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For the entire month of June I will be exhibiting some of my brightest watercolor paintings in a  Solo show at the iYo Cafe in Davis Square, Somerville, Ma! Though the subject of the work varies, the collection was assembled primarily for its warm-weather feel. I would describe the bunch as a simple, whimsical celebration of the summer months and the beautiful world around us.

Painting by Shauna Leva

The work is on display towards the back of the cafe on a brick and mortar wall across from a seating area known as “the drawing room” for the large chalk board on one of its walls. On June 12th from 6-8pm there will be a reception for the show, where patrons of the cafe or any fans of my work can come hang out with me. The cafe serves coffee and typical cafe snacks, but the highlight of the menu in my opinion is the frozen yogurt. All of the work on display is for sale, and while you can purchase in person at the reception, anyone is welcome to see the work at anytime during the month of June, and may send purchase inquiries to my email. Address and hours posted below….I hope to see you at the reception!

Painting by Shauna Leva

iYO Cafe

234 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
(Davis Square T Stop)
(617) 764-5295

Monday — Friday:
8:00AM – 11:00PM

Saturday:
8:00AM – 11:30PM

Sunday:
8:00 AM – 10:00PM

 

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Fall is that one time of year where the squirrels seem to be extra busy. I see them everywhere! Collecting their acorns and getting into trouble. I hear that they have to bury extra acorns because they won’t remember where they put most of them. So if they just put an acorn everywhere, maybe they or one of their friends will be lucky enough to find it by accident.

squirrelwatermark

This squirrel was painted with watercolor and colored pencil on hot press watercolor paper.  I like the hot-press for fur because it doesn’t allow for much bleeding of the colors. The edges of every stroke stay sharp, whereas cold-press paper allows for fuzzy edges and bleeding, which is better for landscapes or large blocks of color. Hot press paper also eats a lot of the color up while the paint is drying. You can put down a stroke, which looks dark and vibrant while wet, but as soon as its dry it suddenly looks dull. This means layering is essential for building up strong colors, but neutrals are easier to control. In this case, I didn’t want my colors to get too bright because squirrels’ fur is neutral. Even if I made a mark that was a little too red or a little too blue, the hot-press paper helped to de-saturated the colors slightly as I painted, and left me with a very crisp and clean result

You can get your very own print of this little guy for just $7 through my Etsy store! 

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Did you know that I have a Facebook page? Maybe you assumed so; but maybe you also assumed that I post the same content to my Facebook page as I do my blog. Well that simply isn’t true! I post lots of updates to my Facebook page and Twitter feed that never make it to my blog. They’re mostly small updates like statuses, progress pictures, and new Etsy listings, but you also get to see more of my personal photos, what inspires me, and a lot more of my sense of humor.

If this sort of thing interests you–if you want to see what’s happening between the blog posts–then please ‘like’ me on Facebook at, Facebook.com/Shaunart.net, and follow me on Twitter @ShaunaLeva

Right now on Facebook, I’m posting progress pictures of a painting I’m working on. See my process from beginning to end unfolding on the Facebook wall.

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I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the open house this past weekend at the Western Avenue Studios. I had a great weekend and made a lot of new contacts. I practically ran out of business cards and promo bookmarks, and I am very grateful for the interest in my work. There will be four more big open house days in December, the 1st, 2nd, 8th, & 9th. If you didn’t get a chance to come to the studios this month, but are still interested, those are your days. The open studios are a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done, and a chance to find some absolutely one of a kind gifts.

Most people were stunned to find out affordable most of my items were, and my items under $5 were flying off the shelf. I tend to have things for sale for every budget. I’ve always got a lot of great stocking stuffers for under $10, and a whole range of unique jewelry and prints for under $25. Larger original craft items and leather accessories go for under $50, and then for those of you with more expensive taste, I have original, beautifully framed paintings ranging in the hundreds of dollars.

Anything that I didn’t sell at the open house this past weekend will be going up on my Etsy store within the next few days. Some great Halloween items are already listed, so go take a look!

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I have given my studio a permanent home on Shaunart.net with its very own page! Complete with address, visiting hours, directions, and postings about upcoming events. The page is small right now but it is sure to grow and change. Check it out at: http://www.shaunart.net/pages/the_studio

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Get out and enjoy this beautiful end of summer weather with a trip to Western Avenue Studios, Located at 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA.

I will be there tomorrow from 12-5pm, in my studio, #527, making and selling original artwork and accessories. I have been working hard on some truly unique leather jewelry with serious fall flavor. I have accessories for adults and children: for costume use or street wear.

Also available will be prints, original framed paintings, and brand new post cards!

I hope to see you there.

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This Saturday, for the first time, I will be opening my brand new studio space to the public as part of Western Avenue Studio’s Open Studios events, which take place the first Saturday of every month. Western Avenue Studios is a converted mill factory that became artist studio spaces seven years ago. On Open Studio Saturdays, artists in the building hang up their work, and open their doors to the public so that they can explore and discover what local artists are up to. Much of the work on display during Open Studios is for sale.

My studio space is located on the fifth floor at number #527. There is plenty of parking out front, and you can enter through the yellow door for easy elevator or stair access. My studio will be open from 12-5pm.

Western Avenue Studios is located at

122 Western Ave
Lowell, MA 01851

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I have signed a lease on my very own studio space! Located at #527 Western Avenue Studios, 122 WesternAvenue, Lowell, MA 01851, I have 230 square feet of work and retail space all to myself! I start the move in process this week, and hope to have the place open to the public by August. The first Saturday of every month, Western Ave opens its doors to the public, and invites people to take a look at all of the artwork happening inside. I hope to participate in my first Open Studio on August 4th, 2012.

Today I went in to get my key and take my first good survey of the empty space. Here’s what it looks like right now:

Four walls, wood floor, and two giant windows. I bought that cool iron corner shelf at a yard sale and repainted it last week. It will look great in the space when it is finished.

Here is my lonely broom, and a trash bag hanging on a push pin left by the previous tenant. Look! I even have an outlet…..

There is a lot that needs to be done here. I plan to totally transform the space, and I will keep you informed as to my progress.

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I made some new standard banner and half banners to match my current website theme and logo. If you have a website of your own, and would like to trade advertising, please, take a banner and send me an email with a banner of your own. Serious (creative & relevant) websites and PG-13 only please! I will of course, screen websites before putting them on my site.

I am trying to build a web-ring between members of my graduating class and other members of my creative circle to add to my “links to others page” which right now is dreadfully empty. Let’s spread the love, people.

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