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Editors’ Picks: Start With Art

Jan 9, 2013

by Alison Feldmann

  • Naked Ladies Poster

    Celebrate the female form with this seductively retro poster.
  • Chimps Diorama

    These miniature natural history dioramas study our relationship with nature, combining fact and fiction. (In this scene, two chimps play with a man's head.)
  • Full Moon, 12" x 8" Digital Illustration

    Dark, moody, luminescent. What do you see?
  • Fine Art Lamb Photo

    There's an eternity to be found in this quiet moment.
  • Bird in Hand Antique Folk Art Cane

    Bold and graphic in form, this folk art cane contains a delicate beauty in its fine lines and symbolism.
  • Time Wasting Experiment 0044

    What's truly a "waste" of time? This clever set of art prints recontextualizes private, shameful activities into something to get done in a set amount of time.
  • 15 Link Ceramic Chain

    Clink! This set of hefty porcelain and stoneware chain links are sure to be a conversation starter.
  • Animal Sculpture

    We're all animals, right? Keep it weird with this centaur effigy.
  • Abstract - Lavender, Chartreuse, Pink

    This colorful and geometric painting would complement almost any aesthetic.
  • Folk Art Sign Language Vintage Carving

    Hand-carved and truly one of a kind, this set of sign language "letters" is both functional and beautiful.
  • Original Abstract Painting

    This textural and graphic original abstract evokes the turn of the seasons.
  • Revolution / Planets Print

    Contemplate your place in the universe with this monochromatic print.
  • Sunset in Israel Tallit

    Vibrant and symbolic, this silken tallit is printed with a photograph of a Tel Aviv sunset.
  • Large Serving Bowl With Beautiful Interior

    This gorgeous bowl is streaked with iron oxide to simulate color movement.
  • Custom Portrait of Your Pet

    Dedicated to cherished pets across the land, this artist will create a likeness of your beloved pet, along with "information about their personality, the pet's name tag, or pink cheeks."
  • Handmade Ceramic Envelope

    Because absurdity is an essential part of life. (This ceramic envelope would be a clever gift for a writer or book lover.)
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The dawn of a new year is chock full of opportunity. Resolutions? I’ve got a few. But if I do one measly thing this year, I want to aim for a life lived purposefully and surrounded by the objects that mean most — in my case, art. Be it a sculpture of a dinosaur that makes me laugh or an abstract that inspires me to see beyond the obvious, I aspire to find the beauty in every day…while editing the rest of my possessions to a minimum. Here’s an inspiring selection of artwork to get your new year started right.

Browse Art on Etsy

naked ladies 2 poster
naked ladies 2 poster
Reserved for AH Antique Folk Art Cane Bird In Hand Distlefink Southeastern Pennsylvania Vernacular Art  Hand Carved  Antique Walking Stick
Reserved for AH Antique Folk Art Cane Bird In Hand Distlefink Southeastern Pennsylvania Vernacular Art Hand Carved Antique Walking Stick
Abstract - Lavender, Chartreuse, Pink,
Abstract - Lavender, Chartreuse, Pink,
$161.48 AUD
15 Link Ceramic Chain
15 Link Ceramic Chain
Large Serving Bowl with Beautiful Interior
Large Serving Bowl with Beautiful Interior


  • pollymakes said 7 years ago

    Ceramic chain - beautiful and so tactile. Very interesting mix of picks today, like it!

  • valeriephoto said 7 years ago

    I love the idea of having at least one weird or thought-provoking art piece in the home. It's a real conversation starter with guests.

  • MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    These are wonderful! Love the envelope sculpture!

  • VeronicaRStudio said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous pics, love the paintings especially! Art is my favorite category to browse for on Etsy as well... I have bought over 30 pieces here!

  • gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful artwork I really love the Lavender abstract painting.

  • AnnaKiper said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • MaruMaru said 7 years ago

    OOOH these are pretty, I love the sunset in Israel one

  • EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    Being surrounded by things of our own choosing~ This is one of the things I love most about being an adult human being. Our homes are our canvas, Etsy shops are our brushes, and their creations are our paint. Let's make art!

