Saturday, December 31, 2011

Contentment

"Contentment" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting

I took a little break from quilting to paint yesterday. I finished up this little painting today. My final painting of 2011! I've never painted a pug before and it was fun. He's just so cute. It's also been about a month or so since I last painted and I felt very rusty. One of my goals for the new year is to better balance quilting and painting. Improving my painting skills is very important to me and I need to make it a bigger priority.


This painting will be available at the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery this next week.


I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for all your kind words of support and encouragement this year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Item of the Week & New Years Sale

"Pears" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting

"Pears" is this week's item-of-the-week on Etsy. It's on sale for $45 with free shipping. So many people have shown interest in this little painting, I would like to find it a good home. :)


I'm also have a New Years sale on Etsy. Free shipping on all items until Sunday at midnight. To receive the discount use coupon code "newyear" at checkout! Please keep in mind that you must use the coupon code to receive the discount, it will not happen automatically.


Hope you all had a great Christmas! I can't believe it's over already!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Too Cute Baby Quilts

I've been hard at work the past couple days making these little baby quilts. I just love them! And if I had a baby I'd be in real trouble because I'd want to keep them all for myself. I listed 6 and here are a few-

These would make a fabulous gift if you know anyone who has a baby! You can see more in my Etsy shop.


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Quilt

I just listed my first big quilt on Etsy! I made this top using fabric from the Neptune fabric line by Moda, many months ago. I knew I would be unable to quilt it on my sewing machine, so naturally it was the first quilt I quilted on my new machine. This quilt is a very generous size measuring 41" by 71".


I finished up my school work yesterday and now I have a 2 week break (which isn't nearly long enough!). So, I'm looking forward to getting a lot of quilting done and hopefully some painting too. I made 3 table runners yesterday which make up a set that I will be listing on Etsy probably tomorrow or the next day. Today I spent the day making a baby quilt. I tried a completely different pattern and it was rather time consuming, but I really like it. I'm going to attach it to my long arm machine tomorrow and get it quilted.


I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Art In The Smurfs

If you've been following my blog for a while you know that some of my hand painted cigar boxes were purchased for the set of The Smurfs film. Well the movie just came out on DVD and I was able to get some still shots of the scenes in which you can see my boxes. I circled them in the photos below. :)

My Peach Roses box.
Another shot of my Peach Roses box.
My Red Poppies box, behind Smurfette! Another shot of my Red Poppies box.

They actually purchased 3 boxes, but I have been unable to find that one. It's possible that they chose not to use it; either that or it's hiding somewhere.

If you have children or just enjoy these types of movies, I highly suggest this one! It's actually really cute.

Have a great week!

Monday, December 12, 2011

200 Sales!

Yesterday I hit my 200th sale on Etsy! I know compared to others that's no big deal, but it is for me. As I've added new and different items to my shop my sales have increased. I'm hoping that they increase a lot more! :)

This week's item-of-the-week is an Adoring quilted table runner, for $26 plus free shipping.
There's still plenty of time to receive orders in time for Christmas!


Have a great week!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

All Set Up

My long arm machine is all set up and I've been practicing a bit.

It's huge but luckily it fits perfectly in my sun room.



I took this little video yesterday of me quilting my very first quilt. Please excuse the quality, I was holding my iphone with one hand and quilting with the other.


I've been completely bombarded by homework and yesterday I decided to take a break from it and quilt. I have a couple more big projects and final exams due by the end of next week. Until then I don't intend to get any painting or quilting done. But hopefully over my short break I'll get something accomplished.


Hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Quilting Machine

So, I've been talking recently about a huge investment that I've made in my business... Well, here it is! I've bought a long arm quilting machine. I'm so super excited about getting it but nervous as well. And I say "nervous" because I could have bought a small car for the amount of money I paid for this thing! Yikes!
It's a Tin Lizzie 18, and I purchased the 10 foot wooden frame seen in the picture. It's being delivered tomorrow and it will be going out in my sunroom. It's just the perfect place for it and I'm excited to try it out. The men delivering it are even going to give me a training session so I won't have to worry about figuring that all out on my own.


The purpose of purchasing this machine is first and foremost so I can branch out and quilt larger items. Every table runner and baby blanket I've made has been quilted on my sewing machine. And that works just fine for small projects but makes quilting a larger blanket next to impossible. I also plan to offer quilting services once I become proficient enough. I don't imagine it will take long since I have been quilting on my sewing machine and understand the concept. I plan to offer long arm quilting through my Etsy page and perhaps even through the gallery who represents me (The Stillwater Art Guild Gallery), as I have some quilted items there.


