Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Website!

The other day I was on Vista Print ordering my calendars (which are of my art and will be in my Etsy art store soon), and I noticed that you could get a webpage for not that much a month. My job won't start until November and I have the time, so I decided to try it out. For quite some time, I thought I didn't need a website. I have my two shops on Etsy, but when I go to art fairs and people ask for my website address, I have to think, is it art or jewelry? Which business cards do I bring? What about the shows I do in Vista where I have both my art and jewelry? Wouldn't it be nice to have a website that has both? So, I dove in. I did hit a few cliches loading pictures, but Vista Print has really great tech help. I decided to link my pictures to my Etsy shops. I didn't feel that at this time I needed to pay the extra for a shopping cart. The biggest issue for me was the domain name. I had really wanted the name "", but it was taken. I settled for, but decided that was too long. I debated on .org or .net. I was frustrated, because when I typed in the (of course with the www in front), I saw the link was broken. I tried to figure out how to contact the owners of that website, but I came up with nothing. It finally dawned on me, why not put a "-" between "fanciful" and "creations" .com, and that was available! Now I have a new website with the domain name (are you ready?)
Please come visit me, and leave a comment. I love comments!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Blue Bird is back bigger and better!

Quite some time I had a 6X6 painting of a blue bird in a coral tree:

This bird received a lot of views, but it didn't sell until it made it to the front page of Etsy. Then, I sold two. One person bought it right away and another person wanted the painting, so I painted another.
I had yet another one listed about a year later. It was the same size, but the colors were a little different, and it sold:

It made me think- what if I made the bird a totally different color like yellow and facing the opposite direction?

It sold too, but it took quite a while.

Recently, I was in the mood to paint yet another bird, but I wanted to go bigger. I have had this 14X20 canvas hanging around, so I decided to go BIG. Here's how I did it:

First- After I had scetched the bird and flowers. I painted in the blues of the bird and the orange of the flowers:

Next- I added the red of the berries in the flowers:

Next- I painted the background a deep rich brown:

Next- I added the copper for the stems and the details of the bird:

Finally- I did some final touches and changed the eye color. Here he is:

You can check out the painting on Etsy- Blue Bird Original Painting.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Newsletter Sign Up!

I have FINALLY figured out to add a link off to the right side of my blog to sign up for my newsletter. I am very excited about my newsletter! It will be sent out periodically and will include specials, coupons, upcoming art shows I am in, and news about both my etsy shops( & . I am drafting my first one now, and it will have some great coupons that you will only be able to get through the newsletter. I am feeling very generous with my coupons, so don't miss out on my newsletter! Sign up today!