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Etsy Holiday Sale! 20% off everything in the shop!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 | 2 comments

Moongirl Art Shop Etsy

Yay to 20% off everything!

I don’t know about you but I don’t like being stressed about gift buying when the Holidays arrive. I like to have it all finished before I pour that glass of Bailey’s or Coconog! And I would like to help you get a head-start on the gift buying for the Holidays too! So here is a 20% off sale to get the ball rolling!

Just click on the banner and it will take you to my Etsy shop! Don’t wait too long–the sale is only until November 14!

 

Price increase in shop after November 14!

If you subscribe to my newsletter you may already know about my future pricing increase but here it is the low–down just in case…

I opened my Etsy shop in December of 2016 and it has been such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful to all of you who have purchased from me in the past – as well as those who will in the future! You keep me going! You help me to believe in what I do! I love your kind words and encouragement too. Thank you so very much!!

Here are some things I want you to know because you are special to me:

• I make every print on demand. That means when you order a print I make one for you.

• I do not out-source my prints because I want to see each and every print to make sure they look just right. It is important that I can send a personal note to each of you when you order. And I love using my own packaging so you know how special your order means to me.

These things, as much as I love to do them, take time and money. But it is totally worth it to me so that I can give you the attention that I think my art–and you–deserve!

So if you have been eyeing some prints or postcards in the shop I would use this time to snag them while on sale because as of November 15 regular prices will go up and some older items will no longer be available.

 

Inktober fun!

If you have been following me on Instagram or my Facebook page you may have seen some of my Inktober work. I have been thoroughly enjoying each and every prompt and have created some drawings I may never have done if it weren’t for this challenge! As I write this post I have three more prompts to go but I will get them all finished even if it does take me into a bit of November!

Drawing every day–or almost every day–has been so very good for my creative-mind-to-hand-communication! Does that make sense? What I mean is that it has become much easier for me to grab my sketchbook and draw something fun because I have so many ideas flitting around in my head now that I am drawing more often. And the ideas in my head are much clearer and easier to get on paper again, since I am drawing more often. Now does that make sense? I hope so!

In any case it has been a blast and I hope to continue my new habit.

I always appreciate each and every love, like, comment, question, and sale from each and every one of you! It means the world to my art-heart!

Thank you!!

Happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

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Moongirl Art Auction Tomorrow!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 | 2 comments

Special Auction Tomorrow!

I decided today to have an auction tomorrow! Yes, it’s true! I often work this way where I get an idea and want to bring it to fruition right away. Sunday is a great day to begin an auction as many of us have Sundays off. Plus it is October 1st and I find that the first of every month is like a new beginning!

What better time to begin auctions on my Facebook art page than on a day of new beginnings?!

Flow original watercolour

Flow

**Original Artwork**
9″x11″ on 140lb watercolour paper (can frame in an 8×10 mat with a bit of crop)
Media: Professional watercolour paints, acrylic paint, brush pen, and graphite

Flow girl watercolour detail Flow moon watercolour detailFlow tail watercolour detail

Special Opening Bid Offer!

I will be starting off the auction with a special open bid lower than the usual opening bids so there will be more chances to take this lovely piece home with you!

I have an announcement about the auction on my Facebook page.

If you share the Facebook post and win the auction you will also receive a free 5×7 print worth $15USD! It’s a win-win! 

If you would like to bid anonymously just message me once the auction begins. 🙂

October 1st 12pm EST – Oct 3rd 8pm EST

Until then, happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

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Special Equinox Moongirl Art Newsletter!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 | 4 comments

Happy Equinox!

I am going to be mailing out a special Moongirl Art Newsletter today at 5pm Atlantic Time! There is still time to sign up if you haven’t already!

Enjoy your 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of night!

Equinox Newsletter

(**Update: Some people signed up just after the newsletter went out so I am going to send the same newsletter out again on Monday so there is still time to get in on a little something! 😉 )

Happy Autumn!

Moongirl xx

 

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Flow | New watercolour painting

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 | 2 comments

Flow, my latest watercolour painting is complete! I have been working on this piece for a few days and am happy to have finished it in time for the next auction beginning September 6.

I just recently shared on my Instagram feed yesterday about challenges I face when creating. If you look for the pictures below in my feed you will find it.

Flow watercolour painting detail of moon

Flow watercolour painting detail of moon

I tried something new!

Yes, that’s right! I used ink! I’ve been wanting to use my Pentel Brush Pen for a long time on my auction work but just didn’t have the nerve. You cannot erase ink. Even watercolour is something that can be fixed to a point but not ink. The great thing about the brush pen is that it really does act like a brush! Depending on your pressure on the brush you can make super thin lines or thick ones and they really create a fabulous movement for the hair. I loved it so much I used it for parts to the water too!

I admit that I did arrive at a point where I was not sure how to continue. I really liked the ink but it was a bit too much in places so I added some white acrylic paint with my finger over her hair, the waves, and the whale. I still wasn’t happy. I knew then it was time to take a break.

An hour or so later I grabbed my trusty 0.3mm pencil lead and just started adding in details like I always do. I really wanted to try using only ink this time around but felt myself coming back to the pencil. I began tracing over grooves that the white acrylic paint left in the paper. I added some stars and ocean creatures to the paint drips and really like the way they turned out. Plus, the pencil marks along the whale’s front look like frothy water splashing up and adds more movement to the piece. Gotta love little surprises like that!

