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!


This week’s Pinterest Theme- Summer’s Bounty

August 8, 2012

Fruits and Vegetables Collage

To all Pinterest fans!  Some of you may be aware that I have recently put myself up to the challenge of creating pictorial/color themes on my page https://pinterest.com/janepurcell/.  This is my 2nd official challenge- although I had created several beforehand.  The goal is to follow a color palette and current theme throughout the top 4-5 (if not more) lines of my boards.  If I do not have pictures to match the theme, I try to get at least as close a match with the colorsI have chosen.  The end result should be a cohesive and appealing first impression of my page- sort of like coordinating an outfit and accessories.

Fruits and vegetables canes

Last week’s challenge was based on the recent color trend orange and the height of the season’s pick- melons.  My goal here was to use the colors of the wide range in melons- particularly the pale oranges, greens, and pinks.

This week continues with a seasonal theme- summer’s bounty.  My intentions here are to include the deeper greens of the height of summertime, with the deeper richer colors of the flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  Picture a table overflowing with these things…

Earlier I had dabbled with other colors like the pink/purple/blue hues of early summer sunsets.  After that, I had a pastel page, and then the idea started to form of doing this weekly.  I tested the waters with an aqua/beach theme.

Fruit popsicles

I welcome any ideas and feedback as always.  If you have your own Pinterest page and personal challenge I’d love to share it with you!

My Own Pinterest Challange

July 31, 2012

Pinboard “Health

Pinboard Art

Lately, I’m sure, some of my friends have noticed an unusual amount of activity from me on Pinterest.  Once I was invited to join the site I started pinning right away and looking for my friends to join or connect with me.

The appeal of using a social site like Pinterest is the complete freedom of artistic expression for absolutely anyone.  Everyone is a designer of what I what I would call their own “magazine” by creating boards on topics they like.  It can be a solo activity in which the pinner keeps his/her boards private to enjoy alone, but the real fun is sharing with people with similar interests.  It is also special in that friends can see in a click what you want to share.  There is no special language or the frustration from a lack of understanding how the site works.  It’s genius is it’s simplicity.

Sometimes it’s easier to show than to write.

So now, I’ve come up with a challenge for myself.  I have been creating “themes”  in which I try to make at least the first 4 or 5 rows on my site a cohesive blend of specific colors and subjects.  My first attempt was a lavender/pink mix.  I loved the look it gave my site.  So next, in honor of the beginning of summer, I tried to create blue-greens with a beach theme.  That worked out nicely.  This time around, a friend on Pinterest from Ebay pointed out that orange is a current color trend.  It inspired me to create a theme on melons.  I am very pleased with results.  You can see it currently on my Pinterest site:  www.pinterest.com/janepurcell.

I welcome any questions or suggestions on colors and/or themes!

melon art

Pinboard “Huh?”

Some of my Artwork

June 20, 2012

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


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”

Thank you, I would like another cup of coffee

April 2, 2012

Scottie Silhouette- Blue Tartan

This is one of the latest drawings I have done.  You haven’t heard from me in a week or two, and I know that anyone creative will understand how difficult it can be to divide your attention.  Between social media, networking, my day jobs,  keeping house, and managing life, there isn’t much room for creative flow.  I have done several pictures over the last week Two of which I have here.

I have all these ideas knocking around in my head and every morning look ahead thinking- “if I do this, this, and this, I’ll have  enough time to draw today.”  Well today is the perfect example- it’s now 7:04 pm and I just noticed that my breakfast plate and coffee mug are still on the table next to me- excuse me a moment…   …   … Hi, I’m back!  I made myself get out of this chair for five minutes.  Of course, I’d like to finish talking with you before I shut my computer down (and I really mean it this time) .  I’ve got to start dinner soon..  I’m trying to remember all the stuff I worked on today… I’m sure it was all very important…

So anyway, I think that most of you understand what I’m

Society6.com mixed media image

rambling on about.  And I thought I’d end my day with a short chat and share my new pics.  Ta!

Gladiola Garden

Do I hear a lawnmower?

March 21, 2012

Award winning gardens

Okay, I’m working from home again today-  I have neglected my blog and my peeps, tweets, tweeps, twits or whatever we are called.  😀  (Where are my emoticons?)  Windows are open, heat is off, I can see a tree with white flowers in the neighbors’ yard, and I think I hear a lawnmower. Or is it a chainsaw…

I call this a nice day. Especially for Connecticut in March.  71.6°F.  Oh yeah…

My Disney trip is still fresh in my mind- I went down to Florida this time with thoughts of my mother retiring there and also myself  living out my life there.  I can tell you, my impressions were very pleasant this time around.  Lovely breezes, pelicans, beaches, and sandpipers.  Sand, golf carts, shopping and palm trees.  Very relaxing…

I didn’t see any alligators.  Where were all the alligators?  Chris (my fiancée) took a picture of a mess of alligators on the side of a road down there.  The picture was dark, and all you could see was the reflection of lots of pairs of eyes.  Great shot!  So of course, I wanted to see the gators!  I was also supposed to be able to spot at any given time a manatee or dolphins.  I got a quick glimpse of a fin from far away.  I did see one at Dinsey – just floating in his pool.  They don’t do much, do they?

Just let me brief you on my first experience in the Sunshine state.  I was in college (I think you know where this is going) and my sister and two friends wanted to go down for our Spring break (NOT for Spring Break as it’s known).  My friend’s parents owned a condo in Daytona and invited us to visit them from Boston.  It was March and when we arrived it was drizzling freezing ice.  That was okay because we all heard it would be warm enough for the beach the next day.

Well, it really wasn’t, but we toughed it out anyway.  The water actually wasn’t too bad but there was a shark feeding warning on the beach.  We could actually see them from the condo deck on the 11th floor.

Eating out was not very pleasant all anyone on the wait staffs could see were four teenagers on SPRING BREAK.  So everywhere we went service was rude (except for MGM Studios).  We had fun at MGM but after that our little group started to break apart.  The nightlife was crazy and we only went out once for clubbing.  Ugh.  It was like there were no rules or boundaries.  Traffic was jammed the whole time and it was too cold to sunbathe.  My sister started picking fights, one of the girls (that I didn’t know very well) sneaked out of our room at night and sat alone in the dark drinking, (a horrible insight for the rest of us, and shocking to the parents), and my other friend started retreating into herself and going off alone to get away from all of us.  I’m not sure what I was doing, except trying to cope.  But I do remember doing my homework and watching a movie our last night there (all four of us did that together and started being friends again).

Okay so now we were all in a rush to get back to the frigid calm of Boston relatively speaking and the flight got delayed due to ice on the wings.  We finally got home and I was quite thrilled that I did not have to make excuses about my homework not being finished.

Just think  two weeks later it would have been an awesome trip!  What could be better than a trip to Florida, staying in a beautiful condo just yards from the beach with family and friends?

Valet Parking

So now that I am done with my cautionary tale, my last few words will be about my latest impression of Florida.  While there, see some friends, make new ones, go for a ride and get some oranges!

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