Watercolor Paintings

Mint Challenge:: Need your Vote

I have entered another Minted challenge and this time it's Holiday cards. I know it's too early to start thinking about the Holidays, but in the world of greeting cards now is the time to start on '16 season.

Below are two of the designs I've submitted and they might look familiar as they are old designs that I re-worked a bit. 

This is where I need your support as I am asking you to cast a vote for my designs. That is only if you like what you see. No pressure!

In order to vote you will have to create an account. Which is easy peasy. Also, for your vote to count please select a number from 1-5 scale. If you select 'Like' that doesn't count as a vote. 

Click the below link to get started. Thanks in advance for your help!

http://www.minted.com/designer/pippin

This little owl looks so warm as he is snuggled up on the branch for a cold winters night. There is a couple of owl that live in the park near us, and I often see them on my early morning runs. Sometimes I call out to them and they answer me back. They are amazing creatures.   

I grew up in the mountains of Colorado and had many snow days where the neighborhood kids built snowmen. Often we would create a family of them with colorful hats and scarfs. Snowmen are dear to my heart as they bring back warm memories of my childhood. 

Thanks in advance for your help! 

Hope you are enjoying the beginning of your summer.

16 Before '16

I was inspired by the creative marketing guru Lisa Jacobs 16 Before 2016: A Goal-Setting Challenge, and below are 16 goals I would like to achieve by 2016. 

1. Finish Lisa Jacobs's Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner. This book is chalk full of helpful information, tips, and worksheets. It's going to require me to make a pot of tea, sit by a cozy fire, and fill out the worksheets. I am looking forward to this task.

2. Figure out what to do with the painting below. I am a bit stuck and want the piece come together as I envision it in my mind. 

Work in progress. 

Work in progress. 

3. Organize my first art sale via my Etsy shop.

4. Design holiday card for this year.

5.  Get professional photographs of my paintings via ArtSquare. 

6.  Finish the rug in the picture below. This project is taking longer than I expected, but at least I am watching good movies in the evening while braiding the fabric. 

7. Run at least 20 miles a week.

8. Be okay with myself if I don't run 20 miles a week.

9. Yoga twice a week.

10. Create Xmas budget and stick to it.

11. Make Bukharan Plov for husbandman. I made this ridiculously delicious dish last year when he was out of the country for three months. It's a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. 

12. Wake up at 6am at least five days a week. Right now I wake up between 6.30-7.00, and feel better myself on days when I wake up at 6am.

13.  Don't say yes to every X-mas party and event this year. I learned my lesson the hard way two years ago around the holidays, when I overloaded my schedule and had two anxiety attacks. In order to avoid these attacks I have to take it easy, especially around the holidays.

14. Eat cheese only one day a week. I love the stuff, and noticed when I cut back on dairy I feel better. Cheese and coffee and my vice, and I am willing to tapper back on one.

15.  Create photo book of our camping and hiking trip last year through Scotland. Scotland is one of the most scenic countries I have traveled through, and yet I don't have a photo book of our trip. It was a fantastic trip where we hiked over 120 miles through the country. I would hike those miles all over again in a heart beat!

16.  Finish watercolor series. Started a fun watercolor series in August, and would like to add at least two more to this series. 

I encourage you all to  join this 16 before '16 challenge. I think it's gonna help me have a strong finish to 2015!

New Watercolor Series

I recently dusted off my watercolor supplies, and started to create fun paintings with them. I forgotten how unforgiving watercolor is. Once the paint is on - that's it. It's a one time shot with these guys. For years watercolor is all I painted in, and got comfortable in the medium. Watercolor is especially nice because it does not stain clothes, as most of my clothing has acrylic paint or ink stain!

Here is a sneak peek of my watercolor paintings. A whole series will be for sale soon in my Etsy shop. So keep a look out!

'Surprise Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'

'Surprise Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'

'Choir Flower' - Watercolor   8'x8'

'Choir Flower' - Watercolor 8'x8'