Friday, November 28, 2008

Falling Ginkgos, An Owl, and more!

Falling Ginkgos:

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Yes, more ginkgos! I love to paint these leaves. This original watercolor painting has layers of ochers, violets, oranges, greens, yellows, and probably more!
"Falling Ginkgos" is 5 1/4 inches tall by 3 5/8 wide, sized to fit into a 5x7 mat and frame. Falling is is available in my ArtFire Studio!

An owl! The game camera caught an owl! This is another first. Not a great shot, but pretty neat for night time photo!

My beautiful picture

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My Holiday Sale continues, and I've added Cone Flower to the sale! It was listed at $22.00, and is on sale for only $17.00. Cone Flower is available here in my Etsy Shop!

Sharon Shubert is an amazing artist, and does much to promote other's art. We are both in the group WWAO, Worldwide Women Artists Online. Sharon shows a daily page on her web site for our work. Click here to visit that page. She changes it each day to give everyone exposure. What a great way to see so many artists on one page! This is a wonderful way to see many artist's pieces in one place.

Please visit my Etsy store for original watercolor and oil paintings priced from $7.00 to $395.00. Don't miss my web site for more oil paintings of my corner of the world, and my travels.

Till next time!


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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

With a grateful heart, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Nueces reflections, another Holiday Sale item!

Oh, the magic of water. I love these reflections. These photos are from the beautiful Nueces River, which runs through much of the Texas Hill Country.

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The water is perfectly clear. the red leaf is floating on top.

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Hmmmm, I think I see another painting coming with this one:

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Here is another in my Holiday Sale!!

Rio Frio Series - Twilight

This little study is 6 inches tall by 8 inches wide. It is on sale for $45.00, and will return to $55.00 after my sale is over. You can find this in my Etsy store by clicking here.

Please visit my Etsy store for sale items starting at $7.00! This is where you'll see my smaller works and studies, as well as my watercolor paintings.

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings of my beautiful area of Texas, as well as my travels.

Thank you!
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Watusi and Workshop, Holiday Sale - Orange Eye

I was in Fredericksburg recently, a beautiful part of our Texas Hill Country. Just outside of town I saw these amazing cattle! Well, amazing for me. Their horn base is huge. Huge. Big. They are Watusi. I wish I would have been able to get a closer shot of them, but this must do. They were in an area with these 3 donkeys, and I thought the way they were all lined up was too funny.

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Here's one of the pieces on sale from my Etsy Shop. This is Orange Eye - Moon Bunny. This is a larger Moon Bunny, not one of my miniatures. It's an original watercolor and measures 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide. This Moon Bunny has many shades of yellows, greens, maroons, and, of course - oranges! Orange Eye is on sale for $17.00, click here.

I taught another delightful workshop at the Fort Clark Art Studio recently. I love to teach, and love these ladies!

This is Betty,

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and Gloria,

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and Queta,

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and I don't have a photo of Twila, but this is her wonderful painting. She does beautiful work, and I think she should be the teacher!

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It was great, as always.

I have a Holiday sale in my Etsy store! Many paintings are marked down, sale prices start at $7.00 for some of my Tiny Bits of Fine Art!

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings!

Till next time! Jean

Who could ask for better helpers??

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Iris Emerging, Lake Jean's Moon, Deer and Turkey!

The moon was so awesome last night! It was huge just above the horizon, early in the evening. Our Game Camera at Lake Jean caught this awesome shot! I don't think I've ever seen this before. We don't have too many deer feeding at night, so this is really a special shot. Oh, sigh, and about that date and time - it's kind of like the old VCR's, we have no idea how to get that date right or to remove it!

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Turkeys!! I saw over 30 turkeys in the field in front of our house 2 days ago. I'd hoped that they had all stopped at the Lake to munch out before they crossed the field, but, I'm happy to have the shot of these guys!

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Here is the shot I got from the patio, they are pretty far for my camera to do much, but you can see most of the large group.

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Iris Emerging, Abstract Study is now available for sale!

It is 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide and features the light of the iris petals emerging from a dark background. I love doing pieces that are part abstract and part impressionistic. Fun, very fun! My sister had these gorgeous iris in her yard, and it was perfect for this piece. The outer petals of the iris were white, and the inner ones were the palest of purples.

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Iris Emerging is available in in my Etsy store, click here, for $200.00.

Please visit my Etsy store for sale items starting at $7.00! Here is where you'll see my smaller works and studies, as well as my watercolor paintings. Holiday Sale is in progress!

Don't miss my website for more oil paintings of my beautiful area of Texas, as well as my travels.

Thank you!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Golden Pink and Holiday Sale!

