Studio Bits

Selling Art Online: Some Basics To Consider

 When I began selling art online over seven years ago, online art galleries were in their infancy (in fact, handmade market giant Etsy was only two years old.)  There were few online artist veterans, many of which had been testing the waters on online platforms such as Ebay.  At the time,…(continue reading)

Etsy And Me: How Do I Shorten My Shop Links?

Have you ever been browsing through Etsy and notice that some sellers have cute, short, clickable links in their item descriptions instead of cumbersome links that go on for two lines?  They look something like this:  http://etsy.me/1LNPfJ5 My first thought was "I LIKE those."My next was…(continue reading)

Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress

My current painting in progress is a 24 x 36 mixed media painting on gallery wrap canvas, a fusion of botanical forms and textures enveloped in a tranquil palette of blues, yellows, oranges, and deep warm brown.  Here are some close-ups of the painting's textures:      As I tend…(continue reading)

Design Studio Workbench: Metal Shapes and Patina

Currently on my workbench in my jewelry studio:  shapes of patinated metals (mainly copper) in various stages of design. The two flowers and long metal strips are copper sheet metal that has been cut, filed, textured with a hammer, and heated with a butane torch to apply a heat patina. …(continue reading)

Studio On the Road: Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Virginia

Assateague National SeashoreAs October slides into the Midwest (though I do love autumn) I admit to being slightly nostalgic for my summer travels.  Assateague Island National Seashore, an even smaller island off the small island of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, is an amazing…(continue reading)