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Category Archives: Etsy
Tons of New Cards!
I’ve listed tons of new cards in the shop! They are all blank inside and perfect for any occasion!
Here they are, all 88 pin designs! These are available as pins on Etsy. Contact me directly for magnets, keychains, and wholesale inquiries.
Chucks and Pins!
I made these this week:
….and I’ve received offers to paint people’s shoes! If you are interested, drop me a message at magknit[at] telus.net! Send me your Converse Chucks and I will create an awesome, one-of-a-kind pair of shoes for you for $120 plus S+H. That’s art for your feet!
Also, new pins are available in the shop now! Thanks to Liisa for the pin design ideas. Get your awesome pins by clicking here.
Opening my Heart to YOU!
Happy Valentine’s Day! I am opening my heart to you and offering a 15% discount on everything in my Etsy shop until February 11! Just use the coupon code: LOVELOVE11
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your support!
Taking care of business
SelfLove365: Day 214
Been working hard all day to list new items in my Etsy shop!
Helping a friend.
This is for my dear friend Nicole Hartley Bradford… I met her through 5Rhythms dance classes. Ever since meeting Nicole, she has been promoting me and my art, helping me in ways that are so valuable to me. I know she does the same for other people.
For the next six days, I will be donating the proceeds of my sales (paintings, cards, magnets, pins, prints, etc) to Nicole. Please help support her by getting my art into your home! You are welcome to come visit my studio to purchase, and I will also be listing more items to my Etsy shop shortly. I might even do a painting auction.. fun!
Nicole has a vision for how she wants to live in this world, and she needs financial help to do it. In her words:
“Friends, I feel hopelessness and bad luck are winning today. My catch 22 of having blocks inside me that keep me from prospering and needing that prosperity to get what I need and clear the blocks is feeling like a hopeless loop.
I’m due to have my girls during the month of August but that means spending money I have yet to make.
I see that’s the story of my life. I said yes to the children I was given, and my energy, attention, nurturing was directed to them rather than to building a career. As a single mom for 8 years, I learned to cope in poverty and I put my own share into remembering my self to heal my blocks.
Evidently, I haven’t got caught up.
20 years later here I am in poverty.
Poverty doesn’t define me, as I trust many if you will attest. I have claimed in good part, the gifts I have been given to pass on: a clear vision, storytelling, grace, creativity, bravery, connectivity, healing, passion…
But poverty makes it very hard to keep the faith, and to keep my core in peace.”
Please visit my Etsy shop for more listings!
Prints! and parenting… and procrastination.
It’s been over year since I had the idea of making printed reproductions of my paintings. It took me months to research the place to do get it done, another few months to get it done, and another few months to actually tell you about it.
My “To Do” list is so long, that very little actually gets done. After painting (which takes most of my time), there is not much time in my day left for the other things I would like to do. I can accept this. I am a mother of three children, so my time is split between household responsibilities, and my artistic career. I am not willing to put in the night hours, working after my children are in bed – that would make me insane (after making me tired, cranky, and probably sick). My evenings are usually filled with dancing or class meetings, or spending time with my hubby. Sometimes I wonder if I just don’t take myself seriously enough, but mostly, I feel like I have a good balance. So, when I am wondering why I am not in galleries yet, or why I am not selling more paintings yet, or why there isn’t a greater demand for my work yet, I remind myself that I get what I put into this process, and this is as much as I am willing to put in right now.
Rarely do I remember to look back to pre-2009, but I should. I can remind myself of how far I have come. Before 2009, I knew I wanted to be an artist. No wait, I knew I was an artist, but I was so good at procrastinating, and kept putting off creating. There was something really scary about starting on the path of becoming an artist. Scarier than a blank canvas, scarier than the blank page – this was a blank path, and I was so scared to take that first step.
I’m so glad I did.
(just do it)
My prints are available in my Etsy shop. I still have one more to list – it might take me another few weeks to do that (ha!).
Today’s Lesson: Paint it Black
After I’ve been working on a painting for awhile, I step back and observe. Usually I notice that it is missing something here, or a little something needs to go there. But once in awhile, a painting needs a BIG makeover. It’s too rainbow, too monotonous, and doesn’t have enough contrast. The answer: black.
I can understand how this may be daunting. I can get caught up in not wanting to ruin my painting, whatever that means! I occasionally become attached to certain areas, and allow myself that attachment. Sometimes I will save those little bits, and sometimes I’ll just paint right over them. More often than not, if I save them, after a few days I am able to paint over them without shouting, “CRAP!” Painting with black turns the project right around, allowing it to go in a whole different direction. It’s a great way to get past being stuck and it adds wonderful depth to the image.
I finished this one today and just love how it turned out (but I am not attached to it.. I could do another round of black, I guess..). I’ve named it “Ether” – it is now available in my etsy shop.