Hi friends.

I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve updated this! When I wrote last, I let you know that I would soon be opening a shop on etsy.com. I thought it would go pretty simply but OH MY GOODNESS it has not. It’s not etsy’s fault. They make it pretty simple to set up shop. It’s me. It’s hard for me to get motivated in the first place because I’m nervous – what if everyone hates it? As a good friend reminded me recently, some people will. Oh no! I mean, it’s ok if people don’t like my art I guess. It is kind of weird. Anyhow, there’ve been other road blocks as well. Have you ever tried to photograph a painting? It is so difficult! When you’re trying to sell a piece of artwork it’s important that the buyer has a real idea of what the colors and textures are like. I was trucking along and getting the hang of it and then there was about a week of rain! Good, natural light is essential. Rain makes this impossible. Then I’ve got to figure out what my shipping will cost, what my actual artwork will cost, what my store policies will be and so on and so forth. I’m getting there and I really think it should be up and running this weekend but it’s been a discouraging process. Oh – by the way – we moved in the middle of all this too. I’m so tired.

Anyhow, I need a little help from my friends. Among other things I’ve written for the shop today, I’ve written a profile. It’s supposed to let people know a little about me and my art. Do you think you could look it over for me? What do you think? Does it communicate me well without being awkwardly personal? Should it be funnier? At the very bottom I’ve posted a couple of my paintings to give you an idea of what kind of art will be in the shop – the first is an 8″ x 8″ painting, the last two are both hand painted magnets. No critique of the art necessary – I’m not quite ready for that yet :). I would like to know if my profile goes with the feel of my art though. Let me know what you think either in the comments or you can email me at monsterappetite@live.com – THANKS!

Oh, monster appetite is going to be my store name…

Welcome to Monster Appetite! It means so much to me that you’re willing to drop by my site, poke around a little, and get to know me and my work.

My mom is an artist on the side and for as long as I can remember she kept me in paints and colored pencils and crayons and construction paper and whatever else I needed to create what was in my little head. Although I toyed with the idea of pursuing art as a career, I ended up doing a few other things with my time.

A few years ago, as I was plugging away at my undergrad, I found my way into the only really great art store in my area. (At least, the only great one I’ve found.) Seeing all the canvases and paints stirred up those longings again but I didn’t have time – or money! Then I saw these tiny 2×2 inch canvases. They were adorable! They were cheap! They were doable.

What to paint? I often sketched landscapes, abandoned houses, trees and so on. I’d even painted a few in my limited spare time. But, when I looked through my sketch book and, more importantly, the margins of my class notes I found that my idle mind enjoyed things much more silly. I loved drawing monsters.

Monsters…how ridiculous. What about monsters with cupcakes…no, that’s silly. These were the thoughts in my head. But, against my better judgment, I went for it. I started painting silly things. I made little magnets for mine and my husband’s fridge. They were cute. When people came over, they liked them.

A few months ago I found that I had graduated college and a few plans for the future had fallen through and I was in limbo. What could I do? Hmm…I could paint! I could do it for real!

So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been painting and creating and exploring my style and point of view. I’ve also been trying to learn the art of photographing a painting, coming up with a good description, figuring out how to ship something fragile and so on.

I’m nervous as I open up this shop. I love what I do. It brings me so much joy, especially when a friend sees my stuff for the first time and they laugh out loud. I hope you love it too.

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This has been a little about me – the artist of Monster Appetite. Before you make a purchase, I would love for you to peruse my shop policies where I give the details of how this shop operates.

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