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2018 Art Updates (& Studio Reno News!)

My exciting news update is that…I’m officially an artist and proud member of Swell Artist Collective here in Boise! I’ve already been so inspired by many of the artists in Swell.  Swell puts on a lot of local art events you may have already gone to in the past couple of years.  As for my newness to the group, I feel like I’ve already been able to participate in all sorts of goodness.  Earlier this year I was part of the Howdy Show at Swell, the Art Deck-O 6 Show at the Visual Artist Collective and next month, I’ll be doing this summer’s Art Crawl (June 23rd).  Want to stay up to date on Swell events?  Check her out here.

Also! For those that follow along on IG and have been watching my stories, you already know this but for any new peeps, I’m also stoked to share that we’re in the middle of our studio renovation! Our studio is a sun room attached to our house, right off the kitchen.  It’s the perfect size for my art needs.  But there is one downside to our studio space…it’s not insulated or temperature controlled.  Er go, it’s definitely going to be worth it to get it insulated and up to code.  So we are in the process of making that happen!  We’re getting new walls, windows, door, floor and all that jazz.  It should be done within a few weeks! More on that soon. (Follow along on IG for more day to day updates).

Before the studio was torn down for the reno, I was a busy bee. I worked on some abstract pieces and a new mixed media piece as well. I hope you enjoy!

My most recent completed works:


I hope whatever you’re up to, you’re having a hoot doing it.  😀



Do It For The Process

Back in early July I was a participating artist at a gallery show at Studio Boise Photography Center.  They hosted “Idaho Places, Idaho Faces,” their 2nd annual photography contest AND! Studio Boise was celebrating their 1st year as a business.  So already this was set to be a pretty fun night. Family, friends, artists, live music, celebrating local artists and local business.  Win win win win win.  
The photos displayed during the gallery show’s opening night came from photo submissions that were hand selected by a panel of three judges.  I was lucky to be included in those top photographs.  Even just clicking the “submit” button when applying for these contests takes courage and by allowing yourself to be vulnerable and by putting yourself out there, great things can happen. What’s the worst that could happen? You submit your work and don’t get into the show? It’s a bummer of course but doesn’t make you any less of an artist.  Instead just think, okay, onto the next one. Carry on.  You are STILL AN ARTIST even if they don’t select you for that specific show.  It’s true. I promise.  I know because I finally believe that for myself.
I was so happy to see everyone who came out to the gallery show’s opening night and to support my photograph and enjoy a (free, wee!) glass of wine/beer or two.  Everyone who joined for the gallery opening was given one token to vote for one photograph. The winner would receive a $1k cash prize!  Runner up would receive free studio rental time.  As the night went on and the votes came in, we all chit chatted and drank and admired photographs with the theme,” Idaho Places, Idaho Faces.” At the end of the night the votes were counted.  I stood among my wife, family and friends and as the owners began to speak into the microphone, I thought, ah geez, that’d be super cool to win, but also just super cool to see all my people in one place rooting me on and to be part of an art community again…and then…runner up announced…and then…the winner was announced and I heard my name. WHAT?!  I kissed my wife and walked up to where the studio owners were standing, all while fashioning the giddiest of grins.  I shook the hands of the wonderful couple who opened Studio Boise’s doors one year ago and graciously accepted my prize.  Celebration ensued and hugging of my dear friends and omg moments continued throughout the night and several days after.
This event was the start of me believing in myself as an artist again.  By believing in myself, I’ve had the confidence to put myself out there as an artist more than I ever have.  Following that night, I have been involved in so many more art opportunities and have been invited to join an Art Collective here in Boise!  (More to come on that later!)  
Who would have thought that by going on a walk with my camera and photographing one lone goose, that it would be a key element in helping guide me back to art and helping me build my confidence again as an artist.  Self doubt is a tricky one, and when it creeps in, knowing how to climb out from under it is the hardest part. My advice, stop wishing and hoping and start doing.  DO without a guarantee of anything necessarily “coming from it.” Do it for the process, do it because IT MAKES YOU HAPPY.  Submit to that call to artist, because why not?

