Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Print Release Details...and a Giveaway!

Finally- print release details! "Sleeping Sickness" will be available in 2 editions on Thursday, December 15th at 1PM PST at my webshop:

Since this is the first time that I am releasing my own prints, I've decided to do two editions- a larger-sized, more 'collectible' piece with a small edition size...and a mini print with a larger edition size, for those of you who just want this image on your wall. Read on for pricing, exact sizes, etc:

 Pretty sure most of you can imagine how big the large print will be, so this is the image size of the mini-print. It will have a wider border on each side though: 

And here is the fan appreciation part! I've decided to give more people the opportunity to win a mini-original from me, and just as before, randomness shall be the judge.

Every 5 five orders, I will choose a number at random, and include a free mini-sketch with the winner's order. 1-5, 6-10, 11-15...all the way up to 75, a number will be selected within each batch. So there will be 15 chances to win on mini-print orders (75 divided by 5 is 15...), and 5 chances to win on large-print orders (25 divided by 5...well, you get it!).  In total, 20 mini-sketches will be awarded.
I will leave it a surprise, so if you win, you will know when you open your package. Limit 2 orders per customer (in case you are getting a gift for a friend and one for yourself...but please stick to this guys, or I shall be cross).

Below are some of the mini-sketches that I will be giving away...they measure roughly 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", graphite and white pencil on toned paper:

Check back here on Thursday morning for a reminder, or follow me on facebook and twitter!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Coming soon!

Proofing the upcoming print release...pricing and release date info soon! The lame phone pic will have to do for now ;) Busy, busy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Lush Life 3" Group Show

"Requiem (For the Damaged)"
22" x 30"
Acrylic on wood.

Above is my new piece for Roq la Rue Gallery's 'Lush Life 3' group show, opening this Friday. Below are some detail shots:

There was a lot on my mind while I painted this, so if you're curious, read on:

This piece is dedicated to all people who create during times of social upheaval, war, natural disasters, or any other kind of turmoil. Even though I don’t live in a war-torn country or in the wilderness, fighting each day for survival, I ingest hundreds of stories and perspectives during the course of one painting, in the form of news commentary, political interviews, military documentaries, and podcasts on history, psychology, and anything pertaining to the human condition. It can often become harrowing to listen to all of this while trying to create something that has beauty, magic, and hope.

This is what I imagine it must be like for a creatrix like Demeter or any other embodiment of mother nature, who is destined to create for eternity, while the world responds with death, darkness, and destruction. I wanted to capture the melancholy of a goddess that has come to this realization and ponders her fate and that of the world, the ghosts and demons, the dying and the living. The red stream of fabric in her hands represents life blood- she holds it to her chest with her right hand, as it slips through the fingers of her left. There is a powerful paradox between life and death, between creation and destruction, and though she understands the importance of her role in the balance of the universe, there is a sobering acceptance of the grim reality in her gaze.
Death is everywhere, but so is rebirth and magic, which springs from the darkness of the unknown, from the heart of the cosmos, and makes life worth living, or at least a bit more bearable.

If you made it this far, you get a bit of news: I will be releasing prints of  'Sleeping Sickness' (below) sometime next week, with the option to purchase as a large-sized print or as a mini print. There will be free mini-sketches included with select orders. Check back here, follow me on facebook, or on twitter (@mllemiaaraujo) for updates on that score!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Spectrum 18

My copy of the latest Spectrum annual came in the post this week, so here are some snaps of my entries- excuse the glares! It is a rather glossy book.

Fantastic cover art by the great Jean-Sebastien Rossbach!

"Snow In Summer," my first accepted entry in the 'Book' category!


"The  Priestess" in the 'Unpublished' category.

"Two Spirits," in the final spread of the 'Unpublished' section!
And super-honored to be printed opposite Michael Whelan.

Also this week, I finished my painting for Roq la Rue Gallery's "Lush Life" group show, which opens next Friday in Seattle. It's a bit different from what I've done before, and a good 'preview' of what my solo show pieces will be like. I will share images sometime next week, so stay tuned...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oil Studies

I decided to dabble in oils for the first time this summer (I worked with water-soluble oils in my second year of art school, but never with the real thing!). If you follow me on facebook you may have seen my first attempt, a study from a fashion catalog:

Next, I tried a more simplistic approach with a random image:

Here is an oil study for one of my solo show pieces that I am currently working on in acrylic. It got a bit choppy and thick, but it was valuable practice. (The final piece will not have candles with dodgy halos in it, mind).

