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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More of 2011 in Review

Miscellaneous drawings and paintings of 2011
Scroll down for a look at abstracts and landscapes of 2011

Light and Reflections, 8 x 12" Colored pencil on black paper
House Wren, 6x6" Colored pencil on gray paper

Wren in Grass, 6x6" Acrylic on canvas 


Agave, 6x6" Acrylic on Clayboard 

The Edge of Shadow,  9x12" colored pencil on black paper 

Blossom,  8x8" colored pencil on clayboard 

Spiraling Leaf, 6x6" Graphite on Clayboard 

Winter Resident, 6x6" Oil on canvas 


Ship, 9x11" Pen and Ink on Paper 


Its been a busy year!   But not entirely busy with art.... I've continued to teach high school, full time and take a rather full load of graduate classes.   In between these things and keeping relationships alive with children, family and friends,  I paint!!   And, thankfully, I have sold more this year than in recent years with our slow economy.   Maybe this is a hopeful sign that recovery is on its way!?   I hope so.

As I look back over the year in terms of art, its been a good year - with new and different kinds of work, larger sizes for many of the works, and new ideas!  

Happy New Year!

May we enjoy the blessings of 2012 as we look back with gratitude on 2011.

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 in Review - Landscapes

Looking back, its been a year of quite a few landscapes!  Most of these have sold, but several remain available...

Coastal Road,  5x7" Acrylic on canvas

Dusty Landscape,  5.25 x 7.5" Acrylic on paper
This comes matted in a 8x10" off white matting.  Ready to frame. 
Points North, 5x7" Acrylic on canvas

Sardinian Sunshine, 6x6" Oil on canvas 

Maroon Bells,  11x16" Oil on canvas
SOLD - Commissioned

Rosie's Pond, 5x7" Watercolor on Paper
SOLD - Commissioned

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wrapped, 9x12" colored pencil on black paper
©2010, Helen Read

Merry Christmas!  It is a wonderful time of year to stop and celebrate with family and friends. 
This year, may I take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas. 
I wish you a warm and wonderful celebration, and I wish for you "the best gift of all" 
the Gift of our Savior, Jesus.  A gift equally open to all who will receive it. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Psalms on Note Cards

A new set of note cards?  I'm not sure yet if I will produce these. 
They use some of my abstract works with words from the Psalms. 
I'm open for comments! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Year in Review - abstracts

I've worked on several abstracts this year.   I continue to be intrigued by abstractions and how to make them compelling by simply using the elements and principles of design well.
These were fun to do, and while working on them, I feel like I learned a lot about my materials and how to use them. 

So this post is about the finished abstracts this year.
I am still working on a few that have not yet been finished. 
The top two are rather large - 22x15"  Both are acrylic on paper.
The third one is smaller, in fact, its roughly post card sized; also acrylic on paper
and the last one is a medium sized piece, and acrylic on rice paper that is mounted on foam core.

What intrigues me about these are the repetitive shapes and the somewhat poetic colors.  I hope to continue working out some of these ideas in the new year.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pond Reflections

Rosie's Pond, 5x7" watercolor on paper
©2011, Helen Read 


I love the tranquility of a pond.  This one seems to reflect just that kind of tranquility.  It brings back so many memories of my childhood.    This is a small commission ...  a Christmas gift, on its way to an unsuspecting recipient! 
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