Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lily of the Mist - original watercolor

Easter is almost here, and it is mostly fun to be working on the spring cleanup of our flower garden and patio area - and the entry to our Painter and Poet Gallery.

Yesterday, I got frisky, foolishly acted like I was about 20 years younger than my "real" age, and put my knobby knees down on my handy "padded" kneeling bench. Weather? Sunny, 74 degrees, and a lovely day! Spent almost two hours getting the 12' x 8' deck floor scrubbed squeaky clean. The deck looks terrific, but oh- my poor knees! Need to find some soft knee pads before any more kneeling!

Sorting through our unmatted prints in Ward's matting room I found an original watercolor called "Lily of the Mist." Ward is holding this framed original painting. The scarecrow portrayed here was designed by Judy Dodge, an enthusiastic member of our community, who has created many of the scarecrows included in some of Culver's annual fall scarecrow contests, which began in 1998. With its bright colors and unusual design, it reminds me of the imagination and whimsy reflected in Easter bunnies, and color-filled decorations.

Lily of the Mist's image is 9.5" wide and 14.5" tall. Overall matted size is 15.5" wide by 20.5" tall. Archival matting and framing includes 3" of alpha matting around the painting (#8521 Fairfield White top mat with # 8480 Gothic Amethyst underneath) archival U V glass and a striking black wood frame. Price is $225.00 which includes the archival matting and framing, free shipping, and a copy of "Big Scare in Small Town". This unusual and colorful original watercolor will be sold to the first qualified buyer contacting us to purchase "Lily of the Mist". We are careful to note the exact time of your wish to purchase so we can follow our rule - "to the first qualified buyer".

"Big Scare in Small Town" written by Harvey Firari, and illustrated by Esther, contains a copy of this print and other illustrations of Culver scarecrows, also painted by Esther. This book is described in the "book" section of - Painter and Poet's web site.

To buy this original you will need to either call me at 574 842 8888 or email us - - to arrange for your purchase. We can accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover. If you want to use paypal, we will be happy to send you a paypal invoice. Indiana residents will be charged 7% state sales tax. Free insured shipping within the continental U S, and additional charges for shipping to other locations. Any questions" Please call Esther at 574-842-8888.

Studio Updates: Am enjoying painting on my convenient new easel, plugging away on commissions. And in between, I continue to work on small originals to post on this blog, with four partly done. As each of these little originals is finished, we'll photograph it and post here so you can view it, and if interested, have an opportunity to buy it.

This is an ideal time of year for photographing scenes with buildings that I hope to paint. It's easier to clearly see the building structures while the foliage is light. Ward has written a poem about an old silo and barn, and wants me to paint a watercolor to illustrate his poem. This will be a challenge, but fun! We found an ideal old barn and silo last week but the day was overcast - not the best lighting. So we went back when the atmosphere was brighter, and Ward lined up our digital Nikon for an excellent shot. I'm excited and it'll be fun to combine our talents on this "old silo and barn" p
oem and painting!

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