Friday, August 28, 2009

Mookie Jones

The following is a very unique shop on Etsy , written by the artist : Mookiejones is my shop name on etsy. I am mookiejonesart on twitter. My real name is Cookie. I live in a suburb or Los Angeles with my husband and 4 dogs, one of whom is 18 years old. I have been creating art ever since I first drew pictures of girls in a library book when I was 5. luckily the drawings were in pencil and I was not punished but I was directed to drawing on paper and I was supplied with pads, pencils, watercolors, and brushes. I paint on any surface that is paintable. I have done hand-painted furniture, faux finishing, trompe l'oeil, wall murals, etc. on etsy I have listed some paintings on canvas, paper, and recycled wood, some painted on prints, reproductions, and of course, unique hand-painted pots and other home decor pieces. I love splitting my time between fine art and functional art pieces. I have had a few pet portrait commissions since I have posted my work on the net.My typical technique for painting is to layer many colors and color washes, sometimes sanding through to reveal a previous color in parts. I often incorporate my trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) techniques in my fine art as well as some of my pots. I am self taught and have taught classes for both children and adults.I have listed a few photographs, also. I could have used these for reference for paintings but I didn't think you could improve on nature. what I paint usually comes from my imagination. it is not often I paint from setting objects up in front of me.I have had a few pet portrait commissions since I have posted my work on the net.My inspiration comes from every other painter's work I have seen in galleries, museums, and even street fairs. I am the one you see in a museum standing as close to a painting as I can. what I think is most important in art is really seeing-- seeing the variations in lights and darks, the way things move, the way things rest. It takes patience and concentration to 'see'. It opens up your world to be able to see this way.I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share my art and to have found my passion.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Jenny Hager

I would like to introduce you to an amazing artist . Her name is Jenny Hager . I asked Jenny to tell us a little about herself . The following is what I learned . ''I recently graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. I have a BFA in ceramics. I actually never thought I would end up doing clay. My first ceramics class was my second year in college. Within about a month, I had made my mind up about clay, so I switched my major and am sooo glad I did! The feel of clay is something that I am drawn to. The ability to morph the clay into whatever I want it to be is just amazing to me! I make most of my work on the pottery wheel, and occasionally handbuild wall pieces or functional pieces. Currently, I am a member of a studio on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I think the most inspiring thing to me would have to be nature. I love to take walks and get inspired by the bird flying by or the insect on a nearby tree. I have a collection of bugs that I frequently draw and paint onto my pieces. I also incorporate printmaking into my ceramic work, mainly screen printing and transfer printing. ''To learn more about Jenny visit her professional website or click on the link in the title of this article to visit her Etsy shop .

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Sale going on in my Etsy shop . 20% off every item priced $10 or more plus free gift with every purchase [ limited to one gift per customer] Come check it out , please . Gift certificates available .

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hena Tayeb Photography

Check out the unique photography in this Etsy shop . I asked Hena to tell about herself : ''My name is Hena Tayeb and the shop's name is Hena Tayeb Photography.As for inspiration, it is in everything and everywhere. I like to find beauty in everything around me, find something extraordinary in even the most ordinary. That is one of the reason I like to shoot abstract and macro photographs because usually the beauty lies in the details. Things other may overlook. Hands have been another fascination of mine and most of the hand photographs were taken a few years ago, I haven't taken many lately. '' To see more of Henas' photography go to .

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I just finished this 9x12 inch , pastel painting of an Althea flower . First pastel that I have done in a long time . I enjoyed working with the pastels .

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Finished Product

I just finished my inspirational ACEOs . They are 2.5x3.5 inches , same size as a trading card . The edges are finished with antique gold acrylic paint and a sealer has been applied . Check them out in my Etsy shop by clicking on the link in the title of this article and remember Etsy Texas Crafters First Mondays is August 3,09 .