Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I finished two little miniature paintings yesterday, inspired by the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
One is of a little girl "Runaway" running away from her parents who are obviously occupied talking. Watercolor with a little bit of ink.
It's listed on eBay at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290386424711
The other is "The Hot Seat" - a garden bench in the tropical garden hothouse in the ABGs.
It's all in watercolor. The image size on both is 1.5" - but I've left a white border around the outside that can help with framing.
Low starting prices.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Just listed 4 more tiny MINIATURE paintings on art by us. All watercolor, including 2 I already had up there. 1:12 scale (for room boxes and/or dollhouses) http://www.artbyus.com/auctions.php?a=6&b=312
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
OK. YOU tell me ... HOW MUCH IS MY ART WORTH?
This ACEO (2.5x3.5") watercolor took me 4 hours to paint.
"Innocence & The Black Sheep"
It's listed at an absolute BARGAIN PRICE.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
8 x 11 inches, watercolor, 2009.
A painting of Physalis or Cape Gooseberries, as they are also known. They look like little orange tomatoes enclosed in a papery cage and taste as sweet as strawberries.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
8 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.
Three bell peppers on a blue background.
Painted for this months WNW 7 x 11 x 3 challenge - to paint a painting of a size with the shorter dimension no less than 7" and the longer dimension no greater than 11", with a three hours time limit to paint it.
Friday, November 13, 2009
For the first time, I painted on a totally blank piece of paper. No drawing at all, not even a horizon line. After getting past the fear...it was fun! Done completely by the picture in my head and the colors outside my window with a little help from my brushes.
Missing from picture, one very annoying squirrel!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I've always loved pine cones. In my home state of South Carolina, they are everywhere. I love to walk thru the pine needles, and listen to the crunching needles under my feet, and look for perfect pine cones. Every one is a little individual.
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Friday, October 30, 2009
Today I had to take a break from landscapes and needed to do something a little different. So I came up with these candles. And they took way longer than I thought they would. Those flames are tricky for me. ;-)
ACEO 2.5 x 3.5
J. Elaine Hays
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sadly this lovely cactus dahlia isn't from my garden - it's from the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley, where I visited last weekend.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
8 x 10.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.
These are three of the squash we grew this summer. We hadn't grown squash before so we were curious to see how it turned out. Sadly it wasn't good - the fruits were very bitter and nasty to taste (and very poisonous if eaten). It's not clear why this happened but at least they looked nice enough to paint!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.
Another painting of some produce grown at home. I love chillis and spicy foods, and this year grew a variety of chillies of diferent strengths in the greenhouse - these are quite mild but still pack a nice warm punch.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This one was made after an attempt to follow an Anime lesson in a new book I've bought.
I don't love all kind of anime, but find that it's a very good way to learn to draw the faces expressions, I hope to go give some more try.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
6.5 x 7 inches, watercolour, 2009.
The delicate structure and pink and yellow shades of this alstromeria were a challenge to paint. We have these in several colours in the garden, a legacy from my father.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.
I have a couple of these cactus dahlia plants - I love the spiky blooms, and the plants usually flower abundently. I chose to concentrate on a single flower for this painting to emphasise the petal shapes and colours.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
8 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.
Foxgloves from the garden this summer. Foxgloves (digitalis pupurea) are very poisonous, from the roots and leaves to the flowers and seeds but the toxin is also used for medicinal purposes, especially treating heart conditions.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'll be adding more tomorrow.
Thank you for looking.
Monday, September 7, 2009
First time I've done a larger watercolor in several years. My inspiration is two wonderful women who constantly are part of dress-up re-enactments of the old west in a nearby historic town. This was at a special event, where they guarded the 'wash house'.
So is from photo studies I took.
It's about 14" x 22". I'm thinking of possibly entering some competitions with it. I just got downsized from my job (the 5th downsize in 20 months :( ).
This is not easy to photograph - so bear with me.