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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter's Rest

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

$130.00
Ready to frame
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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
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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!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Joys of Autumn

"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile." ~William Cullen Bryant

A blaze of color, the quiet settling of leaves, the flocks of birds on a yearly pilgrimage, 
there's a rhythm and constancy about the seasons, and autumn - a preparation for rest - is one of the most beautiful. 

Even in the midst of all this beauty,  I look ahead to the long siege of winter with some trepidation. 
Here, where I live, it seems to last forever under a chilled white blanket.  

So Autumn, for me, is a time to soak it up and to take joy in the small beauties it presents...

To Give Thanks
...not just because we celebrate Thanksgiving in the Autumn, but because each day has its own small gifts. 


 The glorious "hello" of the morning as the sun rises


 The intricate tracing of color in fallen leaves 

Gifts can be found in the most ordinary of life's experiences... if we choose to see them as gifts.  
This is what I'm training my eye and my heart to see - God, the Creator of the cosmos, is presenting beautiful small gifts day by day as a way of saying,  "It all matters!  Beauty matters.  My creation matters. Small things matter."  and most importantly,
"YOU matter!"

These gifts of beauty are His love notes to each of us - but we must take time to see.  We must take time to see the blaze of red lit up by the sun and reflected in the water... only lasting a few minutes to the seeing eye before it's gone, but nevertheless, a whisper of colorful love. 
or 
the dawning of golden light with it's band of glowing clouds - a gracious good morning and the promise of a new day of opportunities.  Scriptures tells us that His mercies are new each morning  - here is a visual reminder of that promise.
or 
an array of color from purple through reds and oranges and yellows, 
gently traced throughout the veins of leaves...Why? 
For beauty's sake; for the delight of it. 

Taking joy in these small ordinary things trains the heart to watch for the gifts that God gives and to 
live with gratitude. 

Watch with me! 
Take joy in the small gifts of the day.
Give thanks to a good God who whispers love and promises of mercy and who takes delight in His creation.... and most especially takes delight in You! 

 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Completed Commission

Untitled, © 2017, Helen Read

This painting was commissioned as part of a series of paintings that will be used in the services and will hang at church.  The requirements were loosely given and it will relate to paintings around it. 
I decided to do this with a bit of abstraction behind the bird and let the bird remain more realistically presented. 
The painting which will be on the left of this one has a darker theme, and the one that will be on the right of this one, is bright and light-filled.  The tree connects to the paintings on the right and left and also below. 

This one measures 24" x 24" and is gallery wrapped - about 2" deep, painted around the sides. 
I used acrylic paint for all of it, and the edges of the bird where it is catching light from the source on the right have been given some iridescence to the paint. 
The use of many circles and dots portrays a sense of energy to the piece, and the bold use of color is also energetic and joyful.  I'm excited to see exactly how it will be used in the coming months. 
To see it in person (starting in mid-December) come by Wellspring Alliance Church in Wheaton.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Autumn Joy

Autumn Joy, 7x5" oil on gesso board
© 2017 Helen Read 
ready to frame 

$90.00 
(Free domestic shipping!
IL residents please add 8% sales tax.)



Well,  fall is finally here in the Midwest.  We've had a lovely prolonged summery start to it, with flowers continuing to bloom during warm sunny days.  So, these last blooms of fall are fading now... except not in this little painting!  How about a some beautiful color to brighten up that corner that needs some color!?   This painting is highly textured and full of luscious jewel tone colors.   All the colors of a beautiful fall day, right here!  

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

$55.00
(Free domestic shipping , 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! 
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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
(Domestic shipping will be added.  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! 

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