Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tea Time

Tea Time

I love a relaxing cup of tea in the afternoon. It's like a daily mini vacation. Recently I have found an herbal tea I have been really been enjoying. It is called Transformation Tea.
"This specially blended tea restores calm and a sense of well-being and eases transitions."
Seems like by the afternoon around here restoring calm is job one. I'm sure some of y'all can relate.
If you'ld like to try this awesome tea you can get it from Sandy over at Spirit Bear Creations. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6409380

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sunset Girls

Sunset Girls

16"x28" on wood panel



shipping $25

I spent a couple of years going to the nursing home every evening at dinner time. My grandmother was in her nineties. I would sit at the dinner table with her and several other women about her age. All the ladies had varying degrees of dementia and hearing problems. It made for lively and interesting dinner conversation.

After dinner was over and everyone got ready to head back to their rooms the conversation daily would turn to the location of their rooms. All my ladies lived in the west hall and at that time of day the sun would be setting. I would tell them they are the sunset girls and all the had to do was follow the sunset home.

This painting was inspired by the sunset girls. This painting goes beyond the physical. It's of the spirit of this delightful group of women. I could see them as the vibrant spirits they were and the equally vibrant women they were in their younger years.

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Design Style Guide Giveaway

Design Style Guide is doing their very first giveaway. What a very talented group of artists and artisans. This giveaway features a beautiful watercolor by Karen Faulkner Art. Her Etsy shop is fabulous.
Anyway to enter go to http://designstyleguide.blogspot.com/2009/05/giveaway-1-featuring-karen-faulkner-art.html.
They will be doing a giveaway every two weeks. How exciting is that?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thyme Herb Art of the Week

Herb of the Week



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Thyme has been used since ancient times and has long been an emblem of courage and bravery. Egyptians used thyme for embalming. Greeks used it as incense and in their baths.

Thyme is known for being a very good antiseptic and is still used in Listerine mouthwash.Thyme is also used for coughs and was known as a cure for whooping cough.

In the kitchen thyme has many uses. It is good in soups and stews. It tastes wonderful with fish, lamb and other meats.My favorite use is in herb butters and salad dressing.

Thyme is a hardy perennial that loves to grow near lavender. It is a beautiful addition to any herb garden.

This lovely herb painting "Thyme" would make a great addition to your kitchen decor. It may provide just the inspiration and courage you need for your cooking.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Son Day painting Art of the Family

Son Day
gallery wrap canvas

Maybe it's the family portraits I've been doing or maybe it"s being in the middle of a large complicated family all the time that's got me thinking of family ties and how to express it with paint.

Son Day is the result. It is a painting that is an artistic celebration of family ties. This textured acrylic painting with a happy yellow sun and the bright orange sky is the perfect background for the proud parents of a new baby.

The acrylic painting Son Day will arrive ready to hang on the wall The gallery wrap canvas is a full inch deep and suitable for setting on a shelf or desk. The edges are painted a yummy chocolate brown.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Message From Miami

Miami says, "Hurry, our spring sale ends today!"
Yes, my spokes horse is at it again. She must really want those new shoes.
The sale is at our Etsy shop Lancaster Art
Corky is continuing to improve daily after getting kicked in the head a week ago. I got Tonka neutered this week and he is now four and a half months old and forty pounds. After four trips to the vet in the last week and four portraits, whew, am I tired.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Corky's Little Miracle

I don't know how it is with yall but any time one of my animals gets sick or hurt it is Friday after five o'clock. Corky's accident was no different. She was chasing the white mare as it galloped across the pasture. Next thing I knew the little terrier was paws up with glazed over eyes. One look and I just knew she was gone.
The little abandoned terrier I got last summer came with so many issues not to mention the two puppies. Not only was she starved, covered with fleas and totally untrained, she was very hyper and had been abused. We worked through a lot of her bad behavior but she had one remaining problem, she chased horses. Well only one horse, Dolly.
Luckily Paula was here when Corky got kicked in the head. She has spent a good bit of her life working as a vet tech. She picked the pup up and as she was doing chest compressions said"I think she is still alive". It didn't look good. She had two seizures the first hour then miraculously started responding to my voice. Although the vet was already gone he was able to call in some meds to pick up at the office.
She started showing signs of improvement the next morning. The second day she could sit up. Today she started walking. After our visit this morning the vet said she should make a full recovery.
We feel very blessed to still have her with us.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pastel Baby Portrait

