Saturday, September 19, 2015

Show sales!

A collection of paintings that sold from Doylestown, PA show 

This is going to be a long post!  I had so much fun this last weekend presenting my creations that I have been tediously working on over the spring and into and through the summer!  I will start with the miniatures!
These are my imported handmade gold and silver leafed Italian frames.  They are very well made and were very well received at the show 
I really took my time painting these little guys.  I was thrilled to see that they sold quite quickly and found them to be a good introduction piece to individuals that have never purchased from me before!  Hopefully, it is the beginning of a wonderful relationship!  HA.

This one was very popular and could have sold several times if I had duplicates (which I did not).  I did take an additional order on it, though! 

Another well received miniature! 
Another category that I happened to do well in was the mermaid department.  People like fish.  I always have so much fun painting them, too.  I never know quite what direction that they will go…and then WALA! It sort of hits me and I run with a theme.   I present these in the order in which they sold.

I sold this right before the show (sorry) but I happened to love the person that
bought it and wanted to see her get it.  She has been patiently waiting for a redhead that she loved for a long time. 
This was a special request mermaid (the next one below).  The customer that bought her has been buying from me for a very long time.  She is my friend.  Her daughter actually picked out the frame that her mother would want.  I thought this was neat.

Some of you will remember the next one because I actually already blogged about her.  She was part of my tattoo artwork.  She's fun and is one of those paintings that I have things written in the water.  This makes it something that you really want to look at…What does that say?? 

Can you see what's written in the water? The little painting on the right gives you an idea of the scale of this piece. 
This last mermaid was a first for me.  It is what I like to call 3-D.  I actually cut her out and mounted her on the background that I painted.  I really liked it and sold 2.  The second one will be slightly larger than this piece.  The cutout really gives it a modern feel. 

Can you see that it is cut out?? 

You can really see it here.   This is actually behind glass. 

Flags are also 3-D 

My tattoo artwork was really well received, too.  Some of these pictures are a little on the dark side (and I apologize for that in advance).  I didn't take the best pictures because it was very busy and I was working the show by myself (with the help of a few wonderful customers [friends]).

This is the second one of this style that I have painted.
I usually do not do the same painting twice but
it was so well received that I needed to.   

I apologize for this one.  It really is dark and happened to be one of my favorite.  I don't know what I 
was thinking…I loved the frame on this, too. 

The last photo that I want to share is my Retrieved Wallpaper technique that I painted on canvas.  I shadow mounted it, which made it have a sort of modern flair.  

Rufus Porter style.  He was known for painting
trees and landscapes. 

I am beginning to paint again for another show.  This one is in New England - Wilton, Connecticut.  It has been about 8 years since I have showed in this area of the country.  I am really looking forward to it! It is held at the Wilton Historical Society and is November 6-8, 2015.  See card below!

Enjoy and thanks for looking today.  Message me with any questions! 

Kolene Spicher 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Kolene Spicher painting in the style of the Rufus Porter School

Primitive Retrieved Wallpaper Technique 
 Landscape by Kolene Spicher 

This painting and many others will be at the Bedminster Show in Pennsylvania next weekend

The crackled surface has the feel of being something that was "pulled" from a wall.  I invented this technique and use
it often with paper, too! 
This is a painting that is done in the Rufus Porter style.  He was an itinerant 19th-Century artist that roamed the New England area painting the walls in numerous homes.  Anyone who has an original Rufus Porter is one lucky individual.  Everything about this from the subject matter from the  exaggerated  trees to the colors reminds me of this  RPorter 'look.'  I love to paint in this style.  

Porter trees were graduated in size.

This tree fills the entire canvas, as far as the height is concerned.  This, too, was in  keeping with the way Porter painted.  The trees in the foreground were always as large as the  mural wall would hold.  I love the little guy on the boat! 

Oversized bright birds
This bird tree reminds me of a feather bush.  The red lighthouse carries your eye to the back of the painting, which I like.  A little color here and there will cause your eye to roam the entire painting.  
White background or Black?  
I prefer the black background or Mat.  I have not decided which way I will go.  I also grained this frame to make it look 'old' like the painting.  The sides of this frame are a simple black.  

Let me know your thoughts!  White background or black?  

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