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A deer looks toward the viewer as they will when they hear a noise in the forest and freeze in place. This work is in black and white. This is a small painting that will invite the owner to return to again and again to steal a tranquil moment in nature. Scratchboard, for those unfamiliar, is a technique wherein the image is scratched into an inked surface. This particular image is on Ampersand Claybord, a board coated with white kaolin clay and then with india ink. I chose to keep this work in black and white with emphasis on the form of the animal. I think that black and white drawings, like black and white film, can be particularly striking and may invite the viewer to bring more of his/her own imagination to the work… Continue reading… 0 comments

An oak tree dominates the scene in a field where winter birds safely shelter. Wild mustard, which grows abundantly when it rains in the central valley of California, provides a bright yellow backdrop. This watercolor and ink sketch was done as a demo in a class I gave, but it is the only version of this scene which I have painted. I like the reflections, the colors of winter transitioning to spring, and the informal feel. This nature area is about a half hour drive from my home and is a favorite place for bird-watching, hiking, and for sketching… Continue reading… 0 comments

I chose to illustrate this with my pastel of the entry leading to the barrel room at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi where the show happens.Long before I began to develop my art career, I enjoyed going to the Lodi Community Art Center's Spring Show. Since becoming part of the LCAC, I've been involved in putting on the show each year.This show is in it's 55th year, is open to artists everywhere, and has a Best of Show award of $1000. Thus it seems worth sharing with other members. Deadline to enter is February 28. Details and the portal to enter the show are at 0 comments

A yellow iris glows with color in a garden setting. The transparent colors of watercolor are especially suited to replicating the vibrancy and delicacy of the living tissue of flower petals. There is great pleasure to be had both in creating and in viewing garden flowers or wild flowers growing in field or forest. Increasingly health care institutions are seeing the value of having trees and gardens on view from patient areas. Views of nature help create feelings of calm, serenity, and hope within us. For much the same reason, landscapes and garden paintings are welcome in our homes and offices. Aside from their intrinsic beauty, the nature connection within these works of art adds to our sense of well being… Continue reading… 0 comments

A deep blue ocean is dotted with shimmering icebergs and floes. Northern light add color. Abstract forms hint at rather than directly picture the reality of the arctic region. In fact, you might even see this as something else entirely, such as white sailboats with distant city lights and blurred by coastal fog--or what else might you imagine. Perhaps symbols of some inner emotions. I loved creating this piece. It's wonderful to let color flow and then go back and create just enough detail to suggest certain forms and ideas. I will ship the art in a sturdy photo envelope, unmatted and unframed,at no additional cost. If you prefer framed art, contact me and we will talk about the addi tional cost… Continue reading… 0 comments

I recently sold the original of this watercolor painting, and I was about to take it off of offer here on, but since I have sold a number of prints of it locally, I decided to change the listing to the digital prints. Actually, the original sold locally, too, at a fundraiser where a modest percentage of the sales price goes to to a program that provides free art lessons to children in the community in which the sponsoring church exists. Most of the money raised comes from tickets to the event. The funds pay the teaching artists & purchase materials for the classes. To me this is the ideal type of event to participate in as an artist. It is about art, and it respects the value of the artist's work… Continue reading… 0 comments

In a way this is a tale of two collections, and it grows out of a sad experience I had this weekend. The heirs to a woman who had been one of the leading artists in our area were looking at possibly selling, in cooperation with our local art group, art that was in storage. I was one of the members of that group who went to examine the pieces. Sadly much of the art had been poorly stored for more than a decade after her death, with a rental storage only taken during the past year. Chips, water damage, and other problems would make restoration necessary before most of the work could be considered for selling. In addition, almost two decades have passed since a showing of her works, and they have not been on the market during the interim… Continue reading… 0 comments

The Pears in a Partridge Tree seen here recently won honorable mention in a juried show. Two other originals of other adventures of the pear ladies sold in an October show. It's odd how inspiration can come in a flash and then not quite go away. The winter pears that so fit the present season were a surprise as has been each of the pear images that have come to me since I first created a beach scene several years ago based simply on the voluptuous shape of some of the pears in my garden and the pear like form that many of us see in ourselves as we age. For more on this series go to http://carolinehenryartblogContinue reading… 0 comments

A purple songbird sings merrily from his perching place on a branch. Loosely defined forest makes the background. Materials are watercolor and marker pen on heavy watercolor paper. This little 3" by 3" (8cm by 8cm)painting would look pretty matted and framed but could also be enjoyed leaning against books in a case. Little jewels of art such as this make it possible for anyone to be an art collector, even those who live in tiny apartments, boats, or travel trailers. I chose to list this today between visits to my mom who is in the last days of her life, because she has always birds, birdsong, and the beauty of flight. Much of my own enjoyment of nature came from my early years when she helped me open my eyes to the joy and beauty around me in the natural world… Continue reading… 0 comments

A red fox sits on a rock formation in an autumnal forest scene. The drawing is in ink, with watercolor tints bringing the colors of the habitat to life. This is one of my paintings that attempts to capture the surprise that awaits just around the bend in the trail. It suggests a story, whether of the fox or the hiker who spots him. I like the way the fall colors pick up the colors of the fox's fur. The shadows indicate a midday sun, but there are enough cool colors in the greens and the blue gray rocks to suggest a mild fall day rather than the heat of an Indian Summer… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is actually version two of my tiger lily painting. When we came across the particular patch of wild flowers from which this one was taken, the mass of color was almost overwhelming. Imagine walking in a hot day, in forested country but much of the time in the sun, then coming across a gurgling brook and deep shade, lit by the glow of shining orange and yellow flowers, lots of them! So first I painted a cluster of flowers. The thing is, nature can throw everything together and it all works. When you try to pour that onto a 2-D world, the world of a painting, you had better make choices. My first painting tried to take in too much. It wasn't an awful painting, but it was not very interesting, either… Continue reading… 0 comments

