Photo Love: Sophie Hunter

London Fog
My best friend is an amazing photographer & artist. I'm a wee bit jealous of her skills haha I've shared some of her photos on here before, but she recently opened a little shop of her photos and I just had to share it with you all :)

I think the photo above has to be my favourite - the colours, the feel, the name haha (my favourite order at tea/coffee shops!) It needs to find a spot on my never-ending gallery wall...

Crosby Beach
This was one of Sophie's favourites, of the Iron Men on Crosby Beach - "I like the colours, I barely had to edit it." Gorgeous right?

Molly
I had to include one of Molly, Soph's big fluffy white chow :)

Lake District
Another one of my favourites, this to me is so English. Rolling hills, green pastures, winding paths - so lovely.

Salt, Sweat, Tears
"I think my personal favourite is the one called 'Salt, Sweat and Tears' which is of the place where the ferry ports on Skye in Scotland."

This photo reminds me of that quote - "The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." Makes me want to travel back to Scotland!

You can check out all of Sophie's work in her shop, and there's free worldwide shipping today! She told me she's planning to add more artwork too - so stay tuned!! :)

xo,
B

Artist Love: Reva of Daughter Zion Designs


I was introduced to Reva's shop, Daughter Zion Designs, at the end of last year, and I knew immediately that I had to feature her :) Her work features some of my favourite elements - watercolour, calligraphy, florals, and more - blended so elegantly. And she's Canadian. So it was just a matter of time until she made an appearance here!

I'm so excited Reva agreed to the feature - there's even a little giveaway for you at the end! - so please keep reading to find out more about her gorgeous shop!
Small Things
What inspired you to open your shop? What was/is your goal or motivation behind it?
My husband, Josh, was the final push for me to open my shop, plus lots of friends and family. I've always been a maker of lots of handmade things, and I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a card for someone. I've always been the one in our family to make all my cards by hand, usually with unique lettering. My goal when I started the shop was to just make at least one sell. I thought that if I could sell at least one of my pieces, I'd be stoked. When I launched my shop, it was at 1 in the morning, so right after publishing my first listings, I went to bed. I was thrilled when I woke up to more than one sale the next morning! Currently, my goal is to use my talent for the glory of God. Most of my pieces are leaning towards scripture and faith filled words. My motivation behind my shop is 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Genesis 24:67
What is the process of creation like?
When I come across quotes or scripture pieces that stand out to me, or when someone emails me with a custom request, I usually start with a sketch. I loosely work out lettering styles, to see what's going to fit in the space of the design. If it's a custom request, the customer gets the sketch emailed to them to see if it's something they like, or if any revisions need to be made. From there, I usually do another more refined sketch, and trace that onto my final paper. Then I head in with ink, using a pointed-pen to the calligraphy or hand lettering. If there's going to be an colour, I use watercolour as my main medium. Sometimes it will be painted on before lettering for a background, or after, if it's floral works or other illustrated elements around the lettering.
You Make Beautiful Things
Where do you find inspiration for your prints and/or cards?
I read my Bible everyday, so I often find scripture references from there. Sometimes I'll come across great quotes on Pinterest, or through listening to music. Mumford and Sons have definitely helped me out a lot! For colours, I take pictures of beautiful flowers that I come across going on walks, or in my family's gardens. My mom and grandma have such beautiful gardens, so when I'm there in the spring and summer, I take the time to snap a few pictures for reference.

Wander
You use watercolours & calligraphy (like the one below!), two of my favourites! When did you first start using those mediums?
I love watercolour and calligraphy! I've been a watercolour lover for the last few years, but have used it off and on for the last 15 years. I learned from the greatest art teach I've ever had, Cindy More, and think of her often when I pick up my brush to paint. I first used a pointed-pen in high school, and I completely hated it! I couldn't even tell you what you made me pick it up again. Over the last couple years, I started using it regularly. India ink and Sumi inks produce such beautiful, rich blacks, and I just fell in love. i bought books, watched YouTube videos, and took Molly Jacques Modern Calligraphy class on Skillshare. If anyone is interested in learning calligraphy, I would definitely recommend her class. Now I make sure that I'm purchasing quality inks and nibs, and comfortable nib holders. (Paper Ink Arts and John Neal Bookseller are both excellent resources.) Be patient, and practice practice practice! And trust me, from experience, even left handed people can be successful calligraphers.

