These garden tulips originally came to me from a florist’s shop planted in a painted bowl but in full bloom! I enjoyed them immensely and painted several canvases of them. This painting is sold but you can see others by clicking here. This painting is on a panel.
Panels were used by many of the Old Masters and are often preferred by many artists because of the rigid, smooth surface. A panel is easy to fit in almost all standard frames and framing a panel can be a do it yourself project. It can also be mailed easily.
Stretched canvas, on the other hand, can fit into standard frames only with special clips. Many people hang stretched canvas without a frame. “Gallery wrap” canvas is stapled to the back of a two inch wooden frame and hung just as it is. Artists often paint the sides of gallery wrap.
This painting is 8 x 10 is part of a series of cats and dogs I have painted. To see others click here. I have offered pet portraits as a donation to the Pulaski County Humane Society for a number of years and will be showing you some of them later this year. Two commissioned portraits sold at their November fund raiser, Reigning Cats and Dogs. The Humane Society is a wonderful organization and a no kill shelter that operates entirely on donations.
Here are a few ideas to think about as you begin or develop your art collection. Think Small!! Why should you start a collection of small paintings? Small paints are easy to carry, to move, or to mail. They are more affordable. You don’t need a big space to showcase your collection. You can easily hand many small paintings in one area, making that area a focal point for a room . Frames for small paintings are often easy to find and less expensive than frames for large paintings. Next week I will write a bit more about small paintings.
This painting, on stretched canvas is already sold but I wanted to show it to you! You can see other paintings in my online art gallery by clicking here.
Since it is the beginning of January perhaps you are thinking of doing something new . Maybe you are interested in art.
Why should you collect art? I think collecting things is built into our human nature! Our ancestors were hunter-gathers and those instincts are still with us! The hunt for an object of beauty that attracts our attention and then bringing it into our homes is part of our nature.
Next week I will give you a few ideas to think about if you wish to begin an art collection.
As the year is winding down and can get gloomy with darker days, I wanted to post the brightest, most cheerful painting in my collection! Sunny days will come again. I hope looking at this painting will cheer you. If you are interested in owning it or want more information about it, click here.
This painting shows a South Carolina oysterman in his boat. It is a 10 x 8 acrylic on panel painting. For more information, click here.
The first snow always seems magical to me. I try to convey this sense of mystery with my use of the purple tones in the trees and water. This very small painting packs a lot in! For more information, click here.
This is a very “painterly” rendition of onions with a blue jar of flowers in the background. Click here for more information.