Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2022 Mockingbird - Bird #8

 $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! 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

2022 Northern Flicker - Bird #1

SOLD!    $145. (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/11 the price goes to $275

Took a bit of concentration to switch gears from water scenes to birds.  However I am pleased with how my first of the season turned out.   A huge thank you to Leslie, she supplies me with all my bird subjects.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

2022 Hudgins VA #4

6x4” mini original watercolor  $250.

OK, I got these sunrises out of my system.  I just wanted to paint them!   

I have said before how I am not happy with my watercolor paper.  I have painted on 300lb cold press all my career.  So I am shaking it up, experimenting, again!  I had Linda order some 300lb smooth paper.  So the difference is my old paper had a deckle, like little bumps in the paper.  The new stuff is smooth.  This painting is the first one.  I don't want to judge just yet.  

Next up are birds...

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2022 Hudgins Va #3

6x4” mini original watercolor   $225.

Sunrise, 6:47am  I know this is a bit dark but the pink is stunning.  This set of paintings look so much better in person.  One more to go.

I think Linda is starting to feel like she is getting somewhere.  The bedroom and living room in our rental cottage are finished: fresh paint on the walls and trim, the carpet was cleaned and new LED bulbs in all the overhead lights.  Half the kitchen is also finished and we are waiting for her brother to finish some minor repairs.   A new faucet coming and new flooring for the kitchen and bath are ordered.  Tomorrow she starts painting the bathroom.  My job is to wipe everything down.  Renting in February or March 1st, if you know anyone wanting to move to a perfect location in Lititz let me know.  We are not advertising it.  Looking for an older single, no smoking.    Grandpas apartment is going slower.  I took a few more bags to goodwill and a nice load to Art of Recycle.  If you know someone in need of an almost new single bed let me know.   Her Mom had boxes and boxes, well a lifetime (80+ years) of photos and photo albums that we have been going through.  I think that job is finished.  As for our house reno, that is a bit slower.  We (mostly Linda!) is exercising patience with that.  We did buy a nice exhaust fan for the new bathroom!   I was informed it is time to close out the books for the end of year and gather tax stuff.  AND it is time to decide on shows for the year.  It is a busy time of year business wise.  I am doing whatever I am asked to do and painting!
We are squeezing in some fun tonight.  Having dinner with some friends we have not seen since Covid.   Eating in!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

2022 Hudgins VA #2

6x4” mini original watercolor  $250

This view was from our deck, it was pretty far across the bay so I zoomed it closer.  The sunrise was creating the most beautiful pinks.

SOLD!   I have a sold out "Hope" available.  #314/450 
framed in walnut (but could be changed to black)  
$125.   (pick up or ship at cost)

Monday, January 3, 2022

2022 Hudgins VA #1

4x6” mini original watercolor    $250

This was our view from our VRBO over Christmas.  This is Hudgins VA and the view is  Milford Haven to anyone who is looking it up!  Mathews was the closest civilization!  

I can now show another Christmas gift commission.

I have three more commissions lined up but happy to talk to anyone who has one in mind!