Friday, November 27, 2009

NEW STUFF AND FREE SHIPPING IN MY ETSY STORE !

OH OH OH LA LA !
BUY ANY 2 PRINTS in my Etsy shop
and get the 3rd one FREE

plus

get FREE regular mail shipping too!

BUY ANY 2 PRINTS MOUNTED ON CANVAS
and get FREE regular shipping!

Also,

BUY ANY 4 WOODEN BLOCK PRINTS
and get 1 FREE WOODEN BLOCK!

in my Etsy store !
UNTIL DECEMBER 15
NEW IN STORE !

AN ASSORTMENT OF 8"x10" - 6"x12" - 8"x8"
PRINTS MOUNTED ON CANVAS !

The next best thing to owning an original at a fraction of the price!

And they look like originals too !

No frame needed and ready to hang!

AND

SMALL PRINTS MOUNTED ON
RECYCLED WOODED BLOCKS!

I think you will just love them!
They make wonderful Holiday Gifts or Stocking Stuffers !

COMING SOON IN STORE !

3 DIFFERENT SETS OF CARDS AND ENVELOPE !>

Also ...

Ann Gardner,

a wonderful artist I just met through Etsy,

has asked me to be part of her 2010 CALENDAR !

It is so beautiful and I am so proud to have been chosen to be part of this talented 12-artist group to illustrate it!

If you are interested in purchasing it, simply click here!

Get all your Christmas shopping done now and relax !

Remember !

Breathe in, breathe out,

relax and enjoy this wonderful time of the year !

* * * * *

As some of you might be aware, Friday the 13th brought me a whole lot of not-so-good luck.

I wonder who was sticking all these pins and needles in my voodoo doll !!!

But ... the news are good!

I sold my first 30 wooden block prints to a single buyer within the first hour I had advertised them ! So I decided to make more, they are ll in my
Etsy shop now as well as a bunch of larger prints mounted on canvas.

I just got my brand new Dell Studio 14Z super-fast laptop, got the good news that we will be getting high-speed connection in Frelighsburg any day now, my car will survive after all after major garage surgeries and I won $100 at the local church Christmas sale lottery!

We are all doing fine now and the weather is exceptionally mild and snowless for this time of the year.

I haven't blogged for 23 days and I have missed it so much. I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Can't wait to read what each one of you has been up to lately ...

I still haven't hooked my new camera to my new pc but wanted to post about my sale and say bonjour as soon as possible!

Hugs to you all!

LuLu xxx

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ETSY SHOP UPDATE TONITE AND MUCH MORE ...

Well, the month of November is full of promises !

I love this time of the year when summer has been put away in the back of my mind,

my son Ulysse's big annual family birthday party on September 30 (he turned 13) has been celebrated well,

the garden and the pool have been prepared for hibernation,

Halloween has happened once again on a great mild and clear night,

Chrismas and all its hype will be here soon

and I have 5 months ahead of me to create new art, locked up in my studio without even having to feel guilty about it !

I have been working real hard at finishing commissioned paintings this week as welll as making all kinds of fun artsy items to add in my Etsy shop in the weeks to come ...

Tonite,
Wednesday, November 4
at 10 p.m. Eastern Time
( I already told you guys about this),
I will be listing 30 different small prints mounted on wooden blocks
in my Etsy shop !

I am so excited about these, they are fun, colorful
and look amazing mounted in groups on a walll
or standing by themselves on a favorite shelf or piece of furniture.

One of each only,
first come, first served !

Of course, my Gothic Angel with skull original 8"x16" canvas painting is available in my Etsy Shop as well as on eBay till Friday night, if you want to bid on it.

I am so lucky te be featured on Stacy's beautiful blog nonpareil , sprinkles of indie style ! I simply love her bold and fun blog and from now on will be looking forward her new post about her latest finds. Merci for the great post, Stacy, and all your sweet words about my art!

I am delighted to have been featured on Aditi's wonderful blog onceuponateatime ... One of my favorite new place to visit ! Merci for talking about my Shop Update and my art, Aditi! I will make sure to come and visit you every day!

And my Frida with Fruits and Skulls has been featured on Fri's hot and sizzling blog Wedding Nouveau , a style guide for intercultural brides ! She has chosen this piece as an inspiration for creating a wedding a la Dia de Muertos style ! I can not get enough of all her amazing pictures, especially her Day of the Dead mosaic ! Merci y Gracias for talking about mi arte, Fri!

Mon Dieu !

Time is flying !
I am turning into the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland !

Oh my ! Gotta go ! Oh My !

Monday, November 2, 2009

MY OFRENDAS FOR DIA DE MUERTOS ...

While my son Ulysse was gone trick or treating with his friends at the village I kept busy on Halloween night. First, I got myself a super GIANT box of good-quality assorted chocolates, second, I dressed up in my favorite flannel pyjamas then I started applying the 4 coats of satin varnish on the 30 small-size prints I had mounted on black wooden blocks (made with recycled wood from the local woodmill).

I watched 3 horror movies while doing this

The Tennant
(with Roman Polanski)

The Fly
(not the Goldblum version but the real old one where
a fly with a human face is caught in a spider web at the end)

and The Shinning
(who doesn't know this movie)

I left my paint brushes at 4 a.m. to go to bed with a chocolate overdose, eyes coming out of their sockets and ears sore from all that screaming and howling.

Yesterday morning, the sun rays were warming the kitchen table where I had left all these tiny prints and they looked so lovely and bold and funky, they looked like jewels out of treasure box!

I am so happy with the results !

