You can't tell from the picture, but what really sets this little ranunculus apart is that it's painted on a gallery wrapped 1.5" canvas, so you can stand it up like a cube, or you can, of course hang it. The sides are painted black. It also has a black underpainting, which in this case works well. This little guy is sold, but I have some in other colors I'll be posting.
I painted this gorgeous sunny bouquet with the thought that someone would love to give it to someone special on Mother's Day instead of perishable flowers. Well, my show didn't work out so well this weekend (or the one before either), so I still have this available. It's small but packs a lot of flavor!
This is a painting from 2012. I was at one of my favorite beaches - Flagler Beach. I am not kidding when I say this man was out there surf fishing from sun up until almost sun down. His gal came and went, but he persevered. I really can't say whether he caught a bunch of fish. I was more interested in his tenacity. I snapped a few photos of them, and painted this picture from one of them. I sold this a long time ago, and I remember the woman who bought it loved it because she said it looked like her in a bathing suit, with a little tummy bulge, and of course holding the red solo cup. I've changed styles a lot in the past 5 years, but looking back - I still like this painting.
This, along with two complimentary paintings, sold at Boca Grande this past weekend. It was definitely a weekend of ebbs and flows. It's kind of hard to explain, and some things are just better left unsaid anyway. B.G. is a beautiful place though, and I love being there. It was a fun (and hot) show, and I got to hang out with some good chums. Will go back soon.
Pineapples. What is the attraction to pineapples? What is it they say to people? I think they say - "Hi. I'm from a warm tropical climate where people where flip flops and big brimmed hats. I'm beautiful inside and out. I'm juicy and just the right amount of sweet. You can cut off my top, throw it on the ground, and I'll start growing again. It's that easy."
I love spring. Everything about it. Except for this current cold snap we're having. I can't complaint since our winter was pretty mild this year - as it should be every year in my book. Spring colors are the best. I pretty much use them in my paintings year round. Everyone seems to be painting bunnies, so I figured I'd give it a try. This is my first one, and as soon as I have time, I'll be painting many more. I've always loved painting animals, but I often just don't have time to do it. Bunnies, goats, sheep - they are all coming up. . . . I hop. . . hope.
Is it just me, or is life just hard? That's about all I have to say about that. Sold this big ole heart at Tioga Town Center. Loved this heart, and almost hated to see it go. But I know it's now in the hands of someone else who will enjoy it even more than I would.
I just love the time change . . . . said no one ever. It sure messes things up. My animals wonder why I'm getting up in the middle of the night. I wonder why I overslept. Of course over sleeping for me is waking up at 6:00 instead of 5:00. So maybe it's a good thing.
I spent the weekend painting. Literally did nothing else but make a little food, and do laundry. My house is a mess. I hope that this weekend's painting madness will get me a little ahead so that my next weekend off, I can actually clean my house. We'll see. The mind of an artist is a weird thing. We always need to have that "one painting" with us on the road, or we might lose a sale. I wish it was controllable, but it's not. If I did prints then getting ready for the next show would be as easy, as pushing a few buttons to order more prints. But I don't - right now I only offer original work. Maybe I'll return to prints in the future. I would say I'll probably only do that if I can get the equipment to do it myself. We'll see.
These little paintings are usually gobbled up at shows almost quicker than I can paint them. Obviously, it's more about the explosion of color than anything. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I painted this because I normally don't stick to one color, and I probably wouldn't paint it again this way. Hmmmmm - you never know what's going on my mind. Maybe the sun was really bright that day, and this is what was in my mind's eye.
This is probably the first painting I ever did of a cow. . . one of the only paintings I've ever done of a cow for some reason, and this painting is from about 10 years ago, when I had just started really getting back into painting.
In any event, this is Queeny. Yes - cows do have horns - some of them anyway. Depends on the breed. Many people don't know that. She lived a long good life here on the farm. She was probably over 20 when she passed away several years ago. I painted this picture for my dad because she was one of our special cows. Most of them don't even have names. He opened the gift, and looked very surprised and said "Where am I going to put THAT?" Thanks, dad. I didn't stop painting, but I did stop giving paintings as gifts! ;) T