This was quite the challenge to work out as I wanted to stay with purples, oranges and browns.
Was able to put a nice wash of gold on the background.
Which creature would you like to be ? Any reasons why?
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Learned today that I can significantly lighten Higgins waterproof permanent drawing ink from aqua board if I use soap and hot water.
I am interested to see how the painting will look with much lighter outlines.
Would love to have you follow my painting journey and be sure to let me know which creature you would like to be.
This is a 8″ by 10″ Ink and watercolor on aqua board, varnished and framed in a shadow box frame.
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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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A work by Chantal Sellan
I found the work of French artist Chantal Sellan while browsing the web. She worked as a psychologist for many years. She was born in 1936 and started painting in 1980. Her works are in many public and private collections.
Another self taught artist I found is from Denmark. Inge Selmer was born the same year I was (and I am not telling when that was)….but I love this Henri Rousseau like painting. She spent many years working in reflexology before starting her art career in 1983. She has exhibited since 2004.
I have been working on some small paintings on aqua board of curious creatures and continue to work on my ink and watercolors of garden parties held by imaginary animals.
I am also making a series of Holiday Cards that I plan to have printed.
I like the simplicity of this one. It is on white watercolor paper but taking photo’s in the afternoon does not always get good results, especially when there is a cat jumping on the table repeatedly.
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 email@example.com. 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)
I was looking though one of my books and noticed a black and white 18th century lithograph of 2 chicks with their mom. I decided that I would like to make a painting of 2 little ones with their big fluffy mom Medyn style. The colors really pop in this painting.
I find it touching how all animals protect their babies. Having had 2 babes of my own I know how that protective instinct kicks in the second your child is born. Then it is on to a life time of balancing protecting and letting go.
This painting is an ink and watercolor on 2 inch deep aqua board and is 8″ by 8″. It is ready to hang and is for sale for $250 plus $15.00 shipping. If interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open studio tours are coming up on August 18th and 19th and make for a really lovely day trip. There are so many wonderful artists on this upcoming tour. Hope you get a chance to come on down.
Shall We Dine?, Ink and Watercolor, 9″ by 12″, Private Collection
Think how nice it would be to eat al fresco on a lovely June day enjoying the company of friends and family. I love to celebrate the wonderful June birthdays in our family, my spouse, David, and our son, Alex. Soon followed by our daughter Anthea’s birthday and my sister-in-law, Ellen’s in early July.
I drew this painting while on a lovely vacation to Hawaii this past January. The trip was a present from my sister, who is one of my greatest supporters running neck and neck with my spouse who has always, and I mean always, encouraged me to continue making the kinds of paintings I make.
While in Hawaii, we sat on our balcony and watched rays swimming below us ( there is one on the left side of the picture) and saw whales go by as we ate our breakfast . The plant life in Hawaii was even more colorful than my paintings and I have many photos of flowers and trees so I can include them in future paintings.
And it would be great if you are able to come to the Art Stable Gallery Westport’s opening bash on June 22nd from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at 865 Main Road in Westport, MA. I have many works there with 7 other wonderful artists, Kelley MacDonald, Sara Fielding Gunn, Nancy Whittin, Kelly Milukas, Joney Swift, Kathleen Gray, and Karen Raus. The first party of the summer is always special.
So happy to post this new works. Would love to hear what you think about them.
I am having a lot of fun using a new surface for my paintings. I am making works on aqua board and think I will continue doing this as well as make my watercolors on Arches 300 pound watercolor paper.
This is called “Hair Grows” and is an Ink and Watercolor on aqua board. I like making smaller works. This is 6″ by 6″ and is SOLD. Thank you Jane. It will have a wonderful home.Thinking that this creature seems to be really mellow. Working on feeling that way too.
Looking for Lunch, 6″ by 6″ Ink and Watercolor on a 2″ deep cradle board.
Well, I was not as pleased with this one. My daughter likes it though so it will have a good home. I have found an interesting book, The Outsider Artist Resource Handbook and although I am not an outsider artist I am self-taught and a visionary artist. I have some works at a group show right now at Rope Walk Gallery in Mattapoisett, MA and at Imperial Gallery in Providence, RI. I also have several works at The Artful Heart in Arlington, MA. I would love to hear what you think of these new little guys.
I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
My friend Karen Raus of http://www.rausphotography.com/ has been using cradle board to do encaustics utilizing her photography and paintings. I was interested in working on a surface other than paper so ordered some cradle boards from good ole Jerry’s Artarama and this is my first finished one. I love some of the mottling I can get using this material and am now working on several more.
This is a small 5″ by 7″ painting that is sold.
I am looking forward to working with this new board and have some 2 inch deep ones that I am thinking of doing a fish series on.
This weekend we were at a Memorial Service for a wonderful man and musician, Richard Lainhart. He has made some of the most incredible music and you can hear some of it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NMc_FQdts and at other links on YouTube and on the web. Richard was such a kind and gentle man. His wife, Caroline Meyers, was filled with such calm and composure at the Memorial that one was able to feel the serenity and love regarding the life of this man who left our world much too soon.
Another reminder to spend each day living and loving.