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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Day's End

Day's End, 7x5" oil on canvas 
©2018  Helen Read
ready to frame 

$90.00 
(free domestic shipping,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax)


That evening walk... the tranquility of a setting sun.  It's what the soul needs at the end of the day.
It's the moment to reconnect with one's self and to remember in Whose hands the day has been held and in Whom the future rests.  For me, it is that quiet beauty ~ beauty of God's artistry that reminds me to breathe deeply, to let go of the things that
cause me a troubled mind, to relinquish my fears, and to allow peace to replace stress.
I highly recommend intentionally taking moments at the end of the day to reflect and regain balance!
 



 With a click of the button, this reminder to take time at the end of the day for the reconnection with soul and Spirit can be on it's way to you!   Domestic shipping is included! 
A standard 5x7" frame completes it and it is ready to hang! 


Please read my recent article about why owning an original work is so much different than having a print!
Let me know what you think! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Have you ever wondered WHY?

Why buy original art?  

 Really! 
It's a legitimate question - there are lots of pretty prints available. 
What makes hanging an original painting different?
Recently sold, Winter Glow, framed

    
With an original painting, you hold a something that cannot be captured in a print or a photograph:


           You hold the motion of the artist's hands
captured in the textured brushstrokes. 
Textured brushstrokes, each of which contain a mixture of color within the stroke.


You see color just as the artist intended you to see it
as the artist saw or perhaps imagined it. 
Beautiful colors juxtaposed together to create a visual sensation that brings the eye back again for more!
Colors that surprise and energize!
 

It's less tangible (but quite profound) -
you hold a bit of the artist's emotion in your keeping. 
The motion of stroke and the lively color resonate with JOY!
An emotion that is contagious!


A painting begins with an inspiration - whatever it may be  - and with color and texture and vibrancy, the artist translates a personal response into paint.  Emotion is seen in the way the strokes are applied and the way the colors are mixed and juxtaposed.    When viewing a print or a photograph these subtle tactile elements cannot be replicated.  In a sense,

when you hang an original painting, the artist is speaking intimately and timelessly to you without words...
a message that can only be truly conveyed in the actual painting.  

Original works bring beauty and pleasure, of course, but more than that; they whisper to the viewer's heart deeper the thoughts of the artist.    

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Romance!

Just in Time for Valentine's Day
a beautiful, romantic, old fashioned flower


Pink Hollyhock, 6x6" oil on canvas
©Helen Read 

$49.00
for the month of February

Domestic shipping included in this special price!  
(IL residents, please add 8% sales tax) 


ready to frame 

 Think of an old cottage - with a picket fence, a large front porch and lacy curtains - and you're sure to see beautiful, tall hollyhocks along side the house.  This flower graced yards in by gone days and there's no question why... they are stately, bold and when you look deeply into the center - a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors.  
 This beauty in pink makes a beautiful gift of romantic bygone days. 
 Just for the month of February - bring it home for just $49, which is a sweet 45% off!  


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine Roses

Valentine Roses,  9x6" oil on gesso board
©2018 Helen Read 

$130.00
(IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 
 Free domestic shipping 

 


Just in time!  Give the timeless, fadeless gift of flowers for Valentine's Day!   Nothing says "love" as universally as red roses.  And these beautiful colors are only enriched by the deep and alluring blue which holds them! 
The impressionistic approach and the clear transparent colors exude soft romance! 
Still drying, but will be ready to send in time for Valentine's Day! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter Glow

Winter Glow, 7x5" oil on gessoboard
©2018 Helen Read 
Ready to frame

SOLD


January can feel like such a long stretch of gray gloominess.  This is the time of year when Color Therapy is required!   And what is more colorful than a gathering of vivid color?!
To restore the spirit and revive the heart - this little jar is bursting with beautiful blooms.

This painting is done with impressionistic brushstrokes and colors that vibrate with one another.
Truly a small gem! 
Go ahead!  It's easy - just a click away and this beautiful burst of color can be hanging on your wall! 



Sunday, January 14, 2018

His Eye on the Sparrow

His Eye on the Sparrow, 4x6" watercolor/ink on paper 
matted to fit 8x10" frame
©2018 Helen Read
$50.00
(IL residents please add 8% sales tax)
Free domestic shipping 




Even in the bleakness of winter, the sparrows flit and sing their songs.   I can't imagine how they find enough to eat but, their provision is given.  This becomes a personal lesson in trust.  Even these tiny birds - not particularly noticeable - really quite ordinary, are cared for day by day throughout the year by their Creator.  Their needs are met even on the coldest, bleakest days.
The old spiritual song, His Eye is on the Sparrow, comes to mind.  I remember my mother singing it when I was young, and it is a wonderful, comforting reminder  of who is caring for and watching over me.

Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heaven, heaven and home,
When, Jesus is my portion,
My constant Friend is He;
Oh,  his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter in the Midwest

Winter Twilight,  24x36" Oil on canvas 
©Helen Read 


Weather here in northern Illinois can be so changeable!  Today, the temperatures are in the middle 40s, which is more than 50˚ warmer than it was a week ago!!   Even though it's January, and we have snow on the ground, which melts and then falls again, I'm more than ready for spring.  I miss getting out to wander through God's beautiful creation.  I miss the inspiration it brings to my spirit and to my creativity.  

This painting, Winter Twilight, was begun in January during a winter warm up.  Because of it's size, it took a number of weeks to complete.  But, it reveals what our January weather often looks like - patches of snow, shades of browns and gray, bare branches and quiet water ~ and a lovely silence with only the occasional bird call.   An opportunity for reflection and forward thinking into the new year.  That's what I'm doing this January;  thinking forward into the new year!  I'm excited about what may come off my easel, and how I can connect and offer value to my friends!  May it be a productive and fun-filled year!  Cheers!! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year, Friends!


January has arrived with lots of COLD, cold weather this year!   I hope your new year has started well!  
One of the things on my "to do list" for 2018 is to continue to send out great newsletters each month...
My newsletter is where you get something great each month - something only available through my newsletter list. 

Sometimes, I have a contest for a free painting!  I give limited time discounts on paintings and original art.  I also have free downloads that you can print and personalize or frame.    I want my newsletters to be fun and interesting, inspiring and have something of value.  

This month's newsletter, which will be coming out in a couple days, will have a downloadable page for you to print and personalize as well as a great discount!   So, use the button below to get your name on my list so we can stay connected! 



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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Off to Florida!


Congratulations! 
Ann, who lives in Florida, is the winner of this little December give away!  
 
It's fun to paint these little mini paintings ...  and send them off. 
 
 
 What may be coming in the next months!?   Keep watching!  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter's Rest

Winter's Rest,  6x9" oil on gesso board 
©2017  Helen Read 

$130.00
Ready to frame
(Free Domestic Shipping - IL residents please add 8% sales tax)




Not far from where I live, miles and miles of farmland stretch toward the horizon in every direction. 
In winter, the corn stalks, still visible in rows, are shorn off, stubby, bent by the wind - and a quiet snow falls as if a large white blanket; the land tucked in for a winter's rest.   In those magical moments of sunrise or sunset, a golden light reflects off the snow juxtaposed with the cast shadows in a cooler tone.  There's a stark and quiet beauty in this wintery scene as the land takes part in the cycle of the seasons.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Little Bird ... a little December gift!

This month I'll be giving this little bluebird mini painting away!

Little Bluebird, 3x3" oil on canvas + a small easel
©2017 Helen Read
 That's right!   For those who are subscribed to my monthly newsletter, all the details will be given in a few days when my newsletter is sent!  You'll want to be signed up (see below) so you receive my email and can take part! 



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Joy of Beautiful and Affordable Art

Now available in Fine Art Giclee Prints!

Please scroll down for more information about archival giclee prints, which can be printed on either canvas or paper. Giclee prints are beautifully printed with archival inks and papers and available at a very affordable price!

PLEASE NOTE: 
Shipping more than 1 item to the same address allows me to discount shipping.  However, it isn't possible to have that happen until after check out, when I will refund the discounted amount through paypal.  I'm sorry for that inconvenience; I tried multiple options to avoid it. 

Lovely Lavender -  fine art giclee print
©Helen Read

Lovely Lavender, (originally oil on gessoboard) is now available as a fine art print
in 2 sizes: 8x10" or 11x14" and on either stretched canvas or as a matted print or mounted on a rigid support. 
And the original is still available, as well at this link

8x10" Giclee Print, matted in off white for a 12x14" frame - $28.00
8x10" Giclee Print, unmatted.  Mounted on a rigid support - ready to frame - $28.00
11x14" Giclee Print, unmatted.  Mounted on a rigid support - ready to frame - $53.00
8x10" Giclee Print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $49.00
11x14" Giclee Print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $72.00

Please add $15.00 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax
Shipping discount will be refunded on orders with more than 1 item going to the same address.


