Happy New Year!
Is it happy? It's definitely new....
Hey - 2019 is the Year of The Pig! That sounds like fun!
On the personal side, I'm very pleased to see the back side of 2018 - it was a year of chaos and a lot of loss - but I'm optimistic that 2019 will be better...
How do you cope with grief and loss? For me, I have to channel it into creativity. Whether you paint, doodle, make music, write poetry, carve, scribble or ??? - it's important and soul healing to create.
As you probably already know (since you are here!), my arty side is expressed through On Dragon Wings Studio. We are a small family art collective- mostly me and Emma, but we are slowly bringing Connor in as well. (You should see his oil paintings - SO beautiful!)
We have been around various social media places for awhile now, but are brand new (as of today!) to Tumblr ondragonwingsstudio.tumblr.com
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Also Etsy.com/ca/shop/ondragonwingsstudio which Emma has done an amazing job of updating and polishing!
I have been the coordinator of an animal rescue called Project Jessie for over 20 years. It is a foster based rescue, so Emma and Connor grew up with an ever changing array of creatures in our house.
Now that they are in their own homes, they are continuing to foster and care for creatures, and so most of our art is inspired by and features creatures that we have met, cared for, and loved.
We're glad to be here! Thanks for stopping by!
Here's hoping that 2019 is a better year for everyone!
Where does the time go?
Emma and I are busy, busy in the studio - working away on Custom Portrait commissions!
SO much fun!
We really are grateful and excited when you entrust us with creating something magical featuring your beloved animal friends.
If you are thinking about Custom work to be gifted this year - please contact us soon!
Both of us have very limited spaces left and we are filling up fast!
On the other hand, we can send really beautiful gift certificates if you want to send someone the gist of a portrait - but let them organize and choose the images for it to be completed next year.
If you are looking for small, happy gifts, please visit our updated and lovely Etsy store at https;//www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ondragonwingsstudio
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are happy little bits of fun for only $7CAN including postage anywhere in the world. Order a few to include in your own greeting cards, or have us send them to the people on your list. Put 5 ATCs in your cart, and use the code HOLIDAY5FOR4 at checkout to get 5 ATCs but pay for only 4!
Lots of prints as well - framed or unframed and almost all the prices include worldwide.shipping.
The Canada Post work slowdown has been resolved - so hopefully everything will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays.
We hope you are getting as excited as we are for the holidays!
See you soon!
Shelly and Emma
Wow - things have been busy at the Studio lately!
Only one more event this season - London, ON Vegfest on November 10th. We will be at the Project Jessie booth. If you are in the area, pop by, say "Bunnies are Best" and choose a free ATC as a giftie!
Emma has been updating our website and Etsy store with lots of new images - visit Etsy.com/ca/shop/ondragonwingsstudio and use the code HOLIDAY5FOR4 at checkout to get one free ATC when you have 5 in your cart. Great for holiday gifting!
We LOVE to create custom Pet Portraits! Our schedules are filling up fast - so if you are thinking about commissioning a custom portrait of your sweetie(s) for holiday gifting, please get in touch with us soon! Digital style from $100, Classic or Whimsical style from $140, Fun style on canvas from $180 and remember that all styles arrive at your door ready to hang and enjoy!
If you are on InstaGram, visit us and check out the giveaway we are running until November 18th @ondragonwingsstudio
Check us out on Patreon.com/ondragonwingsstudio Our wonderfully supportive community of Patrons is amazing - and we have some very cool rewards for the different levels of support.
THANK YOU for being here and for being so supportive - we are grateful to YOU!
Shelly & Emma
Patreon is... an artist platform.
Founded in 2013, it helps artists, creators, musicians, youtubers, and podcasters to create and develop their own supportive communities.
It has over 50,000 active creators, and 1 million monthly patrons!
It comes from the history of patrons..supportive donors who allowed painters to paint, poets to write, and musicians to sing and create..
On Dragon Wings Studio has a small number of patrons - and we are truly grateful for every single one of them! Having YOUR SUPPORT is encouraging and allows us to keep doing what we like to do best - create happy, whimsical, and beautiful animal art!
We have different levels of support - starting as low as $2/month!
The most popular tier at the moment is just $7/month and you get a happy ATC (artist trading card) from the series of your choice, in your mailbox!
The current series to choose from are "Digital Dogs", "Digital Cats", "Classic Companions", "Wildlife", "Wild and Delicate - Lace Wildlife", "Farm Animal Friends", "Unconventional Unicorns", and the beautiful "Flower Queen Bunnies".
If you are able to join us at any level - well, that would be awesome!
And a subscription would also make a really lovely gift for yourself or someone else.
Please consider joining us!
You can check out all the tiers at Patreon.com/ondragonwingsstudio
Shelly and Emma
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!