Thursday, June 10, 2010

From Pennsylvania Karenfaulknerart

I am so excited that I am in my second week of my weekly featured artist series.
This week, I am honored to introduce Karenfaulknerart who creates peaceful and soothing watercolor paintings from Pennsylvania.


S: What is your name and what is the story behind your shop’s name?

K: My name is Karen Faulkner, and as you can see, my shop karenfaulkneart is named after me. Not terribly creative!

S:When did you start your business?

K: I've been painting watercolors for about twelve years now, starting first strictly as a hobby and later selling them locally since about 2004, by word of mouth, in local shops on consignment and taking commissions. I opened my Etsy shop in June 2007 thinking "let's see if I can sell ten or even twenty watercolors". I have never imagined this level of success, recently having reached 750 Etsy sales.





S: What are your motivations / inspirations in creating your work?

K: Nature, emotions, love, healing, serenity.

S: Tell us about your daily routines.

K: I don't always do it in the same order every day, except that brewing is always first. I check e-mails for orders and get them carefully packaged and addressed for shipping. I see if I'm low on inventory of any prints, or if there are any new recently sold originals that I think would reproduce nicely. I paint! The best days for that are when the morning sun is shining in the windows near my drafting table and I can look out and see the birds and flowers. Usually I play music while I'm painting.

S:What is your favorite book?

K: Tough to choose one, I'm an avid reader. I like "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and return it often.

S: What was your last travel destination?

K: Arizona! It was my fifth time there. It has inspired a couple of my abstract paintings.

S: What do you do to relax?

K: Walk and ride bike on nearby trails, go to gym, cook, plant herbs and flowers, read, listen to music, have lunch with friends. A day with all of those plus creating some art would be an ideal day!

***GIVEAWAY***

Karen was so generous to offer any of her giclee 4x6 fineart prints for her giveaway. If you want to be a lucky winner please follow the steps. It is pretty simple!

Please visit her etsy shop and post a comment under this post with the LINK of your favorite item from her shop and please don't forget to add your e-mail address.

http://karenfaulknerart.etsy.com

Please follow my blog .

The giveaway will open to US only and will end June 17 at midnight! The winner will be chose using http://www.random.org/

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26 comments:

Periay said...

Lovely article..Thank you..

Katie said...

I love this print http://www.etsy.com/listing/49010728/aqua-meets-sepia-giclee-fine-art-print thanks for the great giveaway!
engh.katie at gmail dot com

Brooke said...

I love. Have your store favorited as I will be returning.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/45817769/indigo-blossoms-giclee-fine-art-print
Thanks for the chance.
shutterboo at gmail dot com

Dreamy Vintage said...

Great interview! Thank you for teh giveaway so many beautiful choices: "daydream" is my favorite http://www.etsy.com/listing/44252246/daydream-fine-art-giclee-print

my e-mail: dreamyvintage-at-gmail

NewMoonStudio said...

I always loved her simple and elegant designs. Thank you so much for the great interview.

I love everything on the shop but my heart goes for this one.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49010728/aqua-meets-sepia-giclee-fine-art-print

Blue Barn Quilts said...

ALL of her prints are gorgeous, but this one strikes a cord!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49140349/may-dragonfly-giclee-fine-art-print

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Also, THANK YOU for only having one way to enter! So much simpler and fair.

Melissa said...

Love watercolors, they remind me of my grandma! Especially love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/48067190/red-poppies-original-watercolor-painting

omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

There are just too many that I love! I especially love http://www.etsy.com/listing/47688819/true-blue-orchids-giclee-fine-art-print

sarahmarietownsend(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen Faulkner said...

Thanks everyone, and thanks FloweredSky! By the way, that one answer referred to brewing COFFEE each morning (not beer or anything else!) Missed that when I read over the article pre-posting :) Can't wait to see who the lucky winner is and which print they choose!

Amy said...

Love them all -
this one is my favorite:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49140284/spring-green-flower-giclee-fine-art

So refreshing!

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~ Cee ~ said...

I love the Indigo Blossoms:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/45817769/indigo-blossoms-giclee-fine-art-print

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Laurie said...

I love this print...so beautiful!
Blue Heart original watercolor painting 4x6 inches

Thanks so much!
Laurie
Lmimama8@yahoo.com

Elena (Tickled Pink Knits) said...

Lovely work. I like the "Indigo Blossoms" -- http://www.etsy.com/listing/45817769/indigo-blossoms-giclee-fine-art-print -- print, among many others. Thanks!

tickledpinkknits AT gmail DOT com

AM said...

I'm a blog follower.

My favorites are the indigo blossoms and aqua loves indigo prints.

Thanks for the giveaway!

(email in blogger profile)

Jenny said...

I'm a new follower

here is my favorite:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/47686166/cosmos-giclee-fine-art-print

Thanks so much for the giveaway - these prints are very beautiful!

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Amber said...

I follow your blog and this is my favorite print:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/44142186/coup-de-coeur-giclee-fine-art-print
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I like the Indigo Blossoms giclee fine art print

http://www.etsy.com/listing/45817769/indigo-blossoms-giclee-fine-art-print


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

StephanieC said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44530653/sunset-giclee-fine-art-print i'd love this one! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/47627701/innocence-giclee-fine-art-print

innocence .... the title captures the sweetness and softness perfectly - truy lovely :)


wonderful art & artist - <3 KAREN!!!


~katey
blueyeduckstudios@gmail.com

AmbreRose said...

I think the Spring Sunshine giclee fine art print looks so spring like and happy. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48649301/spring-sunshine-giclee-fine-art-print

Susan C. said...

All of these are gorgeous, I couldn't stop looking at them!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/47688819/true-blue-orchids-giclee-fine-art-print

The orchids just called to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

spcase (at) gmail (dot) com

Kiitty said...

This is my favorite print - http://www.etsy.com/listing/48085353/periwinkle-blossoms-giclee-fine-art


kiittyish@gmail.com

Julie said...

I honestly think her work is absolutely beautiful. I really like:http://www.etsy.com/listing/47688819/true-blue-orchids-giclee-fine-art-print thanks for the giveaway
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I like the http://www.etsy.com/listing/47627701/innocence-giclee-fine-art-print.
jswandrn at gmail

Tylerpants said...

I'm a follower. My fave is the lovely
Cotton Candy Flowers giclee fine art print
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49140420/cotton-candy-flowers-giclee-fine-art
tylerpants(at)gmail.com

trixx said...

Love the Teal Turquoise Explosion giclee fine art print. Wow!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/48039594/teal-turquoise-explosion-giclee-fine-art

peanut[at]nyc.rr.com