Happy New Year and Looking Toward Spring

Hello my Creative Comrades!

I know you must be creative and artsy in one form or another or you probably wouldn’t even be dropping by so hence the greeting. 🙂

As usually happens, right when Christmas ends, my thoughts start turning toward spring and what types of art and designs I can create for that time of year. I wonder why that is? I mean, winter has only begun by a little bit. I do enjoy this time of year much more than summer. Perhaps I’ll create a few more snowmen pieces before it starts to warm.

I just finished a new painting of some daffodils with my new watercolor paint set I got for my birthday a few weeks before Christmas. It’s the Sakura Koi Travel watercolor set that I’ve had my eye on for some time now. You can see it here – Sakura XNCW-24N 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colors Field Sketch Set with Brush.

The set comes with a water brush that you add water to the handle which makes it convenient for painting outdoors. Just fill the handle and go. I’m really enjoying the vibrant colors and practicing my watercolor painting with it and the set.

Painting with watercolors is a whole new adventure for me. I’ve dabbled with it a bit in times past but not very much. I plan on practicing a lot more and hopefully I will be sharing more of my watercolor paintings with you here.

I titled this painting, ‘Rise and Shine’. It seemed appropriate given the sunny disposition of the daffodils in the painting. Here it is as an art print on Zazzle.com.

Did you get any art supplies for Christmas this year? Or any tools that will help you to be more creative and focused in your creative process? I would love to hear from you in the comments section. If you’ve posted about your creative Christmas gifts, be sure and share a link in your comments so we can visit and read all about it.

Happy New Year and Blessings to One and All!!

Itaya

3 Things “Coffee Blobs” Teach Me About Creativity

I love how Carla Sonheim finds creativity in the simplest things such as coffee spills on the counter. It never fails, I always see the potential to create a cute ‘blob creature’ from one of her awesome and happy ‘accidents’. Read on and see if you are motivated to look at ‘accidents’ in a different light as well.

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I have a coffee pot that leaks all over the counter if I pour too fast.

I know this, and I always begin by pouring slowly, but then I get impatient and speed up, and coffee drips all over the counter.

I’ve been thinking about these coffee “blobs” and have come up with three things these blobs and creativity have in common:

1. Blobs and Creativity are Both Messy (And Messes are Fun).coffeeblob1

It’s fun to see what will happen when you pull out the scissors and yarn, the paint and canvas, the charcoal and paper. And, apparently, it’s fun to let the coffee drip all over the counter. There’s a thrill when the coffee begins dripping (or when the first mark or stitch is made).

What’s going to happen? Will it be something cool this time? The anticipation of what a mess might turn into is satisfying. Messes are unpredictable, and that’s fun.

3. Blobs…

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My New Mexico Wildlife photography set to WaterColours for 30in30

Some wonderful motivational thoughts and resources are shared by CheyAnne in this post. I’m seriously considering the ’30 paintings in 30 days’ challenge. Over 300 artists are taking the challenge so that will be exciting! Check out her post and let me know what you think.

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30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.

from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico

I think this is her 5th time and she calls herself crazy, but those of us out here in Blog-Art-Selling-Land don’t.  Personally I love what she does in her own art of painting strictly with a palette knife and creates a wide range of pretty darn incredible oil paintings. Leslie hosts the number ONE Art blog Radio show on the air, and it’s chocked full of wonderful, doable, helpful tips from getting motivated to paint, to the biz end of social media.  I first found Artists Helping Artists when she use to host the show with another incredible and driven artist, Dreama Tolle Perry, I was hooked with those two talking about art . Now Leslie shares the mic with other talented hostess’ and hosts that bring their own knowledge…

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All I Want for Christmas is an iPhone Case and…

Hello My Artsy and Creative Friends!

I know everyone is doing the countdown to Christmas or what ever your special Holiday is called. Less than two weeks to go people!

For the first time in a long time, I actually have a few things on my Christmas list. One of those things at the very top of the list is a new iPhone AND a new iPhone Case to go with it!

My current phone is the total pits. It’s not an iPhone or anywhere near being an iPhone. It’s more in the ‘redheaded step-child’ category I think. (It’s ok, I am a redhead, or was, and we grew up with this saying. Not bashing step-children or redheads at all. It’s a Southern thang. :))

I know that Zazzle’s print quality has been exceptional on every item I’ve ordered from them. The quality is awesome as well. So, when I do get my new iPhone (hint, hint Santa!), I want to order a lovely case from Zazzle to go with it! My only dilemma is trying to figure out which one to get! Sooooo many choices you can’t even imagine on Zazzle.

Here are a few of my favorites. The first group is to indulge my creative and artistic side which I love to do.

And then for my more Conservative side, there are these for me to ponder over.

Do you see the challenge here? There are so many awesome iPhone Cases to choose from that it could take quite a while for me to make up my mind. Which ones of the above are your favorites and do you feel would be a good choice for me? Help me decide please. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Oh, and if you don’t like any of the examples above, here are a few more links for you to take a look at. If you find something there, be sure and let me know. For the iPhone Pop Up Shop Examples you can visit HERE.

To see tons more Cases for iPhone 6 and just about every other thing that needs a case, visit HERE. 

Until next time everyone – Create something everyday and make someone else happy by doing one small/great thing! 

Itaya

Need an iPhone Case for Christmas?

Hello My Arty Friends!

Zazzle has pulled out all the stops this entire week with their huge week of savings deals!

Coupon for 12-6-14
Use Coupon Code – CASEDEAL4DEC to take advantage of this awesome sale!

Right now until midnight tonight (PST) 12-6-14, you can save 50% off ALL cases plus 20% off everything else. Now that is a huge savings people! Take a look at some of these cases and see if you see something that sparks your interest either for your personal wishlist or for someone else.

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American Flag Case Barely There iPhone 6 Case by Libertymaniacs
Shop for American Casemate Cases online at Zazzle.com

Here is a link to my store and all the cases that I currently have artwork and designs on – Itaya’s Designs on Zazzle and here is a link to ALL the cases that Zazzle has to offer for all the different Mobil Devices – Zazzle Mobile Cases.

To see ALL coupons besides the one listed above (you have to be on their email list to receive ALL the great coupons!), you can visit this page on Zazzle – Even More Coupons for Zazzle!

Until next time Arty People, have fun creating and shopping!  🙂