ART CALL – Melancholia Exhibition

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Qualifications and restrictions:
-Traditional preferred, limited digital will be allowed. Must be signed by the artist.
-All artwork must be no larger than 16X20″ (some exceptions may apply please contact)
-All 2D artwork must be framed in a black and or antique gold frame ready to hang
-Canvases welcome. Edges must be finished
-3D work – please contact with portfolio
-Photography entered must include information about techniques used and only original  photography will be accepted. Portfolio required.
-Artists will be able to sell prints of their work (more details when accepted)

Submission Details:
-The gallery will be accepting applications via email.
-3 or more digital photos of your work. (Please take in natural light to capture your work at its best)
-Shipping detail will be provided when accepted.
-You are responsible for shipping both ways.
-Physical drop off/pick up at the gallery is accepted

What we are looking for but not restricted to:
-Inspirations/ color palettes can be viewed on this pinterest board.
-Restrict the use of primary and vibrant colors

Meet the Judges:
-Jenna Paper Evers: Pratt Institute alumni, former lecturer in art history, and PhD candidate in Art History at LJMU
-Lauren Beacham: Shepherd University Alumni, local entrepreneur, artist and founder of Yougen Tribe
-April Alayne: Gallery owner.

Show Prizes: 
-Best in show -Picked and awarded by judges on Sep 30th. First featured artists in 2018 in Always April Gallery. Featured artists have a dedicated space in the shop to sell their creations.
-Crowd favorite- Submitted by guests starting September 30th. Votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced October 31st.  Prize will be announced.

By submitting a piece you are agreeing to a 25% commission on any originals sold at Always April Gallery

Please submit all pieces of work by September 19th to AprilAlayneArt@gmail.com
Subject line: Artist’s Name / Halloween Pop Up

Have questions?  I am happy to help you! Email the address above
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THANKS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND YOUR PIECES!

 

 


Plumpettes !

The Plumpette collection is here!

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The Plumpette collection is available on ETSY!
Choose your favorites for $12 each or have all 7 for only $30 for a limited time.
These little curvy cuties were created in 2017 as a fabulous distraction.
Originals were created on 11 X 14″ watercolor paper. Watercolor pencils and ink brought them to life.

Plumpette 7 days a week collection!

Masala Monday

FrametuesTaco Tuesday
FrameWedWonton Wedsnday
FramethursThirsty Thursday
FrameFriFrench Fryday
FrameSatSaucy Saturday or Spagaturday
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Hot Pudge Sunday

FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY ONLY GET ALL 7 FOR A DISCOUNTED PRICE HERE.
The are reproduced on 5 x 7″ 120# coated silk cover.
Mailed and protected with the most care.
Signed when requested.
Watermark on bottom corner will be there. Watermark on image itself will not.

Embrace your inner fabulous fatty.
As always thanks for the support!


HOLIDAY BLOW OUT SALE

This one is for you guys!

From NOW 11/24 till MONDAY 11/28 I will be having a massive blow out sale on EVERYTHING.
Mugs, jewelry canvases, pillows, coasters, YOU NAME IT!

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I will be posting photos of what I have that is up for grabs!
COMMENT SOLD if you would like to claim a piece.
Then I will send you a Paypal invoice.
Don’t have Paypal? Get one. Just kidding, I will work with ya! 😉

A lot of these are one of kinds, discontinued, or only one left in stock before next year so grab them before it is too late!
First comment = first served.

For website shopping:
Coupon Codes SHOPSMALL for 50% off prints only!
BLIZZ for 15% off jewelry!
If you would like to do a print jewelry combo, PM me before checkout on Etsy.  
AlwaysApril.com allows you to have multiple coupons.



I am forever grateful for you. This is just a small way I can thank you for all the support and love you have given me over the past years.

Holly and hotdogs! 2 days left

WE DID IT!!!!!
I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to each and every one of you!

But it is not over yet! You can now select other rewards!
If we hit $17,000 but closing time each of you who donated $10+ will receive a hand embellished 8X12″ print of “Holly”. This is the only time you will be able to grab this meaningful print for only $10 with no shipping cost!  They will be signed dated and hand embellished with a little drawing to make this reward truly unique and special.
If you have already pledged for the exclusive Kickstarter large print of “Holly” or the Grab Bag with this print you are more then welcome to choose another of my illustrations or you can just share with a friend! Like most of the rewards ,they will be shipped by the winter holidays this year!

