I was lucky enough to receive a behind the scenes tour of both our local Marine Mammal Center and Pacific Wildlife Care facilities a few weeks ago to see first-hand all the work that our volunteers do to help the local wildlife. Did you know it can cost upwards of $1200 to rehabilitate a pelican? As mentioned previously, we are seeing a malnourished sea lion pup tsunami here in California due to warm waters.
Anyway, I also met a woman who, in addition to having volunteered for more than 15 years at the MMC, also runs a bird rescue and education operation from her home. I was invited to visit and meet one of her permanent family members, Morro the pelican. He was still sporting some of his beautiful breeding plumage. So, I took lots of photos while avoiding his girlfriend the goose, who was frantically trying to nip my bare legs and toes.
Inspired, here is my 16×20″ acrylic painting of Morro in all his glory.
Morro – Pelican. © 2015 Aprille Lipton. Original 16×20″ acrylic painting on canvas.
Our marine wildlife is in crisis here in California. The rescue centers are full, volunteers are exhausted and giving their all. And more animals need help everyday. I want to donate the full proceeds from the following two mini paintings to our local chapter of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to help at least a little. Would you help?
You can read more on the issue here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/19/us-usa-wildlife-california-idUSKBN0LN01620150219
Simply bid on which painting you would like to buy from the links below… They are each 5″x7″ acrylic originals on canvas. Highest bidder wins and I will donate your entire payment and send you the painting. It may even be partially tax deductible (check with your accountant). Thank you.
Auction – PMMC – Sea Lion Love
Auction – PMMC – PMMC Love Owl
It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. In a matter of months I no longer work for the place I’ve been for the past 18 years. My husband got a new job and they keep changing his schedule. My nights, days and weekends are all a blur now.
I’m trying to get a handle on things and add some structure back to my life. I don’t mind some chaos, but these last few months have really done a number on my mental state. The good part is that I have much more time to concentrate on my art. I was able to do a painting for my husband for Christmas that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. He loves it! I’m pretty happy with it, too.
Dive Deep with Me. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on canvas.
I’m really loosening up my style, and the orders for custom works are still coming in. I also launched my own website — which was WAY overdue. It still has a long way to go until I’m satisfied, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Blue Owl with Heart. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Happy New Year! And please, if you like my work, share with friends and family, Like my Facebook page or follow me on Pinterest.
On Etsy, that is. I’m going to take the plunge and start offering instant digital download art for printing at home. I’m still not convinced that Etsy is where I really should be, but if I can generate some money to help tide over between original artwork sales, it would be welcome.
I’ve already started with a few of my digitally altered photos and will work on getting some of my watercolor and mixed media sketches online.
These Boots – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Number 33 – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Hawk’s Hill – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
I also have an idea for a series of child-themed initial art that would translate well to instant download.
What are your thoughts? Have any of you tried selling instant download works? If so, what has your experience been like?
OK, I’m going to go “there” — the holidays. Yes, I said the h-word before Halloween. But I have good reason. It’s personal… as in personal gifts.
If you know an artist and want to give something really special (and special does not necessarily = expensive) this season, whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, new baby gift, the big Holiday or other occasion, check in with them. They can probably come up with something custom within your budget if you give them a little notice.
And how awesome would it be to give a uniquely crafted art gift to someone you love?
First Whale of Spring – crappy phone pic. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.