Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Thank You!

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks
~William Shakespeare

Just a little way of saying thank you to that special friend for a kindness done, a wonderful gift, for being there when needed etc. . . . no matter what the occasion I think this sweet little Thank You suits.

Done in cheery Reds it is sure to please. This is a 9 by 12 painting done on watercolour paper in acrylics, prisma markers, prisma pencils and inks. Prints are available in A4 size on 100% cotton Somerset enhanced art paper and in archival inks. Also available as a cheery greeting card to wish that special thanks! Contact me on MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com to find out how this can be yours!

Saturday, 27 December 2008

January Brings the Snow and Birthdays . . .

I've been really busy painting over the holidays. First of all I wanted to really paint a special Christmas Card for all of my readers on the Oak Cottage Blog, and so I did this little girl with her Merry Christmas wish. I expect people will soon get tired of seeing her, but I hope not, because I really do love her . . .

Then today I was able to finish two more paintings that I have had ready and waiting for some time now.

This first one I call, "Happy Birthday to You!!" This wee girl looks just thrilled to have baked up a delicious birthday cake just for you, and her cat looks ready to get stuck in as well!!

He looks like he's having a nice long stretch after having lazed around and watched her do all the work!!

Finally there is this wee one enjoying some of the Janary Snow . . .

*January brings the snow,
Makes your toes and fingers glow . . . *

Oh how I long for some snow . . .

All are available as cards of course, or as full size prints. Just contact me to find out how you can get one for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks, these are sure to please even the most discerning recipient.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Easter Blessings

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake,
eneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

~William Wordsworth, "Daffodils"

I know it's a bit difficult to be thinking about Easter when Christmas is only a few days away, but one has to be ahead of the game in the card game. I did this little picture yesterday afternoon and I was well pleased with how it turned out.

One can almost hear her thoughts as she quietly reflects and surveys the springtime beauty that surrounds her. I always had a new hat for Easter as a child and I just love her little straw bonnet that she has chosen to adorn with purple flowers on this beautiful Easter morn . . .

As usual this is available as either a print or a greeting card. Contact me to find out how. Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Happily Ever After

This is a painting I recently did for a young couple who just got married. They loved it. I was so pleased. It ended up actually looking quite a bit like them!!! I love it when I do something for someone and they are happy with it in the end.

This is a closeup of the detail of their faces. I think I managed to capture the emotion of the moment quite well.

Obviously the original is not for sale as it was a gift, but you can purchase prints and or cards. Just e-mail me on MarieAliceJoan@aol.com to find out how!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Bucket Full of Sunshine

I just love this picture I did of little Emmeline this afternoon. It's one that I have had sketched for quite a while, and although it is the Christmas season now, it won't be too long before the days will start getting longer and we can start thinking of spring. Just think of all those lovely little seeds going to sleep right now that will awaken when the springtime sunshine hits them.

Here is a close up of her face. It's hard to get the full impact and detail unless you see a closeup.

This is a 9 by 12 painting done on watercolour paper in acrylics, prisma markers, prisma pencils and inks. Prints are available in A4 size on 100% cotton Somerset enhanced art paper and in archival inks. Also available as a cheery greeting card to suit most occasions!

What do you say, are you ready for a Bucket Full of Sunshine?

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Merry and Bright

A last minute entry just in time for Christmas. I actually did this to grace all of my personal Christmas Cards and couldn't help sharing it with you. Done in a mixture of acrylics, Prisma Markers and Coloured pencils. I think it's one of my favourites thus far!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not . . .

I remember those wonderful, heart wrenching days of young love. Secret crushes,tender and sweet, and sometimes painful . . . a testing ground for the glorious days of true love to come. as usual Emmeline has her little friendly Robin friend to keep her company and help her count the petals of her love . . .

