Saturday, August 18, 2012

Beach Feathers

Loving this feather. Inspiration/Reference for another feather painting!

 I don't know what it is about feathers at the beach...they seem to have an "ick" factor that other feathers  do not hold for me. I know, most feathers contain gross bird germs, and I do wash the feathers that I collect and sanitize my hands after I pick them up - - but, wet shore bird feathers kind of gross me out. They look neat scattered on the beach, but I do not want to pick them up and take them home. Why is that?!

We went to the beach this evening and picked up smooth stones and ran in the sand. The boys (My husband included) skipped stones and tossed/launched/dropped and threw a great deal of those washed ashore, back into the Lake.

A great " I Love You, Daddy!" moment. 

Hoping to get to the beach more often. We do not take advantage of what is all around us. Must do this on a weekly basis!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Frans Rood

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Potter, Frans Rood while I was showing at the Art by the Lighthouse show in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Situated across from my tent, I had a perfect view of all of his pieces. Many things sold before I had a chance to walk over and have a good look. When I did wander over, I found beautiful variety in shapes and colours.

Frans was engaging and honest about his work. Refreshingly down-to-earth, he made the days more interesting through conversations about skill and craft - - and I am ever so glad our tents were so close!
(Plus, his pieces were so much fun to photograph!)

I'll let you have a look...

I purchased this beauty for my Mother-in-Law as a Thank you for watching the boys while we set up and took down at all of my shows recently. I was fairly reluctant to give it to her, because it would look great in my own home. LOL. (Was lovely to touch, and feel and hold, as are all things made by hand)

Interested in Frans' work? Check him out here Frans Rood

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Good Mail

Nice surprise in my mail slot. It's not a Bill! 

Joel's postcard mailers and the Andrew Wyeth card "Winter"

A nice surprise in the mail today  - - an 'ole classmate friend of mine, and fellow Wyeth "enthusiast" sent me a postcard he purchased on a visit to the National Museum of American Illustration.

This little card based on Andrew Wyeth's "Winter, 1946" 

Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917 - 2009)
Winter, 1946 
Tempera on board, 31 3/8 x 48 in.

Joel also sent two of his own postcard/mailers. I really enjoy seeing his work.
Check this piece out. He did it for Outdoor Life Magazine, and he totally killed it. I love the details here. A real beauty of a piece. 

Ice Dancer
Another piece that I really like by Joel was this one for the Boston Globe Magazine "Fall Travel Guide" 
I can imagine the amount of research and references that went into making this, and then the design itself!? 
He rocked it. 
Fall Travel cover for the Boston Globe Magazine

So, as you can imagine, Joel's work is in high demand right now, so I'm very glad he had some time for a "working vacation" with Chantal (his awesome wife, an illustrator herself and the owner of Papillon Press). 

Check their work out here: