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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

St. John's Lutheran Church

Public Buildings make interesting paintings 

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Boiling Springs 
There's a small town not very far from where I live that I have always been fascinated with.  It has all the charm of a New England town but is right around the corner!  LOVE IT!  There's a tavern there, too, that I love to visit.  It serves a very hearty delicious meal and is well worth a trip.  It is called Boiling Springs Tavern.  Make a reservation!  

Back to the painting...The stone fruit placed beside the painting help the viewer to understand the size.  It's not very big!  Perfect for a little hallway or beside a doorway. 

When I was deciding wether I wanted to blog about this picture, I had to laugh at the little title above my signature that I included on the painting.  It is called Arriving Early. This is too funny.  I am seldom on time and wonder why I included that.  Wishful thinking, perhaps... 
Closeup of St.  John's
Public buildings are always beautiful, and this church is no exception.  Lots of money collectively goes a long way in keeping the brick and slate in tact.  With the cost of all brick buildings today, it is not surprising that churches and courthouses are made with the most beautiful materials.  

This church is quaint and sits within the borders of Boiling Springs.  This is a reproduction of what it would have looked like long ago had it not been developed.  Call it a portrait!

Cumberland County 
Cumberland County is a very important county in Pennsylvania.  It is home of many interesting sites, including the Army War College and Dickinson College.  Downtown Carlisle is only a few miles away and is the closest major town to Boiling Springs.  Many roads join in this little county.  Because of this it is a major connection point to the Northeast and Western parts of our country. 
Antique Gold Leafed frame
The frame is not in perfect condition but is not obvious from the front view.  It is missing some of the gold plaster veneer on the side bottom of the frame.  Despite this, it's a good choice for this little piece because it allows the painting to shine and stand out.  I am going to be posting this to my Etsy Store and is for sale if you are interested.  


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paintings of Eyes!

EYEWEAR for the Home!

Eye know it's outlandish, but I love the idea of hanging a big eye somewhere.  A bedroom or a bathroom or an optocian's office--this is just different and in a crazy sort of way.
At Spicher and Co., we like to create things that are just a little bit off the charts and over the top when it comes to artwork.  A few years back we decided that eye charts made for some cool graphics, now we introduce some illustrations of the human eye with an emphasis on the false eyelashes! 
The eye chart is totally cool, so I thought it would be neat to add to and develope this collection.  
I am at the Atlanta AMERICASMART where we show and sell the prints that are developed for Spicher and Company. 
You can see the four eyes that I developed on the wall along with another different sort of eye chart that is leaning on the wall beside my son Ian. Also new, coincidentally, is the moon phases. I will save that for another day.  
The eyes wouldn't be complete without a chart of the different false eye lashes, which I happen to think is beautiful but am unsure how to use them.  Ha! This green eye below makes me feel jealous. I wish my eyes were that color and the lashes are enviable, too!  JK
Blue as the sky...LOVE THIS TOO.  I am not sure how I would hang these prints yet.  I'm looking forward to seeing how my customer display them.  Suggestions always welcome.  
The little accessories are also cute!  I think they would look sweet in a powder room!  

Thank you for looking today!  You can see these and all prints here in Atlanta if you are a buyer with credentials to operate a resale business.  Or simply go to www.spicherandco.com. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Nantucket Fourth of July Painting

The Mermaid's Nantucket Parade

It was an amazing time! 

This painting is for sale thru Nantucket Country, Nantucket, Massachusetts 

Cotuit is the narrow strip of land that runs along side of
the mainland at Nantucket Harbor 
It's been a few days since I have posted.   I decided to go on a vacation, whata ya know!  So this is a painting that I just finished as of June 2014.  It's current, as they say!  Because the subject matter is about the 4th, I knew that it had to look patriotic.  Mermaid's Toggery is a play on Murray's Toggery which is a store in downtown Nantucket.  The cobblestones still exist on this faraway island and are part of its quaint charm! 

I put a lot of thought into my paintings and love when you have to take a good 10 minutes to absorb all the funny details.  I really loved the Heaven Swing idea.  If you look carefully at the top of the swing, you will see some 'heavenly' arms holding the ropes along with his hat falling from the 'holy' clouds.

I also love the hollow whale ride (see below).  When I was a little girl, they used to make some amazing floats in our downtown Carlisle, Pa parades.  Maybe it was because I was young, and everything looked amazing back then. 

Fire bucket compliments of Cotuit! 

The hollow whale has an interesting looking sailor inside its mouth.  Check out his 'clown' foot! 
Mermaid Toggery sells Whatever Floats! 
I think wherever there are mermaids, you have to have a little water.  I love the sweet face of the mermaid with the bucket of water! 
The ticked off looking mermaid is holding a sparkler

Look at the sheen on the whale, the bumps are crackled like an old painting
the finish is Encaustic over Acrylic. 
I can paint more serious if I want to, but let's face it.  There are plenty of serious looking paintings out there, and  I feel my whimsical mermaids meet a niche in the market that is needed!  We all need to smile a little.   I am fairly certain that this painting is going to be in the main storefront window of Nantucket Country this July 4th weekend.  Nantucket Country will have this framed in an antique frame.  Sometimes its tiger maple or birds-eye maple, and other times its a cherry frame or a walnut with a gold leaf liner.  One thing is for sure, her frames are amazing and they are genuine antiques.  