City of Geese

“I felt lucky meeting one of Boise’s many geese as I strolled through the Boise Depot.  As I slowly approached and lifted my camera, this curious goose walked a few steps closer then paused and looked right at me, as if posing for the shot.  I walked away that day with a new favorite photo.” -Emily Hanigan


Cheers to art.
Cheers to supportive loved ones.
Cheers to community love.
Cheers to getting your make on.

How To Make A DIY Wedding Sign

When two of your best friends ask you to make their wedding sign you say YES PLEASE!  They are the coolest, the nicest and most deserving couple.  Being able to make their wedding sign was an honor.   And let me tell you, it was such a gorgeous and amazing wedding.  Congrats to Katie and Phil!  

They wanted their wedding sign to include a gold frame, glass, a few pops of color and a simple yet pretty easel.  Since it was a welcome sign, they wanted the welcome message, their names and the date included on their sign.  (And some pretty flowers for festive flare).  They got married outdoors so everything needed to be sturdy enough to hold its own on a grassy surface.  This was the first wedding sign I’d made working with glass.  And I am officially a HUGE FAN of painting on glass. It glides on so smoothly and the finished product is just stunning.  Take a look at the items I used and what I learned during process of making this custom wedding sign.  

Click the images below to find out more about the sharpies and other supplies I used.


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    1. I used Sharpie’s brand of oil paint pens with a medium point. I like the boldness of the medium point, especially since I wanted people to be able to read the sign from pretty far away.  You’ll notice using these oil paint pens on glass makes for such a smooth and effortless application. 
    2. This is the gold I used and it also comes with a silver paint pen. When you’re drawing with the gold and it seems really dark, don’t worry!  It’s super gold and shiny in the light, especially outdoors!
    3. These colors are great for flowers and leaf accents.
    4. I used a lot of white so a I would recommend having at least 2 white pens to make sure you have enough for you sign.


The couple provided the glass, frame and easel. Although I believe they purchased their frame and glass from a local art shop here in Boise, I found similar and affordable, nice quality items on Amazon as well.



An acrylic glass sheet will work perfectly!  Be careful of the size of your frame/glass to make sure they match.  I recommend buying the frame first and then buying the glass.  Just to make sure everything fits!

7) Simple and elegant easel worked perfectly and was sturdy even on the grass during their outdoor wedding.

I sketched out the entire sign on butcher paper before I began. I measured the frame to make sure it would be centered on all sides of the glass and would sit just right inside the frame. I then taped the drawing to the back of the frame.  Having the frame and glass already assembled is key.  This way you know exactly how it will looked as a finished and framed piece.  If you keep the glass out of the frame while you make it, there’s a chance some of your drawing/text might go beyond what’s visible and land behind the edges of the frame. And we definitely don’t want that!  Note, I was fortunate enough to have the frame already assembled and ready to go which made it easy peasey.  Also, make sure the hooks on the back of the frame match with where you’re drawing the top of the sign!

What I learned in the process: you can wipe off mistakes and even scrape off parts after they’ve dried. The magic of oil paint!  You also use more white than you think to make the letters as opaque as possible. It’s still not 100% smooth (the large white parts in the names) when you look up close, but perfection is boring anyway. 😀  I also learned when you first start to put the paint pen on the glass, your paint pen touches the glass faster than you’d expect!  I’ll explain…since the glass is clear and you’re staring at your sketch/outline that’s behind the glass, all of a sudden your paint pen is on the glass when your brain thinks you still have a ways till it hits the paper still!  At least my brain did!  But it’s no biggy b/c you can fix anything along the way!


The final product!  Photograph by E+E Photography.



Happy Making!




