For a long time I had no desire to make greeting cards. People would see my prints and say things like "I wish this was a card!" or "Have you thought about making these into cards?". My answer was always no for a few reason, but the main reason was that I didn't make those paintings to be cards. I made them to hang on your walls, and it just didn't feel right to deviate from that.
Fast forward many years and block printing has me singing a very different tune. BUT the difference is that this does feel right. The whole greeting card thing is a part of what I was talking about in my last post - about how I'm bursting with ideas and inspiration for new products.
I still plan on making new art pieces that I hope have the opportunity to grace your walls, so don't you worry about that! I just have some exploring to do for a bit.
So, up first... Otomi Greeting Cards! I'm thrilled to present them to you and certainly hope that you love them as much as I do. As usual, I sourced very high quality paper and envelopes for these, and the richness of the color in person is unreal. So take a look around and ENJOY!!!
As an artist, I'd felt like for a long time that I had fallen into my groove. My style. My way of functioning. The pieces that I made related to each other stylistically, but in a way that made each one it's own, unique thing.
Then block printing (or linocut printing, you pick).
My world has been turned upside down and backwards. New doors are opening. Flying open. And I can't seem to run through them fast enough. My brain is in hyper mode sketching and making lists and jotting down ideas. Ideas for new prints, ideas for new products, and ideas for a new way to function as an artist.
First, I started out with working on the color palette for the Fall Collection. I plan on rolling out greeting cards and wrapping paper that implement those colors soon. In the Spring, several new products will start making their way to your screens and fingertips, but I still have some ironing out to do on those things.
Please join me on this exciting new ride. I'm not entirely sure where it's going to take me, but I have a feeling it's going to be good.
2016 was a doozy... emotionally and physically. In December I realized that I wasn't going to have the time to properly release my Spring Collection by January 1st, so I made the decision to take some time off, rest up, and jump back in this past March. That season of rest turned out to be exactly what I needed to feel refreshed, reinvigorated, and INSPIRED. I had time to think and to dream and to plan what I wanted Anna Tovar to be moving forward. I came up with tons of ideas for new pieces and new products. As wonderful as the break was, I was ready to get back to work, back to making, and back to sharing my creations with you. So here we go!
New series #1: The Otomi Linocut Print
When I was in college at UNT, I took a printmaking class that focused on block printing. At the time, I was so focused on my photorealistic oil paintings, that I didn't fully appreciate the process and results of the work I was doing. Almost 10 years later (what?!), I found my old supplies from that class and decided to experiment. That experimenting turned into love, and I can't stop/won't stop. It all started with a little bunny. That little bunny grew to have more and more animal friends until I completed this brand new 11x14 print last month. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I love the printing process and that each piece has slight variations that make it unique. I'm curious to try printing on different materials and hope to begin experimenting with that soon.
New Series #2: The Birthstone Watercolor+Linocut Prints
After I started working on the Otomi animals, I knew that I couldn't stop carving stamps after I was done. In the season of rest that I mentioned earlier, I dreamt up the idea of carving the 12 birthstones. I'm really thrilled with this new series because it combines my new love for block printing with my old love for watercolor painting. Each piece ends up being so unique, which has become so thrilling to explore.
New Series #3: "Still" Watercolor Paintings
OK. This series. It has my heart in a big way. In college I focused solely on photorealistic oil paintings and watercolors. I worked on that style of painting for years and years until I had our first son, Axel, in 2011. Suddenly I didn't know how or when I would have the time to work on such detailed paintings. I picked up calligraphy and started creating the archival quality prints that I'm now known for. But in the back of my mind, I always missed the more detailed photorealistic work. Out of that longing, this series was born. Detailed portraits, yes, but in a new way that works with my new style. These have been so fun to work on. I can't wait to get back to my desk and spend more time painting. It's been such a joy. I hope you love them as much as I do. I have a lot more of them coming!
He's here! Luca made his debut on February 19th at a hefty 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and he is even more dreamy than we could have imagined.