  • auntjanecan said 7 years ago

    Art is very important to me and I love surrounding myself with some amazing art work.

  • xZOUix said 7 years ago

    Wow! magical creations, i really like these art prints <33333333

  • artbycherylp said 7 years ago

    Monica's posters are fantastic. I just bought one!!!!!!

  • morebutton said 7 years ago

    Love the Handmade Ceramic Envelope! Great art selection!

  • paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love the sign language wood carvings!!! absolutely amazing!

  • Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Lamb in the kitchen. Wonderful! Etsy is a terrific source for great art.

  • aressa said 7 years ago

    Great poster! Celebrate the art of the human body....

  • StayArtisan said 7 years ago

    Alison, great picks...

  • RenataandJonathan said 7 years ago

    Creative and fun collection :)

  • HoneyThistle said 7 years ago

    That envelope is hilarious :) love this!

  • KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Awesome poser!

  • abinakm said 7 years ago

    some great pieces are featured here! i can't wait to buy my first piece of art

  • rinamiriam said 7 years ago

    I love that poster & the animal w the person head! You can also buy art from me. I just listed a bunch of new work. :-)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago


  • ggsarts said 7 years ago

    I can definitely relate to the time wasting experiment :) Well done to Provax for making a feature of it- I think that's the key to success as an artist, playing is such a big part of what we do....

  • kitschencabinet said 7 years ago

    I love this idea. I think those of us who are attracted to etsy, either as buyers or sellers (or both!) believe in surrounding yourself with a well curated collection of possessions that range from deeply meaningful to just plain fun. That's definitely a New Year's Resolution I can get behind!

  • VandaFashion said 7 years ago

    Love it!!

  • FeltHappiness said 7 years ago

    Truly enjoyed seeing these inspiring images.....wanted to wander off and investigate so many (and did). Thank you! Now back to other worthy exercises in time must breathe in to create!

  • FridayArtBunch said 7 years ago

    Check us out for some great original art from Texas! Thanks for this great article, too! I think we need to teach the public about art since that's the first thing that gets cut from the schoo budgets!

  • christineshmisteen said 7 years ago

    what budgets, Friday art bunch? :p ahem.... Yeah, Check out art from texas

  • gescate said 7 years ago

    Love the draws and photos!

  • Fiume said 7 years ago

    Pretty weird stuff. Some beautiful and some a little freaky. Different strokes for different folks, right? I do like a little humor in art though, personally.

  • mlezcano said 7 years ago

    I think it's a great resolution to surround yourself with things you truly love and appreciate and edit, edit, edit, all of the rest of the clutter. These pieces of art are a great way of representing that shift and I think anything that's handmade be it art or something functional are a great place to start.

  • irinisklavounou said 7 years ago

    I agree with you Erin, 'art' presents a very broad front in these times. For us makers with our good hands it is really just a short step to realising that we can allow ourselves to act on our imagination and in fact, anything goes. It is a great adventure and we are under no obligation to please anyone but ourselves. And then, who knows, maybe somebody is going to say "wow, that is really cool".

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love browsing the great artwork on Etsy.

  • LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Some beautiful and strange finds here I love the wood carved hands I'd imagine these would make a lovely decoration

  • provax said 7 years ago

    these are so rad, Alison! thanks for the little feature

  • plantarock said 7 years ago

    love etsy, thanks

  • butikonline83 said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your illustrations.

  • kgpaintings said 7 years ago

    As a painter, I do have a fondness for humorous art. Thank you for this collection.

  • deborahktash said 7 years ago

    Oh Alison, Thanks so much for this post. I am an artist and am just at the beginning; reading and working on figuring out how to present my work in my Etsy store. It is really helpful to read how other artists have done their shops. It's also really great to read about how art inspires and enriches your life. Thanks for being an art appreciator and writing this!

  • nbbyunurh said 7 years ago

    I really liked the design of the tallit prayer shawl

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