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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Painting-"Granddaughter"

 Finally I have finished this new painting titled "Granddaughter."  This is a 30x40 oil on linen canvas. I replaced the original background-which looked like a modern day swap meet-for a view of the Crow River I shot in Montana.
 This little girl was dressed and ready to dance, she looks to be about 3-4 years old?
 Her grandmother was wearing a jingle dress, which has these metal cones all over it.  I believe they are made from tobacco can lids. She also had a beaded necklace. I can't say the jingle dress is my favorite thing to paint, rather torturous, actually.
The little girl was really wearing a pair of vans...so I painting them as moccasins instead.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Artist inspiration-C. Klein, or Catarina Klein (1861-1929)

Today I am sharing an artist with you that I just love. Her name is Catarina Klein,  born in East Prussia in 1861. She worked out of Germany and produced thousands of gorgeous Victorian watercolors for the postcard market. Her work is often signed C. Klein, and she was sometimes called Catharine Klein, to avoid German association during WWI. She died in 1929, and in her lifetime created over 2,250 images with over 75 major publishers. Sadly, her originals are extremely rare, the result of a lack of appreciation for the "lowly" illustration market. Her postcards can be found, most for under 20.00 with rare examples over 250.00.

 
 She unknowingly painted flowers  and plant life which are now considered to be heirloom species, thus preserving the heritage of flora and fauna in the Victorian age.






 
Her bird and animal life pieces are especially endearing, and brighten up any day with prospects of spring and sunshine.
I picked up these pieces from the Etsy shop Vintageflowers. I try to collect some of her images, hoping to do some inspirations pieces from her work. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Weird Roses in the garden

This is a wild and wooly looking Crested Damask rose. This is a once blooming rose with very ornate buds covered in frilly green sepals. The green parts are quite scented like rich pine needles. They are similar to moss roses.

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 Small deep magenta pink rose buds open nicely into ruffled roses with a rich rose scent.

                             This damask rose is nestled with a lovely Rouge Cardinal clematis.
Here is a Green Romantica rose. It has not opened out yet, and will soften to a greenish cream when mature.

This is another weird rose called a chestnut rose. As you can see it looks like a chestnut, only it will open to a pretty mid-pink rose with a nice scent. It has a fine leaf pattern with little thorns and looks like a old fashioned rose rambler.