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Congratulations to our shop of the day:The Green Groovy! The Green Groovy features Original Hand painted Art Collection: Eco friendly Jute Bags, Purses, File Folders, & Watercolor Art Note cards. How is the Jute collection eco friendly? Coz Jute or Burlap fabric is 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

So Pretty and OOAK – Black Jute Purse, hand painted pink & gold motif with lilac crystals by Sowmya V. Unique from my studio-An eco spring fashion accessory! Perfect for your date/dinner nights with your LBD. Hippie, Boho chic, Feminine, Kawaii Cute?—You decide and play along! *Clutch is made of 100% Jute and has vibrant floral cotton ribbon piping to add to the look.
*Clutch measures 8.5×4.5 inches and closes with two metallic snap in buttons.Insides are lined with soft non woven cloth and contains zipper in the center and three slots on the front for cash and cards.
*Very comfortable and roomy enough for your daily purse nitty gritties.Easily fits into any handbag.Chic one of a kind ecofriendly accessory. Perfect gift!

Set of 2 blank hand painted note cards for anytime! Original watercolor red and blue flowers by Sowmya V. These are original paintings, not prints! Lovely way to send a personalized message for any occasion! These cards can also be framed for later.

OOAK Golden Yellow Jute Purse hand painted with Indian Pattern by Sowmya V & embellished crystals. The motif symbolizes prosperity and joy! So perfect for your date/dinner nights!

I LOVE The Green Groovy, so many beautiful eco-friendly items! I hope you enjoyed this blog feature, if you have some time stop by and LIKE The Green Groovy on FaceBook!

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My FB fans enjoy a 10% off all purchases! coupon code FBDISC10 at checkout.

Blog: http://www.thepinkoflife.blogspot.com/

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Shop of the weekend…. AndraLynn Creative Designs

Whimsical, storybook inspired original paintings and art toys for the nursery, child’s room or anywhere in the home by Texas artist Andrea Doss. Filled with bright colors and loaded with charm and imagination, every painting is more than just something that hangs on a wall–it’s a story waiting to happen.

Andrea’s art can be seen at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas and Howe Unique in Denton, Texas.

Featured on many fabulous blogs, including Business Info Guide, Hearth Handmade, Suzy’s Sitcom, and Singing Three Little Birds.

They may be made of metal, but robots need love, too. This little painting was made using a super fun deep canvas that can stand on a shelf or hang on a wall. Perfect for adding some futuristic charm to a boy’s room.

Hi. Hello. How’s it going? I’m an owl. Hi. Take me home with you? *Title: Hello, Owl *Original acrylic painting *12 x 12 stretched canvas *Embellished with buttons *Sewn Embroidered Accents *Painted sides (framing not necessary) *Initialed on the front *Signed, dated and titled on the back

Say no to boring stationery! Say yes to fun and whimsy! These cards are ready to bring a smile to the face of your pen pal, grandma, or grade school teacher.

Visit my blog where I write about all the crazy, creativity that goes on in my house!
http://childsphilosophy.blogspot.com/

Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/andralynncd

Fan me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andralynncreativedesigns

I always enjoy browsing Andrea’s whimsical work, her light-hearted and whimsical designs never fail to put a smile in my heart, I hope this feature gives you the same pleasure!

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I am pleased to introduce on my blog tonight Rose Hill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen. Her artwork is delightfully whimsical, I love browsing her shop and know you will love this interview!

1. What is the name of your online shop and the url?
Rose Hill Design Studio by Heather Stillufsen
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RoseHillDesignStudio

2. What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
The most exciting moment as an artist probably was one I sold my first painting….to someone outside my family! ha ha ha

3. How long have you been an artist?
I have been an artist my whole life, but didn’t really find true creativity until I was out of college….in my early 20s.

4. Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
I have been influenced by many artists, but Susan Branch is one of my favorites, as is Beatrix Potter, Mary Engelbreit and Margie Moore – and I love Jane Dyer, too.

