Friday, August 27, 2010

Hello, updates, and an announcement

Just popping in real quick to say hi, give a few updates, and  to make a formal announcement (a bit late) about my artwork that is making it's debut at the Itty Bitty Boutique in Downtown Campbell!  I'm super excited about this new venture, and I really hope I do well. 

Right now I only took two shelves to start with. If things go well (hope hope hope!), I'll of course add more space and inventory.  :) 

In the meantime, I'm working hard on the business side of things.  My new website is up and running, and I might add, very proudly totally updated! 

I'm working everyday on the Etsy store and have been devouring many tutorials on how to make your shop more noticeable etc.  It's a slow process I think, and definitely a huge learning curve, but I won't give up.  There are times though, when I really think what is the use? But I'm guessing everyone has low moments like that when they are trying to start a new business.  Please tell me I'm right!  

Not much art is actually happening this week, simply because I've been so busy.  I haven't been home much either, so that doesn't help.  But I am working on new stuff, mainly a giraffe, a whale (still!), a hippo and a snail.  I suspect the snail will be done first, probably because he's smallest.  :)

That's all for now!  Hope everyone is doing well, and has a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


"Fang" Mixed Media Collage available on Etsy
As requested, here is a cat painting for you! I just couldn't resist with the colors, they seem to be favorites of mine.  :)

This Kitty's name is "Fang" and is on an 11x14 canvas. It is listed in my Etsy shop for those of you that might be interested. There are a ton of layers involved in this piece, and at one point I started to wonder if I was just wasting paint, but as usual things finally started to click, and now of course it's one of my favorites.

I'm also working on several new paintings including finishing my whale, a hippo, and a giraffe. So excited about these!

I'm sorry I've been absent from blog hopping lately but I found that I just needed to stay off the computer a bit, and enjoy summer while I can.  I was spending all day long on the computer between FB, Twitter, Blogs, classes etc, and I had to put a stop to it, and unfortunately the blogs were cut out of my day completely as they were the ones that took the most time.

I'm working on slowly trying to implement them back into my daily routine but with a strict time limit. If I read a  little everyday,  I hope to be able to catch up with you all eventually. 

That's about all for now, I hope to get more painting in this week, but we have family visiting, so It may be a tight squeeze trying to fit all that in.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week, it's almost the weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I've been really busy lately with family so not a whole lot going on art wise, but I did manage to do 2 new pieces.  This one is called "Hope" it is 16x16 on canvas, and was directly inspired by "The Missing Face" with Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman.

You may remember that after watching that movie I was deeply inspired to become part of UNICEF, and help where ever I can.  And since I can't exactly donate hard cash right now like I want to, I'm trying hard to sell some of my art for their wonderful charity.

This piece will be for sale on Ebay with the proceeds directly going to UNICEF.  I so hope it sells.  I will also be selling prints in my Etsy store, so if you miss out on the original never fear.  :)

Now a few weeks ago, I asked if anyone was interested in making an art piece and selling it on Ebay with me to donate to this charity and this is piece I made for that.  If any of you are still interested, let me know.  I'll hold off on listing this one until we can all list together.

This next piece is 8x10 and is called "Give".
This one is also inspired by the "Missing Face" and will be sold (hopefully) for UNICEF as well.  I am going to post this one tonight to Ebay though, so if you are interested please stop by here.  I will of course have prints for sale on Etsy too.

In other news, I now have my artwork (prints, necklaces, postcards, and a few originals) selling in a boutique!  It's the cutest place called appropriately, "The Itty Bitty Boutique" and if you are local it is in downtown Campbell.  Definitely stop by if you can, it is a great place to buy handmade gifts from local artists. 

I'm also working on potentially selling with another store, but I don't have all the details yet, so as soon as I know I will tell you!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A brief update, whale wip, and new things ahead...

Well I thought it might be time for an update!

Lots of happenings going on behind the scenes here.  Some very exciting stuff,  which I will definitely tell you when plans are more solidified. 

For now, I have this Whale WIP to show.  It's what I'm working on lately.  It's a little bit further along than you see here, since I worked on it yesterday, and I definitely hope to do more to it today.  Maybe even finish it if I'm ambitious enough!

I just haven't been doing much in the studio lately.  Everyday I'm off on a hike, motorcycle ride, and/or playing in the creek, so it's been really hard to focus on art, with all this summer weather happening.  I'm also obsessed with traveling right now, and really wish I could do a mini vacation, I want to go to Oregon so bad!!!  But unfortunately I don't see that happening this summer.  So in the meantime, I'll make use of all our lovely resources we have in our mountains.  Other people vacation here, so I can too!

Oh yeah! My new website should be making it's appearance later this week.  I just have to figure out how the heck I transfer my domain name.  Hopefully it wont be too hard.  I think I'll be keeping this blog for now.  I'm still liking it better, but eventually I will have to make the switch over to the website I suspect just so everything is more cohesive.  Time will tell.

Also as some of you may know I got some new postcards in!  2 more designs are on their way, which is why I am waiting before posting them on Etsy. That will make a total of 11 designs now!  I want to offer them all as a group, or in packs of five. 

And of course, I'm still selling my art for UNICEF on Ebay so if you are interested in owning an original collage or my Ellie the Elephant print please hop over.  All the profit will go to UNICEF which is a terribly worthy cause. 

That's it for now folks, I'll have some exciting news to post later this week hopefully!!