Unboxing my new stainless steel water bottle sample from my A. Mandaline Art store! Much healthier & sturdier than plastic + SO much better for the environment than single-use plastic! This features my Tower Under Stars painting of a Sylva, NC hotel. I’m impressed! It came double-boxed + tissue wrapped. I put my thumbnail through the tissue and tore it… it arrived intact. Now I know these are such high quality I’ll design some more! Order from Insta, Facebook, or https://atelier-mandaline.myshopify.com/ #ateliermandaline #amandaline
I think I have a problem… I may have stayed up until 2AM designing a swimwear collection in October! Actually I’ve stayed up until the wee hours several days in a row designing all kinds of things from my artwork, and I still have a backlog of ideas that will take months to create. Well, they say the first step is admitting your addiction! 😂 I’m having a wonderful time getting back into fine art, and now fashion design. Swimsuits are exclusive to my Shopify and Kimono coverups to my Le Galeriste boutique ~ link to both from the Shop page. This collection is made from my Palmetto Evening & Widow’s Tears paintings. #ateliermandaline #amandaline
New! Exclusive Carolina Collection pieces now available from https://www.legaleriste.com/atelier.mandaline in regular and plus sizes! #ateliermandaline #legaleriste
Sturdy, generously sized Halloween Treat Bags are now available from Atelier Mandaline & A. Mandaline Art! These are a far cry from the pillowcases we used when I was a kid! Purchase from A. Mandaline Art.
Atelier Mandaline is now on Shopify! My Shopify is called A. Mandaline Art and it features my fine art, handmade goods, and print on demand goods. Why print on demand? Because it’s the most sustainable way to shop! Goods aren’t produced until they’re ordered so there’s no waste. I hope you’ll check out my art shop and Facebook page.
So… I’m trying a thing ~ I just set up another website on Shopify. Right now I have my handmade and print on demand goods on there but the eventual goal is to have only POD items. That way my orders are being fulfilled no matter where I am. Plus, POD is the most sustainable consumer experience because goods aren’t produced until they’re ordered so there’s no waste! If the Shopify free trial goes well I’ll have a chain! Check out the trial at: atelier-mandaline.myshopify.com. #ateliermandaline
The Pet Collection is now available from my Redbubble boutique! Shop from the link on the Shop page & order custom pet portraits from my Etsy while you’re there!
It might have come to your attention that lately I've been posting a lot more about art and creating more art. Art is my first love. As long as I can remember I've loved to draw and paint. Once when I was a toddler I was telling my mom, who was working in the kitchen, about a wonderful picture I was drawing. She kept saying, "That's great! Use lots of colors." Finally me asking her repeatedly to look she turned around and saw I'd been drawing on the wall, all the way down the hall, with her encouraging me at every stage!
My very first online shop, on eBay, was first focused on selling my artwork. That's why my eBay ID is still "ab_art". There weren't eBay stores in those days; you just made an ID and then you had to learn programming to list items. My paintings didn't sell on eBay, however. I was really excited when I was chosen to exhibit at CAM in Raleigh (the Contemporary Art Museum), but again I had no sales and no one from my family (besides my husband) or office even went to see my work! Family members returned pieces I gave them or put them out of sight in attics and closets. One person, to this day, requests I paint copies of other artists' pieces instead of my own.
I became really depressed and turned to selling kids' clothing and dolls. These things sold much better for me but except in the case of my art dolls they didn't fulfill my creative urge. Now that I've expanded to such a large chain of stores I have less and less time for the process of art.
Thankfully, my son and husband gave me a WACOM tablet and iPad and I found some digital art apps that let me create art very quickly, with no mess or drying time. The past month or so I've gone back to my old hobby, drawing and painting in the evening before bed. It relaxes me and helps me disconnect from work. And now there are wonderful sites that let consumers print my art on demand. On Redbubble and Le Galeriste you can create your own art prints, canvases, clothing, and even home goods using my artworks. I don't have to buy and store pieces for sale and I reach a much larger audience than in the past. I am loving it! You can shop from the Shop page. If you're here for the dolls, never fear; I still have them for sale in my other shops!
Here's my recent botanical watercolor series, available from Redbubble. One of the things I love most about the digital art programs is they help me improve in mediums I struggle with. In art school I was always terrible at watercolor painting and I never pursued it once I graduated and wasn't being forced into it. Watercolor is an unforgiving medium and I am by nature an oil and mixed media artist. I like building an image in layers, slowly. Watercolor requires extremely fast, precise painting and if you layer the paint you get a muddy mess. So it's really refreshing to use digital watercolor and avoid those issues.
My newest series, still in progress, is a pet series featuring cats and dogs. The pieces I've finished so far are available on Redbubble. I hope you'll check them out! Please bear with me if art isn't your thing. I'm sure I'll get obsessed with something else soon enough. I always do!
My name is Amanda, but my childhood nickname was "Mandaline". I am a mother of three turning my passion for creating into a full-time business.