I listen to the @goaldiggerpodcast with @jennakutcher on the regular. Her most recent podcast was about updating your website. Did you know the most viewed page on your site is your ABOUT page? Well, I added this goofy picture of me to my about page today. It’s who I am y’all. I also updated my bio! Here’s a peek:
Most days you can find me hanging with my son and daughter somewhere in Austin, TX. We love taking adventures around town. When Mila is napping and my son is at school, I am working on my art. I also paint a whole bunch in the evenings on my fancy shmancy kitchen table. 🎨
I am mostly known for my whimsical and nostalgic watercolor paintings. I make time-lapse videos of everything I paint. I make it a whole lot more fun to watch paint dry over at my Instagram page: @emilymercedesart. 🎥
People often refer to me as detail-oriented and someone that doesn’t shy away from a painting challenge. I have completed two large painting-a-day projects over the past three years. The most recent one, #100daysofdrinks , made me thirsty! They call art a practice for a reason. I PRACTICE a lot.
The things I’m most passionate in life are my husband, children (Ryland and Mila) and my art. When I’m not busy painting, I love to travel! #emilymercedesart
I’ve decided to take this drawing challenge easy. I’ve got too much going on to produce a drawing a day. But either way I’m happy and proud of myself for drawing and painting more. :) This here is day 8 of #mabsdrawlloweenclub . Subject; #Yōkai . Yōkai (妖怪, ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore.
I picked Okiku Mushi
TRANSLATION: Okiku bug
HABITAT: wells around Himeji Castle
APPEARANCE: Okiku mushi are caterpillar-like yōkai with the torso of a human woman. They are called Okiku mushi because it is believed they are born from the vengeance of Okiku’s ghost, from the story Banchō sarayashiki.
ORIGIN: According to her story, the servant girl Okiku was murdered by her lover. Her body was tied up, she was tortured, and then her body was discarded into the well of Himeji Castle. After her death, a number of strange occurrences were blamed on Okiku’s ghost. One of these was the sudden proliferation of a certain type of caterpillar—known in English as the Chinese windmill (Byasa alcinous). The chrysalis of this butterfly was thought to look like a tied up woman’s body, which the locals immediately associated with Okiku’s story. It was believed that her spirit must have come back as these bugs, spawned by whatever part of her grudge remained on this world.
While this insect is commonly known as the jakō ageha in Japan today, it is also known by its nickname Okiku mushi. This is in part due to the popularity of the Okiku story, as well as to the clever marketing of the local shopkeepers around Himeji Castle, who during the Edo period sold the chrysalises of these insects as souvenirs to tourists at the shrines near Himeji Castle.
Meet Avery! Avery has been all over the place with art mediums: drawing, sewing, needle felt, and more. They are currently interested in ceramics and cartooning. This year in Color Squad, Avery hopes to practice conversation skills and making connections with their peers. Avery spends a surprising amount of time reading Wikipedia pages. They are also ready The Familiar, or trying to. When they are able to summon the energy, they enjoy drawing and painting with watercolors while half watching reality TV. They are currently enrolled in ceramics class, and hope to rent studio space one day. #teens#atx#atxart#community#colorsqaud#creativeaction#ceramics
Tomorrow night! It’s really happening. I’m so honored and thrilled to have this collection of new paintings shown. I feel like they have grown from but are still connected to last year’s work. I can’t wait for you to see.
If you’re able, please come have a drink or two and take a look before I drive it all to Birmingham in a couple of weeks.
Thanks, @lewiscarnegie, for hosting me and providing high ground and a solid roof in case it rains. Come on, y’all. I can’t wait to celebrate with you! 6-10 pm. #atxart#paintings#dreamscometrue#somethinginsteadofnothing
My husband Ed and I have been together 24 years - more than half my life. It’s really hard to imagine life without Ed and I feel thankful every day to have such a monumentally generous, kind, and caring partner to live this life with. We met young, woking at a restaurant together one summer, and dated for 7 years before marrying in June 2001. When I stop to think about why our marriage works, I am reminded of a speech Ed’s brother, Steve, gave at our wedding. He observed how Ed and I had “spaces in our togetherness” (from a quote by Kahlil Gibran), which emphasizes the importance of supporting one another while maintaining your individuality as to not lose yourself in the relationship. This struck a chord with me at the time as I was still in my early 20s and growing into myself. Looking at it now, wow, we were babies - how much we have grown since then, and thankfully in the same direction! While we share the same core values, Ed and I are very different as individuals. As Steve observed, we have been able to have that space in our relationship to be ourselves, strive for our personal goals, pursue our passions - all the while being the biggest cheerleader for one another. Over the years, we have been through a lot, but have always been each other’s best friend. In reflection of this dynamic, I painted “Apart Together” in which one style, (the drips) come from one side and another style, (the drops) enter from the opposite side. The 2 styles meet in the middle, harmonizing and intertwining to create a layered landscape. Part of what I love about painting is creating a visual for the intangible. A 4ft x 4ft enlargement of this piece hangs in our living room, commemorating our love, our life & our union. So that's the story of “Apart Together” Prints on website #marriage#love#art#relationship#artprints#originalart#juliepelaezstudios#interiordesign#austinartist#atxart#abstractart#contemporaryart#artcollector#artgallery#modernart#behindthescenes#gettoknowme#artforsale#artforinteriors#hotelart#homedesign#artforthehome#colorfulart#localartist#austininteriors#happy#anthropologiehome
Yesterday I dropped off 3 paintings for the “Let’s Take a Walk” group exhibition at @aftpgallery ! The exhibit runs October 27 - January 26. Opening Reception November 2, 6:30-9pm! This is “When Things Become Clear” 12”x12” Mixed Media on Canvas.
