Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'm Dreaming of the South Line Water Cat


While I slept last night, my brain made up a song. It goes like this: "I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming of the south line water cat."

I have no idea where this song or idea came from, but I googled it this morning, and apparently, in Southeast Asia, there is such a thing as a fishing cat. Coincidence or a result of ambient awareness? To my knowledge, I'd never heard of the fishing cat, but who can say?

As for the photo, I'm pretty proud of the box table I made last night for my dinner break with my friend Tash.

Speaking of packing, I have to say that I had a spinster-power moment yesterday when I disassembled a bed all by myself, moved the mattress and box springs, and put them all in a compact area. Insert the strong arm emoji.

Now, back to packing!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another Couple of Mystery Packages!

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Well, thanks to two amazing customers, both of yesterday's Mystery Boxes have been shipped! I still have a bunch of packing to do, though, so I have two more packages in the Etsy store. These are more Mystery Packages instead of Mystery Boxes, as they are just thick envelopes. They're still jammed with surprises, though!

Stay tuned - I still have lots of stuff to pack and sort through. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 21, 2017

My Very First Mystery Boxes!


A couple weeks ago I watched a video about ordering Ebay Mystery Boxes. Spoiler alert, most of the things she got were garbage. However, I later watched a video of an Etsy Mystery Box, and it was much cooler. Most of the items in the box were for those fancy planners, but it was still a fun box to open.

Since I've been packing up my apartment (one room of which has served as an art studio), I've found a lot of art and things lying around. They are not garbage, but I'm not sure how much of my own art I need to be hanging in my own home. So, I decided to make my own Mystery Boxes!

Each of the boxes I've made so far contains at least five pieces of original art (by me!) as well as some other fun things I have stock piled around here. Sometimes it pays off to be a little bit of a pack rat...well, at least it pays off for the people who are getting these boxes.

I've already sold the first one I made, but there's one left at my Etsy store. Today I'll need to run a few errands and will pickup some larger envelopes that can fit some of the 11x14 piece I have left. Then I'll post a couple more Mystery packages! Stay tuned!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Art for Chefs

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Well, I guess you can tell by now that I've gotten really into looking at art on Etsy. So, today I've made another shopping guide. This one's for the person who loves to cook...or just loves to eat.


1. White Kitchen Mixer: $110, Little Mach Works on Etsy
          Part of me thinks that real chefs don't use hand mixers. The other part of me knows that everyone has used a hand mixer if they've ever learned to bake. So, I like this one. It's a nice everyday object painting.

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly: $150, Whimsical Wild Artwork on Etsy
          I really like this painting. I like the subject matter, and I like the execution. This would be cute for kids or adults.

3. Measuring Cup: $120, Rendered Imressions on Etsy
          Again, this is a nice everyday object. I love a good pyrex measuring cup.

4. Bottles: $129, Hobson Fine Art on Etsy
          The description of this painting says it's soda and water bottles, but I'm not so sure about that. Still, I like the idea of a painting of the inside of a refrigerator. Everyone's would be different. Mine would be mostly pickles and jam...which I do not eat together.

5. Oysters: $350, Kristine Kainer on Etsy
          This is great for someone who lives at the beach. The texture is also really nice, and the color combination (red and yellow usually feels like McDonalds) is not one you might initially think of, which is cool.

6. Eggs: $50, Hobson Fine Art on Etsy
          I love the color palette of this painting. I could hang this in any room...not just the kitchen. Though, I will admit that it would be a little strange in the bathroom or bedroom.

7. Avocado: $190, Jo Bradney on Etsy
          Avocados are still so popular. I'm starting to wonder if they were actually a trend or if they have staying power as an ingredient for everything. I really like that this has purple, teal, and green. Very nice color combo.

8. Kiwi: $30, Jamie Stevens Art on Etsy
          Ooh, kiwis! I love kiwi, and I never eat it. I'm too lazy to peel it. The look of it is excellent, though. Also, watch this video. If you haven't seen it, it will make you want to grow a kiwi banana immediately. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPdRAHm-5js

9. Yellow Onion: $165, Jo Bradney on Etsy
          Don't give this to one of those people who inexplicably hates onions. For everyone else, though, it's gorgeous.

10. Bananas: $163.60, Isabella Di Sclafani on Etsy
          This is actually the first painting I saved for this shopping list. I love everything about it. It's minimal, I love bananas, and I love the colors. So...wins all around.

Well, I hope your day is as delicious as these paintings. Happy Friday!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Old Work Doodle

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Cleaning out the closet that houses all my art supplies, I found several half-used work notebooks. Before I threw this one away, I thought I'd show it in digital form.

this doodle came from a notebook I used to take notes in when I worked at Aerie. I think I may not have been have been paying attention in this meeting. I'm not sure why I went with the plaid/stripe combo. I don't think we were doing that the season I made this. But, that was like five years ago, so who even knows?

Ok, that's all! Happy Thursday! Follow along with me as I paint a couples portrait on my Instagram (@Jonezee85).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Your New Gallery Wall: Rainbow Sherbet


When I was little, I liked to get Baskin Robins' Rainbow Sherbet.  It was delicious, and the pink/purple/orange color made it even more appealing. Today, our shopping guide is a collection of pieces that remind me of that sweet treat. So, let's get started!

1. Made to Order Abstract Painting: $200+, Art by Heroux on Etsy
          When you order this painting, the artist will make it for you in whatever size you'd like. They do note that not every painting will be exactly alike, but I think that makes the whole process more exciting!

2. Large Seascape: $750, Nancy Merkle on Etsy
          I love this painting. It's a landscape while still managing to be sort of abstract. Perfect.

