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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Winter Cardinal Watercolor


Winter Cardinal
5x7" watercolor on paper, matted for an 8x10" frame
©Helen Read 

matted in white as shown
Includes domestic shipping,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax.

Here in Illinois, Cardinals remain  with us through the winter months; a beautiful spot of bright color in an otherwise monochromatic world.  They particularly stand out when in an evergreen tree. 
They have a lovely, slender form and seem quite regal to me.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Eastern Light Landscape Painting

Eastern Light, 14x11 oil on canvas,
©Helen Read
(framed in solid wood, contemporary frame w/cherry finish)

This view came to my by surprise!  Would you ever imagine that it is located in town! on a rather busy intersection?  In fact, its not far from my house and I often walk by this corner.  The woods are thick, but not too deep right there and I caught this just as the eastern morning light was flooding in... it was rather breath taking! 

The glory of the sunshine lit the entire corner of this woods up and, to me, it was worthy of remembering!   

(framed and ready to hang)


Domestic Shipping is included.  IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase


Sunflowers in a Blue Vase
7x5" oil on panel

Once again, I've used sunflowers as a model several times just lately.  They "pose" very well! I never get tired of their bright color.  In this painting, I've coupled their sunny faces with a more complementary background.  And of course, the blue vase gives it a different pop of color!  

This is ready to send to brighten its new home, either framed or unframed. 

Framed $116.00

Unframed $97.00
Domestic shipping is included.  IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

Fall 2021 ~ Busy, but lot's happening!


Whewww... these last few months have been super busy!  I'd been preparing for a workshop in Chicago, which went well. I've traveled out of town, done a commission and several more paintings.  But I haven't been posting here.  :(    But, I am now!   

This one is just shipped out - Sunflower Trio - oil on panel.  It's framed version (which always finishes a painting off beautifully) is shown below... same painting, but the lighting is a bit different in the framing.


Beautiful Sunflowers!

 I love them!

Sunflowers are (to me) such a lovely summer reminder.  Maybe it is because they grow wild in the southwest where I grew up.  Or maybe it's just their beautiful, sunny color that brings me that sense of warmth and brightness.  I love how they lift their faces to the sun and follow it across the sky.   They also make a lovely "model" for still life painting!  
This painting is ready to send to its new home!  It can be sent framed and ready to hang - all the guess work and waiting on framing is taken care of.  The frame is solid wood in a black finish, contemporary in its squared styling.    It can also be sent unframed and ready to drop into a 5x7" frame.

Sunflowers in a Watering Can
5x7" oil on panel

(also shown in it's contemporary black wooden frame)
Framed $116.00
Unframed $97.00
Domestic Shipping included!  IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Upcoming Watercolor Workshop


I've been preparing for an upcoming watercolor workshop I'll be teaching in Chicago. 

These are the 2 painting that participants will receive materials and instruction to complete. 
Preparing has been intensive, but I think it will be a fun day.  

Lilacs in a Watering Can - 5x7" watercolor on paper
Bluebells in the Woods -  5x7" watercolor on paper

Sunday, September 5, 2021


Sundancers, 7.5x5.5" watercolor on paper
matted in white - ready to fit an 8x10"  frame

Sundancers, 7.5x5.5" watercolor on paper
matted in white - Framed in a 8x10" wooden frame (cherry finish) w/plexiglass

Framing Options:

Sunflowers!  They do seem to dance and sway in the summer sunlight!  They are the icon of summertime!  I love the deep golden color and the way they follow the light!  This watercolor painting is matted in white, and it has an option for framing. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Tunkhannock Viaduct


Tunkhannock Viaduct, 9x12" Oil on canvas
© Helen Read
framed in cherry frame - ready to hang
(Domestic shipping included, IL residents please add 8% sales tax)

In this painting, I hoped to capture the grandeur of a landscape with man-made architecture in it. The lighting and the magnificence of the structure were of equal interest to my eye.  I happened, very unexpectedly, upon this scene traveling through northeastern PA - and was completely captured by the beauty of craftsmanship and God's beautiful creation!  
It is framed in a wooden cherry finish frame
1" deep and 3/4" across the face.
Ready to hang! 

Green Glade - oil pastel


Green Glade, 6x8" Oil pastel on paper
© Helen Read    
Matted in white for a 9x12" frame
Matted and framed in 9x12" wooden frame w/plexiglass 
(domestic shipping included,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax)

Oil pastel is a beautiful medium!  And though I don't work in it frequently, this painting has such a wonderful mysterious sense of the woodland.  It is sold matted, either framed or unframed.  It's one of my favorites! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Elm Grove,  14x18" oil on canvas
 ©Helen Read

Domestic shipping included,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax
ready to frame

The beauty of spring in the midwest is especially stunning after a long cold winter of gray upon gray.  Within a few weeks, everything bursts into color and song!  This little glimpse is just around the corner in my neighborhood.  The ordinary becomes extraordinary!  Colorful light gives a cast of beauty to all it touches! 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Today's Featured Painting! Summer Scents


Summer Scents (peonies),  7x5" oil on gesso board
©2017 Helen Read
(Ready to frame)

Domestic shipping included.   IL residents please add 8% sales tax.  

Framed option available - black wooden frame
approx 1" deep and 3/4" across the face
(ready to hang!)
What speaks the lazy days of summer as much as a casual bouquet of peonies in an old fashioned mason jar?
These pink and white beauties are have such sweet aroma and that lovely pop of color, set against the beautiful blue of a country window and shutter.  I love the sense of calm serenity they give.

Perhaps that speak that kind of serenity to your heart.

This lovely little painting is ready to find it's new home!  

Friday, August 6, 2021

Swedish Birches

 Swedish Birches,  matted in white to fit a 11x14" frame
oil pastel painting on illustration board
©Helen Read
unframed option - comes matted and ready to frame

framed option - in 11x14" wooden frame (cherry finish) w/plexiglass

Domestic shipping is included, IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

Oil pastel is a beautiful medium for painting!  It's blendable, yet it shows expressive stroke marks.
This pastoral scene captures a Swedish countryside with a stand of young birches and wispy grasses in the foreground. Softly muted colors and a sense of minimalism that so is often expressed in Scandinavian design is exactly what this painting speaks to the viewer!  

It is shipped either ready to frame in a standard 11x14" frame, or framed in a simply beautiful wooden frame (1" deep x 3/4" across the face). 

Monday, August 2, 2021

A Virtual Studio Visit! Summer Cathedral

Summer Cathedral
20x16" oil on canvas
(ready to frame - or - with a frame option) 

©Helen Read
Please visit here for more details about this painting!


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Vibrant Landscape - Experimenting with color combinations


Color....  I seem to always be chasing more interesting color combinations and how they relate to one another.  I'm working with oil pastels to try some new combinations... to see the atmosphere they create.  In this experiment - I was working with warm and cool combinations - juxtaposed next to one another...  I like the sense mystery that has resulted.  

If you look closely, there are subtle juxtapositions - warm colors that have a leaning toward cool.  Cool colors that learn toward warm.  And also, value shifts that are intriguing.  

Experimenting and working with known variables in a new way is an important part of discovery. 

What's next for this??  Possibly a full sized oil painting will come from
these color combinations.

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