I mentioned in an earlier post that I am addicted to Etsy – not just selling my artwork there, but buying things. I’ve decided to do a new weekly feature on my blog called “Friday Favourites”, where I list some of the items I have in my favourites list on etsy.
So, here is my first week’s selections! Please check out the other items these sellers have to offer as well, and remember to support handmade!
First up is this beautiful butterfly tray from Island Girl Pottery. It’s so pretty it’s almost a shame to cover it up with food!
These earrings from Stone Street Studio are called “Bittersweet”, but I think they’re just sweet!
More jewellery (lots of my Etsy favourites are jewellery – you can never have too much jewellery!) – I just love this Aqua Briolette necklace from The Zen Muse – although I must confess that I have no idea what Briolette means! I think the colours is just gorgeous.
I love the combination of Science and Art, so when I saw these Jupiter earrings from Desert Artisan I fell in love with them! (I shouldn’t really be advertising them here because I am totally buying them as soon as I have some spare cash!). I’ve purchased from Desert Artisan before and the earrings and pendant I purchased were even prettier in real life than in the photo.
I hope you enjoyed my very first Friday Favourites! (Yes, it’s not quite Friday yet but I won’t be able to get to a computer tomorrow and I didn’t want to wait until next week!)
Don’t forget to stop by these sellers stores to see the other lovely items they have for sale – and buy handmade this Christmas!
This week’s inpsiration topic over at Inspire Me Thursday is “Tree”. Well, I love trees too much to just stop at one!
I’ve actually done several tree paintings this weekend but I thought I’d space them out a bit.
This one is called “Silver White Winter”. I did the silver detailing with glass paint. It keeps its shine and gives the painting a textured feel.
It’s a weird painting to do at this time of year, as it was stinking hot here today, but I am listing it in my Etsy shop and hoping that it’ll be picked for a winter feature, as it is winter in the northern hemisphere where most Etsy buyers are from!
Could there be an Inspire Me Thursday subject more suited to my work than “Tree”?
I have always loved trees, ever since I was a child & spent most of my free time climbing the huge tree we had in our backyard. Trees feature heavily in my artwork.
I don’t really need an extra excuse to paint trees, and was planning to paint some trees this weekend anyway. I think I’ll be contributing more than one painting to this weeks theme!
My first painting:
What I wanted to do with this painting is to represent the fact that beauty does not mean looking like everyone else. Being an individual and being yourself is more beautiful than becoming a carbon-copy of the ideals projected by the media.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an Inspire Me Thursday challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed this one:
This week, let’s try something a little different. Let’s all download Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière and use her somehow in a piece of art. You can cut, collage, paint, decoupage, whatever your heart desires as long as you use some part of this image in your art.
The portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière is a painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, now in the Louvre. [more information here]
My interpretation of this challenge was to create a watercolour painting/collage with one of my signature style backgrounds. I also gave her a bit of a wardrobe update and a bit of extra lippy. I’ve titled this one “Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere Dreams of Love on a Starry Night”.
If you’d like to buy this painting, it is available at my etsy store.