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Limited Edition Art Print of Billie Holiday Now Available to Public

Oil Painting of Billie Holiday by Shelly Bowen, available as print at Shellybees.com

Oil Painting of Billie Holiday by Shelly Bowen, available as print at Shellybees.com

The oil isn’t even yet dry — which made the professional photographer nervous — on my latest painting, this one a portrait of one of my favorite jazz singers, Billie Holiday. I listened to her throaty voice while I painted, and I think that really helped capture her essence. I think she’d like it, don’t you? (I threw a WATERMARK on the image of it above; it’s not there in the original art.)

Museum-quality prints on high quality art paper of the oil painting are now available at Shellybees.com — but only in limited quantities. I want to keep it special. Go here to reserve your art print of Ms. Holiday before they’re gone.

This print is part of an exclusive and secret project for ThursdayHappyHour.com.

I’d like to paint more jazz musicians — if you have a favorite and would like to make a request, do let me know!

Copyright (c) 2009 Shelly Bowen. All rights reserved.

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Party time -- what to bring?More than flowers, more than expensive bottles of wine, your sweetie/friends/parents want to know you’re thinking of them. Here are 5 ways to impress the heck out of them — while showing off your creativity, originality, and of course, generosity.

1. Next time you are invited for dinner or cocktails, bring the music. And make it indie. It takes just minutes to burn a CD of your favorite independent bands, and your host remember the gift long after the evening is over. And you’ll make the artist’s day. Believe me.

2. Inviting friends over for a get-together? Cover your walls with original art — or limited edition prints — to show off your great taste. Original pieces will spark conversations and show your support of independent artists. Find beautiful prints for under $50 at etsy.com:

  • Shellybee’s Art Studio (my shop) — limited edition prints of ink drawings that celebrate life and nature
  • Birdnerd — collages and linocuts prints of, what else?, birds; gorgeous
  • Karingrows — originals and prints of oceany women and birds; love it

3. Need a gift on a limited budget? Make something — or easier, buy something handmade for the most WOW factor. I’m biased — I love etsy for handmade. Bought my sister something there I can’t tell you about yet, because she hasn’t had her birthday yet. But I know she’ll love it. I’ve also shopped Shana Logic for some really cute indie stuff. You’ll make more than one person super happy.

4. For no reason at all, make your favorite person an art book. Or a calendar. Or a T-shirt. Just snap some creative digital photos of some favorite things or shapes or colors and go to:

  • Blurb.com or Lulu.com to make a book
  • Kodak Gallery or Cafe Press to make a calendar or T-shirt
  • Target and buy iron-on transfers to make your own T-shirts — I’ve made lots of onesies for friends’ baby showers with printable transfers (I know Target isn’t indie, but my friend works for corporate, and they really do do good things) and they just LOVe them

5. Send a letter. A well-though-out, just because I like you, snail mail letter — on stationary that you create yourself. Seriously, just draw something or patch some photos together. It’ll be so surprising and lovely — they will so love you. I use Overnight Prints.

Express yourself! Be unique! Be independent. And give it away.

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