Girl, whale, and water detail

Girl, whale, and water detail

The details are what make a painting. Details and patience! I’ve said it before and I have to say it again. As much as I try to simplify my work I just come back to the little details and sometimes I only see this once I’ve stepped back from the painting and given myself time to just let it sit.

The final painting is sized 9×11 on watercolour paper. It can easily be matted to 8×10.
Girl and whale detail
Happy creating and hope to see you at the auction!

Moongirl xx

 

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New art supplies I’m excited to share with you!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 | 2 comments

New art supplies are always something to get excited about, right?

New art supplies

New art supplies!

I had been holding off for months on purchasing new supplies. It can be addicting and sometimes the ‘idea’ of having something is more exciting the actual ‘having’ and those supplies just lie around feeling lonely. 🙁

I decided to wait and let time tell me if I really needed anything. Here’s how I came to purchase what I really wanted…

What was in the box…

Not too long ago I made The Bee Keeper with acrylic paints and charcoal pencil. I’ve used charcoal pencil before but I don’t do so often and forgot how fun it can be! Once in art school, I recall spraying a large drawing on my art table with fixative once complete. The fixative not only fixed the charcoal to the paper but all the charcoal that had landed on the art table also became permanent! When I lifted up by paper there was a large rectangular white patch where the paper had been! Kind of funny.

Now when I use charcoal I spread it around with clear gesso and this keeps it intact and there is far less mess. I decided to buy a little set of coloured charcoals from Derwent.

I try to buy local when I can or buy from Curry’s Art Store in Ontario. They have a great selection and their customer service is excellent!

Derwent Tinted Charcoal

Derwent Tinted Charcoal

Curry’s is also the only store I have found in Canada to carry my favourite watercolour brushes: Princeton Neptune Watercolour Brushes. I’ve been thinking about getting a #0 and #2 brush for some time. As my smallest brush has been a #4 I found it tricky for adding paint in small areas. These brushes hold a good amount of water and the bristles bounce back quite well PLUS they are not made with animal hair. I like that. 🙂

Neptune Princeton Brushes

Neptune Princeton Brushes

The Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Kit has been in the back of my mind for a while. I have grown to like gold hues as you may see in some of my latest pieces including The Bee Keeper and Maiden, Mother, Crone. Now it’s time to give the gold leaf a try!

Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Starter Kit

Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Starter Kit

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks and Dorland Wax have also been on my list for a while. I’ve wanted to try some cold wax techniques with oil paint. I learned that the paint sticks are like real oil paint so they will dry over time, unlike oil pastels which don’t completely set. If you have experience something different I’d love to know! 🙂

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks

Shiva Oil Paint Sticks

Dolrand's Wax Medium

Dolrand’s Wax Medium

It just so happens that before I made my order I signed up for Juliette Crane’s Wild & Free class.

Wild & Free Painting Course

Wild & Free Painting Course

She uses these two supplies in her work and since I couldn’t decide on colours I chose ones that were suggested by Juliette. Too many to choose from otherwise! 🙂

I am excited to get to work with my new toys art supplies! If you want to see more of my work and works-in-progress you can follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page. I post often!

I’d love to know what some of your favourite supplies are!

And by the way, I just added purple to my hair! You can get the full story on my Instagram or Facebook page (including why I am laying on the bed!). 🙂

Until then, happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

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Art Postcards available at Moongirl Art Shop!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 | 1 comment

Art postcards  are now available at Moongirl Art Shop!

I am so pleased with these postcards printed by Moo Cards! The colours are so lovely and the paper is nice and thick with an ultra smooth surface that I just love.

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

Art Postcards Set 1

The cards are sized as 5″x7″s, larger than your average postcard so tThere is plenty of room on the back for writing your message to that special someone, or a thank you to that person who helped you out when you needed it. 🙂

These are so easy to give and display too! Just grab an 8″x10″ frame with a matt sized for a 5″x7″ image and you are ready to hang it on your wall! Voila! Postcard and art in one pretty package!

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

Art Postcards Set 2

I only have a limited number available of each set and then they will be gone! I almost kept a set for myself! 😛

Some of my favourite artwork over the years are printed on these cards including images from originals sold during the art auctions. There will likely be a whole new set of artwork the next time these cards are available. That means I have to make a lot more artwork before they will be in the shop again! I have some serious art’ing to do!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer – or winter is you are in the Southern Hemisphere. I know that may sound odd but I like winter! Maybe I should paint a winter theme next!

If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter you can do that here. As a subscriber you will be the first to know about shop updates and sales! Plus, get free art wallpaper when you sign up!

Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

 

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The Purpose of life is to find your gift | A quote for you

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 | 2 comments

Some say that Picasso said these words, or perhaps William Shakespeare…

Whatever the case may be I just love this quote.

Don’t you?

These words remind me that I am right where I want to be.

I have many of you to thank for that. ♥

 

I may be a very visual person but I also love to read. I just. love. words.

When I come across a quote or a passage in a book that moves me I write it down. I often take my Bullet Journal out with me in case I read something inspirational and want to record it. From time to time I come back to read the words again and they move me just as much as the first time.

 

What words inspire you?

Do you have a favourite quote or saying that fills you with inspiration? I’m always up for adding to my notebook!

 

Happy creating – and reading!!

Moongirl xx

 

 

 

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