5. How would you characterize your work?
My work is whimsical and fun. I like to think its colorful and I hope it makes people happy when they see it!

6. How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
I am not sure, but I guess everyone interprets art differently!

7. Describe your workshop or studio for us:
My studio is a spare room in my house, which by the way is from 1763!
Its all white and I would say it’s somewhat messy!!!! I have always kept a messy desk – I think it helps with the creativity….for me anyway! I have paints, markers and ideas on post its scattered all over! 🙂

8. What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
The hardest part of being an artist, for me, is not having enough time to draw and paint all of the things inside my head!!

9. How many hours a day do you create?
I am always creating or thinking….I spend anywhere from 5-9 hours a day in my studio thinking, dreaming and creating!
I would work all day if I could! I really do love creating and coloring and inventing new characters. I love being able to have an idea…draw it …color it or paint it and see it on screen or in someone’s house!

10. How does creating art make you feel?
Art makes me feel good….it really does!

11. “What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
Art to me is life, I try to incorporate feelings, emotions and ideas from life into my art!

12. What are your artistic goals?
My artistic goals are to be a published illustrator – in a children’s book – and continue my stationery line…I would love to see my artwork on products sold in stores, too! That would be awesome!

13. How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
I am still working on that business side of things…I always say I wish I was better at the business side of things – maybe I would be more advanced in my career if I was more business oriented…i don’t know.

14. Describe your artwork in 3 words:
I would say my work is – Whimsical, fun, happy

15. Where else on the internet can we find your work online?
My work can be seen on my blog at http://www.rosehilldesigns.blogspot.com and on FACEBOOK

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Why is handmade seem more expensive than mass produced?

I have had so many people ask me over and over: “Why are handmade items so costly?” My answer has always remained the same, after 19 years of selling handmade jewelry I can list thousands of reasons; however I won’t bore you with thousands and settle for a few very important reasons.
When buying handmade you must take into consideration not only the quality materials that the artisan uses, but the expertise, time, and love spent creating an original and unique work of art.
Sure, you may be able to go buy a trendy necklace that “EVERYONE who is ANYONE” is wearing, or those FAB “knock-Off” duplicate earrings like Angelina Jolie wears, but really, in all actuality I prefer to wear custom created jewelry that no one else is wearing. Call me different, call me what you will but I love to sport a style that screams for attention.

With department store, mass produced jewelry lines you can’t get that satisfaction of knowing you are one stylish and unique individual. So, it is in this respect that I will gladly spend my hard earned cash to own a custom created piece of wearable art. The fact that no one else has a duplicate is gives me a most devious pleasure I’m afraid! It is what sets me apart from everyone else, and gives me an edge over Angelina, she may have Brad Pitt but I have a whole collection of one of a kind jewelry pieces that always get me attention when I wear them!

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Another important thing to remember is that individual artisans aren’t out to make a “Killing” by creating one of kind handmade items. Most artisans are truly “Starving Artists” and are trying to in all actuality, to make ends meet. As an artist I can tell you that even though some people tell me my prices are high I still do not charge enough money to actually make a profit, however I love creating and my love for creating art is my clients gain.

When you purchase a handmade item there is no comparison between it and an item that was produced by a machine on an assembly line. First, the machine that is slamming out 1000 necklaces per hour doesn’t care about quality, it is a machine, and its one function is to repeat the same motion over and over and over again.

When an artisan creates a piece of art there is a lot of care that goes into each piece. The amount of fine detailing and special attention that is given to each and every step throughout the creating process can take an artisan hours or even days to complete. I can assure you that handmade items are created with much thought, special care and an abundance of love. Most every item an artisan creates has a story of inspiration behind it, and thus being said that creation holds more meaning than a mass produced item that has no story behind its creation other than a CEO waiting to climb the corporate ladder and receive a six figure income.

