I actually don’t sketch or draw much; it’s not my thing. But drawing seems natural when I am traveling. I travel with a few ink pens, often brown instead of black, and a tiny set of watercolors that fit into a recycled Altoid tin. These were done on my last trip to Europe, I think mostly in France and Spain, but most were inspired by two art exhibits I saw in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The Frans Hall Museum was full of his work and work inspired by him and neck fluffs, or giant clown like collars were everywhere. The other exhibit that really influenced these sketches were Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘grotesque’ sketches, that were featured in a Da Vinci show at the Teyler’s Museum. I loved his character sketches featuring exaggerated features like large noses, lopsidedness, and what some would consider rather ugly distorted faces. I could relate.
I have been painting some rather peaceful landscapes lately. Most in monochromatic shades, probably inspired by how much time I have spent outside this summer, either at the shore or visiting the desert, or even just driving through the local hills. Also teaching a watercolor class this fall has required me to focus less on my acrylic and oils and play more with the the watercolors. Some of my favorite are on sale on my Etsy page. www.etsy.com/shop/katinkabelleart
In the past I have had tried several online forums for selling my art, from having my own online store, to Etsy, to Fine Arts America, and Ebay. Ebay was not only the easiest for me but also the most successful. One thing I found though is you have to be consistent. Posting a painting ever few months might work ok, but having a work or two constantly up, and another set to go when one closes seems to help a lot. That way people who like your work can follow you and see new works.
I have an online friend who I met because she was also selling her art on ebay. She was been much better at being consistent and when a work of hers goes up the bidding wars begin. I was lucky enough to get a few of her paintings before the rest of the world knew about her. Her name is Kim Keek and we had some of her paintings in Brazen Arts Gallery last year.
I have decided to commit to three months of ebay art listings starting at $1 each. On top of that every time an artworks bids go over $20 I will list an additional work starting at one buck. I will do my best to list at least one thing a week. I will be listing things that will ship in the smaller USPS flat rate boxes or envelopes to keep the postage costs down as well, so shipping will be only $6. Included in what I will be selling will be sketches, 5×7 watercolors, tiny canvas paintings and some trading card paintings. I love the idea of art being affordable and being able to offer something at every price level.
I will try to put up the listings on my facebook page as well as here but if you don’t want to miss any you should follow me on ebay. My ID is katinkabelleart.
Jamie in watercolor on board
I love sharing photos of my artwork in its new home, or with its owner. I feel strongly that every piece I paint is made for a specific person, even if I haven’t met them yet or have no idea who its painting for when I paint it. If you have bought a work from me I would love to share a photo of it either with you or hanging in its home on my blog. Please send them to email@example.com.
I finished this painting last week in Arizona, while hanging out with my evil twin Haley. At first they seemed rather naked so I put them in a bubble bath to remove any questions. We girls do love getting into a little hot water, especially if bubbles are involved. The colors are inspired by cotton candy, because what is more fun than that? Double Trouble is watercolor on Aquaboard and 18″x24″. Double Trouble is $260 unframed and $300 framed.
I have several sale paintings listed on Etsy for only $25 each.
Frames 4×6 watercolors, ready to pack for the Catalina Arts Festival.