Sunday, December 31, 2017

Website Launch!

Something I've been meaning to do for a long time (a very long time ...) is get a website up and running to act as a portfolio for my work. The blog is fun and all but it makes it difficult to highlight any specific work as people have to sift through lots of posts to find anything. So over the Christmas break, I got to work, for reals. May I present ...

It's about time! I've been working on getting more work up recently and really editing the pieces I want to share. Moving forward I'll be featuring more work on the website and posting more on Instagram and my Facebook artist page. My blog will remain here as an archive, but at the moment I'm still deciding on what role it will be playing in the future.

One thing I'm really excited about is having a domain name all to myself! I've been thinking about it for a while now and I finally took the plunge into just purchasing it. That finally pushed me to get something up and running to really show my artwork. So go check it out! Update your bookmarks if you still roll that way!

Also check out my shop for some new work, like the peonies and poppies above. Also available is my blue jay from my Christmas card! Let's celebrate the end of 2017!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blue Jay, Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I am a little late sending my Christmas cards this year. I wasn't able to get them out until mid-December so I'm only sharing them now! In any case, it's a nice thing to share on Christmas Eve, don't you think?

All of my Christmas cards have featured some kind of Canadian wildlife in a winter scene. Last year, I went on a little bit of a bird kick and painted a chickadee. Chickadees are very common in the winter in Ontario. Aaron and I have a bird feeder on our back deck for the cat to be entertained by and there are always chickadees around. This year I decided to continue the theme and paint a winter blue jay. Blue jays are also common around here, though none have visited our back yard bird feeder just yet!

For my cards in the past, I would have them printed two-to-a-page at Staples and cut and fold them myself. This year I used the same printer who did our wedding invites and thank you cards so they cut and fold them for me! I love the way the matte cardstock makes my paintings look, so much nicer than the glossy paper that Staples uses to print on. It's definitely a personal thing, but I am so happy with the printing of these cards! Especially with the inside message, there is much less trial and error happening when the printer does it for me. I've learned a lot creating these cards; getting my artwork to print correctly and to look clean and beautiful, how to set up a file for print so there are minimal issues, setting up for double-sided printing. It's been a lovely learning process! Looking back on previous years, it's really neat to see how my work and the cards progress.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season this year and a fantastic new year. Thanks for reading!

You can see my Christmas cards from previous years here! 2011 and 2012, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Society6 Swag Review

I recently re-opened my shop on Society6 with new artwork that I have been working on in the past year. I originally chose Society6 because I had ordered prints from them before and was super impressed with their quality. They have so many more items that you can order now! I took advantage of one of their sales to order some of my own work on different items to see what they looked like. I'll admit I was being super selfish and only ordered things for myself! I wanted to do a review of some of the things I got, so let's jump in!!

This is a super simple notebook that you can get lined or unlined paper. It has a matte wraparound cover which I just love! It's a little big for a pocket journal, but it's a good size for a notebook or a sketchbook. My only gripe about this product is it's difficult to see where your artwork is going to wrap around the back of the notebook, so I'm not really happy with the placement. Seeing it in real life, I will be "fixing" it so the bird's beak isn't being crossed by the binding. It's an easy fix and it's not that big of a deal; I get the feeling that most of Society6's products are meant to be repeating patterns so that placement is not an issue. However, I personally am not crazy about the placement and I'm glad that I have the chance to see how I can make improvements to uploading my art for future notebooks.

Small Pouch
Admittedly, I have a thing about pouches. I love them. I buy too many of them. Aaron often asks, "what would you put in it?" to deter me from buying every pouch I see. I could not resist getting a little pouch with my logo on it, it's so cute! The colour print is so vibrant and printed on both sides. It's lined, has two wee comparments and has a very nice brass zipper. I love it! There are 3 sizes; I ended up getting the smallest size so it would fit in my purse and I could organize the 15 lip chaps I have in there. I always end up with so many ... does that happen to anyone else? At least they are all contained now.

Coffee Mug
The coffee mug is so cute, guys, so cute. The colour of the artwork looks great on it and it's a standard mug, not too big or too small! Landscape artwork works best on a mug like this, I think, so my other works didn't really seem to fit well as they didn't wrap around. I think a full print of a watercolour wash would look super awesome on a mug like this. Maybe an idea to come?

When we were checking out the products on Society6's page, Aaron said he thought it would be cool to have the Key and Quill logo on a shirt. So we had one made for him! It's a basic white shirt with the logo mid-chest. Maybe it's just me but, the print on the pouch is so much more vibrant and the shirt seems washed out. I am not sure what process they use, and granted, the shirt and the pouch are different fabrics so the ink may not have the same properties. Aaron said he likes that it looks "vintage" so if he's happy, that's fine, he is the one wearing it!

Oh my goodness, the pillow! This is my favorite item that I ordered. We have a watercolour feather pillow on our couch already (I think I got it from Walmart or something) and a friend asked me if I painted it. I said no, but I couldn't get the idea out of my head! I really liked the feathers I painted for our wedding suite and I thought they would be a perfect fit for this pillow. The colours are very rich and look great on the fabric. It also has a zipper so it's washable which is a bonus. This pillow is super fat and plush. It might get softer the more it gets sat on. But I do really love it and it looks super great on our couch. It's really cool to have a memento from our wedding that we can look at everyday!

I'm really happy with all of the products that I purchased from Society6. Of course, as the artist I am a little bit picky about how my work appears on things, but I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from Society6 as the quality is so good. I'm working to get more of my artwork into the shop as soon as I can! I have a few more peices that I would like to upload, some more flowers and my newest Christmas card (coming soon!). You can check out my shop here!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Geek Week is HERE!

Hey everyone!! Geek Week is here!! I am hosting a special pop-up shop on my Facebook page with some EXCLUSIVE prints! I have very limited quantities of each print so every day this week I'll be promoting one of the prints for sale! When I say limited, I mean limited, only one or two prints of each for sale, so if you are interested, jump over to my Facebook page to follow along!

Each work is a reproduction of one of my original paintings printed on beautifully thick Epson Hot Press paper, so they look just like original watercolour pieces! They are all 8 x 10", ready to be framed. These prints will be $25 each!

There is also a quote hand-lettered by me in very special rose gold foil! Oh my! These are $20 each! These super cool looking prints are on 100lb cardstock and lovingly hand-foiled by me!

I'm really excited to get this tiny pop-up shop off the ground, so please join me for Geek Week! Get on over to my Facebook page to see the pop-up shop!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Society6 Shop Sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Hi everyone! I'm just popping into the blog to let you know that Society6 is have a huge sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 25% off EVERYTHING and with free shipping on selected items! Wow! There are some really fun products that you can check out in my shop so take advantage of the crazy deals and hook yourself up for Christmas! The sale is on starting today until Tuesday, November 27th!

Also you may have noticed some sneak peeks on my Instagram! I'm planning something special coming soon, so follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook page to see what's happening!