Thought this would inspire the feeling of Christmas as it seems to be in the air already! So many people love to bring out their seasonal decor for the holidays. It's amazing how quickly the lights and trees have gone up--it has all snuck up on me this year!
After some requests for notecards, I went ahead and began looking for a company that I knew would do a great job. A while back, while listening to the AHA radio show, I learned about a company called Moo (http://www.moo.com/share/k85pgm) that sounded really fun and interesting, so I had samples sent to me. Then I also had an art friend do business cards there, and I know she was thrilled. Moo provided such excellent customer service and a great quality product. My selection of notecards came today, and I couldn't be happier! Beautiful color representation on smooth, thick cards and heavy envelopes too.
My family loves owls. We live on a green belt and have heard and seen the larger Great Horned Owls many many times. We can be found trailing after owls at dusk when we see or hear clues that they're around. My husband has owl ears--we can be in the middle of an intense movie scene, and he'll pause it, ears listening. I can never believe it when he says he thought he heard an owl. He's good.
It's been a while, both for painting an elephant, and also for painting so loosely. I know it was loose and fun because I was covered in blue paint! Painting elephants just makes me happy, and to do it in blue is just a double-bonus.
This painting was a study in looseness. The idea was to do this quickly and to not go over knife strokes too much. I achieved this on the bird itself, but it was a little tougher trying to get an atmospheric background. My plan is to keep practicing this and paint a lot of chickadees this winter.
I always premix my colors with a limited palette and was really happy with those. You would think a chickadee was just black and white--not so!
This commissioned painting was done as a gift for a baby shower. The expecting couple love sailing and are using that as a theme for their baby's room. The photo was taken by the mother-to-be. Hope they love the piece--I really like the dramatic size of the vertical panel!