But maybe a poppy painting tomorrow.
I drew this while at Gallery 55 Poetry Reading Thursday night. I really love the two creatures in the tree and the two birds eavesdropping on the bunny and egret. This is another in my series of paintings inspired by Henri Rousseau.
I moved all my supplies upstairs today. I prefer painting in my studio there. I love the view and the light but it is colder upstairs and I try to stay warm without turning up the heat too much. Don Cadoret, story teller artist, told me where to find alpaca wool socks and that has helped quite a bit as has one of my Christmas presents of a pair of wool socks. Oh and a lovely cowl made by painter Kathrine Lovell. Oh joy! For the days are longer, Spring will soon arrive and I have clothes to keep me warm while I paint.
I also am the lucky new owner of a beautiful pastel by Susan Klabak. I admired her work on the 30 day challenge and we ended up trading paintings. I loved the very first one I saw and when we became virtual friends and decided to trade I thought for a few days but went right back to her day one painting. Her work is a real treasure so if you find yourself with a moment take a look at her website.
A Poppy for Your Thoughts is a 5″ by 7″ ink and watercolor on aqua board. It is varnished and framed in a shadow box frame and for sale for $250.
Thanks to everyone who requested more poppy paintings. I am pleased to be doing more. And thank you Leslie Saeta for keeping me focussed for this month of January.
Today I had the pleasure of starting a painting class with Kelley MacDonald. I had a great time and Kelley is a marvelous teacher. I am a bit nervous about posting this but a painting a day is a painting a day. I did get to spend the later afternoon working on one of my creature pieces. I plan on posting it tomorrow.
I was up at 6 AM to get to work from 9 to 6. I just had an hour break so was able to complete a little creature. We have Poetry Reading tonight at Gallery 55 in Natick, MA and David will be reading Tam O’Shanter one of my favorites from Robert Burns. When we went to Ayr, Scotland, I saw quite a sight, a large heron scooping up a frog and eating it whole (of course) underneath the bridge that Ole Tam escaped over. I do love Burns, and when I can’t sleep and David reads poetry to me, it is one of the most wonderful gifts. I settle into the words and can barely stay awake. Of course poetry group conflicts with South Coast’s Artists monthly meeting and that presents scheduling challenges.
This little Who’s He What’s He has quite the funny expression. Maybe he has been listening to the poetry in my head.
So it is day 16 of Leslie Saeta’s painting challenge and I am up to date. It has been a month of discovery and play and I am thrilled I am pushing the boundaries of my work.
This little guy is for sale for $20. He is a 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.
This is a 5″ by 7″ Ink and Watercolor painting on Aqua Board of Gustave the very mellow and friendly elephant who is dreaming about the holidays. Gustave is varnished and framed in a shadow box of black and oak. Gustave is for sale for $250. I have always continued to admire the work of Henri Rousseau and although this work is clearly in my style it is reflective of the influence of Rousseau. Gustave can be seen at The Art Stable Gallery Westport through December 23, 2012.
I have all my Solstice cards out in shops but have a great deal if you are interested…..
5 Wild 5″ by 7″ cards of my watercolors including a few new Rousseau like images. $15.00 plus 3.50 shipping for a packaged set of 5. Makes a great holiday gift!
I was working on this piece so that it would be in the Art Stable Gallery’s Holiday Open House yesterday. Thanks to everyone who came and joined in our holiday cheer.
In this painting, I went crazy with patterns.I love the work of Henri Rousseau and have made another painting influenced by his style. This leopard is eyeing the Mother Goddess. The bird monkey is wondering what the offspring will look like. That will be for another painting.
This is an 8″ by 8″ Ink and Watercolor on 2″ deep cradle board. You can see this work as well as many more of my works at the Art Stable Gallery weekends through Christmas from noon to 4:00PM.
This painting sold at the Holiday Open House.
This is a 6″ by 6″ ink and watercolor on aqua board. The man in the middle is filling his glass but the spotted pink creature is longing for a kiss. This work is for sale for $65 plus $5 shipping. Paypal button is above painting.
This is a Rousseau like to me and I am so enamored of his work. I wish I could see every painting he ever made.
I think it will be stellar. This design is copyright protected. Reproduction is not allowed.
This gilded partridge was inspired by a magazine cover. My partridge looks as though he might have a hard time flying. I think this 8″ by 8″ Ink and Watercolor on Aqua board is a cool bird. Paypal link above watercolor painting.
Bare Bear was inspired by a bronze bear on the grounds of the magnificent Grove Park Inn http://www.groveparkinn.com/in Asheville, North Carolina. Bare Bear is also on aqua board. He is headed for a new home. I am continuing to make whimsical watercolors on aqua board as well as watercolor paper. Will soon be posting my latest work which is a series of Holiday and Solstice Cards.
On a very wonderful note,yesterday I received an email from friends who were boating on the Sakonnet River and had 2 dolphins join them for their cocktail hour. I feel so fortunate to spend so much time in such a beautiful area. I will also be at the Art Stable Gallery http://www.artstablegallery.com/ today from noon until 4:00PM. Please come by and visit. I always love to see everyone.
My friend Kathrine Lovell lent me a book on various chickens and I liked the pose of this one. I love the look on his face. He seems to be saying “Don’t mess with me”. I have the feeling I have raised a chicken like this before. He wouldn’t go in his house, he strutted across the road in Arlington, MA, he slept on the top of a chair on our porch and he led the rest of the birds down the road to meet Alex as he got off the school bus every day.
Chickens though aren’t destined for long lives and one day a mama fox snatched him away.
This guy is painted on 2″ deep cradled aqua board and is 6″ by 6″ and for sale for $150 plus $10.00 shipping. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am busy making these chicks for upcoming South Coast Artist Open Studios August 18th and 19th. It is a great weekend to come on down and tour the many artists studios in this lovely coastal area. www.southcoastartists.org for more information.