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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Birches in Autumn

Swedish Birches,  7x10" Oil pastel on illustration board
©2014, Helen Read 
matted in white to fit 11x14" frame

$40.00
(Please add $7.00 for shipping within the US, IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 
This last month has been filled with work requirements and a larger commission... time has been fleeting!
As a repost, I'm "remembering" this pastel painting which is matted in white.   It is still available - and a variety of my other works at great prices are also available in my Etsy Shop (click the link below) 

Etsy Shop

 I hope you'll visit, and see something you love!  My prices are pretty lovable, too!

Monday, October 9, 2017

I'm giving gifts and surprises!!


Don't you love to get gifts? 

It's always fun to receive a gift ~ and I also enjoy giving gifts!  
For my newsletter friends - every month I create something fun just for you ... I really try to give you a reason to look forward to opening my email when it comes.  

In the last few months, I had a contest to win a free mini painting, and now it lives with one of my friends in Georgia.
On another month,  I offered a free print - anyone could download it, print it, and enjoy it! 
What's coming up next month???  
 Sign up and find out!!

Freebies, give-aways, contests, discounts, news  - and other surprises!!

All you need to do is fill out the form below and you'll be added to my list.
Then watch for my next newsletter which comes near the beginning of each month. 

So easy!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Edge of the Marsh



The Edge of the Marsh, 8x10" oil on gesso board 
©2017 Helen Read 
(ready to frame)
$180.00
(Please add $15.00 domestic shipping.  International shipping quoted by location.
IL residents please add 8% sales tax)

Autumn is full of color; expected color and surprising color hiding in shadows and in the undertones that we so easily miss seeing.  Along the edge of the marsh, there is color everywhere! 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

In Comes October!

Golden October, 12 x 9" Oil on Linen Panel
©2016 Helen Read
$245.00
Ready to frame
(Please add $20 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax) 





A year or so ago, the colors of our fall leaves (here in the midwest) were lovely.  This year, after a summer of almost no rain, it's mostly just brown.  So, I'm posting this painting that is a still available to celebrate the beauty of October yellows against the beautiful clear blue sky! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Geraniums in Full Bloom

September Geranium, 8x8" graphite on clayboard
©2017 Helen Read 

$120.00
(ready to frame)
(please add $15 domestic shipping,  IL residents, please add 8% sales tax)




Sunlight and shadow - beautiful detail.  These things are so easily depicted in graphite on a smooth surface.  In this case, I've used the ultra smooth surface of clayboard with a variety of pencils.
These are some of the last blooms of summer time.  I always feel a little sad at the end of summer, even though I truly enjoy the beauty of the fall colors.  Nevertheless, summer flowers are fading and on their way out.
I've tried to capture the full life of the geranium with this drawing.... holding on a little longer, perhaps, to summer!  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Goodbye Summer!

Evening Embers, 10x8" oil on linen panel 
©Helen Read
$180.00

ready to frame and hang
(Please add $20 shipping within the US, IL residents please add 8%sales tax) 

What a busy end to summer it has been!
I've been working on a few new things in the studio, but have had many interruptions.  So - I'm reposting this lovely sunset painting from almost exactly 1 year ago.  Don't you love the last burning rays of a summer sunset?
THIS summer, I have witnessed almost nothing of the sunsets we enjoyed last summer... it has been a much more cloudless summer, and dry.  So, I'm glad I captured the beautiful drama of the skies last summer!

I'll be posting new work soon!
Enjoy this one as a farewell to summer on this first day of fall! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

And the winner is.....

American Goldfinch, 3x3" oil on canvas
on wooden easel 

This little painting will be making it's new home in Georgia! 

Congratulations to the contest winner,
who is one of my wonderful Newsletter Friends! 

I will be offering contests such as this one to my newsletter friends every few months. 
Newsletters should be fun!  They should have news, of course (to go along with their title), but they should offer a lot more.  And that's exactly what I've been trying to do... offer something interesting, something fun, and something you will think is valuable!  

If you aren't sure about adding your name - maybe worried about getting flooded with lots and lots of emails? - worry no longer! 
I'm just me ... I don't have a huge company with a whole lot of marketing strategies. 
Actually, I work full time as a high school art teacher and I keep regular studio hours when I'm not at work! 
As you can probably tell, I don't have time to write more than about 1x a month - and when I do, I want it to be something you'll really enjoy. 

So, I'm adding fun things each month.  The opportunity to receive discounts, participate in contests, give aways, etc come to you month by month.  And I hope we can develop some dialog so I know what is important to you and what kind of art you most enjoy. 

Scroll down to the previous blog post and you will find a sign up form. 
When you sign up for my newsletter, your name will be added to my list.  My emails come to you about the first of each month and I use a secure safe email service.  Please don't worry about your info being shared elsewhere - it never is. 
Also, when you sign up, you will get a special "thank you" email.  

So what's holding you back? 

Join the fun!
You can never have too many friends! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Don't Let This Pass You By!


That's right!  Last month, my special offer included a "member discount" for one of my newest 
paintings AND a contest to pick a winner for a free original painting! 

There's just 1 catch....

 I only make this offer available on my newsletter list.  

