Christmas shopping is a bore. Every year it’s the same routine, you make a list then start shopping. Personally, I delay until December, sometimes even mid-December. Then the race is on! I know, I know…you’re supposed to shop shopping right after Thanksgiving. As if!
Some people have already started shopping. If that’s you then you may want to consider a neat online website called RedBubble. It’s a service that allows artists to sell their artwork and images on various goods — mugs, shirts, cards, and art prints. There’s a lot of wonderful original art on the site, unique designs you won’t find anywhere else.
I’ve wanted to license my artwork for products for a long time. I was shy to do it…well, maybe shy isn’t the quite the right word. Lacking confidence that the things would sell would be the better way to put it. But you know what? When I finally uploaded some of my artwork images they looked pretty good on tote bags, travel mugs, and laptop skins.
You can be a patron of the arts for the price of a greeting card. Pretty cool, huh? I hope you’ll visit my RedBubble store (www.redbubble.com/people/slwaller) and check out the designs. Who knows, you might get all your shopping done in November this year!
I collect horsey knick knacks. Someone gave me a little horse toy that clasped your finger. It’s the cutest thing. I put it on a candy cane and thought…hmm. That led to this card, of course. This original artwork is hand drawn and digitally-colored.
It's cold and stormy outside, but inside the barn everyone is at peace. Friends of different species enjoy each other's company. This is an original art piece - a pen and ink drawing with added digital collage.
“Joy” is a nod to the old Thelwell pony cartoons. The little pony thinks he’s the boss of his tall, dressed-up friend. You know he's the barn stinker. The big horse though, he's the kind you want to keep around. The artwork is pen & ink with digital enhancements and color.
Everyone has dreams. This little stuffed horse is dreaming of a buckeroo pal for Christmas. This is an original piece of digital art. The inspiration came from a small stuffed horse that looks like the picture. One day I got to thinking...what would it want for Christmas? Dream big for the holidays.
I found the inspiration for this piece at a carriage event in Arizona. It was very hot. This horse caught my eye because of his unusual color - he's a palomino appaloosa. Can you image? I thought...what a rare combination! The poor guy looked so hot, tied to the trailer waiting to be harnessed. This is an original colored pencil drawing based on my photograph.
This watercolor portrait was inspired by a Great Dane puppy owned by a friend. One day he would become a Kennel Club champion, but this day he was still a gangly puppy, being naughty and banking on his cuteness to help him get his way.
I used to live in Arizona and once went on a rafting trip down the Colorado River. The walls are so high down there, sometimes you feel so tiny…it was all quite amazing. The colors of Arizona sunsets, in particular, are spectacular. I haven't lived in the desert for many years but still go down to Arizona to paint, on occasion. This watercolor painting was inspired during one of those visits.
This piece was inspired by two ponies on Chincoteague Island that I saw as a child. It's an original art piece done in colored pencil. I love the closeness of the two, friends, siblings, mother and child? It's hard to know, but any way, there's a great sense of friendship here. I like to think they're best friends.
This pen and ink drawing was inspired by the beauties of the Art Nouveau period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They wore such elegant jewelry and their hair was so elaborately styled, what a treat! Except, of course, for the corsets.
I love watching birds in my garden. This little fellow got my attention one day and I watched him flitter about for a while. I snapped a quick photo of him before he flew off and used that for the painting’s inspiration. This is an original mixed media painting of watercolor, ink and fine art crayons.
This piece is something of a departure for me, it's very impressionistic. It was inspired in equal measures by Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” and Stephen Quiller’s body of mixed media work. It's a mixed watermedia painting.
I’m a huge carousel fan. I grew up riding carousels in Coney Island in New York. To this day, I photograph historic carousels whenever I find them. This mixed media painting was inspired by the lead horse for an M. C. Illions carousel probably from the 1920’s. No matter the date though, who wouldn’t have wanted to ride a horse with a gold-leafed mane and tale and big red roses on it’s bridle? This piece is colored pencil on frosted acetate film, back-painted with acrylic.