They can be mounted on a wall in an arrangement

and they also stand up and look pretty on a shelf with some other favorite trinkets

I will be listing them Wednesday,
November 4, 2009
in my Etsy shop at 10 p.m. Eastern Time !
(that is 9 p.m. Central Time)
(8 p.m. Mountain Time)
(7 p.m. Pacific Time)
(and 11 p.m. Maritime Time)

(sorry I had to delay listing to Wednesday
but tomorrow is parent's meeting night
at my son's school)

30 different prints mounted on wooden blocks,
measuring 4" x 4", 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", 3" x 5" and 4" x 5"
with a few exceptions.

I think they would make wonderful Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers !

First come, first served !

Oh! and before I forget ...

HAPPY DIA DE MUERTOS !

Saturday, October 31, 2009

HAPPY BLACK AND WHITE AND ORANGE DAY !

A black-spotted white cat inside an orange pumpkin guarded by a trio of black and white skulls ...

Three black cats and a bunch of orange cupcakes ...

A black and white giant skull ...

A big bowl of orange icing ...

The mountain dressed up in an orange costume by the sunset ...

A bright-orange carrot shaped like the devil's fork ...

This is the kind of Halloween day we are having here!

Have tons of fun and dare to be scared !

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

LuLu xxx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MY LITTLE GOTHIC ANGEL ...

Finally !

Something new in my shop !

I wanted to paint something unusual for Halloween ...

Something scary ...

Something magic ...

I wanted skulls in there

and some purple too

but I did not want to paint something with pumpkins ...

I wanted to paint something dark

but yet light ...

something bizarre ...

and yet amusing ...

I wanted to paint something in an Halloween ambiance that you can keep on your walls all year around ...

Et voilà !

My little Gothic Angel is now available in my Etsy shop and if you would rather bid on it I have listed it on eBay as well!

Mon coeur EST noir CE SOIR ...

(my heart is dark tonite ...)

I can not wait to show you what else I have been working on!

Stay tuned !

Saturday, October 24, 2009

BYE BYE GIRLS ...

Dahlias ...

I love Dahlias ...

They are just my kind of flowers ...

Bold ...

Dramatic ...

Colorful ...

Intense ...

Joyful ...

I start them early in March, simply plant the tubers saved from the previous Summer in flats with a bit of soil. By the time Spring has arrived for good, they stand tall and solid and are almost ready to flower.

And what a show they give !

They keep on flowering from June 'till late October.

I love visiting them early each morning with a cup of coffee in hand. It is like visiting a bunch of old girl friends.

I compliment them on the color of their dress ...

I marvel at their unusual hairdo ...

I even get jealous at their perfection ...

Each year, a new girl or two join the group of gossipers ...

Everyone is welcomed !

Rain or shine, they keep an eye on what's happening in the garden ...

I just adore them !

Then, one morning in fall, I walk to the garden for my daily visit to find out ...

the girls have gone in a deep sleep ...

Southern Quebec is too cold for them !

They have literally disapeared !

So I dig the bulbs, clean them up and dry them near the stove. Then I pack them in wood shavings in boxes and put them away 'till next March.

When the girls will wake up with the first song of the robins ...

Dahlias are snow-birds. You know they just don't dig winter ...

Wonder why I like them so much ?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

AND THE WINNER IS ...

BRAVO ! BRAVO ! BRAVO !

Diane is an artist EXTRAORDINAIRE and such a WONDERFUL person !

And she is the WINNER of my FALL GIVEAWAY !

You must go visit DudaDaze right away !

Christmas will be here soon and she has tons of adorable art prints and more for sale !

But I guess you know Diane already!

BRAVO ENCORE, DIANE !

And many, many, many thanks to the 61 participants!

I will be having another giveaway before the end of the year,
so stay tuned !

Friday, October 9, 2009

FALL INTO MY GIVEAWAY ! ! !

FALL INTO MY GIVEAWAY ! ! !

6 polka-dot mugs,

3 happy skeletons

and

a 6x8 Fall Fairy print mounted on wood

You could win them all !

To enter, simply leave a comment on my blog and tell me one word that sums up how fall makes you feel

I will draw the name of the winner on October 21 2009 at midnight

Everybody can participate

So, come over and play ! ! !

LOVE

LuLu xxx

Thursday, October 8, 2009

TWO CEMETARIES, ONE SKULL AND A PAIR OF ORANGE SHOES ...

Cemetaries, skulls and color orange always seem to show off in the month of October right before Halloween.

I am in the middle of finishing the 13 (no! this is not a joke! 13!) different paintings I have been commissioned to do and I have been quite a nice girl staying in my studio and working hard without being tempted to go play outside.

I should never take a vacation from painting! The more I paint, the better I get at it! Instead of thinking and projecting and procrastinating, I ACT ! And the more I act, the easiest it gets! I become a more sure-of-myself artist and a worry-less-about-it person. Excuse my English if I am not too eloquent... But I am pretty sure you guys understand what I mean...

I finished this commissioned painting for a wonderful monkey-and-orange-color-lover client and it was great fun working on it! Thought I would show it to you so you believe me when I say I have been spending real time in my studio !!!

I drove Ulysse to his friend Scott a little while ago and took a few minutes to walk around their orchard to steal a couple of juicy apples, gaze at the amazing view they have from their place and visit the two cemetaries close by.

I walked through the thombstones with the sun shining on my shoulders and I thought how wonderful it would be to rest ...

here ...

forever ...

I love apple season!

The lingering sweet smell of the ripe fruits in the trees follows you wherever you go. Apple growing is big in this region and there are so many kinds of apples I think even if I live until 107 years old, I will still not have tasted every one of them!

At the end of a tiny path, I found this beautiful whethered shed. And on the door of this shed this amazing hand-made skull-and-bones sign warning people of the toxic content behind the door. You know me by now, I am a skull maniac.

Wow! I wanted to take it back with me!

I absolutely love this time of the year when you know nature is putting on its last show of colors before entering a loooooooooooooong hibernating white time off ...