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My favorite of the shell prints (well, next to the abalone), the spiky conch, sold today, hooray!

Spiky conch shell print from Shellybee\'s art studio

People must be thinking of summer.

It was paired with the spiral shell print. Nice combo.

If you don’t see these art prints at Shellybee’s shop, just send me a note or leave me a comment. Chances are, they are available.

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Orange Seabird and Sea KelpOrange is a difficult color, apparently, for my Mac and Epson R2400 to agree upon. I had an order for three seascape art prints from my etsy shop that all have a lot of orange in them. On screen, they look fabulous — three shades of natural orangey brown rust. Printed, they are three shades of glaring unnatural red.

I had to modify the hue in Photoshop to remove so much red, they looked mustard on screen to even get close to what I wanted on paper.

Several “printer’s proofs” later, I finally got the result I was looking for.

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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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Shellybee’s Seashells of the DeepJust when I say size matters, I receive an order for three art prints, two of which are the smaller size — the third is my signature print and most popular. I printed them on large paper, though, to give them generous margins and allow for framing without a mat. When I started to wrap up the package, I was really struck by her choices.

My latest art appreciator chose three seashell ink drawings on deep blues. Together, they have a very different impact than I had imagined, and I wonder what drew her to these in particular, and what the combination might say about my subconscious thoughts.

Showcasing different drawings or paintings from the same series did occur to me — and I think I might still have suggested pairings live at Shellybee’s. But her collection is really unique and somehow mysterious and ominous, and I wanted to share it with you.

Oh! I should mention that I experimented with a new, smoother paper for “Starfish Nightmares” (the lighter blue one above) and it really turned out rich and deep and fabulous. I used Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin and the pigments look like paint — like you’d see with a fine screen-print or dyed fine leather.

All images copyright (c) 2007 Shelly Bowen. All rights reserved. Thanks!

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Someone commented in an Etsy forum on my art shop that she wanted to know how much the prints would be matted (I had asked for feedback). Currently, I’ve made them available without mats, because I thought people would prefer to mat the work themselves. Now I’m not so sure.art print of woman in tiki bar

I’ve recently received a ton of hits on my Orange-Hot Tiki Bar first edition print of an original painting. I’ve just added the mat to that listing.

What would you be more likely to buy — an archival art print with or without a mat?

Let me know in the comments section below! Thanks!

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caribbean sea bird print (c) bowenI’ve completed a new ink drawing, inspired by a bird who waited patiently in the Caribbean heat for a crumb of my sandwich, but all he got was his portrait sketched.

In this one, I’ve explained a little more about what inspired the colors and the details within the drawing in my shop description. I usually leave interpretation up to the viewer, but I’ve had some comments that readers like the descriptions, so I keep telling the story of what inspired the drawing or painting or technique.

At the same time, I wonder if describing in more detail the texture of the paper or the saturation of the inks would be more useful. The screen really doesn’t do them justice.

I’m really liking my ocean-inspired ink drawings — mesmerizing for me. They hold a little bit of those million-dollar moments for me. I think I’ll hang a few of the printer’s proofs in my new office.

All images on this site copyright (c) Shelly Bowen. All rights reserved.

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