Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What I've been painting lately

I think I've got a thing for ocean creatures.  And sea plants.  And other sea-dwelling beings.  I started a kind of series of paintings recently, and they are undersea scenes.  All similar, as of right now, which is nice, I think.  I'm experimenting with layouts, and I haven't quite gotten my vision right yet.  But the paintings are still cute!  Check out my purple rock/blob things.  Loving those, and can you see my tiny sand dollars?  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My cards in a local shop!

I had some Christmas packages to mail last week, and there was NO WAY in heck I was going to the depressing and soul-sucking Ballard post office again.  There are a couple of nice shops that double as mailing centers near me, so I went to one of those instead; the one that happens to be carrying some of my watercolor cards.  I had my entourage of little girls with me, and before we left I told them to "look for mommy's/auntie's cards".  So it was like an Easter egg hunt.  This shop also has a tiny kid area, with toys and a little easel, so I was hoping it wouldn't be too boring if we had to wait a long time in line.

I needn't have worried about a line, I waited a total of about 25 seconds.  And it took only that long for the girls to find my cards, too!  The whole shop was full of their delighted squeals, the ladies working that day found it hilarious, thankfully. 

As I was getting my packages weighed and stamped, I told the lady helping me that the kids were so excited about the crab and octopus because I was the artist who made the cards.  Then it was even cuter to them because they were so excited.

The cards were displayed in two different places in the shop, and it looked like they had already sold about half of what they had ordered from me, which is great!  Mostly the octopus card, there was only one of those left that I could see.  And of course I took some sneaky photos; it felt weird to me to take photos, but I really wanted some!

Card display in local shop

Card display in the shop

So there you have it!  I will be working harder on getting more of my cards in other shops in the Seattle area, Just waiting until after Christmas to do more sales calls.  Not really the best time of year to do it, but I made a personal commitment to go every week, so I need to stick with it.  Until next time guys!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My First Craft Show

Hi guys!  This past Sunday I had a table at a local trunk show, for the first time ever.  It went really well!  There were about 12 local artists participating, including a friend of mine, (who was the one to tell me about the show).  So many amazing hand-made things, it was great.  I did a little Christmas shopping at my fellow artist's tables, too.

I did manage to make a little money, which was great; I wasn't sure what to expect.  I found having a table at a craft/trunk show to be easier than listing items in my Etsy store; no need to take perfect photographs, write the listing, etc.  Just make the cards, package them, and sell them!  I plan on doing more craft shows in the future, so if you know of any good ones in the Seattle, area, let me know!

Over the next few weeks I will be adding a few more art prints to the shop, as well as the cards I have been making to sell to local shops.  Stay tuned for that!  And just so you can see what kind of cards I have been making, below are some photos from the trunk show, enjoy!