Monday, November 24, 2014

Mark Your Calendars for GrayDayStudio's big Holiday Sale!

Hi all, I'm having a big Holiday sale this year to give my customers a chance to scoop up some original art at a great savings! so I am offering 40% off my etsy shop. That's right, a great deal!

So mark you calendars and support small businesses this gift giving season!

Friday, November 7, 2014

An ant ascends a mountain and a kite is rescued... New Illustrations from GrayDayStudio

I've had a pretty productive week... diving back into my watercolors in order to continue to build my illustration section of my portfolio. I'm feeling really inspired and enthusiastic about everything with my art career. I'll admit it can be rather daunting to be at such a foundation stage of my career.. to continue the faith so to speak. Everyday I have to renew my commitment and optimistic attitude that this will pay off.  And it will.

In the meantime, I wanted to check in and share a few more paintings I made this week.

Above: Ant Ascends Peony Mountain, is a watercolor and gouache painting. I am diving back into my vault of reference images I have taken over the years and this one could easily be elaborated on and turned into a book, or used as a single image.

"Rescuing the Kite" is a little imagined elaboration of a picture I took this week of our daughter with our neighbor standing upon the tree stump in our backyard. I'm enjoying giving myself little one-off paintings that evoke a story.

And another one from the vault of stored reference images- this painting I made of our daughter's dollhouse last year long after she received it for Christmas, as the helium leaves the balloon.

This week I also tweaked my website and finally have a better layout for each portfolio section.  I'll continue to tweak it I'm sure, but for now I am so much happier with it and actually want to share it more.

SO here it is!!

Also don't forget you can save 20% off my etsy shop with code November14 at checkout, so scoot on over!

Have a Great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

A sketch or two from GrayDayStudio

I'm in the studio today working on a few commission paintings for the Holiday gift giving season. It's so exciting and an honor to be entrusted with such an important gift. Some of the pictures I am working from are truly great, there is so much I want and hope to capture. Sometimes I often make a list for a painting of areas that are of the utmost importance. Preliminary sketches help me to see the picture in a new light as well... I learn a lot from the sketching process that then helps inform my decision making when it comes to the final piece.

Since these are gifts, I can't rightly share them on my blog, Facebook, or instagram until after the holidays... you never know who is watching, wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. So in the meantime here are a few of my own sketches I would like to share.

Above is a little illustration I made after our trip to England in October. I'm not sure how finished it is, but I'm enjoying inventing more illustrations to flush out that section of my portfolio with the intention to receive illustration commissions.

And here is a little sketch I made of our daughter twirling in our kitchen the other week.

If you are interested in giving a gift of custom art this year, feel free to check out my ETSY shop and the Custom portrait Section!

Have a great start to your week!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Custom Portraits Now Available by GrayDayStudio

Hi all!
I'm offering a few custom portraits for this Holiday season and I wanted to be sure you knew about them!  Original art is a great gift, it's often unexpected and always welcome especially when it's of someone you love. So why not turn a favorite photograph into an original piece of artwork? Give it to your partner, parents or grandparents or for that person who is "Hard to shop for"!?

I've made the process pretty straight forward, simply purchase the listing for the deposit towards your portrait then we can discuss from there! Picture can be of a loved one, a pet, or a favorite landscape. You choose the medium- watercolor, ink, color pencil, oil etc and the size and then once it's finished you pay the remainder of the cost plus shipping! and poof and original piece of art that is sure to make this year's gift giving memorable not to mention easy and unique.

