April 26, 2012

Honey Bear Bee Skep

My most recent painting started out as a little bee in my bonnet until I put brush to paper. Here is some of the inspiration behind what became the finished product.

 My Dad started keeping bees as a teenager and so while my brother and I were growing up we always helped him with his bees. I enjoyed helping him so much that he and I keep the bees together now and the tradition lives on!

Those old skeps are a great fascination of mine.
Here is a picture of out quaint little wooden bee hives.

And then the painting which came from it all.... which is now available in the shop!

This little bear seems to have it all figured out, his body is made of a bee skep so his sweet honey is always readily available! I'm very fond of bees as I am a beekeeper myself, my Dad and I have always kept bees it's a lovely hobby and so rewarding too! There's nothing like a spot of honey in your cup of tea and on your biscuit, as I'm sure this bear knows!
Happy Thursday!

April 25, 2012

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

We ventured out of the house several days ago and returned with a cardboard box containing three yellow fluffy chicks. They were so adorable, we cuddled all the way home!


When I snapped the picture they were actually still, but then they all moved so it became an action photo. Chicks are quite busy little things!
We have named them Wynken, Blynken and Nod after the delightful poem by Eugene Field. It has always been a favorite poem of mine. I had it memorized in its entirety when I was very young. I had to look it up now to post here though.

  Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night

    Sailed off in a wooden shoe--
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
    Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
    The old moon asked of the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
                  Said Wynken,
                  And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
    As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
    Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
    That lived in that beautiful sea--
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish--
    Never afeard are we!"
    So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
                  And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
   To the stars in the twinkling foam---
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
   Bringing the fishermen home;
'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
   As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
   Of sailing that beautiful sea---
   But I shall name you the fishermen three:
                     And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
   And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
   Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
   Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
   As you rock in the misty sea,
   Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
                     And Nod.

We took the chicks out for a bit of sunshine and they seemed to like perching on our little metal air-ship!

so it appears the names suit.

April 21, 2012

Alice and the Drink Me Bottle

Fresh off the easel is my latest addition to my Alice in Wonderland "Down the Rabbit-Hole" series.

And speaking of rabbit-holes...
Alice at the bottom of the rabbit-hole itself is now up for sale in the shop!

 Alice and the Drink Me Bottle 8x10

Alice and that infamous drink me bottle are at it again! I do adore the idea of a little bottle with a paper label round its neck with DRINK ME beautifully printed in large letters. I painted Alice after her fall inside the rabbit's hole. The dirt walls are covered with roots sticking out in all directions. She just couldn't keep from wondering what was inside that little bottle that read DRINK ME.

(It had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavor of cherry tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast) she very soon finished it off.
 "What a curious feeling!" said Alice.
-Lewis Carroll

This was particularly fun to paint with all of those gnarled roots in the background!

April 12, 2012

Alice Puzzled

During one of my vintage treasure expeditions, I happened across a 1970s vintage Alice in Wonderland puzzle, with illustrations by Mr. Tenniel himself. 

A self-portrait of him. Quite the mustache!

 It was 500 pieces of only few colors, so that was a bit of a challenge. The solid green posed a particular problem, but what fun it was!

I like how Alice is in color pulling back the curtain to reveal Tenniel's black & white illustrations, as that was how it originally appeared of course. I'm sure Alice is thinking "Curiouser and Curiouser".

It can be a risk picking up a vintage puzzle like this, but every last piece was there. Even the box was very well preserved. Alice was puzzled! 

Enjoy your Spring day, I will have a painting to share with you shortly!

April 7, 2012

Spring on an eggshell

Tradition has rolled around again, with the coloring of the Easter eggs.The dye is placed out in cups and the perfect white eggs lay there waiting to become new creations.
There's something magical about it.

Nestled in a basket are a few of our egg-celent friends!

We had so much fun making them.

Mama painted this darling little egg! I can't get over the delicate little flowers, it captures spring on an eggshell!

One of mine was, ahem, of course Humpty Dumpty. I can't seem to help myself.

We brought out our Easter Tree as well, and placed most of the eggs around it, not to mention these great vintage tins! I wish you could see them up close, they are so pretty.

There are some naturally painted eggs in there too, from our dear Isa Brown hens.

We hope everyone enjoys a blessed Easter!

April 5, 2012

Discovering Wonder(land)

Where my mind has been lately

I have found myself crawling so far down the rabbit hole that I have forgotten to come up for air and the occasional blog post. So much so, that it evens trickles out while I am doodling on the sidewalk.
Am I the only one who still loves to indulge them-self in that delightful childhood pastime, sidewalk chalk art?
I'll admit there have been times when I find myself in a frightful battle with a piece of chalk. You have to watch them, they can be so tricky sometimes! 
This was my favorite part, the watch:

I'm not sure if you can see them, but there are little (or maybe not so little) golden retriever footprints scattered throughout my silly little doodle. She likes to help!

 The next painting is almost finished!! I just have to finish a few more final touches and I have begun the basic sketch for the next!

Thankfully even in a busy schedule, there is always time for a bit of silliness!  

Happy Easter to you!