I originally began working on it a year ago but was never happy with it.
I would work on it straight for weeks. Then a month would go by where it would just sit there...untouched and unpublished.
The problem is that I am a perfectionist when it comes to my illustrations. Unfortunately, this leads to nothing getting finished. Please note though...When I get an assignment from someone I give 110% and make sure it's done beautifully and on time (I probably spend way too many hours tweaking & obsessing over it..lol!).
Finally, I just sat down and got rid of what I don't like. There are tons of artists sites that I love and admire and are so much better than mine. But, in the end, this is the site I came up with and am so very happy with how it turned out...although I'm sure I will still be tweaking it!
An original acrylic painting of a kitty next to a vase of flowers is up at my
My sitter is here so I'm having a lovely day catching up on errands, Dr. appointments, etc.
So much easier without the kids hanging on me. Plus, I don't feel bad that I have to keep on saying, "wait a minute, honey...Mommy is on the phone." Instead, they get to do crafts and fun things with our amazing babysitter :)
A little print I designed. ALL the proceeds of this print will go to the Red Cross for Japan.
I am going to relist it as long as it keeps selling.
My heart, as I'm sure your's does, goes out to everyone there. I cannot fathom what they are going through. Although I may only raise a small amount of money, I believe that every dollar counts. I'm sure a few dollars can help one person have clean water for a day or so. That would make a big difference to me if I or a loved one was thirsty.
********************Hug your loved ones today (and everyday)!******************
As you may know, we are selling our house so we can move closer to my husbands work. Traveling 60 miles each way for over 5 years has lost it's thrill.
We listed around Thanksgiving as although it wasn't the best time to list we figured maybe we would find that one person who wanted to buy. Someone I know had 2 offers on Thanksgiving weekend so there was hope. The result? One showing and they liked the house but weren't planning on even listing theirs until the summer.
Now that the holidays have past...and all the snowstorms...people are out looking again. We had about 4 showings in the past few weeks and so far the feedback was as follows:
One wanted a bigger kitchen.
One wanted an office on the first floor instead of the second.
One wanted a fireplace (we didn't get one this time as our last house had June bugs coming in & we never used it).
One said there were too many windows in the back of the house (sunroom has 5 and family room has 4) My Realtor said that was the first time she ever heard anyone not liking too many windows...especially in a sunroom...lol!
Anyway, everyone has their own likes and dislikes. It is the biggest purchase that anyone will ever make in their lives so I understand that people want to find what they want.
When we were looking for homes a couple of years ago I really wanted sidewalks so I wouldn't have to walk with the kids in the street. I was surprised how many developments didn't have sidewalks! It's not as important to me now that my kids are older and know not to run into the street.
Also, I preferred patios / decks that were on or low to the ground vs. a walk out basement because I wanted to be able to run inside and do dishes or get dinner / lunch ready while keeping an eye on the kids. Funny, daylight basements are usually preferred.
We have an open house this weekend so we are hoping to have some good results. Wish us luck!
Here is another version of my Owl print in more muted colors.
I love the cool blues and greens with all the textures.
I must say that I did not illustrate this beautiful owl. In my quest to find vintage art and components I came across these commercially available owls by TheInkNest on etsy. I did not want to use them at first as I thought it might be strange that I am an artist and should create my own owl. But, after much thought I kept thinking how much I just loved this artists design and use of pattern and figured why not. I confimed with the artist if this use was accepable and she said, "yes!" To my delight I obtained her owls and had so much fun creating this new print!
This print is available in my LetterStudio shop along with my other digital collage prints. The owl just happens to be a newer design. Plus, it's great to support another artist...right?
I've been on a bit of an OWL run recently and decided to create these sweet BUBBLEGUM OWL 2" CIRCLES. They can be used for scrapbooking, cupcake toppers and more!
Currently, they are available at my ETSY shop. I do have freebies in the works but am having trouble setting up the images for you! I will be so happy when this is resolved as then I can post freebies on a regular basis. Got to share the love!
