Irresistible Etsy Shops: Part II

Here's my next batch of Etsy items!

 The prettiest skull I ever did see.

 I don't even own an iPhone, but this is my favorite kind of Poptart <3

 Simply gorgeous.

 Oh jeez. Overwhelmingly cute.

That's right.  I saved the best for last :)

Enjoy the items in these shops? 
Be sure to check out Irresistible Etsy Shops: Part I


5 Fabulous Colored Pencil Artists

It's artists like these that remind me that any media can produce profound works of art.  Who knew that those colored pencils you used for coloring maps in middle school could so accurately capture a portrait or articulate true expressionism?  These are just a handful of some of the amazing art created by colored pencils.

Monday Morning by Kevin Yaun

Capt. Tut by Mike Russell

Kiss Under Glass by Lori Garner

Abbybird by Tommy Hunt

Breathless by Elizabeth Patterson


Title My Painting - Win $10 Utrecht Gift Card

I'm so terrible about calling my paintings "Untitled" because I can not come up with anything that really fits.  It seems like I either know right away what to title my piece, or it never comes at all.

This is where you come in.

Comment with a title for my painting below, and if I pick your suggestion, you will receive a $10 gift card to Utrecht.  That's it.  Easy peezy.

Contest runs until January 31st.  I will announce the winner on February 1st.  Thanks, and good luck!


Sharpie Markers as an Art Form

There's something so pleasing about the boldness of Sharpie markers.  Drawing with a Sharpie is so much fun because the markers slide so crisply over the paper and create such a marvelous contrast with their permanent dark color.  Of course, it could just be the fumes emitting from the ink that influence your giddiness, but either way... Sharpie markers are way fun.

These are some drawings I've done over the years with Sharpie markers.  I hope you'll be inspired to try it yourself!


10 Artists That Will Give You a Toothache

Mmm... sugar.  I love it when an artist captures that mouthwatering image of sinfully sweet delicacies.  Enjoy these scrumptious artworks.

Candy Apple by Kristine Kainer 

Birthday Cake by John Vander Stelt

Ice Cream Sundae by Jason Castillo

Sprinkled Donut by Abbey Ryan

Pastry from Strik  by Jos van Riswick

 Rainbow Sprinkle Ice Cream Cone by D Sharon Pruitt

Waffle by Martha Friedman

Cupcake by Craig Stephens

Stacked by Leelu and Piggy


Pigs in Art

Who doesn't love pigs?  A certain element of humor is connected with the roly-poly oinkers, and you can't help smiling when you see them depicted in art (at least I can't).

PIGGY by Susan Van Sant

Pig Family Portrait by Dale Ziemianski

Medieval Pig Slaughter by Unknown

South Korean sculpture, photo credited to Jinho.Jung on flickr

The Piggy Bank by mtungate 

The Talented Dancing Pigs Wood Silhouette by mountainbrook


Irresistible Etsy Shops: Part I

*Note - I will be writing a series of blog entries featuring an item from my 5 favorite Etsy shops at the moment.  There is no rhyme or reason to my picks- just stores that I find delightful!

Ramen Noodles change pouch.  Need I say more?

 Retro coasters with built in snack trays.  Absolutely lovely.

 Polymer decorated flask.  This one's actually custom made for someone, but every item in this Etsy shop is equally stunning.

I kinda have a thing for polymer.  This ACEO is so fun!



Artist Review: Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen is pretty amazing in my book.  At first glance, you may take him as a sort of bizarre cartoonist from the wide mouthed, oddly shaped characters in his work.  However, after browsing through Allen's collection, his talent and originality shine through. His paintings have a simple quality to them, drawing your eye in with the contrast of solid, bright color and stark black lines. The twisted facial expressions will make you cringe and smile at the same time, while the flat perspective gives you no where to hide.


 Check him out at http://ryanallen.com and get your surrealism fix.


The Life of a Painting

I love progression pictures of paintings.  It's like watching it grow up.






Mural Tips

Newborn blog!  For my first post, I'd like to share a little mural I painted last summer.

Completed in less than a week, while staving off mosquitoes, 80 degree weather, and yes, even rain.  I also had to re figure my measurements because the wall space was smaller than I was led to believe, which wouldn't be a big deal if I wasn't mathematically challenged.  That's a real thing, you know.  I'm convinced that I have math dyslexia

If only I lived here.

You: Gasp! You mean...?

Thaaaaat's right!  I do commissioned work.  This is my first mural.  Want to know how I did it?

  • Obtain a customer.  I got off lucky on this one, a relative approached me and asked me to.  Typically not so simple.  However, had it not been known amongst my family that I paint, this would have never happened.  So spread the word about your work.
  • Communicate.  Ask a lot of questions about what they want done. Sketch out a few ideas and share.  My customer wanted a Celtic knot.  I found some generic images online and photo shopped them onto a picture of the wall, then emailed them to her.

  • Draw a rough draft.  Find out the size of the space you'll be working with and create a small scale.  For a 10 x 10 foot area, make a grid with 10 x 10 inches.
  • Convert grid to wall.  The easiest way to do this would be with a projector.  If you are like me and do not have access to a projector, grab a yardstick and a ladder!
    • I used some big fat sidewalk chalk to sketch the wall.  You can also use charcoal.
    • After you have the sketch on the wall, wipe away distracting "oopsy" marks with a rag.  I went ahead and erased the grid lines also.

My handsome helper.
  • Once you're happy with the sketch, start painting!  I laid down a plastic tarp and used a plastic paint tray to cut down on mess.
    • Try to follow your sketch lines closely, but don't be too hard on yourself.  Remember that a mural is typically viewed from a distance, so it doesn't have to be absolutely "perfect" up close.  Besides that, painting on an exterior wall is no easy task, and you could go crazy trying to clean it up (just ask my husband).
  •  At least 2 coats, 3 for exterior walls.  Once you're done, clean off the excess chalk and stand back to admire your work!
This are very basic tips.  If you would like more information, leave a comment or email me at sarahnorman1984@yahoo.com