I'm discovering that growth is so scary and exciting at the same time. But I think I'm more excited and optimistic that I can really create something.


On a side note, I recently marked some paintings down on Etsy to $1!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, I'm just trying to make room for new work.


Hope you're having a great week!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Free Shipping on Etsy

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! Mine was pretty quiet, as it was just my husband and myself. He even did the cooking!


In the spirit of "Black Friday" I thought I'd have a sale on Etsy this weekend. Now through midnight on Sunday, I'm offering free shipping on all handmade items (this excludes pre cut fabric). Just use coupon code "freeshipping" at checkout.


Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Frank

"Frank" 8 by 10, Custom Pet Portrait in Pastel

I've been working on this custom pet portrait for the past couple days and he's finished! I felt a bit rusty because I haven't painted in pastel in a couple months, but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.


I've been very busy with quilting things and still working on that huge addition to my business! I'll blog about that soon.


Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Exciting Business News!

So I have some very exciting news.. I have been trying to figure out some ways in which I can expand my business and I've decided to start selling fabric on my Etsy page. Etsy not only allows us to sell handmade items, but supplies as well. I will be selling mostly pre-cut fabric from Moda and Riley Blake.This is a jelly roll (40 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide) from the Little Apples line by Moda.

This is a charm pack from the Meadow Friends line by Moda. It contains 42 5" squares.


I'm very excited about this because I've been using this fabric for years and I know how great it is. It's also fun just thinking about expanding. Some fabric just arrived this afternoon and I will get it listed on Etsy soon.


I have another addition to my business in the works that is even bigger than this! A whole lot bigger!!! I'm thrilled about it, but terrified at the same time. More details to come!


Have a great week!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Sale!

Boo! I'm having a Halloween Sale in my Etsy shop this weekend. Shop anytime from now until midnight on Halloween night and receive 25% off every purchase! To receive the discount use coupon code "Halloween" at checkout.


The table runner shown above is this week's item-of-the-week. It's made from the "Trick or Treat" fabric line by Moda. It's so super cute and fun for Halloween!


Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fun Quilts

Hi all, hope you had a great weekend! I just thought I'd share some of my latest quilting projects with you. I've been trying to branch out a bit and do something different.

This is a super cute stack of quilted coasters!
More coasters from the "Figgy Pudding" fabric line, one of my favorites for the holidays.

This is a quilted candle mat made of prairie points. It's so unique and different- there is nothing else like this on Etsy. It's nice because you can keep the points lifted up, like the in photo, or you can keep them down.

Another candle mat made from the "Figgy Pudding" line.


Both of these new items would make completely affordable and adorable gifts! A set of 4 coasters is $10 and the candle mats are $12. I'm thinking about making some holiday place mats, perhaps "rag" style next. I'm just loving quilting lately. :)


Have a wonderful Monday!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rag Quilted Table Runners

I just listed a bunch of new rag quilted table runners to my Etsy shop. Rag quilts are the latest trend in quilting. Unlike traditional quilting, with a rag quilt the wrong sides are sewn together, leaving the ends exposed. Those ends are snipped and the runner is laundered. What you're left with is soft frayed ends. They're really cute and people just love them. Here are a few that I listed:


"Jovial" Rag Quilted Table Runner
"Ready Set Snow" Rag Quilted Table Runner

"Fruitcake" Rag Quilted Table Runner


I think these runners are a ton of fun and they make wonderful gifts. They don't cost too much ($28 plus shipping) and since everyone has a table of some sort they will work for anyone. If you like them, I wouldn't wait because these tend to go fast. And I'm not sure that I'm going to make anymore this year.


Hope you all had a great weekend. Can you believe this is my 251st blog post?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Huge Art Sale!

I'm having a crazy sale on Etsy right now. I just significantly marked down paintings that were already at a reduced price. All of the paintings are original and most of them are $20 with free shipping! I know what you're thinking, "have I lost my mind?!" Not quite, but I'd like to make some room for some new work. I'm only offering this sale for a few days. See some of the paintings below. Check out my "Reduced Art" section to see more.

