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Thursday, September 27, 2012

October Feature - Epaulette

October's Featured painting!
Just for the month of October
Epaulette, 6x6" Oil on canvas,
©2012, Helen Read
ready to frame


Where I live, here in the midwest, this is a very common sight!  Red winged blackbirds seem quite drawn to the bull rushes and cat tails, always it seems at water's edge.
This eye catching  painting can be hanging on your wall within just a few days.   It will only be featured at this price for the month of October, then if it hasn't sold, it will revert to its usual price. Act quickly before its gone! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

1 subject, 2 mediums to express it!

Once again, I'm showing a couple older works from a year ago. These show the different outcomes of working with the very same reference photo, a photo I took at Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, CA and working with 2 different mediums.  The outcome is recognizable as the same thing, but the overall feeling is entirely different! 

The Edge of Shadow, 9x12" colored pencil on black paper
©2011 Helen Read 
$100.00 (unmatted)
(shipping in US, please add $13.00, International shipping is additional,  IL residents, please add 8.25% sales tax)
$115.00  (matted to fit a 16x20" frame)
(shipping in US please add $13.00 for matted size,  international shipping is additional;
IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax).

Unmatted option - $100.00 + shipping

Matted option - $115.00 + shipping

Green Agave, 6x6" Watercolor and Acrylic on clayboard
©2011, Helen Read
( Shipping in US - $13.00, International shipping is additional,
IL Residents, please add 8.25% sales tax)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Last year at this time

Blossom,  8x8" colored pencil on clayboard
(Clayboard is masonite with a very smooth kaolin clay finish on which to work)
©2011, Helen Read
Ready to frame 
(Please add $13.00 shipping in US, international shipping- additional, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)

Looking back a year to see what was happening in my studio is always an interesting exercise. 
One of my works was experimenting with clayboard and how it accepted colored pencil, graphite, or paint.  Here I have used prismacolor pencils and gotten a very nice effect. 
The reference picture is one I took just after the rain!  The foliage and the flower still held the water droplets.  All very intriguing and quite beautiful.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

At water's edge

Westwind - Water's Edge, 7x5" Oil on canvas
©Helen Read
(ready to frame)
(Please add $10.00 shipping in US, international shipping is additional)
IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax 

Last weekend, on an absolutely beautiful day, I went out to a nearby lake to do some plein air painting, and here is the result.   The cat tails and broken reeds gave such a beautiful texture to the scene and the colors of the green and blue of the water were truly lovely.    In our area, it is very rare not to see a small red winged blackbird clinging to a cat tail along the water's edge.
Here, though a little bit hidden, his red wing peeks out! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Time has almost run out - but its not too late!!

The Studio Upstairs
September 10, 2012

Just a few more hours remain! 
That's right!  
The auction time in nearly over.   Now's a great time to pick up a small still life ~ an original oil painting for nearly nothing!  
On Tuesday, about mid day, the time will run out though. 
Click on the images below to go to the auction site and see what might be happening!

Three Lemon Still Life 
3 Lemons, 6x6" Oil on canvas   
Green Grape Still Life 
Grapes, 5x7" Oil on canvas

Strawberry Bowl Still Life 
Berry Bowl, 6x6" Oil on canvas

  Each of these small paintings is painted with oil paint on a small stretched canvas
and is ready to frame.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in art and in my studio!   I hope you will pass on this information to your friends too!   I will be in touch soon with news and new images! 

Helen Read 
The Studio Upstairs

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Auction through September 11th

7 Day Auction through September 11th. 
3 Great paintings at Great Starting Prices!  
Decorate your kitchen or dining room with
Fruit Still Life Oil Paintings!   
Three Lemons, 6x6" Oil on canvas
Ready to frame.

Green Grapes, 5x7" Oil on canvas
Ready to frame

Berry Bowl, 6x6" Oil on canvas
Ready to frame

Monday, September 3, 2012

September's Featured painting ~ End of the Summer

September's Featured Painting

                                                                  End of the Summer, 5x7" watercolor on Yupo
©2012, Helen Read 
this price includes a simple black frame with glass
(Please add $10.00 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax
International shipping - $25.00

Here is the finished painting!  Once again, I'm painting on Yupo and finding its qualities very interesting.  It holds the paint in a completely different way than the usual watercolor paper does - and surprisingly, texture is very easy to create as well.   In this painting, it begins to move a bit toward abstraction because of the way that the paint pools and puddles.  

Just for the month of September, this painting and its frame are featured for $30.00.   It is a one of a kind, so when it sells, it is gone.  If it does not sell by the end of September, it will revert to its usual price.   Grab it now, at its great price, for that small wall that needs color!  

A work in progress

Work has just begun on a new watercolor painting.
As you can see - it depicts grapes, but it is also somewhat abstract.  
I'm working on Yupo again, which has some very interesting qualities. 
So... we shall see where this goes and how it develops.
In someways, it is becoming its own painting, telling me where to go as we proceed. 
The outcome will be a surprise for me too! 
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