Holiday Sale!

I sell my painting and photography prints on several sites, but the one I favor most is Fine Art America.  The reason?  I set my markup price.  The site sets their price and I add an amount to it that I want to be paid.  The site takes no cut and I lose no money!  Very few sites offer this and instead take from the artists, as much as 80% of the sale.  Ouch!

Currently I have a discount sale active on Fine Art America.

Use coupon code GRJALA  for 50% off your total purchase.  No minimum amount for the purchase.

My FAA page is located here.

They ship worldwide!  You can have my work printed on shower curtains, various towels, and even yoga mats!

As a show of thanks to everyone who has supported me I’m offer a 60% discount on all purchase of $30 USD or more.  It’s for all listings, old and new!  The sale will run from November 20th to December 20th.

Where you can you take advantage of this fantastic sale?  Right here at my Etsy shop.

New listings will be added as I make new items.  This includes jewelry, quilts, home decor, and original artwork!  The discount will be applied automatically to your cart when you checkout.  No coupon code is required.

Thank you!

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Here’s a kiss from me and Jasper!


“Nearby Wonder” is officially done.  Many layers of watercolor, followed by India Ink mixed with granulation medium, more watercolor, color pencil, and acrylic paint.  Plus hours of time and a lot of patience.

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I have available for purchase as prints and printed on products on RedBubble and Fine Art America.

The original is available for purchase.  With the wide border it’s 22.5 inches x 15 inches.  Without the border (what you see here) it’s 21.5 inches x 13.5 inches.  I’m selling it for $950 USD.  Contact me only if you’re serious about purchasing this.

Here are some examples of things you can purchase via FAA with my painting on them.

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FAA offers the option of having the print matted and framed for you.  Plus there are several sizes for most of the options offer.  One of the things I love about FAA is the site gives the artist the ability to set their own price, then they add their cut on top of that.  It’s something other similar sites, like RedBubble, doesn’t offer.  RB gives the artist a 20% cut from sales.

These are the purchasing options on RedBubble.  They offer things FAA doesn’t, so check them out if FAA doesn’t have what you want.

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Regardless of what you choose I’ll be grateful that you purchased anything.  Knowing my work is appreciated is satisfying in and of itself.

Making Progress!

Added more layers!  I used a combination of granulation medium, India Ink, and watercolors to get the effect of the background.   I also added more layers to the blue and worked on building the spokes.  I can’t do anymore tonight because the paint is far too wet.  I have just a little more painting left to do, and once it’s dry I’ll be going with my color pencils to build up the details.

I absolutely love how this is turning out!  As usual, it’s not going as planned, but that’s okay.  Realism and exact likeness is never a goal with my watercolors.  I like making things look as though they’re from a dream or nightmare.  Real but not.

I also added listings to my Etsy, RedBubble, and Fine Art America shops.  You can now purchase my original paintings and drawings on Etsy, and prints and products with my artwork on them on RedBubble and Fine Art America.  All ship internationally!

Please consider purchasing from FAA instead of RedBubble if possible.  FAA gives the artist the right to name their own prices, then they add on their own price.  RedBubble doesn’t permit this and will give artists only a 20% cut off the sold item.  Something cost $1?  The seller gets $0.20.

I’ll post more WIP pics tomorrow after I finish what I can.  When the entire painting is finished I’ll make it available for prints and products on RB and FAA.  The original may be listed on Etsy, but only after I go to USPS and FedEx to get a quote on what shipping would cost.  It’s not small, and will require insurance just for my own peace of mind.

Today’s Painting

It’s not finished, and likely won’t be until tomorrow evening.  Possibly later.  Here’s the WIP (work in progress) photos thus far.

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This is the practice painting, on the right.  The left is the reference photo from the Hubble Telescope.  I practice on low-quality paper with low-quality paint in order to figure out if I like the layout, what techniques work/don’t work, etc.  This helped out TREMENDOUSLY!

2 Nearby Wonder colors and supplies

Here are my toys.  Watercolor paints, color pencils, granulation medium, palette paper, brushes, sponges, and water.  I need to replace some paints and restock on colors I don’t have.  Currently I’m broke, but when I can afford it I will definitely be shopping for paint.

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My work space.  It’s my “sewing room” that doubles as an art studio.  Still too small for my liking.

Layers one through four.  Watercolors require a lot of patience, good timing, and plenty of layering in order to get the intensity you want.  Unless you have liquid or concentrated watercolor, then intensity isn’t an issue.  Alas I do not have that luxury.

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Here’s where I’m at now.  I mixed granulation medium with turquoise and indigo, but the effects won’t be fully visible until it’s dry.

Tomorrow I’ll continue working on this, adding layers, and when I’m satisfied I’ll start adding in Payne’s Grey and more granulation fluid.  Possibly India ink.  When the paper is completely dry I’ll be able to go in with the color pencils for the details and texture I want.  The entire thing won’t be finished for a couple more days.  After that I’ll have prints available for purchase.  The original painting will also be available for purchase.

I’ll be taking more photographs and will post them here tomorrow.

Finished a Painting!


Title: Blue Dreams

I finished it yesterday afternoon.  Watercolors, India ink, and on hot pres paper.  A project in patience and letting go of control.  Watercolors have a mind of their own, and you have to work with that.  It’s one of the reasons I love them so much.  I used a photograph from the Hubble Telescope as reference.

This is the low resolution version.  I have high resolution prints and items with this painting on them available on Red Bubble and Fine Art America.

Currently I’m working on a self-portrait (first one in 10+ years), but I plan on working on other projects soon.  I still need to finish Space Lanterns, and I’m itching to do another painting.  Perhaps I’ll turn some of my paintings into fabric panels on Spoonflower.  Hmmm, very tempting.