ClearLightStudios – Original Southwest Landscape Paintings ✮ Fine Art Oils

Clear Light Studios showcases the art of Km Withers out of Torrey, Utah.  I am not a professional or talented art critique.  I just know what speaks to me and inspires me, and the art of Km Withers touches my soul in an expansive way.  In my dreams, some day I get to paint large, and she inspires me.  A few artists and artisans will have more than one website.  Here is one of hers and you will find both under the headings above called “Canvas.”

Bound By Hand – Leather Bound Books – BBH Journals

Working with leather has always been something I have wanted to do.  I did even make a bound by leather book for the children of a nephew and wrote a story with photos to go inside.  But Stephanie Tomlinson of Santa Cruz, California does it much better than I did.  In her books though,  you get to write your own story.

LauraHarmonPottery – Handmade Pottery

When I was first relearning ceramics, I started out hand-building and realized right away that this was one way I could make my beloved boxes.  I just love boxes!  And then I saw Laura Harmon’s boxes and was truly inspired.  I have since made a few boxes myself, but none as well as the ones she makes.  Laura Harmon creates these gems in Shelton, Washington.


Cindy creates her jewelry pieces in Fairbanks, Alaska and often uses handcrafted lampwork beads made by Desertbugdesigns in Calument, Michigan.  She has been a champion of support for many artisans on Etsy.com and now on Polyvore.  I know my Etsy store has often benefited from her promotional efforts.

And that is what I loved the most about Etsy when it was smaller, we were all working together to help each other be found and noticed.  Now I hope to reciprocate by creating this website with links to artisans and their websites.  Please take a moment and visit Cindy’s store.  She can also be found on page above under the title of Jewelry.

KapKaDesign – Modern Bohemian Personalized Jewelry

Eva Miller is located in Kelowna, Canada and has a number of stores on Etsy.  She also is a team leader for several teams.  Teams on Etsy are a vital means by which we all are able to support and encourage each other.  Please take a moment and visit her store, you might find just what you have been looking for.

Another one of her stores is called YourZenZone, a store I have been happy to promote even though she handcrafts the same item I do, lavender wands.  Because not enough people know about lavender wands, so they are not searching for them.  This is why I am happy to promote anyone who makes them as well as she and I do.  Buy all of her wands so she runs out and then you will have to buy mine!

Small Impressions

This is my first post to highlight a feature artist.  I hope to be doing a post about each artisan I add to the pages you see listed across the screen under the banner.  This one is listed under “Canvas”
This artist is a constant inspiration to me to get back to the point where I can paint again as well.  Her colors are so vibrant and her subject matter is so varied.  Her name is Nancy Merkle and she is located in Tacoma, Washington.  Here is one of my most recent favorites, I hope the link shows the piece. If not, then I will see if I can post it another way.

Landscape Painting Mountain Field


Artisans Of America – What will this website be?

My hope is to create an informational source of artists and craftspeople in the Americas, who have their own websites or have a presence on the internet via other websites.  But who have been buried under the overwhelming amount of other items being sold via the same sources.  For now, I will be focusing on artists located in the North American continent.

My hope is to create a resource for small shops and galleries who once visited those other sources to purchase items to stock their inventories.

So there will be no links to vintage, supply sources, manufactured items, mass produced items, instant download items, services, etc.  here.  I was going to say there would also be no links to handmade jewelry here either, as there is such an abundance of it that to attempt to do so would be overwhelming, but there are a few people who have been very beneficial in assisting me when it came to gaining traffic to my main internet stores, and I would like to include them.  So there will be a small category for handcrafted jewelry.

This is going to be a learning process for me.  I used to know how to build a website and I need to relearn this skill.  I know how to write a blog, but I don’t want this to look like a blog.  There will be searchable categories for various kinds of artists and artisans.

As I add each new link to someones website or internet store, I will attempt to write a bit about them.  It would be nice to give each link it’s own page.  But I am not yet sure that is possible.

Last, but not least, I know that since my goal is to put my art and my creations such as lavender wands, into small stores, I offer reduced pricing for those who purchase in quantities.  And I am hoping others will be willing to consider doing the same.  After all, if you take your item to a store and ask them to display it on consignment, they usually get 60% of the sale price.  If and when it sells.  So if your website offers, for example, a 50% reduction in price for bulk purchases, we could attract the small stores and galleries I am hoping for and we would not need to wait until some one item sold in order to profit and move on to creating more!

Today is Thanks-giving 2016, I hope we all have something to be thank-full for!  Catherine