I had a custom miniature painting above, which I really enjoyed, especially using real sand as the beach. I think I’ll need to work with real sand more! It’s fun working with different mediums in a different way.
Below are a few actual pendant ideas. They’re not available yet, but hopefully will be soon. I’ve been working on painting more pendants lately; I think I’ve needed a little bit of the break from all the tarot card painting. Pendants are compact and great ways to experiment. I’ve always worked with circles but these rectangles are a blast.
I think this is also my 200th blog post. Woo. I’m amazed I’ve lasted this long!
[Wow, I really need to retake photographs for a lot of these pendants, don’t I. Sheesh. I was looking through some of these listings and these guys have some really shoddy photos. And the one above is one of the better images too. Jeebus.
I’ve seen several artists with Etsy shops take prints of their artwork and translate those prints into small pendants to wear. I’ve done it a few times, but more recently I’ve had a few suggestions to translate my pendants into actual paintings instead, and I think that is such a great idea. All of my hand painted pendants so far have been one of a kind, and I do still want those to be one of a kind, but I can also take some inspiration from those pendant images and take them to a different level as a painting and as prints. Nyan Cat was a request recently, and I ended up creating these two cuties: the Nyan Cat and the Nyan Bunny.
What do you think? Should I paint more Nyan Cats? Other critters? I have a super soft spot for memes. Darn you, entertaining internets!
But now I can play around and see what else I can pull out from past pendants. I also have a few ideas rolling around in my head for some more pendants in the future. It’ll be a nice change of pace from all the energy I’ve been putting in to the tarot card series.
Omg. I finally caught up with the House series finale and ALL OF THESE FEELINGS. I can not handle it. I don’t think I’ve cried that much watching like.. anything, ever. Oh man. Oh man. Seriously. It will take a long time for me to recover. At least I should be all cried out before the last episode of Awake later this week. Oh man. Everything I like is ending. It’s so sad. I’ll have to watch it again later and sob some more. (Also, this is pretty spiffy.)
I don’t think these series of photos need much explaining.. it’s been a lot of painting, pendant making, cooking, and picture taking. My shop’ll be going into vacation mode soon too. I hope to feel a lot more refreshed and inspired when it opens up again (:
BRB gonna mourn House ending some more. Sobsob.
Dear Diablo 3,
I blame you for being totally awesome that my totally awesome week totally belonged to you.
Yeah, our first night together was kinda crappy. First, you were late for our date. And then you wouldn’t let me in. (Giggady.) What was up with that? We messed around for over an hour and it was just awkward and frustrating and so very unsatisfying. But.. finally we got along and things got a little crazy after that. And then you kept me busy all night long till the sun came up. Those were some good times. Good times! So yeah.. I can forgive you for being a bit of a dick at the beginning. But it’s all cool now. Just like.. keep in touch, okay?
Oh.. right… blog writing.
Here are some shots of my black cat pendants post-painted. The moon one in the first photo sold soon after listing; I was so ecstatic! Never sold something that quick before.. it’s definitely motivation to keep going (:
We also recently celebrated a friend’s birthday at Cake Night Club. That was a fun night! They even provided some little goodies for the birthday girl. Needed more actual cake though!
Day 108. I spent the week essentially watching every episode of the Dilbert animated series! Huzzah. Man, I miss that show …even though the stories were pretty awful.. I don’t remember the stories being that awful. Dilbert getting pregnant?? Seriously? But, I digress, sort of. Day 108 was filled with a Dilbert marathon, painting, and making some jerk style chicken. Nums!
Day 109 was pretty much a repeat, though I started a bunch of new black cat pendants that day. The giraffe one below was actually an older painted pendant that didn’t get sealed with resin, but this time it’s complete and finally available now (:
Creating tarot cards has been such a challenge that I’ve been going at a real snail’s pace. Sometimes I’ll hit that wall with a card and can’t quite figure out what direction to go in with it; it can be very frustrating! So now I’m trying to do more prep work to make it this process a little less stressful. Here’s a couple of cards I sketched all together so I can just go straight into painting from here. (Rather than working through just one card at a time and getting stuck on the one.) Once in a while I’ll get questions about whether I have a full deck available and I’m always sad to say that I don’t. I’m VERY far away from being able to have a full tarot card deck (as of right now, I’m maybe like.. 1/6 of the way there so far.)
