It's children who keep us young. Even when they're not so young themselves ... or maybe especially because they're not so young themselves! My son, who is not that far off 40 years old, has moved on from keeping me up to date with the latest in music, to keeping me up to date with what I can do with Photoshop.
Here's one of the results. I took my "Forever Blowing Bubbles" oil painting and turned it into neon line art ... such fun! Both are now available on Etsy.
It's just the right time of year for a "Chilly Spring Walk" in your local nature trail (if you're in the northern hemisphere like we are!). The days are really beautiful with ever-changing days of April showers, sunshine and nippy breezes, and light white clouds in the blue sky. All the little flowers are heralding the onset of Spring and I am having loads of fun picking little wild posies to dot around the house. Lawn Daisies are my favourites and I love how they pop up within hours of the lawn being mown.
My "Chilly Spring Walk" painting, oil on paper, is available as the ORIGINAL HERE
"It's Raining Outside" is an instant download image from an original oil painting on board by Lynda Cookson. The original painting is for sale as well and can be found HERE : "It's Raining Outside" Sitting in a hotel conservatory one rainy day in Co Galway (Connemara) Ireland, with the rain spattering loudly on the glass of the conservatory, the only happy subject to be painted was a stunning potted plant of white geraniums. This is it. It captures both the beauty of the flowers and the wet feeling of the rainy day.
I just put this one up today. The Poppy Collection I did a couple of years ago, whilst working towards a commission painting, remain one of my favourites. They usually pop up where their scarlet petals show up best, in fields of Lavender or Corn. This is what google has to say about what Poppies represent:
"In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol ofRemembrance."
This painting is simply called "Red Poppy" and is a palette knife painting (what else if from me! LOL) on paper, with a white matt board. It's set against a creamy yellow background as if waving around happily in a field of corn.
The unframed measurements are Width 12" by Height 11" (or Width 30 cm x Height 28 cms)
This is a real life painting for sale today! It's available as an instant digital image download as well, where you can print it larger than the original, but right now this original has been put up for sale and you can find it here :
Home and Office Wall Decor (in other words, me and my family team!) are now offering original paintings on our new Etsy Storefront, starting off with Stock Clearance prices. The paintings will be shipped unframed as a further cost saver and shipping is included in the price.
I'm loving trawling through all my images, both photographic and paintings, as I upload them to my various Etsy storefronts ... and, after feeling a little stale for a few months, my fingers are starting to itch again with the anticipation of painting fresh works.
"Daisies" is a medium size, palette knife, oil painting with all the depth and energy you would expect from this medium and technique. Her vibrance speaks for itself :-)
Not shown in the image below, is the monogram signature in the bottom right hand corner of the painting. Here you can see my logo watermark. The original painting has my monogram etched into the paint.
I'm chuckling to myself this morning working with this image. Somehow my brain thought there was a song from the rock 'n roll era with the words "A hint of lace" in the lyrics but a search on google didn't bring any such song up ... so I am left to surmise that it is just another case of me singing heartily but using the wrong words in a song! Sigh .... I think we've all done that!
This is a mixed media painting in oil, with the background produced using palette knife, a collage of pink tissue paper and black lace, and what I felt to be the lyrics of that elusive (non-existent? LOL) song represented by dancing lines of gold liner paint.
"A Hint of Lace" is for sale as an original painting - CLICK HERE
and will soon be available as an instant image download .... I'll let you know when.
The sun was shining earlier but it was simply teasing us. When you walk outside you feel the nip and sitting too long means the foot blower heater is sneakily switched on. Good. Winter hasn't deserted us yet.
Walks down to the sea aren't on the cards yet, so instead, here's a painting which is available as both an instant image download and as the original painting, unframed.
I could happily live without a GPS. We all used to live happily without a GPS! Okay, so maybe some of us are happier now with a GPS .... but I still love getting lost simply so that I can enjoy the fun and new experiences of eventually finding my way again. I mean this both for road travel and for the journey of life. I've noticed a tendency of mine is that whenever life is getting too comfortable, I have this knack of stirring it all up so I can look for balance again. Weird. I know.
"Lost 'n Loving It!" really is about me. About my pleasure in getting lost and the sense of achievement and life in finding my way out. This painting was created during a relatively tough time in my life and it always makes me smile to see it.
For us here in the northern hemisphere our thoughts are starting to turn - quite early I might mention! - to the beach and waves and sunshine. With sand between our toes. We've had no winter to speak of at all here in Brittany.
"Rollers" is a little painting I did as a demo for a student so I've put it up on Etsy for absolutely next to nothing.