Monday, May 23, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #19!

Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since my last wrap up, so I have a lot of stuff that I need to catch you up on!

I've been having a lot of fun in my "off" time lately. My husband took us to this awesome dine-in theater for our date night a couple weeks ago. They had tables set up in the movie theater and you got to eat while you watched the movie! It was a lot of fun and definitely an experience trying to eat and order off a menu in the dark lol.

We watched Thor which was really, really good!! I knew nothing about the movie going into it, so that's always a lot of fun. I highly recommend seeing it if you're into comic books, fantasy or if you just like a good story. I love the way they combined science and magic and the way they fought in the movie was so cool! You just have to see it to fully appreciate it. The costumes and scenery were also top notch. I've actually seen it again since then and would probably go see it again! I saw it in 3D both times, so I would definitely recommend that as well.

My husband and I also started playing a game that we used to play all the time called EverQuest. It's the original EverQuest that came out in the late 90's. It's a massively, multiplayer online role playing game were you choose a class (like cleric, mage, rogue, etc...) and play with other people to conquer monsters and other bad guys! My husband and I actually met while playing this game years ago now. And we also met our best friend through the game as well and many other good friends that we continue to stay in contact with. So, it holds a lot of sentimental value to us.

The game was released in 1999 and has evolved since then into a totally different game. They're continually adding expansion packs and changing things, so playing the real game now is nothing like when we used to play it. But they opened this special type of server called a progression server. Basically it starts out as if the game first launched and they gradually release the expansions as they originally released them. So it's like starting the game all over again! We have been enjoying it greatly and it's a fun way to spend our free time together.

Ok enough jibber jabber...onto the art! I have a lot of stuff to tell you about art-wise. The most exciting thing is, I finished a brand new painting!! I also have Giselle prints and products ready for you to buy, there's a Rosalie blog giveaway to tell you about, Creative Design Outlet has a new tube pack of mine and Uniquely Different Bags has some brand new purses out featuring my artwork!

Mina - New Original Mermaid Painting
Here is my brand new painting, Mina!! She measures 8x10" and was painted in watercolor and ink. I was thrilled to finally be able to paint a piece inspired by tattoo art. I have long admired tattoo art and felt the need to paint something that shows that admiration and this is what I came up with!

I enjoyed adding all the different tattoo inspired elements like the banner, heart, anchor, roses and the swallow tattoo on her side. I tried to keep the colors somewhat traditional to further make the piece feel tattoo inspired.

The banner reads "Return to Me." While I had something in mind when I came up with those words, I will leave it up to you to decide what they mean to you. I'm sure depending on your situation it will mean something different to each of you, but hopefully you will find meaning in it some way!

The original of Mina has been sold and will be going to a wonderful home! But prints and products of Mina will soon be available. She will also be submitted to all the companies that I license with so that means stamps, purses, cross stitch charts, tubes and more will soon be available as well. 
Giselle Products are Now Available
Prints and products featuring my new painting Giselle, are now available on my website and in my Etsy store! Giselle is now available on ACEO, 5x7 and 8x10" prints, stickers, magnets, bookmarks, buttons, pocket mirrors and printable coloring pages!
To view Giselle prints and products on my website, click here.
To view Giselle prints and products in my Etsy store, click here.

Rosalie Blog Print Giveaway
I was recently contacted by vvb32 who runs a really fun blog. She asked if I would be interested in contributing a piece for a pirate blog giveaway. Of course I said yes! Who could say no to a pirate giveaway? Anywho, she will be giving away a 5x7" print of my pirate, Rosalie. All you have to do is visit my website, find your favorite item/print/image and post it on her blog in the comment section under my giveaway! That simple! You have from now until May 29th to enter.
To view the Rosalie giveaway, click here
New Tube Pack from Creative Design Outlet
Creative Design Outlet has released a new tube package featuring three of my newest images! This pack includes Constance, my 2nd Steampunk in my Portrait series, Giselle, my new Roman inspired mermaid and Heather, my gothic throne witch with all her winged kitty friends! You can buy them separately or as a pack at a reduced price. These are fantastic for making all sorts of custom web graphics! 
To view and purchase my new tube pack, click here.
New Purses from Uniquely Different Bags
Uniquely Different Bags is the company that makes all of my purses and they have some fantastic new purses available featuring my newest and most popular images! Be sure to visit my section in their Etsy shop to see all of the possible selections. Also, if there is a particular image of mine you would like on a purse, but don't see it listed, just contact their store or myself and they will make one custom for you!
To view and purchase my purses, click here.
Well, that's it for this week! In the coming week, I plan on starting a new piece. I'm toying around with a few ideas and just waiting for my muse to take hold and tell me which one I should work on next. I have been commissioned to paint a witch with frogs and I have a couple ideas about that one! I have also been thinking about starting a digital pinup series of my fantasy girls which would be a lot of fun. And the past couple days, there has been a beautiful moth hanging around outside my door, so I also feel inspired to paint a moth fairy. We'll see what I end up with! Maybe it will be one of those three and maybe it will be something completely different. Hope you all have a great week!

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