What is this listing all about?
Part of my dream for the Letters From The Sea Tower has always been to revive the old and glorious custom of transmitting individual, thoughtful, and original handmade creations through the post. When I was a child, my own artistic endeavors were encouraged immeasurably by hobby artists who came through our home and made sketches there and gifted them to me. As I grew older, I became fascinated by watercolor artists, naturalists, and storytellers like Beatrix Potter, Edith Holden, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who created casual illustrations celebrating the world around them and the stories in their heads.
My primary attempt to participate in this tradition of sharing artwork in intimate and meaningful ways is the Letters From The Sea Tower: the illustrated subscription letters I create each month and send out all over their world to encourage and inspire people. But for those who are also intrigued by the unique artistic intimacy of receiving and owning original, one-of-a-kind watercolor sketches and studies, I've long wanted to offer something more.
This listing is for a small watercolor travel sketch created sometime within the past month. The number of sketches available each month varies depending on my schedule, so if the listing is sold out, check back soon to claim a spot when next month's sketches become available. Please note that all the sketches in the listing photos have already been sold. Your sketch will be a new piece, and will be a surprise until you receive it! Your sketch will be shipped in a cellophane bag with protective cardboard backing for rigidity. If you have a current subscription to the Letters From The Sea Tower, you can expect to receive your sketch in the envelope with your next letter. More details about the sketches are below. Sadly, the sketches are currently only available within the United States, due to prohibitive global shipping costs.
What kind of sketch will I get?
In the spring of 2019, I began creating watercolor and gouache impression sketches as a way to capture the experiences and places around me. The listing photos showcase a few of these paintings. I typically do my watercolor sketches on professional-grade Arches watercolor paper or thick khadi/shizen paper with deckled edges, and each piece usually measures approximately 4x6 inches.
When you purchase this listing, you will be receiving a small watercolor original similar to the pieces depicted in the listing photos. Most of these paintings will be completed on the go and may feature architecture, figures, cityscapes, landscapes, or natural life. Each one will be signed and accompanied by a handwritten date, location, or artist's note of some sort. My hope is that each piece will be a cherished personal gift.
International Shipping Notice
Free international shipping is now available for these original sketches, but please note that your sketch will be shipped as a letter. It will be mailed in a Kraft paper envelope with a protective cellophane sleeve but without cardboard backing or tracking. This is because international USPS rates for rigid packages are prohibitive for items of this size. (However, if you'd like to have your print shipped with tracking and cardboard backing, feel free to select the "USPS First Class International" option during checkout.) Surprise Me Sketches shipped within the US will be mailed with cardboard backing to ensure maximum durability during transit.
Please note that you do not need to be a subscriber to the Letters From The Sea Tower to purchase this listing! However, if you are interested in becoming a subscriber, there are several options available and you can explore them at the links below:
Subscribe To The Letters From The Sea Tower
This listing offers a range of different subscription options. You can choose to purchase just the current letter or sign up for an auto-renewing subscription. You can also purchase prepaid auto-renewing subscriptions for discounted rates.
Select a Past Letter
Look through teaser photos of letters from previous months and pick one that fascinates you.
Puzzle Pieces: New Poetry by Post
Limited-edition, signed copies of a brand new poem printed monthly on handmade artisan paper and mailed to subscribers. Those who have an active subscription to the Letters From The Sea Tower can get the poems for as little as $4 per month.
Pick-Your-Own Past Letters (Discounted Bundle of Six)
This listing allows you to enjoy six past letters of your choice at a significant discount when you order them all together.