If we hit a goal of $50,000 I will do an artistic video of me in the nude painting a hotdog.
The largest donation gets the painting.

 

I am kidding! … Or am I ? Probably not.

Have a fantastic day everyone! You truly the best!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2134184723/april-alayne-studio


New KS reward of birds illustrations! When is your birthday?

Hey Friends!

Officially 60% funded with 8 days to go! We can do this!

I just remembered these little sweeties from early in my career and thought I would share them with you.
Like a gemstone and a flower each month is also represented by a bird! Let’s take a look shall we?

January- The Great Horned Owl with the Carnation

February- North Pygmy Owl with the Violet

March- The Robin and the Daffodile

April- The Wilson Warbler with the Sweet Pea

May- The Egret with the Lily of the Valley

June- The Acorn Woodpecker and the Rose

July- The crow and the Larkspur

August – we have the Humming Bird with the Poppy

September – Mocking Bird with the Morning Glory

October- Morning Dove with the Calendula

November- The Swallow with the Chrysanthemum

December- The Chickadee with Holly

 With a pledge of $50 you get all twelve 5X7″ illustrations. These are perfect to hang in your home and display a nice little collection. Or you can share these lovelies with your friends. They will be reproduced on 5X7″ 120lb satin finish cardstock and signed
Signed and dated, and shipped with the most care.
If you would like these added to your donation simply increase your pledge and send me a message saying you would like these as well!
Get your new art here! 

ORIGINALS ARE FOR SALE
These guys were created on a fine textured watercolor paper using graphite. Each piece of paper is 12 X14″ and they come as is. They will need to be cropped and framed. They range from $50 to $100 each.
Send me a message if you are interested in an original and I will make a listing for you. I am happy to answer any and all questions and look forward to your emails.

Remember If I do not reach my goal by May 30th I get nothing of the amount I raised already to make this dream happen. This means no commissions! So please continue to support and spread the word.

SUPPORT HERE

As always thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do it without you!


Kickstarter -14 DAYS TO GO! 50% FUNDED

Hey friends!
As a lot of you know I am currently running a kickstarter to open a shop in Baltimore. It has come to my attention a lot of you fine folks don’t know exactly what Kickstarter is. Well I am here to help! Kickstarter is a crowd funding opportunity with an all or nothing policy. Meaning if I don’t make my goal by May 29th I get 0% of the money I have raised.
Yeah.
So the clock is ticking to get these awesome rewards I have put together for each donation! That’s right. You get to know you helped with a dream AND get mailed some some swag.

Lets take a look at these rewards you can ONLY get through Kickstarter for these prices.

$10 and up
You will receive a postcard or 4 of my illustrations! over 10 designs will be available for random selection. Also I will hand write a love note to thank you
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$15 and up Pick from 4 different illustrations and wear your art as a fashion ring!
Iris, Mermaid, Sea Monsta, or Forgotten Crab-apples and a post card from above!

$25 donations will receive 3 prints.
They will be reproduced on 8.5X11″ 120lb satin finish cardstock and signed Three for the price of one.
#1 They best sellers  “Mermaid“, “Sailor Beard“, and “Kitten Beard“.

#2 NEW PRINT RELEASE
Lost“, “When to Speak” and finally the long awaited  “Stacey

$25 – Star Wars Bun Series! 
My newest work!

$26- New T- shirt with original Sea Monsta’ design with print!
This t-shirt was created especially for this project! Designed by myself and the Killustrator himself Steve A Becker ( a frequenter in Baltimore) and screen printed by locals. Choose between a scoop neck and v neck on a super soft classic black tshirt. Size XS- 4XL.
Also recieve 3 randomly selected post cards AND 8.5X11″ 120lb silk coated print

$27 Water Colors!

Three of my eariler water color pieces. “Caitlyn” “5am”  And “Ginger Wren”

$35 – You will not only get an art postcard but you will get a handmade art pendant. Choose either my new print “Holly” specifically illustrated for Kickstarter or the ever so popular “Mermaid” illustration.

