Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Antique SeaShell Frame (Blog No. 2)

The Belle of the Sea

On August 13, 2014 I wrote about a beautiful seashell frame that I had purchased in an Antiques Store.  I finally finished a very small watercolor for this little frame and am going to write about it today.  But there's one little catch, now that I am finished with it, I am uncertain that I want to put this painting inside the shell frame.  This is because I found ANOTHER FRAME that I might like BETTER for this little mermaid.  

For the sake of clarity, I will refer to this as EXHIBIT A 
I like the mermaid and I like the frame, but do I like them together.  I not so sure.  I think that the frame has so many warm tones that the water needs to be a little more turquoise to compliment the frame.  Truth being told, this happens very regularly.  I paint something for one frame and end up putting it in another.  This can get expensive, unfortunately, because then I have to not only paid someone to put it together, now I am paying them to tear it apart…  

Here are some closeups! 
The Belle of the SEA
I really do love her sweet little face!  But again, it's not about the execution of the subject and expression of the mermaid, it really comes down to the color.  I feel that the sand should be deeper and the water more green.  
Exhibit B

Exhibit C
I remained unsatisfied with this painting. So I was rooting around in my studio and happened to find a little oval that is gold leafed and BEAUTIFUL.  Just for curiosity's sake, I decided to tear apart my seashell frame and lay this little baby behind the oval, and this is what I got! 
Exhibit D 
Suddenly, You can see what I am talking about.  The seashell frame has so much color that it REQUIRES the little mermaid to have equal amounts of coloring if not MORE.  Where she was overshadowed in the shell frame (Exhibit A) she comes to life in the gold frame (Exhibit D).  

The tones of the water in Exhibit B really compliment the tones much better in (D).  So I have decided to most definitely paint something different for the shell frame.  I am not going to cut down the mermaid just yet for the oval until I am quite certain, that way I can switch it back!!! 

This painting and at least 20 others that I have NOT blogged about yet, will be taken to my show in September that I blogged about earlier.  This post is getting more confusing as I go...


It's not too late for FREE tickets.  This is a wonderful show.  I have people asking for tickets even up to earlier this week.  I can mail them out up to a few days before the show.  I have extra.  No strings attached.  It's nice to look at the paintings on this blog, but I think they are much prettier in person. 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day Boats

What is a DAY BOAT? 

Prints for sale today (August 25, 2014)  on ETSY - https://www.etsy.com/listing/201139051/sailboat-print-charming-little-day-boat?ref=related-1

A DAY BOAT is also known as a Joey boat.  I know a lot of 'Joeys' and have never felt that they reminded me of a day boat….hm.  I am sure there is some logical explanation~Maybe a later blog entry.

Recently, I provided some artwork to a gal that had an outdoor bathroom that needed a little TLC.  We hung about a half-dozen pieces including a set of day boats that I had painted a while ago.  Today I know a little more about boats than the day I painted these (not much more but I am learning~HA).
I provided a closeup of this one because I liked it the most, and it was the first one that I illustrated.

This shot is slightly blurry but at least you can see my gold bracelets. 
Day boats are used for DAY trips, hence the name.  They sometimes do not have a stern cabin.  I have seen plenty of sailboats that do have cabins and are 'day boats' in the sense that they are taken out for a few hours during the day.  They are big (with multiple cabins).  But today we are talking about Day Boats that truly are day boats.  Lest I am confusing you, here's a good example of a day boat that is bigger than my above illustration but was taken out for the day this last weekend.   I love the flags on this day boat. I am guessing that this is 25-30 feet.
A painting waiting to happen
If you go to www.spicherandco.com you can see other boat and nautical illustrations that I have painted over the years.  I want so badly to show to you some of my current work, but I am saving it for my Bedminster Showing-see early post .  I will highlight these pieces a little closer to my event.  At this show, I will have original paintings as well as some prints.  I might even take these Day Boats.

If you want to learn more about this show and how to get tickets, go here: 


Love the clean white background 
These prints can be hung just about anywhere.  I love the simplistic brush strokes and the white background.  This reminds me of summertime and fun :)

Thanks for taking the time to look at these.  I will be listing these (maybe tomorrow) on Etsy.  They are near perfect condition but have just a few dings that are not really visible.  I accidentally  had taken two sets to the outside bathroom job that I had referred to early in this post. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Antique SeaShell Frame (Blog No. 1)

What should I put in this frame? 

