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!


Thanksgiving Anticipation

November 8, 2012

Setting the table…

With storms devastating the eastern seaboard as of late, time seems to have slipped away from me.  I’ve just realized that it’s time to update my Pinterest  page for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  In giving thanks our thoughts should be with those who have lost their homes or have been displaced somehow by Sandy and this early winter storm.

I am very thankful myself that even though I was in the same storm path as everyone else here in the Northeast, my home and surrounding areas suffered only slight inconveniences and hiccups in the power.  Sandy swirled around my town, and trees came down, (none on my house) but all in all,  I was incredibly lucky.  So many of us have friends and family directly affected by Sandy that we will all need to reach out to them and be there for them.

I hope you enjoy my page.  My goal is to create the feelings associated with family and home, and to remember the things we should be sincerely thankful for.   https://pinterest.com/janepurcell/


End of Summer Pinterest Theme

August 31, 2012

Seashell Lamp

This time around my Pinterest theme is seashells, sand, sea glass, and pearls.  It’s all about things you you can find on the beach.  Happy hunting!      www.pinterest.com/janepurcell

Urchins!

www.janepurcell.wordpress.com

www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

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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?”


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/


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