Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Fly By - SOLD

A Fly By
Original Watercolor Note cards, Each Handpainted, with A6 Envelopes
Cards are 5 1/2" by 4  1/4"  when folded.
Watercolors overlap onto back slightly.
$20 the set, plus Who Knows...$5 shipping?

Below is how they look when packaged in cellophane sleeves.


So, a bit of an explanation. The note cards are an idea for a possible Etsy shop, for those times when my paintings just aren't selling. Other ideas include gift enclosures, cute little cards with delicate envelopes (not intended for the mail), paper bags with cool bag tags, maybe watercolor earrings....Ideas are free...so exploring along with my cousin and cohort.

What do you guys think?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Heart Dapples

I Heart Dapples
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
Available at $50, plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)



I suppose if I put my mind to it, I could have found a "heart" to stick in the title, but this works too.
Gotta love those sun blasted dapples.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Vignette

Fall Vignette
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 8"
Available at $24 plus $10 shipping.
( at $0.50 per square inch)



A taste of what's to come. For this artist, October is all about color.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Imperfectly Lovely

Imperfectly Lovely
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 8" x 10"
Available at $40 plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)



OK, I'm tickled with this one. I've always liked the photo reference, which is of a scruffy backyard, patchy grass, dirt showing, nothing special, but with a wonderful blaze of sunlight. I painted it completely directly, with hardly any blending, fussing, or changing. So I get to be tickled with the results.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Winding Road

The Winding Road
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 16"
Available at $128, plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)



I did a small version of this one on the 2nd of September, and mentioned that I really wanted to do a larger version. So here it is on 16" x 16" canvas, and I am really very pleased with it. I like the feeling of distance, the hills and fields in the background. It just turned out all around well. I think, anyway.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hint of Fall

Hint of Fall
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
Available at $50 plus $10 shipping.
(at $0.50 per square inch)



Just a touch of fall in the air now, a few trees shedding leaves already, some hints of color here and there. Nature makes up to us for ending summer, by giving us the glorious colors of fall, still to come.Though we can't complain, today really is like summer still, complete with mosquitoes!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fishing Spot - SOLD

Fishing Spot
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.



A slight deviation from my new pricing schedule of $ .50 a square inch, simply because I'm feeling rusty, after having been sick this entire past week. I'll get back into the swing, little by little. Feeling much better today, well enough to paint, take out the trash, clean up my kitchen, make a quiche.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nearly Dried

Nearly Dried
Watercolor on Poor Quality Watercolor Paper, 9" x 12"
Available at $20 plus $10 shipping.



I've been dreadfully sick with a mega cold...fever, chills, snuffling, coughing, sniffling, blowing, you know. I'm feeling a tad better on my regimen of Day and Nyquils, even though those good drugs play havoc with my digestive system. What a trade off, right? I was able to play with my watercolors just a bit today, but it was on horrid paper, (we won't say what kind) so I eeked what charm I could out of my almost dried out bouquet.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Iris in Aubergine


I have changed the background a bit, made it more scumbly. I am reposting on the DPW site as well.
Better, I think. Really quite a nice piece.

Iris in Aubergine
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 16"
Available at $128, includes shipping.
( still at $  .50 per square inch)



I have a commission for an iris in this color, maybe with a bit more orangey brown tones, so this one is a practice run for the commission. I normally don't do this, but I had ordered extra canvas, knowing that the 16" x 16" are tricky to come by.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Late Summer Hydrangeas - SOLD


Hydrangeas from DJ
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50 plus $10 shipping.



I got from my brother a nice big armful of the late summer hydrangeas from the "Emily bush", and the colors are just scrumptious. The jug is also beautiful, a gift from my dear cousins B and J, an antique Dutch jug, so cool. (You will definitely see this one again!)  I just love these colors, a few weeks ago the hydrangeas were all in the pinks.





Little White Farmhouse

This one is small, just a little guy this morning, but later hydrangeas.

Little White Farmhouse
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 4 7/8" x 6"
Available at $13.00 plus $7 shipping.



I liked the image-photo reference, and may decide to do it again larger.
I think that there is a bit of quiet charm there, with those open fields beyond.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Peaches on Stripes - SOLD

Peaches on Stripes
Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 8" x 10" x 1.5"
SOLD

Detail (close up) of the bottom and side edge. Painting extends all around the edges.
You can see it on DPW HERE.

Done by request by a collector.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Into the Hills - SOLD

Into the Hills
Oil on Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50, plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch.)



I love this one, with the variety of colors. I want to do it again, bigger next time.
Nice to get into a landscape, they are wonderfully freeing.


