I applied for and have been juried into the Bayou City Art Festival. That in itself is pretty awesome because it is one of the big art shows in the US. But the BIGGER news… I am over the moon excited to be chosen from the group of 300 talented creatives who will be exhibiting there the last weekend in April… as the FEATURED artist! What an honor…Can’t stop smiling! 🙂
They chose this painting of mine to use for all of their promotional materials, “The World Beyond My Ball”… I am still pinching myself that this is real. Anyway, if you are in the Houston area that weekend, please come by. I will have a double size tent in the front (one of the perks of being the featured artist) and I will have LOTS of new work that weekend! And if not… watch my facebook fan page, because I will be posting my new work there in the coming month and beyond.
Are you a follower of my colorful and whimsical art? Would you like to come to the studio and paint your own pet with my guidance? I am excited to announce Painted Pet Parties. Here is how it works. There are two ways to do this…
- Gather up a group of 7 or 8 friends and pick a day on my calendar that is open and sign up for a private party.
- Have a friend or two or you just want to come by yourself? No problem. Sign up to “join a party.” You will meet new fur-lovin’ friends and get your creative on.
Once you have signed up, send me a photo of your 4-legged. I will brush in a whimsical likeness on your canvas. When you arrive at the studio, your piece will be there waiting for you. Together, step by step, we will paint your pet’s portrait. Classes last 3 hours. You can bring whatever you want to drink and munch on. We will have fun! Don’t stress… I will be there to help and make sure you end up with a painting you love.
You can sign up by calling (713-816-2877) or e-mailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your session. I will get some 2016 “join a party” dates out there after the holidays. If you’d like to book a private party, contact me.
And follow my “Painted Pet Party” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/paintedpetparties
These are made-to-order cheerful canvas prints memorializing that special life-path companion that is furever in your heart. The base is a canvas print of a scene full of perPETual sunshine. Customization includes a silhouetted representation of your pet along with their name at the bottom. The size is 8 x 8 inches and the sides are 1.5 inches deep. No frame needed… they are ready to pop on the wall. (The tennis ball is in the pic for size reference). I hand paint the silhouette and the ball or mouse, all the bright highlights, glaze them, and paint the sides… so lots of original strokes go into each piece.
Losing a pet is heartbreaking… remembering them does not have to be. 🙂
For more info or to order yours today, you’ll find them in my ETSY shop HERE.
I have had a studio at Winter Street Studios in Houston for just over a year and have loved it! It has been very inspiring to be surrounded by other artists and to be a part of that community. I had this cozy little studio with really nice texture (brick on one wall, aluminum on one wall, wood on another and a little bit of sheetrock). It’s a great space… but a few weeks ago a dream came true. The only other space in the building that I love became available and I snapped it up! Twice the square footage and just as charming with lots of natural light. If you are ever in the Houston area, please swing by and see me. The studios are all open every 2nd Saturday of the month from 2 – 5 pm. We serve drinks and lite bites in our creative spaces while you wander through the building and see our processes and look at our art. And now that I have more space, I have lots of ideas for what to do with it… more events, more people, music, painting larger works… stay tuned. Happy 2015!
My Buster’s Friends 52 Canvas Pick-Up event is in the books and I have to say that I am so thrilled with how it turned out. Every painting went to a new home and we raised in the neighborhood of 12 grand for Buster’s! This was the biggest give-back I have ever done (an original acrylic painting a week for 52 weeks) and it feels pretty darn good. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us. Your dollars are going to save many lives 🙂
If you missed what this was all about, you can read more here and also see all the paintings as well: http://aprilmurphy.com/busters-friends-52-canvas-pick-up/
Doing my happy-tired dance today…
So I decided to create a coloring book with my illustration work and have all the money (every cent… the printing costs were covered by a few ads and generous sponsors) go toward the vetting and re-homing of shelter animals. It is 36 pages of coloring fun and only $10 per book. They make perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays. So go get yourself one or ten and know that your money will be much appreciated and allow Buster’s Friends Rescue to save many lives in 2014! They are available for purchase at www.bustersfriends.org.
I am so excited to be a part of this charity project. 40 Texas artists were chosen to paint 60 fiberglass statues of dogs and cats (Much like the “Cows on Parade”). They will travel the state from now through November. The online bidding process has now been opened up so if you would like a chance at one of my pieces or any of the other beautiful statues, here is the link: http://www.pawsforapurrpose.com/gallery.html
Meet A Purrfect InVESTment, A Woofwhile InVESTment, and Winey Kitteh. So happy with how they came out and very hopeful they will raise some good dollars for a deserving cause! Learn more info about Paws for a Purrpose here: http://www.pawsforapurrpose.com/
On the right is a photo we took on our visit to The cat house on the kings last October. If you have not been there and you love cats, it’s an amazing place. The other day I ran past a bike leaning up against the wall and thought… “what a perfect place for a cat!” This afternoon I put those two things together…
My next event is the Houston Cat Show on August 27th and 28th and I am “purrty” excited about it. I have never been to a cat show, so first of all, I am just looking forward to being immersed in “all things cat”…Also, I am thrilled that my artwork will be featured on the cover of the event program. 🙂 Continue reading