Available as a card or a print. Cards are £2.50 and prints are £15. All cards and prints are printed out on Somerset Enhanced 100% cotton archival paper, and with beautiful pigment inks. The Prints are A4 size, suitable for framing in any way which you desire. They can also be printed smaller and hung in groups. (prices are adjusted accordingly) The cards are mounted on quality linen textured card and are 4 by 6 inches in size, left blank inside so that you can write your own personal message of greeting.

All my art is available as either a print or a card. Contact me on MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com to find out more details. Thanks so much!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

A Stolen Kiss

A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
A rosy dot placed on the "i" in loving;
'Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
~Edmond Rostand

As you can tell my mind has been on Valentines this afternoon. Just a playful little picture. I love the little look of embarassment on the little boy's face, and the little girl looks so sure of herself. Contact me to see how you can get this print as a card for that special someone. (Obviously the watermark will not appear in the print!)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Just in Time for Christmas

Here's my latest creation, entitled A Candycane Christmas. Just in time for a last minute Christmas Card or even gift tag I suppose. Anyone who knows me knows I have a penchant for cats, especially ORANGE ones! It runs in the family. My mother has a penchant for them as well. Anyways, if anyone is interested in purchasing this painting as a card, set of gift tags or indeed any of my paintings as such, feel free to contact me via my e-mail. Thanks so much and have a great day!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Some New Card Samples

I had the chance this week to do two new paintings for cards. I think they turned out quite cute. The first one is a Christmas one, of a girl all ready to decorate her tree with a garland of Gingerbread men. She looks quite pleased with her efforts and I can just smell the gingerbread!

Next is a little sweetheart for Valentines or anytime you want to tell someone that you love them. She has her arms spread wide open in love for you!

Remember if you would like these or indeed any of my artwork as cards, just e-mail me on MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com and I will be happy to talk about it and make some arrangements at a very reasonable price. They are quite nicely presented on quality linen card, each in their own plastic film packet for protection, with a certificate of authenticity on the back detailing the name of the piece, the artist. It's A Marie Card!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Just in Time for Christmas

I know, it's not Halloween yet, but I just finished another Christmas painting and I thought it was really cute. I just couldn't wait to share it with you all.

I call it, "All Hearts Come Home For Christmas." She's stretching up on her tippie toes to try to get her post into the box in time for Christmas! Of course Emmeline's little friend Robin Redbreast is there to help cheer her along!

Here Emmeline is putting together all the finishing touches to make sure her Christmas and yours is as special as can be! *Believe*

I have made the two latest ones into cards and I think they're swell. (Believe, and All Hearts Come Home For Christmas)

I've even put a cutsie label on the back of each.

What do you think?

If anyone is interested in purchasing any cards just e-mail me for the particulars. MarieAliceJoan@aol.com Thanks!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

My Cards

A lot of you have expressed interest in my cards. Thanks so much!

I think they are quite lovely myself, but again, I am a bit biased! The cards themselves measure 6 inches by 4 inches. On each is a print of my own original artwork, printed out on watercolour paper and mounted on coloured card and then onto the linen textured card. They are blank inside so that a person may make their own statement of greeting. They may also be used as note cards and each comes with it's own envelope and sealed in a cello bag for protection. I can make as many as you like and using whichever print you like in any combination you like.

I am charging £2.50 for each and £1 for postage each, so a total of £3.50 per card, which I think is roughly $6.05 American give or take a few pence. In Canadian dollars they are $7.18 Canadian, including postage. I suppose that's not much when you take into consideration they are hand made and pieces of art. Anyways, if you are interested in any you can e-mail me and we can talk about it. The more you want of course, the less they will cost, say 5 for £10, plus postage. (that means one is free!) I also have more Christmas pieces that I am working on for Christmas, but for now just have these two.

In any case if you are interested send me an e-mail and we'll talk. I take paypal as a form of payment. I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday. The sun is shining here although it's very breezy!!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Forever Friends

This is Forever Friendship.
When you're down,
and the world seems dark and empty,
Your forever friend lifts you up in spirit
and makes that dark and empty world
suddenly seem bright and full.
Your forever friend gets you through
the hard times, the sad times,
and the confused times.
Your forever friend holds your hand
and tells you that
everything is going to be okay.
And if you find such a friend,
you feel happy and complete,
because you need not worry.
You have a forever friend for life,
and forever has no end.

