Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Couple of Bigger Pieces

With all the small pieces I have painted this year, I have missed working on more of the larger canvases. I have a stack of blank ones just waiting for my paint brush and can't wait to get going.

These here are a couple of larger paintings I recently completed. Both of them have already found new homes. Yeah!!
I loved painting the elephant - they always turn out rather playful for me. Incidentally, I sold my other big elephant painting just a couple of weeks ago as well. Must be the season for ellies!

The beautiful dog below belongs to our nephew and his wife. So much fun to paint! I love the colors. Actually both of those paintings use more muted colors than is "normal" for me.

Painting Sasha, the dog, has gotten me a few commissions, two of which I finished this week. I'll share them soon! Both were fun, fun, fun to do!
Last, but certainly not least, do you remember this koala painting from earlier this year? Well, it has now been published by Thames & Hudson Australia in a beautiful little book featuring 60 works by artists from around the world. Part of the proceeds benefit the Australian Koala Foundation.
Considering that eight years ago I had never done any art at all, this is almost unbelievable to me. It just goes to show that it's never too late to start something new! And how very important it can be to listen to that inner voice when it suggests you try something you never thought you could do!

Eight years ago, I would have assured you that I had no talent for painting at all! None! And now I get to have this life of color and paint. I am beyond grateful that I didn't ignore the nudge!

How are you faring this week? So close to Christmas (if you celebrate)? Do you enjoy the spirit of the season or do you feel pulled in a million different directions?

No matter what, I send you love and joy and peace!

P.S. I'm linking again to Paint Party Friday, where I hope to visit more frequently this week! It is such a source of inspiration!! Go visit! 


  1. What exciting news that you sold your elephant paintings!! And I we'll member the koala and am so excited for you that Australia has it in that book helping koalas! That is awesome. I am so proud of you. Have a wonderful time at Christmas.

  2. Wonderful paintings, and congrats on being published, that's fantastc. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  3. I love sasha the dog!! Wonderful!!

  4. Oh such happy paintings ~ so colorful and creative ~ can see why they already have homes ~ delightful style ~ thanks,

    Wishing you peace in your days ~ ^_^

  5. That elephant is amazing! So beautiful... I love the colours too. And the dog is looking great too. No wonder you get to do commissions! Congrats on being published, and so good that you listened to your inner voice. You're getting better each week! Keep going!

  6. Beautiful paintings! I can see why they've sold so fast! How wonderful to be included in such a great book!

  7. I love your style...makes me want to branch out and see what's inside of me! I also appreciate your self quote at the end that says, "No matter what..." That is so important!

  8. There really are no words to express how beautiful all your art is! I love it so much the elephant is wonderful..with a touch of whimsy...and the dog is so soulful. So glad the koala is in that book...adorable. My story is all too similar to yours! That's why I say we all have an untapped vessel within!! We are enjoying our season immensely..the music, the beauty and the snow! Merry Christmas to you!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Love that wonderful colorful elephant! I am so happy to hear that your art is being recognized. Congratulations!

  10. Isn't it wonderful when we discover we can draw and paint? Your colorful creations are a delight to my eyes!

  11. happy holidays, silke. may you and your art and daniel and the animals have a wonderful year ahead. thanks for sharing,