Items used (or similar items used) to make this DIY Wedding Sign:
Clear Acrylic Plexiglass Sheet – 1/8″ Thick Cast – 24″ x 36″
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker, Medium Point, White Ink, Pack of 3
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Medium Point, Bright Colors, 5 Count – Great for Rock Painting
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Extra Fine Point, Assorted Metallic, 2 Count – Great for Rock Painting
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 5-Count
Craig Frames 314GD2436DAC 0.75-Inch Wide Picture/Poster Frame in Ornate Finish, 24 by 36-Inch, Ornate Gold
Loew-Cornell 65-Inch Natural Wood Floor Easel

You Can Become a Patron of The Arts!



1) a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement of an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like:

a patron of the arts.

Patreon is a site to support artists, musicians, podcast creators and a variety of other wonderful creative pursuits. When I first came across the site, I read other artist’s profiles, read reviews and soaked up as much information about this whole idea of “Patreon.” Afterwards, I realized this is exactly the type of community I wanted to be part of.  Artists supporting other artists, fans supporting their favorite musicians, visual artists, podcasts and so much more!  A community of fans who become “Patrons” aka supporters, aka members, aka pledging their favorite artist(s) and helping them $1 at a time to develop and focus on their craft. Also, there are perks for those that do become a Patron!  Depending on the tier, there are a variety of perks aka “Rewards” Patrons receive.  I thought, wow, way cool!  Where do I sign??

So I took the time and created my profile.  I then stared at that glaring “0” number of patrons like I had already failed.  WTF?  Why do I think this way?!  Then I thought, okay, obviously this isn’t going to just take off and go crazy over night.  I know it’s not good to compare yourselves to other people, but I had tinges of OMG no way when looking at other artist’s pages who have hundreds and even thousands of patrons supporting their work.  Okay first off, that’s incredible and I’m stoked for them.  And 2nd, how the H did they do that?!  Well, I don’t know just yet.  But I’m going to continue posting on Patreon and pouring my heart into my art.  I’m going to be as active as time allows and focus on being my true self as an artist and as a human.  It’s time for me to stop overthinking all this and just do.

Here we go Patreon world! Thank you for having me.

If you’re comfortable donating and supporting my work, please take a look at the rewards I’ve created! Depending on the tier, you’ll either get monthly digital downloads, access to early coupons, more candid journal entries and all sorts of other goodies.  Also you can simply donate and opt out for receiving any rewards. Whatever floats your boat!  Take a look at my Patreon Page to see more.

Thank you in advance for your support and for even just reading this post.  That too is showing support and you’re pretty cool for taking the time to stop by.

For those that haven’t seen my new profile photo, here it is!  This is me posing as naturally, ahem, as humanly possible in my art studio.  Did I put on a fresh shirt and earrings for this photo?  Maaaaaaybe. Goodness, you should see some of the other photos I took. Eek!  Perhaps I’ll post an outtake reel for Patrons at some point down the road.

Also, I wanted to mention that I’ll still be super active on this site as this is home base for me.  I’m all about having other bases to help me out though. Er go, Patreon. 😀

Lastly, I’d like to send love and hugs to everyone in Las Vegas and those affected by the tragic shooting. If you’d like to donate to the Las Vegas Victim fund, you can do so here. 

Enjoy the rest of your day!




Lately I have been preparing for my upcoming show at RAW Artists Boise on September 15th.  Eek that is soon!  I’ve been finishing some original paintings and drawings, working on some concrete planters and coasters and ordering a new banner for Emily Hanigan Art!  I can’t wait to show it to you!  I have a good feeling this show is going to be a hoot.  I’ll be surrounded by 60+ local artists, designers, performers and musicians.  We’ll get to see a fashion show, watch a short film, and buy some neat stuff from cool local artists. Don’t forget to get your tickets here!  [$22 through me or $30 at the door].  I hope to see some of you there!

Lately I have been decluttering everything!  Feeling light and freeeeeee.  My mamma painted that ducky when she was a kiddo.  I love that ducky so much because it makes me think of her!  I’m quite proud of my shelf game here.

Lately I have been drawing and painting.  I’m working on mixed media paper for my acrylic and ink paintings and bristol paper for the soley ink drawings.  Sometimes all you need is pen and paper to get the creative juices flowing!  

What have you been up to lately?




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