Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kolene Spicher Original Ship Paining - Coast Guard Cutter Part 2

United States Revenue Coast Guard Cutter 

Coast Guard Flags (Example A) 
I am not going to say that I am finished with this, but it is time that I post some pictures.  I have been working on this for quite awhile now, and it is nearing completion.  I wanted the colors to pop on this but also be subdued.  It is my belief that once this is behind glass, I will be able to tell if it is IN FACT finished.  

The colors on this ship were designed to match the one that is on the right behind the polished trophies.
(Example B)
This particular photo (directly above) was taken before the clouds were completely finished.  If you look at the top example (Labeled A)  you will see that the clouds are more defined and folky than Example B.  I like that! 

Check out the hull of the ship.  I wanted it to stand out against the water but still be 'brown' like wood and not totally black like I usually paint them.  I can go darker with this, if it is necessary once the glass is placed over the painting. 
I love the green water and all the action of the flags.  The men on board also are a lot of fun.    

I have not identified the ship yet.  I am waiting to see if the person buying wants it identified or if he will choose to wait on another ship!  Thanks for looking! 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Baby Room with Kolene Spicher Sailboat Prints

A Sweet Room for a Baby Boy 

Complete with Kolene Spicher Day Boats! 

Today, someone kindly sent me some pictures of their baby room.  I love this lady's taste in color and pattern!  

I love the quilt and the sailboats accessorizing this room

Like any artist, I always get a kick out of seeing my stuff in someone's home.  I think that the light blue wall really compliments the prints, carpet, quilt, and overall color palette of the room! 

My favorite sailboat is the red one on the far left! 
Another thing she did that was smart (and I was relieved to see), was that she anticipated her newborn would one day stand.  The prints are high enough for now that the baby will not knock them off the wall!  Good job. 

LOVE the map sheets!

I included a link to Spicher and Co's website so that you could take a look at these day boats up and close! 
The resolution could be a tad bit better on these room settings, so this link will help!

So happy these pictures were shared!  Thanks for looking today! 


Kolene Spicher Original Ship Painting - Coast Guard Cutter - Part 1

Revenue Cutter 

"The Pickering" 

Yesterday afternoon, I started a Ship painting for an order where I have been sent a beautiful gold leafed frame.  This customer wanted a specific ship's portrait.  It's called The Pickering!  Its a Revenue Cutter and was part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).


The Frame is beautiful and in  near perfect condition.  I love the little fox marks that you can see on the frame.   This painting will be placed behind Antique Glass! 
A little history on the USCG.  It was created by Congress on August 4, 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton.  It is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States.  As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamiliton managed this branch of the government; it's main job was that of collecting custom duties in the nation's seaports.  By the 1860s, it was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.  Today, we know it as the USCG,  and it is actually one of the seven branches of the United States uniformed services.   The Coast Guard's roles include maritime safety, security, and stewardship.  

Back to the painting! 

I sort of faked the water but will add that tomorrow.  I don't really need to sketch that! The Pickering, I believe would have been one of the earliest cutters to be part of the Coast Guard.  

The three flags that you see flying on the cutter will be as follows!

This will fly on the Forward Mast 

And of course the American Flag!  

Tomorrow or Thursday I will add some additional photos of my progress.  It may take a while to completely finish but this is a good start!