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Monday, December 3, 2018

Landscape Re-do ...

Redbuds in Bloom,  11x14" oil on canvas
©2018  Helen Read 

Ready to frame
Domestic shipping included - IL residents please add 8% sales tax

 It happens!   Sometimes, I'm just not satisfied with the outcome of my work.  This is a good example.   About 3 1/2 years ago, I painted this same scene - on this same canvas!   But, I've never been satisfied.  It seemed washed out. The colors didn't sing.  So, rather than destroy it completely - I repainted it.  I changed the mood of it from misty to a bright day.  And was much looser with the application of paint - giving it a highly textured surface.   

In a lot of ways it is more difficult to repaint on top of a finished painting.  I'd much rather start with a new canvas.  But, the outcome of this version has the beautiful colors of a day washed with sunshine, catching the lovely colors of the sky reflected in the water - and the profusion of lavender-pink redbud blossoms.   

I'm glad I took the time to work out this painting in a way that makes it far more interesting! 

Monday, November 26, 2018

How an artist can stay ahead of the busyness this season

'Tis the Season ... (for a lot of busyness) 

      This is the season of so much activity.  There are seasonal parties, family gatherings, shopping, wrapping, end of the year wrap ups, cooking, decorating, cleaning, and a million other things to get finished in the next few weeks.  There’s so little time to even catch one’s breath! 
      The artist often finds themselves overtaken, too. What happens to the creative flow in seasons of great activity? Often, creative work is put on hold and then it is difficult to pick up where we left off a few weeks later. I’m speaking from my own experience; a change in routine and pace can derail our work, which has the effect of lost motivation. 

       Read the 5 practical tips in the article on Linked In

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Black Friday is Pretty Colorful! a 5x7" sale!

Enjoy a 20% discount on these 5x7" original paintings - Friday 11/23 through Monday 11/26.
Framed in a simple elegant black wood frame, these small gems are ready to hang!  
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What's so great about original art?

Why buy original art?  

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.   

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Thursday, November 8, 2018


Winter Light - snowscape,  10x8" oil on linen panel
© Helen Read 

(ready to frame)
Free domestic shipping - IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

It's that time of year again.... our first snowfall is predicted for tonight. 
While I must admit that snow is beautiful - and especially the light on snow (like glittering diamonds) - the long length of time that we have snow on the ground where I live is ... well, long.  

This painting is highly textured.  It was painted primarily with a palette knife.  However, it evokes a sense of quiet serenity in it's subject matter.  The light is warm and bright, giving a sense of warm sunlight, while the shadows remind us that the air is wintery cold. 

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Joyful Colors of Fall

Autumn Joy,  7x5" oil on gesso board
©Helen Read 

(ready to frame)
Free domestic shipping  - IL residents please add 8% sales tax

The colors of fall are pure joy!   Yellow, Orange, Red, Coral, Green - it's as if the every color makes it's last flourish of the season before the long winter's rest.  These lovely colors are off set with the deep blue of a vase holding them all together.   The beauty of color brings it's joy year round in this small painting.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Artist's Mindset -- It Plays a Critical Role!

I’ll bet it happens to all of us in one way or another …. the games our creative minds play; they can be a such a roadblock.   I’m talking about those messages that come (unbidden) into the mind and find their way into the heart. You know, they are spoken in the tone of “you can’t do this”, “what you are doing has no real value”, “you should spend your time doing something that …”, “you are no expert!” ,  “Don’t try it, you will fail.”
  But, there's hope! Read the whole article here 

I don't know about you, but I need encouragement from time to time. If you do too, I'd love to be an encouragement - just hit this link and you'll get some great ideas and encouraging words a few times a month right in your inbox!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Autumn Birches

Autumn Birches  11x14" oil on canvas 
©2018 Helen Read
(ready to frame) 
(Free domestic shipping,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax)  


Oh, the beauty of fall... such wonderful color! 
This highly textured painting features the glorious colors of autumn - expressively painted with a palette knife. 
The birch trees with their white speckled bark stand out against the beautiful yellows, greens, and rust  - with hints of blue in the background.  An eye catching display! 
If you'd like to see more colorful paintings, please visit my website

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunflower Piracy

I just ran across this image on Pinterest and recognized it as my work immediately. 
It is my original art work which I created quite a few years ago. 
The use of this image for a single tattoo was sold in 2013.  But now I see that at least 1(maybe more) companies are selling this very same artwork (only flipped in a mirror image) as temporary tattoo art. 
Of course, I'm glad that it is well liked, but to reproduce someone else's art work without  permission or to sell it and profit by those sales is theft.
When an artist sells an original work, unless it is stated specifically - the artist retains the rights to reproduce that work if they so choose.  The buyer purchases the original work, but not the rights to reproduce it.  
In the case of this tattoo art that was sold, the original was not sold-I still own it.  But I did sell a high quality reproduced image for a one time use to the purchaser in England. 
I assume the image was taken from the internet by someone who liked it and has decided to try to profit from it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Peonies and so much more!


This delightful little painting is headed to it's new home in Florida! 

Did you know there are others like this one!?  
Colorful and  expressive - they make you smile!  

You can see a variety of them on my website!   Now is a great time to make a early purchase for the gift giving season.  With an original painting, you know that you are giving a one-of-a-kind gift! 

See a variety of ready- to-frame and ready-to-send paintings right here!
Domestic shipping is free!! 
(IL residents please add 8% sales tax)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Now's the time!

It's just about the time when I send out a note to my special friends! 
Once every month, I send out visual news....  a peek at the latest work I've been doing - but there's more!   

* Fun contests to enter for free art work every few months

* Discounts offered only to my friends (because they are special!) 
* Free downloads that are interactive and fun
* Newsy things from life and work 
* and an encouraging word that we all need from time to time. 

It's a great way to stay in touch in this busy world! 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Summer Shadows

Summer Shadows,  12x9" Oil on Canvas
© 2018  Helen Read 
(ready to frame) 

(Domestic shipping included, IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 

Just off the easel and still drying!
Highly textured and full of colorful light, this painting captures the warmth of summer shadows.  You can almost hear the cicadas in the trees as the roadway invites exploration and adventure!  

To create that wonderful sense of texture, a palette knife was used as the painting tool. The colors blend with interesting striations, and a warm glow is cast from some of the under painting still showing through. 
It is ready to frame and hang!

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Landscapes and Palette Knives

A couple posts back, I posted the beginning of this landscape - a roadway ... maybe the road less traveled?     It's only in progress here - but in order to keep this one loose and expressive, I'm using a palette knife to apply the paint.  The top picture shows how far I've progressed.  The bottom picture gives a detail of how texture and broken color creates the effect of trees along a road side - yet it is not precise... it leaves the eye to do color mixing and to imagine the scene.  


Monday, September 17, 2018

Fly Away Home

This little mini painting and its easel was my Give-Away in this month of September!
And it is headed to Mississippi! 
That's right ....  a free oil painting to one of my friends!  

So - who are these special friends? 
They are the ones who get my news note every month.

And YOU could be one of these special friends too! 
You will get a colorful fun message in your inbox during the first week of every month. 
In that note, you'll see 
  • the latest work from my studio, 
  • hear the latest news, 
  • find out about the contests for free paintings that I run every few months, and how to participate
  • get notice of special discounts (only available to my friends), 
  • and get a download that I make just for you 

It's fun, it's free ... and it's a great way to stay in touch. 
You've got nothing to lose - and you just might have something to gain! :)   

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