Halloween and Pinterest- Very Nice Indeed

October 19, 2012

Candy Corn Kitty

So a long, long time ago I said I would add a new theme every two weeks or so to my Pinterest page.  For all my friends who follow this blog, the last theme I created was a shell and sand theme in honor of the last days of summer.  After a few weeks I did create a theme using my favorite color–  brown.  To me, September is a tough one to theme.  Mostly it’s all about back-to-school.  But if anyone was like me as a kid I used to cringe at back-to-school sales commercials and felt very forlorn at the first sign of leaf change here in Connecticut.

I paid close attention, and realized that the first change (no matter how small) was always by Aug. 10th.  Ugh.  We had lots of time left for swimming and biking but those last few weeks really feel like a rainy Sunday and tomorrow it’s back to school (or work).  Except that feeling lasts the whole few weeks.

Anyway, to get back to my point, I created a theme that had nothing to do with school at all, but evoked those cozy feelings of tucking in and reading in a comfy chair with a cup of tea.  But, due to some travelling and a backlog of work on my return, I never posted it here for my friends to see.  Don’t worry, it’s my favorite theme so I will revisit it often.

Halloween House

But to zoom back into the present, I have recently created a Halloween page that I’m very pleased with.  It’s really about the colors associated with this fun holiday.  If you remember, my challenge was to create a theme from all the wonderful pictures that me and my Pinterest friends have pinned.  Sometimes the pictures will be directly related to my theme, or the colors will create those feelings.

Happy Pinning!  And Happy Halloween!


My Floral Silhouettes

August 14, 2012

I call this one Skim-Milk Cow

Skim_milk_cow_etsy

Some of my Artwork

June 20, 2012


I’ve Been Interviewed by Design and Style Guide

June 16, 2012

Just recently I subscribed to a newsletter from Design & Style Guide.  When they emailed that they had opened up a social network in their blog I jumped on it.   And here’s why:

Design and Style Guide.net is a network of extremely talented artisans that specialize in handmade home decor.  They present a collective portfolio to Interior Designers and Decorators through their team website www.designstyleguide.net,  and help DSG members with online marketing and promoting the handmade movement in general.

This website is the perfect companion to any quality handmade online store. They don’t sell anything on the website (and therefore charge no sales fees). Instead they link to online store(s) and make it possible for potential buyers to rapidly find quality handmade home decor items by style, material, color, or room. You can even search for sellers locally.

After creating my own pagewith them I had the opportunity to be interviewed.  Here are some excerpts:

UnderTheNumNumTree

Glad Dog

What themes do you pursue?

My current focus is floral art and custom silhouettes. The best way I can describe my work is light-hearted and whimsical. I think my appeal is to children and animal- lovers. Although my work tends to be very feminine, I am working on projects that would appeal to more masculine tastes. I mostly identify with those great artists whose use of color dominates their works- Raphael, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Klimt, and John Singer Sargent.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Funny thing- three times I have had major breakthroughs in my creative blocks, and two of them were due to my dearest pets. The first one was maybe 5- 6 years ago when my parakeet NumNum died. I could not be consoled for a long time, and during that period found some old pencils and began to draw. I drew like I was making up for missed time and I think it helped me through my mourning. The second was when my boyfriend’s father recommended me to a furniture maker for painting a child’s chair for charity. After that I threw myself into the crafting world and have been doing it ever since.

UnderTheNumNumTree

The third was due to the addition into my life of the most beautiful and sweet cat that we rescued due to the death of her owner. Her name is Kitty and you can find many references to her in my websites. Kitty inspired me to draw portraits/silhouettes and narrowed my focus to pets and animals as my primary subjects. And since I am in a very large club of pet- lovers it is a very comfortable niche for me.

Every time I am asked to do a custom pet silhouette my artistic juices get flowing. After talking to people about their loved-ones I feel inside very deeply that I want to capture the essence of that pet. Each time it is a challenge to create something new that will be touching and honor their pet. That is what motivates me most.

How have you handled the marketing side of being an artist?
I’ve donated to silent auctions, made wedding invitations, painted furniture, and been approached by book and magazine editors. I believe this is mostly because I’ve learned quite a bit of online marketing. To sell online as an artist you have to consider how you handle public relations. You have to think about what you are saying and selling. Most of the time it is about making friends and keeping them. Make time to promote them and you’ll eventually find yourself being promoted by them as well.

What do you like about Design Style Guide?
I was delighted to find an email from Design and Style Guide saying that they had a networking site set up. I signed up immediately. For all the social media such as Facebook and Twitter you have to cast a very wide net to capture an audience that will identify with you and your product. I see DSG as a network of like minds who could work together or complement each other. I look forward to watching it grow.

If you’d like to see this interview in its entirety or just want to check out the site, click on this link:

http://designstyleguide.net/community/blog/our-interview-with-jane-purcell/


A Little Help From My Friends

June 5, 2012

Hi folks!  It has been a while since I have written anything here and I feel that a great way to start would be to talk about the circle of people, sites, and their shops that have influenced me and been friends as well.