Our weekend was nice as my husband also took off Thursday and Friday. Plus my Mother-in-law came up from Florida we had some great family time with the kids (and some down time for me as there were extra hands to help with the kids...yay!).
I created this painting for my little girl's room a few years ago and it look soooo beautiful in it's white wood frame over her white wicker furniture! Unfortunately it is still packed up somewhere in the basement from our move that fell through and I cannot find it! I would love to photo it so you could see how it looks with the frame AND I would love to have it up in her room for our house showings.
So looking forward to being settled somewhere and having my art studio all set up! I promise I am not complaining :) We have just been living in limbo for quite a while (few years) and I'm just so antsy and excited that our house is listed and we are beginning to get some showings.
I know even when we do move and are "settled" life will still be wonderfully busy and beautifully crazy with the kids. Just thinking about having my little art studio that is all set up where I can be messy and create and then shut the doors just makes me smile :)
The other week my "Dream" print made it to the front page of ETSY! I was up in at 1:30am getting milk for my little guy and decided to check. Lo and behold...my print! It's amazing because if I didn't check it at that time then I would not have known it was there. It was only up for a few hours.
I began selling on ETSY 2 years ago (on and off) with LittleArtStudio and don't think I was ever in a Treasury during that time. Ever since I started LetterStudio (about a month ago) my prints have been in well over 15...plus I landed the front page :) Weird. I guess my new images are more visually pleasing than my original whimsical art.
Anyway, I'm still working on both shops and we will see where they lead. The frontpage didn't yield any sales but that's OK. I was too excited anyway and did get more "hearts" for my shop. Right now, I'm just having fun with it and creating what I really want to...for both of my shops.
Now, I'm off to work on finalizing some art for a licensing submission!
Today, we have about 5 Realtors visiting to go through and critique our house.
I did a lot of cleaning yesterday & still have a ton to do today. I am thrilled that I did
get our bedroom curtains & family room curtains put up. Plus, I got all the kids crafty messy items out of the sunroom and replaced the stained stiff rug with a lovely plush one. Little by little the house is coming along.
The one thing (aside from the housing market) that may hurt us is a new listing down the street. Their house is the same size but with the grand 2 story foyer and more angled layout. Ours is a colonial with lots of windows and a beautiful sunroom. The other house is listed 20K below ours too! Ugh!
Anyhoo...Above is my latest digital collage print mixing old and new images.
Do you like the little birdies sharing their cup of tea?
Here is a sweet little Valentine's Day heart that you can add to your site or blog! After many hours...yes hours...I could not figure out how to create an actual grab button. If you do post my little heart to your site then I would love for you to link back to my blog (link below). Thanks so much and enjoy!
right click and save heart onto your desktop
upload to your blog (adding an image widget) or to your site.
link the image to http://littleartstudio.blogspot.com/
know that I appreciate you spreading the LOVE...Thank you!
Wow...I think it was the day after Christmas when I began to see the Valentine's Day items out!
From Halloween all the way through Easter seems like a whirlwind of treats, family & decorations :)
Like my Valentine Hearts above? I created them using Adobe Illustrator. I love being able to change the colors and line styles with just a click of the mouse. It's great for me because colors are not my strong point so I can try out different combinations to see what looks best and not have to redo the drawing over and over.
Above is a picture of my new art studio! We added french doors to our sitting area of our bedroom. Brought up my parents old warped dining room table (solid fruitwood is sooo heavy!). Moved a skinny IKEA tall shelf that we have had for over 10 years. Added a broken, worn out dining room chair and some art supplies and Wha Laa! An art studio!
Of couse there is still organizing that needs to be done. I'm going to enjoy it whenever I can until we sell our house. The photo above shows my messy desk...Notice the pencil shavings behind the red paint? I still need to get a garbage can.
My whimsy bird is almost done & will be posted on Etsy along with others soon...I will let you know :)