OK, I had six days off for the holidays and spent quite a bit out in my studio. Escape from…or escape to….I won’t even go there. Anyway, some time spent nurturing my creative self. A little tea, a lot of lively music. (NO Christmas carols!)
I’ve had this little pumpkin hanging around since before Halloween. I just love the stem of it. This is an 11×14, oil on canvas. Painted in about three hours.
Pumpkin, 11×14 oil on canvas
I was also able to spend a few days creating this blue and yellow still life. Check out my Art pages for a complete step-by-step or click on the link below the painting.
Still life, blue bottles and lemons, final. 18×24 oil on canvas
The holidays are often a busy time for artists. Although I don’t seek out the sales that I used to – I’m too busy with my day job – I still get busy around Christmas time. I sold Dos Palomas which was exhibited in a small, local exhibit. That was a nice surprise and the person who bought it was totally smitten with it. I’m so glad she has it.
Last month I received a call out of the blue from someone asking if I’m the Kit Miracle who does house portraits. Yes, but I don’t do many any more. I really don’t have the time. As an aside, this used to be a big part of my bread and butter painting business. I’ve done a lot of house portraits! So the lady who was interested in one more house portrait was a client for whom I’ve done four others in the past. She wanted the final one to be by the same artist in the same style. So….I agreed. This was a simple watercolor with pen and ink overlay. See the photo and the details.
Watercolor house portrait with pen and ink overlay
House portrait detail
Small Christmas paintings, w/c – pen and ink, painted in multiples
This year I also decided to create some small paintings as Christmas gifts to my staff. I used to do these a lot, also. They are 4×6. Although they’re all hand-painted, I do them in sets of four. It’s more efficient that way.
Framed mini paintings
Painted child’s sneakers
Finally, I decided that my granddaughter needed some hand-painted shoes. These are just cheap canvas sneakers with dinosaurs, dancing lady bugs, butterflies and flowers. She’ll outgrow them before the paint wears off.
All in all, it was a very merry Christmas!
Dos Palomas final. 18×24 oil on canvas. Added some cooler tones to counteract the overly warm tones.
Earlier I showed you my procedure for setting up a simple still life. This is the final painting. I used a toned canvas. If you’d like to see a step-by-step demonstration, click on the link below or go to My Pages and view the steps.