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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Shop of the Week: A Cagey Bee

I like the creative name for this Etsy shop. The artist is Kris G. Brownlee – or KGB = A Cagey Bee! Very clever!

“I'm a painter, so my first love is creating the actual paintings - from sketching to swirling the paint around my canvas. But because I know a lot of us can't afford to buy original work, I try to offer a variety of lower cost reproductions: prints, notecards, and even little pendants with my characters!

I want my customers to know how much heart and soul and pure joy is poured into my work. I think most of my customers *do* know this, but it's not always easy to get a sense of who someone is via the internet. I was a very quiet, shy child and spent years creating elaborate stories for my imaginary friends. It's really no wonder that I've started to bring some of them to life in my paintings. The idea that I get to share that with my customers? That new friends from all over the world look at my girls and smile? I couldn't have dreamed up a better possibility for my life. :)”

What inspires you to create? “Everything! Favorite storybooks, movies, lyrics to songs, interesting characters I meet in real life... my biggest fear is that I'll never have enough time to paint all of the things I want to paint. If I ever run out of ideas, I can just walk out my front door and almost always see *something* interesting. There's this one woman in my neighborhood that I see every so often who I've been itching to paint since the first time I laid eyes on her. She walks this pack of 6 or 7 dogs - those giant long haired Afghan hounds! It looks like a scene straight out of a cartoon with their hair swishing and bouncing and swirling along!”

What are your Twitter tricks of the trade? “My newest favorite Twitter trick is installing Friendbar. It adds a toolbar to your browser so you don't have to load the Twitter page to tweet plus it makes it really easy to just click 1 button & tweet about the page you're currently viewing, including an already shortened URL. You can set it to update your Facebook status too. Very handy!”

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As a special thank you to her Twitter pals, all prints in her shop are 2 for the price of 1 this week. Buy one print and simply enter the name of the second print you'd like in the notes to seller box. Double the cuteness!

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All photos copyright to Kris Brownlee/A Cagey Bee


Tamara G said...

I love the way Kris paints people! Her images are so soft and dreamy. I can definitely tell she had an active imagination as a child! Thanks for this great background interview with her.

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Such gorgeous, original work!! I am such a fan of hers! :)

kuartzo said...

I love her work... Especially her mysterious feminine characters!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Yeah! Her work is really wonderful...and I especially like how she chose her name, so cute and clevah!
Smiles, Karen

Rocki said...

What a very talented artist! Love this feature and her paintings.

Wow... a lady that walks 6-7 dogs?! I can barely walk my 3 little ones without tripping!

Fabulous feature!

tamdoll said...

Wonderful shop! Her art is cheering me up.

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