Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Artist Feature - Darla Jackson

In Darla's words... "Hi! I'm Darla, a sculptor living and working in Philadelphia. I make crazy animal sculptures that tend to be cute and dark at the same time. I like birds, peppermint patties and getting mail. I dislike slugs, zombies and not getting mail. I have a husband, 3 cats and a baby. I think they are all pretty awesome.

 Visit Darla's shop to see more of her curiously clever sculptures.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Open Studio with Chris Zahner

In the first of the new Open Studios series, we are taken to Boston, Massachusettes to visit with artist and art conservator, Chris Zahner. This behind the scenes look at his work space should be a refreshing reminder that where there's a will to create, even in limited space, there is a way.  

Welcome to my “studio”. Yes, it’s actually my bedroom.

I moved from Cleveland to Boston two years ago. In Cleveland I rented a 1500 square foot apartment that doubled as my studio for the same price that I now rent a room in Boston. Lemons? Nope, I’m happy to make lemonade. My current studio situation has a lot to do with why I’ve chosen Etsy as a venue for selling work. Obviously my space is limited, so I’m forced to make smaller pieces, which seems ideal for selling on a site like Etsy. Here’s a tour...

 The space from the left of my laptop to the end of the table is my work area. It’s about two feet. Speaking of the table- I made it by coating a solid wood door with polyurethane and adding legs I found at a warehouse that sells old office furniture. Upcycled for sure.  

I have everything I need here- a plastic container for art supplies, foam trays for mixing paint, garbage, printer, my tiny tv, coffee cup, wine, paint in clear jars and part of the huge bay window that gets lots of awesome light. The painting on the wall is by Paul Yanko and it’s called “Big Ship”. I love it.

Dresser close up. The teapot is something I made years ago in school, the “Fuck You Loser” is by Dana Depew ( ), and the yellow lollipop has a scorpion in it. I use the old drawers and boxes to take photos for new shop listings. 

My work area. The white and green boxes are from Ikea. The wine is from Trader Joes and it was delicious. The top of my printer currently stores paintings on MDF blocks in various stages of completion. The black board is something I use for drawing- I use it to support the drawings as I work on them. It’s really stiff and light weight.

Books are important. I have tons.  I use the top of my dresser as a photography space because it’s the best spot to create the vignettes that people love so much.

At the end of the day I enjoy having my bedroom and studio be combined. When you live with your work all the time it forces you to make stuff you enjoy being around. I won’t consider a piece finished until I’ve lived with it for at least a week- if I still like it then it’s finished. 

 Visit Chris's Etsy shop for more original artwork at

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Artist Feature - Harry Stooshinoff

"When I was a boy growing up in Saskatchewan, I used to look far into the distance and wish I had more trees around protect me and make the place feel less empty.

Now I have lots of trees around me, but I still like to look very far into the distance.

It's a big, NOISY world...
So I make small, quiet paintings...

It makes a certain kind of sense." 
- Harry Stooshinoff

Visit Harry's shop for more amazing, original artwork.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This month's online exhibit - Awakening - is brought to you by artists of the Finding Fine Art Etsy team. Images and titles link to the individual listing, and artist/shop names link to each artist's Etsy gallery. Enjoy these fine works of art inspired by the awakening of the earth, spirit and mind as we shift into spring.

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung