Original, Unique and Inspirational Art Prints, Drawing and Designs by artist Valentina Harper (formerly Valentina Ramos).
Here you will find a little bit of my happy life, wonderful things that inspired me and of course a lot of my art!
It’s time to clean up a little bit my studio to make space for new things. I always get super excited just thinking on changes and new things. Sooo cool. OK. I have here 8 prints to sale. Each print measure 12x18 and they’re printed on photographic paper. They are really cute and the quality is great. Each print only $20! (+ shipping)
1.- Last week Spoonflower fabrics contest was “Squid”. For some inexplicable reason, I didn’t show you my submission… and I didn’t ask you to vote for me! Weird right? Well, this was my submission. And you want to know something? I finished 2nd! Go cuteness ;)
2.- And because cuteness is always good, I decided to participate in the Project Selvage, A competition to find Michael Miller Fabrics’ next licensed designer! Cool, right? Well, the theme for the competition is Baby Boy Print, and I think boys always love Dinosaurs, right? Here my submission:
3.- I always wanted to draw a whale, and finally last week I finished one I start like 3 weeks ago. My dear whale looks like this:
And after scanning and coloring in illustrator, I uploaded the print in my Society6 shop and now created some cool things like the laptop skin, iPhone case and t-shirt. Mr. Harper picked the name (because that is his job in this business!). Meet Deep Violet:
4.- Last weekend I had an amazing fun showcase at The Stage in the Miami Design District. The picture is really bad because (as usual!) I didn’t have my camera and my iPhone 3 it’s not so good for taking pictures, but you can get the idea of how the wall looks.
5.- Talking about shows. I’m looking forward to create a lot of art right now. I have been trying to find a balance between creating original artwork on canvas and creating art to license. Right now I’m feeling the need to paint. To paint A LOT. I love to paint for the sake of painting, but I realize I’m a lot of more productive and a lot more focus if I have a specific goal in my mind. Right now I’m looking for places where I can show/sale my work. Galleries, stores, restaurants, bar, lounge, you name it... I want to be in a group show or in a solo show! I want to paint AND have a place to show the artwork. You know or you own a place where you my artwork fit? Well, send me an email and we can start planning! ;)
6.- And talking about painting. I have these 2 canvases looking at me here in my studio...
I dont usually paint in large scale. The biggest piece I had made is a 24x20 elephant (my actual favorite piece). But these 2 canvases have been patiently waiting for me. 24x30. Hhhmmm... I think I’m ready to tackle this project this week, but I don’t know what to paint! What you think? Suggestions?
After almost 400 posts, yesterday I decided to “tag” my posts. Crazy idea! Well… I create an irrational list of categories and tried to tag the posts. I only did 100… more than enough! But I think I will have to re create those categories, because in general lines they are a tad weird. Like I have new products, my designs, new prints, new work… What??? All those tags should be only ONE tag, right?
Well… I will try to fix it (some day in 2014), but one thing I found cool is to have all the little freebies and download in just one place! Now if you click in the tab “free downloads” in the top navigation, you can find all the post I had made with little freebies! I think they are around 23 little things there. Hope all the links are still working ;)
Somebody told me spring was here! Well, I live in Miami and usually the most dramatic change I feel with this season change is the daylight saving time (not my favorite thing!). But doesn’t matter if I feel the change of the season or not, I do love spring and all the possibilities for change/renew and spring cleaning. LOVE IT!
And here I have a little spring-ish present for you ;)
4 letter size patterns paper a little spring color inspiring! What you can do with these papers? Well… you can print it and make little gift wrapping, or you can make cards or thank you notes, or you can frame it, or whatever you want ;) (but of course, you cannot sell the files!)
Last weekend I participated at the Carnaval on The Mile festival. I had tons of fun and I really enjoyed my time there. Monetarily speaking, I think the show was a success because I was prepared of what to expect. The festival was free entrance for the attendees and has TONS of free concerts in different stages, free children activities, great food and A LOT of wonderful art and craft. I knew (well, I suspect) the festival was going to be pack with tons of family who were willing to spent the weekend surrounded with awesome (free) music, have some drinks and eat… and of course wondering around the art tents, but not willing to spent the big bucks on art but always happy if they could get a little bit art for little money. Of course in that kind of festival you can find people who is looking to buy a nice piece of art regardless the price, and you have to be ready for that, but my focus for the festival was having TONS of prints in different sizes/ different prices.
Also I had a lot of my original art, because that is what I do, and with the original it’s easy to explain my technique ;) I think I did well. I sold a lot of prints in all sizes (11x14, 8x10, 5x7, 4x6) and I recover every singles penny I invest for the show with some profit. Also, I made some really good contacts and that is always awesome!
And definitely, one of my favorite’s things of doing shows is seeing all my friends! It’s like having a personal party. I love it! This was my first 2 days show, and was fun, but honestly, I think for the future I will sick with one day shows only. I was exhausted! It’s A LOT of work and definitely you need help. Andrew and I were there to setup at 6 am on Saturday morning and we closed the tent at 11:00pm, and Sunday we worked form 10:00 am until 9:00pm. My body was in some much pain! Yeah.. definitely I’m soooo out of shape :P If you ask me for a little advice after my experience, I will hardly recommend you to know which the target of the festival is. I believe if people have to pay an entrance to go to the festival, they will go to buy. If the show is a free festival for all age groups, I think they will go to wonder around and just spent a great day outside. I think you always have to be prepared and try to have items in different prices. AND please, don’t forget TONS and TONS of business cards… and comfy shoes ;)
P.D: Sorry the bad pictures! I didnt have much time to take better ones.
The Carnaval festival was awesome! We had tons of fun (and hard work!). I’ll share a little bit more about the weekend (and the way I displayed my work) Right now I have to try to put my studio in order and catch up with my Etsy orders.
To decorate one of the sizes on my tent during this weekend festival, I designed and ordered in Spoonflower 4 yards of fabric. 108.00in x 72.00in of fabric. 126 designs. Well… 125 design because I just realize I repeat one of the designs. Ops!
I guess I will have a new quilt after the show. Happy Thursday!
New weekend I’ll be selling in a big festival. Because of that, my life the last days has been turmoil of painting, printing, and packing. If you come to visit me at my studio, you will see a lot of these:
Hopefully next week my life is going back to normal and I’ll have time to read all my favorite blogs and respond all the emails I have in my “answer NOW” folder. If you are waiting for an email from me, I’ll write you next week ;) Ooohhh dear blogosphere friends, I can’t wait to have a cup a coffee and expend hours reading all those wonderful posts in my reader…