Friday, September 01, 2017

Lemons, Roughly - SOLD

Lemons, Roughly
Oil on Hardboard, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $24 plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch)



This was uncomfortable, but I really want to be able to paint loose, so....
Big brush (okay, I cheated a little, just a bit) and only a little blending, concentrating on value and color, and holding myself back (mostly) from fussing. The idea is that from across a room, the details don't matter, only the shapes and values. So, if you sit back in your chair about three feet, don't they "read" lemons?

Here's a close up shot.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three and a Slice for Tea - SOLD

Three and a Slice for Tea
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 4.75" x 10"
SOLD at $23.00 plus $10 shipping.
( $  .50 per square inch)



OK, this one was supposed to be very loose, so I started out with a large brush, and we were rolling along nice and sketchy, until I realized that there were some drawing mistakes. Then things got tighter, tighter, tighter, until I am painting in my usual style. So hard to break from habits. Now I know I have to start out with a very accurate drawing in order to really get loose. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? I'll try it and let you know.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Zinnias with Celosia - SOLD

Zinnias with Celosia
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping.
( at $ .50 per square inch)



So my flowers from the Farmer's Market are almost completely faded, I made two vases into one this morning, and decided that I'd better get them painted while I still could. I'm pretty happy with this little guy. The little glass vase was a gift from my dear cousin (thanks, B!)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Little Zinnia Bouquet - SOLD

Little Zinnia Bouquet
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $18.00 plus $10 shipping.
( $ .50 per square inch)



I wasn't planning to paint today, but noticed my little bouquet out on the back porch table, and aha, something small to paint. Yay! This one is quick and sketchy, very loose.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Two Toned Pepper

Two Toned Pepper
Oil on Gessoed Hardboard, 6" x 6"
Available at $18 plus $10 shipping.
( $ .50 per square inch)






The peppers from yesterday were just so neat, it would have been a shame not to paint them twice. Now they can go to the neighbor for her stuffed peppers. She had admired them when I bought them, mentioned that they'd make good stuffed peppers. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Combo Peppers - SOLD

Combo Peppers
Oil on Hardboard, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $50 plus $10 shipping



Another fun find from the Farmer's Market (can you say that five times fast?)
The farmer said that they start out green, and turn red in the sunshine. I couldn't resist, even though I had just bought a bouquet, which you'll see later this week.

Meanwhile, I am in denial.
Summer is NOT almost over. Summer is NOT almost over. Summer is NOT almost over.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eastern Shore Peaches - SOLD


Eastern Shore Peaches
Oil on Board, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $18 plus $10 shipping
($ .50 per square inch)



Eastern Shore peaches are among the finest peaches I've ever eaten. Don't know why, but they just seem juicier, more flavorful, generally yummier than other summer farm stand peaches. Had to paint some before they are gone, and working on a commission piece, which I'll show you later.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Low Country Marsh - SOLD

Low Country Marsh
Oil on Linen Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $54.00, with free shipping. ( $ .50 per square inch)



This one was done from a photo that my nephew SJ took on a trip/drive with his wife, JJ. Thanks for the nice photo reference, S and J. They are South Carolinians, so they know the low country.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Shoreline Stroll - SOLD

Shoreline Stroll
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8"
SOLD at $32 plus $10 shipping. ($ .50 per square inch)



What could be more summertime than beaches? Lake beaches, Ocean beaches, Bay beaches, and an evening stroll at sundown after a long relaxing day. Essence of summer! Can you feel the air starting to cool down?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful Bugs - SOLD



Beautiful Bugs
Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencils on Italian Watercolor Paper
Sizes range from 2" x 2", to 5" x 4"
SOLD.



Since they are all in relatively accurate sizes compared to each other, (the bumblebee shows large here, but it's the smallest one of the group) I can see them as a grouping, either framed in one frame with separations in the matting, or in three small frames. Aren't they lovely? The dragonfly has a little sparkle in it, I used some watercolor shimmer medium there.

They do have a story behind them. My grandson Jimmy, when he was much younger (we're talking 2008) would collect dead bugs for me to draw, and when he would find them, he would put them on my "sacrificial paper plate," a paper plate dedicated to only dead bugs. Isn't that a fun little detail?


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Lone Sunflower - SOLD

Lone Sunflower
Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $40, plus $10 shipping. (at $  .50 per square inch)



My lovely sunflowers are beginning to fade, they droop a bit more every day. But I wanted to get at least three paintings out of them, so here is the last. The petals are shriveling too much to be "good models."  I may just do some sketching of the droopers, since I like this stage as well.

But for painting, it's on to other subjects now.


Monday, July 31, 2017

July Sunflowers

July Sunflowers
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
Available at $77   $50, plus $10 shipping.



