Friday, January 19, 2018

Art Show at State College Framing Company & Gallery

Above are some of my paintings at this wonderful exhibit. (Detail shots at the end of this post)

I'm participating in a wonderful exhibit by over a dozen local artists at the State College Framing Company & Gallery in the Hill's Plaza on South Atherton Street in State College. Here are some photos taken at the exhibit. I hope you will enjoy them, especially if you live far from Central PA! If you are in the area, the exhibit runs through February, 2018.

Be sure to click on any photograph that you wish to see larger!

Below are some detail shot of a few of my watercolors for sale at the show.

January 2018

It's January in Pennsylvania - a beautiful time of year if you like snow! And I do. I'm originally from Minnesota, so snow is a big part of winter in my history.
Alas, the plowing in our development has not been very good. But it makes for some dramatic photos of icy sunsets!

Once out of the development, here are a few places nearby, covered with a few inches of new snow.

It's been a busy month for me as I prepare for a complete shoulder replacement next week. I won't be posting for awhile since it's my right shoulder and I'm right handed. Thus I'll be a bit more hampered than I was last January when the left shoulder was replaced. Last year the recovery was swift and quite successful, so I'm hoping for similar results this time around.

Osteoarthritis can be debilitating and painful. I am so thankful for living in this era where shoulder replacements are not only possible, but quite successful!

I hope to be back painting again in a few months - maybe in March. We will see what we will see. Meanwhile, enjoy the winter months for what they have to offer. Soon enough, spring will be here with bird songs, budding flowers and every shade of green imaginable!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It's Christmas Time in the Country!

So much to catch up on, but I'm in the Christmas Spirit, so the art updates will just have to wait! Did a little decorating today - we've chosen to have a tiny "Feather Tree" as our only tree this year, but it has some of our favorite German ornaments that I've been collecting since 1965. The tree is not quite 26" tall, but she can hold a wealth of memories on her spindly branches. Of course, it's not really made of feathers, but the branches have feathery greens so I guess that's why they named them feather trees. They, too, originated in Germany in the late 19th century (according to Wikipedia).

The little fellow above is similar to the very first ornaments I purchased on a trip to Europe following my college graduation. We always called them the "blah blah boys" because they stick out their tongues when you push the button on the cap. I believe in Germany they were called the Naughty Boys, which seems fitting, as well! I tried finding them on-line to replenish our supply a year or two ago, but no such luck. But we still have a few in good condition, as seen above. Our son and daughter each have at least one or two on their trees, as well. The paint may be missing from them here and there, but the naughty boy can still stick out his tongue on all of them!

Nearly all the German ornaments are made of wood, often with felt, sometimes with curled wood shavings, usually painted. I love them all! I know my father's family never had anything like these ornaments, despite being from the Burgenland region of Austria/Germany/Hungary (depending upon which year we're discussing). But I've always been drawn to German wood carvings, sculptures, and, of course, ornaments!

Above and below, the little wrapped presents under the tree are made from scraps from my quilting fabrics, plus ribbons, threads, bells, yarn, jewelry bits, etc. There are a few ornaments on the tree too, that are made of rolled bits of fabric, tied with yarns & embellished.

Above, the ornaments from our Maine vacations over the years - happy memories of Green Lake and Acadia Park.

Christmas is the time for families, memories, traditions, and so much more. I hope you are creating and maintaining those traditions for your loved ones that have meaning and joy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Holidays Are Coming!

A selection of available original watercolors for sale in time for the Holidays!

I've been steadily working on a number of different watercolors - partly in preparation for two shows that are scheduled to open within the next two weeks, and partly just for fun. Here are a few of the smaller pieces that are for sale here on-line. With the holidays not far off, consider giving original art to that special someone!

Each watercolor painting is in a special clear envelope, protecting it from fingerprints, spills, and worse! Each piece can be mailed via Priority Mail (Priority postage $7.00 for these sizes). Each piece is shown separately below, with the title and price. If you click on an image, you will see it enlarged for greater detail.

Hummingbird Nestlings - watercolor - 8"w x 10"h - 2017 - (c)Pat Dolan $50.00 + shipping

Cardinal in the Snow - watercolor - 8"w x 10"h - 2017 - (c)Pat Dolan $35.00 + shipping

Female Goldfinch in Pine Tree - watercolor - 8"w x 10"h - 2017 - (c)Pat Dolan $20.00 + shipping

Little Girl - watercolor - 8"w x 10"h - 2017 - (c)Pat Dolan $20.00 + shipping

Lily Longhair - watercolor - 6 1/2"w x 8"h - 2017 - (c)Pat Dolan $25.00 + shipping

Irish Ram - watercolor - 9"w x 7"h - 2016 - (c)Pat Dolan $30.00 + shipping

I do have many other pieces available, including numerous Raven acrylic paintings on canvas, other birds on canvas, and other watercolors in larger sizes. The shipping costs of these run about $14.00. Contact me for further information if you are interested. Look back on previous entries to see many of the available items. Some, of course, have been sold. If prices are not listed, contact me for more information. Many of my pieces are available as prints in either 6"x6" matted or as 5x7" matted pieces. See the photo below for a partial selection of small, matted prints of various paintings. Prints range in price between $25.00 - $35.00. Most, but not all, are matted and all are in clear plastic envelopes.