3. "Simple Beauty" : $45, Sue Ringer on Etsy
          This is a small 6x6 painting, but I think it'd be a great addition to a desk, a gallery wall, or a little piece of wall that's too small for anything else. I love the chunky brush strokes.

4. Orange and Pink Watercolor: $48, LamArtStudio on Etsy
          This is actually watercolor, acrylic, and some other things, I think. It's simple but would look great in a collection.

5. Rani Pink and Golden Orange Painting: $100, Midas Touch NK on Etsy
          This is a little more precise than the other items in the list, but maybe you're a little more precise in your art choices. If you like things very neat and orderly, this could be for you!

6. Pink and Orange Marbled Painting: $40.17,  Spectrum Artworks on Etsy
          This one has glitter in it. I like a lot of the things in this shop. They're very freeform and colorful. I think you should visit.

7. "Let's Go Fly a Kite," Acrylic on Canvas: $61, Jill Lambert on Etsy
          I'm not sure why this is called "Let's Go Fly a Kite," but I'm certainly not mad at it. I like the colors, and I think it's a pretty sizable painting for only $61. If I weren't in the process of moving, I might consider purchasing this one.

8. California Rocks: $159, Pat Adams Art on Etsy
          Another purply-pinky-orangy landscape. I like this one, too, but it's a little less abstract. Very cool.

9. Oranges: $33, Chic Canvas Co on Etsy
          This one is a great option for the pretty lady. It also has a sort of vintage 1950s or 1960s feel. It could be great in a kitchen!

10. "Orange" Acrylic on Paper: $35, Evelina Petrenko on Etsy
          This is a bright painting, and it's on paper. That means you'd need to frame it. At $35, though, you could afford to do so. I think this one is a steal.

11. Dots paper painting: $38.93, Elizabeth Ellenor on Etsy
          This item ships from Australia. It's a little departure from the sorts of abstract paintings that are popular right now. I like it.

Well, that's it! I hope you're considering supporting some of these fabulous Etsy artists. If not, I hope you're inspired! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Interior Life


Every since I visited a couple's home that was filled with paintings of other people's homes, I have been intrigued by the concept. So, like in the past few posts, I did a little perusing on Etsy. Today's post is a bunch of interiors...or at least the things you'd find in a home's interior. I hope you find these as delightful as I do!

1. Oil Painting Original of Interior: $450, Bruce Habowski on Etsy
          What I like about this painting is that it feels like you're looking into someone else's room. Just a little...not enough to intrude. But also the wire/piping on the wall is very familiar to me from my time in the apartments of New York.

2. Chair Painting "There," $60, Lucia Dill Art on Etsy
          I like how loose this painting is while still telling you exactly what it is. Somehow it reminds me of the AA meetings in Infinite Jest.

3. "Night Studio Glow," $1,300, Thor Wickstrom on Etsy
          Ok, I know this one is expensive. But look how amazingly detailed it is! It's amazing. Click on the link to see some closer views. So cool.

4. Modern Colorful Abstract Interior Room Painting: $180, Jennifer Allevato on Etsy
          I like this artist. I think she makes some really fun/cool work. There are a lot of whimsical, cute rooms, but she also has several different paintings of her own studio, which I like very much.

5. "French Chair in Lavender Pink Room," $200, Kelly Coleman Coursey on Etsy
          I like the color combo. This comes already framed, so you can just go ahead and hang it on the wall should you decide to order it. I like the blue and white dishes on the wall, especially.

6. Original Oil Chair Painting: $116.21, Marleen Kleiberg on Etsy
          Ok, this is my favorite painting on this shopping guide. Marleen Kleiberg appears to be an artist from the Netherlands, so I'm not totally sure how much the shipping would be on this painting. However, I love these colors. I also especially love the little moment of subtle purples, blues, and greens in the top left hand corner. So nice. Please send me this as a belated birthday gift. Thank you. Only kidding...or am I?

7. Green Breuer 21" x 24" Vintage Original by Reginald Van Pelt: $795, Reginald VanPelt on Etsy
          I like this chair in its simplicity. While the price may seem pretty high, it's a pretty good-sized painting. Additionally, this is one of those neutral paintings you can put anywhere. So that's a major plus.

8. "A Topiary's View" : $25, MercersDaughter on Etsy
          I like this artist because she's versatile in her media choices, but she's also very affordable. I like the name of this painting. It makes the topiary in the background seem more fun and slightly anthropomorphized.

9. "Morning Room": $25,MercersDaughter on Etsy
          This is a more traditional painting form the same seller. I like it. I like the color combo. And, again, at $25, what are you waiting for?


10. "Urban Jungle #4" by Marisa Anon: $532.11, Lunartics on Etsy
          I had a painting by this artist in yesterday's post as well. I like how quirky this painting is, and the plants are pretty trendy right now. Or are they? Are plants always in style? I don't know. I do not have a green thumb.

11. "Morning Greeting," $400, Catherine J. Martzloff on Etsy
          This is the painting that inspired me to create this shopping guide. I liked this cheery bathroom and the idea that someone would immortalize the bathroom where they spend every morning. I remember a professor of mine mentioning this when we were reviewing Van Gogh's Bedrooms as well as a desk lamp piece by (I think, though I can't find it online) Michael Brodeur. It's a really cool concept, I think. I may have to make a painting of something like that...perhaps my big Starbucks pineapple cup...or my toothbrush...or my Barcelona chair with a stack of random paper and books in it. TBD.


Well, that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this peek into other people's spaces. Happy Tuesday!