$55 -A limited edition print of “Holly”, a work in progress that is near a dear to my heart. I am creating her for this project. You can follow her being created onInstagram

$100- SWAG BAG Choose your tote :Sea Monsta, Sailor Beard, 5am, Kitten Beard, Sugar Skull, Mermaid and Begonia’s Sister.
Chose a ring from reward #3 and A necklace from #5 AND receive an 8X10 signed and dated print of the new Illustration “Holly”.

$150-  A quick original portrait sketch! Usually between 4-6 hours. The first 50 donations only (I can only draw so much!).

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$270 and up- Couples quick sketch portrait!
You and a lovey will be sketched!
I will have artistic freedom with this piece. I would love to get to know a little more about you two and then create something wonderful and meaningful!
Your new portraits will be created with graphite on a 9X12″ piece of cardstock.
PETS ARE WELCOME
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$500
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BECOME MY NEXT PIECE!
With this pledge I will go nuts on your portrait to make you into my next creation.
After getting to know you a little better of course. I will take all the elements of you and create a stunning one of a kind portrait.

Original: 14 X 17 inches Graphite on recycled Bristol.

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$250 to $1500
This is where it gets wild! In addition to full commission pieces I will have originals available. The originals I have for rewards are from the start of my artistic career. I want to share them with you and make you be a part of my goal. I have reduced the original prices on nearly all of them. This is your only opportunity to have an original piece for this price. Most all of these come as is, unless specified in the listing.

Click on each name to get the details of each piece.

Crane Song” and “Orchid Mountain

These are my very early original watercolors. “Vulture on the Outskirts“, “Owl Skull“, “Busy Bee“, “City Rat” and “40’s Fish

Dahlia,Coriander and Sugar Twins :

Then Bound, Sugar Fan, and  Forgotten Crab-Apples:

Lavender, Balloon Beard, Rabbit Ghosts

Balsamine
Purchase here

Sailor Beard
Purchase here

Kitten Beard
Purchase here

So if these goodies look like something you or a loved one would enjoy head on over and SUPPORT THE DREAM!
COMMISSIONS WILL ONLY BE DONE IF I AM 100% FUNDED BY MAY 29TH
So please spread the word! Share this  link on your social media pages.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2134184723/april-alayne-studio
and or print and hang this flyer on your local bulletin boards.2016-05-03 (1)I am happy to answer any and all questions you might have about this project.
Thanks so much for looking and as always I appreciate your support so so much!

Always,
April


Get your swag on with this limited reward on Kickstarter!

Hey guys! I have put together some new rewards for you.
I am so excited!

The first is for $15
This reward is for a handmade art ring. Choose from 4 different designs to wear your support.  This piece is perfect for someone who loves unique jewelry and art. Though these custom pieces can withstand getting caught in a rainstorm they are not waterproof. Material Brass material that is silver plated. All products are nickle and lead free. Quality print under a glass dome. Measurements 25 X 18 mm image with an adjustable ring band.
Choose from “Iris”, “Sea Monsta”, “Forgotten Crab-Apples”, or “Mermaid”.

 

The next reward is what I am super excited about! It is a CUSTOM swag bag!
You will receive a 13X13″ illustration tote bag FULL of goodies. Including a ring, a necklace, 4 randomly selected post cards and an 8X10″ print of the new illustration “Holly”.

First you get to pick from 7 designs to put on your bag.

Then you choose a ring from the new reward #3 (mentioned above) and a necklace from reward #5. Then you get to not only have 4 small prints of my work, but the newest illustration “Holly” 8X10″ signed and dated.
For only $85 it is a reward that you can keep for yourself or share with friends for unique gifts!

Thanks again for taking a look! Feel free to spread the word. I appreciate your support.


Kickstarter FOR THE WIN

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Hey guys! You saw correctly! I have been such a busy bean getting this together. 

SUPPORT AND DONATE HERE!

 For the past 3 years I’ve focused all my energy on illustrating and creating art based goods, in order to share that passion with everyone. To keep this dream alive I have been traveling nearly every weekend to promote my work. While I am grateful for the adventures, I would also love a home base to truly call my own.

This is where I need your help! On Sunday, May 1st I will launch my kickstarter campaign and hopefully raise enough money to make this dream come true.

I have put together some amazing awards including Kickstarter exclusives,
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Not to mention 19 originals for sale. Originals!!! These pieces are from the start of my artistic career. I want to share them with you and make you a part of my goal. I have reduced the original prices on nearly all of them. This is your only opportunity to have an original piece for this price.Japaninks

Watercolors

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I am so excited about this project and I know it will be something wonderful.
I will be launching Sunday, May 1st. 