It's actually a win-win, because you will get: 

  • About 1 email a month with lots of visuals and news from my studio (and sometimes other news!)
  • Special monthly discounts, give-aways, and contests 
  • A chance to give me input about future projects and work. (Your opinion counts!)
  • Also, you will often see things first or hear about new ideas before anyone else does. 
  • If you send me your birthday month, I'll send you a little something special
  • New members get a little gift for signing up!
  • Being a newsletter member is  FREE!  (Not much in our world is free, when you think about it)
  • And your information is safe - I use a secure service and I never share your information 

It's so easy to sign up.  Just fill out the information below and you'll be signed up and will receive the next newsletter which will come out around the first part of October!  

So, why not? 
There's nothing to lose and lots that you'll enjoy receiving from me!
And while I'm thinking of it, maybe you have friends whom you know would be interested in joining too.  
So please share my information with them.
(And let me know by email if you referred a friend.  If they become a member, I'll send you a thank you!)



Saturday, September 9, 2017

By Any Other Name....


Unfolding, 8x8" graphite on clayboard
©Helen Read 

$120.00(Please add $12.00 domestic shipping, IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 


Every day at school,  I teach students the art of drawing.  Now that
school has started this fall, I'm back in my classroom teaching students to see and draw
Line
Shape and Space
Texture
To shade for light and shadow (Value)

Yes, it can be pains taking.  It can take a long while to accomplish what the eye sees.
It takes time and perseverance to achieve the sense of 3 dimensions rising from a 2 dimensional surface. 
But, the results are so pleasing.  Even black, white, and gray comes alive! 

While I do love color - I also love the simple beauty of graphite drawing! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Autumn Approaches

Withered Beauty - sunflower, 15 x 15" Watercolor/mixed media on paper
© Helen Read 
matted in white to fit 20x20" frame
ready to frame 
$175.00
(Shipping $15.00 in US, additional costs internationally, IL residents, please add 8% sales tax) 




There is a beauty - even in the withering - the paper thin drying of the petals, still retaining a bit of their color.
Autumn is approaching... you can feel it in the air.
Yet, even in this transition from full bloom into dormancy, there is a certain beauty.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Let's Help!! Hurricane Relief Auction

You cannot watch the news without a heavy heart~
Here's a way to offer some support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

I've started an auction of these 2 original oil paintings.
All proceeds will be donated for disaster relief in SE Texas and Louisiana.
Auction ends Wednesday 9/6/17 approx 5pm - CST
 
Star of Bethlehem (Chicago Flower Market), 8x10" oil on gesso board
©2017 Helen Read
(ready to frame) 

This auction starts at $120 bid with free domestic shipping! 

SOLD!

Sunflower Basket, 10x8" oil on gesso board
©2017 Helen Read 
(ready to frame)

This auction starts at $120.00 bid with free domestic shipping! 

SOLD!


I was born and raised in Texas, so this disaster seems a little close to home, even though I do not currently live in that area.  This auction is a way that I can turn a surface, paint, and my vision into practical help.  And, it is a way that someone (like you) can own lovely original artwork! 

I hope you will participate.  Time is limited to just a few days.  Click the links to see how the auction is progressing, lend a hand and make a bid!  I'd love to package these paintings and send one of them to your house! 

Update - Post Auction

Both of these paintings have found their new homes and over  $300 was raised for hurricane relief in Texas. 
Thank you for your interest!   May we all continue to keep these people and those of Florida in our prayers.   

Monday, August 28, 2017

Original MiniPainting Giveaway!

This MiniPainting Could Alight at Your House!


Little Finch, 3x3" oil on canvas
©2017 Helen Read

As tiny as a little finch itself, this small painting is textured and detailed and
it will be sent to a lucky winner
in September!  

My September newsletter will be sent in another few days with the full information about how to enter the contest and win this original painting (with it's small easel).  It is the perfect size to sit in a book case or a table top.   If you have not already joined my fun email group, it's easy to do!   You'll get to participate in give-aways and contests, get freebies and gifts, and receive news and discounts.  Just enter your information in the form below and you'll be added to my list and get my newsy newsletter!  

MiniPainting with it's easel.

Don't miss out!   Join the fun and enter to win this little original painting! 


Here's the sign up!
Oh, and if you include your birthday I'll send you something special that month! 
(Your year remains your secret!)


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Garden Surprise

Garden Surprise, 7x5" oil on gesso board
©2017 Helen Read 
$80.00
(please add $10 domestic shipping , IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 



Small treasures - small surprises.  The world of God's creation is full of life, and color, and abundant growth!
Look at all the various shades of green, punctuated with pink and browns and finally a small goldfinch.
Such beauty to be found! 



Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's Be Friends!



In another week or so, I'll be sending out my September mailing
and Guess What!  

There's going to be a little contest for an original little painting give away!
You never know... you might be the winner!

So, all you have to do is sign up below.  Not only will you be included in all the future fun stuff I send  (about once a month), but you will be able to participate in the September contest and you'll get a "welcome gift" that I think you'll enjoy. 
 Its completely free.... so you have nothing to lose, but its only available to my friends who receive my email news. 

Here's the sign up!
Oh, and if you include your birthday I'll send you something special that month! 
(Your year remains your secret!)


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