Saturday, May 31, 2008

Iris Bouquet Watercolor Painting

Watercolor, 7 .5 X 9.5" on arches 140 lb paper
$107 with double mat and frame
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"Beauty is not only a terrible thing,

it is also a mysterious thing.
There God and the Devil strive for mastery,
and the battleground is the heart of men."
....Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ocean Surf Watercolor Painting


"My sun sets to rise again."
....Robert Browning

Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper
10 x 14"
$210 with double mat and frame
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Japanese Water Flowers Watercolor Painting


Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper
7 X 9.5" artwork size
$99 with double mat and frame

This is also from a reference photo on Wet Canvas from a weekend drawing event.

Thoughts on how to make a failure into a success:

"Somerset Maugham wrote a story about a janitor at St. Peter's Church in London. One day a young vicar discovered that the janitor was illiterate, and fired him. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings in a tiny tobacco shop, where he prospered. He then bought another, expanded it, and ended up with a chain of tobacco stores worth several hundred thousand dollars.
One day the man's banker said, 'You've done well for an illiterate, but where would you be if you could read or write?'
'Well,' replied the man, 'I'd be janitor of St. Peter's Church in Neville Square.'" ..... from "Failure is Written in Pencil" by David Ireland.

I think about the story of Elijah at the river, depressed and upset because the queen has threatened to kill him because he called on God and fire came down from heaven showing Baal a false god and the whole group of priests that God is God. So God sends ravens to feed him and he has plenty of water until the river dries up.

Do you have a river that's failing you now? Maybe God's telling you it's time to move on.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Boy and Wild Geese Watercolor Painting

I tried to think of some clever title for this, but I thought I would leave it open for interpretation.

Thoughts on communication from Francis Bacon,

"If you can talk about it, why paint it?"

10 x 14" watercolor on arches 140 lb paper
$210 with double mat and frame

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Kitties In A Basket Watercolor Painting

Kittens in a basked watercolor painting has been reworked ...the background was too dark. I'm not quite sure if its done now, but I'm happier at the moment with it.
The painting is really about the soft kitties in the foreground, and not about the flowers.

These are Himalayan kittens...I have an adult one from this breeder in New Hampshire who is now 16 years old. (I have a painting of her earlier on in my blog called "Muffy"). She is the sweetest animal I have ever owned, very lovable and gentle, and very affectionate.

They go from this white color to a darker and darker grey, looking like the cat in "Meet the Parents" that used the toilet, or "Homeward Bound" with the snotty Sally Fields voice. "Cats Rule, Dogs Drool."

Muffy is a torti-point, which means she is tortoise colored on her ears, nose, and paws. She has half a burnt sienna nose, and half a black, with a white "star" on her forehead, and mix and match paws.

They are originally a cross breed between a siamese and an angora, with all the meanness taken out! --but now a breed unto themselves. They are extremely intelligent animals. Muffy sits up and begs for treats, and goes to the cupboard where they are when you say the word "treat". She has trained my 2 grandsons to deliver her treats in the afternoon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Carousel Horses Watercolor Painting

This watercolor painting is a 12 1/2 X 10" artwork on arches 140 lb paper just finished today.
$187.50 with double mat and frame
If you have any questions about this or any other of my work, please email me at bunnygriffeth@gmail.com

Thoughts from "The Velveteen Woman" by Brenda Waggoner:

"There's something very passionate about spirituality. A quality that woos us....most women are more likely to align spiritual fervor with with childlikeness. That sense of delight in the present moment---tasting a new flavor of ice cream for the first time, smelling a bubbling pot of wassail at Christmas, hearing your favorite kind of music, touching soft skin of a newborn baby." ....or the delight of a ride on carousel horses. Little "soul vitamins" for our day.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pink Flowers Watercolor Painting

Pink Flowers watercolor is 8.5 x 12" original artwork on arches 140 lb paper. $153 with double mat and frame

I experimented with 3 new materials which I purchased... M. Graham paints, liquid pencil and "inktense" color pencils for some accents. I loved all 3 new items.

This morning I looked at the beautiful shades of yellow, green and turquoise in the trees from my window as the morning sun came up...a "soul vitamin" she calls it in "The Velveteen Woman".... "shots of joy" you can try to focus on in your day even in the midst of turmoil.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Peony Watercolor Painting


Peony watercolor painting is done on rice paper. The watercolor reacts in a different way to the paper.....it spreads beyond where you have touched the brush to the paper, how far depends on how much water you have mixed with the paint. The technique suits this flower, and actually works. Not everything you work with or on does work...lots of things in the circular file sometimes.

