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Sunday, August 28, 2011

September Featured Painting

Featured for the month of September
$30.00 thru 9/30/11
Points North,  5x7" Acrylic on canvas
©2011, Helen Read 
ready to frame


As a feature each month, I've been offering a small painting at a fraction of its normal selling price. In the past 2 months since I've started this practice, its seemed to be a very popular idea with everyone!  These small paintings have sold quickly and those who have purchased them got a great price on a small original. 

This painting was one I did with Virtual Paintout.  A place somewhere on earth is given each month and using Google Maps, we find a place and paint!   This one comes from the area of Fairbanks, AK,
a beautiful wooded country road with a few small flowers in bloom along the roadside. 

After the end of September, if this hasn't sold, it will be available for its full price of $100.  I hope it will go at its "featured price" ~ its ready to send! And I'd love to ship it out!  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pears ~ still feels like summer!

Three Long Necked Pears,  8x10" oil on canvas
©2010, Helen Read
ready to frame

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Still feels like summer!  So, I'm reposting this little still life.  Today starts the first day of the new school year - so I'm off to work again! 
More new work will be posted soon!  



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Garden Yield

Tomatoes, 6x6" Oil on canvas
©2007, Helen Read 

Gardening - it has its rewards!  My tomatoes aren't quite here yet (this year)... but it won't be too long! 
So, in the meantime, I'm reposting this post from a few years ago (also from my garden!)





Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer grapes

Green Grapes, 5x7" Oil on canvas
©2008, Helen Read
Ready to frame.

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What could speak more of summer than grapes?  
This small painting would be a perfect addition to a dining room or kitchen. 


Friday, August 12, 2011

Give-Away painting - August 15th!

MiniMum - 3x3" acrylic on canvas, ©2011 Helen Read 

All you have to do to be eligible to win is be a member of my mailing list!!  
I will have a random drawing on 8/15, and this small painting will be going to its new home.  Maybe it will be yours!?!  

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Dusty Landscape

Dusty Landscape,  5.25 x 7.5" acrylic on suede pastel paper
©2011, Helen Read 
matted in an 8x10" off white matting, ready to frame 

This was an experiment.  I've never worked with suede pastel paper before. What started as one thing turned into another.  Suede paper is highly texturized.  Therefore, this acrylic painting is also highly texturized.  I don't think this photograph does it justice.  The colors actually are muted and dusty, but in person they are more vibrant than it seems here.  My typical scanning of the painting wasn't adequate either - because of the texture, it didn't really capture the color correctly.  The digital camera I used also didn't record the color very well.  But, here it is anyway! 
While the painting looks good in its finished form, painting on suede paper was rather difficult. 
I may have to alter my technique --- or just use it for pastels! 

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Augusts Past.....

Purple Kohlrabi, 5x7" Oil on canvas
©2007, Helen Read

 Coneflower, Quartered,  5x7" Oil on canvas
©2008, Helen Read 

 Snowy Bank, 11x14" Oil on canvas
©2009, Helen Read 

Flowers in Pink and Blue, 8x8" Oil on canvas, 
©2010, Helen Read 

Four years ago I started this blog.  I'm not sure how many paintings I've done since then ~ hundreds I think!  But its interesting to look back and see what I was doing in the month of August in each of the last 4 years.  I've just returned from out of town and am working on some new things which I will post very soon!  In the meantime, enjoy looking back with me! 
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