Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #11!

Hi everyone! It's been a busy couple of weeks! After we thawed out from the snow down here, I had a lot to catch up on since I had been stuck inside for a whole week. A big thank you to everyone who had outstanding orders for being so understanding. I couldn't even walk down to the mailbox, let alone go to the post office! One day, I tried to walk down to the mailbox, but stopped halfway down because I was afraid that I was going to fall. It was the worst snow/ice storm I've ever seen in the Atlanta area in my 20 some years of living here. It sure was beautiful, but also caused a lot of headaches. If Atlanta was better prepared to handle a snowstorm, it would be much more enjoyable!

Besides the snow, Willow, our new cat, is adjusting nicely to her new home. She is becoming my best buddy and follows me around everywhere. She jumps up in my lap constantly and will purr non-stop when you're petting her. Besides a few little scratching issues here and there, she is the perfect cat and is just content to be on your lap or by you. She likes when you play with her, but is perfectly content to play by herself too. I just adore her and I'm so lucky to have found her! She must know I'm talking about her, because she just crawled into my lap. =)

On the art front, I've been super busy as always! I am trying my hardest to produce more artwork more frequently for you all to enjoy. I'm working on three new pieces currently. I also have some new cross stitch patterns to tell you all about from Heaven and Earth Designs!

New Witch Painting - Heather

I have been working feverishly on a brand new painting titled Heather after the lovely lady who won my Christmas giveaway! Heather won a commissioned painting and she had some fantastic ideas about what she wanted! She requested a witch with a lot of gothic background elements, roses, ivy and several cats who are near and dear to her heart.

I decided to draw the witch sitting on a gothic stone throne surrounded by all her kitty friends. Each kitty has different wings! I bordered the painting with stone columns and wove the ivy and roses around them. I am very proud of the linework in this painting! I think it is some of the best work that I have done and is definitely one of the most detailed paintings that I've created.

Heather requested shades of purple, cranberry and dark red in her painting which are some of my favorite colors! I can't wait to get started painting it. This is a picture of the linework. I just finished transferring the painting to watercolor and inking the final version, so she's all ready to be painted! I hope to start putting color on the painting this week. I will surely keep you all updated on my progress.

New Mermaid Painting for Valentine's Day

I also worked on another fun sketch while we were snowed in! This is a pretty little Valentine's Day mermaid. I will be working on her at the same time that I am painting Heather, so that hopefully she will be done by the time Valentine's Day rolls around. I am done with the Photoshop linework on this mermaid and I will be announcing the winner of my name contest in the next couple days! I hope you all enjoy her. =)

New Nikki Burnette Cross Stitch Patterns from Heaven and Earth Designs

Heaven and Earth Designs has released three new cross stitch patterns based on my artwork! They have released Aelita and Jax, Kirra and Ryla which are all really fun selections with Valentine's Day fast approaching.

View my cross stitch patterns here.

This week is sure to be as busy as last week! Along with working on Heather and my Valentine's mermaid piece, I also have another commission painting that needs my attention. This one is just in the beginning stages, but I will hopefully be sketching it out soon. I'll be working on all three paintings at one time, so I will have a lot of fun things to show you all along the way! I hope you all have a fantastic week and thank you so much for your support of my artwork!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #10!

Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since my last weekly wrap-up. The holidays were of course super busy but also very fun and I enjoyed every minute of them! My mother-in-law came down to visit us for a whole week. It was such a treat! We did all sorts of fun things like go to Medieval Times, went and saw Christmas lights, went for a hike to a waterfall...such a great time. 

Then, we decided it was time to adopt a new kitty. It has been over a year since I lost my precious Jax, a female tuxedo cat. I was finally ready to move on and bring a new friend home! I searched for awhile online and finally found Willow. She is a beautiful Torti, about six months old and is just precious. She sits on my lap and just purrs for hours. She was a little scared at first but is adjusting so well and her and Jensen are getting along fantastically!

I have lots of things to tell you about this week in regards to my artwork. I have a brand new painting, new product releases, new rubber stamps and a new company is licensing my artwork for tubes!

Belle - New Original Painting

I finished a brand new painting this week! Her name is Belle and she is a Christmas witch. I know it's a few weeks late, but you can appreciate Christmas year round I say! I tried my best to finish her before the season was over, but she had a lot more details in her than I had originally anticipated. 

Belle is a Christmas witch riding on a candy cane through beautifully decorated evergreen trees. Belle is wearing an outfit all done in icy, blue colors. Her striped socks compliment her cute little blue corset with ruffles! She was so fun to paint and I really hope you all enjoy her. =)

She is up for sale on eBay for a 10 day auction starting at only $99.99. Thanks so much for looking at her!

View my original painting auction for Belle here

Belle - New Products Released on eBay and Etsy

I have added Belle products to both my eBay and Etsy stores! She is now available on prints of all sizes, stickers, magnets, bookmarks, pocket mirrors, buttons and coloring page kits!

View Belle products on Etsy here.
View Belle products on eBay here.

New Set of Rubber Stamps from Sweet Pea Stamps

Sweet Pea Stamps has released a new set of my stamps for pre order. This set includes Astrina, Aria, Angelique and Karmina! They are actually on sale right now for only $14.50. They will begin shipping January 16th. I have seen these stamps in person and they are truly incredible. Every little detail down to the eyelashes is depicted in the stamp. And the best part is, you can sell what you make with these as long as you follow the rules outlined in my angel policy!

View my new rubber stamp set here

Nikki Burnette Tubes Available Again through Creative Design Outlet

I wanted to let you all know that my tubes are now available again through Creative Design Outlet (CDO). They have tons of my images up for sale already and new ones will be released each month, so be sure to keep checking back. These tubes are perfect for creating tags, signatures and all kinds of other digital creations with PSP or Photoshop. CDO sells my images individually, in sets of three and in a large combo pack that includes all my available images at a discounted price.

View my available tube images here.

Well, that's all for this week! Next week I am going to begin working on the painting for the person that won the Christmas giveaway. I won't reveal too much about what she wants except that it's a witch and her ideas are awesome! I can't wait to get started. Other than that, I will be enjoying lots of cuddle time with my new kitty, Willow. And we're supposed to be getting some snow tonight so I'm looking forward to that. I hope you all have a fantastic week! Thanks for all your support of my artwork. =)