Back from some downtime

January 16, 2013

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve been active with my blog and Etsy shop.  As many may understand, the disruptions of life, including a couple of hurricanes and several serious family illnesses, make keeping up-to-date a huge challenge.   In fact, I’ve tried  keeping in touch through my iPod and it’s ITSY-BITSY keypad among its other limitations.  Ugh.  I’m sure I’ve almost faded away to some but am resolved now that my own health is improving to  re-establish those contacts.

Fripp Island House2012 ended on a very strange note, with the Newtown incident being so close to home (literally 30 miles away), and the horrible and long-lasting effects of the monster named Sandy (also so close to home).  My future mother-in-law went into a coma while the storm raged outside the hospital, and then my mother was surprised to be laid-off on New Year‘s Eve.  Meanwhile, I’m suffering that nasty flu that has been in the headlines on the local news channels.  Just before Hurricane Sandy I had a terrifying automobile accident that resulted from a stuck accelerator with a loss of brakes and steering.

Except for the larger picture of the Newtown and Sandy aftermath, all of my personal crisis’ have worked out for the best with everyone’s health returned to  normal and everyday life on an even keel.  Even my own car accident resulted in only minimal damage and no injuries, so I am thankful that we are all well and together and safe.Fripp deer

The picture you see here is from one of my trips south for a wedding on Fripp Island, S.C.  It’s a lovely and exclusive location where the deer walk up to you and alligators bask in the sun while you golf.  In fact the only way to really experience the island is by golf cart.  I was lucky to have been on the invitation list, or this would probably never have been a place I would ever have seen.

2012 had its great moments for me and my family – and this was one of them.


Please Join Me at RAWards- RAW Hartford

November 13, 2012

Sunrise Daisy Snowman

I’m currently working on a new project for an organization that supports and promotes artists of all kinds-painters, singers, bands, fashion designers, hair stylists, etc.  RAW:natural born artists  will be hosting a party at the Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St, Hartford, CT.  I will have a booth featuring my own artwork and I will be helping promote other Connecticut artists.  The Russian Lady is a venue that has featured artists in the past such as Train, and Adam Lambert.

There will be an ugliest sweater contest, several local hand-picked bands by RAW, art displays, food trucks, all types of artists, and lots of people 🙂  If you want to buy tickets to see my exhibit, please click on this link http://www.rawartists.org/janepurcell.  Tickets are only $10.00 if purchased from the site- $15.00 at the door.  I am delighted to take part in this event and hope to see as many of you as possible!


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/


These Girls Know Their Stuff!

June 5, 2012

Butterfly Perfume Bottle

I’ve just been introduced to a new blog that I think is going to blossom into something big-   OhSoGirly.com  I’ll quote them (Julia and Lior) directly from their own about page because they say it best-  “Oh So Girly is our corner of the internet where we embrace pink, flowers, kawaii stuff and everything girly, in a celebration of cute and pretty things!  Stay tuned for posts on girly gifts, beautiful home decor, beauty, fashion and everything in between.”

Pretty pink shoes

Actually they found me, and I’m glad they did.  They posted an article on my shop UnderTheNumNumTree  that was both flattering and informative.  The blog is relatively new but packed with all things that girls could want.  Every time I enter their site I find new things to enjoy and indulge in.  Oh, and of course there is their zazzle and cafepress shops- you have to check them out- they are gorgeous!  I’ll continue following them for sure- they’ve got the ideas, the talent, and the drive.  Here are some more links to check into:

http://www.ohsogirly.com/

http://www.zazzle.com/inspirationzstore?rf=238418629569684551

http://www.cafepress.com/inspirationzstore?aid=49789583

http://www.zazzle.com/girlytemplate/home

Trendy Girly Bling


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”


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