Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Laid back

jessie 2 sm

Sometimes you just have to relax and goof around.  This is Jessie’s motto for life.  There are no pretentions, no trying to impress, its all about enjoying life and having a good time.  What you see is what you get and if you don’t like it, she doesn’t understand why and tries to persuade you otherwise.  We could all take a page from a dog’s approach to life and just go with the flow instead of fighting it every step of the way.

This was a loose sketch done in pastel on newsprint.  It was good to get loose and just let colour and shape guide my hand.  A piece of paper that’s big enough, forgiving enough and with no expectation of outcome.  I think I’m getting the canine insight into life already!

On another note, you may notice that my Etsy store widget is missing from my blog.  After a number of years of selling on Etsy, I have closed my shop.  I’ve found that Etsy no longer meets my needs.  The sellers are too numerous and its looking more like a shop browser’s paradise and difficult for a fine art collector to sift through the craft to local original art.  So I’m moving my small pieces for sale through my website at the moment and may try them on another small painting site in the future.  But for now you can find them on

What has your experience  been with Etsy?  Have sales slowed over the last year?  Is there more craft than quality? Are fees an issue on Etsy or on other sites selling small pieces of fine art?  Where do you sell your small pieces?  Any input is always valuable.


RH Carpenter said...

This is wonderful, capturing the life and freedom and pure joy of a dog playing, lying around, enjoying itself. And your site for your work is great - easy to move around and quick to load and shift pictures. I think you'll do well with your own site instead of Etsy. I'm afraid any site that contains thousands of artworks (good and bad) will lose attention - I often find it hard to spend the time looking at DailyPaintworks and others like that - just too much to see at one time.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Rhonda. I've had a website for years and just changed to this one in December. A lot of my larger pieces are in galleries but I used Etsy for small work.

Its difficult to know just where to sell these days as there is so much art online its hard to know how to stand out in the crowd isn't it?

Sue Pownall said...

This is a great picture of Jessie. That blue is lovely for showing off her coat.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Sue. I'm in love with blues and oranges. I hope I don't get over it. :)