We don’t celebrate Easter but when my friend invited me over for a tasty ham dinner that weekend, I was there in an instant! I brought some fluffy homemade rolls and we all settled in for some tasty ham, chicken and lots of veggies (and the cutest dyed Easter eggs!) It was a good night!
On day 99 I took a quick last picture of a pendant of mine that had sold before shipping it off. It was definitely one I always loved and the little details in the trees down to the striped socks were always something that I hoped wouldn’t go unnoticed (: I have another idea or two to have this little Striped Sock Girl back in future paintings so hopefully she’ll make a reappearance.
My hands are still pretty crappy today, but there are still tarot cards begging to be painted. Gonna see what I can do.
I noticed I was getting more views than normal coming in from deviantART and found out that one of my pendants had made it as a Daily Deviation! My autumn swing pendant got to be featured on their site, and the views on my DA gallery poured in all day. I was on Cloud 9! Bonus too was that the pendant finally sold earlier this month. (:
- Here are a few more work in progress shots of the Moon Tarot and the Dissociation painting. The Moon Tarot was pretty close to being done at this point, minus a few sparkly stars in the sky and a few other details. The “Let Go” painting was in the beginning stages. I don’t know why I choose to draw everything and then paint the background around the characters.. rather than the easier way of painting the entire background first, and then draw the characters on top. The brain works in weird ways.
I have totally and completely hit that wall.
No shop sales in about 2 weeks!
And I know, I know. I’m sure that may not seem bad at all; some shops probably dream of a sale every two weeks, or a sale every month. Sometimes sellers make sales, and sometimes they don’t. I understand, and I know the importance of a little patience when it comes to Etsy.
But man, oh man, even with all the work that can be done in 2 weeks, it has been the longest 2 weeks I’ve ever had in a long, long time. Gotta keep on truckin, right?
I got this cute little horse charm on Day 58 for my mom that she likes to wear as a necklace. (I definitely take after her when it comes to sparkly things.) I also made a bit more progress with this puzzle I bought on Day 38.. but man, past putting together the easy parts like the eyes, the yarn and the border.. this puzzle is brutal! So much gray. And those pieces that make up the basket.. oh man. What was I thinking? It seemed like such a good idea at the time..
I also worked on another photo session.. not one of my favourite things to do. The definite bonus is that the warmer weather is bringing in more hours of wonderful, magical, much needed sunlight. Whew.
I think even despite the slow few weeks, I’ve actually been pretty fortunate the last little while. My raven print was actually featured in an Etsy Find newsletter [insert me spazzing here] and today my autumn swing pendant was made a Daily Deviation on deviantart. I feel pretty gosh darn lucky! I hope this is all a sign of good things to come (:
It’s Thursday! I’m up for a new challenge: the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. Can not wait!
On Day 57 my friend invited me over for a(n awesomely) random turkey dinner. Turkey should be an year-round meal, I swear. Giant turkey in hand and all the veggies (and wine!).. we were very happy campers. I wanted to bring a little something along so I picked out the cutest, happiest little cake at the grocery store: the only white cake smothered in icing and rainbow sprinkles. (It was totally me!) That with the amazing chocolate cheesecake my other friend brought; we were in heaven.
Day 58 was a whole lot of shop work: editing listings, creating listings, editing photos, and all the boring kind of stuff. I used this tackle box that used to hold some of my art supplies and instead stored most of my pendants in there. Now just about everything is in its place! (.. until I make more, and run out of room to put them all.)
Back to the grind now. Day 54 and 55 was filled with taking pictures, editing pictures, prepping listings, editing listings, cooking (lasagna on Day 54) and creating more pendants (like this Nyan Bunny on Day 55)
Here’s a bonus for Day 55.. the very last bit of the Snowbunny. It had a long, glorious life. Rest in Snowbunny peace!