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O. M. G. the H-word?

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.

First Whale of Spring – crappy phone pic. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.

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Wolf prints now available

The prints for By the Light of the Moon – Wolf are now available in my Etsy shop and they are GORGEOUS! Two sizes to choose from.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204729902/wolf-art-print-from-original-watercolor?ref=shop_home_feat_4

By the Light of the Moon. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.

By the Light of the Moon. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.

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By the Light of the Moon… Wolf painting

Inspired by the last supermoon of the summer and my recent trip to the Southwest U.S., I’ve painted a very large (for me) 15″x20″ watercolor wolf. I love the textures and shading. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything in this size in watercolors and had to overcome a few challenges to get back in the groove. It’s been literally years since I had to deal with glazing, softening edges, deepening shadows and unifying color on such a large scale. Fun times! I’m happy with the result. The original will be available once it’s been photographed for reprints.

By the Light of the Moon. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.

By the Light of the Moon. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor with acrylic painting on paper.

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The humpback whales are going crazy!

I’ve mentioned before, I’m a certified cetacean nut! And humpback whales are my favorite. The humpback whales have been so numerous and active here this past week that I’ve actually strained my eyes and given myself headaches from going out several times a day to watch them with my binoculars while they feed, lunge, breach and play just offshore.

Needless to say, I’m in heaven.

And, they’ve inspired me to paint and sketch them almost non-stop. Here’s a watercolor painting I just finished. Do you love whales, too?

Deep Blue Humpback. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor painting on paper.

Deep Blue Humpback. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor painting on paper.

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Busy holidays

It was a fantastic holiday for me… hope yours was, too! My darling husband got me a commissioned piece of art from a wonderful local artist, Josh Talbott (http://www.joshtalbott.com/) of a white humpback whale breaching. I’m in love with it. I’ll post a pic for you later.

On other fronts, I finished up some commissions and have been doing a lot of watercolor and acrylic sketches. I’ve also filled up yet another sketchbook with plenty of ideas. I probably have over 75 compositions I can turn into paintings… now to find the time. My cats got into one of my wet palettes and tracked black acrylic on our hardwood floor. Gives it kind of an artsy funky look (yeah, that’s how I’m dealing with it for now).

Here’s a taste of what’s coming… I’m really steering toward a very geometric/patterned style. I have my drawings dialed in, but I’m still trying to find my painterly style that works for me.

Black Owl with Metallic Skies, Original Acrylic and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Black Owl with Metallic Skies, Original Acrylic and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Owl Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Owl Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Wind Horse Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Wind Horse Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Red Horse Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Red Horse Sketch, Original Watercolor and ink painting on paper by Aprille Lipton

Whispers (Owls) Sketch, Original sketch by Aprille Lipton

Whispers (Owls) Sketch, Original sketch by Aprille Lipton

Night Skies - Love Owls, Original guache and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

Night Skies – Love Owls, Original guache and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

Lounging Cat with Red Skies, Original watercolor and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

Lounging Cat with Red Skies, Original watercolor and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

Blue Skies with Blue Hare, Original acrylic and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

Blue Skies with Blue Hare, Original acrylic and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, Original acrylic and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, Original acrylic and ink painting by Aprille Lipton

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