I’ve been having a lot of fun switching media this week. I felt like I needed to freshen up and breathe after a long week oil painting in the studio. With the sun finally back in my yard after a brutally long winter, it’s much nicer to paint at the kitchen table, so instead of hauling all of my oil painting stuff upstairs, I decided to dabble in watercolor. These little guys are the result.
I’ll soon have them available at Dragonfly Studios in Hagensborg as framed Nursery (or anywhere) prints, and I’m hoping to do a series of Birthday Cards with funny sayings with them in the very near future. If anyone has any idea which printing company to go through for the cards that ships in Canada, I would appreciate your input. I have a feeling, with the return of the sun, that you’ll be seeing quite a few more of these little guys!
I love this guy’s fluffy face and his kind eyes…and so continues my love affair with painting horses. He’s available over at DailyPaintworks for as low as $75 right now. Get your bid in before he’s gone! Update! He’s SOLD to a lovely buyer in North Carolina!! https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/940013
When I was twelve, I wanted a horse so so bad. But my parents were poor. We lived on a bit of land, but it was treed with young willows, and wasn’t landscaped at all. They told me that if I built a corral, then I could get a horse. Never underestimate the determination of a 12 year old horse-crazy girl!! I did it, enlisting my siblings to help saw poles and posts. I dug the holes with a two handled post hole digger, and even helped my dad build her shelter. They took me to visit this gorgeous quarter horse, Miss Peeti Poco. She was from a famous bloodline, but wasn’t able to conceive, so she was no use as a brood-mare. Our 13th birthdays were 8 days apart. I was in love. She lived a long happy life with us and we had many adventures together. This photo, used with permission from the fabulous equine photographer, Karen Broemmelsick Photography & Art , reminded so much of her. I just had to paint it. It’s SOLD to a lovely buyer from Duncan, B.C.
I grew up on a farm in the sunny interior of British Columbia. My parents still run this very farm with sweet baby goats, boisterous chickens and a multitude of yapping Pomeranians. Since they were small, it has been a place of magic for my children. They use the broken down cars for forts and the parked camper as a jungle gym. They chase chickens and collect eggs, and have spent endless hours snuggling baby goats. I love to watch the interaction between them. The baby goats seem to love it as much as my children. My boy, Jacob, is now fifteen, and a lot less likely to be seen cuddling, but this photo was from a time when he still allowed us to see his fascination.
Here’s the next in my mini-portrait series. I was inspired by her unconventional beauty and the muted palette. It seems to add a sense of mystery to the scene. I want to know what she’s thinking, where she’s looking. Did someone call her name? She looks a little upset but why? Is she trying to leave?
I was attracted to this scene by the strong backlight through her gorgeous red hair. She looks out of our time, ancient yet young. Wise but youthful. She looks like what I imagine Claire’s daughter, Brianna, from Outlander to look like! Is it anyone else’s favorite book series and TV show?! She’s up for sale at my Dailypaintworks site starting tomorrow. Starting bid is US $75. BID HERE
I love to paint artists of all kinds at work. When we are absorbed in our passion, so much is transmitted to the viewer that is hard to explain in words. We are connected to another realm, and completely internal and when I see someone engaged in theirs it makes me want to capture that. Flamenco dancers transmit so much emotion through their dance, and I find their costumes and movements the epitome of passion.
If you love this little painting as much as I do, you can grab it here starting tomorrow at:
Good Morning, Sunshine ~ 6″ x 10″ oil on panel. Start bid $69.00 USD
A few years ago, we ran a cute little Bed and Breakfast, and in the summertime, many European visitors would visit Bella Coola, hoping to see BEARS! People were always asking us where to go to find bears, as many can be found fishing on the riverbanks in late fall. This particular Swiss couple were frustrated, as they were reaching the end of their stay and had yet to see a bear. We were standing outside the cottage, talking to them, and in the background our new puppy, a four month old hound lab cross was going nuts underneath a tree in our yard. He was barking frantically and jumping up and down beneath the tree. He was so noisy that he was interrupting our conversation, so we went over to see what all of the commotion was about. Up in the tree, resting his paws on a branch and his head on his paws, was a little black bear, looking down at the ridiculous mammal bouncing up and down beneath him. He was quite non-plussed and unafraid.
So, the Swiss couple got to see their bear. He wasn’t a magnificent grizzly, but a bear, nonetheless.
Sassy Sunburst ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas coated hardboard panel
“Sassy” is a little Stellar’s Jay that lives with her family in a big old cedar snag in my yard. I hear her squawking at the cats every morning, trying to scare them away from her suet. She has become very brave, landing on the windowsill and peeking in at us as we eat lunch if her feeder is empty, as if to say, “Hey, what about my lunch?” She is quite the mimic, even using a Bald Eagle call in an attempt to chase away the cats!