Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Priscilla - New Original Painting

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share my newest painting that I completed, Priscilla, with you all! This painting was created for the Femme Thou Art Collective's "Poisonous" themed auction and is up for sale right now along with prints and the original sketch. You can find that auction here.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Catch Up!

Wow, it has been a long time since I've posted here! My last post was about Ariana being born, so I guess I'll start with updating you on her. She is doing wonderfully and brings such joy and happiness to my life! I love being a mom and feel so lucky to spend my day with her. She is 10 months old now, crawling, playing, laughing, saying mama, and doing all sorts of funny things. And of course, she's absolutely adorable!!

In my spare time, I have still been painting and keeping up with my art business! I'm not sure how many of you follow me on Facebook, but I do most of my posting here. Since my last update I've created many paintings which I'll update you on below. I've also been doing a lot of sketching which I will definitely share with you, but I may save that for a different post as there are a lot of sketches!

Art Collectives

I've joined two art collectives which are a lot of fun. One is called the Femme Thou Art Collective and the other is the Bubble Gum Dreams Collective. Both collectives are filled with super talented artists that share a similar vision with their artwork. We all paint a new painting each month that goes along with a theme and then we have an auction on Facebook for all the original art. Here are the paintings that I've created for the collectives so far:

Laina - "Going Nuts" theme for Bubble Gum Dreams Collective
Esmeralda - "Birthstone" theme for Femme Thou Art Collective

Cleopatra - "Shakespeare" theme for Femme Thou Art Collective
Jolene - "Postcards from the Edge" theme for Femme Thou Art Collective
Esme - "Monochrome Madness" theme for Femme Thou Art Collective
Adeline - "Brown, Moths and Melancholy" theme for Femme Thou Art Collective
New Paintings

Besides the collective pieces, I've been super busy painting, mostly catching up on commission work! Here are the other paintings I've completed since my last update here:

"Coraline" - Commission
"Beatrix" - Commission
"Natalya" - Commission
"Josie" - Commission
"Charlotte" - Commission
"Taryn" - Commission
"Portrait of Morrigane" - Commission
"Dorothy" - Commission
Spellbinding Stamps

Another super exciting thing that I've been working on lately is my Spellbinding Stamps group! I've been selling my digital stamps/coloring pages for years now, but I just recently decided to create a group for those people who like to make things with my stamps. And I host monthly challenges where crafters create things with my stamps and then I give out prizes. It is SO much fun and so rewarding to see the amazing creations that people make with my art. They turn my art into their own new art which is just so COOL! Anyhow, if you enjoy coloring or creating things with digital stamps, we'd love for you to join us! Follow this link to visit our Facebook group.

Well, it was fun catching up! I hope to post here more frequently. =)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ariana is Here!

Hi everyone! I know it's been awhile since I've been around, but I've been enjoying my new little bundle of joy so much! I've been loving motherhood this past month while I've been getting to know Ariana. The time has been so great. I feel like we've been able to bond so much and I can't imagine life without her now!

She really is a great baby! Of course she's my first, so I have nothing to compare her to but she sleeps so well and is such a happy little thing. She's already giving me lots of sleep at night and I only have to get up once or twice to feed her. During the day, she loves playing on her activity mat, swinging in her swing, going for walks in her stroller and cuddling with her mom and dad!

I feel like things have been getting easier and we've been getting more on a routine, so the good news is that I'm going to be getting back into my artwork! I'll be reopening my Etsy shop and I will also start resuming commission work. I can't promise that I will be as proficient or fast as I was before, but I'm sure it will get easier the more I do it as I figure out how to do my artwork and take care of my little one at the same time.  

I really appreciate all the well wishes and your patience while I've been adjusting to motherhood! I especially am so thankful for those of you who I'm working with on commissioned pieces for being so understanding about the time that I've taken off. I will definitely begin working on them again and will get them finished up as soon as I can! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

ACEO Print Sale on eBay!

