Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hues of Blues

My kids often ask me the burning question, "Mommy, what is your favorite color?"  Of course, I never have a simple answer.  It usually goes something like... "Well, it depends on the setting and the situation.  I love green trees, periwinkle skies, to wear I prefer blacks, dark plums, ... " and it continues.  If I had to choose just one color, I would probably say green.  When I look at my Etsy shop, however, there are a lot of blues.

I did a little statistical observation and examined the first 6 pages of my Etsy shop.  I calculated the percentage of items in certain colors and the results were, well, not remotely shocking or exciting.

Blue won, with 34% of the listings being predominantly blue.

First runner up was green, with 31%.

I was a little surprised that only 16% was purple (with some lavender/pink hues).

I intentionally made my 2nd page predominately warm colors.  Red/orange is still only 14%.

Anyone preferring yellows and golds would probably not be that excited about my shop.  Only 5% of the items are in those hues.  I did not count the brass finish on some of my jewelry items, mostly I looked at the images featured.

I only have a trivial amount of white/grey listings.  This means I am rarely a candidate for Etsy's front page!
This item actually made it to the front page. 

What does this all mean?  It probably means it wouldn't hurt for me to get crazy and paint a few yellow/golden tree and forest scenes.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scenes from a Fairy Tale Wedding

A while back, I had the pleasure of working with a lovely bride who wanted me to paint a backdrop for her wedding.   Since I had to ship this huge slab of artwork from the U.S. to South Africa, I needed something lighter than a traditional canvas.  I used curtains.  Yes, curtains.  Large, canvas-like curtains.  After adding layers, layers, and more layers of acrylic paint, the curtains felt more like heavy vinyl but I was pleased with the end result.

She sent me so many gorgeous photos!  Notice the bride is wearing one of my pendants...

...and Twig Studio bookmarks were wedding favors!

The bride and groom were adorable and the setting was absolutely magical!  

Apparently, the donkeys got to sample the bouquet!  

Happily ever after, you two!