BEADS OF DOUBT
INK AND WATERCOLOR 10″ X 7″
Have you found Mr. Beads?
You will know where the title comes from.
Post knee replacement days are filled with exercise, pain, icing, medication, and exercise.
Hoping David does all the cooking this Thanksgiving.
I drew this painting while thinking about Mother’s day and storks and the notion that babies come from storks. Of course thinking about my family makes me smile.
As to storks though, I did not know that they are monogamous, often building one nest with one partner and living out their lives in one location.
But when I went researching folk-lore, I was surprised by the variety of conflicting histories. What stands out is that storks have been symbols of good luck since Greek times. It is said that Aristotle suggested that killing storks be considered a crime. I also found that it was believed by the Scandinavians that ponds that storks waded in held babies’ souls. But then, one gets confronted by the depressing Hans Christian Anderson tale in which some boys made fun of a stork and the stork went to the pond of baby souls and brought that boy’s family a dead brother. Mr. Anderson is, of course, known for many more morbid stories with quite the moral message.
But in my picture lies a much happier tale of presenting flowers to ones sweetheart, or mother or friend.
So with an abundance of cheer, I made my little 6″ by 6″ Lavender Reverie. It is for sale for $200 framed in a shadow box frame.
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I was working on adding depth to my painting by adding landscape in a different way than I normally do. I think these two cool cats are just getting to know one another. I hope they strike up a lovely friendship as I have with so many artists in this area. It has been wonderful to connect with other painters and photographers and sculptors. My life is fuller getting to know so many wonderful and creative people whether through blogging or through meeting them as I get to know more artists in the area.
This is an 8″ by 10″ Ink and Watercolor that is painted on aqua board. This painting is not yet varnished as I am visiting my sister in Asheville, North Carolina….oh and yes we have snow today. Something I hoped to get away from. But the mountains are beautiful and the art is great to see. Asheville has a really thriving artist community. I love it!
This painting is for sale for $600.00 and is framed in a maple shadow box.
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We have colds at our house. We both left work early to rest. The cats were waiting for food and didn’t get it right away so I made a little painting with them in mind.
I worked on a larger painting tonight for a little while, but feel I need to go slowly and thoughtfully to make it the best I can.
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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″.
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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.
Work at Ropewalk Gallery, Mattapoisett, Ma
Just thought I would add a photo of my work at The Ropewalk Gallery in Mattapoisett, MA.
Had a fun evening at the Fall River Historical Society with artist Kelley Carey MacDonald and her mother-in-law on Saturday night at a a reception for artists who donated a piece to their auction. The Lizzie Borden room is a bit macabre and has some actual evidence in their cases but the house is beautiful and is decorated so nicely for the holidays. A lovely find for an outing.
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.
Working on this new style where I will be painting the entire page.
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.
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Here is a new painting of my curious creatures in conversational triads. There are a few trumpeter‘s in the picture to remind me of my son who played the trumpet until he went off to college.
This painting is 9″ by 12″ Ink and Watercolor on Arches 300 pound cold press paper. It is for sale for $400 framed in a light maple frame.
Sunday night was the opening of Birds of A Feather and it was a truly hopping event. Paintings were flying off the walls. I have 2 chicken paintings in the far right corner of this picture. They are on aqua board.
The show is open until September 22nd so there is plenty of time to stop in and see the work and maybe pick up a wonderful piece of art. This year there were many chickens, interesting bird’s nests, beautiful bird pottery, cedian painted pillows, bird jewelry, encaustic, a photo of an egret on aluminum- it sold before the opening and someone ordered a second one- and some really cool gulls along with many paintings.
The show is at Kathrine Lovell’s studio at the shops at Mill Pond in Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton, RI.
Beautiful weather these past few days. Catching many skip jacks, snappers or baby blues depending on where you are from. Had a wonderful swim last night as the water turned a glorious pink due to the reflection of the sun and the clouds at sunset.
We were graced with company from Kelley MacDonald,
and her husband Tim who took a try at surf casting as we saw schools of being chased away by jumping blues. those blues provided us with dinner last night and we had enough to enjoy them for dinner last night as well.
Birds of A Feather Exhibition
So if you are not busy Saturday come on down to Tiverton Four Corners in Tiverton, Rhode Island, to see some great birds in all types of art media, watercolor, pastel, oils, acrylics, wood, Cedian painting, pottery, as well as more that I am sure is there. Kitty Lovell has put this show together and will have a great band playing some wonderful music. You can see her work at http://www.klovell.com/
I have 3 pieces on cradled aqua board that are of chickens of course although I am continuing to do my crazy creature paintings as well.This cockerel is full of golds and bronzes and glows color. My buddy, the rooster, is an 8″ by 8″ ink and watercolor on aqua board and is being framed right now. I love the colors of this chicken and think he would make a great barn yard companion. I am experimenting with ornate borders around my work and an toying, just toying,with making a children’s book of curious creatures. I sure miss having Bantams living in our yard. Living in Arlington, MA did not lend itself to keeping chickens although we managed to do so for several years. I loved getting fresh eggs every morning.
Sitting Pretty is for sale for $125 plus $10 shipping. If interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I sure wish WordPress would allow me to have a Paypal button on this website. Hate to think of having to switch. Any thoughts from other bloggers?
And for those of you who don’t know where the gallery is, it is on the second floor of an old mill building which was the reason for the beginnings of the town of Tiverton-the perfect spot to build a mill and dam the mill pond.
Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island, 1990 (Photo credit: PhillipC)