Oscar Wilde
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints? 
My Oscar Wilde print had a small 'aha' moment. This piece was originally a custom order, which I now sell as a print in the shop. I was looking forward to creating this piece for the customer, but when I opened the message with their inspiration photos, which was 4 different photos of flowers and painting styles, I didn't know what to do. The inspiration photos were all so different, in completely different painting styles, and I was flabbergasted as to how I was going to pull these all together. Usually I don't do much in terms of sketching out the watercolour parts, especially flowers, as I like them to develop more organically. For this piece, however, I felt that I needed more planning to make it work. In the end though, I was so happy with how the flowers turned out! I love that this customer trusted me enough to get all their inspiration pieces to work together.

Daughter of the King
What is your favourite item in your store?
One of my favourite pieces in the store is the Daughter of the King card. This was one of the first pieces I ever made. It means so much to me, as it rings so true to me as being a daughter of Jesus Christ. A close second, if not a tie for first favourite, is Beautiful Things, which comes from the Gunger song after the same name. I could listen to, and sing, this song over and over. You can listen to their live version here.

A whole load of new items are coming to the shop soon! I've been working lots for the last coupe months on new pieces, plus new fun things in the shop! I've fallen for Project Life, and have been working on creating something fun for others who use this scrapbooking method. I've also been working on a wedding line, which I'm hoping to launch soon! Keep an eye on the shop and blog over the next couple weeks to see the release.

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Thankyou so much Reva!! I'm excited to explore some of those calligraphy links - need to buy some new nibs & practice! I think the new wedding line will be gorgeous too - exciting stuff!!

Reva was sweet enough to offer you guys a chance to win one of her cards, which could totally be framed as a print too :) Enter via the Rafflecopter box below!

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If you can't wait to win the giveaway, Reva is offering 15% her shop with the code GALLERYNO8 until March 30!

You can follow Reva & Daughter Zion Designs on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest, as well as her shop & blog of course!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Patricia Vargas

Very excited to have the artist behind Parima Creative Studio here today :) I adore Patricia's work, and you'll probably recognize a few of her pieces that pop up on Pinterest quite a bit! I featured one of her type prints a few weeks ago and am so glad she was able to answer a few questions about what inspires her creative process.

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Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
My perfect customer is someone who is not afraid of color and being a little bold. This person has an eclectic style that includes a bit of glamour and elegance to their decor.

The Garden
You use such bold, vibrant colours, why? 
I think that color is one of the most beautiful things this world has to offer. It has the ability to change moods and set tones in an instant. I use bright and rich colors because they are the ones that give the most sense of joy and positive energy. I sometimes will create pieces that are more toned down and peaceful, but bright and bold colors is where I live.



The graphic elephants & flamingos are so fun, what made you start that collection?
The animal silhouette prints are composed of elements that I created over a long period of time, but not necessarily for this purpose. I created the patterns almost a year ago, just for fun. I have an entire folder on my computer with several dozen different patterns. I didn’t know exactly what to do with them, but I knew that they would serve a purpose one day. The flower elements, are from my flower prints. I really like way they look and wanted to incorporate them in another aspect of my work.

I love the way text looks when it’s created by images. So I had originally decided to combine the flowers and the patterns together within text. I played around with the idea and in the process found that the surface area of text was too limited and wanted something larger that would better highlight the combination of elements. Animals came to mind. I immediately sketched up an elephant, and added the flowers and patterns. I instantly fell in love with the way it looked, and soon I created different flower and pattern combinations.

After the success of the elephants, I decided to create a flamingo version (at the time I had no idea they were in style), and those have taken off as well. I plan on adding a whole zoo of them in the near future.

A Beautiful Life
I love the prints that mix your beautiful paintings with lovely type, what inspires those combinations? I have a whole collection of quotes that I have written in different stages of my life. They are words I try to remember and live by so I wanted to write them out in a way that could be beautifully displayed and continue to inspire me. I played with different fonts, patterns, and images until they looked just right.

Falling Roses
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
The thing I love about art is that most often than not there are “happy accidents”. Elements that I didn’t mean to create, but now it’s there and it works! A lot of my work is composed of “happy accidents”, as I am constantly experimenting with different techniques, mediums, shapes, fonts, and colors.

