Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cape Cod - Cottage Style home

A Summer Home on Cape Cod

I really love that I have this person in my life that has expressed such an interest and enthusiasm in my artwork.  Not only does she forward all kinds of room settings that she finds that has my artwork
on the walls, but she also has taken the time to share with me (and YOU) her 
personal home on the cape. I love everything about this home from the 
proportions of the windows and the flag that proudly hangs at the door, to her gardener who
meticulously takes care of the outside! 

Look at the sweet pillow with the bouquet embroidery! 
The whale that hangs over the bed was one of my paintings, actually it is a print.  You can buy this through Spicher and Co.   We will gladly put you in touch with a vendor in your neighborhood.  If there is no one nearby that carries my artwork, then we will find another way!

One thing that I like to talk about when it comes to decorating with artwork is that you need to feel free to put things together that you love.  If you love blue or red and checkered patterns, then do it.  Hang a painting that compliments the blue and stick to a subject matter that you love when it comes to the artwork.  Artwork is suppose to make you feel good and pull you into a world that you otherwise may not be privy to.  

The common thread in this above picture is the blue.  But look at it closely.  The blue is subtly worked into every aspect down to the tiny blue flowers that are on the coverlet and the bedskirts.  The checks are JUST OVER THE TOP.  I wouldn't have thought to put this together and I am so impressed.  The geometric pattern pulls (automatically) with the Canton bedside light.  The blue color just ties the knot! Even the rich tones of the bed naturally compliment the blue and the scroll work reminds me of the water--hence the whaling scene.  LOVE THIS ROOM!
Of course everything about this picture can be just a big DITTO from what was said above.  The antique beds and the soft yellow wall are very cottage-like.  She has really thought of everything.  From the top of the bed with the nautical ship prints to the bench at the foot of the bed~I love it all!   The quilts are the anchor in this picture and nicely tie in with the floorcloth between the beds.  Can you see how this works?  Both in color and geometric shapes, pulling this room together with the things that you love can be done by adding a few simple likenesses.  

For instance, she added some more of that same blue.   Even the lampshade with its floral pattern help to pull together the upstairs and tie one bedroom with the next.  One thing that I didn't say about each of these pictures is how much I love the black hardware on the doors.  The white trim and wainscoting is perfect for this New England home.

Her gardener again at work!! 
I would love to have a home on the Cape but to coin a phrase of one of my dear friends, "I should have been born rich instead of beautiful." LOL.  

Last year I painted a New England house for the gallery I sell to on Nantucket.  This house has the quaintness that I love to illustrate.  I loved this painting and frame and thought that it would be a neat tie-in to this entry.  The criss-cross frame would look really lovely with either bedroom.   

The bedding really adds a lot to each room.  I hate to say it but you need it all.  You have to have the bedding and the artwork and the neat beds and for heaven's sake, get the wall color correct! LOL.  Each thing by itself is not as special as when it is all put together.  You just have to know where to buy the stuff.  

Nantucket Country is a good source for antique quilts (and my artwork)--just saying. Google it! 

I blogged about this painting last year, too. 
Kolene Spicher 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Scene for Nantucket Country

The Winter Solstice 

MOONLIGHT Over New Fallen Snow

It was a moonlit night and the air was cold and thin.   The evening was alive with the sounds of children playing in the new fallen snow.  Some of the kids were on the pond skating and laughing in the moonlight, as if they hadn't a care in the world...  The day was over before it even began or so it seemed, for it was the winter solstice.  The shortest day of the year!  It had come and now was quickly going as the moments ticked by and this painter quickly captured the moment.  If only I could paint the smell of the pine and the freshness that is felt in the air.  If only I could catch on paper the sounds of joy and innocence as the children played.  The air felt slightly damp but fresh,  it was almost as if the snow had cleaned the sky.  The night was as clear as I have ever remembered.  The air was so crisp with cold that this painter almost went inside.  These were the good years when people were entertained by what was free.  These are my memories but only much romanticized.
Blurry but sweet.
I really loved this painting.  One of my favorite childhood things to do beside playing dolls was playing outside in the snow.  I loved playing in the leaves, too (and the mud-lol).  I wish this picture was clearer but I broke one of my own rules, I shipped it to a customer without taking good pictures.

