Friday, June 26, 2009

Mini Set

This week, as I mentioned on Twitter, I decided to do a set of miniature paintings - a Pug, a Cavalier, and a cat, to take to the Gallery, if they haven't sold before I get there. (I can always do more!) These are all 2.5 by 3.5 inches, and painted in the round in Acrylics. By "Painted In The Round, I mean that the sides and back of these tiny paintings are part of the painting. They will be exhibited on small easels painted gold.
On Monday, I all but finished the Pug, putting the final details on it on Tuesday. This is the second in my "Brown Eyes" series of miniature Pug Paintings. The first one is sold.
Wednesday, I drew the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cat. Yesterday, I finished them both.
These tiny things are fun to do, and while miniature, I still aim to get the details correct and a good expression on the little faces.

Heather Anderson

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Midsummer Firefly

Things have been hectic these past couple of weeks and I felt the need to get away from reality for a bit. Nothing accomplishes that better than stepping into Fantasy. This 8 x 10 watercolour painting is called Midsummer FireFly. I used a different paper than my usual, and although it was still a Hot Press paper, I found the paint handled differently on it. Still, I was able to get the effects I wanted, but I will be returning to the paper I know and trust for my next painting.

Around here, the Fireflies usually appear on or near Midsummer's Eve, and I always think it is such a magical time. Midsummer Firefly reminds me of summer nights when I was a young girl. I remember the cool, damp grass under my feet, the scent of the summer garden around me, and the endless, mysterious night sky above my head. And dancing through the darkness like magic, would be the "Firefly Faeries". Wishes were made and dreams were dreamed. It is a lovely memory.