Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring has sprung

Finally after a long winter the flowers are blooming.  These are some daffodils that have opened up their sunny bright faces in my front garden.  The rest of the garden needs some work but hopefully the April showers will bring more flowers come May.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Illuminated wall art with Dianoche Designs

I am pleased to share a new product featuring some of my artwork through Dianoche Designs.
Illuminated wall art, it looks like a regular canvas wall painting during the day, but it is has a light that comes from behind so that it can be illuminated during the night. A very neat idea. 
I currently have three images licensed with Dianoche, and they can be ordered in several sizes :11x14, 16x20, 23-30, 29x30 and range in price from $149- $449
For more info here is a link to My art at Dianoche 

White cottages and colorful trees cast long, late day shadows, all doubled in rippling river reflections. In the background a breath-taking view of looming purple mountains. Mountain scenes seem like a great excuse to use the richness of purple. The bold contrast of bright reds, oranges, yellows and greens against a large area of purple can't help but make you feel happy. I also wanted to convey the feeling of large open airy space. Cutting the picture in half horizontally with the water reflection gives a sense of depth and distance into the painting and creates a harmonious repetition of elements.

A vision of a winter landscape featuring tall trees and colorful cottages sitting upon a hilly snow covered ridge, overlooking deep blue ocean chill. When painting this winter scene I wanted to break up all the white snow. To do this I employed the use of colorful little cottages reminiscent of the type of multi-hued homes found in Newfoundland, the east coast of Canada. Long purple-blue shadows give contrast to the white while the organic curving lines of the trees work against the straight lines of the cottages.

Bright white cottages, colorful autumn trees and a repetition of fence posts shimmer in rippling reflections, a green grassy shore and pathway lead down to the water. To me, this is a vision of autumn last colorful explosion before the snows of winter cover everything in white, nature in all her glory. The water reflections add an abstract element and reinforce the composition using the repetition of the design.

New needlpoint canvases from my paintings

I am excited to to share the link to some of my art that has been newly listed with Maggie Co.  
The company is based in California and features a variety of hand-painted needlepoint canvases that sell in retail stores across the United States and Canada. 
I am very pleased to be working with Maggie, (who is a wonderfully friendly lady), I hope stitchers will enjoy our new offerings. 
Here are the hand painted needlepoint canvases, click this link  My art at Maggie Co  to see them all... cool eh?

This hand painted stitcher's needlepoint canvas features a roadway winding through a sunny colorful cottage dotted countryside. Base on my painting "Sunny Roadway", let your thoughts travel as you relax and unwind making this colorful happy project.
This is truly a folk style stitchery needlepoint canvas, based on my painting "Town Welcome" this image invites viewers in to an idyllic small town view. This project would work well hanging in a front entrance way so all the entered felt welcome into your home.
Bright red poppies offset by spears of lavender, this colorful floral landscape is based on my painting "Poppies & Lavender Fields". A cheery happy project to pass the time and enjoy. 
A roadway meanders through the center of this small quaint town, multi-hued cottages shadowed by tall colorful trees. This project features lots of straight lines and flat colored surfaces offset by curvy organic trees shapes. A needlepoint stitchery project based on my painting "roadway Town View"

A night church town view, this stitchery project has lots of brightly colored trees against folk art black background star studded sky. This embroidery project is based on my painting "Church night Path"

A hand painted canvas based on my painting "Windy Seaside Huts", these brightly colored huts with the swirling sea behind would make a great needlepoint project to hang at your summer cottage
This "Seaside Cottage Retreat" needlepoint project would make a great companion piece with windy huts project shown above, you can think of warm seaside breezes as you stitch away
Stay up late at night stitching away on stars and a full moon. Based on my painting "Moon over Roadway" this project would look great hanging in a bedroom, a sleepy night-time view as the last thing you see before drifting off for the night.