Well, with spring just around the corner (I hope!), so we have been dreaming of flowers and baby wild creatures, sunshine on sleeping kitties, dogs happy to run in the grass, and farmed animals blinking in the warm puddles of light...
In a practical sense, we have been working on a lot of new art pieces to share with you during the upcoming summer events circuit!
We have lots of new cat and dog digital images, and Shelly has been playing with scratchboard again; ravens with metal leaf accents are the latest to pop up...
Emma has been playing with her beautiful Pollinators series, and I suspect the Unconventional Unicorns series may have a new friend or two...
I hope we will get to meet you at one of our events this summer!
Raven prints with metallic leaf details
The original raven image was created on scratchboard - these prints are hand altered with either gold, silver or copper leaf accents.
Available in 2 formats - this is the 5x7" image matted and framed to 8x10" - $50
Because the leaf is hand applied, every one is unique and slightly different!
I'm having SO MUCH fun with scratchboard lately!
The piece above is finished and prints are available for sale. "Red Panda" is part of my series "Faces I will Never See", which focuses on creatures that are critically endangered and/or live in remote areas of the planet that I will never be able to visit.
Wow! I'm super excited to see what this year will bring!
Emma and I finished out 2017 with a string of art shows from mid-October until our last show December 22nd! Phheeeww!
Although it was busy and a lot of work, we really enjoy shows, and met a lot of lovely people in the process!
We had an end of year flurry of commissions - pet portraits in both "Classic" and "Digital" styles for me, and a large painting of a monarch butterfly for Emma.
We love doing custom work and the messages after the holidays as people were gifted their art, are really heartwarming.
THANK YOU! for entrusting us with your custom visions - we are always excited and honored to create art specifically for you...
This week has been a time to regroup, take a deep breath, and start planning the next year.
We both have several ATC series available by subscription through Patreon, including some new ones; Emma's Flower Queen Bunnies, Shelly's Tree Spirits, and a Farmed Animals series that would feature work by both of us.
The popular "Digital Dogs" and "Digital Cats" will continue with new and interesting faces this year as well.
I have 16 people signed up and taking my new year long, online course "Creative You!" and I'm excited to see what a creative journey that will be!
We are receiving invitations and planning our ODWS shows for the year (summer seems so far away - but we are starting to book summer shows now!!!)
I'm starting several scratchboard pieces today - So excited!
True confession - I'm very good at starting new works - but my goal this year is to get better at finishing!
I hope you are well, and doing something creative this year as well!
Thanks for your kindness, interest in what we are doing, and your support - it means so much to us!
Shelly and Emma
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So it's that time of year again - when we start thinking about the upcoming holidays and gifties we might want to choose for people.
I don't know about you, but I usually pick gifts that are unique, handcrafted, maybe personalized, but definitely personal! (Also, true confession time - I usually find gifts that I like too - and often end up buying one for myself!)
Its also the busy season for the art shows and for custom works - yikes! Emma and I have several shows coming up;
Nov 4th Macville PS in Bolton, ON
Nov 11th Vegfest, London, ON
Dec 2nd The Marketplace, Vellore VillageCC, Vaughn,ON
Dec 9th Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON
There are new pieces that are being unveiled - such as the Tiger (scratchboard & watercolour 5x7") shown above. So much fun!
This is one of the new images that will be up on the website, and Etsy very soon!
I currently have 3 custom orders on the go, Including one that features 6 different animal friends...
Both Emma and I are rapidly filling up all the custom spaces that we will be able to have ready by the holidays -If you are thinking about ordering a pet portrait for the holidays, (for yourself or someone else) please get in touch soon!
I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous, weather! And if you pop in to visit any of the shows we are doing, please stop and say hello!
Mention this article and we have a small gift just for you.
September Patreon reward in the Digital Cats series is the beautiful Katie. A beautiful soft gray - Katie was rescued and rehomed and is now living with a new friend! <3
Subscribe to either the ATC (2.5"x3.5") series for only $7 or the 4"x 6" series for only $12, and have a little piece of happy art delivered to your mailbox every month. Other series include "Digital Dogs", "Wildlife", and "The Flower Queen Bunnies".
Patreon.com/ondragonwingsstudio to sign up!
September Patreon reward in the Digital Dogs series is Chloe. A lovely black lab, she embodies everything that is awesome about this breed - beautiful, gentle and such a good friend! <3
Subscribe to either the ATC (2.5"x3.5") series for only $7 or the 4"x 6" series for only $12, and have a little piece of happy art delivered to your mailbox every month. Other series include "Digital Cats", "Wildlife", and "The Flower Queen Bunnies".
Patreon.com/ondragonwingsstudio to sign up!
So, this summer we have gotten involved with the rescue of 19 baby bunnies from horrible conditions in a backyard slaughter operation.
This image was created to fundraise for their care at a sanctuary called Ralphy's Retreat, where they will be safe and happy.
On the very positive side - we now have lots of lovely reference photos of adorable tiny bunnies, and lots of cute sketches! Maybe a kids book might be in the works... Stay tuned!
Have you heard about Patreon? It's a very cool artist platform, that encourages people to support artists whose work they believe in.
Everything is very transparent - you know what the artists' goals are, how many people are supporting them and how much they are earning.
Supporters receive rewards that vary at different tiers.
For example, the most popular tier for OnDragonWIngs is the ATC Supporter. For $7/month, you receive a happy little Artist Trading Card (ATC) mailed to your house, anywhere in the world.
For $12/month, you can have a 4x6" print mailed to your door.
You can currently choose from a number of different series; "Digital Dogs", "Digital Cats","Classic Companions", "Wild At Heart" and now Emma's "Flower Queen Bunnies" series.
So much fun! Check out our Studio and the many, many other artists hanging out there, at www.Patreon.com/ondragonwingsstudio