40% Off Etsy Sale!

Flowerburst – Acrylic on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches

Hello everyone, I am having another Etsy Sale!  This time I am offering a whopping 40% off with a minimum spend of £50!  Most of my paintings are not much bigger than the one above, so this is a good time to order a couple or a few, as we know that unless you are going BIG, smaller paintings and prints look better in a group, as below.

Etsy Photos

The reason behind this massive sale is that many items will expire on the 2nd of April and I will not be relisting most of them as I am working on new projects.  At the beginning of the year, I reduced the prices of many of my paintings and kept the prices of the prints reasonably low.

I am running out of space on my walls!  Everything you see on my wall below is listed on my Etsy site and will be shipped with the mat (NOT framed).


Here are a couple of ideas for groups:


Remember, these are all originals and when they are gone, they are gone!  I made my first Etsy Sale this week!  One of my little paintings went to live in the USA!  I hope it gets there quickly and in one piece!

In the meantime, you can visit my shop by clicking here or on the link in the sidebar.  I would be really grateful if you would share with your friends if you think they would be interested.  Thank you for stopping by!


Abstract Shells

Following on from the Abstract Flowers tutorial, I decided to take it a step further and do Abstract Shells.  I made the one on the left first.  Did you know that sea urchin skeletons come in an amazing range of colors?  I looked at a lot of shells online to get an idea how to draw them.  Then I found and made shapes.  I went a bit mad with some paint splatter.  As much as I like my shells, I thought this one was a bit subdued, so I made another one with brighter and stronger colors.  I tried to have more beach pebbles in this one.  Although I do like both of them, I prefer the one on the right.  What do you think?




Getting Out of a Funk

I am not totally out of the Doldrums yet, but I think the wind is starting to pick up.

The next thing I am going to say may not be entirely professional of me, but I have my reasons and I think you may forgive/understand my predicament.  I am temping somewhere I have been before.  There are times when the role can be very busy, but the rest/most of the time it is as slow as a tortoise.  As my pay is at the minimum wage, so are my duties.  Basically, I just answer the phone and deal with queries and take messages.  I am qualified and capable of doing more, but I am not being paid to do more, so I don’t, and I haven’t been asked.  In the meantime, in-between answering calls, I look at world news.  World news is quite depressing.  After a couple of days of catching up with The Guardian Online and BBC News, I start to get depressed and angry.   So I started reading art blogs.  Reading art blogs cheers me up and because I can’t make art at work, I get inspired to make art at home.  Remember, I am NOT a doodler.  I don’t doodle.  So, no art at work!

Reading one blog has led me to reading another, and since I have free time I have been reading the blog from back to front.  I am in year 2009.  I am currently reading Carla Sonheim’s blog.  I just love her quirky style.  While reading her blog I remembered something.  I remembered that I also heard of her from a blogger I follow, Jill Kuhn.  Jill has been doing some of her online classes.  Jill also has a quirky sense of humor that I love.  While looking at the free stuff on Carla’s blog, I came across a tutorial that I knew I could do and thought it would kick-start me into getting me out of the Doldrums.

So, I got out my watercolors.  Right?  I didn’t think I would see them anytime soon, but I do have so many pretty colors.  If you don’t have watercolors, you can use ink or add water to your acrylics.


I just followed the tutorial that I will have a link to at the end of this post.  The one on the right I made with the end of a Romaine Lettuce.  I know, the dog usually gets it but he stole a burger from the counter and so I painted with it instead.

I think these actually look better scanned than in real life.  I used pencil in the first and last one and colored pencils for the middle one.  I used Gamboge for the first and third as a wash and a pink for the middle one.  I didn’t do any erasing as I quite like the dark areas of pencil.

Things I learned.

  1. I might make fewer marks to start with.
  2. In saying number 1, I might not make so many lines with the back of my brush after painting on the Gesso and use the pencil more.
  3. It might be a good idea to look at some flowers first to work out some other shapes.

The most important thing that happened was that I got excited about what I was doing.  I was following a process.  Sometimes I need someone to tell me what to do. (Don’t tell my husband that though!)  In following someone else’s process, I learned what works and doesn’t work for me.  I also discovered a cool way to make lily pads!

If you want to try this yourself, visit Carla’s website here.  Thanks for stopping by!