After a bit of insomnia, I tried counting sheep and it worked like a charm.. This gave me the idea to create a ink and watercolor of 10 sheep trying to jump over the fence, only to land in a pile on the other side.
Each sheep is wearing a yellow and orange scarf with their number.
This is an original 8.5 x 11 inches that will be matted to 11x14 inches with a white acid free mat with a backing board.
(This painting is presently in my farm yard scenes, until it is sold, just click on the picture to see more... ENJOY)
This way it is ready for a standard sized 11x14 inch frame. Just click on any of the images to be taken to my ETSY shop and you can see more pictures, the price and a detailed description.
Shipping is FREE in Canada and the USA with a tracking number via Canada Post.
Have a wonderful day!
I have been going through my photo album of pictures I took on our amazing trip to Scotland a few years back.
I loved the history and the ages of all the buildings. My hubby is from Scotland, so he acted as tour guide to the family, and showed us this awesome mill called Preston Mill, in East Linton, Scotland.
This mill was still in use until 1959 and is centuries old, and has actually been used for scenery in the Neflix show "Outlander". I painted this from my own photograph. It is painted on 8.5 x 11 inches 140lb Canson Watercolor paper, and will be matted to 11x14 inches using removable artist tape with a backing board. This way it is ready for an 11x14 inch standard frame.
I have also added this fun little piece of art of a abstract cat looking out a colorful window. This is a 5x7 original watercolor that has a 5x7 acid free white mat attached. This is then attached to a Strathmore blank watercolor card so that you can give this as a card with your sentiments inside and then it can be framed in a standard 5x7 inch frame. Comes with matching envelope.
Two gifts in one! Perfect for the cat lover or the hard to buy for on your list.
I have added another section to my renovated site!
My 5x7 watercolor cards are all original pieces of art. Each one has been done with ink and watercolors on Canson watercolor paper and then matted behind an acid free 5x7 white mat.
The matted artwork has then been attached to a blank Strathmore Watercolor card of the same size ready for your sentiments inside.
This can be sent as a greeting card but can then be framed in a standard 5x7 inch frame to hang as wall art. No need to detach the card, the entire card will fit in the frame.
This makes a great gift option for the "hard to buy" on your list. Check them out, because many are my unique folk art style but many also have inspirational words added to them to bring a smile to you or your loved one's face. I am always adding more.
Give the gift of art, that sends and reads like a card.
I have added another original watercolor to my farm landscapes section. I live in a small town and am surrounded by countryside.
I draw my inspiration from all the farms, fields and nature around me.
This painting has been done on 140lb Canson watercolor paper, with ink, dip pen and colorful watercolors. The actual painting measures 8.5 x 11 inches and will be matted to 11x14 using an acid free mat. This makes the painting ready for a standard 11x14 inch frame.
I have added another painting this morning of an old country church.
This is an original and it measures 8.5 x 11 inches but will be matted to 11x14 inches to fit a standard frame using acid free white mat with backing board.
I added another new ink and watercolor to my site. I love to paint cute sheep or cute farm animals! This is a fun piece with all the sheep gathered together as they often do at night. Safety in numbers!
It measures 8.5 x 11 inches but will be matted with an acid free white mat to a measurement of 11 x 14 inches to fit a standard frame. As will all my art, shipping is FREE and is sent by Canada Post with a tracking number.
I have been doing well with sales of my artwork, but have had a few customers tell me they preferred the ETSY platform when it came to the final purchase.
It seems most people feel more confident there at checkout. I have a presence there with my artwork and my pet sympathy cards.
I have revamped my website so that when you click on an image of my art here, you will be transferred to my ETSY shop for more details.
I hope you enjoy my new and improved website! Stay tuned as I add more art pieces to my gallery.
In addition to my art that is sold on this site, I have been successfully selling Pet Sympathy Cards in my Etsy shop.
These are created by making prints of my own artwork and then attaching them to blank greeting cards.