You can find the listing here!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Motivation and Getting my Butt in gear for my Artistic career, Reflecting on Lisa Congdon's two day course

I'm pretty excited about what's happening in my brain lately... I've reached a tipping point with my career as an artist. It's a motivational moment whose montra is "The more work you make, the more work you will get." Pretty awesome laws of attraction type stuff here- you get out what you put in and so on.  I have Lisa Congdon to thank for this nice kick in the pants. I've been following her on Instagram for the past year, and I've been really enjoying her new book Art Inc. Her book is full of helpful tips from licensing your work to taxes, etc. So when I heard about her two day course on Creative Live, I jumped at it and made sure I penciled out the time to take it. You can now buy the course  HERE

It's true that as artists we live in a time that is really beneficial to helping launch and maintain our careers. Social media and the internet are our best allies. And with hard work and networking you can't help but succeed. So, yeah I'm pretty excited! After taking the class, and reading her book, I now have a 3-5 year list of some grand goals, with a subsequent list of practical steps I can take towards reaching a few of the more immediate goals. I could talk about this for a long time, but I will hold back.  However let me know if you want to hear more, I'm always down to chat.

SO what are some of the practical steps I am taking?

Well in general, I have revamped my website a bit more- organizing it and my shop into subject matter categories such as "Florals" and "Landscapes" instead of "Paintings" and "Drawings" because honestly, the medium I use is important, but not necessarily the number one factor that people want to peruse a site or shop- usually folks want something in particular, a certain subject matter etc. (duh, face palm)

Portfolio: By reorganizing my website, I've realized that I need to flush out my portfolio a bit more. IE: I need more landscapes, should post more illustrations etc.  And overall I need to do mock ups- draw for the jobs I want, while still staying true to myself of course. That way when I approach an editorial, or publisher I have more specific artwork rather than just what I felt like making on a particular day. (still have to tweak my website- don't like the format for each portfolio category- want it to be thumbnails...)

Sketchbook: I need to get back to drawing in my sketchbook everyday. In her class, Lisa also spoke about dividing your day into 45 minute chunks. (She said this works for some people, but not all.) By doing so- you allow yourself to work on a little bit of everything through out the day- thus never getting behind on one thing should you have a few commissions at a time etc whose deadlines are fast approaching. And by working this way, I figure drawing in my sketchbook everyday is completely doable. Boom- 45 minute chunk for sketchbook drawing, done!

Can you tell I'm excited? So expect more blogging and sketchbook sharing etc.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fondly looking back on Summer, with two new Landscape Paintings.

As leaves begin to turn from green to red, it's nice to sit back and take stock of summer.

My summer felt like it traipsed along at the perfect clip. Not too fast... and I feel that I savored every bit of it. I think living in a house with such a lovely yard in an countryside setting really helps to slow down and appreciate the seasons.

Thus here are two small oil paintings as an ode to summer now available in my etsy shop.

ALSO, please note that my shop will be on vacation from October 4-October 22nd, with work shipping on the 24th. So if you see something that catches your eye please order before the 4th!

Have a great last day of September!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Paper Garlands Once again are Available at GrayDayStudio

As you can see, with regular studio hours this fall, I am able to blog more often as well as get back to commission pieces and made to order work. Thus I am once again offering my popular paper garlands in my shop! With over 600 sold last year, this fall and holiday season should be a good one!

You can peruse the garlands HERE.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Behind the Scenes at GrayDayStudio, oil paintings in progress.

I thought it would be fun to virtually visit my studio through a few behind the scenes pictures of some paintings in progress!

Above is a large 18x24" commissioned floral oil painting I'm working on. It has undergone some big changes this past week- eliminating and adding flowers. I like what is happening here. I also lightened the background and intend to add more flowers and other fine details this week!

I've also begun to work small and I REALLY enjoy this scale. It seems to gel with my current state of life- of not always having a large period of time to devote to a single painting. (I swear the multitasking of motherhood leaves me feeling unable to focus...) Thus the scale and time limit force me to be more direct and painterly with my approach, avoiding over working.

Above: is a little rabbit in his hutch painting. Measures 8x8. It's not finished yet (still have to darken and add contrast to the rabbit as well as add the wire cage in front.)

Above: a 6x6" oil painting of a tree and field that I see on my drive home in Chadds Ford, PA. I love this tree in the constantly changing field and I look forward to painting it through out the seasons. (Again this one is currently unfinished but I intend to fine tune the fence a touch more.)

So expect to see many more small works in the future! and for more behind the scenes follow me on Instagram


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