Coral Gold Focus
What is your favourite item in your store?
I love all of my pieces. There is a little piece of me in each one of them, and I often time have a hard time saying goodbye to an original piece when it gets sold. I secretly want to keep them all to myself. Though it is an amazing feeling to know that someone (especially someone who is not related or a friend) loves your work enough to want to hang it in their space. But the one I love the most is the Coral and Gold piece. It is the one that started it all for me. The one that encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming a full time artist. There are only prints available of this piece. The original stays with me as a constant reminder of how far I have come and to never stop pursuing my dream.

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Thankyou so much Patricia! I love your answer for that last question :) It's always one of my favourite answers to read (I ask it to every artist I feature), but I love that you keep Coral Gold - I'm such a sentimentalist like that too! Truthfully, I don't know how artists ever sell original work haha

You can find more of Patricia's work in her etsy store (she even has iPhone cases!) & read more about how she got started on her website.

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Holly Sharpe

Does anyone else get a little nervous when they email others about possible blog features? I don't know why I get a bit worried, but I do and I'm always so thrilled when I get a 'yes!' in reply!

You may recognize Holly's work from my Etsy post a few weeks ago. I adore her work and was so excited when she agreed to a little interview & giveaway for you guys!! You can check out her shop here, and keep reading to find out what inspires her gorgeous art!

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Sketch V
Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
I wouldn't say that I have a perfect customer. I would just like to think that people buy my work because it either inspires them, or helps their mind to wander or simply because they think it is beautiful. So I guess their story is just to have an appreciation and awareness of these things.

Peacock Girl II
What inspired you to start selling your sketches & artwork?
I guess when I first started to sell a few drawings this made me realise that people actually wanted to buy my work, so this prompted me to continue doing what I was doing and hopefully the demand would still be there. Aside from that, I wouldn't have enough space to keep them all!! I don't plan on ever stopping creating artwork so it has to go somewhere!

Daze
Some of your pieces have a very 'mixed media' & layered feel, what's your jumping off point? 
I always start with an idea, concept or feeling, that I can't exactly put into words, but I just build on this feeling and then the artwork is in some way my translation of this idea/feeling. Since this idea is often relatively complex, the mixed media/layers helps lend itself to convey whatever it is I felt the urge to convey.
Fashion Illustration
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
A lot of my work has come from so called accidents. Which either come about from sketching, or taking things to the next level - like when I think a drawing isn't working, I am not scared to ruin it, so I try something different or crazy and often that is when I have 'break throughs'. Or on the odd occasion when I am feeling really angry or more passionate than usual, I just feed this into my work - which sometimes works and other times doesn't... and probably ends up making me more emotional than to begin with! Photoshop is also a great tool to experiment and put things together easily that you maybe wouldn't have otherwise thought of, or had the time to do. Photoshop is a super fast way to test out if something is going to work or not. There have definitely also been some 'aha' moments amidst the 'accidents'. It's hard to pin point them exactly, but usually I need these moments to take my work further and to expand/develop a series of drawings/illustrations.

Afterglow
What is your favourite item in your store?
Hard to say.... it changes all the time. For now I think I would say, the original drawing of 'Afterglow'. It was part of a recent commission I did for Derwent pencils.

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Thankyou so much Holly! Loved reading about your design process. The way other creatives work is always inspiring to me :)

If she wasn't lovely enough already, Holly has offered the gorgeous print below for one of you to win!


'Tribal Girl' (colourway) - A4 hand-finished and signed, digital print on 100% recycled cotton rag, beautifully textured and thick. Due to the handcrafted nature of this paper the edge of the paper has a natural, slightly torn finish. Hand-finished with ink and pen to bring out details and/or colours, this means that each one is unique.

I've left the image quite large, so if you open it in a new tab you can see the gorgeous texture of the cotton rag. I'm a wee bit jealous I can't enter this one :)

You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (might take a second to load):

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Be sure to check out Holly's shop! You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram too!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Stephanie Sterjovski


Today I am so excited to be featuring a designer I so admire. If you don't already know who Stephanie Sterjovski is, you should! She's been featured on The Everygirl, Framework Mag, and HGTV Magazine to name a few. Her style is impeccable and her print shop is full of the loveliest prints I've ever seen. She is incredibly talented and can only keep rising from here :)

AND, if that wasn't exciting enough, Stephanie will also be speaking at BlogPodium! I'm so thrilled to be speaking alongside her :) (Her talk is 'From Blog to Business') If you want more information on BlogPodium (or on either of our talks!) there's a button in the sidebar that will take you there :)
I am so excited to be sharing an interview with Steph today - a little bit of insider knowledge on her lovely shop :)

Hello
Your shop opened last summer, what inspired you to open it? What was/is your goal or motivation behind it?
My readers inspired me to open my shop after getting asked every week if I sold my “Wordy Wednesday” posts on my old blog. I had a huge love for graphic design as well, and loved creating these fun pieces. My goal was just to spread positive expressions in everyone’s home.

