Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Week 39 – Robin

2015 is going to be the year of the birds. At least in terms of the Megan Moore Wall Calendar. So, I'm taking advantage of the structure and deadlines of my One-a-Week project to get the 12 birds painted. Since we're all so desperate for spring here in MN, I figured why not start with a robin.
Watercolor, 8" x 8" $150
prints available

Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 38 – Art 4 Shelter, Snails & Leaves on Sand

Art 4 Shelter, A Benefit for Simpson Housing Services is coming up on April 30. Full details are on their site: www.art4shelter.org. I am donating this piece to the sale. I thought since snails carry their house on their back it makes good subject matter for a benefit to help combat homelessness. I will also donate 30% of sales for any prints I sell of this image this year to Simpson Housing.
Oil on paper, 8" x 10", $150 at one day sale (details at art4shelter.org)
Prints: unmatted on 8.5 x 11 for $30, matted to 11 x 14 for $40

Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 37 – Study for Red Fern & Snails

This piece is a study for a larger painting and has more symbolism than most of my work. A recent post on the blog Leaf & Twig was inspiration for the Red Fern part of this composition. That post nods it's head at the book, Where the Red Fern Grows. Here is an explanation of the red fern symbolism in the book that I found online:
"According to legend, an angel has to plant the seed of the red fern, and so wherever there is a red fern, it marks something very admirable and special."
In my personal lexicon, snails are a symbol for babies (thanks goes to my older sister for that association).
So there you go. I think babies are very special. An alternate title for this could be "New Life." Which just happens to tie into the fact that there is finally some snow melting happening outside, and I have hope that spring is coming to Minnesota.
5" x 7" oil on paper. Prints available.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Week 36 – Village Weavers (South Africa)

I learned about village weavers on my trip to South Africa last summer. They make super cool nests—they build their own little bird houses that hang down from the tree branches.
I'm not in love with this composition. I wanted to show the whole tree, to show the effect of the hanging nests. But I think I'd like a closer crop on just two or three nests. And space to do a better representation of the birds themselves.

Oil on canvas 16" x 20"  $300