Announcement Creative, unique and beautiful one-of-a-kind Watercolors, Illuminated Letters, and Portraits (by commission) are here for your perusal. Come in, look around, and if you don't find a creation you are looking for, contact me and I'll make something just to your specifications! I work mainly in watercolor, but will also do pencil, ink, or colored pencil, and can create cards for you for any occasion! Recently, I have begun to make jewelry to sell, as well, and have had a great response! Please come in, look around, and find something you would love to own, or send as a gift!
Creative, unique and beautiful one-of-a-kind Watercolors, Illuminated Letters, and Portraits (by commission) are here for your perusal. Come in, look around, and if you don't find a creation you are looking for, contact me and I'll make something just to your specifications! I work mainly in watercolor, but will also do pencil, ink, or colored pencil, and can create cards for you for any occasion! Recently, I have begun to make jewelry to sell, as well, and have had a great response! Please come in, look around, and find something you would love to own, or send as a gift!
Art As You Wish Changes Name
I opened my shop about five years ago, when my daughter Brooke told me about it. Up until that time, I had sold things at local craft fairs, and small boutiques, enjoying sharing my art with others. I named it "Art as you Wish", because I love doing custom paintings for people. Then about six months ago, I began to be more serious about my jewelry making, doing earrings for every color I own, and making them for gifts as well. After getting some very positive feedback about my jewelry while I was wearing it, I decided I should sell that, as well, and changed the name to ARTnJEWELSbyDN. But after reading the Etsy guides, I felt I needed a more personal, "catchy" title, and am attempting to change it one last time to "TheNorrisNest". It not only sounds cozy, but I have often enjoyed painting birds, I collect bird figurines, and friends know I have used that name as my return address for years, so it has become personal.
My watercolors have a distinct style to them, usually using a soft pastel palette, with blue as the predominant color, and never using red or black unless the subject absolutely calls for it. My paintings are often detailed and realistic in nature, and quite detailed in design whether painting an old house, or a vine of morning glories. On the other hand, I love the contrast of using the rich jewel tones of my ink when designing an illuminated letter, yet they are still intricate in nature, with many designs and vines weaving their way through the letter. I have used quieter colors in my "illuminated" work, but the traditional style of illuminated lettering is to use rich deep tones with gold leaf or silver added to the design. It's fun for me to branch out when creating my letters, and let my "deeper" self emerge.
More recently, I began making jewelry--about two years ago, more as a way for me to have access to the style of earring I'd like to wear, but with a clip instead of pierced hardware. I have a scarring condition that has rendered it impossible for me to have my ears pierced, but I still wanted to look stylish. You will find that all of my earrings can be made as clips or for pierced ears, with no extra cost for either style. As I wore my earrings, friends and even strangers would as me where I found them, and when they found out they are originals made by me, I got many requests for custom jewelry. So, I decided to make that a part of my Etsy shop as well!
Although I have painted all my life, it was when my husband, Gary, was in law school and we lived in Sacramento, that I began selling my work. I needed a pass time that would be quiet and solitary as Gary studied (almost 24/7!), and having accumulated a good number of paintings, I entered craft fairs, and sold my work on consignment in Sacramento boutiques. It was a good way to earn extra money AND keep out of trouble, since I was new in Sacramento, and yet needed to keep busy in order to not miss my husband's company. Painting was a way I could focus my energy, losing track of time--it was almost like doing bio-feedback!
This aspect of painting proved to be more helpful than I would have guessed, when I contracted a nerve disorder when I was 42. "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy" was the diagnosis, and at the time, didn't seem like it would change my life, but it has. It's a disorder that attacks different parts of your body when you have an injury or surgery...any kind of deep trauma where bone is usually involved, has caused that part of my body to have constant burning pain. Fortunately, it's not fatal or contagious, but there is no cure. I cope with it with the help of medication, but painting has been a great release for me. Since I almost go "inside myself", and lose myself in my work, it has provided great pain relief as well as a positive way of seeing myself. It's important to me, not just as a hobby, but as a way of medicine-free pain relief...a much-needed remedy! I love painting "en plein aire"--that is, outdoors, on the spot. It gives my work a more spontaneous quality that I appreciate.
I hope you come in to my shop, and feel free to look around. Remember, that anything you see can be painted for you in a different size, or in colors which you most enjoy. Just go into the "Custom Made" section, and leave me a note about what it is you desire. I enjoy making my customers happy!
Deborah "Debbie" Norris
Owner, Watercolor Artist And Jewelry Maker
I began to paint seriously and sell my work while my husband and I were living in Sacramento, while he went to law school. Because I didn't know anyone else to go out with, I needed a quiet way to pass the time while Gary studied (24/7!). Painting wa
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