"Pink Sky" 5 by 7 Pastel
"Apple and Pears" 5 by 7 Pastel

"Grow" 5 by 7 Pastel


"Christmas Poinsettia" 5 by 7 Pastel

These paintings will only be available for a short time and whatever doesn't sell on Etsy will be going to the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery to be a part of the November and December trunk show. I know it seems a bit early to be thinking about Christmas gifts but this might be a fabulous way to start your holiday shopping. You can't beat these prices!




Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Purple Tulip Commission

"Purple Tulip" 5 by 7, Commissioned Watercolor Painting

I was so happy to paint this custom painting for one of my collectors. She has three other of my watercolor tulip paintings and wanted another, in a different color, to add to her collection. I'm very pleased with the way this painting turned out and I think she will be too.


I enjoy doing custom paintings so if you have something in mind, just let me know. :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Angela's Expressions

So I've been experimenting with this new website. It's called CraftLaunch and it's cool because it syncs to your Etsy page. Originally I thought that you didn't need an Etsy account to purchase an item, but you still do. I did think it was convenient though because you don't have to keep track of different inventories. Anyway, I created a webpage (they do a 15 day free trial) and I might give it a try for a month to see how it goes. I often wonder how some artist's do it; having a website while selling on Ebay and other sites. It's a lot to keep up with.


I have a little announcement to make - I had my first international sale on Etsy yesterday! Okay, maybe it's not such a big deal, but I was pretty excited about it. This woman was from Canada and turns out shipping costs were not as bad as I had expected. Therefore, I am officially offering shipping to Canada on my quilted table runners and other items.


I've been working on a commissioned watercolor painting and will post that as soon as I'm finished with it.


Hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pet and Wildlife Art by Angela





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interview With Artist Roby Baer

Continuing with my "Artist's I Admire" series, I recently interviewed artist Roberta (Roby) Baer. I have been an admirer of her work ever since I happened upon it on Etsy. The level of realism that she's able to achieve is incredible. Please read the interview below and take a look at a few of Roby's beautiful paintings.



"Glass Beach"


Can you share a little bit about your art background?


Other than taking a couple high school art classes, I am self-taught. My mother was a recreational painter and my grandmother was more of a professional painter.


Which mediums do you work in and why?


I work in pastels due to my grandmother's influence. While she would paint with oils, she would let us use her pastels and it carried throughout my entire life.


How often do you paint?


I paint from 5-7 days a week depending on what is going on.


"Eye Of The Storm"

What subjects do you most enjoy painting and why?


I most enjoy painting wildlife because of my parents' love of nature. We were always outside and I gravitate towards mammals.


How would you describe your painting style?


My painting style is photorealism.


Can you tell me a little about your painting process?


My painting process starts with Bristol Board 500. I begin with a graphite sketch... The sketch is very accurate and this keeps me on track when I start to add my pastels. I begin with stick pastels smudging that into the tooth of the board. After achieving the desired foundation, I start to lay in hairs or detail with CarbOthello pastel pencils. I choose not to use any fixatives as it darkens the overall appearance and the painting is no longer achivally sound.


"Wind Chaser"

Do you set art related goals for yourself?


I have deadlines for everything that I do. I challenge myself by entering juried and national juried shows.


What is your favorite part about being an artist?


My favorite part about being an artist is the interaction I have with fellow artists and other people. I very much enjoy hearing different interpretations of my work.


"Self Portrait"


How has blogging and the internet changed your life as an artist?


The internet is integral part of how I do my research (e.g., making sure my animals are factual and true to their habitat at any time of year). The blog is a place for me to share with people new paintings I have completed and has allowed me to connect with others.


Do you have any advice for artists just starting out?


My advice is to practice your drawing skills if your goal is realism. This is the most important foundation towards being a good artist. Do your homework... learn tones, values and good composition. These are the building blocks to achieving success.


You can see Roby's Etsy page here, and her blog here.


Thanks Roby!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tis The Season For Quilting

New blush baby blanket, available here.

Well I just added my first baby blanket to my Etsy store. This blanket is so cute and soft! I'm tempted to make a larger one for myself. I'm having a lot of fun with these, in fact I started a couple more today.


I'm so happy that quilting weather has finally arrived. My sewing room is on the 2nd floor of my home and in the summer the air conditioning just doesn't cool it off very well. I've been anxiously awaiting this cooler weather so that I can get some quilting projects done. This morning I put in a Harry Potter movie, made some hot chocolate and got started on a new blanket. It was my idea of a perfect morning. :)


I promise not to share every new blanket that I make, but if you like keep your eye on my Etsy store because some super cute blankets are coming!


Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Baby Blanket

I recently finished up my college classes (and am now on break for a couple weeks) and got right to work on a few quilts I had to make. The first was a holiday table runner (a surprise gift for a friend) and the second was this cute baby blanket. A couple that my husband knows is about to have their first baby and I thought I would make them a blanket. They didn't find out the gender of the baby so I had to make it neutral.


The first quilt I ever made, I made about 2 years ago, and I actually haven't made one since. It's quite difficult to quilt on my sewing machine once the piece gets large, but a friend clued me in on "tying" and I love it. It's great because I used a poly-cotton blend batting and after tying the blanket is so soft. If it was tightly quilted it would be stiff. So anyway, I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and I've decided to make some for Etsy (in fact I've already made another one and which I will be sewing binding on this evening).


So, just another item that I will be adding to my Etsy shop. Look out for them! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembrance

"Remembrance" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting


Today we remember the tragic events that took place on this day 10 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with those lost and their families today. Whatever problems we think we have should feel so very small today.


I was a senior in high school, in advanced biology class, when the news broke. My teacher turned on the television and we spent the rest of the day just watching the news coverage. I've always felt deeply patriotic, but this really sparked something in me. Had 9-11 not happened, I'm not sure I would have joined the military shortly after graduating. I had a deep yearning to serve and I served a short time in the Air Force.


Thank you to those who continue to serve our country.


Thank you to Pat at Back Porch Musings for allowing me to use her photograph as a reference for this painting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thomas Kinkade Reproduction in Pastel

Thomas Kinkade Reproduction, 9 by 12, Pastel

Been wondering what the "challenging painting" I've been working on was? Well, here it is. I attempted the unthinkable, recreating a Thomas Kinkade in pastel. Thomas Kinkade is one of my very favorite artists. I have his calendar hanging in my kitchen and I kept admiring this particular painting. Then I got the crazy idea to give it a try in pastel. Obviously I wasn't able to do it justice, but I think it turned out fairly decently.


My intentions were to see if a Thomas Kinkade type of style was achievable in pastel. I have to say I think it would be a lot easier in oil, but with some practice and developed techniques I think it just might be possible with pastel.


This piece was so much fun, I just love all that detail. I was disappointed when I went to photograph the painting because the colors appeared so dull. I tried to fix it in photoshop and it helped a bit. The colors are so much prettier in person.


I hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Surrender

"Surrender" 5 1/2 by 5 1/2, Watercolor


Here is a look at today's watercolor. There was just something so sweet about this white rose against that dark background. I really enjoyed this piece. I'm not quite sure why, but I just love all those fussy little details.


This little watercolor was completed on 140lb watercolor paper and completed with artist's quality winsor and newton paints.


I'm already planning my next pastel painting, but it's so crazy I'm not even going to say what it is just in case it doesn't turn out. :)


Have a nice afternoon!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Item of the Week & Special Offer

"In The Garden" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting


I brought this kitty back from the gallery this weekend and he's now available in my Etsy shop. As this week's item-of-the-week this painting is being offered at a discount price of $45 with free shipping.


I have a few collectors of my original cat paintings, and at $45-$55 they're very reasonably priced. I have a few other original kitties available on my website too.


I'm also having a cigar box sale. If you purchase any box you will receive a reduced price box for free. Also, if you "like" my art page on Facebook I will send you a free hand painted cigar box with any purchase. These offers are supposed to end this Sunday, but I may extend it.


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A New England Lighthouse

"A New England Lighthouse" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting


I have to begin this post by thanking Sharon at A New England Life for allowing me to use her beautiful photograph as a reference for this painting. Thanks Sharon!


I decided to try a little something different today. I'd been admiring this photo for a long time but was too scared to even try it. For some reason I feel like I cannot paint foliage very well, but I haven't really tried. So, I decided to give it a shot today and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I was disappointed with the scan of the painting because it seemed to take something away from it. I think it looks much better in person and I'm very happy with the way it turned out.


As always, this painting was completed with artist quality pastel pencils on pastelbord. The detail of the lighthouse was so much fun. I think I'm going to have to try more paintings like this.