 
Descanso Iris -  fine art giclee print
©Helen Read
Descanso Iris (originally a watercolor painting) was purchased for the set of the TV show, Chicago Fire.
It boasts a beautiful array of colors in pinks and greens.  
It is now available as a giclee print on watercolor paper.  

Available in 1 size
8x10" Giclee print matted in white to fit a 12x14" frame - $28.00


Please add $15.00 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax
Shipping discount will be refunded on orders with more than 1 item going to the same address




Nest Eggs -  fine art giclee print
©Helen Read

Nest Eggs, (originally oil on canvas) features a robin's nest - containing the promise of new life and varied colors of turquoise in light and shadow.  It is available as an 8x10" print
on stretched canvas or as a matted print or mounted on a rigid surface and ready to frame.
available with 3 options:

8x10" Giclee Print, matted in off white for a 12x14" frame - $28.00
8x10" Giclee print, unmatted.  Mounted on a rigid support, ready to frame - $28.00
8x10" Giclee Print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $49.00
Please add $15.00 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax
Shipping discount will be refunded on orders with more than 1 item going to the same address





Two of a Feather -  fine art giclee print
©Helen Read


 Two of a Feather  (originally oil on gessoboard) is available as a fine art print
8x8" and with several options: 


8x8" giclee print matted in off white to fit a 12x12" frame  - $23.00

8x8" giclee print unmatted and mounted on a rigid support - ready to frame  - $23.00


$8x8" giclee print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $43.00

Please add $15.00 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax
Shipping discount will be refunded on orders with more than 1 item going to the same address




Callas at Sunrise -  fine art giclee print
©Helen Read
Callas at Sunrise (originally oil on canvas) is now available as a fine art print
in 2 sizes: 8x10" or 11x14" and on either stretched canvas or as a matted print or mounted on a rigid support. 
And the original is still available, as well at this link! 

8x10" Giclee Print, matted in off white for a 12x14" frame - $28.00
8x10" Giclee Print, unmatted.  Mounted on a rigid support - ready to frame - $28.00
11x14" Giclee Print, unmatted.  Mounted on a rigid support - ready to frame - $53.00
8x10" Giclee Print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $49.00
11x14" Giclee Print on stretched canvas - ready to frame - $72.00

Please add $15.00 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax
Shipping discount will be refunded on orders with more than 1 item going to the same address

  What is Giclee Printing? 

Giclee is a printing process that uses archival papers or other supports and inks.  Because of this, these prints do not fade, discolor or deteriorate over time.  I use a printing company that focuses on fine art prints done to high standards.  I know you'll be pleased with your purchase.  However, if for some reason it does not meet your needs, you may make a return within 14 days.
   When you make an order, I am notified and your order will be printed and shipped.  I ask that you allow approximately 10 days for receipt, although for most domestic addresses, your prints will arrive sooner!    Prints can be sent to international addresses as well, although shipping costs are higher.  Please email me for an estimate on shipping outside the US.   

I'm excited to be able to offer this option!  It is a great way to hang beautiful art in your home or to give fine art as a gift.  The affordability of fine art prints adds another way to bring beauty into our lives!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather, 6x6" oil on gesso board 
©2017 Helen Read 

SOLD 

These 2!  Captured with a bit of personality showing!  (Perhaps a little mischief!?) 

You can almost hear what they are thinking!   

Watch this painting unfold in a few seconds (of course, it took longer than a few seconds to paint!)  Its always fascinating to see how it begins and how it comes to its final form.
You can also see it on YouTube here:   https://youtu.be/wkMlFiq_nxY

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Some Student Work - Fall Drawing 1 Class

Every year I like to post some of the work my students
in High School are doing.  This is a Drawing 1 class at Wheaton North High Schoo - so though they may have had some background in drawing, it is not a background of instruction. 
Most of my students come to class first thing in the semester liking to draw but not really experienced.  

This work shows so well what students are capable of achieving in the first 10 weeks or so of class!   I'm proud of them - they have worked hard and it shows!  







These drawings are a small representation of student work where they've taken the instruction and really applied what we've learned in the unit on value and shading techniques.  
They picked their own subjects, transferred the images, and shaded with graphite. 

As a teacher, it's very exciting to see this kind of growth!
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