Monday, November 29, 2010



For Cyber Monday I'm continuing my special of FREE SHIPPING
off my main website J.AUSTINRyan. This is an amazing deal considering it's almost
a $20 value. This offer is good through Dec. 18th and you will receive the art
before Christmas! This offer is good for US residents only. If you are outside the US, please contact me for pricing. Etsy site I am offering 20% off with coupon code My2010...and that's
just like getting free shipping:).

Now start shopping and give the gift of art this Holiday season!

Marnie V.

Friday, November 12, 2010

#1 of the "Tiny Small Art Project"

It's here!!!! #1 of the "Tiny Small Art Project". And it's for sale to the first who emails me:).The title if this tiny small painting is called "Modern Barn." It's simple, clean lines, and perfect for that little spot in your home that needs some attention.

Info on the Art: PRICE-$40 to US residents(shipping included)
-$50 to international(shipping included)
size- 6x6"x 1 1/2" depth* painted with acrylic paints and then sealed with a nontoxic UV sealer* card attached to the back labeled and numbered.

Here's how to get this great little piece of art-

First, send me an email that you want it and have to have it. Second, I'll respond letting you know it's yours quickly. Then I will send you an invoice through PayPal. You don't have to have an account with PayPal to purchase the art and the steps are easy to follow once the invoice comes to you. Then it will be shipped UPS the next business day directly to you. And then it's yours.

Any art in this series that I'm creating that doesn't sell within 5 days will be added to my main website to be sold and bought. And if you didn't read my previous so. It explains how I'm creating 50 ORIGINAL pieces of art in this series and they are all tiny! And the best a great price. So be apart of this project and buy some art!

Don't forget that custom paintings are welcomed and by specific number. Art for this project will be added fun. - Marnie V.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Project You Won't Want To Miss!!!

Have you ever had that space in your home where a tiny piece of art would fit perfectly? Oh wait...I know you have that space in your home somewhere...we all do. It's that little spot you walk by many times wishing for the perfect piece of art to put in it's place. I can tell you that I have many of them actually. And, slowly I've been trying to fill them up with my own art and art from others artists. And I mean affordable great art. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something that catches your taste and style.

So a couple of weeks ago I was determined to tackle one of those spots in my family room. The room where we gather every night and when friends come over, everyone ends up there. It's almost done as far as decorating goes and I've lived in this house for six years now. Well a year ago I created the large abstract on the left, which fits the room and colors well. But the right of it has needed something ever since. My husband, who I constantly tell has no design bones in him, came up with the idea to add little paintings next to it. At first I said no in that I just didn't see it, and him of all people suggesting it. But the more I looked at it, he was right. It needed exactly that.

So I created little pieces of art, little landscapes actually, and they turned out great. You can see that on the right of them I have these wooden open shelves and that's what really made it look like something was missing. The little landscapes are painted on wood that are only 3 1/2"x 3 1/2" big...they are tiny and so cute. The space really came together after I placed them on the wall. And of course...I praised my husband for his good sense of design:).

So with all that..this post brings me to a special project I'm going to create. It's called the "Tiny Small Art Project". Starting this Friday I'll be creating little pieces of art, 5x7" size that will be sold for only $40 to US customers and $50 for International customers. Those prices do include the shipping. I will only be creating 50 tiny pieces of art in this project and each one will be different. The art will include landscapes, still life, and even some abstracts thrown in. I will post pictures of each piece for purchase on my blog and through facebook. It's a first come first serve basis...should be fun. And, if your looking for a perfect gift for someone this holiday season...this would be it. I'm even willing to take custom orders if you want something created and want it to be #5 in the series. I will have all the details Friday afternoon along with the first piece for sale.

How cool would it be to finally fill that spot and have an ORIGINAL piece of art that's in a series of 50...very. Well, I'll be back Friday afternoon...and tell your friends! -Marnie V.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sweet Mobiles :)

I thought I would post on my mobiles today since they have been quite a hit. It's the little things that we add to a room that really makes it all come together. I have raindrop mobiles that come in pink, green, orange, and blue. I also offer a paper airplane mobile thats made out of wood also and all these can be found in my ETSY shop.

These mobiles are made out of eco friendly wood and the colors are simply sweet. And from what my customers tell me, they are using them in all sorts of rooms....of course mainly a child's room/nursery. They're painted with non toxic acrylic paints and then sanded buttery smooth and sealed with a non toxic sealer. I'm actually working on another one but won't be out until the beginning of next year. So you'll have to wait until then.....Have a great day-Marnie V.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Moving Along

These past few weeks have been crazy say the least. Football season will be coming to an end here in the great old state of Texas soon and I'm thankful. I've enjoyed my boys playing of course, but it has definitely taken me away from a lot of my work. I'm still illustrating a book and supplying to my stores as well. I've been so busy that the new art in my brain for the past few months, well, it's still there. In the coming weeks I plan to create some much needed new pieces. I'm leaving you today with a little piece to the book I'm illustrating now. I've created so many monkey's and each one has always been different. I love the expression I created for this one...his mouth is full of bananas. Well I'm off to create and enjoy my 13 yr. old last football game tonight. Have a great day! Marnie V.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A New Look for Fall

I have a new look for Fall with many goodies coming to the site
Stay tuned........
Marnie V. :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New items Coming to my websites:)

These perfect name banners will be added to my websites very soon. If they spark an interest now, just email me here

My stores have been selling them for almost a year now and are doing great!
They are completely made out of eco-friendly materials..chemical free wood, non toxic and chemical paints and sealers...and hemp string:)

More to come-Marnie V.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Yes..I've said it!
FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed
J.AUSTINRyan .com
I'm giving back to my customers with FREE SHIPPING from now until Dec. 18th!
Now not only am I delivering fabulous affordable ORIGINAL artwork, I've included the shipping for FREE.
please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


This Summer I think has to be my all time busiest yet...and i didn't even go on vacation. My boys have gotten older which means sports camps all summer long, birthday parties, and summer evenings with friends. I also took it easy on a little work and business. Well, I mean...I ran my business, filled orders, but in more of a summer leisure fashion I should say. My orders have been steady all Summer long which was great and you know me..just fitting it in to driving around to sports camps every day.