A pond lily in bloom with white to pale pink petals provides the center of interest with lily pads afloat on a murky pond which suggests a late summer day. Green and brown tomes dominate, with touches of pinks and pale purple. There is so much color variation in the green lily pads. It is an interesting challenge to get the feel for that coloration. In addition, getting accurate color in the photo of this painting has proved difficult. The flower has some pinks in it that don't show well in this photo. Of course,different monitors and different monitor settings tend to influence what the viewer sees. This makes some people afraid to buy art online. However, most artists share my policy of providing a refund upon return of a piece that is other than what the buyer expected… Continue reading… 0 comments

This painting is not for sale. There was a time when I would have said, "All of my paintings are for sale, you just have to offer me enough money. I can always paint another that I will be equally pleased with." I began my description of this painting "A man walks on the beach with surf rolling behind him, lost in thought." That man is my late husband, walking on the beach at Cambria, one of our favorite getaway places. It is my favorite painting of him, and as of last August it became irrevocably not for sale. There are a number of reasons why an artist may mark a piece of art not for sale or may price it knowingly well above its likely market value. Once may be simply that it has already been sold an is borrowed back for a special show… Continue reading… 0 comments

A yellow iris glows with color in a garden setting. The surrounding lush foliage is suggested by the cool greens and touches of orange in the background. This watercolor is 11"_14", an excellent size for matting and framing at the popular 16" by 20" size. Sold unframed. Contact the artist about pricing if you prefer it shipped framed. This lovely original has also been reproduced as part of my notecard set available in my Etsy store Limited edition art cards are a wonderful way to wish someone happy birthday, congratulations, a get well or simply a charming and old fashioned note. They also are a great accompaniment to a gift… Continue reading… 0 comments

I made this drawing last year when my husband was on his second round of chemotherapy. He was asleep, which he usually was a great deal on the days on which he was wearing the take home chemo pump. Hobbes, our cat who he had raised since her feral mother had abandoned her at a few days of age, slept on his lap. I had not been doing much art. The creation and marketing of art are not high priorities when someone close to you is battling a life threatening disease. I came in from finishing some outdoor tasks and saw them there. I felt compelled to grab a drawing pad and pencil and draw.The artist's eye was seeing lines and shadow and drapery. My heart was simply lovingly using the pencil to fondly trace my hero in repose at a time when so much of his energy was going into battling a monster… Continue reading… 0 comments

An egret makes its way among waterside rushes as it seeks out a meal. the range of blue tones from teal to purple complement the yellow tones of the rushes, while the white egret is the center of attention. The egret is in the sun, while light is absorbed in the shadowing dense reeds behind him. In the photo I painted from, the shadowed areas were dull grays and browns. I wanted to bring in cooler and more vivid colors to bring up the white of the bird (which actually includes blues) and to emphasize the cool appearance of these birds, even when they are in full sun on a hot day. The bird was intent on watching the water, moving into the reed… Continue reading… 0 comments

A hot pink latte mug is accented with lime green and orange. This small original painting is on wrapped canvas, painted around the sides so that a frame is not necessary. My newest coffee art creation is painted in acrylics with a very colorful result. This bit of art made me stop and think about the coffee related paintings that I and others have sold. Next to where my coffee pot resides I have an acrylic by another California artist, Earline Lund, called "First Cup of the Day". It pleases me to see it as I make that first cup. The coffee mug/cup theme lends itself to bright colors and high contrast which are certainly alluring traits in a work of art. However I sold a drawing of a latte cup in November that was in sepia ink, hardly a wake-up color scheme… Continue reading… 0 comments

There can be great pleasure in the big-armed sweeping strokes of a large painting, but small works have a pleasure of their own. For the artist they offer an opportunity to explore an idea in a limited time and space, they challenge control of ones media, and they intensify the artist's awareness of value, color, and composition as each feeds into the need to make something powerful within a few square inches. For the art collector who finds pleasure in things small, these works of art can stretch a budget and accommodate available space. In a grand home, miniatures can provide part of the detail that creates a sense of originality, contrast, and focus. In a small apartment, such works may be the best opportunity for the person who loves to interact with original art… Continue reading… 0 comments

Under the Oak Original Ink Drawing

by Caroline , November 13, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: Drawing, ink, the creative process

A table and chairs invite the viewer to sit under a sheltering oak tree where leaves hang down and frame the garden beyond. It is a place to retreat from the hot summer sun or from "the world too much with us". This original drawing is in ink. The sides of the drawing are about 8.5 inches or 22 cm. It is sold unmatted and unframed, and it will be shipped with care in a stiff envelope such as is used for photo shipping. I actually drew the drawing sitting at the table shown, so that I had to make myself at once participant and spectator. Mostly I drew the leaves and garden plants that were before me and then imagined my view if I were back from the place where I sat leaving the chair empty for the viewer of the drawing to move into… Continue reading… 0 comments

Like so many of my paintings, this one is garden inspired. There is some influence of artists such as Cezanne and Matisse in the bold green outlining of the bright orange poppies. Bright red-orange iceland poppies dance in the breeze in a green field with touches of yellow. The unframed painting is on 6" by 8" canvas board (or 15 cm by 20.2 cm) I've tried to offer a sense of motion as the light heads of the flowers dance in even a touch of breeze as well as an impression of light dancing off the vibrant life in the poppy field. This is done by the bits of yellow and other colors bouncing through the greenery… Continue reading… 0 comments