In all reality, I buy handmade whenever I can. I like knowing that I am supporting an artist who could be a single mother, a college student, a retired person who has little or no retirement to rely on, or even the artist who has a dream of working from home in order to stay home with her or his family. I love the fact that I can support a dream for someone, and that when I buy handmade I am giving something back to the community.

In closing, I must be sure to add that supporting and buying handmade has been one of the most positive experiences I have had, not just in my collection of fine art for myself and home, but also when giving gifts to family and friends. I can honestly tell you that nothing says “I care” and “I love you” more than giving a handmade item.
Sure, a box of expensive chocolates for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is very sweet and tasty, but an artisan created piece of jewelry lasts much longer and portrays a message “I’m giving you this gift because it is as unique and special as you are.” This statement couldn’t be more correct, because I assure you the machine pumping out a thousand pieces of expensive chocolate’s doesn’t care one bit if I smiled while eating each delicious morsel. For me, Knowing that the artist who sold the handmade item is wondering if I love their design and wonder if I see the emotion and beauty in it as they did when creating it speaks volumes.

Supporting handmade is clearly a sane and sound choice for me, and I hope that once you are done reading this you may see it is a wonderful choice for you to embrace as well.

As always, wishing each of you a beautiful weekend ahead,
Peace, Love & Hippie Chic Jewelz
HCJ 2012

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Happy Friday everyone! To add to the Awesomeness of the day, I have a great treat for you! I had a chance to interview a wonderful artist whose work is nothing short of phenomenal. I was truly captivated by this artists work, the fine detail and range of artistic talent has left me most awe inspired!
Meet Cody Rutty, I am sure you will find his work as fascinating and spell binding as I do!

What is the name of your shop and link?

Cody Rutty: My work is on my website, http://www.codyruttyart.com, and in a more interactive sense on my Facebook fan page: Cody Rutty

How has your experience been on online as an artist?

Cody Rutty: Well, for years nothing really happened (laughs). I had built a website that was probably only visited by spiders and bots. With a little social media and doing more shows, however, the online experience is really coming alive, and a majority of sales come from web traffic, which is fantastic.

What has been your most exciting moment online?
Cody Rutty: Recently I received a PayPal notification email that someone living in Japan had bought two fairly large pieces. That was a great feeling. Shipping art to Japan is a nice first.

Do you have any advice for new artists in your area of creativity?
Cody Rutty: I do. Even though I’m not an expert, I would suggest diversifying your work load, meaning have an armada of work ranging from quick drawings to elaborate in-depth pieces. This will not only give you a range of output to produce but a solid trailing equity accessible to those interested in your work.

How long have you been an artist?
Cody Rutty: My mom used to tell me that I was fairly obsessed with drawing, couldn’t stop me, and that hasn’t really changed, besides adding paint to the equation. I think most artists would answer “my whole life” to this question, and that’s a pretty fair response, accurate. But when I was about 15-16 I started really producing paintings as they were, artifacts of work. So as far as production? About 12 years. I’m still very new.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
Cody Rutty: Beside the thousands of incredible visual artists in the library, I’ve been fascinated by the work of Edward Lorenz, Benoit Mandelbrot, then Felix Hausdorff and Waclaw Sierpinksi. Their works inspire me in a very major way. Since I picked up The Fractal Geometry of Nature freshman year in high school my work has always seen influence by these great minds.

How would you characterize your work?
Cody Rutty: This is a question that never gets easier with practice (laughs). I get asked this a lot over, say, dinner or meeting new people. I usually say that my work is abstract and leave it at that. When all is said and done, I think that’s how my work appears to most.

How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
Cody Rutty: When they interpret the work disparately than how I envision it, that difference is very valuable. It’s sort of an inevitability with my work. When I start to interpolate the varying views from a few reactions, a strange, topological shape starts to form in my head from the different vantages. I like it. It’s fascinating and gives strange volume to a static image.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
Cody Rutty: Right now I’m working out of a fairly small room at home. I have another room for storage and a garage with a wood shop. They’re all pretty scattered and blended together. This may change soon, I’m looking at warehouse space.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
Innately, I think artists have higher highs and lower lows, and this up and down velocity can be wearing. Sometimes the hardest part is keeping the faith, and other times the hardest part is trying not to explode form excitement (laughs).