Thanks for looking and happy holiday week!  We are blessed to live in the USA!!! 


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Winter Scene Folkart

It was the Finest Snowfall Ever! 

A Charming winter scene! 

I know it seems a little early to be talking about snowfall, but I was working on this painting and thought that it would be fun to snap a few pictures of it and tell you all about it.  

I think my landscape styles are a little Grandma Moses like! 
She certainly loved her winter scenes!
I think nearly everyone can relate to winter.  Wintertime brings people together like no other time.  We skate, we carol, we sled, we build snowmen, and we work.  I love the way the trees look in the winter.  The form and color is every bit as interesting as in the summer when the trees are covered with leaves.  

Great Memories! 
When I was a young girl, we used to skate on a family friend's pond.  IT WAS SO MUCH FUN and has provided me with some  rich memories that will be with me for my lifetime.  One of my favorite things to watch are the skaters.  Each winter when I go to NYC I love to watch the skaters at Rockefeller Center.  I love the big tree, too! 
 Next to skating, I love to watch the kids build a snowman.  My boys build them all winter long.  Every now and again, someone builds a miniature one and sits it on my windowsill.  It melts before supper~EVERY TIME!

Old Time Grained Frame
These old looking frames were actually grained not too long ago.  The dings are deliberate and are meant to give a feel of an antique frame.  I love the color of the sky and the way it contrasts the frame (or rather compliments it).  
Someone has to work! 

This is what a New England or Pennsylvania hillside looks like! 

The red on this house is brighter than the original but I still like it and included it because it stands out.  Mostly everything in this painting "Pops."  I really like this one!  

I am going to list it on my Etsy store KOLENESPICHER.  Check it out! 



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Impressionistic Tulips

Une belle tulip...
A beautiful Tulip 

LOVE the orangey color! 
These flowers rank among my favorite.  In fact, each year I try to plant them in  my yard, knowing that the deer will get them every time.  I am always trying to figure out a place that the deer WILL NOT find them, as if there is such a place.  I have even had those animals on my front porch (along with bears).  Yes I live in the wilderness in greater Pennsylvania ~ just kidding, but not about the bears.

I love orangey peachy tulips.  
These were the color and variety I had in my wedding almost 26 years ago.  
Look at that blue on the vase 
As reflected in the title, I think these (and all the flowers have a very french feel).  I have this particular painting up beside my bed.  It is, however, for sale on my KOLENESPICHER Etsy page.  Take a look at this website if you get a chance.  I am listing on it almost daily.  I have paintings and other KOLENE stuff that I want to sell! 

I wish those tulips in that antique teapot were real, but they are not.  I actually am not into artificial flowers that much but liked these.   

I like to sit paintings on dressers and tables and on little easels when I can find them.  It makes the room interesting and I love the layered look.  

Thanks for looking today.  This is an one-of-a-kind ORIGINAL painting.  


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Sailor's Valentine

Sailor's Give Great Gifts!

Check this painting out on my ETSY Store! 


There are few things that make me happier than a Sailor.  I just like the word - S A I L O R!  I have painted many 'sailors' over the years and equally many  mermaids.  

I decided this afternoon to put an encaustic finish on this painting and WOW did it pop! 

Even the frame has this wax finish ~ it's my new favorite thing to do! 
I really loved this polka dotted paper and decided to apply it to the back of the picture along with my signature card (From Spicher and Co.).  I sign so many of those cards and have a nice amount of them here in my studio!  Spares to share! 

Here's another painting that I called "A Sailor's Valentine".  I love her hair!  I love her heart that reads "Make us One Heart." I believe it was a February post, possibly the 14th. 

The heart theme is very dominant in this painting (like the painting above) and the red makes you think "Valentine's Day".  
This gal has a bit of a tan! The ship reads STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER…AMEN! 

I love the heart and the XOXOs that surround it.  I love her seaweed bra, too.  

The frame is compliments of my Mom.   It was in her personal collection (as they say!). 


When I paint a new nautical piece, I like to place it around the house in different locations to
see how it melds or looks with other pieces of my work.  If it blends, than I am happy.

My goal is for each piece to blend with last year's piece and the year before that, etc.  That way when someone jumps in and starts to collect my artwork, they can continue to add to it over the years, knowing that each will match the other.  I think that this is true of most artist.  That is how we are able to know who painted what over the centuries, even if the painting is not signed.  Each artist has his or her's own characteristics.

Thanks for taking the time to read this today.  Please check out this painting on ETSY.