(Blog No. 2 was posted August 26)
LOVE anything Seashell~Dated 1904
I recently was Out of Town and found this little treasure of a frame.  Because I am infatuated with the sea and everything in it, I just had to buy it.  My intention is to ReSell it…hm.  I guess we shall see.  

As I stated in an earlier post, I have begun to paint for a small retail show that is located in Buck's County area, PA.  This piece will go to that event.  If you want tickets, I have them.  Simply fill out the form to the right and I will mail them, no strings attached.  This is a beautiful professional ONE-of-a- KIND type show.  The artists are all over the top incredibly talented.  

Back to my frame…I am thinking mermaid.
This MERMAID is available as a print but what I will place in the above seashell frame is a painting
The color tones will match this print, I am thinking! 

The rich tones along the bottom really add a lot of depth to this painting.  I don't know if I ever explained to anyone my process fully.  What I do is paint layer upon layer.  Each layer enhances (not covers) the previous layer.  I bring out the tones that I happen to find appealing for each painting.  I really play it by ear… 

One more notable thing about this frame is the back.  Check this out! 
Would this have been for a World's Fair? 
If you know anything about this frame and care to share it, please do.  My intention is to put a mermaid in it.  It will be a small painting and take some time.  Many times small things are as time-consuming as large things due to the size of the bristles in the brush.  FYI. Stay tuned to see what the final piece looks like.  I am not sure when it will be posted, but it will find it's way to this blog!  


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Perfect Gentlemen

Perfect Gentlemen are always Silhouettes

Today's blog is related to the two men in this shot
Someone told me one time that if you are looking for the perfect man, you'll be disappointed.  Well, I'd argue that some days.  My man is pretty close.  But that one day that he's off, watch out.  I like things the way I like them.  By the way, you won't find the perfect woman either.  HA. I'm glad he knows that, too!  This is all in fun~I promise I'm kidding. 

A while ago, I did a photo shoot of a house that we needed some props to lay about.  We chose the silhouettes because they are fun and the house was really highly decorated in terms of its architecture.  The silhouettes were a good fit.  I love this one because of the printed ledger background.  The frame that is gold (but not leafed) complimented this picture rather nicely, I thought.  It doesn't take away from the artwork!  That's the goal. 

Here's a closeup of the frame along with my signature and the style of painting.  

I love this guy's chair.  I love chairs.  All you have to do is type chair into the search engine of this blog, and you will agree with me that I have a thing for chairs.  The thing that stands out to me is that blue! I love this color and work it into all artwork! (If I can!). 

Here's the closeup!  I would totally hang these guys together.  If you are interested in my prints, you can find them on Spicher and Co's website and also my Etsy store.  I only have semi-used prints on this sight because I blog about the stuff that I use or have used for photo shoots or reference material, etc.  
Check these two prints out on my Etsy store KOLENESPICHER.  


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Whale Ship Essex

What Should we do!!

November 20, 1820
Trust me!  If you were on this little whaler (small boat with sail), you would be asking the same question.  
This Painting will be shipped  Monday to Nantucket Country, Nantucket, MA. 

Recently, I read a little about the whale ship Essex.  I have never been able to get thru the book MOBY DICK, so I felt it was  high time to at least read a few lines about this famous ship to see what all the hype is and was about.  I found the little "reader's digest" version (actually Wikipedia)  to be very entertaining.

Here's what I found over the internet.  The whale that rammed the boat ESSEX, actually struck it two times, the second time being the fatal blow. This ship sunk so fast, that it made their eyes swim…literally.  There were some eye witness accounts  that said  the whale was actually about 85-feet long.  This is at least 20-feet longer than these guys were known to grow.  The sailor's reference point for this fact was the Essex Ship, itself.  Apparently, the whale after hitting it the first time, sort of parked itself directly beside the ship but under the water. He was quite obviously stunned from the blow.  Because it was so close to the surface, it was clearly seen.  It was said that the whale from head to toe was as long as the essex which was nearly 90-feet in length.  

The captain ordered the men NOT TO HARPOON it. Why would he do this?  Well, it was mainly due to the fact that he believed the whale to be too close to the ship's hull and that it would possibly hit the ship again in reaction to the harpooning.  Obviously, he made the wrong call.  