There is a special time of day that I love. It's the late, late afternoon, just as the sun is going down. The field in front of our house turns the most gorgeous color. I can only describe it as golden-pink. If only a photograph could capture the real beauty. But, as with many things, neither a photo or a painting will do, you just have to be there! I wait for it most days, waiting for the light to be splashed, thrown, hurled - it appears. Then, sunset.

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I have a Holiday Sale in my Etsy store!! If you're getting an early start on your gift list, you may find just the right piece for someone special!

Until next time!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More affordable art for your walls, featuring Glenda Bailey and Susan Elkin

Glenda Bailey, of Two Cool Texans has beautiful work. I simply love her work, and have featured her on my own blog. She and her daughter work together in this venture. Both have been widely published, and their art is in homes across the United States, Canada, and the UK. Their art has been published in Somerset Studio, Altered Arts magazine, Somerset Gallery issues, Expressions, Haute Handbags, ScrapnStamp, Stampers Sampler, Somerset Handcrafted and Sew Somerset. These impressive artist have a variety of pieces available for your walls at very reasonable prices!

Mixed media and felting on canvas-Winter Songs $38.50

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I love this piece, but, by now you've figured out that I love all of Glenda's work! The quiet colors in this piece are so engaging. Glenda started this piece by needle felting, beading, adding brass leaves and fibers, then finally silk leaves onto a piece of wool felt. Then she stitched on the image of the two birds sitting on a pine branch. Next, she layered the felted piece onto a canvas board covered with diagonally quilted bronze fabric, then onto green handmade paper. Lastly, the piece was layered onto a gallery wrapped canvas. The sides and the canvas are painted also. For a finally touch, she added a bamboo ring tied with coordinating fibers. The canvas measures 8 x 8 inches plus a few inches more at the bottom with the fibers hanging down. Perfect - and so very reasonably priced!

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Glenda Bailey - her own words:
I am a mixed media artist and teacher in the Dallas area. I have been teaching and pursuing mixed media arts since I became an empty nester about 12 years ago. Alisha tells me it is more like 15 years, I have no concept of time. The hobby has turned into a profession of sorts and occupies most of my time. I love it! My daughter and I own and collaborate on a lot of art projects. We also do artwork and demos for Clearsnap. I feel so blessed to have a "best friend" and a daughter who shares my passion for all things art.

This is another piece of Glenda's that is just great.

Bird and eggs, mixed media assemblage, canvas, shadow box, collage, available for only $35.95!

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This is one in Glenda's shadow boxes series. She uses a 6 x 8 stretched canvas, turns it over to the back and creates a shadow box inside the opening for the collage. The back is then painted and it is ready to hang or place on a little stand for display. She said she loves doing bird themes! For this one, Glenda used handmade paper, a bird reprint, a twig, cheesecloth, and a vintage reprint of the bird.

Susan Elkin has this piece for you:

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This is Night Sky I- a 5 inch x 7 inch Matted Fine Art Print for only $20! Susan prints her reproductions with archival paper and inks. This print is rated to last a lifetime. She encloses the print in a protective sleeve with an acid-free backing board to protect your image. Susan is keeping this item as an unlimited run, open edition.

Elkin also sells this piece as a Fine Art Card, for only $4.00! Susan's card is:

• blank inside for your own personal message
• a 5"x7" card with image covering entire front
• printed edge to edge image is luxurious looking
• perfect for framing ~ or sending to a friend
• digitally printed on high quality paper
• printed with archival inks - your print will last for a lifetime
• comes with a white envelope
• enclosed in a clear sleeve.

Susan's blog is here. Don't miss her very reasonably priced work!

I'll post more in my Affordable Art series next month!

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.

Check out my blog and see new artwork, as well as the wonderful flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Thank you!

Jean Levert Hood

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Orange Long Legs and BS Art Studio

Here is another heron watercolor! This one is layered with oranges, reds, yellows, and even magenta. I love the flow of watercolor, and enjoy working with it. It creates many surprises as you paint, and often these surprises dictate the outcome of the piece.

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This is "Orange Long Legs." Orange is an original watercolor painting sized to fit a standard 8 inch by 10 inch mat and frame.

I have a stack of bird paintings now! I love how painting in a series changes my eye.


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Orange Long Legs is available in my Etsy store here, for $35.00.

A Peek into my Studio: These are 2 crosses I like. The first one was purchased on the High Road from Taos to Sante Fe. What a gorgeous drive. We stopped at all of the wonderful old churches along the way. This was made by David Lopez in Trampas. I also have one of his carved bunnies! The second cross was purchased from the Farmers Market and Art Market in Baton Rouge on my spring trip to visit my family. I love the labyrinth in the cross and the colors. These 2 pieces hang on the wall in front of my easel.

Stop by and visit to the see work of Shelby and Beth. They have wonderful Encaustic paintings. Their sense of color and design is captivating. You'll see more at their Etsy shop here, with a huge variety of art and prices.

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!

Thank you!

Till next time!

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