Each year I try to paint something for the winter season and/or Christmas. I started out painting realistic scenes and subjects. I would have them printed into note cards for my personal use. Then I was very inspired by a young lady who “felts” and sells her work on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BearCreekDesign) in 2011. She creates some of the most charming felted snowmen and they seemed to “talk” to me . It was as if each said “paint my sweet face” and I’ll bring a happy attitude to everyone who sees me during the winter! I contacted her and asked her permission to allow me to use the images of her adorable little snowmen. I painted my first two whimsical snowmen in 2011. Last year I created two more and they are added here:
Snowman III SnowmanIV
Part II of my story is kind of like Buzz Lightyear’s approach to life, “Infinity and Beyond”! However, I would insert the text, “Etsy and Beyond”! I began to sell on Etsy in 2009. I have enjoyed this venture so much that it is difficult to explain unless you are an Etsy seller! I ‘ve met the most wonderful people from all over the world….good, kind people…..sellers who encourage, and buyers who enjoy my work! For more on this story you can actually go here, see my studio and read more about the process of my work: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterBoxArt/about/.
Part III…. Last year from January to July I worked with a young man who has a design firm to create the composition that is on these tins. He had came up with the idea of the grouping of snowmen and hired me to paint them in my style. I'm very grateful to him for his trust and confidence in my work. I'm also grateful that my work was exposed through Etsy and this blog. I've worked very hard to get my work to the public.
Here is a look at the tins