I have been watching different birds picking up pine straw and sticks the last few days. I am trying to see which tree or bush they are headed to so that I can hopefully get their nest when they are finished for the season.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Finally its Spring! I know everyone has to be ready for spring after that harsh winter throughout the country. In honor of spring and the bird's making new nests I painted a nest painting. I guess the Robin's will have to build another nest since I took this last year from a tree.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I finally found this Chinese antique soy sauce jug that David A. Leffel used in many of his paintings in one of his recent books. During a workshop a few years ago someone asked what the jug was and he told us. The jug was brought over by the Chinese when the Chinese men built our railroads. They used it for soy sauce originally, but I had the feeling that it might have also been used for alcohol from what David learned. It took me years to find this jug and I just happened to look one night and found one that had been passed on at a auction in South Carolina. I called the auction house and begged the owner to sell it to me. Finally it arrived and it is so much fun to paint. Now I understand why David used the jug in so many of his paintings. It is a great size, shape and you can put flowers in it. I really like how this painting turned out. I think you will see this antique soy sauce jug in many more paintings in the future.
After the workshop I bought some roses to paint. I decided to try red ones in this painting. I had posted one of the paintings where Robert Johnson had painted the red rose and I wanted to see if I could do the same thing in this painting. The glass vase is a new find from Home Goods store. I will use that vase again.