I had this little treasure dancing around in my head all week. I did the sketch the other day and could hardly wait to sit down and paint it. I'm quite pleased at how it turned out. I shall be selling prints in my Esty shop I think. This is dedicated to all my forever friends, both visible and invisible. You know who you are.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Home Is Where You Hang Your Heart

Be it ever so humble, there's truly no place like Home. I have lived in many houses and locations in my lifetime. Some really lovely houses and some not so lovely, but wherever it has been it truly has been much loved and comfortable. Whatever else home is to other people, it has always been to me the place where I hang my heart.

This is my first painting with characters in it other than people and I really enjoyed doing it! I think mama bird and her two wee birds look quite happy and comfortable in their home! I love the circular window as well. Would love one of those in my own house!

If you are interested in purchasing this painting toss me an e-mail. It's been painted in acrylics on a boxed canvas measuring 9 by 11 inches approximately with a 1 1/2 inch depth. The edges are all finished so there's no need to frame. It can be hung right away.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Upon a Midnight Clear

I've been thinking a lot about Christmas lately. Someone told me the other day that there was only 13 weeks til Christmas? Can it really be so!!! Amazing.

This first one is a little fella acting in his first Christmas pageant. He's a Shepherd boy. I love the look of awe on his face. This is my first little boy! I'm quite excited about that and have already sketched another boy, which is quite cute. I can't wait to make him come to life with my paints.

This second one is a little girl acting as an Angel in the same pageant. I kind of think she's not actually too sure she really wants to be up there with everyone looking at her, but she's doing it anyways. What do you think?

Saturday, 13 September 2008

She Had a Heart of Gold

Here's my latest piece. I call it "She Had a Heart of Gold." I love how it turned out. It's been done on an 8 by 8 inch boxed canvas in acrylics and the sides are painted and trimmed with gold and brown polka dots. No need for a frame for this one. You can hang it straight away. I just love the little sparrow talking to her on the window sill as she sits there in thought. I like think that her heart of gold goes a lot deeper than that gold necklace around her neck . . . it must do, or the bird wouldn't be so comfortable sitting there so close . . .

I'll be placing the original for sale in my Etsy shop later on today.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

A Sweet Little Baker

Here's a commission I recently finished for someone wanting a logo for their baking business. The colours aren't showing up on here as lovely as they are in real life. They wanted pastels and they don't scan as well as vibrant colours. I thought it was rather sweet though, nonetheless.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Bakers Do It With Butter and Eggs

For the past few days I have been inspired to want to do something for a very special baker I know. Her recipes and books have helped me to pass away so many pleasant hours and I hate to tell you this but they've also added a few inches to my hips. In short she inspires me to want to be a better baker and I wanted to do something very special for her to show her how much I have enjoyed her body of work. I have 3 of her books and I love and cherish each one of them. I'm not sure if she will even want this gift, or even how I would get it to her if she does, but in the meantime I am posting it here so that she can come and have a look at it at least!

By the way I have decided to do my signature differently from now on. What do you think?

Monday, 28 July 2008


Here's a little painting I recently did for a friend of ours who is leaving our green shores to move back to America. Nicole from "The Poppins Blog". She is a lovely American girl who has been living and working over here as a Nanny for the past 18 months. OH, how we are going to miss that gal!! I tried to capture the essence of who she is in this . . . part adventurer, part nurturer, part whimsical, part impish. We gave it to her yesterday at her going away "do". She loved it and that made me really happy. She has always held a little piece of my heart anyways, and now she has something tangible to show for it.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Gathering Rosebuds

This was the first piece that I have done on an actual canvas. I did it on a box canvas so that it has deep sides. The sides are also painted as well as the front and so a person doesn't need to frame it. You can hang it just as it is.

