I got an influx of commissioned paintings and didn't get to finish it until now. So this is what I would've submitted back in August. She is called "Fairy of the Insects"



Fairy of the Insects Side
"Fairy of the Insects" Original Painting

If the original is sold or out of your budget, there are also 8x10" prints available. :)

I'm very excited to see that I've now reached over 900 Facebook fans! I will be drawing out 3 random fan names to send free prints to. Stay tuned...

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