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~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My featured Etsy Artist ... the lovely Shell-Sherree

... i'm so honoured to have Shell's wonderful talent on my blog.  when i first started out on Etsy, her beautiful work and Etsy store immediately took my eye and i've been a fan ever since.  her generous advice and encouragement has helped me persevere in my own 'artistic journey'.  now, over to Shell...  

Thanks for inviting me to be part of your beautiful feature, Deborah ~ I adore your delightfully feminine and pretty work, and your constant support is very much appreciated.

Well, as for my story? For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved drawing. My mum used to make little sketch books for me and I’d vanish into them for hours. I especially loved drawing images I’d seen – Snoopy and Woodstock were favourites for quite some time – and I clearly remember drawing the label from a can of peas. {For a school project. I must apologise to the tinned produce of the world that I haven’t felt compelled to draw it since.}
For the past few years, my unrequited love for Paris has become the main focus of my work, illustrating her beautiful shopfronts, vignettes and street scenes by hand, with pigment ink pen and watercolours. {Some of these are available as prints in my Etsy store.} Most Fridays you’ll find a French themed post on my blog, Shell Sherree: Armchair Travels and the Art of Whimsy. And being just one t-shirt and mug away from being a Crazy Cat Lady {and proud of it}, you’ll often find a fluffy feline or two tucked into my illustrations. 
 I’m very blessed to have several talented photographer friends, who are incredibly generous souls and provide me with plenty of inspiration for my work, given that my illustrative travels are mostly of the armchair variety at this point in time. Venice is another recurring theme ~ years ago, I spent a couple of days wandering to her magical light {and utterly lost ~ both literally and figuratively} and I’ve been smitten ever since. I'm a bit of a homebody {and find it hard to tear myself away from my scrumptious black British shorthair, Ella} so interior decor, fashion and lifestyle books, magazines, blogs – and Ella! – are daily sources of inspiration. {And don’t get me started on Pinterest.}
My ideal day is to arrive in my studio nestled into the top of my A-frame timber home amongst the trees by 8:30am with a homemade flat white coffee in my favourite aqua and gold cup. {And I’m usually late!} I catch up on emails and the blogo/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest-sphere, then browse my inspiration files until something leaps out. On goes my Josh Groban playlist {or some jazz}, then Ella and I disappear into the little ink and watercolour world I’m creating.

  After that, I might put on a few of the many hats a self-employed person wears, attend to my Etsy store, work on a blog post, do some client work, more emails, touch base with my wonderful online pals, and somewhere in amongst it, coffee with my gorgeous family or friends. 

 That would be a jam-packed day, but add some piano practice, dark chocolate and macarons and it would be pretty much perfect to me! And whether my day looks like this or is a muddle of curveballs and paper jams instead, I give thanks constantly for the blessings I'm given. Wishing you a life touched by whimsy and a beautiful week...
~ inspirational friends ~ 

8 comments:

Debs said...

I love Shell's writings as much as her drawings. AND she's featured on Note Couture. :)

Petrea Burchard said...

Delightful. It's lovely to hear about your day, Shell.

MmeBenaut said...

So fully deserved; Shell is one of my favourite creative visits and I'm so lucky to have her in my country. I plan to visit her someday, to cuddle Ella and savour a macaron and perhaps even gossip about my past life in Paris. I live with a fellow Francophile, my husband! He and Shell would get on so well. Thank you dkshopgirl for featuring my friend/blogpal.

Virginia said...

Merci for featuring our dear Shell on your blog. She has quite a following and we wouldn't miss one of her illos for the world! I'm the proud owner of many of them and my sweet Meeps ( who has herself been painted a few times) was named from the blog!

Oh, and one more thing....Francophile Fridays ROCK!
Bises,
V

Kris said...

Beautiful artwork! I am always amazed at the talent out there that's being discovered! I wish I had some of that artistic talent and could draw, paint or illustrate the things I come across!

Katie said...

Such fun to read more about Shell! She really is a wonderful artist and a true inspiration. Love your blog -- so many beautiful things to see here. I'll definitely be back soon to get another dose!

Jennifer said...

I love Shell's work. So fun and lovely...and through her I've found your adorable blog!
Your things are beautiful in your shop.

dkshopgirl said...

THanks for all your lovely comments! So glad you like Shell's post - she's one of my favourite artists and 'online friends'. x

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