Saturday, August 30, 2008

Labor Day Sale!

This is a quick post to let you know about a sale I'm participating in. I belong to a group call the Visual Artist Street Team on Etsy. We have about 16 members who are having sales for Labor Day. These sales are running through Tuesday, September 2nd.

This is the link for our Team blog
where you'll find 2 pieces of work from each member, as well as links to their shops for their other sale items.

Here are my sale pieces:

Click here for Orange Eye - Moon Bunny!

This is a large Moon Bunny. It is an original watercolor measuring 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide. Moon Bunny has many shades of yellows, greens, maroons and oranges. Orange Eye Moon Bunny was priced at $22.00 and is now reduced to $15.oo.


Click here for Poppies!

I love painting poppies! They grow in the hill country area, and there are fields of them at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. The brilliant colors always catch my eye.

This painting is 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide. It is painted in oils, a quick study I did for a larger painting.

This piece was priced at $55.00 and has been reduced to $45.00 for this sale.


and more sale pieces:

Through the Trees
was $22, now marked down to $15
"Through The Trees" is an original watercolor painting. It is created on 140# watercolor paper, and is created with numerous shades of greens, yellows, and ochers.
This piece is 6 7/8 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches wide.

Heron is painted in watercolor with layers and layers of blues, mauves, violets and a touch of yellow. I splattered some paint on the back ground, too. You know I like painting birds and animals, and you will be seeing more herons! I've been painting smaller watercolors of them, very colorful, some with few strokes and no detail, just capturing their essence.

Heron is listed Here in my Esty Shop! It has been reduced from $45 to $38.

It is sized to fit either an 8x10 or an 11x14 standard mat and frame. It measures 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide.

I have already sold 2 pieces from my sale, so I added more to the sale list. Be sure to Click here for the link to my Labor Day Sale Section in my Etsy Shop, and see what may have been added to the list! This sale is through Tuesday, September 2nd.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $10.00 to $395.00.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings, and to see my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature!

Thank you!


Jean Levert Hood

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Blue Jeans and Tree Ducks

Heavy Starch I is an original oil painting, 8 x 6 inches. This piece was just plain fun to paint! I love it when these small works turn into a series, usually because it has become that "fun" word. Believe me, all painting is "work," but it is such a delightful, fulfilling work that work does become "fun." I've painted 3 in my Heavy Starch series, #2 sold last month, this is #1. It's for sale in my Etsy store here, for $55.00.

The tree ducks are staying around more and more. They come into the field in front of the house when that feeder goes off, and this is a shot of them at yet another feeder. I promise you, they all have watches and they know when each different feeder goes off!

My beautiful picture

The Tree Ducks are resident here in our part of Texas from April through December. They have a black-belly and a coral-pink bill and legs. Those almost orange bills and legs are so distinctive. This is a goose-like whistling duck, with a white stripe on its wing.

They enjoy our feeders. A lot. The resolution on this particular camera isn't very good, but at least I have a respectable group of them together to show you.

My beautiful picture

The animals seem to get along well and don't mind feeding together. We usually see any number of birds, deer, turkey and rabbits feeding at the same time. The Tree Ducks join them seasonally. In the photo above, in the very bottom left corner you can see the head of a duck and get a better idea of the color of the beak.

Below, it's time to fly away. It's so neat what the camera catches in flapping wings.

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

Please visit My Etsy Store, and my web site.

So, until next time!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Twin Fawns, and no birds!! Summer heat and more...

I am thrilled that I've got a shot of the twin fawns! No, I didn't take it, they still haven't come close enough into the field. The game camera got this shot at one of the feeders.

My beautiful pictureLook at the difference in color in the twin's coat. It is more reddish brown than the adults. These are probably about 2 months old.My beautiful pictureWalking away, now.

I apologize about the date and time, it is on the camera, although it is obviously incorrect. It's kind of like getting the VHS time set a few years back!

I really try hard to write a good blog. Really hard. I proof read and proof read to make sure I have it right, and try to be alert for mistakes that the spell checker will not catch. (hear/here, rode/road) Well, two days after I published my last blog, my sister emailed me to let me know I'd made a mistake.

Hmmmm, let me restate that. Two days after I posted my last blog, one of sisters (who will remain unnamed) gleefully let me know that I really blew it. I gave you a "peak" into my studio. Oh, please......*head hanging in shame* Sigh.

Well, sisters do keep score, so she's ahead for now, but, I will be watching her very carefully! Sew, hear is a peak at our thermometer! (I just couldn't resist!)

Blog thermometer

This was a few days ago, before we had several days of drizzles that gave us almost 1/2 inch of rain. Yes, not much, but precious for us at this time of year. It makes me think of my friends Cynthia in Colorado, and Melody in Ontario. Cynthia is a wonderful artist, working in clay, paint and textiles. Melody works in textiles, paint, and mixed media and lives in Canada. They both live where they never see a thermometer like this!

I love to paint poppies. The fields of them at Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg are beautiful. Their bright colors never fail to capture me. This is a small study that I did for a larger painting, it is 8x6. It's painted in oil, lots of texture and thick paint on this one.

This little study is at this link in my Etsy store. As a study, it is priced at $55.00.

So, until next time!

The heat doesn't seem to bother them at all.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wet bird and ginkgo leaves!

Oh, what a sight - a mother deer ( Doe) is bringing her twin fawns into the field in front of our house! Many years we don't see fawns at all, the mothers keep them hidden quite well until they're old enough to fend for themselves. Another Doe with a single fawn that ventured out this morning. I'm waiting for them to get close enough to get a good picture, hopefully I can.

I did get these great shots for you. This little bird was into some very vigorous bathing! (OK, maybe this is too many birds in a row, but this is just too good to pass up.) And yes, you can see that I'm loving my new camera with the telephoto lens.

Notice in this next shot the deer just behind the fence!

For this shot, I focused on the deer.

Look how puffy it's getting!

The birds hop in all directions as they are bathing, turning this way and that, keeping an eye out for their surroundings.

I'm marginal at best in figuring out most of my birds, in spite of my Birds of Texas book. I do think this is a warbler of some sort, but they have no reference photos of puffy, soaking wet birds in there. My birder blogger friend John Mora, at Select.ive.Pan.cakes can usually help me out with the birds. John, if you read this and can help, please do so!

I love painting ginkgo leaves. I have a handful that I collected on the ground in December in Fredericksburg, Texas. I was there for their annual Christmas parade weekend, they have wonderful holiday events then. I didn't even know ginkgo trees grew well here, and was kind of amazed to see one outside of Whistle Pik Gallery. I scooped up some dead leaves on the ground and have been painting them since. The background colors flowing and merging is always magical in watercolor.

This is called "Ginkgo Falling." It measures 6 by 4 1/2 inches, and is available in my Etsy store by clicking here. Ginkgo is priced at $22.00.

I love how you can turn an abstract any way.

And I'll leave you with a peek into my studio:

Please visit My Etsy Store for this and other fine art. Check out this link to my
Available Works page on my website. Till next time!

They never ask for time off.