How many hours a day do you create?
Cody Rutty: On any given work day, 6-10 is pretty common. 0-24 is also fairly common.

How does creating art make you feel?
Cody Rutty: Creating art makes me feel like I’m part of something good. So many writers, musicians, artists of all kinds know this feeling. It’s a feeling of worth and value, and a feeling of triumph over the more banal and mundane daily routines. If I didn’t create art, conversely, I think I’d try to surround myself with it regardless.

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Cody Rutty: I’ve always enjoyed watching people look at art, mine or others’. It can be very solemn the way a person regards art. I hope that those who have my art on their walls take away something original, something that no other little rectangle elicits in them. What that is, who knows. I’ve had such varying feedback. As far as statements are concerned, I hope that the better my art becomes, the more it says ‘this is worth it, creating art is worthwhile, do it.’ I could really bore you with my personal intellectualisms (laughs).

What are your artistic goals?
Cody Rutty: Well I’ve been fortunate enough to never run out of ideas. Perhaps when this happens, I’ll be able to answer this question better (laughs). But I reckon the goal is to produce a lot before I’m too old or dead.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Cody Rutty: I’m getting better, slowly. Something about money and art has always seemed mutually exclusive, but bills and money seem to go hand in hand. So if you’re looking to pay the bills with art, the business side is very immediate and important. I do believe one of the worst feelings is being desperate for money and practically giving your art away. It’s part of the process and ultimately your art is in someone’s home. Over time, I think your work will find its own way.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work?
Cody Rutty:

I’d say ‘like’ my Facebook fan page: From there I have my other nodes (laughs).

Cody, thank you for sharing your AMAZING artwork with us, it was truly a pleasure getting to interview you!

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Today I was able to chit chat with John Thompson from JT Digital Art & Paintings. I absolutely LOVE his work, it is colorful and holds almost a futuristic aura that fascinates its audience.


John, what is the name of your online shop and link?


John, what is the name of your online shop and link?
I have all of my work on Imagkind.com and some of my latest images on Society6.com.


http://www.imagekind.com/jt85-posters http://society6.com/JTDigitalArt

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?
I think the most exciting moment is when I look at all my work online and know that there are so many people that see it everyday.

Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist?
I have always loved the way things look and work, so I’ve really developed an eye for detail and recently I have been fully aware of how things make me feel on a vibrational level of both light and colors.

How would you characterize your work?
My works is purely inspirational whether its painted on canvas or digital.

How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?
I know that every bodies persepective is different and it’s very interesting to me to hear how it effects them.

Describe your workshop/studio for us:
My workshop/studio is my entire house, I do must of My digital art on my laptop so I can move around.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist?
I don’t find anything hard about it, I all was enjoy creating art.

How many hours a day do you create?
It varies with how I feel, sometimes I spend a couple of hours and other times all day.

How does creating art make you feel?
Fantastic!

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
I think if my work makes someone feel anything, then I have done my job.

What are your artistic goals?
To have my art known throughout the world and never run out of new things to create.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
That’s the nice thing about selling art online is they do all of that for me, except for the Advertising I do that on Facebook.

Where else on the Internet can we find your work besides Facebook?
http://society6.com/JTDigitalArt http://www.imagekind.com/jt85-posters http://www.voottoo.com/john-Thompson http://www.zazzle.com/john+thompson+gifts http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/john+Thompson/all

Thank you John for taking the time to let me interview you! Wishing you all the best from everyone here at TheArtLand.com

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I want to invite you to experience the magic and allure of TheArtLand.com, we are taking online marketing to a whole new level!
Tomorrow is the day of our Official Opening! Please visit us at www.theartland.com and join our seller team for 20% off. Today and tomorrow only! Enter the promo code “openup” to claim your discount. No listing fees and no commissions.

