Monday, November 21, 2016

Custom Antique Reproduction Silhouette by Kolene Spicher

Silhouette of a Lady with
relatives from 

From Denmark to America, this piece of art
tells the story of where this lady's ancestors came from
as well as the day she married.  
I started this project day one by creating a wonderfully crackled and antiqued background to paint upon.  Special consideration was taken to accommodate the lettering across the bottom.  It needed to be smooth enough to write the genealogy out yet  antiqued enough to match the rest of the painting. 

I loved this frame.  The painting was sized to fit it perfectly.  The condition is great.  Finally, the look is correct for the home that 
this piece was made for.  

MY Customer likes nautical and wanted the dress to also be nautical in nature.  Finding reference material for this had its challenges!  My inspiration came from antique silhouettes from the 1800s.  

I love house this looks hanging over the bench my foyer. 
You can sort of see the texture that I achieved by looking at the above lower right picture.  The customer also wanted the flag of Denmark flying on a ship in the background.  I also have the American flag flying on the ship to the right.  Pictorially, this suggests a story of coming to America.   It is also what we are all about here in the USA,  we were ONCE  all little seedlings. 

I love the corner blocks on this frame and the drape across the top of the painting.  I am known for including decorative drapes in my pieces.  

Here is my lady! 

Here is her likeness 1800s style!  
LOOK at the writing, you can see the genealogy,  and you will notice that her GRANDPARENTS were from Denmark.  It is a special gift to have someone illustrate how one's family came to the great melting pot!  I was happy to do this. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at this piece of artwork.  The painting will be a Christmas gift. 


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Original Whaling Scene, Maine, Post 3

The Whale from Curtis Light 

Thanks for looking at this blog entry.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are interested in your water scene being illustrated! 

This post is going to represent several days worth of work.  I think it's better than dragging it out.  

The color is starting to be added a little at a time. 
I like to paint around things instead of painting from the back of the painting to the front.  I feel that the image pops more using that method.

In this picture, you can see how the grass has a warmer feel.  
After the painting was about finished, I added the script.  Often times, I write little sayings in the grass or sky or water.  This painting was no exception.

The colors are not correct in this picture, however, look at the guy falling off the ship into the water! 
In the original painting (where you will see below),  the colors are not as 'antiqued' and the water is not as red/blue.  However, I wanted to show you the writing in the water.  In case you cannot read my writing, it says THE WHALE FROM CURTIS LIGHT.

I love the little guy up on the tower.  I read that this light can be seen for 6 nautical miles.  I think that is very cool.

On this page you can clearly see the folky bricks as well as my signature.  
The red really pops on this painting.  I like it.  The customer may want it toned down.  We shall see!

The colors are about correct in this shot

I always like to show what I am working on along side one that I have laying around.  I do this so that you can clearly see how this painting will blend with any piece of my original artwork that you might own.  I really enjoyed painting this one!  I think you can tell! 

Here is the painting in its entirety BEFORE antiqued...  

The question for me is this.  Should I antique this more? 

I welcome input! 

So ***today, November 4, 2016, I decided that the sky was too washed out.  I brightened it up a bit.  That doesn't mean that I won't go back and tone it down some, but here are a few changes. 

See the difference?  It makes the lighthouse stand out instead of blend in! 

Again, the ship stands out from the sky being darkened in the background 

I think this is done... 

Enjoy :) 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Original Whaling Scene, Maine Post 2

Starting To Add Some Color! 

A likeness of Curtis Light 

There are many lighthouses in Maine.  This painting is centered around Curtis Light which is just outside Camden Harbor.  This painting is not meant to be 
an exact copy but rather a gently likeness.  

My customer loves whaling and ships.  Like many of my paintings, this is a fictional rendition of a time back in the mid 19th century.  

I started to draw and realized that I didn't want the painting to have pea sized buildings so I went BIG with the scale.  You can sort of get an idea of HOW big in the picture below. 

The buildings are larger than I had drawn out on my thumbnail sketches, but I felt it was necessary.     I think it makes for better composition, especially when viewing from any distance. 

This could be a painting just as it is featured in the above cropped version.  However, it is just a snippet of  a larger piece.  Tomorrow, if I have time, I want to show you some more 
pictures of what I have completed.  If I don't post tomorrow, it will be Monday! 

