I swore I would never paint a rooster. I'm not sure why but I guess I thought it was just too "kitschy". But I kept getting requests for rooster trivets...its still a big kitchen motif I guess. And I was recently at a Yoga Retreat in Myakka, Florida when a Light Brown Leghorn Rooster crossed my path.... he was strolling through the weeds in the neighbor's back yard! It was a sign that I should paint a rooster I guess. So I took some pics and realized that this is one beautiful bird! Or chicken. Or whatever. So I decided to paint a rooster after all. I'm printing some up now on trivets, placemats and coasters!
I guess I'm a legitimate Snowbird now. Its the 3rd winter I've loaded up the truck and headed south along with other craftsmen to sell our wares in Florida. And this year I'm doing the gypsy thing...town to town...show to show.
It was clearly time to head out after Christmas as things got chilly in Rangeley. I don't need to remind anyone that nothing has changed and all I've heard for two months down here is: "Bet you're glad you are not back in Maine! Or anywhere in the Northeast for that matter! Well, yes, I miss my snowy camp in Maine but I'm glad to be here... for another day in paradise!
The drive down was easy with only a few flurries along the way. And after a quick stop with relatives in Georgia I was on to the first show in "The Villages", packed with over 100K folks enjoying the "good life". I brought a lot of Florida themed product like Great Blue Herons and Tropical Fish and had a great first show.
I headed on to Dunedin, FL. Dunedin is a wonderful "old world" Florida town in the Tampa Bay area. It is home to Honeymoon Island, the Pinellis Bike Trail, wonderful restaurants and a vibrant art community. I love Dunedin and it felt like I was coming home when I settled in to my B&B in town. While I was in Dunedin I did craft shows in St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs and got out to Honeymoon Island to see the Ospreys and Armadillas!
Then it was on to Venice. During this time I stayed with friends in Venice and The Rotunda and was honored that my Dragonfly Table Saver was featured in the Venice Craft Festival show promotion!
Siesta Key and Sarasota at the Phillipi Estate were next up and I found a fabulous Yoga Retreat in Myakka to use as a home base for these shows and had a great time photographing birds in the Myakka River State Park.
From Myakka it was back to Dunedin for a great show in town, another trip out to the Villages, a little golf, & more birding.
I'm ready now to settle in and do some painting while here in Mount Dora. Just got settled into a nice cottage and am ready to get to work. I can't wait to start some new paintings of owls, herons and hummingbirds!
I finished up this Peacock painting just before coming down to Florida for the winter. I was especially attracted to the idea of painting a Peacock since the shape of the plumage lends itself nicely to round Trivets, Centerpieces and Coasters. And I have been on a bit of a blue streak lately so I thought I'd put together a little side show of some of the items that you will see if you stop by one of my Florida shows.
If you are looking for something blue for your home decor check out the Store!
Blue Flag Iris
I frequently get requests for specific images for my Trivets, Placemats and Coasters. One of the suggestions I have been getting quite a bit lately is for Irises. The Blue Flag Iris is a native wildflower of Maine and in early summer it is abundant in and around the fields and homes of Rangeley. So I decided to do a painting of a trio of wild Blue Flag Irises since I had a lot of subjects in the area to study. I just finished the painting today and will have it available at shows and in the Store very soon. I hope you like it.
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Thanks to all who organized and volunteered at the 2014 Yarmouth Clam Festival this year. The weather was great & spirits were lively. This longstanding event is a wonderful summer celebration of art, craft, music, family and community. It is great fun to see the kids marching, bikers racing, and the men and women singing in barbershop, folk and rock groups. For more on the show see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfDW23ggrC0&feature=youtu.be.
For those of you who stopped by my booth... thank you. And a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped unload and pack up the Jeep!
A few of my items were sold out at the show but see the Store tab for today's inventory update. Also, I've posted my show schedule for the rest of the summer and fall on the Shows tab.
Since winter is pretty much over in Maine now and I'll soon be headed up north with the herons, I thought I'd do a painting of one of my favorites, the Great Blue Heron. The heron will be available in the Store soon along with the Snowy Owl and the Passion Flower paintings that I recently posted. Hope you like them.
My last note was in early January. Seems like a long time ago. I had to put a hold on most activity (including painting and shows) during the winter but I’m now happy to report that my recovery from back surgery is going well. I just started working again and wanted to share a few new paintings that I recently completed and to let you know that I will be back on the road doing craft and art shows this summer. One is of a snowy owl that a friend and I saw on a drive in Massachusetts in January. There was a report that a number of snowy owls were up on the north shore and so we headed up there to see them. Fortunately, a very nice photographer was also there tracking them and shared a few of her photos with me that I used for the painting. I will be printing this image and a painting of a passion flower to represent the spring. They will be available at upcoming shows and online soon.
I am usually headed south about this time of year for the winter and spring shows in Florida. Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to make it due to medical reasons. My online Store, however, will be open and I will be adding new items as soon as possible.
There is still time to dress up your table for the Holidays. My Holiday designs work great as a plant or candle holder, tray, serving plate or centerpiece for hot dishes. The Poinsettia, Ornament, and Peppermint designs also make great gifts....including the traditional Fruitcake Table Saver. And this one you don't actually have to eat!
All items have been marked down for the holiday season and are being offered at my reduced "Show Prices", approximately 20% less than my regular internet prices. I am also offering Free Shipping on all orders of $75 or more.
See a few of the holiday designs below and the Products and Store sections for other holiday ideas.