This one was tiny with lots of little details in the icons. Thought I would share a close up! If you haven’t listened to @javiermercedesx latest #passioninprogress podcast, you should!
This episode is a compilation of interviews from the recent @vidsummit
You will hear from the following creators:
We're doing something new & exciting...like that's a huge surprise!!! We’re interviewing our Austin Artists in a fun way.....we sent intriguing questions!! Let us know what you think!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We'd like to introduce Alicia Wells who will be participating in Let's Take A Walk which will be her 1st exhibition with Art for the People!! Alicia submitted her artwork via our open call for art for our new exhibition, Let' Take A Walk..installation begins on Monday 10/22/18!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AFTP: What energizes you and brings you excitement?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AW: Exploring and learning. I have always loved venturing into the unknown. The rush of going somewhere that few have traveled. Learning something new. There is nothing better. I have always loved exploring old buildings that have been sealed up for decades. It is like entering a time capsule. The other day in a shoebox, I found some old Polaroid photos of me and a friend from the 1980s exploring an abandoned Victorian mansion in Galveston.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ •
AFTP: What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? AW: Archaeologist. I think it goes back to discovering hidden worlds. I was fascinated with the Tutankhamen exhibit when I saw it as a child. And then shortly after that I saw real Archaeologists working in Williamsburg, VA. I was hooked! •⠀⠀
AFTP: What's the best Halloween costume you've ever had?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AW: I think that one is yet to come. I had all the stereotypical girl costumes as a child. I remember being Holly Hobby one year, Raggedy Ann, Pippi Longstocking, and after I got older wearing a $2 witch costume/mask out of a box.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
AFTP: What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AW: I tend to be more like the absent-minded professor type when I am out shooting photos. I lose myself, as well as all track of time and place. More than once I have found myself on the other side of the “No Trespassing” sign after dark, in the hay field, getting eaten by mosquitoes, ants and whatever else finds me!
It’s pretty on the trail no matter what the weather. When i got here this morning I hiked around about an hour before the rain started up again now I’m holed up painting inside. I am grateful for these quieter days in what had been a busy season. Stay safe out there friends - I used atxfloods.com to get here today!
What’s better than one painting? Two 🤗
“Deserts Will Bloom” & “Like-Minded” are both still available! Shop via #LinkinBio .
Out of these two, which is your most favorite?! Comment and tell me below!
📸 @paigenphoto for @tsgaustin
Browse thru my Birds Butterflies & Critters Collection @FineArtAmerica ⠀
Pictured - Birds on a Lamppost at Pfluger Bridge over Lady Bird Lake⠀
This gift image also avail at Old Bakery & Emporium (gifts) across from the Texas State Capital * 512-974-1300 😊. #ATXart
itty bitties in progress....not really sure what i plan to do with these yet. i’ve had a stack of 4x6 and 6x6 canvases for a long time. i keep testing colors or spray paints on them but i’ve recently decided to go ahead and finish them. what a challenge for me, painting so small! their size, spread across my table, reminds me of photo proofs from days of film photography. ⭐️
(that bright orange is my new favorite thing - it’s a high gloss spray paint that caught my eye at target!)
The artwork of Heidi Stanfield will be on display at the Travis Heights Art Trail 3 & 4 Nov 11-5 stop #9 503 Pecan Grove
I am a painter working in oil and a sculp- tor working in mixed media. I incorpo- rate found objects into my sculptures. My paintings bridge representation and ab- straction. My most recent work addresses loss and absence. #atxart#austin#art#painting#artiststudio#supportlocalartists#78704
Come see the work of Jo Lagalutta at the Travis Heights art trail only a few weeks away! 3rd & 4th Nov 11am-5pm stop #8 , 1318 Alta Vista “When you are in your creation and
you are doing what you love to do, you become what you really are again. You are not thinking in that moment; you are expressing.” One could say I make art to please the eye and touch the soul.#atxart#atx#travisheightsartwalk#travisheights#78704#soco#supportlocal#artiststudio