February 27, 2017 § 1 Comment
I’m finally decided to branch outside of Etsy and start selling my work on Artfinder. I really like the site so far! It seems to be a really great community of artists, and artists are often buyers – something I wouldn’t have thought would be popular but seems to be. So far I’ve listed 6 works of art and have gained over 50 followers in less than a week, and someone has my barn owl painting in their cart already. I’m hoping this will be successful!
Does anyone else on WordPress have any experience with selling on Artfinder? If so can you leave a comment and let us know your thoughts?
Here are some other works of art that I’ve added to my shop:
October 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
Beasts and monsters like the one you see above were often depicted in medieval manuscripts, maps—like the Hereford Mappa Mundi—and even cathedral sculptures. The most prominent amount of these depictions can be found in medieval bestiaries, which we could say were a more romantic and moralized version of a modern-day encyclopedia of animals with pictures included. Although depicted alongside “real” animals, monsters and other fantastic beasts were often placed in their own category called the Monstrous Races, which were said to live on the periphery of the world in places beyond the known seas and in places such as Africa and the Middle East.
Often the beasts that were included in bestiaries were real-life animals, even if they didn’t always look like the real thing—but what can we say, monks didn’t get out much, and elephants were hard to come by in medieval Europe. At best you would hear a garbled description of an exotic animal from some adventurous traveler, or find some mention or illustration of one in an older text and then copy it. Fantastic and terrifying beasts often accompanied the “real“ animals, with lines of text that would guide a reader to become more knowledgeable about these creatures, especially in spiritual or moral ways, and often in as much detail as the “real“ animals.
Our library has a beautiful facsimile of Manuscript Bodley 764, our specific facsimile being called the Book of Beasts, from which these images come, and is often referred to as one of the most beautiful surviving copies of a bestiary. Other strange and fantastic beasts that can be found among its pages include the phoenix, sirens, satyrs, sphinxes, bonnacons—which “emits a smell from its rear end so terrible that it poisons three fields” (11), unicorns, eales, paranders, the charadrius, and more.
March 2, 2016 § Leave a comment
I’ve slowly been getting back into painting, but as soon as April hits I’ll have to start making some new things at a faster pace. I’m planning on selling some work at the coffee shop down the street, hopefully it works out!
I’ve been really inspired to paint animals and things from nature lately (well, always), but especially lately because it’s winter here in the city and things can get pretty bleak in Pittsburgh. Can’t wait for spring and summer!
Check out my Etsy shop for prints and more work!