CustomPortraitArt: An Interview with Owner Robin Zebley

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about featuring Etsy shops on my blog is getting to know the owners; what inspires them to design? What brought them to open their shop? I’ve started a new series of blog posts specifically for this occasion – owner interviews. I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about these unique artists’ process and inspiration!
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For some people, painting comes easy…and for others, like Robin Zebley (owner of Etsy shop CustomPortraitArt), it takes lots of dedication. Already proficient at drawing portraits, Robin wanted to branch out into painting. Her son, a classically trained artist at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, came over one afternoon to teach her the basics of painting portraits. With determination, and lots of practice, Robin was able to master the art of portrait painting. “Now, I just love it. My inspiration comes from my customers; their energy and enthusiasm are contagious!”, she says.
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After having sold portraits for a few years by word of mouth, she learned of Etsy while browsing in an artists’ forum. Nervous about her new business endeavor, Robin started off with watercolor and ink miniatures before gaining enough confidence in her art to offer full-sized portraits. When asked what her favorite project has been, Robin confided that she’s had a few celebrity orders – but she’s not telling who! 🙂 One was a celebrity who ordered custom portraits of her family members’ dogs as a Christmas present – Robin says that it’s so fun to see pictures of  that particular celebrity walking her dog in the news. 
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Another one of Robin’s celebrity orders was from a famous writer, who ordered portraits of his groomsmen painted as 18th century generals. Robin’s husband, John, joined her in making this order possible; he did the initial stages and blocking to help Robin meet her deadline.
One of Robin’s greatest inspirations is artist Chuck Close, who is well known for his massive-scale portraits. “I admire him for his work, of course, but also for his work ethic, his imagination, and his incredibly positive attitude, even after his accident that left him in a wheelchair.”, Robin responds. “And he’s incredibly kind to beginning artists; I know that for a fact.”
You can find Robin at her Etsy shop, CustomPortraitArt, on Twitter, and at her blog!
Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie

PineTreeArt: Original Watercolor Paintings & Prints

The shop:  PineTreeArt
The owner:  Jim Lagasse from Bangor, Maine

The products:  Beautiful original watercolor paintings & prints – use coupon code THANKYOU for 25% off your purchase! 
Fun facts:  Jim’s favorite thing to paint are birch trees – there are several gorgeous birch tree paintings in his shop. You can find them here.

Reviews & Sales: 760+ sales with a 5 star average review rating 🙂 
Here’s my top 3 favorite items from Etsy shop PineTreeArt:



Original Watercolor painting,landscape print, RED barn, Watercolor painting, painting,watercolor, Jim Lagasse,LANDSCAPE WATERCOLOR, original 
BIRCH TREE Painting- Original Acrylic Landscape Painting, Birch Tree Art, 10 
FORT KENT, Maine - Original watercolor Painting, Landscape Painting, Limited PRINTS, Jim Lagasse, original watercolor, Maine Landscape 
Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: ArtisticHenricci

The shop:  ArtisticHenricci
The owner: Henricci N. from Redwood City, CA
The products:  High quality recreations of his own original paintings, available in two sizing choices.
Fun facts: If you order 3 or more paintings, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your order!
Reviews & Sales:  Having just opened, ArtisticHenricci doesn’t have any sales as of yet.
Here’s my top 3 favorite items from Etsy shop ArtisticHenricci:


Twists & Turns 
Sensual 



Remote African Village 
Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: AndrewsArtAwakened

The shop:  AndrewsArtAwakened
The owner:  Megan Andrews from Hayden, ID
The products:  Brightly colored original paintings; watercolor, mixed media and more.
Fun facts:  You can help support Megan’s art on Patreon!
Reviews & Sales:  30 sales & a 5 star average review rating
Here’s my top 3 favorite picks from Etsy shop AndrewsArtAwakened:

Serotonin Original acrylic painting on canvas || Geometric painting 
Law of attraction in modern surrealism || Abstract painting || Geometric Orb painting || Planet  ||  Outer Space  || Galaxy. 
Repetition Modern Surrealism  || Abstract painting || original mixed media painting ||  colorful 

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: OCBookShoppe

While e-readers are increasingly popular, there’s just something about physically holding a book & reading it. Whether it’s the texture, the feel of the pages or the smell (I happen to think that there should be book scented candles!), there’s nothing like the real thing for most people. Don’t get me wrong; e-readers are wonderful, but there’s just something about curling up with an old book on a rainy, lazy day that can’t be beat. Today’s featured shop, OCBookShoppe, has a huge selection of vintage books that would be perfect for that rainy day. Based in Monroeville, AL, owner Spencer Madrie specializes in vintage books, one of a kind gifts, and antiques. You never know what you’ll find at OCBookShoppe!


Under the Sea Painting, Nursery Painting, Canvas Painting, Oil Painting, Art Work, Ocean Scene Painting, Home Decor, Wall Hanging 
Set of Five Books, Great Display!




Cooking With Master Chefs By Julia Child 
Letter from Peking by Pearl S. Buck




Photographing America, Know the Land and the People... Through Photography, Home Decor 
The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration by Charles R. Swindoll, Worship Music, Songs of Worship, Hymns of Worship, Hymn Book,Hymns of Praise
Vintage Set of Children's Classic Books




Christmas with Southern Living 1986 Compiled and Edited by Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick, Christmas Home Decor

American Law Reports, Second Series





Vivid Flower Picture, Home Decor, Kitchen Decor, Wall Hanging, Canvas Painting 
Make sure to check out OCBookShoppe to see all of their inventory.. You can also find them at OCBookShoppe.com, on Facebook and on Twitter

Until next time…stay crafty (and read a book)!
-Katie
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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: LynnPaints

LynnPaints is an Etsy shop, based in southern Australia, that specializes in original paintings, handcrafted jewelry, stunning sun catchers and great vintage finds. Owner Lynn Saunders is a self-taught artist who loves to create and enjoys hunting down great vintage finds at garage sales and markets. Lynn is actually running a pretty amazing sale right now! Use coupon code “Savings” for 20% off any order over $10. Wow! 🙂 (Offer valid until March 31st) Here are a few of her pieces that caught my eye. 🙂

Blue beads. Beaded suncatcher. Butterfly Suncatcher.Glass beads. Pearl beads. Faceted beads. Cryatal suncatcher. By LYNNPAINTS at etsy. FWB

Blue Beaded Butterfly Sun Catcher, $21.47

Spring Design // Sterling Silver blue glass beaded dangle earrings // Flip flop charms // Beach thong charms // Fashion accessory

Beaded Flip Flop Charm Earrings, $28

Magnolia flower painting. Flower painting. Pink flower painting. Tin vase painting. Original acrylic painting. By LYNNPAINTS on etsy. FWB

Original Hand Painted Magnolia Flower Painting, $37.34

Stay crafty! 🙂
-Katie