Sunlight CD Release!

Photo of the front cover of Sunlight's new CD

Front cover of our new CD!

After over a year of working and reworking our CD, we are DONE! I’m so excited to get our music out there to share with the world! I may be a bit biased, but my husband (Aaron Lewis) is an amazing songwriter! Our songs are all upbeat and “Sunlighty”. We have already had a request from a radio station in Australia for our CD!

CD Collage photos

Inside photos from the CD

You can have a listen to or purchase the album HERE.

You can get a SIGNED copy of the CD HERE.

If you are local to Albuquerque, New Mexico, you can join us at our CD Release Party this coming Sunday, Nov. 15th at 5-8pm at the Tortuga Gallery at 901 Edith SE. We will have a full band for this show and we’ll be playing the all the songs from the CD. Admission is by donation only, give what you can or come on in for free if you can’t pay. 15% of the proceeds for the night are being donated to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission for Holiday meals for the homeless. We sure do hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, that’s ok, we promise to film some video highlights of the event. :)

Fab Bags!

Coloring Fab Bag with a bunch of goodies make a GREAT gift!

Coloring Fab Bag with a bunch of goodies make a GREAT gift!

I love to make things! I don’t like to confine myself to painting alone. Recently, I was feeling a little uninspired with my paintings, so I took a little break. As I posted about earlier, I decided to reinvent my website, my art and what the heck I’m doing with my creative expression!

During this time, I found a great website, Spoonflower, where artists can design and create their own fabric! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me “your art would look great on fabric”.


Coloring tote bag

My first coloring fab bag with front pocket

I guess because I had just completed my second coloring book, I decided my first fabric project would be a coloring design. That of course, led to me thinking about what on earth I would make with this fabric. Tote bags were the first thing that came to mind. Why not a cool little tote that colorists could carry their coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils, etc. in!?

Coloring tote with cute recycled pocket

Coloring fab bag with cute recycled pocket

So far, I’ve made 3 coloring tote bags, the first used the coloring fabric for a front pocket and the next 2 I decided to change up the design and used the coloring fabric for the side panel of the bag itself. Other pockets were made with recycled fabric samples I got from an interior designer in my building.

These fab bags don’t need to be used only by coloring enthusiasts! Anyone with an creative flare would love to get one as a gift! Or buy it for yourself! Why not? Each Coloring Fab Bag comes with goodies as pictured above. (fabric markers, colored pencils and one of my new coloring books!) Bookmark my Fab Bags page to come back and see what I make next!

My 2015 Bio/Artist statement

One of my least favorite tasks when it’s time to revamp my site and shop is to write a new Biography/Artist Statement. I’ve written plenty of them over the years, but it never gets easier to write about myself in third person! I just finished the first draft of my new Bio and I am going to share it with you all here for one BIG reason. Can I ask you all a favor? Will you PLEASE read over this bio and give me some feedback? Not all nicey nice feedback, but REAL no holds barred feedback. Please, let me know what you think? Is the grammar correct? Do any of the sentences sound redundant? Is there a better way to say what I’m saying? Be honest! Thank you in advance for your help and without further ado, here it is!

Paula Manning-Lewis has been a professional artist since the young age of 21. Paula first decided to pursue a career as an artist because she wanted to be able to stay home with her kids. Now that her three sons are grown, she has more time to devote to her favorite past time.

Being creative is her passion. Whether she’s painting on canvas, vinyl records, or recycling old beat up guitars, making drawings for her next coloring book, creating designs for fine art needlepoint or creating functional pieces in fabric on a sewing machine, she lives to be creative. Art is her purpose, spreading love, joy and peace is her goal and living her dream of making a living with her art is nonnegotiable. Art isn’t only something she does it is a spiritual expression from the deepest part of her soul. The art Paula creates is inspired by her Divine Source through daily meditation. Her connection to Spirit is highly important to her process. She is constantly aware of her intuition and enjoys trying out new forms of creative expression.

In addition to her visual and functional art, Paula is a singer in the group, Sunlight, with her husband, Aaron Lewis. Together, they also own Chroma Studios, an Albuquerque business and community where musicians and artists rent private studio spaces in a professional working environment. One of their biggest joys in this business is to encourage and mentor other artists and musicians to follow their dreams.

Complete Overhaul!

I have made a commitment to myself. I have committed to making a complete overhaul to my online presence and even the way I do business. My website, my Facebook page, my Etsy store are all going to be going through a major change. You may not see it on the surface right away. It will take me some time to rewrite bios and statements, reorganize my portfolio and create new branding before the changes will be seen online. I have gone through a major shift in the way I think about my art and selling my art. This shift changes EVERYTHING! I don’t want to go into too much detail right now, partly because I’m not exactly sure WHAT will change and partly because I want it to be a SURPRISE! Stay tuned…. ;-)

Long time!

It’s been too long since my last post. Lots going on in my private life right now. Half of August we were gone on vacation. We visited the Pacific NW for the first time ever and we really liked it! It was a great trip and we visited some friends and some family. Met a few of my facebook friends that I had never met in person before, plus a college friend I hadn’t seen since 1999!

original oil painting on canvas and wood

Orange flower triptych, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, $215

I’m back to work in my studio, mainly been working on getting my coloring books out in the world. Yesterday, I started on a new coloring page design. I’m having so much fun with these mandala drawings!

mandala pencil drawing in progress

New coloring page mandala in progress

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling down and in a dark place. For whatever reason, I decided that I should add some black paint to a few older paintings, just to see what they would look like. I really am happy with the outcome. I didn’t actually use black paint out of the tube, but mixed my own black with Ultramarine blue and Olive green. It’s on old artist trick to make the black more luminous.

original oil painting on canvas and wood

Green flower triptych, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, $215

The painting above is being auctioned in my facebook fan group, starting bid $40! If you are interested, you must be a member of the group to bid! To join the group, go to THIS PAGE and click the join button. :)

I guess the main reason I haven’t posted here in so long is that I’m feeling like I’m at a turning point with my art and I’m not sure where it’s going next. I’m working on simplifying things, but with all the art I have piled up in my studio, that’s not an easy task. Stay tuned, I promise to keep you in the loop! :)

original oil painting on canvas and wood

Yellow flower triptych, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, $215

My first animation video!

It took a little while! I worked on putting this video together for the past few weeks. There were over 600 single frames put together to create it! I plan on doing more in the future, hope you enjoy!

Spiral Mandala Coloring Book II

Spiral Mandala Coloring Book II

Spiral Mandala Coloring Book II, 20 page, 8 1/2 x 11″ booklet, available for $18

It’s done! After about a month of working on this coloring book, I picked up my final proof at the printer this afternoon! I’m so excited! This is a MUCH nicer coloring book than my first one. There are twice as many coloring pages(20), the pages are not double sided, so markers won’t bleed into the backside and ruin your other pages. I left one side blank on every page so there is room for you to draw your own designs too! It’s now available in my Etsy shop!

open page on the coloring book

One of the inside pages

For a limited time, until the end of July, when you buy the new coloring book, you will also get a FREE PDF version of my first coloring book!

Coloring page colored in

This is one of the pages I colored. Fun! :)

The drawing part was easy! It’s all the Photoshop work to get clean lines and a white background that take the most time. It doesn’t help that I’m a ridiculous perfectionist! I finally had to let some things go if I ever planned to get it finished. I hope you will enjoy it! I’ve already colored a couple of pages and they are fun designs, if I do say so myself. ;-)