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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Art Sale Fun!

A friend had asked if I wanted to be a part of a art and craft show she was having. I said sure, then promptly went into panic mode, because the date was only 3 weeks away when she asked and I had nothing to put in it. Haha! That is so very me. It makes my very methodical, prepared husband crazy...poor man. But I managed to make 40 pairs of earrings, and do some paintings as well.
The earrings were a big hit, and I was so nervous because this was my first time making jewelry. I took a couple classes but have never tried to make anything to sell. I had so much fun with etching metal though that the earrings were just too fun to make! I used copper, nickel and brass for the etched metal design part, and silver for the french wires. Using Muriatic acid to etch was pretty beastly, but I can't get the less toxic ferric chloride up here where I live....so I looked like a mad scientist with a face shield and smock and long rubber gloves!! I should have taken a picture of that.

Detail of the bottom of my latest painting. (Pear in the Poppies)

This also sold, which was a complete surprise! The ink wasn't even dry and I wasn't sure I was ready to part with it yet. It was a huge canvas, and I was thinking of hanging it in my bathroom (which is done in these same colors), but I guess I'll just have to make another painting! It's always nerve wracking I find to put my art out there, and I'm always so surprised and excited when people connect with my work. The woman who bought this wore plum colored shoes, and told me it was going to look amazing on her purple wall. I'm so happy it's going to a home filled with colour to be loved. An artist can't ask for more than that! Well, selling stuff is pretty cool too. :o)


  1. THe earrings are gorgeous and the painting is amazing! SO happy to hear that you sold stuff!! So funny about the painting. Of course if you're not sure you want to sell it, it will sell.

  2. Oh, I so want to lean how to etch like this. Especially etching motifs from photos. If you ever come across a workshop on that, let me know! I learned oxidizing with L.K.Ludwig first year at Artfest, but this is taking it a couple of steps further. Oh... envious...
    Your painting is going to look great on a purple wall. It´s the best background color for it, it´ll really stand out!

  3. I'm taking Misty's e course too!!!! Just signed up today. Yay!!! I am so
    excited to see what she has to teach us. I'm also taking a class with her at
    Artfest too. I thinks it's the Thursday class~ make it funky? Should be
    lots of fun. Can't wait for January to get here.

    I really like that book too. I've been using several of her recipes over and
    over again. And my hubby got me a vitamix for Christmas (i've already opened
    it and have been using it every day).

    Hope you get to blog soon so I can see what you've been making. Probably
    something totally fabulous.

  4. stopping by via stretching within, LOVE this pear painting, just beautiful xx

  5. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I'm glad I did!! Your art is beautiful! My dinning room is dark purple and I have a large pear decoration on the dinning room table ... so I see where your buyer was coming from :)
    I am trying to get into selling my art, but I need to stop giving my stuff away to all friends first! I'm enjoying your blog :)