TheArtLand offers will offer the best of everything handmade, vintage, antiques and much, much, much more!

We are excited to announce that we will be including within the month some great new features: Spotlight Collections and Member Team Forums. These will optimize your selling experience and make promoting yourself and others fun and easy!

We decided to open TheArtLand.com for number of reasons, first and foremost we believe that “Biting the hand that feeds you” is a huge No-No. Second, we believe in self promotion while promoting others. Our Spotlight collections will allow members to curate a wonderful list of 15 members while including one of their own shop items. We also believe that all your hard work promoting yourself and others should be rewarded by a feature of your Spotlight Collection on our homepage. Collections are chosen by: highest views, comments, clicks on items and stars. Here in TheArtLand we don’t play favorites, we play fair and to help you succeed! We will be featuring our members items daily on our blog site:theartland.wordpress.com
along with features on our Facebook page: as well as Twitter, Digg, Reddit and Stumbleupon!

I want start the new year and grand opening announcement off right with a feature of some of TheArtLand.com’s wonderful artists.

My first featured artist from TheArtLand.com is Rich, the artist of Hole E Stars. Rich offers an exciting blend of unique and delightful furniture creations for your home. Primitive country, modern handcrafted with quality workmanship and attention to fine detail. Lots of TLC goes into each piece. Each piece is custom made to order.
Wild Thing Guitar Shelf
You can hang your guitar accessories on this custom built and designed guitar shelf I call Wild Thing. You can place your picks tuner or special treasures on the shelf. Made of 100% solid pine no pressed wood ! Great gift for the musican in the family.
This is a Hole e Stars Handcrafted Furniture Design.

My next featured artist from TheArtLand.com is Marge from Personal Designz. PersonalDesignz is the culmination of Marge’s years in the jewelry art business. All work is created by Marge personally. Each design is a one of a kind item, Marge started designing jewelry because of her love for it and has never run out of ideas.

Silver Pendant With Champagne Swarovski
This pendant was handcrafted using PMC Silver molded in a wrap effect design. It is fired and then set with a Champagne Swarovski trillion cut stone. The bale was then added using a wire wrapped process adding another Champagne Swarovski stone. Add this to a sterling silver chain and you have a piece that noone else will have. This is a one of a kind creation. I do not make 2 alike.

Featured next from is Michael and Angela from Michaelangelas. Each piece of jewelry is lovingly hand set by Michael. All gemstones are louped for quality, remember, most gemstones out of the earth are included. We use only genuine gemstones. We never use lab created or simulants. All our castings are gold or solid not filled .925 sterling silver and purchased by Michaelangelas. All gemstones are custom designed and hand set by Michael.

Ring – Genuine Ocean Tanzanite – set in solid 14k white gold – w/ diamond accents – s8 “Sea Breeze”
This beautifully designed ring features a gorgeous ‘Ocean’Tanzanite. accented with delicate white diamonds. The 14k solid white gold is etched with a lovely design that can be seen from all angles. Budget friendly, is very affordable at less than $350.00. Comes ready for gift giving in a beautiful designer hat ring box complete with a bow. It’s not sealed up so you can peek at it if you want to.

My next featured featured artist from is Rita from CreativeXpressions. Rita is also our Cheif Administrator here on .
Rita’s CreativeXpressions contains a treasure trove of items for hearth and home that includes her inspirational book, inspirational pin back buttons and magnets, a variety of decoupaged wood crafts, handmade bead magnets, nature photography, photo button magnets, pin back buttons, custom pin back/photo buttons, and sun-catchers. Her crafts are one-of-a-kind originals; no two are identical.

Sand Waves
I took this Sand Waves photo in 2005 while trekking up one of the Kill Devil Hill dunes at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Photograph is printed on the highest quality photo paper and mailed in a sturdy photo mailer to protect it during transit.

This is just a few of TheArtLand.com’s wonderful members, we hope you will come join us for an exciting new year!

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