"Viva Las Vegas" is one of the most detailed paintings I have ever created! And it makes sense because the city of Las Vegas has a lot going on! I've been to Vegas a couple of times and the lights and action are almost overwhelming, but for someone who loves color and everything sparkly it was fun to witness the bright city lights in person.
This painting is going to a wonderful long time collector who owns the first painting in my "Celebration of a City" Collection featuring Hong Kong. I'm so excited for him to add to his collection and hope he enjoys all the fabulous and painstaking details that went into this painting! I'm currently working on another Vegas inspired painting that features just the Iconic "Welcome to Vegas" sign, and there will be more skylines coming up soon, including London, Chicago and Dubai, so keep an eye out for those as well!
Here are some fun work in progress photos to see how such a detailed painting is created.
It's very rare for me to offer a sitewide 50% off sale, but it IS Cyber Monday tomorrow and I wanted to offer as great a deal as I possibly could! But, it is only for one day so don't miss out (if you have extenuating circumstances don't hesitate to contact me and we can work something out :)
The Code is: CYBERMONDAY and applies to all of the originals on my www.madartdesigns.com website, even the SALE section, tomorrow Monday, December 1st ONLY!! Starts at 12:00a.m. EST
I'm also having this sale because I'm going to be moving soon and adding lot's of new PoP Art Style originals to my site at the same time, many of which are going to be oversized and I need to make room! So you will not only be getting unique original art at amazing prices, you will also be helping me out, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!
As we are now in the busiest shopping time of the year, we are all looking for those great deals on the perfect gift, but this is also a great time to stock up on your Business and Art Supplies at unbeatable prices!
Here are some great deals to take advantage of from my go to suppliers; and also remember to keep a look out from some of YOUR favorite art and business supply retailers too.
STAPLES (business supplies): Is currently having a buy 2 get one 50% off on ink and toner, I just stocked up on my Epson 1400 printer ink!
DICK BLICK (art supplies): And, Dick Blick just HAPPENS to carry one of my all time favorite canvases ever, the Genie Canvas!! Up to 20% off and Free shipping on orders over $89 ~ I need to go take stock of all my art supplies and see what I need or may need soon.
STICKER YOU (custom stickers): I just LOVE the quality and pricing at Sticker You. I usually purchase some fun stickers as giveaways or for sponsoring my MAD Outfitters Mountain biking team members. The quality is amazing and the fact that you can get die cut, transparent backing stickers custom made just for you is great! They are having a 40% off EVERYTHING sale right now! I need to reorder some biking stickers and maybe some mailing stickers too.
Be sure to sign up for all your favorite art supply and business supply retailers newsletters so you can always know when they are having the best deals all year long. This is the perfect time to stock up for the New Year, it will get you motivated to create new art and help on lowering that dreaded tax bill come April, a Win-Win!
Please share with me and my readers any great deals/sales you come across in the comments section, thank you!!
I'm going to be giving away the following items on the "Art that Colors the Soul" Blog! Go HERE to see how you can win all three of these inspirational art products :)
This past August I had the opportunity to stretch outside my comfort zone and paint a longboard for my daughter Aroon! I've never done anything like this before, but now that I have I'm so glad I did! It was a challenge and I loved the colors and idea Aroon had for the board, a bright coral octopus with gleaming green eyes. The board was first custom made and shaped by Peli Surboards out of Cocoa, FL and he custom painted the Tiffany Blue background and primed ready for me to add the octopus.
The amount of detail was much more than I had anticipated with the octopus, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out, and so is Aroon! She's used it a couple of times and loves the board and custom paint job, always great to have a happy customer :) You can see the entire process below with work in progress shots of the custom painting.
"All I want to do is travel the world and paint what I see" ~ THAT is the dream to me, to be able to see the natural and man made wonders and beauty of the world and translate it into fun, colorful paintings to share with the world.
But, alas, for now I will just have to do a little traveling and rely on other's eyes into the world to create my travel inspired art. What are your dreams? And what are you doing to make them happen? I believe I can make my dream come true through hard work and putting my art out their to the world to share and this will provide me with the means to travel more and more and create more and more travel inspired art, a win, win!!
Whether it be a cityscape, amazing architecture or a tropical/exotic location, I want to put those visions of beauty onto canvas and offer my spin to create something new and beautiful. I love the tropics and have been to numerous tropical places, I live in Florida so that helps :) But, I've also been to Jamaica and Costa Rica and will be doing some paintings inspired from both of those beautifully exotic and culturally amazing countries. Initially I will also be creating some cityscape paintings and landmarks based off a couple U.S. cities I have visited several times, including New York and Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the first one I will be working on so stay tuned for several paintings featuring the colorful, bright lights of "Sin City"!
Here is a quick little sketch with ideas for focusing on the iconic Las Vegas Welcoming sign, it will be fun and colorful with lot's of sparkle and funky details!
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