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!

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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

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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!


Kristina Law Treasury on Design and Style Guide

July 17, 2012

Treasury from: Kristina Law
Brown Accessories
Cinderella, bed, cradle, crib,rocking cradle

From: Eugenie Woodcraft

$750.00
Set of four Pine Cone Napkin Rings

From: House Of Peltier/ A. Peltier Interiors

$16.00
Redwood Adirondack by Tom the Irishman

From: Tom the Irishman, LLC

$250.00
brown and gray-brown diamonds

From: Judeco

$85.00
Archer Espresso Coffee Table with Shelf

From: Overstock

$205.99
Lidded jar with rock knob

From: Willow Tree Pottery

$28.00
Stoneware Teapot, Teacup and Dessert Plate/Espresso Sunrise Series

From: Pat Parker"s Stoneware Pottery

$132.00
Walnut pedestal table

From: bowlfly studios

$300.00
Dresser

From: Alfer Design

$4,200.00
Pair of 18in Daniel Pillow Covers Leather and Fur

From: Designs by Derilyn

$59.99
Brown Fused Glass Bowl

From: Lynne's Art Glass

$48.00
Cocobolo bowl

From: bowlfly studios

$150.00


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

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