Thursday, January 12, 2017

Coming Into Focus

In this little 8" x 10" painting I'm blurring the foreground and creating a sharp focal point.  It's kind of fun and frustrating all at the same time.  But at least it's moving along.

I'm also working on a couple commissions . . . but more on those later.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

More Fun With Spoonflower!

After a long break from painting sometimes it's difficult to get back into the swing of things so in order to do that I decided to some surface design work.  You know how I love patterns, so I got out my motif notebook (I'll tell you a little more about that in a future post) and started doodling.  

I also designed some gift wrap based on a silly little drawing that my uncle used to make:  "the Elvis man."  I tweaked him up a little bit and had a roll printed over at for my uncle.  I can't wait to give it to him!  :)

I'm still debating on whether I should make the Elvis wrap available for purchase.  Ha!  But I guess, why not, eh?  

Thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

First Painting

work in progress
8" x 10"
watercolor on aquabord

I finally began a new painting in 2017!  I've been working on some older pieces -- trying to finish them up.  But you know me . . . had to start something new.  

I also have a couple commissions I'm working on, but I won't share those until they're done and delivered.  

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!!

8" x 8" and 12" x 12"
framed giclees

Click here to visit my online store. 

Well hello again!

Has anyone else had a tough time getting back into the swing of things after the holidays?  It was a glorious end to the year for me.  I had a wonderful Open Studio event at the beginning of December and then slipped into Christmas preparations for the rest of the month.  Because my house was pretty much all decorated I could relax a bit and enjoy my holidays. 

However . . . the more time I'm away from my work routine, the more difficult it is to get back into it and am paying the price now.  Ha!  But that's okay.

Just so you know, I still have some 2017 calendars left and they're on sale, so if you're interested, please hop on over to my storenvy shop!  Free shipping in the U.S.

I hope you all had joyous holidays and wish you the best for the year to come!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Originals Sale and Free Shipping on Calendars!

2017 Wall Calendar
$20 + free shipping in the U.S. and Canada

Click here to purchase.

I still have some 2017 wall calendars left but they are going quickly.  Get yours before I run out!

And let's not forget the reduced pricing on original Little People paintings.  Help me make room for some new ones!

"The Parking Ticket"
matted and framed watercolor on paper
(comes as shown)
$115 + shipping

Click here to purchase.

Thanks for popping by!  Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Success! Thanks to you.

"Merry Christmas" and help yourself to some hot and chocolatey cocoa!

This past weekend I held my first ever Holiday Open Studio and thanks to many supportive friends, family and collectors I had a very successful weekend and plan on making this an annual event.  

I am truly blessed and very thankful for all who came out to shop and say "hello." Here are some photos from the weekend.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to photograph any shoppers as I was too busy  . . . but that's a good thing!

Come on in.  It may be a little nippy outside
but it's nice and cozy in the studio.

What?  Little People original paintings are on sale?
Better check out my DPW site, Christmas is coming, ya' know.

Coloring books, original paintings, calendars, cards and belt buckles.

The original paintings and their notecards.
"Christmas in June" is still available.

"Christmas in June" - 6" x 6" - (original watercolor on paper)
Click here to purchase.

Wait ... what ... pillows?  Yup!
My original Blueberries and Pointsettia designs
in a removable & washable linen/cotton canvas blend
12" ... $35   &   16" ... $40

I am updating my online shop: "Gifts by Kara K. Bigda" so be sure to stop by and check out my new items -- pillows, buckles and framed prints, such as this one:

"Morning Sun" - 12" x 16" (outer dimensions)
UV Protected Fine Art Giclee - framed and ready to hang
Click here to view in my shop.

Oh . . . you're on your way out.  Thank you for visiting.
Be sure to warm up by the fire . . . 

. . . and don't forget to sign our guestbook
and grab a cookie or two!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you are enjoying the season.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Countdown Begins!

"Wandering Pointsettas" on a package

Two new Christmas designs are up for sale on my Spoonflower store site -- they make great holiday gift wrap, so check them out.  The prints are also available as fabric.

"Christmas Wreaths Stripe"

I'm busy cleaning and decorating for my first Holiday Open Studio next weekend.  Let the countdown begin!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful for Gus

"Swim Gus, Swim!"
6" x 6"
(framed watercolor on aquabord)

I completed this painting for my brother and sister-in-law for their anniversary.  Gus is their beagle and this was his first swim in the ocean.  He was looking totally petrified but happily his terror was short-lived and he soon got comfortable.  Now he loves the water!  

I thought this would make a very cute painting and was happy I was able to capture the look of uncertainty in his eyes. He's a delightful little guy and I enjoyed snuggling with him on the couch yesterday after Thanksgiving dinner.  

Gus in his frame.

Hope you all had wonderful day with family, friends and food!

Friday, November 18, 2016

More Type . . . Sigh

12" x 12"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

I'm still messing with this one.  That crazy little white type is driving me nuts!  I also still have some tweaking to do on some of the larger type.  I do love the colors of these cartons though, don't you!? So much fun to paint.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cracker Jacks

8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

This old "Cracker Jack" box is a commissioned piece, however I chose to do two paintings from it and let the client choose which one she likes best.  I'll let you know which one she prefers. Which one do you like best?

 "Cracker Jack"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on cradled aquabord)

I'm still messing around with some of the type on the painting above.  I want to tweak "Cracker Jack" just a bit. I love typography but it can be very difficult for me.  

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Prints That Look Like Originals

framed print of "Cape Cod Roses"
click here to purchase

Hi all!  As you've probably noticed, I've been painting more and more on aquabord.  I love the surface for painting but I also love the fact that the paintings do not need to be framed under glass.  I spray them (and sometimes brush on an additional finish) and they are well protected.  I especially love that there is no fuss with cutting mats or dealing with glass.  (Of course be aware that most watercolor societies will not accept paintings that have been varnished.  That doesn't bother me as I'm not looking to enter shows these days.)

paintings on paper, mounted on cradled board and varnished

I researched how to avoid the glass barrier with original paintings on watercolor paper and found that I could mount them on board and seal them in the same way I do my aquabord.  (I watched this video by watercolorist, Annie Strack). I used this method when I finished my pencil paintings - mounting them on cradled board and sealing them with Krylon UV-Resistant spray and Liquitex Gloss Varnish.

Then I got to thinking . . . "why can't I do this with my giclees?"  So I experimented a little and I must say I am very pleased with my results.  

So first I spray mount the giclee onto acid free foamcore using Krylon's Acid-Free Spray Adhesive and let it dry.  (it's best to spray the back of the print AND the foamcore to ensure a tight bond)

Then I spray the UV-Resistant clear coat followed by a couple coats of brushed-on varnish like I do with my aquabord paintings.  After everything has set for a day or so I frame it.  When all is said and done, it's pretty tough to determine whether the framed piece is a print or an original.  Of course because of the foamcore, it's a much lighter piece of artwork - you could always use board instead, but I like to have different price points for my pieces and the foamcore keeps the costs to a minimum.

I hope you find this post useful in your artistic endeavors!  Happy Experimenting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Keep on Painting

my watercolor notebook - coca-cola notes

I often record notes and color information in a notebook so that I can refer back to them when I paint. It's really helpful and I encourage my students to do the same. Truth be told, I probably should do it more than I do.  

And below is a detail of my latest painting.