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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spring is on it's way!

Spring Tulips, 12x9" Oil on gesso board 
©2017 Helen Read 
(ready to frame)
(Please add $20 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8% sales tax) 


Ah... spring time.   In the northern part of the country, it can be a long wait.   The beauty of spring flowers reminds my heart that spring will soon be here in all it's beauty.  Tulips are one of the first messengers!
I love their soft colors and the simplicity of a simple jar of flowers.   This composition is clothed in soft colors of spring time, with luscious passages of texture in the brushwork.
It is ready to send to it's new home! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Coffee Anyone?!

Last summer.... 

I was contacted by a design firm in San Francisco.  They were interested in the drawing you see above, Curvature. 
I did this colored pencil drawing about 6 years prior...and had sort of forgotten about it!
They thought it would be just right for a coffee company to use on their packaging -
was I interested in selling the rights to it's use? 

After some discussion, that's just what happened - and now, these months later, the bags have been printed.
You can see the background of the coffee bag is a how they used my work.  (And, I've been told that they are using the image on boxes too, but I haven't seen those yet)

It was only after our agreement that I found out it was Peet's Coffee that was the buyer! 
I couldn't be happier!  They also bought the original work. 

All of this came about rather unexpectedly, but most happily!
I think that's called Serendipity! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Flowers for Valentine's Day!

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Winter Blossoms, 8x10" Oil on canvas panel
©2017, Helen Read

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sunspots on a Summer Afternoon

Sunspots,  12x9" Oil on linen panel
©2017  Helen Read

Ready to Frame
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On a warm afternoon in late summer, most of the terrain is in shadow ... except for those few brightly lit spots of sunshine that seem to beckon.  I was drawn to the beautiful reflective water with those distance spots of warm sunshine being the perfect complement to the shadowy greens.
Peaceful, serene and yet quite alluring. 

Have you ever wondered how a painting gets started?   

You can see the beginning steps for this painting by scrolling down a few entries or just click here!
The research and the preparatory steps may surprise you! 

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