AnneLawsonArt My art work

New Look Etsy ~ and discount offer

Etsy is getting a make over. If you have a shop there you will know this and have been to see what your shop will look like. If you, don’t then it is to be rolled out this week. More on the look in a little…..

To celebrate the new look, which I like, I am giving my wonderful blog readers an exclusive coupon code. Using the code will give you 10% off my drawings and paintings. It’s simple to use:

  1. Head over to my shop AnneLawsonArt and buy a painting. You can buy more than one, and only pay shipping on the first.
  2. When you go through the checkout you can add the coupon code APRIL16 for a 10% discount.
  3. Wait for the drawing to come your way.

Too easy! The coupon will be active for April and it is only available to blog readers.

As for the new look, it is designed to be more mobile friendly. My front page used to look like this (and it still does if you check it out today)

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After Tuesday it will look like this (minus all the editing tools, of course!)

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You navigate by scrolling, and information should be easier to find. I have been astounded by the hysteria generated by the changes. The common reaction seems to be “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”. Then sellers sometimes go on to say “That’s it! I’m leaving!”, which is, of course, their choice. However, just this week I read wise advice that said, “Never make a business decision based on fear.” Make the decision based on reality ~ dropping sales, decreased views, hard statistics.

Apparently overall sales and views have been dropping anyway, so it will be interesting to see the impact the new look has.

I like the clearer, more minimalist look. I have always found Etsy easy to use, and with one exception, I think this will continue. The exception is the ability to rearrange my shop. This is the way to move items around the pages of the shop. The old way wasn’t perfect as it involved a lot of clicking. However there are no pages in the new way and so is harder to navigate. But after time I am sure I will work it out. (But I do feel for those sellers who have hundreds of items in their shop to rearrange.)

Pragmatically, just like the changes to Instagram, these Etsy changes are happening. I have no control over that. I can only control what I do and how I do it.

Remember, the coupon code APRIL16 is there for you to use until the end of April. The link to the shop is AnneLawsonArt

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Friday Afternoon

Before I blogged I was a teacher of primary aged children, aged from 5 to 12 years.  It was a job that I really enjoyed, obviously some days more than others! But one of the times I loved most was Friday afternoons.

The bell would ring at half past 3 and the children would be out the door. Somebody once described it ‘like a cork out of a champagne bottle’ and it is such an apt simile. Then the peace would descend. The energy generated by those 25 busy bodies would gradually dissipate, and I would be there in the stillness.

It was a time to potter around the room, tidying up after an active week, cleaning the tables, vaguely reflecting on the day’s happenings and mentally organising the things that needed deeper reflection. One of the tasks I loved to do was to sharpen the pencils, ready for Monday’s diary writing.

I would think about tidying my desk. That was always an impossible task, as there was a never ending supply of paper that needed to be dealt with. But it was Friday Afternoon and the This Should Have Been Done Yesterday pile could wait a while longer. Then I would look at my planning for the following week, pack a few things to take home, turn off the lights and lock the door. Friday Afternoon. Time to wander down to the pub for a few Friday Afternoon Drinks with friends.

I was thinking of that this afternoon. I was folding the washing, looking out the front window at the school over the road and I knew that the teachers over there would be glad that it’s Friday. The day has been sunny and still, peaceful, just right for a Friday Afternoon. So let me tidy up a few things here before I wander into the lounge room for Friday Afternoon Drinks. I might even sit outside with my glass of wine.

My last post was about Dads, and it seemed to resonate with you, stirring up some memories. Thank you for your comments, including those on Facebook. I thought I would copy the poem that the Snail of Happiness shared. It summed up so well what I was stumbling around to say.

A man lives for as long as we carry him inside us,
For as long as we carry the harvest of his dreams,
For as long as we ourselves live,
Holding memories in common, a man lives.
(Brian Patten)

I love that idea of ‘the harvest of his dreams’. I want to believe that I am still harvesting some of my Dad’s dreams.

And the second thing to tidy up is to tell you, very proudly, that I sold the rose painting that I painted in a recent workshop. I showed you its creation, and now it has flown off to the States! Let me boast a little more and say that it was the 90th painting that I have sold in my Etsy shop.

Now, let’s all raise a glass to Friday Afternoons. May they always be peaceful! Cheers!

anne4bags My art work

Leaf painting giveaway!

Read on to find out how to win this leaf painting.......
Read on to find out how to win this leaf painting…….

I have been busy painting a new subject — leaves. More specifically, gum leaves, or maybe you call them eucalyptus leaves. When alive on the tree they are a fairly uniform green colour. But as they drop off, they dry to wonderful reds, oranges and vivid greens. And they curl and twist.


So I have been playing with watercolour paint to capture their rich colours and shadows. I love how the shadows make them seem 3D, as though you could lift them off the page.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

Want to know how to win the leaf painting? Read on…….

I have also been playing with adding backgrounds. My intention is to make the background look like the dappled light under the trees. Does it work? I would love to know what you think.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013











Some have no shadow or background, but lots of rich, vibrant colour.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

They are all small — A5 watercolour paper. All, except the first, are available for $30.00 in my Etsy shop. To look at them more closely, read a full description, check out shipping costs and so on, just click on one of the pictures. It will take you there.

So, how do you win the first leaf painting? Simply leave a comment on this post by Thursday 31st October (Australian EST). Pretty simple! I will happily ship anywhere in the world. While you don’t have to comment on the paintings, I would love to know what you think of them. Do you have a favourite? Does the background work? With shadow or without?

[I tried to do a Rafflecopter giveaway, but it defeated me. 😦 I promise honesty with my own system. I am going to get the Fella to choose a number from the number of comments, and that lucky person will win. For instance, if there are 15 comments, he will pick a number between 1 and 15. If your comment is that number on the list, you’re the winner!! If there are lots of comments I will add a second painting.]

Go for it!

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Teal feathers

White feather on patterned teal background
White feather on patterned teal background (Art work and photo copyright of Anne Lawson)

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Its colour is teal. So I have been creating teal feathers for my Etsy shop, anne4bags. Well, they are also green and indigo and purple feathers. And I am donating 50% of my February sales to Ovarian Cancer Australia, to help with their vital research into this disease. (To find out more about how you can donate click here.)

Last post was about the symptoms and risks of this cancer. Have a look here if you would like to read more, or have a look at the website.

Teal feather (Art work and photo copyright of Anne Lawson)
2 sapphire blue feathers (Art work and photo copyright of Anne Lawson)


Teal feather
Teal feather

And other blue feathers

Sapphire feather (Art work and photo copyright of Anne Lawson)
8 feathers and a bird's nest
8 feathers and a bird’s nest

And one still being created:


All except for the 8 feathers work are A5 in size. The other is A4.