“Francie’s New Dress”

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I have finished another “Francie” piece, finally. This one features Francie showing off a new dress with dark green and white stockings. The first time wearing a new dress for a little girl is always something special, and that thought is celebrated in this new piece. I am offering the 25% off sale on this one as well as all the other Francie pieces in my shop.

SALE November and December

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Chill October by John Everett Millais – I love fall!

I have terribly neglected this blog and my Etsy shop, something I told myself I wouldn’t do. My excuses… I  am in the middle of illustrating a children’s book (and having a blast doing it!) and my sister and I have taken on 6 more horses at the barn that we manage. This fall has been incredibly productive and I am so grateful for that! The work has been challenging but so enjoyable. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue to expand my Etsy shop soon as well. I have so many plans for it!

Amazingly, tomorrow is the first of November. I am happy to announce that starting tomorrow and ongoing through the month of December (Nov. 1 – Dec. 31), I will be running my first sale on Etsy. Most pieces will be 25% off. Perhaps a piece in my shop will make a one-of-a-kind gift to a really special person in your life. It is my hope that my work will bring beauty and grace to your walls.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to look at my work. I am so blessed to be able to share with you.

Custom Watercolor Paintings of Favorite Vintage Collectibles and Figurines

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I’d like to add to my last post about how special my great-grandmother’s Ardco figurine is to me by telling you about the Custom Watercolor Paintings I am now offering in my Etsy Shop. The painting above, is of an adorable figurine from the 1940′s called “The Dandelion” and it makes a pair with the figurine shown next to it called “My Favourite”. The Royal Worcester company in England produced many porcelain figurines that were modeled by F.G. Doughty like the ones above. Vintage and antique figurines have a way of garnering our sentimentality and love, especially when they have been passed down to us by beloved relations and friends. Perhaps you have a figurine or you remember a figurine that is special to you or to a loved one. I’d love to hear about your vintage collectibles and the story behind them.

“Vivian” – Original Watercolor Painting

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“I know you like drawing portraits, and I thought you’d like this. It’s such a pretty pose.” my late great-grandmother said as she gave me this Ardco porcelain figurine/vase. That was when I was about 14 years old. I’ve always loved her gift to me. It makes me think of days long ago when bouffant hairdos, brooches, and fake eyelashes were all the rage.

Inspired by the days that my great-grandmother knew well and I could only dream about, I created a painting to share this fabulous beauty with you. “Vivian” is now for sale in my Etsy Shop. I’ve often seen other Ardco vases at antique shops, but I’ve never found one quite like my great-grandmothers. I hope you enjoy this piece!

Springtime of Life by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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From artsmia.org

The far distance in its simple contour and harmony fades into the sky, through an atmosphere of mist and ether. The flowers raise their heads, the birds flit to and fro. A peasant riding a white horse disappears down the narrow path. And the artist? He paints!

-Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in a letter to a friend

Before I knew Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, I knew a mournful young lady in a pale pink dress. If you are not familiar with him, I hope to introduce you to a master artist in a similar way. “Springtime of Life” is a Romance painting of breathless beauty that very luckily (for me) resides in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Corot, a French landscape painter of the 19th century, draws the viewer into a world of “mist and ether” that evokes a somber and delicate mood. To view the world through Corot’s eyes is to view beauty without taking it lightly or cheaply; rather, Corot entraps the onlookers with a dramatic sobriety that leaves them with a wistful desire to continue into the world of his canvas. This lingering feeling hit me the first time I viewed “Springtime of Life” and even now, after years of revisiting it, I feel the same way.

I love this painting so much, that I have created a pen and ink re-imagining of it. It is now for sale in my Etsy Shop.

If you live near Minneapolis, I highly recommend viewing “Springtime of Life”. Want to see more from Corot? Here is one of his beautiful Landscape paintings in the Louvre.

Introducing “Francie”

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Francie is a little girl with a lot of curiosity. Dogs, cats, and canaries are her best friends, but she isn’t afraid to make new friends wherever she goes. Skipping and jump roping, picking flowers, and playing “Mother” with her dog Jack are some of her favorite things to do.

Francie is simple and sweet. Unpretentious but always polite, she is filled with awe at the small wonders of life.

Visit my Etsy Shop to see Francie in a new ongoing art series. Also view Francie my portfolio.

Sincerely,

B.E.

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