I loved the whimsical look of this little girl with her basket of roses. She looks very pleased with herself!

I painted the sides with the same rose colour as the front only I added the cheery touch of some big white polka dots to dress it up.

I was thrilled in that this painting sold before I even had a chance to list it. Because it is on a boxed Canvas I was selling the original not prints. It is always a bit of a wrench to sell an original I think, kind of like selling one of your own babies in a way. I suppose I could still sell prints if anyone wanted them, but they wouldn't have the cheery polka dots on the side.

I think I may do more of these on the canvas as I am really pleased with the way this one turned out. What do you think?

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Sometimes in the Rain

Sometimes when things seem to be going really wrong we may be tempted to ask ourselves where is God. Sometimes it takes the rough times to find Him and I truly feel that He is never closer to us than when we are in despair and feeling down. All we have to do is reach out to Him. He'll reach back and hold us if we reach out in faith. He truly does love us. It reminds me of a beautiful song I like to listen to by Steven Curtis Chapman. Here are some of the lyrics...

"Sometimes He comes in the rain
And we question the pain
And wonder why God can seem so far away
But time will show us
He was right there with us, and . . .

Sometimes He comes in the clouds
Sometimes His face cannot be found
Sometimes the sky is dark and grey
But some things can only be known
And sometimes He comes in the clouds . . . "

Sometimes In The Rain . . . prints available now in my Esty Shop, or by private arrangment.

Friday, 6 June 2008

For Dad

Just a little something I have done for my dad for Father's Day. I call it "The Hug" My dad took me everywhere with him when I was really small and before my sister and brother came along. He's always called me the apple of his eye. He probably calls them that too, but when he says it to me I feel like it's a name just for me. He has always believed in my art talents and has carried a painting I did for him of a winter scene when I was about 17 years old with him everywhere he has gone in these past years. He always displays it with pride in a prominent place in his home. I reckon it's about time I did him another one, don't you?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

A Few Commissions I've been working on

For a little girl who is whimsical and who loves animals. I don't think the Polar Bear looks too ferocious do you?

A delightful little picture for a girl that loves to read. I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I do. This is the first one I have done with background colour. What do you think?

For a store that is also a restaurant. They wanted something whimsical and fun. I hope that I managed that!

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Tulips Logo

I was recently commissioned by Tulip Fairy to create a logo for her business that she is just starting up. Since it involves cooking and cookware and she also loves Tulips, this is what I came up with!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Entertaining Angels

Miracles surround us and happen every day. Some are big, some are small. All are special. The scriptures teach us that we humans are not the only intelligent beings in the universe. I believe if we listen hard enough and with a believing heart, we will hear the whisper of angel's wings as they go about their business around us. As Helen Keller once said "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart."
A limited number of prints for sale now in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Lilac Days

I just love the early days of spring, when all the trees are bursting in to leaf and bloom. Reminds me of when I was a girl. It felt so nice to be able to throw off all those heavy coats and scarfs of winter and play un-restricted in the warming spring sunshine. This one's for the child in each of us. Happy Days!
Prints are now available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Being Mom

With Mother's Day just around the corner I wanted to make something special for my mom. Most little girls love to dress up in their mother's shoes and hats. When I was a girl I was no different. My mother once was awakened by a knock on the door very early in the morning when I was just a toddler. Apparently the neighbours had looked out the window to see me walking up and down the street in my mother's red high heels and nothing else! Well, Annabelle is wearing a bit more than her Birthday Suit with her mom's red high heels, but I am quite sure her mom is charmed all the same.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

April Showers

We've certainly had our fair share of rain this spring over here in England. Annabelle is more than ready for it with her lovely yellow mac and rubber boots, not to mention her pretty red umbrella. I just love polka dots, don't you??? . Her ducky friends are quite enjoying joining her for a walk in the spring rain.
Prints are for sale now in my Etsy Shop