Today begins the Etsy blog’s week-long focus on artwork, Artistic Endeavors. This series will focus on the many different mediums of art on Etsy, the best ways to showcase it and how best to ascertain what your particular style may be — get in touch with your inner curator! This is but a preview of an ongoing series (more to come), so get a taste and come back for more. The first to contribute to the series is the wonderful and talented Danna Ray of groundwork.
As an artist, I often find it difficult to decide what to paint. I either seem to suffer from too few ideas, or too many to decide between. In the end, I’m always happiest when I choose the ideas I have the strongest emotional connection with. I also try to keep this in mind when it comes to buying art. There’s so much incredible work out there… and it can be so tough to choose! I like to pick pieces that I have some sense of connection with — whether it’s a place I’d like to be, a bit of nostalgia, or just something that would make me smile each time I passed by. I’m so happy to share some of my favorites!
The bright color combinations in Essimar’s shop always make me happy. I think the saturated colors in this screenprint are particularly lovely on earthy brown chipboard. By essimar, $65. Look for more screenprints.
I’d love to hang this ethereal Polaroid print in my home as a daily reminder that such places actually exist. I was even fonder of this print when I read the artist’s description: “The Polaroids were taken on a mountain in the Bavarian Alps, on a chilly and foggy day in May. Come as it must, we got lost in the thick fog and found ourselves clinging to some roots above an abyss shortly after.” By blaubeermund, $28. Look for more photography prints.
This is such a nice diptych by Leah Giberson. I especially like the visible layering and heavy paint texture. Also, when I was a kid we used to pass by a slide just like this one each day on the way to school. It looked like a dream… and I always wished we would stop there. By leahgiberson, $50. Look for more giclee prints. (“Giclee” is a fine art print made with an inkjet print process. The name comes from the French word for “nozzle” according to Wikipedia.)
I am totally delighted with the intensity of the well dressed kitties in this print set. I’d like to think their eyes would follow you around a room like they’re listening intently to every word. By myfolklover, $20. Look for more illustration prints.
I love this iconic redwood print by Lisa Congdon. It has such a nice well-worn feeling to it…as though it has been around as long as the tree itself. By lisacongdon, $35. Look for more digital prints.
Looking for more artwork? Stay tuned for the rest of the Artistic Endeavors series.