They were all in disbelief as the whale swam away only to return with a speed of 20-25 knots.  His blow proved to be more than this ship could handle.  Most of the men met a watery grave.  There were some survivors, though, witnesses that escaped in the whale boats that were onboard the ship.  
Here you can see that the whale is nearly as long as the ship. 
Special time was spent on the water.  I wanted the whale to have a a prominence without actually being  on top of the water, as I usually depict the whales.  This painting has a lot of blue in it.  Having said that, this painting is totally Nantucket.  Nantucket has all the warm pine floors and beams and nautical pieces that will compliment this painting and bring  in the warm tones that will totally balance it.  The houses on Nantucket with their shake cedar siding and roof tops are AMAZING! Thought went into the piece to compliment the tale long ago without presenting anything that was clearly incorrect.  I am sure that there will be that one person that will prove me wrong.  Go for it.  

Today, before I pass this painting off to the next person, I present to you this piece in its entirety.  While you are looking at Nantucket Country's website, check out all the other paintings of mine that she has in stock.  If you want my original work, this is a good place to find it because I do not do a lot of retail shows.  The show in Bedminster, PA (I blogged about it last week), is the only retail outlet I do.  Nantucket Country's gallery presents an avenue where collectors can do what they do…collect.  

Thanks for looking!  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mermaid sitting on a Barrel of RUM! YUM!

Sailor Jack is on the Rock! 
This is the Untrimmed original
This painting was formatted for a beautiful long frame that I felt a mermaid or a whale would go great in.  But there's an issue with the frame, it's not wide enough; and I sort of hate to cut off her tail…  This is one of those times that I could use a little advice.  
When I was in Atlanta, GA this last month, I went to a little restaurant that is situated beneath the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta.   Many of you probably have never heard of it; it's called Trader VIC's.  It is an Hawaiian Style restaurant specializing in the most amazing dishes and drinks.  There are only two left in the United States.  One is in downtown Atlanta and the other is…I'm not sure where, maybe Hawaii or California.  Nevertheless, my trip to Atlanta for the gift show is not complete without a stop at Trader Vic's.  This mermaid is in memory of this restaurant that I love.  

According to Trader Vic, Rum played an important part in molding empires (Don't ask me how).  Vic has some great drinks to show for it, too.  I like the Mai Tai and their Mohito!  I think this barrel of rum makes for an interesting painting.  Having my mermaid sit upon it is just funny. 
My favorite part of this mermaid is her hair.  
Mermaids have to have beautiful hair.  It is required in the code.  

Lastly, here she is in the pretty walnut frame.  If you think I should not cut her tail off or if you think it is okay, let me know your thoughts (if you feel like it).  She will be for my fall show!  I posted about it a few days ago! 


Kolene Spicher 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show

Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA 
Presents The Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show on 
 September 20 and 21, 2014  


Each year I try to pick a venue where I will present my original work for sale.  Many of you know that I exhibit prints for the trade in New York, Atlanta, and High Point.   HOWEVER, My original hand-painted pieces are a little harder to find and purchase.  This is because I am not doing many retail shows.   For about a half a year I have been painting for this upcoming September show, and can't wait to debut my stashed away paintings on this blog and at the show! As they say…stay tuned!!   

This will be my third time to do this show.  Each time was better than the last and the overall quality of this show is really exceptional.  My home is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces of art that I have collected over the past 23 years--many of which I have purchased from this group of craftsmen.   Pieces like this are what make your home distinct.  If you like artwork, you need to attend this event.  

Map with  star indicating where the Show will take place.
Here are a few of the pieces that I have sold this past year...
Coffee table piece with three paintings.  There is also a ship on the reverse! 

Ship Portrait Featured in Antique Frame 

This is a portion of another painting that I believe had a mermaid featured. 

Love flags.  

Portraits of Children always are a good seller for me. 

I featured this painting in Atlanta this last month for our showroom.  The original sold at the end of this
Bedminster Show. 

"She was singing a new song"…was written in the water! 

People love my mermaids.  (This particular painting went to Nantucket Country).  For those who do not know about this store, they are located on Nantucket and sell my work along with many other one of a kind pieces--including, antique quilts, sailor's valentines, hooked rugs, and nautical antiques! 

There's a Blogger Comment area to the right that if you fill this out with your mailing address I will mail to you a pass that will provide entrance for 2 people for FREE.

If you live in the Buck's County area of Pennsylvania or New York City or even Connecticut and want to attend, let me know.  I will see that you get a ticket until I run out of them.

Hope to see you there!!
Kolene Spicher