As I paint, I will add layer upon layer until the oversized folky bricks sort of disappear and are not as obvious.  This is the very start of the painting.  

Tune back in for more... maybe tomorrow!


What a view! 
Thanks for looking today and spending a little of your day imagining what life might have been like back in the 1840s...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Soldier Painting Williamsburg Style

Williamsburg Style Reproduction Painting
Nautical Soldiers
This painting is featured in an antique frame.  I believe it was an old Currier and Ives frame.  The finish is in good condition.  I did not have a piece of antique glass for this one, however.

The colors are vibrant without being brassy 
The technique on this painting, while not unique, is common for me.  It is what I would refer to as Pen and Ink with watercolor.  I love the ships in the background and the symmetry of this piece.  I love the yellow, too.

Check out the flags.   I have two American and two British.  To me, this screams 
Colonial Williamsburg.  

This give you an idea of the scale. 
Both of these paintings will be for sale on ETSY.  Please message me if you have any questions.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Original Whaling Scene, Maine

Reproduction Whaling scene 
Curtis Island, Maine 

Today, I started a custom painting that will be what I like to call a story painting about Curtis Island, Maine.  

We are starting with this lovely large period frame.  I believe this dates to about 1820-30.  It's original and comes with all the little qualities that make it very desirable.  The finish has not really been touched.  It is about as original as it gets.  

My customer lives near this lighthouse.  This is Curtis Island (above).  I love the sailboat.  

Here's my drawing for the above frame! 

This is actually  on a small piece of paper that I proposed to my customer.  I call it a thumbnail sketch.  Actually, it's a bit larger than a thumbnail.  I am going to be painting a mini-painting at the same time.  

The composition will be very similar for the larger painting.  I will post pictures as I progress! 

Loving the red roof! 

Here's some more pictures that I found off the internet! 

I love the color! 

This painting will have lots of action!  There will be a large whale, ship, and some sailors.  I am even going to paint a little man at the lighthouse! 

Lastly, here's a closeup of the frame.   It's a beauty.  The picture doesn't do it justice!  This painting will be behind glass when it is finished.  

Watch for more posts.  Thanks for looking. 


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Holiday Mermaid "Facebook Early American Folk Arts and Trades Marketplace" Painting, Post 3

Songs of Cheer and Good Will


This is where I left off in my last entry and represents and stopping point for that day. 
I wanted to keep the background and the snow as clean as possible.  The way I spill paint these days, make this nothing short of a small miracle.  LOL.  

What's this painting missing??  I decided that it needed smoke coming out of the chimney and I also sprinkled some snow on the painting!  Can you see it.  Look at her hat.  As I said yesterday, I changed her hat by adding a scarf around the backside of it, bringing it forward to create a bow.  Here was how the drawing started: 

Before the hat was altered.  
While painting it, I decided to add the tie.  It made sense to me, after all, if it is windy, she may lose her hat!

No chance of any hats flying off of this head! 

In this shot, you can see that I both added the smoke and changed the title.  I just like the idea of Cheer and Good will!  That's what Christmas is about.  God's goodwill toward men.   It's worth singing about, wouldn't you say?! 

Don't forget to check out the Facebook event!

Enjoy and thanks for looking! 

Holiday Mermaid "Facebook Early American Folk Arts and Trades Marketplace" Painting, Post 2

The Pencil Drawing Details of my Musical Mermaid

along with some watercolor.  

Before detail 
After the composition drawn into the painting 
I decided that I was NOT going to use the Folk Festival in the title.  SO the mermaid below is sort of obsolete.  The composition otherwise is fine.  I am going to change her hat, too.   

Before the details.  Take a look at this white frame, though, so beautiful.  I think
it is perfect for a snow scene 
Don't forget that this painting will be entered into the Facebook Early American Folk Arts and Trades Marketplace online exhibit.  If you copy and paste this link, you can be part of this event.  You will not want to delay, however, because you must be included in this GROUP in order to look at and purchase the work that will be exhibiting.   Here is the link:

I have started to watercolor 
As you can see, there were some steps left out of this.  For the sake of time, I needed to just skip the unnecessary details.  There are too many photos to cram into this entry, so stay tuned for Blog Entry No. 3.