Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring in All Its Glory

We've been blessed with an early dose of warm weather this March, and I gladly welcome it. The earlier, the better. The weather reminds me of springtime in Knoxville.

The birds are chirping a bit louder, buds are sprouting, and nature's taking its course. The greens of spring always take on a very bright glow.

These yellows are magnificent.

  Even the color white takes on different hues this time of year.

This is spring in all its glory.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Junkin' at Kemler's Auction

Auction night at Kemler's Auctions in Bloomsburg is always a treat. You never know what you'll come across. Is that a little leprechaun I see? I didn't even notice that little figurine when I snapped the picture. I was originally intrigued by the framed artwork.

That's a bright yellow!

I'm guessing this is a portrait of Scarlet and Rhett Butler. Any other guesses?  

I love that little, plastic kitty. The toy revolver resembles a Smith & Wesson 317 .22LR Air Lite. The scruffy dog in the back of the picture looks like he can use a good home.

~Cherries, lemons, and limes~

There were plenty of seats available during the preview.

Here's a better picture of that lovely landscape painting. Check out all the Native American collectibles. Neat!

I love the cut on this Eisenhower jacket. Now I'm picturing both Generals Eisenhower and Patton and how sharp they always looked in photographs.

~A wicker baby carriage~

Here's a shot of Johnny Boy doing what he loves best: junkin'.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Color of Junk

While sifting through box lots at the Berlin Farmer's Market this weekend, I was captivated by all the colors. These chintzy medals cast a golden glow and seemed to provide a natural background for all the other colors sporadically strewn throughout the box.

I see cerulean blue and midnight blue in this box. Mint green and sap green make an appearance as well.

This imitation milk glass is white, but when you look at the photograph, you can see hints of gray and a bit of green.

I was looking at the costume jewelry when Johnny Boy snapped my picture. Look at that bright blue bangle! It jumps right off the table.

You can't give away old insulators, but I've always admired the green insulators. I always see viridian green when I'm looking at them.

Discarded metal objects create a mix of gray, blue, gold, and copper.

The deep, rich blue of the dish is a stark contrast to all the metal found in this box.

Here's Johnny doing what he loves best:  junking in New Jersey. The dark, blue containers play off the light, blue sky.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Quilted Bird

Patterns, lines, dots, and squiggles find their way into my latest watercolor and gouache painting titled Quilted Bird.  This original piece of artwork is available for sale on etsy by clicking here.

If you look closely at the purple background, you'll see the squiggles of purple paint beneath the white dots of gouache.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Daily Dose of Inspiration at Home Again in Luzerne

Stopping by to see Mary of Home Again is always a treat. You never know what you'll find when you walk into her store. 

Mary's the only person I know who could place a lamp in a sink and make it look good.  Where does she come up with these ideas?

As you'll soon read in an upcoming issue of The Independent Magazine, Mary has a God-given talent for design.

Mary's inventory changes on a daily basis. If you see something you like, it's best to grab it.

As always, it's good to be home again!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Young Punk

Having spent the past ten years focusing on what I often refer to as my cutesy artwork, I forgot how much fun it is to paint a portrait. See what listening to the Sex Pistols and The Clash will do to the mind of an artist.  

If you're interested in the original painting titled Young Punk, it's for sale on etsy by clicking here.

~A closeup of the eye~

~A closeup of the other eye~