With my spring projects about wrapped up I decide to go back to work. The universe kindly and quickly provides me with five portrait commissions, all children.
I find pastels to be a wonderful medium for children's portraits. Pastels convey the softness and luminosity of the skin tones so well. I like to work on a camel tan paper. The mid tones are already there and it makes a nice neutral background. The first portrait of this cute little guy I did a while back. Sadly it was lost in a fire. In the other portrait I did the hood in white, this time they ant it striped like the photo. I like it better and I think they will too.
After doing the sketch I start laying n flesh tones and establishing the values.

Then I work in more values add the eyes. If I don't have a good likeness by this point I start over.

Here I am getting close to being finished but the expression is not quite right. At this stage I let it sit for a day or two so I can get a fresh view.

A few more minutes and the corrections are made. I spray it with a fixative. This darkens the baby portrait slightly. An I'm finished with only four more to go. I'll have a busy week.

Portrait commissions available on my Etsy shop Lancaster Art :http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6068156

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Moon Madonna Painting-Art of Mother and Child in Acrylic


A mother stands holding her child in the moonlight in this petite 5”x5” acrylic painting.

Each stage of a woman’s life can be represented by a phase of the moon. The full moon represents motherhood. The vase on the left represents the sacred vessel of a woman.

Textured and tender in lavender and deep purples. Pale yellow and sienna impart a sense of mystery and the sacred.

Gallery wrap canvas extra deep with the edges painted black This art will arrive ready to hang on a wall or will sit on a shelf or desk.

Rain, rain and more rain
My tepee/swimming pool hasn't had a chance to dry out in two weeks and the rain continues. My Dad said I should have built an ark instead of a tepee. I think he's right.
I went to my Zibbet shop to list this painting and was looking at my stats. Low and behold the tepee painting I listed last week had 231 visitors, 231. Wow, how in the world did that happen? The Internet sure is magical.
This here button is supposed to take you clear to my Zibbet shop.
Ya reckon it will?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Spring Art Sale! Paintings at Lancaster Art on Etsy

Miami says ,
"Yeah we're having a sale! Maybe she'll get me two new pairs of shoes!"
Yes, Miami that's right and with as much rain as we've been getting maybe they'll be rubber boots! You'll be needing them to go in the barn which is ankle deep right about now.
And let's not even talk about how much water is in the tepee.
The Spring Art Sale is a selection of spring themed paintings on my Etsy shop Lancaster Art. These acrylic paintings make me think of this wonderful season.
Visit the shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6068156 and look under the sale section. Let me know what you think.
This art will only be on sale until May 15th. Hopefully the rain will stop before the sale does.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Painting Tepee on the Hill

Tepee on the Hill
4” x 9” x 1 ½” Acrylic
shipping $9.

I've just listed this painting in my Etsy shop Lancasterart. Please visit it to see more of my art.


The tepee sits on a hill on a perfect spring evening. This small painting, an acrylic landscape study depicts the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and a traditional Native American tepee. The art is painted in a loose impressionistic style in soft yellow, pale green and sky blue with just a touch of purple in a dark cloud. Could it be another spring shower moving through?

This gallery wrap canvas can be used as wall art or to sit on a shelf or for a touch of spring on your office desk. Tepee on the hill will arrive ready to hang. The 1 ½” deep canvas have the edges painted black.

This is the quick sketch I did sitting out beside the tepee on a beautiful evening between the almost constant spring showers we have been getting. I don't know if you can see the notes on the underpaintng colors I added to the sketch. The colors this time of year are so pretty. The hills and fields are 27 colors of green.