After watching the movie "The Visitor" today, my thought for today is on the sadness of loneliness--if or when you see the movie you'll understand--- and this quote from Eugene O'Neill:

"Man's loneliness is but his fear of life."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Surf Hotel, Block Island Watercolor Painting

Surf Hotel Block Island on an early morning walk. Not sure what has happened but this is a family owned hotel that was for sale last year. Part of the charm of this island.....

This is 11 x 15" artwork size watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper
$247 with double mat and framed.

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If you have any questions, please email me.

My thought this morning is from an article from the Washington Post our art teacher gave us on Tuesday "Pearls Before Breakfast" which has very much to do with art and the appreciation of it in context to our busy lives. One of the most brilliant violinists plays some of the most beautiful musical pieces in a Washington subway ...it is a study of people's reactions.

"What is this life, if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
....from "Leisure" by W.H. Davies

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pink Tulips Watercolor Painting


Pink Tulips watercolor painting inspired from my daughter's house in Glocester where these little beauties looked too lovely to pass by.
10 X 12" Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper
$180 with double mat and framed


Hyacinths to Feed Thy Soul

"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."

....attributed to the Gulistan of Moslih Eddin Saadi, a Mohammedan sheik and Persian poet who lived about 1184-1291.

This and any of my artwork can be purchased matted and framed. For questions, please email me at bunnygriffeth@gmail.com All major credit cards accepted via email invoice to a secure Paypal website.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Rushing waters Watercolor Landscape


Rushing waters watercolor is an original artwork smaller painting 7 1/2" X 11" finished this weekend from the same drawing event.
$123 with double mat and framed.

"Adventures don't begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith. " ...Mickey Hart

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Alabama Coast Sunrise Painting

Sunrise....on the Alabama coast is an
11 X 15 " watercolor finished this weekend as part of a weekend drawing event at Wet Canvas, sponsored by an artist from Alabama.

Thoughts on handling failure:

"When you fail, treat it as a moment---not a monument! Don't spend the rest of your life paying homage to it." Bob Gass

"Though I have fallen,
I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
The LORD will be my light." Micah 7:8 NIV

Friday, May 9, 2008

Church of the Ascension, Jerusalem Watercolor Painting


Church of the Ascension watercolor painting is 10 x 14" watercolor I just completed last night.
$210 with double mat and framed.

The reference photo is from a trip in 1999 to Jerusalem. I thought it was interesting that an Arab holds the keys to the church to unlock it because of all the religious mistrust....

My thought today is from Max Lucado "A Love Worth Giving"....

"Jesus blasts the top birds of the church,
those who roost at the top o the spiritual ladder and spread their plumes.....
In a world of upward mobility, choose downward servility.
Go down, not up....That's what Jesus did.
He flip-flopped the pecking order...
'He humbled himself and became obedient to death---even death on a cross!' Philippians 2:8NIV"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Walking the beach Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting inspired by a Block Island morning walk in mid-September. Original artwork is approximately 10 x 14" finished today. $210 with double mat and framed.

Faith is not a religion, faith is in God.... He is the shepherd in search of his lamb. His legs are scratched, his feet are sore, and...he...traverses the fields....He cups his hands and his mouth and calls into the canyon. And the name he calls is yours..... from Max Lucado's
"And The Angels Were Silent."

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Flamingo Lines.... Watercolor Painting


Flamingo Lines watercolor was inspired by the first warm spring day at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence with the flamingos digging in the hard soil....fascinated us for quite a while. The still bare trees made an interesting shadow pattern around them......

10 X 14 watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper
$210 with double mat and framed.

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" .... Dr Seuss





Sunday, May 4, 2008

Frozen Cherubs Watercolor Painting


Frozen Cherubs watercolor measures 7 x 7" using a gold pigment for the little cherubs. This was part of a Wet Canvas weekend drawing event. I wanted to try using the gold pigment on them. Poor little things need a coat on!

Today's thought:

"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it's safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being."
Matthew 6:19-21


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Flowers


Approximately 7 X 7" watercolor
finished this morning.

Today is the celebration of my youngest grandson's two year birth day. He is a great appreciator of my artwork. Yesterday he came running into the living room with my recent Block Island painting delightedly showing it to me.

My thought for today has to do with "detachment" -- avoiding the temptation to intervene on someone's behalf to help them avoid pain---and is from Mark Twain..."A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."
Or in the words of Dr. Seuss, "“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

Friday, May 2, 2008

House on the Bluffs


This is a small (10 x 7") watercolor scene from Block Island that is pretty typical of the island...stone walls, salt box cottages and very scenic. The only way to get to the beach below (this is actually a view from the very windy parking area above the beach) is to know it's there or go exploring down an unpaved road. This area we did plein air painting two different times and neither painting came out as I liked.

This island is great to go exploring, on foot or on a bike and I've gotten lots of great photos for painting references.

Thought for today is from Dr. Seuss: "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

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