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Hello!!! Happy Monday!
This weekend was really really nice, despite feeling a little short. It was nice AND super productive. I bought a sweet vintage camera (Kodak Brownie Starflex) and magically acquired an old Canon film camera complete with 3 sweet lenses, a flash, and a super cool vintage camera strap!
canon film camera(thank you, Mr. Cohn!)

As I was shopping around for more vintage cameras (I’m looking for a Imperial Mark XII Flash Camera in teal) i paused to count how many I have. Twenty. Twenty cameras. I think I need help… they make pills for this, right? Now I just need to find a cool way to display them. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment– I would LOVE to hear them!!!!

In between shopping and acquiring vintage cameras, I added six 8″x8″ oil paintings to my etsy shop.
8x8 original fine art oil painting

8x8 Original Oil Paintings from Creativeapples
I am so in love with these paintings. I hope that they find a good home (I need the space for all the new paintings I am working on!)
Stop by my etsy shop and check them out!
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Hello!!! I am so excited to introduce you to an amazing and super talented painter today! Meet Julie from juliebcreative.etsy.com! Seriously. Her paintings are awesome. I am sooo in love with this painting, called A Thousand Words

Featured Handmade Artist- Juliebcreative

I love that this guy is holding an old fashioned camera! Actually, I love everything about this painting– it’s so good! I am a huge fan of her photo realistic style. Check out a few of her other incredible paintings:

Featured Handmade Artist- Juliebcreative

Hi Julie! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Julie Beck, I live in Arlington MA, and I am a painter.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

My mother always kept a giant roll of newsprint in the house and whenever she wanted to occupy me and my sister for more than 2 minutes, she would roll that out and give us crayons.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My past, the place I grew up (Rochester, NY), cultural icons, ideals, stories, people… a lot of nostalgia.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

Most of the time it starts with an idea. Once the idea takes shape, I hunt down or take reference photos, then use photoshop to crop and compose how I want the painting. Then I take a painstaking long time to draw the image, paint it, varnish and then hardware. The title’s are usually lyrics from the super fantastic singer/songwriter Mike Doughty… his use of language is more poetic than I could ever achieve.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

Is it lame that it’s one of my own paintings? Obsolete Beast is the largest and more detailed painting I’ve ever completed. Not sure I can ever part with it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

You have to commit time and effort to your shop. You can’t just set it up and assume the shoppers will find you… oh and obviously take fantastic photos.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

anywhere and everywhere!
http://twitter.com/juliebcreative
http://juliebeck.blogspot.com (Paintings in Progress blog)
http://juliebcreative.com
http://www.facebook.com/juliebcreative

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?
http://wimp.com – they showcase 5 or 6 of the best videos from the web… im an internet junkie
http://www.etsy.com – obviously!
google analytics – i like to see where my customers are coming from

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Painting and creating art full time. I currently also rely on motion graphics and video editing freelance income, but I am in the process of making my art more of a priority.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The power of patience… I have none.

Thank you so much Julie!!!

Please be sure to stop by juliebcreative and check out her fabulous original printings and prints!!!
http://www.juliebcreative.etsy.com

I’m totally in love with this painting! I assure you– it looks waaaay better in person! (I’ll probably add it to my etsy shop after I stop staring and get better photos of it!)

Have a fabulous weekend!

I’m finally finished with this painting!

this is how it started:
Dahlia Painting
Step 2: blocking in colors (it spent years in this stage!)
dahlia painting
Step 3: Nearly complete!
dahlia painting
I am *so* in love with this painting– it turned out far better than I would have imagined! (I’m running out of wall space!)

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