Proverbs 31:25
Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
I value all my customers, and especially love working on custom orders with them or hearing how my prints (especially the words I choose to use in my designs) have touched their lives in a positive way.

Good Things
You have come out with some seriously beautiful collections & prints, where do you get your inspiration? 
Thank You! I get inspired by so many things, I literally write a new idea down everyday in my notebook, or on my phone while I am out exploring life, immersing myself in fashion and design. I go through all my ideas at the end of each month and then fine tune them in to a collection.

Colossians 3:14
LOVE
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints? 
My pink & gold LOVE print was a happy accident, I was playing around with placement of the letters moving them around to create them into a diamond, and all of a sudden I loved how it looked where I had placed them to be separated. That one kind of just stuck with me :)

Only Happy Thoughts
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favourite item in the store right now is my new print, Only Happy Thoughts. The gold foil combined with those profound words remind me to focus on the joy, plus I am gold obsessed right now!
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Thankyou so much Steph!! Love the story of how your 'LOVE' print turned out - such a beautiful 'accident'!! And the gold foil prints are stunning. Need to find room for one! (I already have & love this print!)

Steph's blog is one of my daily reads - she always has the most beautiful photos! (clearly evidenced by her shop photos above too!) She posts on everything from style to beauty to the lovely little things that make her smile :)

You can check out her shop here & be sure to follow along with Steph on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, & Instagram!!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Claire Heffer

Edit: Giveaway is now closed! Check below to see who won :)

A few weeks ago, Claire contacted me about her little shop, and I was blown away by the intricacies of her work! I knew I had to feature her and show you all what a gem her shop is! She's also been kind enough to offer a print for one of you to win - don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!


What inspired you to open your shop?
It took me ages to decide to open my shop just because I didn't think that anyone would want any of my pieces, I just drew and designed things for fun, but more and more people asked for them for presents and for their own homes that I thought I'd share my work with the whole of the internet.

Style Quotes
The little quote sets you sell are so sweet, where did you get the inspiration for them?
The quote posters went through many many incarnations before they found their current state. I only started designing them as a way to display my favourite quotes and I got a bit carried away. The idea was to create a template that could work for any quote and I wanted something clean and with lots of white space.

Eiffel Tower (Original Line & Circle Drawing)

Your line & circle drawings are exquisite, how long does it take to complete one? What is the process like?
Thank you for your lovely comments. The line and circle drawings take up to an hour to draw, I haven't quite built myself up to drawing very big ones yet. Sometimes deciding which way to go when drawing the pictures is hard, you can change the whole look of a piece just by where you start the lines. I get so excited by the fact that each one is unique and different and I enjoy knowing that I am drawing them specifically for someone as I watch the image reveal itself.

Vogue Cover
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your items? 
The first line and circle drawing was the crow, I just happened to put it in a frame as I had one the right size and I had so many comments that I kept making them but really without the encouragement of friends and family it would have been a one off.

Crow (Original Line & Circle Drawing)
Butterfly (Original Line & Circle Drawing)
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favourite picture is the crow just because it was the first, but I also like the butterflies, just because I could draw them all day, they are so much fun to see how they turn out.
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Thankyou so much Claire!! I just love the detailed shots of the line drawings - so beautiful. You can find more loveliness in her shop, and you can check out her blog, portfolio, Twitter & behance!

Giveaway time! Claire has been kind enough to offer up a print for one of you guys to win!! Enter via the Rafflecopter box below! (if you have any issues with it showing up, let me know - I know it can take a minute to load on mobile/tablet devices)

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Hope you're all having a lovely week!

xo,
B

Artist Love: Chloe Trundle


This was the post I told you I was excited about :) SO excited to be featuring Chloe's shop today!

I first found Chloe's shop, NoLoveLost, via her Watercolour Ampersand print. I love ampersands and adore watercolour, so of course I favourited it immediately and went on to check out the rest of her shop. Gorgeous photos, witty words, and seriously beautiful type all merge in her lovely little shop.

