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The lastest news, updates and random ramblings of an aspiring artist.

 

A Fresh Start in 2018

ELIZABETH MARIE

Watercolor and Ink has been in business for over a year now! I quietly celebrated its one-year anniversary by committing myself to two holiday craft fairs in December: one at the SF Bazaar Holiday Emporium at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco which was my biggest and probably most well-advertised show yet and one at the Roseville Holiday Craft Fair which I attended last year. I rewarded myself for my business success (no longer in the red!) by buying myself much needed and much desired professional watercolor paper. How buying the right paper makes all the difference!

My other great accomplishment over the last year was opening my Etsy shop. At first I hesitated because I assumed that having a website would generate enough business all on its own. But unfortunately, I don’t have a great way to get traffic unto my website. Since I opened the Etsy shop in July, it has made almost triple the sales than my website in a shorter amount of time.  Etsy has also given me a lot of great opportunities to be a part of a San Francisco/Bay Area based community of artists SFetsy. It has also allowed me to meet patrons in the bay area who now support and follow me.

I want to start this new year with a fresh goal in mind, not only for myself, but also for all the people that have encouraged and supported me over this past year. Of course, I want to paint more. I always have that goal in mind but usually life gets in the way. Last year I took a printmaking class which took up my entire evenings two days a week which made it a scramble to find time the rest of the week to do the other things I needed to do.

I also want to paint things that are out of my comfort zone. Most of my cards and prints are feminine- flowers, succulents, butterflies- I want to work on paintings that are more universal. My dad loves trains and my husband, an urban planner and bike advocate, loves all things public transit. I want to create art that looks at the mechanics behind these built objects and the beauty of them. When we visited Amsterdam and Copenhagen this last year it was astonishing to see the number of people riding bikes everywhere and the masses of bikes tethered to bridges and railings. Every day we were in Copenhagen we rode bikes and I want to demonstrate in my art how much I loved riding my bike!

Additionally, I want to focus more on cities. I love cities, I live in one. I typically always travel to them and I am even currently reading Happy City by Charles Montgomery, which I highly recommend. I started this business by sketching the city of San Francisco and loved it. So now I want to represent more cities, ones that I have traveled to like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and ones that I would love to travel to, like St. Petersburg and Berlin.

As we start the new year and dive into our new goals and resolutions, tell me what you would like to see in the upcoming year? What are your aspirations and what should mine be? How can I make this business and my art something we both can enjoy and love?

San Francisco Holiday Bazaar

ELIZABETH MARIE

It was definitely a night to remember! For my first San Francisco craft fair, I was selected to showcase my artwork at the San Francisco Holiday Bazaar hosted by the Academy of Sciences. It couldn't have been a better opportunity: I have loved the Academy of Sciences ever since I moved to San Francisco 8 years ago and lived out in the Sunset district, only a few blocks away from the Academy. I loved to go to the museum and gawk at the giant fish tanks full of exotic and beautifully-colorful fish. I also adored the rainforest exhibit, complete with fluttering blue morpho butterflies and striking owl butterflies. But I would always get the most excited to see the penguins, they are just so cute!

 

So who would have known my luck that not only would I get the opportunity to sell my artwork at the Academy but I would do so just feet away from the penguins. Spoiler-alert, they go to bed early! I think they turned off the lights in their exhibit around 7pm, just after the party got started. 

The fair was a huge success, my parents, sister and many of my dear friends showed up to support me. I couldn't have been more proud and more honored. 

 

However, I learned a valuable lesson about organization (don't just pack everything into one box!) and also on how long it takes to set up my display screens (about 30 minutes which wouldn't have been enough time had it not been for my parents for arriving early and helping me set up my space). All-in-all I will definitely be doing this fair again next year!

 

Travels to London & Paris

ELIZABETH MARIE

I was fortunate enough to spend my junior year of college studying abroad in Florence, Italy. As an added benefit, mainly due to the close proximity and ease of travel throughout Europe, I was able to visit many countries during that year abroad. I was astonished by Gaudi's beautiful architecture in Barcelona, traveled through Switzerland by train, gorged on pizza in Northern Italy and drank a lot of beer in Germany. One place I never traveled to however was England, mostly because at the time I was living in Italy in 2007, the price of the English pound was almost double that of the American dollar. London, so I heard, was already one of the most expensive cities, so the conversion rate was just adding insult to injury. 

Fast forward to now, my husband has been finishing up his masters degree and this year has been particularly rough. He told me that he needed a vacation over his winter break and started looking for cheap tickets to pretty much anywhere. Somehow, we found affordable tickets for London over Christmas mostly thanks to the Brexit and the pound being worth a much more comparable amount to the dollar. Without much planning, we bought our tickets and went for 12 days to London and Paris between Christmas and New Years. 

During the time we were traveling, I brought my travel-size pack of watercolors, some pens and a sketchbook. However, the weather was so cold (Paris was below freezing the entire time we were there!) and we were so pressed for time (there is so much to do and see!) I didn't take them out once. My intention was to sketch some of the sights quickly while site-seeing but my fingers were much too cold to take my gloves off. 

Therefore I ended up creating these sketches after I returned from our travels, hence why it has taken me a few months to post this on the blog. One of my favorite places in London was the Westminster Bridge overlooking the Thames River straight towards the iconic Big Ben. 

In Paris, some of my favorite places were the Notre Dame, which we saw the first day we were in Paris, and the Eiffel Tower, which we saw on the last day. Since the weather was so cold and cloudy when we were in Paris, all you could see of the Eiffel Tower was its 1/3 bottom half, the rest engulfed in a layer of fog. 

I hope you have a chance to travel soon as looking at these sketches is making me nostalgic for returning to Europe as soon and as quickly as possible.