I was trying to think of a good way to celebrate the new site and blog, then it dawned on me to have a big print sale in my etsy shop! I've never had a sale before, and it seemed like a fitting thing to do. The sale will start today at 7pm est and continue through until Sunday at 7pm est. I've taken everything down in my shop until the sale starts later today. I won't reveal the discount, but it's pretty decent.....Hope you can check it out!
Exciting things are happening here at Janet Hill Studio! My new website and my new blog are up! Please visit my site and tell me what you think. I especially love the portfolio page- it was much more than I ever could have anticipated.
I would really love to thank Ashley Yousling from Bella Cosa Design for all of her hard work and for making this such a super smooth transition for me. We always seemed to be on the same page from the very beginning with sharing ideas and the result is a website that far exceeded my expectations.
Oh, and if you're wondering what the heck is with the Christmas painting, it's actually one that I worked on for a card company, and I'll likely be releasing the original next month on etsy. Just thought that I should provide some sort of visual stimulation!
Picking Berries, oil on canvas, 8"x10". Sold.
I have another giveaway for an 11"x14" print going on over at prettylulu.
Please visit her blog and follow the guidelines if you're interested. Chelsea (prettylulu) has also started her own etsy shop, so please drop by and take a peek...or even better, a purchase! I'm loving her dupioni silk pillows.
This is a larger painting (hence the price) of a Spanish inspired still-life with a jar of olives, cans of tuna and sardines (yum yum), and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. I love doing still-life pieces, although the term 'Still-Life' seems to send shivers down my spine thanks to too many still-life drawing classes when I was in grade nine. I swear my art teacher would troll garage sales and seek out the ugliest vases, fake fruit, and discarded dish cloths for the class to paint. I found myself too distracted by the mystery stains on everything to actually paint anything. I was also troubled by the fact that if the actual still life was unsightly, then what was the likelihood of the painting looking attractive?
I also fell in love with the look of this tattered book. I think I may have to paint it.
I'm not really sure as to why I called this painting 'Stella's Hideaway'. It just looked like the kind of place that a woman called Stella would inhabit with all of her brightly patterned fabrics. Some days I wish I had a hideaway (especially during Shocktoberfest)....maybe the shed in the garden would work?
There is something about this painting that makes me think of Elizabeth Taylor in 'BUtterfield 8'. What a great film. No other film made me want to drink gin martinis the way that film did. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAINTING ON ETSY.
I have a thing for painting 'uncommonly attractive' women. They're never quite typically beautiful (because that's boring), but interesting to look at. I think Astrid here fits into that profile. I'm hoping to have a 'surprise original painting post' on etsy this Sunday, so please keep an eye out!
Only one painting tonight. For the rest of this month I won't have as much original work as usual because I'm working on a large piece for a gallery and dividing my time up is proving to be pretty difficult. I'll still be posting Mon-Wed, but likely only one (maybe on occasion two) paintings a night. I've ordered more prints and I'm waiting on that order to arrive any day! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAINTING ON ETSY.
Oops! I listed it on etsy last night then forgot to link it to my blog. I've been a space cadet all week- I think it's the shift in weather, or perhaps it's the impending sense of doom that I have thanks to my husband and his '30 Days of Halloween' starting tomorrow. I suppose I should explain that my husband is a Halloween junkie and he insists on imposing this ritual of scary movies every night until Halloween. Most of them aren't bad, and many are silly Dracula films from the 1960's, but still, it's a lot of nonsense to put up with.
It's been a while since I've done a shoe painting...so I felt the time had come. I had a pang of sadness today as I was walking my dog and I realized that soon I would have to retire my sandals and ballet flats and break open my boots. Autumn is pretty much here in Ontario. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAINTING ON ETSY.