I suppose there is a scan somewhere at Spicher and Co., but who wants to wait for that?!!

I love the moon peaking thru the trees.  Painting moons is a new thing for me to do.  I don't know why, but all of the sudden I am interested in the moon.  I think I put a moon in about a half a dozen paintings this last year.  I am going to see if I can find them to show you.
Another BLURRY picture 
Part of what makes this painting sweet are the little people that are busy doing what they are doing.  We have the skaters, the snowman makers, and the worker.  There is always a worker.  I often include a laborer in each of my paintings, maybe because that is what we Spichers do best…work.

I hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of this painting and hearing about what I was thinking as I painted it.  

This was just shipped to Nantucket Country, Nantucket MA.  I feel certain that she has it in her store and on her website if you are interested in buying it.  Just google NANTUCKET COUNTRY.   I have this painting featured in a 1880s deep walnut frame with a gold liner.  It is painted on paper and behind glass.  It is a one-of-a-kind original done with love!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Snow Scene

Wishing you a Snowy Christmas! 


A small portion of my latest snow scene RIGHT SIDE 

I am guessing if you have opened this page, you like folk art.  I happen to love it, too, along with a lot of other styles. The other day I got it into my mind that I wanted to try to make A NEW  greeting card for Christmas.  I wasn't using my head though, on this one, because the format was all wrong for a Christmas Card.  I am going to sell this on my ETSY store KOLENESPICHER.  Please look it up!

A small section of the LEFT side of this painting 

As I was saying, the FRAME is sort of an odd size.  It would be perfect for a whale.  I happened to fall in love with it, however, because someone a long time ago hand-grained it.    I sold myself on it thinking that I could make it work--Wrong!  It  doesn't work for a greeting card.

I love the happiness of the faces and how they are looking at each other from across the painting.

I am afraid that my Apple Iphone camera is starting to fade away.  The pictures are not good quality.  This is a little blurry which is why I included the top two pictures first.

The size on this is 15 3/4" x 7 3/4" (almost 8" really)
The style of this really just goes with the whole primitive thing.  My house is a combination of high style, antique, primitive, and Restoration Hardware.  Don't knock it, it really looks sort of cool--even after all these years.  It reflects the various stages of collecting that I have undergone in the 27 years that I have been married.  

Here's a great shot of the frame, as I said, this was hand-grained very long ago.  I would put this at nearly 100 years old (the frame).  It might be 1920s.  Its really a guess.

Currently, I have it hanging beside my VERY FIRST SNOW SCENE.  This was a series that you can still buy through Spicher and Co.

This was all 13! I STILL  have the original of ONE FOR ME AND ONE FOR SISTER
That is the snow scene in the photo above that is pictured
with the grained piece from long ago. 

And that's how it goes!! 


Kolene Spicher 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Whalers

Anchor Away! 

This painting is about a whale, a poor one, that is anchored to shore.  Don't get mad, I didn't paint him speared!  It's all in a day's work and all for fun.  

I normally paint the whale either black or white.  Whales are not only black (and they really aren't technically 'black') but they are other colors, too--such as, grey, white, brown, or tan.  This painting is missing the piece of glass that should be installed between the  two frames.  When I find the perfect wavy piece of glass, it will be assembled and I will update this blog entry and post this on ETSY. 

My favorite part of this painting is the little yellow house with blue windows.  I don't know why, but for some reason, I love the way this looks.  

