Etsy is an online marketplace designed to connect people world-wide to buy and sell unique items made by real people. Etsy is part of the B corporation movement, meaning it’s like fair trade coffee, but for businesses. In November of last year alone Etsy sellers sold 7,430,698 items and 1,381,666 new members joined. This is all in the space of one month. Thanks to Etsy hosting everyone’s shops this also means added buyer and seller protection, ease of use, reviews for individual shops and products from buyers just like you and me, and the ability to buy gift certificates to use in any shop if you’re unsure what to give a loved one. Some sellers even have a feature enabled to allow requests for custom work!
I’ve loved art for quite some time. I can remember ten years back or so taking some how-to-draw books everywhere with me along with a notebook and pencils, just in case I had the chance to practice. I haven’t always worked on my art consistently since then, due to my health, but in recent years my passion for art has grown, and so has my commitment to finding ways around the hurdles my health may throw at me.
Recently I moved away from watercolor pencils and turned to tube watercolors. This opened many new doors for me. I absolutely love this medium and feel as if I learn something new every time I paint, along with a deepening passion for the craft. The photos shown here are only a couple of my first attempts, as I want to keep an element of surprise until the opening of my shop, however it shows my love for the painting of animals and geekery (fanart, however, will not be for sale, due to copyright).
I love the idea of being able to share my love of art and my expressions through it with others. It would be an honor if others felt a connection with a piece of mine and wanted to use the greeting cards to share their thoughts with a dear friend, or wanted to put one of my prints on display. It would be amazing if some of my art spoke to someone else. With the holiday season and some other surprises coming up I’m not sure when I will open my shop, but I am starting the preparations now. If you want to keep up to date make sure to follow my blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.