And after talking with her, I'm even more in love with her little shop. So fun to find a fellow font nerd who creates such beautiful work. Especially when they are as genuinely lovely as Chloe!

Chloe was gracious enough to answer a few questions about her shop and offer a 15% discount for you guys!

Love You to the Moon and Back
How did you come up with the name for your shop? What inspired you to open it?
My shop name came about after I had created my first few prints. Some of my initial prints, like this vintage Street Girls print, my Keep Calm Parody and this Some People Suck design have a sort of dark humor to them, and I felt my shop name No Love Lost, was quite fitting. I decided this name reflected the nature of my prints - as most are a bit strange and quirky, but others are a bit on the sweeter side.
The inspiration behind opening my store stemmed from my love for creating things and indulging in one of my passions - graphic design. I adore the idea of my prints making their way to the other side of the world and being placed on the wall of someone's front room. That thoughts makes me pretty happy!
Less is More
A lot of your work features awesome type, do you have a favourite font? 
Yes it does! That's because I am a major typography geek. I love it! When I was studying, it really became a bit of an obsession. I got so into beautiful type and the ins and outs of typography. I find lettering and type is quite heavily influenced by trends and fashion - and as a designer, you have to be really careful not to get too sucked in! Otherwise it can influence your design choices too much. Right now I am loving anything that has a hand crafted element to it. So hand rendered lettering with a big, inky brush is a favourite and also handmade letterpress type is also a current love. As for a particular font, I always find I spend a lot of time drooling at fonts over at You Work For Them.
Think Less
In a sea of people
What was the inspiration(s) for your 'photo & type' prints? Do the photos inspire the text, or do you find a photo to match text you want to use?
So, first of all comes the photograph. The images that feature in these particular 'photo & type' prints are my own, taken from around the world. I think one was taken out of a plane window whilst my sister and I were flying over Australia. The other two were captured when I was living in New Zealand. I then overlay a favourite inspirational quote in a pretty typeface, and that's it really!
Drink More Gin
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
One of my most recent prints was a happy accident. My best friend was moving in to her very own new flat in London and I wanted to make her a special framed print, for her to hang in her new kitchen. The first thing that came to mind was her (well, our...) love for gin and how pretty much every time we hang out we're giggling over a lovely gin and tonic. So that's how this Drink More Gin print happened! I was really pleased with how eye-catching it came out, considering it's just three little words! And she loved it, which is always a nice outcome :)

North South East West
What is your favourite item in your store?
Ooh, this is a tricky one. I have a few. But right now it has to be this Watercolour Ampersand print. I think it's because it has lots a nice detailing - such as pretty paint bleeds and inky details. I painted it myself and it made me realise I should be using watercolour paints way more than I do! Sometimes it feels awesome taking a break from the Mac and cracking out the paints. I loved making that print. Another one I'm really fond of, is one of my older ones - this You are my North, South, my East, West quote print. I love the wording and really like how the illustration compliments the saying.

Watercolour Ampersand
Thankyou so much Chloe!!

Chloe has generously offered you guys 15% off all prints in her shop with the code "G8DISCO15". Be sure to go take a look - just pop the code in at checkout :)

For more NoLoveLost love, check out her blog (which is seriously gorgeous!). She also pins, tumblrs, and loves instagram!

Are you loving Chloe's work as much as me?

xo,
B

Artist Love: Holly Casto

Very excited to have an amazing little shop to show you today! Holly Casto is the owner and designer behind Charm & Gumption, a Nashville based company that specializes in stationary and office pretties.

Holly has something for everyone in her adorable shop - it's full of lovely notepads and cards and stamps, but I think my favourite items are her gold foil prints - I just think they are so lovely and I love the message of each one.  I had an opportunity to ask her a few questions to find out more about her shop & items below! (like how she came up with her adorable shop name & what her favourite item is!)

How did you come up with the name for your shop? How long has it been open?
Coming up with the name was quite a process! You have to find something that you like, and then you have to make sure that no one already has it. I loved the combination of those two words, and I felt that it was fitting because charm and gumption are two qualities that every successful woman needs. I opened the shop on January first of this year.