While I am at it, I wanted to show you what my booth looked like at the Bedminster Art show in Doylestown a few weekends ago.  I had a really good show and continue to receive orders from this show.  I have some of the paintings still in stock as well as a few large prints of ships.  Let me know if you are interested in something that you have seen on this blog because I just might have it! 


Although, my name is not mentioned, the picture of the bright red booth is mine.  It was so much fun! 

Thanks for looking! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mermaid Ship Painting

The Flying Circus

This  painting was briefly talked about a week ago, but now that I have a few moments, I wanted to talk about it in greater depth.  As I was painting this, I kept thinking circus.  When I see those old ships in the harbors of Annapolis or Philadelpha, I wonder about all that roping.  My thoughts go to the movies  like Pirates of the Caribbean because that is what I have been exposed to.  While I think that a seasoned sailor can swing from the ropes, the average JOE cannot! 

The title is down on the right side  THE FLYING CIRCUS
SO my favorite thing about this painting is the fresh white flag.  I almost painted it a color and then decided not to the very last minute.  I am so glad that I did because I love the contrast of the white against the green/blue sea.  

This painting is 18 1/4" x 22 1/4" and is featured in a simple black frame.  
This is a tad bit brighter than the original but overall captures the painting's colors

The frame is an antique and more primitive but very simple 
I think that one of my favorite things to paint is happy.  Happy, happy, happy is what we all need.  This world is too scary to have artwork that doesn't make you smile.  


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ink blot botany flowers by Kolene Spicher for Spicher and Co.

Ink Blot Botany series for Spicher and Co. 

A while ago I wrote about these prints.  I painted them on old script paper that I found in an antique shop.  I chose a color that was a deep midnight blue and penciled in very lightly the right half side of each paper.  Working very fast, I then brushed in the color heavy  so that it would remain wet long enough to fold the paper in half duplicating the image on the other side.  

If you look carefully, you can see how the left side mirrors the right.  Even my signature is backward.  This was a pretty neat excercise for me to do because the image is not as tight as I normally like to paint.  This turned out very organic and natural feeling.  

Take a look at this picture below.  These are my favorite five prints.  Spicher and Co. won an award with this photograph for the flooring. The Floorcloth look amazing.  This product, which we call VINTAGE VINYL,  was nationally recognized.  I think the colors really look amazing together.  If you are interested in the floor coverings or the ink blot images, call Spicher and Co., and we can connect you with a store in your area.  All images are our own and created by Spicher and Co. and printed and manufactured in America in Carlisle, Pa.  

Here are all the images that we have available.  You can look at them up and close by going to Like us on FB! Tell us what you like! 

Update - Here's a photograph that was taken of  No. 9 hanging in a farm house in Bucks  County, Pa. 

I love the simplicity of this! 

Thanks for looking!  


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Naval officers~Williamsburg Style!

A Naval Dance? 
The rich colors of the jackets only enhance the early look 
This painting is for anyone who likes PERIOD reproductions and who consider themselves to be hardcore correct when it comes to collecting artwork from the 1700-1800s.  While the frame is not 18th century, the style certainly is!  The pen and ink watercolor is featured in a Currier & Ives style frame.  

In my world these officers are at a dance.  The dance is held at this house.  The women on their arms are their dates/ friend/ spouse.  You fill in the blank.  

I carried this painting around the house at different times of the day and to different places trying very hard to catch a complete head-on shot without a glare…I finally gave up and so here's the head-on shot! 

I like to always tell you if the colors translated correctly…well, notexactly.  The colors on these photos hold more punch than the original.  This painting was inspired by a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg and also by a friend who had visited.  I love to see the pictures that are taken of historic places like Williamsburg.  We are so fortunate to have had a man like 
Mr. Rockerfeller who was willing to share the wealth and invest in our  American history.  

Here's a snap of the painting in context to some of my own furnishings.  I love tiger maple and so this painting is just resting on one of my end tables currently until I decide if I want to sell it~which I probably will.  

Let me know if you are interested in this original painting.  This is available :)