Sunday, January 23, 2022

2022 Cardinal - Bird #11

 SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/25 the price goes to $275

Another Cardinal, I am always surprised at how many people love cardinals.  Trying to paint a few more.

My next commission is a bit different.  I was given a box of several items that have a special family meaning.  I need to come up with a still life.  I sent my client a few ideas, sketched the items so I could get a feel for them.  Next is to send her a drawing for approval.   Linda is still working on show apps and cleaning out the apartment.  

Thursday, January 20, 2022

2022 Cardinal - Bird #10

SOLD! $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/22 the price goes to $275

One of the prettiest birds. a male cardinal.

Both of us have spent the day at our desks.  Me painting and Linda booking shows.  Tomorrow I must get busy with my commission.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

2022 baby Cardinal- Bird #9

 5x5” mini original watercolor  $275.

A baby cardinal, love the messiness of its feathers.

Went to Bowman's Stove and Patio and got a lesson on wood stoves this morning.  I believe we decided to skip it unless we find an old one in good condition.  Linda spent another day at her desk.  Finding campgrounds for the shows we scheduled.  My current show schedule is posted on my website.  Subject to updates and changes!  We are cutting back from our old super busy schedule to two shows a month and not traveling quite so far.  Trying to get our RV out at least once a month.  Not as easy as it sounds.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2022 Mockingbird - Bird #8

SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/20 the price goes to $275

A mockingbird is a bit harder to paint.  Their coloring is more subtle and he is a little larger than the other birds I have been painting.  This one has more to the background.  He was on the hanger of a bird feeder.  Back to a cardinal tomorrow.

Today I ran to UPS and another load to Goodwill.  Linda (and Lori) polished the cabinets in the cottage kitchen and Linda spent the rest of the day looking at show applications.    With questions like:  Do you want to start opening the studio?  Yes I want to but should we...
Do you want to continue opening the back yard?  Might be wiser but not easier...
Do you want a bowl of soup for dinner?  That one was easy... YES!

Monday, January 17, 2022

2022 Cardinal - Bird #7

SOLD!    $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/19 the price goes to $275

Today's bird is a pretty little female cardinal.  There are interesting layers of coloring in her feathers.  She was fun to paint.

Linda finished the painting at our cottage over the weekend.  One big job is crossed off the list.  I am thankful we only got a little snow.  Did not even get the snow blower out! Since we planned on a snow day I helped in the kitchen.  We made a pan of baked oatmeal, brownies and a pot of cheeseburger soup.   Our talented friends are helping layout our new kitchen so we spent a few hours with them.  Then home to paint.  Linda was going to work at her desk but I think there is a puzzle calling her!  

Sunday, January 16, 2022

2022 Goldfinch - Bird #6

SOLD! $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/18 the price goes to $275

With the smooth (hot press) paper I am able to get a softer look behind the bird.  
The plan is to paint birds all this week.  

I got gas for my snow blower and a box of hot hands... that's all I need to say.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

2022 House Finch - Bird #5

 4x6” mini original watercolor   $275

UPDATE:  I was told this is a male house Finch!
So my notes say Purple Finch, seems reddish to me but I don't know my birds all that well!  It was standing in the snow eating bird seed.  A cute little thing!

We actually stayed home all day today.  I spent way too much time trying to fix Grandpas shredder.  At some point he must have shredded a plastic mailing bag...  they do NOT shred!  He must have tried to fix it and broke off one of the teeth, took me a long while to figure that out.  So I pretty much wasted a few hours.  Linda is glued to her desk, I think she is still there!  She is closing out our year, gathering tax info, paying sales tax, filing papers...  All I know is I was asked to please be quiet so she can think!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

2022 Bluebird - Bird #4

4x6” mini original watercolor   $275

Another wind blown bluebird.  I kept the background less busy so you could really see the bird.  Still has the feel of a cold day.

I spent another day running errands in the morning.  Checked the pressure in the tires, picked up pretzels, made a deposit, filled both vehicles with gas, got gas for the snow blower, stopped at Home Depot, grocery run.  And then painted all afternoon.  Just another day in the life of a busy artist!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

2022 Bluebird - Bird #3

SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/13 the price goes to $275

A cute little bluebird all fluffed from the wind.

Another busy morning, dropped off sheets and towels to Eliannie Animal Rescue and several bags to Art of Recycle.  Then we had an attorney appointment.  Who knew there was so much to do to probate a small will... let alone the fees.   We got a new faucet in the cottage and the finishes on some small repairs.  Found another small issue with the under counter lights that needs addressed.  Baby steps!

Monday, January 10, 2022

2022 Northern Flicker - Bird #2

 4x6” mini original watercolor  $275

Another Flicker.  I found my bird groove!  

I spent the morning running errands.  Linda is determined to send items where they get the best use.   Several bags to Goodwill, donated hearing aids for parts, electric shavers went to the Gate House and stopped at the post office.  Someone picked up the sewing machine.  Linda spent the day painting in the cottage.  The rest of my day was spent painting my bird.

Story:  So life is not like in the movies...shocker right!  In the movies the beautiful woman puts on a big hat and big dark sunglasses and a big pocketbook and waltzes into the bank showing a safety deposit key belonging to???  The bewitched male teller lets her right in.  No questions, she empties the box and is out in a flash.   It did not work this way on Friday.  Linda needed to get into Grandpas box for the will.  So maybe her outfit was not up to movie standard, no hat, glasses or bag.  The teller was a woman.  She is striking out so far.   Linda got as far as the teller looking up the account and saying no she cannot get in, here is a form to the state requesting entrance.  Later in the day she gets a call, if she comes in someone will be with her to make sure she is only taking the will and not the stashed cash or family jewels... big laugh here...   But there is lots of paperwork, the assistant watches and confirms only a will was removed (there is an envelope marked marriage license and another marked Army papers!) 
 no cash or jewels.  Fills out a  form she must mail to the IRS.  Seems the IRS want to make sure they get their cut of whatever may be in that box.  Wish they took a cut of the bills!  So the lesson I learned is stash your stuff in an account in the Caymans!