Aunt Bean Artworks

Image by Christine Smith

A fellow artist on Twitter has been a fan and a friend, and I think her artwork is dreamy and lovely. You can see how she follows her heart.  Her name is Christine Smith and I highly recommend that you follow her blog  www.auntbeanartworks.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristineCantow

Early on I discovered an artist whose miniature artwork just blew me away- not only because it was beautiful, but because the work was so painstaking and meticulous that I doubt few can accomplish what she does.  Her name is Evelina Pastilati, and I have featured her in earlier posts of my blog.  When we met she was beginning to make gorgeous jewelry.  I consider her a friend and am pleased by her success.  These are just a couple of ways to find her on the web:

Jewelry by Evelina Pastilati

https://www.twitter.com/JewelsByEvelina
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JEWELRYANDMINIATURES

Evelina Pastilati

Evelina guided me to this site:  A Little Etsy Love  www.etsyfix.com/  They help Etsy shops with promotions through giveaways, coupons and ads.  The giveaways are in article form and are short but empathetic to the atmosphere and feeling of the shops they feature.

My ad on “A little etsy love”

I’ve done both and feel good each time I get that little ding on my iPod that says I’ve been mentioned by their site.  I personally worked with Nancy Fallon- one of their contributors and I felt the goodwill of friendship instantly.  I’ve also linked to the site with a button on the sidebar and wrote a post about a little etsy love previous to this one.

Nancy Fallon NFallon Design Studio

Nancy Fallon also has her own Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nfallondesignstudio.  You can find wonderfully beautiful knits, cards, purses, jewelry and art prints in here- my favorite being The Animal -a sweet watercolor reproduction of a giraffe.  You can follow Nancy on Twitter at:     https://www.twitter.com/NFallonDesigns

Another Etsy friend has provided me with some of the tools I need to sell my work and has happily answered my questions.  She provides me with mat kits and I had not realized what a difference they would make to showcase my art.  I purchased black double mats, and later on white double mats.  Both look stunning, but when I saw how sweet the white mats looked with my art,  I realized that I should be focusing on marketing for babies and children.  it was just that one extra click of the dial in the right direction.  I recommend to anyone who loves art that you visit her site- she has been quick and efficient in helping me get the right tools.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/framergirl

For even more supplies such as: kits, acrylic, and some frames, try www.documounts.com    They also specialize in custom mats.  Framergirl can answer any of the questions you may have.

Artist’s supplies by framergirl on etsy.com

I could list so many more people who have influenced and supported me in this great big world wide web, and I will share them with you.  For those of you who have not seen any of my works or sites here are the links to my favorites:

I played with an art program on this one of black-eyed susans

My Shop       www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

Pinterest       www.pinterest.com/janepurcell    You can see more of the works from the people above here as well

Twitter     www.twitter.com/mjanepurcell

Facebook   www.facebook.com/underthenumnumtree

Jane Purcell “Chocolate Milk Cow”


UnderTheNumNumTree is experiencing A Little Etsy Love

May 2, 2012

a little etsy loveAs many of my followers may know, I run an online business selling art and gifts called UnderTheNumNumTree  (one word).  It’s an Etsy store that I have been nurturing for several years.  It was easy to join and open my shop, but I’ll tell you, for a newbie to computers, I had so much to learn and I knew it.  I’m self taught and I knew back then how much time it would take to learn to use and implement the tools I needed to have it functioning like a real store.  I had a Twitter account but could not understand it, and Facebook made me crawl under the covers (still does sometimes).

Needless to say, I learned enough to use these tools somewhat effectively, and many other social media as well.  Behind the scenes in my office, I learned how to take photos, scan, size, resize, and crop, along with some crafting techniques and requests for products I had not considered yet, like making wedding invitations.  This project alone taught me a few things with my Word program and printer.

It’s been a long journey, and will be longer still, because I finally feel (in my 40’s) in my gut the path I want to take.  I’ve made friends, and a few mistakes, I’ve had real lows and highs- times I’ve wanted to throw it all away, and times I’ve been proud to see how far I’ve come.  This whole experience started with one little recommendation from a friend at a craft show to give Etsy a try.  If it had been difficullt to set up a shop with them I would not have even bothered with it.  But it was very easy and encouraging to use, and even taught me a few little things in the process.

This morning I woke up to find one of my items in a friend’s blog  Limezinnias Design which flattered me tremendously, and I was due to see my shop featured in a blog designed to get the word out about some of the fine shops on Etsy.  A Little Etsy Love is a great title for what they offer, and all my experiences with them have been terrific.   I recommend them highly to any Etsy shop owner.

So, I hope others online who have had similar experiences with selling online can find encouragement in this post.  I would love to hear about them, so feel free to comment. And if you are a shopper, I recommend you check into some of the sites I have included in my blog.  Smiles!  🙂

"Kittyboo" Silhouette Details

UnderTheNumNumTree

Visit my other sites!

www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

www.pinterest.com/janepurcell

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

www.twitter.com/mjanepurcell

http://www.facebook.com/UnderTheNumNumTree


Gallery of Animals- Art Prints for Children

April 16, 2012

Playful Pink Dogwood Kitty

Springtime Bunny

Strawberry and Chocolate Milk Cow Print

Skim Milk Cow Print

Hawaiian Boxer

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