Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Jennifer Lee of Jenndalyn



Tell me about yourself:
fashion illustration red dress music ball gown 8 x 10 PRINT fancy burgundy crimson scarlet mixed media artMy name is Jennifer Lee and I live in Columbus, Ohio.  Aside from making art, I also enjoy traveling, being outdoors, snowboarding, TV shows about ghosts, and slushies.

How did you get started? When did you discover you were an artist?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember.  When I was little I love drawing mazes, imaginary worlds, and fancily-dressed people.  I majored in art in college but did not consider it a realistic career option until my late 20's, when I ditched the 9-5 world to follow my passion.

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What mediums do you work in?  
All of them!  I am insanely indecisive, so mixed media is perfect for me.  I love drawing and painting traditionally, then adding collage, paint splatters, ink smears...pretty much anything within my reach :)

What is your favorite thing to create?
I love creating portraits with realistic faces, either in ink or pencil, then adding all sorts of embellishments to them: cut out flowers, lace, doilies...the transformation process it takes on is so much fun.






Travel art wanderlust print - 10 x 10 PRINT mixed mediaDo you sell anywhere else besides etsy?
I also sell on Society6: iPhone cases, pillows, laptop skins, etc. 
www.society6.com/jenndalyn

Have you had good luck selling on etsy?
I am very thankful to have amazing luck with etsy.  I listed my first items on July 29, 2012 (my shop had been open for a couple years by then but had sat empty) and literally withing seconds I had an order for three prints.  I do have my slow days, buy my shop has been steadily gaining momentum for almost a year now!



Is this your full time job or do you have a full time day job and just create on the side?
I am overjoyed to be able to say Etsy is my full-time job.  I opened my shop on July 29, put in my notice at my 9-5 dreadful office job on August 3, left on September 7 and have not looked back since?

white flowers blue sky fall photography autumn photo nature growing 8 x 10 TTV PHOTO turquoise sky floral home decorWhat inspires you and your work?
Would it be ridiculous to say everything?? I get inspired by small things, little miracles.  Things that a lot of people probably don't pay attention to.  The way the leaves on a tree move in the breeze.  Taking long walks and just noticing everything.  I love the idea that we are all part of something huge and beautiful and significant.

Do you have any word of wisdom or encouragement for those starting out?
Do not give up!  Have a positive outlook at all times, but also be realistic that you are going to have to work like a boss to make things happen.  Utilize social media in every way you possibly can to get your name out there.  And always be proud of what you do :)


My favorite quote:
"No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light to open people's eyes, to reveal the marvels around." - Paolo Coelho





Monday, April 8, 2013

Feature Artist



Kristan Bendixen 


This Seattle, WA artist comes from a family of successful artists and has had an interest in the visual arts since an early age.  Kristan's art consists of large bold acrylic paintings, small mixed media art pieces, and mixed media sculptures.  I can across Kristan's talent one day when I was doing a random search on etsy and instantly fell in love with her shop BendixenART www.bendixenart.etsy.com.  Her art is one of a kind, playful, and bold.

Fusia Red Magenta Paper Rosettes, Die-Cut Hearts-Home Decor, Valentines Day, Love Day for Her-Mixed Media Art on CanvasKristan began taking an interest in painting 20 years ago when her friend Heather introduced her to the world of oil painting.  From there her work evolved into what it is today.  Painting and creating help her spirit to grow.  Kristan's true inspirations are nature, paint, paper, and creative blogs.  Her favorite thing about her art is the flexible nature of her creative style and how each day offers something new and exciting.

Kristan has been selling on etsy for 2 years now and has been featured in various galleries.  She hopes in 5 years to be making a living as an artist and offers this advice to other artists just starting out..."Be different, be focused, and take excellent photos."