Have a great afternoon!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Goliath - Commissioned Pet Portrait

"Goliath" - Commissioned Pet Portrait, 8 by 10

I've been working the past few days on this pet portrait. A customer requested this painting as a gift for her sister. I was a bit nervous before starting it because the right side of the dog (in the reference photo) was mostly in shadow. It didn't look bad in the photo, I just wasn't sure I was going to be able to render it the way I wanted to with paint. But, I am very pleased with the way that it turned out. The scan isn't perfect, but the original looks great.


If you're interested in a custom pet portrait, just check out my Etsy page. I offer 3 different sizes and I think the prices are very reasonable.


Off to plan my next painting! :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cards and Quilts

I just thought I'd share what I've been working on the past couple days. The table runner above I made today. The fabric is all from the "Grand Finale" line by Moda. And it was my very first attempt at applique. I did some little leaves and acorns. It definitely takes a bit more time to do, but it was fun and it's different. This runner is listed on Etsy for $32.00 if anyone is interested.

These are a few cards that I made yesterday. I use my decorative painting style when painting these cards, much like I use for my cigar boxes. I had several of these listed on Etsy but no one seemed interested, so I took them to the gallery instead. I've sold quite a few, so I thought it would be fun to make some more. I don't know about any of you, but I still like to send cards. We are all so much into technology now that people don't send letters and cards like they used to. Maybe I'm just old fashioned. :)

I hope you all have a great night!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Among Lily Pads

"Among Lily Pads" 8 by 10, Pastel Painting




SOLD


It's finished! Like I mentioned in my previous post, I felt a bit rusty with this painting considering it has been a couple months since I used my pastels. But it's amazing how quickly it comes back. I also think it's good to take a break once in a while. I've come back from this time off with renewed creativity and fresh ideas.



This painting was completed on pastelbord and I used all CarbOthello pastel pencils. For now this painting is for sale on Etsy, but I might end up taking it to the gallery in a few weeks.



Have a lovely afternoon! :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Water Lily - Work In Progress

I'm working on a new pastel painting. The main subject is a water lily, but I haven't settled on a name yet. It's been months since I've painted in pastel and I'll admit, I'm a bit rusty! But after painting for a couple hours I started to settle back into my groove. I'm pleased with the way it's progressing.




So far I've only used pastel pencils and the surface is pastelbord. It's an 8 by 10, which is a bit bigger than I would normally work. I've only had a handful of pieces as big as 8 by 10 and my Grandma just purchased 2 of them. I need to start working a bit bigger, so this is a start.




I hope to have this finished in the next couple of days. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

No Apologies

I made a decision recently to stop feeling guilty and to stop apologizing for my art. Perhaps you're wondering why I would feel guilty or need to apologize for it. Well, I have gotten grief over the years from people who think that I shouldn't sell different types of items in my Etsy shop (I sell original fine art, prints, quilts, hand painted boxes and other decorative painted items). I've also gotten grief for supposedly not finding my "voice" as an artist yet.


To tell you the truth I'm just tired of it all. I shouldn't have to feel guilty because I have many interests. And I sell some of everything on Etsy, which tells me that people enjoy my different crafts as well as my fine artwork. And regarding my "voice" as an artist, I don't know why I have to paint in one medium and in one particular style. That just doesn't match my personality. I like to experiment. Some subjects I like to do a little looser and others I like to do more realistic. I appreciate the opinion of other artists, but I think it's time that I just follow my own path. Art is subjective and there should not be any rules. Giving into the harsh opinions of others has put a damper in my creativity.


I'm choosing to pursue what I choose and that's that. :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Smurfs

I'm so excited! I went to see the Smurfs on Sunday and I spotted some of my boxes! The set decorator purchased the three boxes pictured below. My husband, brother and sister and I all went to see the movie and were scanning the rooms trying to find the boxes.


I think I spotted this one and the one below on some tables. I'll have to wait until it comes out on DVD to see where they all were.
This peach roses box was clearly seen in many shots. In the movie, the Smurfs redecorate part of the living room, in the apartment of the main characters and this box is standing up right on the left hand side of the screen on a table. I'll admit that it was very cool seeing something I painted in a movie!

And the movie was cute. If you have kids or enjoy family type movies, you should go see it. :)


I couldn't help but pick up this little Smurf from McDonald's yesterday! :)


As a little celebration I'm having another cigar box sale on Etsy. 50% off any box with coupon code "boxsale."


My brother and sister were visiting this entire last week, but left for home today. While I'm sad that they're gone, I'm happy that things will be going back to normal around here. Which means I should be doing some more painting soon!


I hope you have a great week!