I think this one turned out really nicely. I was very free in the painting, since it's done on an old canvas, with nothing to lose. I've also dropped the price a little, since I didn't even sand the canvas down, just left the bumps and textures. Here's the old canvas, just for fun. See if you can spot the parts that I left showing.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Farmer's Market Sunflowers - SOLD

Farmer's Market Sunflowers
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $77 with free shipping. (at $ .50 per square inch)



These sunflowers come with a bit of a story. I got them yesterday at the Saturday Farmer's Market here in Chestertown, which is wonderful, as are all farmer's markets. They are the huge ones, with stems about an inch thick, and faces that I estimate at 8" across. I broke two glass vases trying to balance the stems in the vases, and in the process, got water all over my kitchen. Finally, I remembered my heavy ceramic pitcher, and used that. It seems to be working.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lakeside Afternoon - SOLD

Lakeside Afternoon
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 16"
SOLD at $96, with free shipping. (12 x 16 at $ .50 per square inch)



I imagined a perfect summer's day while I was painting this one. One of those days that you wish would repeat itself a bunch more times, but alas, you only get them in strings of two or three. There are some process shots that I thought I'd post too. See below.

 Notan and Underpainting in thin washes

 Building in the midtones.

 Sky around clouds.

Adding clouds.

Sorry, didn't remember to shoot the water and rocks. But maybe this is interesting for someone.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cradled White Rose - SOLD


Cradled White Rose
Oil on Cradle Board, 8" x 8" x 7/8"
SOLD at $32 plus $10 shipping.
Painted around Sides, Top and Bottom, Needs no Frame.



Time for a white flower, yes?
This one is on the new pricing structure, and I think it's calmed down now at $.50 a square inch.
That seems really reasonable, but we'll see how it works out.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Shoreline

Summer Shoreline
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
Available at $77 plus $10 shipping. ($ .50 per square inch)



I liked the reference photo for the quiet and the greens in the water.
I think I caught a bit of that sunny warmth.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Twisty Red Pepper

Twisty Red Pepper
Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
Available at $24 plus $10 shipping.



Don't you love the cool, twisted shapes of these red peppers?
This will be the last painting with these guys, though, as they are slowly going into recipes.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quiet Inlet - SOLD

Quiet Inlet
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 12"
SOLD at $72, with free shipping (at $ .50 per square inch)



I hold my breath, posting this at such a seemingly high price. But then I remind myself: (a) I'm not responsible for making my art "affordable" and (b) I know how much money women spend at the hairdressers, or shopping for a new outfit of quality.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Overlook Revised

Overlook Revised
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 14" x 18"
Available at $65 plus $10 shipping.



After looking at this one on my wall for a week or so, I decided that it needed to be more "open." There was too much of a claustrophobic feel to it, with all the dark foliage. So today I took my time, tinkered around with it. Made the pink bush bigger, consolidated the foliage, added more sky, cleared some underbrush so more of the field shows. Overall much better. I've dropped the price, since the sky is lumpy, even though I sanded it where the tree on the right covered the sky area.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Still Life in Red and White - SOLD


Still Life in Red and White (Romas, Garlic and Red Pepper)
Oil on Cradled Gessobord, 8" x 8" x 7/8"
SOLD at $32 plus $10 shipping. ($1.00 per square inch)



Detail of painted edge below.
This one is painted all around it's edges, and needs no frame.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Clear Out Sale, New Pricing Structure

Two things to mention today.
One: I had some oral surgery this morning...ouch...so I won't be posting much this week, and what I post will be slloooooowwww, since they gave me some good pain meds, which make me droopy.

Two: I normally listen to videos, sermons, movies, shows...while I paint. And for the past couple of weeks I've been listening to Stefan Baumann. He's a internationally known professional artist, and quite an inspiring teacher. I've been getting a lot out of videos of his classes, where he also interacts with his students, and you get to watch over their shoulders.

So to keep myself going, I'm cleaning out a couple of paintings that haven't sold.

Where Does the Sun Find You?, Stretched Canvas,  8" x 10", SOLD


 Shady Lane, Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14", On Sale at $10 plus $10 shipping.


Summer Creek, Canvas Panel, 12" x 12", SOLD.


Spring Creek, Canvas Panel, 12" x 16", SOLD.

Pick Two or more, and pay shipping once. If you want one or two, just send an email to me at NelVanL@aol.com  to claim.

The other result of watching the Stefan Baumann videos, for ME, is a new pricing structure, very easy, very predictable.  He tells his students to simply charge $2 per square inch minimum for every painting that they do. So an 11" x 14" will be 11 x 14 to get the square inches. 154 square inches times 2= 308. So an 11" x 14" would be priced at $308. Here's the video. Very worth watching. (The bit about this price structure starts at 11:25.)

I already know that it's TOO much of a sticker shock for my collectors. So the new structure for me will be $1 per square inch, in this case $154. Maybe next year $2 per square inch. I'll start with the next painting, see where we go with it. Ready?
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