I decided to do something fun and have an ACEO print sale on eBay!! I listed every single painting that I've ever created since beginning my art career way back in 2005 as an ACEO print on eBay. They are all 7 day auctions starting at only $2. The regular retail price of my ACEOs is $4, so you can snag a bargain if you decide to bid on them!

There are 117 different images to choose from including some of my first paintings that I ever created. But there are also all of my brand new ones and most popular ones to purchase as well!

Boy was it a trip down memory lane as I was going through all of these images. My style changed dramatically at one point when I came up with a different process to sketch and then transfer my linework to my finished watercolor paper. Because of this change, I was able to sketch more realistic figures and add more detail into my final paintings. When my style made the big change, I sort of "retired" all my very first pieces and they haven't been available for purchase for many years. But for this sale, I thought it would be fun to bring them back because there were a lot of you who were very fond of these pieces and many of you who have never had a chance to purchase them or even see them before!

To view and bid on my ACEO print sale, visit this link.

Here are some of my really old pieces that are up for grabs. This will probably be one of the only times, if not the only time, I decide to offer these pieces, so if you're interested I'd snag them now!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Baby Update

Hi everyone! I am finally back from our whirlwind of a month. Our latest journey took us to Georgia to see my family and they threw us a baby shower! It was so much fun!!

I really enjoyed getting to visit with everyone and we received such awesome presents!! I was just blown away at everyone's generosity. Our baby is already so loved and she's not even here yet! We are so very lucky. =) I'm so sad that we couldn't stay longer, but I'm looking forward to when everyone comes to visit us after the baby is here.

Our baby girl is still doing wonderfully and so am I! I'll be 29 weeks along tomorrow. I can't believe how quickly the time is going by and it feels like my due date is just around the corner. Now that we're done traveling, we are going to focus on getting the nursery ready. We decided on the color purple and an owl theme! I'm really excited to start working on it.

Now that I'm home with no trips planned in the recent future, I'll also be working full time on my art work once again! Thanks to everyone for being so patient the past month while we've been traveling. I'm going to resume work on all my outstanding commissions. I also hope to sketch a lot this month. I'm really sad I missed Sketch Fest again this month, so I'm looking forward to doing some sketching on my own in lieu of attending Sketch Fest. Thanks again for all of your patience this past month! =)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Keychains for Sale! $12 each or 2 for $20

I've decided to offer up some items for sale that I've previously only sold at shows. First up are these lovely keychains!

Each keychain is handcrafted and assembled by myself. A very intricate Baroque style frame surrounds each image. It's almost like you're carrying around a miniature framed picture with you! The keyring is then attached to the back of the resin frame with a bail and glue. I have placed a resin dome over the image to complete the keychain.

Each keychain measures approximately 5 inches from the bottom of the frame to the very top of the keyring. And they measure approximately 1 3/4" - 2" across the widest part of the frame depending on the style. They are just the perfect size to keep your keys safe and fit inside a pocket or purse!

To purchase, either reply to this post, email me at nikki@aurella-art.com or message me on Facebook letting me know which images you want, your Paypal email address and the country you live in. I'll then send you an invoice through Paypal with the shipping factored correctly.

I have 15 different images available and there are limited quantities:

Cassandra - 2 available
Tracey - 1 available
Vienna - 1 available
Telsa - 2 available
Karmina - 1 available
Constance - 1 available
Cassia - 1 available
Mina - 2 available
Angelique - 1 available
Cheyanna - 1 available
Willow - 2 available
Ryla - 1 available
Giselle - 1 available
Arden - 2 available
Ashlyn - 3 available

Shipping Costs:
(I always combine shipping!)

US Destinations = $2.25
Canada Destinations = $7.00
Everywhere Else = $9.00

20% Off Everything in my Etsy Shop!

I'm having a huge sale in my Etsy shop from today through Sunday May 5th! Use coupon code SPRINGSALE2013 to save 20% off my -entire- shop including prints, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, all my printable items, original sketches, original paintings and more!