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?