CuriousOrigins

Watercolor Illustrations Art by Melinda Bosen CuriousOh

Grantsville, Utah 11 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (4)

CuriousOrigins

Watercolor Illustrations Art by Melinda Bosen CuriousOh

Grantsville, Utah | 11 Sales

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Note from shop owner The shop is for the holidays closed until Dec. 30th, at which I’ll be taking orders again and introducing some new items! To get notified when the shop is reopened and other news, visit http://www.melindabosen.com/contact

Thanks for stopping by!
-Melinda
Curious Origins

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 21, 2019

The shop is for the holidays closed until Dec. 30th, at which I’ll be taking orders again and introducing some new items! To get notified when the shop is reopened and other news, visit http://www.melindabosen.com/contact

Thanks for stopping by!
-Melinda
Curious Origins

Melinda Bosen

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About CuriousOrigins

Sales 11
On Etsy since 2017

To make a long story short; Art has always helped me keep a smile on my face, and after years of not doing it, it saved me from the drudgery that is real life.

Long Story:
I was standing waiting for the my second bus transfer on my way home from the school in a major that I didn't really care about that I was putting myself through with a retail job, when a sad thought hit me. I hadn't drawn anything in about 4 years.

My days were spent between 4 different buses 2 hour-4 hour daily commutes (depending on if I hit my transfers right or not), my work in the stockroom at a mall, and trying not to fall asleep in class with my full course load or the bus on the way home. Watching my then, 3 year old nephew on the weekends, while I struggled to type up research papers.

I was listening probably to classic rock, Elvis, Lynard Skynard, or even Big Band Music like Sinatra, or the soulful sounds of Miss Etta James to keep me awake, with frozen toes in my boots, and thinking about how hard I was working to feel miserable all the time.

I thought about the fact that I knew a friend from Middle School who was successfully selling her own art, and how much in that moment, I wanted that life for me. At the very least I wanted to be able to draw again. I used to draw obsessively as a child, and it brought me joy, regardless of the outcome.

That day, was the day that I changed the course of my life.

Between work, school, bus, and family commitments (Large family) I had no time to draw. Except my breaks at work. 15 minutes were not enough time to wrap my head around the logarithmic equations I was always behind, but it was enough to start on a quick doodle. Then on lunch, I'd ink that doodle, usually while I was slurping a Jamba Juice if I could afford it, if not, between bites of the cup of noodle I nuked in the breakroom microwave. And if the powers of efficiency smiled upon me, I'd paint it with watercolors. (If not that'd be tomorrow's lunch.)

It improved my days considerably. I felt like I was actually accomplishing something. Even when it was a drawing of something silly like Dracula doing a Yoga Tree Pose. (See Above).

Pretty soon, my co-workers took notice, I mean, it's not like I was exactly subtle with all the stuff I was hauling around in addition to my school books so I could paint. (See Above Photo of me actually painting at work. Kirby Mullet Photo.) I started Tweeting photos of the doodles and talking to other Writers and Artists while I was waiting for the bus instead of feeling annoyed because my first bus arrived 10 minutes late and I missed my transfer. I even started coming to work half an hour early, so I could sketch in the parking lot before coming in, so I'd have more to do on my breaks.

Pretty soon, my co-workers were asking me what I was going to draw next. Some of them even said that they looked forward to it all day. The most supportive was my friend who worked security Denise, she was in her 50s, with purple streaks, had 2 cute bunnies and talking with her was the highlight of my day.

I was nowhere near the skills I had when I was still in middle school, (Apparently skills atrophy when you don't use them, who knew?) but she still encouraged me to enter art contests, try to get a job doing art in the newspaper, and to sell my art. She made me more confident in my art than anyone else. For a while, I was at peace.

Then we changed Store Managers, people were quitting left and right, and that comfortable work family I had built for myself (knew most of them for 4-5 years) was getting drastically smaller, and I began missing my breaks because we were so understaffed, which meant I wasn't eating or making art. It continued like that for a while, until one day. One of my favorite bosses announced that he was quitting. And I thought about my happiness again, without my wonderful work family around me, without having the time to draw again... and quit with him on the spot.

I didn't have a plan, but I had just gotten my paycheck that day, and I thought, here's my chance to give this art thing a serious go. Within 3 months, I laid it all on the line and sold art with the aforementioned art friend, at an Anime Convention of all places first thing. I'll admit to being a little ill-prepared, but my art made strangers laugh, and best of all, for the first time, I was given money in exchange for something that I made. What a thrill, with my profit of $15 I proudly bought us dinner that night. I did 3 more conventions that year. One of which inspired the Idea for a Comic Book, and Art Book that I'm currently working on. One was 9 hours away in Denver. (Where I solo-tabled for the first time, and have this one piddly picture to show for it.)

Now I've sold small posters, art prints, commissioned artwork, sketchbooks with my artwork on them. And now, I'm here. It's been quite a ride, and I'm not near finished yet.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 3, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Can I order a custom watercolor painting?

Of course you can! It may take up to 2 weeks to create that custom work, though; plus shipping times. (Be sure to factor that in if there's a deadline. But I'm open to bribery to work faster..lol.)

However, I reserve the right to reject said custom orders on the basis of content (I will NOT do NSFW stuff), time available, or complexity of the item. See my Watercolor Commissioned Listings for more details.

Changes, after the sketching stage, will cost additional money.

Commissions can be shipped to you (for the cost of Shipping and Handling, without frame; via archival uv protected clear bag backed by recycled fiberboard, in a photo mailer). Or you may choose to go with a high-resolution digital download for delivery.

Sizing details

WATERCOLOR ART PRINTS:
5 Inches by 7 Inches; or 127 mm by 177.8 mm. (Near the size of a B6 or slightly smaller than an A5.) (If portrait; vice-versa if landscape.)

ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS
Similarly sized to Art Prints (but may have some slight size variance due to trimming) up to 1/2 inch or 12.7 mm smaller/larger on any dimension.

CUSTOM WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS:
5 Inches by 7 Inches; or 127 mm by 177.8 mm. (Near the size of a B6 or slightly smaller than an A5.)

STICKERS:
Approximately 1-3 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide, each. Or 25.4 mm-76.2mm long and 25.4mm-50.88mm wide. (They have a protective plastic layer and are somewhat water resistant and near permanent.)

Gift wrapping and packaging

GIFTS:
Add a note to your order if you would like me to put the recipients Name on the Envelope and to write them a small hand-written message for you! (And to give them a gift invoice, without the prices listed.)

ART PRINTS/PAINTINGS:
All paintings/prints will ship in clear, acid-free, uv-protected clear bags with closing flaps, backed by recycled fiberboard, in photo mailers. (With cute Branding of course.)

STICKERS:
Will ship in clear acid-freee ziplock bags, with recycled fiberboard backing in photo mailers.

I will do my best to ensure that your orders come safely and in perfect condition, if an order comes damaged, be sure to send me a convo with a photo of damage, immediately, so I can resend damaged items.

Care instructions

WATERCOLOR ORIGINALS /// ART PRINTS
Flat Artwork should remain in their clear bags when hung up/stored to keep them safer from harmful uv light, acid, or dust. Or Switched to a Frame.

To keep the colors brilliant and unfaded for upwards of 20 years, be sure to get conservation/museum UV-coated glass, or spray UV Protective Fixative on the print before framing.

(All printed items are made via acid-free archival papers and archival pigment ink, so they should last as long as any printed materials with proper care.)

STICKERS:
They are protected either by halo film or uv protected plastic film, but are not entirely weatherproof. For best results, stick only on permanent places and do not submerge them completely in any liquid.