February 14, 2012

A Valentine on Canvas

For the occasion of Valentine's Day I have been working on the concept for a special painting which presented itself to me several weeks ago, the illustration of an uncommon romance. Of course what would make more sense for an absurd relationship than an egg courting a fox! It seemed too perfect.

Unlikely Courtship 8x10

A fox and an egg might sound like a bad match and in all honesty they are indeed the subjects of an unlikely courtship. However they are devoted sweethearts.
     These two are off for a romantic stroll among the rolling hills. Our man Harry Egg (who incidentally has not a hair on him) is dressed to the nines for his bonny lass, and his pants and suspenders make him look especially smart! This is, you know, no ordinary event; he is taking his love out for an airing and must dress accordingly. Pretty Miss Fox is a vision in her yellow dress and blue buttons. She has wrapped her arm delicately through his while they make their way along the hilltops, the result of which has made a wreck of Harry's composure. Due to his nerves, his face has become flushed and his bow (which was once starched and perfect) has begun to droop, but there is no doubt in little Miss Fox's mind that he is an extremely dashing egg. Even the flowers in his hand were picked to match her wardrobe, and Miss Fox is well aware that she was lucky to find him. Isn't it obvious that these two are pining for each-other!

It is now up and available in the shoppe.

The idea started off somewhat absurd, but by the time I had finished the painting, I had fallen in love with their impossible little romance. I had thought that perhaps it would be fun if he could be related to Humpty Dumpty, and I have decided that he is his brother. Perhaps their Mother was infatuated with names that began with H and ended in Y.  But whereas Humpty is a rough, baddish sort of egg, his brother Harry is nothing but good and sweetness.

I found myself hoping that things will work out for them, but perhaps I am just feeling romantic due to the day associated with February the 14th. With those storm clouds on their horizon, I hope that they do not encounter too many storms during their courtship. 
Of course it would only stand to reason that I would be a sucker for a valentine on canvas.

Love is blooming in the air today, in our world and theirs!

February 12, 2012

The Wonderland Series Continued

Here is the latest painting in my Down the Rabbit-Hole series which is now available for sale in the shoppe!

  The Walrus and the Carpenter 10x8

The poem of the Walrus and the Carpenter is in my opinion one of the funnest in all of Looking Glass Land. Though, I do feel sorry for all of those poor little oysters.
Of course I couldn't simply make this a typical rendering I had to throw in my own little touch and make the carpenter a rabbit whom I have given the name of Tom. (I happen to know a master carpenter by this name, though I feel certain he would not take part in this oyster exploitation.) In this painting I have the pair of them walking to the sea, whilst they recited:

"The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

'The time has come' the Walrus said,
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax -
Of cabbages - and kings -
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings.' "

-Lewis Carrol Through the Looking Glass

Though Alice fell down a rabbit hole in the first book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland I have combined both books for my series, because I so dearly love them both. However the series is titled after what she is most known for, falling down that peculiar rabbit-hole! So expect to see a few more friends from Looking Glass Land popping up throughout this series.

I am feeling particularly Alice today.

February 11, 2012

Humpty Dumpty Rolls into Town

This Humpty Dumpty didn't fall from his wall, instead he fell into a spot of rather good luck!
A Bad Egg (Humpty Dumpty) is all framed up and looking quite dapper in this elegant, rich colored wood. He will be taking up temporary residence in a local shoppe, where he will be available for purchase.
So we are off for a little ride!

A quick parting shot of Humpty and I before his big trip into town!

 I simply had to have a picture of him in his beautiful frame before I let him go.

Also, I will have a new painting to share with you soon!
Enjoy your Saturday!

February 7, 2012

A Novel of a Day

It came to my attention late last night that today is no ordinary day. It is in fact the 200th birthday of classic literary novelist Charles Dickens, who happens to be one of my favorite authors of all time and of whom I happen to be an immense fan. 

 So to celebrate Mr. Dickens' birth, I have been immersing myself in an old version I have of his book "Cricket on the Hearth" which is from 1898.

 And also making an olde English tradition of scones and tea... yum!
...Which are being properly devoured.

And so I wish from my corner of the world a Happy Birthday to one of literature's greatest minds.

 I'm happy you were born Charlie!

February 6, 2012

Wonderland here we come

The idea has become a finished painting, and I am thrilled to share it with you! And now you can see why the tea was such a dead give-away! 

  "Mad Hatter and Company" 10x8


"Mad Hatter and Company" is now up for sale in the shop!

This painting is from the perspective of Alice sitting in her chair from across the table at the Mad Tea Party taking place in lovely Wonderland; where these three characters were peering back at her. From this viewpoint you can see all of the friendly camaraderie between these storybook legends. Each of them simply being themselves. A bit crazy, and all the better for it!
I have always been a helpless victim under Wonderland's spell and so it should come as no surprise that I have decided to do a series on it, which I am dubbing "Down the Rabbit Hole". It will have a few friends popping up from Looking Glass land as well, our Bad Egg (Humpty Dumpty) included, he just seemed far too lonely without a series to belong to. I am going to love this project and have already started working on the next painting idea! Also I will be posting some little Alice in Wonderland bits of interest here and there!   

 "Curiouser and curiouser!"

Happy Monday my little rabbits