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Archive for October, 2007

I need eyeballs. Lots and lots of eyeballs. But not just anyone’s eyeballs — I need eyes who appreciate the beauty of begging, brave seagulls, the light through the flesh of a cut lime in a cold cocktail, or the slick, iridescent home of a wild abalone you had for dinner last night.

Is it art if no one sees it? My little virtual art shop experiment in entrepreneurialism needs a party of people who love a well-mixed cocktail and the proverbial long walk on the beach. People who want to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping, who want kisses and hugs or simple nods of glowing appreciation because they thought to buy a one-of-a-kind, unique gift — a limited edition archival art print from an independent artist in California.

I need to get the word out: www.shellybee.etsy.com

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I wish I could develop a touchy-feelly “pat the bunny” screen so you could rub your fingers over my art prints before you buy.

A woman from Nashville who recently bought the second edition art print of “Sipping Sunshine” left this comment for me:

“I love this print! The paper is very nice, not what I expected for a print. Thank you for the quick delivery! I am very pleased with my first Etsy purchase!”

The paper and the pigments really make the difference. It’s not like a poster print at all. It’s almost difficult to tell it’s a print — it looks more like saturated paint hand-drawn on thick, textured watercolor paper. I’ll try to describe it better next time. But you might just need to touch it for yourself.

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Battered and Blue Seashell Fine Art PrintAs an engagement present, I wanted to give my friend one of my art prints from my shop.

(I have to say, I hesitated, because what if she didn’t like my style and then felt obligated … in the end, I decided she could hang it in the closet if she really wanted to).

I couldn’t decide which drawing or painting was right for her , so I asked her to choose, and gave her the option of swapping colors or sizes. She chose the blue of the Caribbean Shell paired with the Battered Hermit Shell. Battered and Blue. I like it.

If you have a special occasion and would like something customized just for you, let me know! Prices remain the same as a similarly sized piece.

Image copyright (c) Shelly Bowen. Artist retains rights to all images, at all times.

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