And here are a few 2 1/2 hour model paintings from Ignat Ignatov's class, which I took a few months ago. All are 12" x 16":

There's so much to improve on with these, but the important part is that I had a lot of fun with a foreign medium. I also think that my acrylic work is definitely benefiting from everything I learned here. If you ever get the chance, take Ignat's class- he is a terrific and encouraging instructor!

And just to keep them all together in the same post, I'll repost my last oil study (an attempt to go thicker with the paint on a smaller canvas), after Howard Chandler Christy:

Working on a piece for Roq la Rue's 'Lush Life' group show right now, which opens next month...stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spectrum, Sketches, & Studies

Hello, new followers and old friends!
I've been crazy-busy with painting, but I have a few things to share with you. The good folks at Spectrum posted a video preview of the upcoming 18th annual! My three pieces can be seen during minutes 1:33, 6:02, and 6:54, excited to see them in print!

It's an amazing-looking book, and apparently already available for pre-order on Amazon. Go get it!

Next up...some simple costume sketches that I've been doing from Downton Abbey, which I'm currently obsessed with. I'm not a tv person, but this show is right up my alley, particularly since I've adored the Edwardian period for more than a decade, and get sucked right into that world. Love it!

And here's the full image of the modified master copy in oils that I posted last time...just an exploration with paint strokes. (Pardon the wonky camera angle.)

Lastly, huge thanks to Ricardo Ferreira for spreading the love and showcasing my work on his blog! Very kind of you, sir.

More soon, I promise!
Until next time...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

And the winner is....

Jazzie Brindle! Congratulations!! Please be sure to reply to my email with your mailing address, and I will get the piece off to you this week :)

Thank you so very much to everyone who participated in my first giveaway- yes that's right, the implication that there will be more in the future is intentional ;)

I am still floored by how many of you entered- your kind and encouraging words were definitely taken to heart, and will help tremendously when I start running out of steam in the coming months ^___^ Really, I wish I had an original for each of you to walk away with, but at least know that there will be future opportunities.

I leave you with a detail of a quick oil study I did of a Howard Chandler Christy painting last week...still need to fix some bits, but 'twas fun!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fan Appreciation Giveaway!

UPDATE: Comments are now closed, and the winner will be announced later on Wednesday...stay tuned!

I’ve decided to do something special this week in honor of everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, bought originals or prints, sent me emails, tattooed my work onto themselves, etc. etc! Being a self-employed artist is not easy, but every single one of you has made it possible for me. And for that I will be eternally grateful!

So! Here is your chance to win one of my painting studies (below). Even though it's unfinished, it's one of my favorites. As you can see, her desk-mates will be sad to see her go :)

'Gasp!' study
5" x 7"
Acrylic on clayboard

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address, so I can contact you if you win (I won’t send you spam, promise!). It's entirely optional to leave a personal message, but I would greatly appreciate it :)

The cut-off time for comments will be Tuesday, October 11th when the clock strikes midnight (PST). I will then select a winner at random, and congratulate him/her in a new post the following day.

May randomness favor you, and thank you all so very much!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Solo Show Sketchbook Studies

As most of you know by now, I've been working on my first solo show (slated for May 2012 at Corey Helford Gallery) for nearly 2 months now. In addition to being halfway through a few paintings and sketching for a few more, I've been drawing madly in my are 10 sample pages for you to see.

Busy, busy...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tom Bagshaw @ Corey Helford Gallery

I don't usually get a chance to get good photos of the shows that I see in person, but I recently went to see my friend Tom Bagshaw's first show at Corey Helford Gallery, alongside David Stoupakis.

Some may be turned off by the fact that he works digitally, but I am on the other side of the aisle- I have just as much respect for digital painters as I do for an oil, acrylic, gouache, or watercolor painter. Each of these mediums can be regarded as being 'easier' to work with, depending on the artist, but each requires just as much skill to handle successfully. In fact, I think digital painters have to work harder to achieve the warmth and life that Tom puts into his paintings..much like computer animators trying to capture the essence of hand-drawings.

To me, the imagery and the feeling I get from it, is what captivates me- regardless of the medium. I have been entranced by Tom's works for more than a year now, and he delivers every time! I was equally impressed by the presentation of his work- the framing and varnishing really pulls you into the piece. I took some detail shots to try to capture the effect, but see for yourself if you are in the area! The show closes this Saturday.

Tom is also starting up an exciting new project called 3Cs- in which he will paint 100 digital portrait studies in 100 hours, over 100 days. The first 100 people to show at the Fine Art Print Company in Bath, UK at noon on the 1st of September will have the honor of being painted by him over the next three and half months! Makes me wish I lived in the South West of England! For more info on how you can get involved, follow the link for the project blog here.