Thanks so much for reading and I will see you guys Sunday!

 


Holiday Sale !

Holiday Bogo Sale

It is that time of year! Order here on this site or on Etsy for a BOGO deal on prints and 15% off all jewelry with coupon code HOLIDAY15 .

Simply put the print of your choice in a message before check out! Do not add 2 prints of choice to your cart unless you want 4 prints- oh darn what a problem to have.  For HOLIDAY15 add the coupon code for jewelry purchases during check out.

Thank you so much for your support and happy shopping to you!

 


Water Orchids

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Finally finished this piece! I decided to name her “Water Orchids”.

I created her on a piece of 14 X 17″ Canson recycled bristol.
Tools were a .5 mechanical pencil, a .3 mechanical pencil, a .7 mechanical pencil, tortillian stump and an eraser stick.

Inspiration?
First came the face that I stumbled upon online.
Then I adopted 2 Black Moore goldfish named Sperg and Merbles who make their appearance.
The ice I saw in when driving into Philly. It was caked up and building on the walls on the side of the mountains. It was beautiful.
The Orchids are what ties this piece together. In the language of flowers the orchids symbolize a delicate beauty.
I am choosing to leave all deeper thoughts of this piece to myself so I won’t taint the viewers view.

Here is a step by step of “Water Orchids” You can follow the process on my Instagram or Facebook. I also include some videos of the process as well on those sites.

Prints are available on this website and on Etsy 

 

 

Thanks for taking a look. Here is what is coming up next

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I am sorry Awesome Con DC.

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This weekend I vended at Awesome Con in Washington DC. This show for me was an absolute roller coaster. The show was fantastic, the people were nice and though it wasn’t the best show profit wise it was still a great time until Sunday.

About 3 pm on Sunday I was in my booth and had a pretty profitable show! I sold an original (yay!), had a huge crowd of people and was making sales left and right.1908141_10153429163696834_3591958398015666747_n

During a sale I went to make change and I turned around to noticed my cash box was stolen. I did my numbers (That goodness for my inventory book!) the jerks got away with around $1800.  My guess it was a team of people targeting vendors all weekend and making their rounds to distract and collect late Sunday. The detective said I was not the only one who had their profits stolen. Since I was in my booth the whole time I am still shock this happened right in front of me. I am mad I didn’t watch more carefully. However doing shows for over 4 years I have never had an issue like this. The con community is usually very trust worthy and honest.

I apologize to my fans, followers and the new faces I met for having a break down at Awesome con when it happened. You guys came to have a great time and shouldn’t have  had to see that. It was a moment of shock for me and unfortunately tears were the only way I could properly express my emotions. I did not mean to dampen your time if I did.  And also THANK YOU to the amazing friends and help I had after the incident. Security didn’t do much but my fellow vendors and new friends made me feel so much better with hugs and support.

In my opinion it takes a sad person to steal from interdependent artists. For me this cash isn’t play money. It is my salary. A salary that I built up with my own hands and a salary I use to pay my bills and to keep my business running. Having that just taken away because of some selfish act it just upsetting. On one side of my brain I am thinking, well maybe they needed it more? But more then likely it was just some jerk making a quick buck disregarding the issues he will cause to the other person.

SO on that note I AM HAVING A SALE!

From now until the 7th I am having a BOGO sale on prints to help rebuild. Durring check out simply send me a message with your free print of choice. If you don’t want any prints but want to help you can spread the love by Sharing my page, donating a snippet, or by giving me a hug at the next show I am at.

Again, I am sorry and I thank you!
Have a great day all.

Always,

April


Kyss Johanna

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Kyss Johanna was created for the Swedish based company Kyss Johanna for their 10 year anniversary.  This bohemian store offers jewelry, clothing and other unique gifts for you and your home.

This requested mermaid is decorated with the Casablanca Lilly. In the language of flowers, this specific type means to celebrate.

She was created on 14 X 17″ recycled bristol using a mechanical pencil. You can follow my steps on Instagram!  Or on Facebook

Prints will be available here and with Kyss Johanna stores.


Happy Easter

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I wont make it home for the holiday this spring, so I made this for my mom. She will surly hate it. Happy Easter everyone!

Here is a treat for you.

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