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Helen Shideler Small Works

Peppermint Candy Petunias
  • Peppermint Candy Petunias
  • Watercolor Painting | 8" x 12"
  • Watercolor
  • Somehow, the whole time I was working on this painting, I kept thinking about Peppermint Candies. You know, the ones with the swirl of red and swirl of white? It first occured to me as I was sketching them out - and then as I started to apply the watercolor paint I just kept thinking about them. Awhile back, I checked on my framing inventory and realized I had five really nice frame sets for watercolor paintings and so I set out to complete five in one month. And I did it. This is the last piece that I told myself I had to do in this timeframe. I love the colors of this flower. The pinks are flaming and yet there are so many subtle shades. The photos that I worked from were actually more on the bluish side - I chose to modify the colors to the impression they had on me. This painting is 12 x 8" wide (unframed size) and is paintind on Arched 300lb paper.
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Two Beez
  • Two Beez
  • Watercolor Painting | 12" x 8"
  • can be sure to see many bees as well. Often times there are eight to ten on one flower. That may be wierd to paint. So I painted two on the flower thinking this looks much friendlier. The size indicated is the unframed size.
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Feeding Time Yet?
  • Feeding Time Yet?
  • Watercolor Painting | 12" x 9"
  • Some of our goldfish and koi fish swimming about. Custom framed
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Three Beez
  • Three Beez
  • Watercolor | 11" x 6"
  • Three bees on s sedum plant This painting is beautifully custom framed.
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Pretty Petunias
  • Pretty Petunias
  • Watercolor Painting | 11" x 12"
  • This Painting was completed quite quickly by my usual standards. I used a mask to preserve the white areas, then poured pink and pale green. Once dried, I applied more mask and poured more watercolor paint and so on... Overall the painting took two days to complete. I think the hardest part was first applying the mask and them removing it. Still have not decided if I like mask or not. I usually carefully paint around things. I am pretty happy with this process - it is fun!
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Queen Cecropia
  • Queen Cecropia
  • Watercolor | 6" x 8"
  • One night while watching tv, this rather large moth kept flying into our window -. At first I thought it was a bird gone wrong - but at closer inspection I realized it was a really big moth. I took many photos - and this is the result. This painting is custom framed.
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Star Fighter Lily
  • Star Fighter Lily
  • Acrylic Painting | 5" x 5" x 1"
  • Small Works Ah, as Christmas approaches it is often quite prudent for artists to complete a number of small works. These are good as possible donations to requesting charities but also very marketable this time of year – more so that larger works. I struggle with small paintings. They are almost as much work as larger pieces and they take a disproportionate amount of time to complete. Take this little star fighter lily. Only 5” x 5” big, er… small. The drawing took no time really – but painting that level of detail that small is icky picky work. I get a great deal of satisfaction with large freer brush work that I apply with larger scale acrylics. Then the fun really begins with I get into the details. Love this stage. It is when a painting comes to life. To me this is magic and very satisfying. So it would make sense that I would also love the detail and concentration of the smaller pieces. And I do. It is just they are small and that is the whole point. You have to be closer to the work to see the amount of effort. In defence of painting small – sometimes they can be outright fun pieces. You get to experiment with new subjects and or techniques without having to invest mega hours or gallons of paint. At the end of the day, this little lily is actual size to the bloom and is quite sweet. Point is, you will see a number of smaller pieces painted my me in the weeks to come– tis the season and all! They will be on display at the Fundy Gallery of Art, Loch Lomond Place in Saint John during the month of December.
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A koi named Hoover
  • A koi named Hoover
  • Watercolor Painting | 11" x 6"
  • This is an experimental piece - I used a masking compound and poured on layers of colors and repeated the process over four times. They tidied it up with a brush and watercolors. Painting is beautifully custom framed size is 18 x 13
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