I'm sooo ready for the rest of this year! I'm creating new art for my excited. And I'm also going to be adding NEW MODERN abstract paintings to my Home Decor section on my website:). The best part is that they will be within a low price range of $40-$75 for sizes ranging in 8x10"s and up! And I'm giving FREE SHIPPING in the US only for the rest of this year off my site starting AUGUST 9th!
New changes are coming to my website as stay tuned. And in the mix of all of this...I'm still illustrating a book. Oh MY! Look at the time. I'm off to football practice this morning!

Marnie V.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sneak Peak for page 1

I'm showing a little tiny piece of page 1 of the book I'm illustrating right now for a lovely family in Virginia. I don't dare show the entire picture, for that's between the author(family) and I. I don't need any steeling going on like what happened to me off my own website last year. i thought this sweet little rabbit would be perfect!'s Monday night and my evening is full of illustrating...of course after my motherly duties are over.
Marnie V.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Busy is the WoRd!

Hello again.....I'm back. Not that I meant to be gone anyway, but I've been devoting my time to massive orders of painting and I'm illustrating a children's book. Above is the storyboard for it. And I've also been just busy with life in general. I honestly think this has been my busiest year between my kids and my work. I guess that truly means my business is growing :). This is the last week of school with my kiddos and I can't wait for the stress relief. As your kids get's true, you stress more and about everything. My oldest is going into High School next year and just the thought of college right now makes my stomach turn. My boys are very good students, and in advanced classes...I stress success a lot to them. I actually fed that into there brains at an early age...and it shows. I'll be back in a couple of days to post again...I promise...lots to share. Have a great day-Marnie V.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Hate Computer problems.....

Wow! It's February and March is around the corner. We've had the worst winter here in Texas and we all know how my computer loves cold winter weather and don't forget thunder storms in the spring. I've had the worst computers problems lately. That's pretty much why I've been a little absent to this blog.
My day consists of when the computer works..I can get shipping labels printed, email customers, and try to upload photos. I can't wait for summer!
I've included some recent work that was sold to a client that has a Westie terrier. She loves my work and wanted her dog included. They turned out great....Thanks again Kathy!

Have a great day! Marnie V.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1st Hawk Art for 2010

" My Mouse House"

size- 5x7x1/4"
100% recycled canvas board

So here is the first painting of Hawk for 2010 which is available still in the shop...for now.
Klause the mouse is a busy body that knows just about everything that goes on in the house where Hawk lives. His mouse house is located in the back mudroom of the house where new critters that enter get questioned. Hawk visits him daily to get the house news. Super cute!

Below are a few more paintings that are available to buy at ART251.
Send them an email if you are interested.

"Little Camper"
6x6x1 1/2"
Acrylic on canvas

"Hawk Soars Over Eagle Forest"
18x18x3 /4" ( perfect to frame)
Acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Welcome 2010!

"Camp Out Marshmallow"
Original Painting 24x24x1 1/2"
Acrylic on Canvas

"Yellow Bear"
6x6x1 1/2"
Acrylic on Canvas

"Hawk the Dog"
6x6x1 1/2"
Acrylic on Canvas

I'm welcoming myself onto this blog actually. I've been so busy...honestly...I think the end of 2009 was my busiest of the entire year. And with Christmas thrown into the mix, made it even crazier. I didn't even have time this year to bake for neighbors and friends for the holiday and who knows what they thought about that. I've made treats for people every year and this season it didn't happen.
I also had a solo art Hawk show at a local modern art gallery in my town. I've actually sold quite a few pieces but there are still more left. Above are some that are still available. If anything interests you you can contact ART251 for prices and they will ship in the US. They have more, which I'll post tomorrow. I have another show(gallery walk) that's going on in a couple of weeks also so that should be pretty busy as well. I've been painting a lot of Hawk.

I also made the decision to close down my Dallas showroom due to the fact of the economy and the buyers for stores just aren't attending shows due to the economic status. It hasn't affected everyone, just for some reason me in Dallas. I'm not saying I won't return but for now my Los Angeles showroom Thea is booming :) Thanks to my fabulous rep Brandi! So if your a store and your looking for my art a show contact
She can give you show dates for the entire year of 2010.

So what will be coming in 2010..I know your wondering....
Here's a sneak speech!

New galleries that will be showing Hawk art!

New paintings of Hawk and friends on Bamboo wood panels:) 100% eco Love that!

NEW updated J.AUSTINRyan website- thanks to my fabulous web girl Melanie at Grapevine Creative.

Oh...and my 1st ever book deal to illustrate a children's book :)....I get chills every time I think about how exciting this is...hard work...but sooo excited!
I can't wait!

Well, I'll be back tomorrow to post the first Hawk painting for 2010.
It involves wallpaper, a mouse, a little door, and of course Hawk himself!

Toodles! Marnie V.