I am a bit of an Etsy addict and will admit to doing a lot of my Christmas shopping there. Etsy satisfies my craving for pretty homespun things, beautiful crafts, and odd vintage finds. I always have a long list of favorites, as my tastes ebb and flow from silver to china to animal prints and great photography. Etsy has it all! I even had my blog banner custom made for me by an Etsy artist.
One of my favorite all-time Etsy shops belongs to Amber Alexander, a gifted artist from Vermont. Amber paints fantastical watercolours of little animals, many of them funny and whimsical.
I love this Christmas cat:
I also love her more serious creatures, who look like they have something on their mind:
Amber also paints some very realistic animal portraits, which are my favorite of all. This nuthatch is gorgeous. We feed the birds in our yard and have plenty of nuthatches at this time of year:
These feathers are more abstract and I think they'd look so beautiful framed and matted in white:
I have always loved birds. Growing up with forest all around our home, I was very familiar as a child with all sorts of birds who wandered 'round the edge of the woods. This little grouse looks familiar:
We always had mourning doves too, which have a very distinctive song:
Amber sells both her original watercolors and prints made from them.
For Christmas, her art would make a beautiful gift for a child's room, for an animal lover of any age, or for a serious art collector of any stripe.
Her works of art are a quiet gift of beauty and joy!