Artful Wishes for a New Year!

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

HAPPY, HEALTHY & PROSPEROUS New Year’s Wishes to you!  Whether you venture out or stay in to celebrate the beginning of 2015, I hope you enjoy yourself & ring in the new year right!  May your creative side come out in full force in a positive way!

I’m starting of 2015 with some exciting gallery exhibits & freelance work, so here’s the scoop…if you’re in NJ, I hope you can join me at these art openings:

DRAMATIC SKIES 2015, group exhibition, Gourgaud Gallery, 23A North Main St. (in Town Hall Bldg.), Cranbury, NJ.  Opening reception Sunday 1/4/15, 1pm-3pm, refreshments served.  Show runs thru 1/25/15.

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

REVELATION/REVOLUTION  group exhibit, Nails in the Wall Gallery (in St. Luke’s Church), 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Opening reception, Saturday, 1/24/15 (time TBA but most likely around 3pm). Show will be up for several months.  

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

I also have an art article in the holiday issue of WILD SISTER MAGAZINE!  To check it out, here’s the link:

Finally, I’ve been getting some really fun freelance commission work like children’s book illustration and pet portraits…2 of my latest creations are below & click on the links to my art sites for more!

Children's Book Illustration, Oct2014

Children’s Book Illustration, Oct2014

Pet Portrait, pen & ink w/ watercolors, Dec2014

Pet Portrait, pen & ink w/ watercolors, Dec2014

Hope to see you at an exhibition &/or online.  Have a wonderful, art-filled New Year!!
~Lauren  (NEW fine art site!)  (my Blog) (Facebook Fine Art Page) (commercial & fine art) (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration) (now on Twitter)

Happy Holidays Art Sale!

Happy Holidays, Everyone! This can be a hectic time of year but also a time to spend with friends & family, so I hope you all have time to enjoy the season! To make your holiday shopping a bit easier, here’s some creative, affordable gift ideas you can order online (so NO crazy store crowds, parking problems, etc…)

My artwork is available as PUZZLES! They make for interactive, creative gifts! Just go to to see my affordable designs & order yours today!

Order a beautiful pen & ink PET PORTRAIT! This personal, unique gift is always a hit with any animal lover! Affordable 5×7’s & 8×10’s can be ready for the holidays if you order ASAP! See for samples !Artistic PHOTOGRAPHS make for great gifts too! I specialize in TRAVEL & NATURE images. Order any signed, matted print now & receive 15% OFF!! Please visit my websites below for images.

I still have hand-crafted items & photos for sale in the Highland Park Artist Collective’s Holiday Store at White Lotus Futon, Raritan Ave., Highland Pk., NJ.Sale runs until the end of December! I also have work for sale through CALADAN GALLERY:

Charity Art Auction to benefit victims of the Gulf Disasters! Auction ends 12/19, 9pm!! I have 3 photos in this auction for a worthy cause…give 2 gifts in 1by helping people in need & giving art!

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous Holiday & New Year!

A look at commissions.

Often times, people ask me what types of commissions I get as a full time artist. Some of my favorites are pet portraits (see photo), since I’m an animal lover, but I’ve also done historical illustrations, magazine artwork, greeting cards & T-shirts and more. But over the last 2 months I got 2 of the most unique, interesting commissions: One was to re-create an Alice In Wonderland scene, but making my client Alice and her cat the Cheshire Cat. As a big fan of the Alice story, this was a very fun project & the client was happy with the results. (see photo).

The 2nd project was part of the water conservation/education rain barrel art program (see previous blog) sponsored by an environmental science group at Rutgers. I was selected to paint on a huge, blue, 55 gallon barrel that will tour several areas of NJ and then go up for auction. This public art project will continue from Feb. into the Spring. I decided to paint a nature-goddess-floral image to depict my visions of nature and its preservation (see photos). Utilizing local artists to communicate positive environmental messages is an excellent way to get the community involved!

Hope you enjoy the images!