Treat Yo Self Stamp
Who is your perfect customer? Does she have a story?
The Charm & Gumption customer is a woman who takes care of business and looks good doing it. She is working her way up in the workforce, starting her own business, or setting other big goals. She has fun with fashion and entertaining. She has the combination of cute style and impressive work ethic, or...charm and gumption. :)

Be Brave Print
What was the inspiration for your gold foil prints? 
I created each one with sayings or mantras that spoke to me; words that inspired me to work hard and get things done. The designs themselves are simple because I really just wanted the words to shine through. Because of the simple design, I felt that they would really stand out in shiny gold.
Get Fit Notepad
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your items? 
The Get Fit Notepad is actually just the way that I always organize my notebook when I'm trying to watch what I eat or record weight loss. I would divide the page up into sections and track things like water intake, diet, etc. I thought other ladies might find it helpful to have a notepad that is already set up in that way.

Inspiring Sentiments Postcard Set
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favorite item so far is the Inspiring Sentiments Postcard Set. I love the idea of having a set of cards ready to send a quick, inspiring message to a friend who needs it. In college, I made some great friends who would always send me a little note if they knew I was struggling with a certain class or stressed out about something, and it meant more than any text message or tweet. This set makes it so easy to pick the right message, write a quick note on the back, and stick it in the mail - you don't even need an envelope!
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Thankyou so much Holly! I have to admit, I missed those postcards when I was going through your shop, but they are completely adorable!! I kind of love postcards (and snail mail in general) and those are just the sweetest - wouldn't it be lovely to receive one of those?

Holly has generously offered you guys 10% off for the rest of the month with the code "CANDG10"! Be sure to browse through Charm & Gumption (and don't miss things like I did haha) and check out Holly's blog. You can also find Charm & Gumption on Facebook and Twitter.

xo,
B

Artist Love: Amanda Brown


Y'all (just let me pretend I'm from the South for a minute), I haven't done an 'Artist Love' post since May of last year. That's shameful.

BUT, I am so excited to share one of my favourites with you today! I've had Amanda Brown's work in my favourites folder for a long time and was so thrilled when she agreed to let me interview her and share her work. And, she's offering my readers a discount!

Amanda runs an Etsy shop called Brown Bear Studio. She creates beautiful watercolour works, and has a series called 'the small things series', which I adore. I almost became an ophthalmologist before switching to new media, so I love art that combines some element of science. But she explains it all much better than I can, so onto the interview!

The Winter Circle

How did you come up with the name for your studio? How long has it been open? 
I started my studio when I moved to New York City a little over 2 years ago. It was sort of tongue and cheek because I didn't even have a desk to work on let alone a whole studio. The name came from my nickname Brown Bear, which I chose over my actual name which is so common.
You Betcha
Most of the prints in your shop are watercolour. What do you love/hate about using that medium?
People often see watercolor as this prim and pretty medium, but to me watercolor is wild. It goes where it wants to go creating depth and shadow where it pleases. You can guide it a bit but watercolor is the boss. Thats why I love it. I let it do its magic, help it along the way and then go back in and sort of bring order to the chaos.
Convergence
What gave you the idea for your small things series? What made you want to paint microscopic forms?
When I started college, my major was biology. After an assignment which my teacher instructed us to do something original, not a paper or a research project. I made a painting of the mitosis of a plant cell. My professor actually bought it from me and I decided to change my major to art. I was more inspired by the aesthetics of them than their science, although the science inspires me too. In general my work is inspired by the macro and micro, and how they mirror each other.
Nor'easter
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
My piece entitled "Nor'easter" was made when we were stuck inside during Hurricane Sandy. Unlike the downtown area of NYC, uptown was relatively unaffected, lucky for us, but we were still stuck inside with no place to go for a while. I was moved to make a piece inspired by weather patterns, since they were making such a big impact at that time.
What is your favourite item in your store?
What? How can I answer that? They are my babies! Ha ha ha. But really, I love all the work that is up there, that is the only way I would have to guts to show it to the world. It may not be perfect but it's my expression of what needs to be said.
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Thankyou so much Amanda!! Love the story behind your 'small things series' - I adore the combination of art with science. And your comments about watercolour being wild are so true! It is a lovely medium, but you have to have such patience with it.

If you love her work as much as I do, you can check out  her Etsy shop. She also creates a free monthly calendar (here's April's) so be sure to check out her blog. You can also follow along on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates.

Amanda has graciously offered my readers 10% off her work, just use the code GALLERY8 at checkout!
And let me know what you buy (or would like to buy) in the comments!

xo,
B