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Original Artwork | Monochormatic

I've been playing around with painting in a single color, adjusting tones and shadows to give depth and contrast.  I recently did two pieces in shades of grey and black (and apparently blue.  I'm not actually sure where the blue came from, I can only think that there was a tiny bit mixed in the palette with the black - it wasn't noticeable until it had dried!)

I finished these two commissioned pieces last week - they measure 15x11 and are painted on Arches cold press watercolor paper and will be finished with a deckled edge before being shipped off to their new owners!

You can also see a bit of Paige's invitation artwork below the black and white.

Design House of Moira Original Artwork
Announcement | Original Artwork

About a month or two ago, I started doing something that may seem pretty straight forward, but I had never thought of before (it was a bit of a 'duh' moment).  I started creating artwork for no other reason than creation and practice.  As an artist, it's actually a bit of a conundrum.  I personally know that I have a hard time sitting down and just creating something without any guidelines or parameters.  I never know what to paint - or to paint at all.  I could sketch, but what would I sketch?? 

So a began letting color be my parameters and not worrying too much about what I actually painted.  I also started letting the watercolor behave as watercolor should, and not worrying so much about it being "perfect".  I allowed the paints to bleed together, the reds play into the greens and the blush into blue. 

A funny thing happened - the more I practiced, the better I saw my work getting.  Shocking, right? Who knew that practice improved one's skills! 

Another unexpected thing happened - when I started posting my latest work on social media, I received much higher praise/likes/accolades than normal!  My most liked post on instagram EVER was a bronze gouache leaf painting!  I was somewhat (totally.  I was totally) blown away! 

So every other day or so I sit down to create something for the fun of it, but now I have a whole pile of gorgeous watercolor artwork.  What will I do with all this artwork? 

Well, after several requests, I've decided to sell it!  They're my babies, but my walls are full and they need to go to good homes. 

Check out my shop to pick up your favorite piece!

Design House of Moira | Original Artwork

So as we welcome 2016, I have launched the first round of artwork for sale.  Each piece is unique and original, so if there's a piece you love, snap it up before someone else does!  And don't forget to check back for new pieces to be added!

To celebrate the launch, I've also added a free printable to celebrate 2016!  Find it in the shop, download and don't forget to share how you use it with #moiraart

Design Hous of Moira | Original Artwork | Free Printable


Stop the Glorification of Busy - Free Printable

To follow along with my upcoming series, I'll be adding free printables along the way for your own printing pleasure.  I would love for you to print, frame and enjoy these on your wall as a reminder to slow down once in a while.  Feel free to download to your hearts content here.

Share this on instagram or facebook and tag or hashtag #stgob (for those who think this is a bizarre acronym (it is) it stands for Stop the Glorification of Busy, the title of the series and, hey look!  that's what the quote says!) for a code for a free printable exclusively for you next week! 

Thanksgiving Downloads!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my very favorite times of year and favorite holidays.  As much as I absolutely love Christmas time, I love that Thanksgiving is more quiet, calm, and truly is about time spent with our most loved ones and taking the time to be grateful for the many blessings that we have been given.

As you may or may not know, I am very thankful for my sweet little white rabbit named Andy.  John and I are both pretty smitten with him!  I wanted to create some Thanksgiving downloads that you could print out and use at home and decided that Andy would be the star this year - all dressed up in his feathers and his pilgrim hat.  I think that if I tried any of this in real life, that I would get a not-very-amused bunny, but illustrated Andy likes to dress up!

The downloads are available through our studio shoppe at our studio shoppe!

I will be spending Thanksgiving with John's family here in Scottsdale and am making the cranberries and the dessert - pumpkin pie may be my favorite thing ever!   It will be the first time in a few years that my parents will not be coming out, but I look forward to getting to see them at Christmas.  What about you?  Are you traveling for the holiday? What is your favorite dish to make/eat?

I hope that you enjoy these little downloads and that you all have the most wonderful time with your loved ones and take the time to be quietly thankful.

xoxo Jenny

Studio Shoppe - anything can be print
 

Growing up, I LOVED Shel Silverstein (I mean, who didn't?).  When I cam across this quote, the rhyme of it just struck a chord with me, the words catching my heart.  When I looked it up and realized who was being quoted, it was no surprise.

 

Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be.   

 

I love the idea of this hanging on the wall in the room of a little girl...then it should come in pink.  If you would like it in pink, shoot me an email and in pink it shall be! 

 

 

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Presenting - Moira Studio Shoppe!
 

Jenny and I have made ourselves collected ourselves a lovely little pile of calligraphed quotes.  She and I both are huge fans of Instagram (@designhouseofmoira and @moirainkcalligraphy) and we doodle quotes to post weekly.  Our brilliant selves realized that they actually make really lovely gallery prints, and we thusly (and finally) launched our Studio Shoppe!   Prints are available in a variety of sizes, printed on cotton paper and make will make someone very happy come Christmas time!  You can visit our studio shoppe here.