Sunday, April 18, 2010

FEATURED ETSY SHOP - The Charming Place

Flying Fantasy Fish Print 8.5 x 11

by Shelley Szczucki of The Charming Place

CHARMING, WHIMSICAL, ENCHANTING, COLORFUL....These are just a few of the adjectives I'd use to describe the delightful art of Shelley Szczucki!  I'm very happy to welcome Shelley and her Etsy shop, THE CHARMING PLACE, as a featured artist here on DZFANTASY.  What an appropriate name for Shelley's shop!  When you pay a visit, you will find whimsical scrabble tile pendants created with Shelley's own original art, and also art prints such as the one pictured above!  They will be sure to make you smile!

Let's learn a little bit more about this talented artist by reading her interview below.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I started to create crafts when I was very young, sometime in the 70's. My mother was somewhat of a "Martha Stewart" and we did mostly everything together....many hours reading magazines and picking out just the right craft to do. I was also a very young artist, picking up a crayon and writing and doodling on just about anything....much to my parents dismay. After many years of day to day life and not much to do with the selling of my art and crafts, I started to search on the computer for more ideas. I came across Ebay, and that was the start, I found so many things people were doing, and I thought to myself......I can do that. So I went about selling my art there and then that led to Etsy!

Handmade Scrabble Tile Whimsical Folk Art SISTERS
by Shelley Szczucki

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

I love many mediums, but I try to stay somewhat consistent with Etsy. I display my acrylic and watercolor art in my shop. Also my art on jewelry, just to liven things up a bit.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I love the freedom it gives me. Everything in life is almost written for, job, taxes. This is my little world of creativity that nobody can tell me what to paint, or how to paint or anything!

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

A fruit sundae.......a jumble of lovely colours!

Folk Art Whimsical Cat Gardener Scrabble Tile Pendant
by Shelley Szczucki

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your "creativity" what would that be, and why?

Probably my acrylic paintings. I love the vibrancy the medium gives me in terms of colours.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

Happy, Creative, Smile!

Fantasy Fairy Print 8.5 x 11
by Shelley Szczucki

This painting was done by randomly painting with watercolor paint, then sketching over to form a cute posed fairy. She just appeared out of the paint.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Never give up! There will always be people out there that are better than you and there will also be people that are not. Strive to do your very best, and you can't go wrong.

Shelley, thanks for taking the time to share your delightful, artistic creations with everyone, and for your thoughts!  I'd say your message of "Happy, Creative, Smile!" is definitely the message being shown in your work! 

To see more of Shelley's work be sure to visit her links below.



Lindy Gruger Hanson said...

Oh yes, I love Shelley's art. So whimsical and fun! Thanks for doing an interview so we can learn more about her and her artwork.


Thanks for stopping by to comment, Lindy! Yes, I love her whimsical work! Makes one smile!

SpringColors said...

beautiful works