When a local art dealer saw my unique artwork, she asked me to show my one of a kind, painted rocks in the art center gallery. That led me to take my work seriously, and learn as much as I could about the legalities of art and promotion. In the process, I branched out to other galleries.
To elevate the rocks up into the Fine Art category, I created Limited Edition, Signed, Numbered, and Dated Photographs to incorporate into the galleries (images of the rocks set into beautiful and interesting complementary compositions). Then, intrigued with working up 2 dimensional designs, derived from the designs of my painted rocks, I started to paint them on wooden boxes for keepsakes and jewelry. Those designs were, also, used to create hand painted note cards. And, to add to the mix, a dear friend sent me boxes of gourds with an instruction book for painting gourds. So, I found my art expanding into another genre, that I had not even thought about. It was an odd transition to paint on gourds, that are as light weight as marshmallows, compared to painting on heavy rocks.
I had plans to have note cards produced, with the images of my Limited Edition Photographs, and, also, to mass produce my hand painted note cards. I had many dreams and great plans! But, everything came to a complete standstill, and I was not able to maintain my artwork or the galleries, when illness fell upon me and I was limited, physically, for several years.
In 2009, when I was able to start to revive my art endeavors, a friend encouraged me to open a shop on Etsy, a new website that had just opened up for artist, and any one who created handmade items. Since Etsy allowed Vintage items, as well, I incorporated my artwork and Vintage collections into one shop. After a while, another friend suggested that I open a second shop (a gallery), on Etsy, just for my artwork. As I was setting up the gallery, I thought that it would be interesting to incorporate a few natural gemstone necklaces into the gallery, to complement the painted rocks. Not knowing anything about beading, I solicited the aid of another friend (I have lots of wonderful, supportive friends!) to add a clasp and a pendant to a string of natural stone beads, to make a necklace. She, took me to a huge jewelry supply warehouse, that has beads and pendants from all over the world. Right then and there, I was bitten by the beading bug! And, I began collecting unique pendants and beautiful beads to create one of a kind jewelry. Soon, my gallery became overwhelmed with jewelry creations (no longer looking like a gallery!), so, I decided to open a third Etsy shop, just for my jewelry and Designer Vintage Jewelry.
That same friend introduced me to VistaPrint, which opened the door for me to create, the long desired, note cards made with my Limited Edition Photographs, and, has expanded to derivatives of mouse pads, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and calendars. I have, yet, to mass produce the hand painted note cards, so they are still on the back burner. But, I am back in business and plugging away to achieve all of my dreams.
If you have read this far, by now, you may be interested in seeing my Etsy shops. Here they are:
Ishi Gallery, at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IshiGallery is where you will see my artwork and derivatives.
Jewelry by Ishi, at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelrybyIshi is my jewelry shop, where you will find unique, one of a kind jewelry creations designed and beaded by me, as well as Collectible Designer Vintage Jewelry.
Ishi Vintage Handmade, at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IshiVintageHandmade has Vintage items, of all sorts, and, and some creations of my own, as well.
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