Friday, November 28, 2014

40% off Sale at GrayDayStudio 11/28-12/1

Hi All!

My Holiday sale has officially begun. 40 % off the entire shop (save gift certificates and custom portraits). So hop on over and take a peek, there is a little something for everyone. From original art to greeting cards and canvas bags!

Support small businesses this year, we all appreciate it so much. (It's like giving a gift to the maker AND your recipient.)

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

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!



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