Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Steep Ascent

Steep Ascent, 6x6" Oil on canvas
©2014, Helen Read 
ready to frame
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This little landscape came from a street view of a roadway along the coast of Mykonos - one of the Greek Isles.   It first struck me visually, that it was like a roadway ascending into the sky.  Rugged, steep, yet quite beautiful in it starkness.  It needs a home now and is ready to send! 
(This painting has been submitted to the Virtual Paintout blog to appear with their July submissions). 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Final Version is off the easel!

Structure I,  10.5 x 16.5" Acrylic on paper 
©2014 Helen Read 
After almost a month of many interruptions, this painting is finally complete.  It is an interpretation of a microscopic cross section of a plant.  I am always intrigued by what we can't really see when we look at something, but yet the mystery that lies within. 
This is what captivated my imagination with this painting... the beautiful structure, organized but also a little bit random. Amazing what lies below the surface... what we unknowingly pass by.  This, to me, is part of the beauty of creation, and it whispers something about the beauty of the Creator.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

This newest abstract is almost done!

My work has been rather small and somewhat tedious, but it is almost finished.   It's also been a month of many interruptions... Projects, family interactions, and a myriad of general responsibilities.  It seems the summer is just evaporating!  I hope to post the finished version very soon!! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Still in progress .... a new abstract

as yet untitled abstract

This is what I've been working on just lately - a new abstract which uses a microscopic view of a plant cell as its inspiration.   It measures approximately 18 x 12".  The medium is acrylic on paper. 
Its been fun to work out the colors, but the progress is slow since it is also made of many small dots and circles.  It should be done in another few days at the easel. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Country Pathway near Vladivostok

Country Pathway (Vladivostok)   7 x 11.5" Oil Pastel on mat board
©2014 Helen Read 
matted in white and ready to frame in 12 x 16" frame
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This painting is done in oil pastels and features a scene from a country road near Vladivostok.  It was painted as a submission to the Virtual Paintout Blog.  When I found it through google maps, I saw the beautiful harmonies of color and the lovely spots of light that would translate so well to oil pastel.   

This is ready to ship and comes matted in white matting that will fit a standard 12x16" frame.  
Let me send it to you this week! 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Giclee Print - Descanso Iris

Descanso Iris Print
10.5 x 7" matted in white to fit a 14 x11" frame
(ready to frame) 

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This original painting is now available as a giclee print!   It is printed on a textured watercolor-type archival paper with vibrant inks.

What is a giclee print?  The term  "Giclee print" refers to advanced technology in printmaking. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks on fine archival paper.  This process yields a higher color accuracy than other means of reproduction, as well as excellence in image quality and fine detail. And because inks and paper are archival, prints are light-fast and non water soluble.  It is rather difficult to tell the original from the print! 
Its a terrific way to hang a lovely piece of art at a great price! 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

First Breath of Spring

First Breath of Spring, 8x8" oil pastel on illustration board
©2014 Helen Read
matted in white to fit 12x12" frame
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 In harmonious tones of blues and greens, this oil pastel painting speaks of the beginning of spring greening.  Many bare branches still show, and clouds of light green and lavender seem to float within the branches.  This stage of spring doesn't last more than a few days, but with it comes the promise of all creation being renewed! 

This is matted and ready to frame.  Glass is needed to protect the painting.  


Sunday, April 27, 2014

3 Sisters - Lilies in Watercolor

3 Sisters - Descanso Lilies,  7.5 x 9.5" Watercolor on Yupo
©Helen Read, 2014
matted in white to fit a 11x14" frame

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Here is yet another small floral from some of the beautiful flowers I saw while visiting Descanso Gardens in California last month.  This one is done on Yupo, a synthetic watercolor paper that doesn't absorb water.  The beautiful patterns of the paint and water remain, though they are a bit unpredictable as the paint is applied.  That adds to the charm and beauty, in my opinion.  
The colors are a harmonious set of blues and greens allowing the flowers to stand out from them, the interiors of the flowers clearly visible for a spot of color.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Descanso Iris

Descanso Iris,  11x 7.5" watercolor on paper
©2014 Helen Read 
Matted in white to fit 14x11" frame
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This lovely iris seemed to be glowing from the interior.  It stood among many in the beautiful Descanso Gardens and was worthy of a portrait! 
Creating the colors that adequately describe it was a little challenging, but the glow seems to be there.  It is ready to send to your address to to bring you a bit of glowing light.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Greenhouse Blooms

Greenhouse Blooms, 7x11" watercolor, acrylic, ink on paper
©2014, Helen Read 
matted (white) and ready to frame in 11x14" frame
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If you scroll down one entry, you will see that this festive rendition of a floral came from a recent trip to Los Angeles where I had the opportunity to wander through the L.A. Arboretum.  The prolific blooms and variety of flowers was something rather amazing to my mid-west winter-weary eyes!  This painting tries to capture some of the beauty and color that surrounded me.
Offered here with a white matting, it will come to you ready to frame! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Floral abundance - experimenting with new paper

This week, I've had a wonderful time visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Los Angeles. Among so many things, I got a morning at the arboretum. This little watercolor painting is still in progress, but you can see its progression in the 2 images.  More work is still needed, and will be done soon!  

The paper I used is much like Yupo.  Very smooth and does not absorb the paint.  Thus, the wet paint sits on the surface and the wet into wet effects are very interesting.  

I have dozens of reference pictures from this visit and lots of new ideas are forming!  I'll post more on this one soon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Experimenting ~ New materials, New technique

Marshes, approx 6.5 x 9" Oil pastel on illustration board
©2014 Helen Read
matted and ready to frame in 11x14" frame 

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Does one ever stop experimenting?   Hopefully not!   Recently I've worked with a new brand of oil pastel ~ Gallery by Mungyo and using Res-n-gel as an extender.  This is done on a smooth illustration board (no tooth).  And I've also been working with a new look at color harmonies.  So, here's a little view of something I worked on this evening.  I will always love the sense of texture that is inherent in pastel work.    More experimentation needed, I think.  But I like the vibrant colors and the blending that is possible. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Foliage and Rose

Foliage and Rose, 9.25x11.25" ink and acrylic on illustration board
©2014, Helen Read
Ready to mat and frame 

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This painting/drawing is done in both ink and acrylic paint used as water media.  Sometimes its extraordinarily difficult to get true colors to show with a photo or a scan.  I think I've finally captured it.  The rose is slightly yellow and has blues and lavenders in the shadows.     I took the reference photo for this last summer - the rose captured my attention because of its delicate coloring and the beautiful rich foliage surrounding it.  It is painted in the style of a botanical illustration with detail, but also has some elements of a more contemporary feel.

I suggest a white matting for it, and a frame of approximately 14x16".

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Changing Seasons, finally finished!

Changing Seasons,  22x15" acrylic on paper
©Helen Read, 2014
Ready to mat and frame

This abstract painting has been long in its production!  It is finally finished.  I've tried to portray the changing of seasons simply through color and pattern.  There is a suggestion of a quilt below the surface.  I arranged my empty canvas in squares before I began.  I included certain smaller squares throughout that are intended to draw the eye through the composition.  There are small passages that include some metallics.  My intention in this piece is to provide an overall "feel" to the piece while giving the view many areas to look at more intently.  I also hope it provides a sense of change that we experience as we move from the abundance of color and growth to the sparsity of a season of rest and quiet.  

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