Monday, May 23, 2016

Why I Shop on Etsy

If you follow my paintings, you'll notice that I post a lot of my work through Etsy. I also work with clients through Etsy on commissioned projects. But I thought I'd take just a moment today to mention that I make a conscious effort to SHOP on Etsy - to purchase gifts and other household items through Etsy whenever I can - and I think it's something everyone should consider.

Just this week, I thought I'd get a little gift for my two nieces, as they have a dance recital coming up, and I'm not going to be able to make it. But I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them - so I thought of the lovely 19th century ballerina and dance studio paintings by Edgar Degas, did a little bit of searching on Etsy and found a fantastic artist in California who makes all types of custom jewelry featuring many images from the public domain, including the Degas paintings. While I could have headed down to my local Target and spent about the same amount of money on something mass-produced, now my nieces will get a custom piece tailored just to their interests and hopefully gain a little bit more of an appreciation for things handmade by professional artisans. And I was able to send my gift budget in the direction of an independent artist who stands behind her work, instead of passing my cash on to a corporation.

I'm sure there are mixed opinions out there about Etsy, but I've still found that it's one of the best sites out there for connecting artists of all types with buyers looking for quality handmade products online. If you are interested in reading more about why people choose to shop on Etsy instead of big corporate websites, check out 6 Reasons People Buy on Etsy by EverythingEtsy.com. Enjoy!












Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Coconut Cream Pie Painting in Acrylic

"Coconut Cream Pie," 14" x 11", acrylic on panel. SOLD.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Upcoming Acrylic Painting and Drawing Classes in Camillus New York

Although I've been staying very busy with my painting, I do enjoy making some time every week or two to teach a class. If you are in the Syracuse/Camillus, New York area, here are some of my upcoming painting and drawing classes I'll be teaching at the Michaels Arts &Crafts store in Camillus, 3483 W Genessee St. For more information, feel free to sign up through the Michaels website, www.michaels.com, or contact me at kimtestoneartist@gmail.com. These classes are ideal for beginning artists who are looking for a good foundation to make their own work:

Free Painting Class - Tuesday May  17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free Drawing Class - Thursday May 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Seascape Painting - Friday May 27, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ($25)
Landscape Painting - Friday June 10, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ($25)
Free Painting Class - Tuesday June 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free Drawing Class - Thursday June 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Floral Painting - Friday July 8, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ($25)