I ventured down this path last year after looking for some pet loss cards that were unique and I couldn't find any.
I sell these in my ETSY store and it is quite established. So instead of moving them all to here, I decided to add a button on my main page to take you there if you wish to check them out.
Losing a pet hurts. They are like family, and a pet loss card lets them know you are thinking of your grieving pet owner at this difficult time.
I also can add a personal note to them and mail them to your grieving pet owner directly from me with your sentiments inside.
It has been a while, but I have not stopped creating art!
I have added a ton of 5x7 matted pieces of art to my shop such as the one pictured, under the 5x7 art card section.
These hand painted cards are NOT just cards, they are attached to a blank inside Strathmore watercolor greeting card ready for your personal note.
The best thing is that this is not simply a unique card, but also a piece of original art, as you can then pop the entire card into a 5x7 standard frame and hang as wall art. I have some abstract art, as well as folk style art, and some doodle paintings.
Lots to choose from. As always my prices include shipping with a tracking number to Canada and the USA (any other country please contact me first). These art pieces come with an envelope so you can not only send as a card but also as a gift of art.
Great gift idea for anyone on your list who likes original artwork, or you simply do not know what to buy them. Great office decor, bathroom decor, kitchen wall art and more. Easy to send in the mail too!
online graphic editor - Creating awesome graphics - using picmonkey editor - I use this all the time!
I love to paint and draw and be totally creative, but what I am not that good at is displaying my creations!
As I have continued on my journey of selling my artwork, cards and prints online and finding new places to sell them, I have also had to learn how to create the best photos I can as well as displaying them in such a way that enhances them instead of taking away from them.
I am not rich, and personally find many of the photo editors out there super expensive and difficult to use. But I was introduced to PicMonkey and was totally amazed. I watched a few you tube clips on how to use it, and it just clicked with me, plus there is a free version to get you started. It was not a difficult learning curve compared to many photo editors out there.
Here is a Step by Step of How I used Picmonkey for an Overlay Mockup
Step 1 - I purchased a mockup (blank frame online from Etsy, just put mockup in the search box)
Step 2 - Opened up PicMonkey and chose "Edit Photo"
Step 3 - Click "Open New" then "from computer" find the mockup you purchased and want to use and open it.
Step 4 - Click on the "butterfly" symbol at left, this is called the Overlay
Step 5 - Add your painting, photo, drawing or print
Step 6 - Adjust to fit your mockup with on screen tools
Step 7 - Hit "export" and send to your files.
I have been super amazed with this website. I don't often recommend sites, but this one is perfect for those starting out and professionals alike. I quickly upgraded to the paid version and it was totally affordable for a once a year low fee.
Click on the banner and at least check it out and see if this would be a better way for you to adjust your photos, paintings, artwork, prints or whatever. I have even used it to create really cute printable art on Etsy by adding words and overlaying pictures.
I have been spending more time on PicMonkey to find out many other ways of using it. You can check out some of my printable word art images that I sell on Etsy as well as my original watercolor paintings I sell on this site.
In this coffee mug drawing. I had a separate drawing of the dog and the mug. By using PicMonkey, I was quickly able to merge them together onto one print and added words.
If you are an artist, photographer or someone who simply wants a cleaner way to show your work online or actually create new pieces, then using a photo editor is a necessary part of your business. But you don't have to pay through the nose to get professional looking pieces.
So that is my promoting today. I had some questions from customers on just how I created my photo booth or my light box to create nice images. That is of course another option, but it is still nice to have a photo editor ready to make your images look their best.
I tell them, I didn't. I scanned my paintings and then adjusted the image to look exactly as the original on Picmonkey. There are so many ways you can work with this site. So if you haven't checked it out, check it out now, there is a free version to help you get started. Just click any of the banners and have some fun with some of your photos.
Hi there! My name is Diane Palmer, and I love to draw and paint. I love to try new things, and in this blog and my website you will see the results of my artistic endeavors!