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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Bird Day

This week many are celebrating WORLD  Migratory Bird Day. We are lucky enough to be in the Mississippi flyway which brings lots of birds through the area. I've been able to expand my repertoire of oil painting birds due to the generosity of birders who shared their awesome photos. I can't come close to the detail they capture nor do I have the patience and experience they possess.

I follow two local blogs, Coulee Region Audubon Society and the Winona Bird Club. I was so awestruck I finally got the courage to request permission to use some of the images and lucky enough have some say yes. I know there are professional photographers that post and respect their rights to publish as they see fit. I don't always know who I may be asking so if something catches my eye I will at least ask. Thanks again for those who can share and for all that post their photos to inspire. 

Colleen

These first two paintings of the Cedar Wax Wing and the Blue Jay are thanks to Jed Fritsch, a fellow on facebook and sister to a former coworker.

Just One More 8x10 SOLD

Who You Lookin' At? 8x10 SOLD

A new bird that I haven't personally seen, but lots of birders from the Winona Bird Club have followed, a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron. Thanks to Cathy Richardson and that mighty big camera.

Night Stalker 8x10 $30

This sweet female cardinal is thanks again to Victoria Goetting of the Coulee Region Audubon Society. I did a robin of hers this spring. She really knows how to capture a great pose.

Proud Momma 8x10 SOLD

I fell in love with this little guy a Palm Warbler. I've never been good at identifying the vast number of them that come through each spring. Thanks again to Bruce Bartel of the Coulee Region Audubon Society for his expertise and dedication to photography.

Palm Springs 8x10 $30

A big tweet of thanks for helping me continue to further my development as an artist.

Questions or perhaps to purchase one of my original unframed oil paintings on panels, please contact me at cshoreartwork@gmail.com. Thanks for viewing.


 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Artist Garage Sale at Mississippi Mornings, May 6-9

Enjoy some great deals from 13 different artists this coming Thursday thru Sunday, May 6-9 at Mississippi Mornings (8 miles south of Winona). I'll be participating with my original unframed 8x10 oil paintings.

Just finished setting up, can't wait to meet new collectors, will be out there myself Sat. and Sun.

 

My table of goodies




 


 


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Kinstone Open House Sun., May 2 FREE

Kinstone located on the top of the bluff near Fountain City, WI will be celebrating their Kin-Day Family Day Annual Spring Open House with music, food, and art this coming weekend, Sunday, May 2 from noon-5. I participated last fall and enjoy the opportunity to paint outside, and sold a number of paintings, which is always nice.
 
This modern megalithic site offers a lot of inspiration. Kristine Beck, Kinstones owner shared some of her photos with me to help me capture some of the uniqueness and creatures that occupy the landscape in these paintings.
Winter Window, framed 8x10 $150
Hope on Fire, framed 8x10 $150

Amazing Goats, framed 8x10 $150
 
Cultured Stone, framed 8x10 $150

Below paintings inspired by some of my fall photos and past visits.

Don't Fence Me Out, framed 8x10 $150

Aster Zen, framed 8x10 $150

Bee Longing, framed 8x10 $150

Winding Way, framed 8x10 $150

Megalithic Memories, framed 8x10 $150

Standing Together, framed 8x10 $150

Framed paintings will continue to on sale at Kinstone through the summer until their fall open house. They will only be available for purchase during this time at their location. Availability may be subject to change without notice.



Kinstone Puzzle, unframed 5x7 SOLD

 Here's a place to "must visit" when touring the Driftless area. Check it out www.kinstonecircle.com


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Not Bluffing

Bluff Face 8x10 SOLD

Good natured outspokeness? I'm betting you are wondering where I'm going with this one.

Over 45 years ago I was introduced to the bluffs of the Coulee Region. These geological expressions were new to me and they captured my heart. Many artists are passionate about the area we live in and you can get a closer look at their efforts and studios through this upcoming country tour from Winona to Lanesboro and beyond in eastern Minnesota. Plus it's free.

It's exciting to see what other artists are doing and I hope to go to at least a few. Check it out at https://bluffcountrystudioarttour.org. They even have an app to download.

 May be an image of text that says '20THANNUAL ANNUAL BLUFF COUNTRY STUDIO ART AR TOUR APRIL 23-25'

One of the closest to me is Mississippi Mornings Art Studio at 40341 Lamoille Drive, Minn. 8 miles south of Winona. I had the pleasure of meeting artist/gallery owner Linda Klabo last fall at Kinstone. She'll be hosting several artists for Bluff Country Studio Art Tour (the image on the poster is from one of the artists at her location, Kathy Kovala). Plus mark your calender's for an Artist Rummage Sale May 6-9 (more details in my May 2 blog plus I'll be participating).


 

 

Note to my followers:

I also need to speak out about my own pricing of art. As I first started oil painting just a little over 2 years ago the goal was to be able to paint everything and anything to begin to understand the new medium I was working with. My goal was to paint, not necessarily to sell, but after a year I had a collection of paintings and the need to spend money for more and better art supplies and take workshops to improve my art. I thought  keep the prices low enough just to cover my costs. I wanted to sustain my pursuit to paint. It worked, no one thought less of the art because of the low price and I found many new homes that would be enjoying them. I was even able to donate to some very good causes. Making art became rewarding to me in so many ways. I want to express my gratitude to so many.

Many artists can not sell at cost, they need to make a living from their art, so I hope to not offend others when my pricing seems to contradict what the market pricing should be for art. Expenses needed to cover the years of dedication, education, materials and of course the time it takes create, not to mention the cost of food, shelter and healthcare. Which now leads me to the pricing of some of my art will begin to reflect to cost of selling through venues such as galleries and events. 

I plan on still doing some direct sales through my blog and commissions but have decided I need a wider audience for my art and have will to partner up with others who operate and support artists with selling their art. They can offer things like credit card transactions, coordinated events, lots of traffic to new collectors through advertising and activities. The pricing of my artwork at these new venues will need to reflect the percentage and fees these locations need to collect to continue their hard work plus I'm going to be framing many of the items for display and adding some packaging. I also have to consider the the mileage and time it takes to set up. You can bet these costs start adding up. I'm not bluffing when I tell you I'm not making anymore on my artwork than before. 

I still value those that follow my blog. As I post new works please understand the price you see for new releases may change when marketed. So if you see it and want it, buy it right away. Thanks for understanding. 

Colleen



Friday, April 9, 2021

Just too Cute!

I had the privilege to do a third pet portrait for this family. This little guy is just too cute, wouldn't you agree. He's so handsome in his bow tie.

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Otis 8x10 SOLD

Pet Portrait pricing begins at $50 for an 8x10 (unframed)- great for a single pet. $70 for an 11x14 (unframed). For each additional pet in the portrait add another $20. Shipping is extra (if needed) and generally runs, $8-$15 dollars in the U.S. depending on the location. These are common sizes allowing you to purchase ready made frames. Keep in mind no glass or matting needed for an oil painting.

Please allow 4-8 weeks to complete.

                    
The process includes the time to confer back and forth plus the time to dry. I work from your photograph, keep in mind photos that show a clear face and eyes, plus represent the colors of fur make for a better portrait. Exotic pets are also welcome. Contact me at cshoreartwork@gmail.com



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Passion for Pets

Meet Gracie. You wouldn't know it by looking at her, she is blind. Caused by the lack of care she received as a puppy, she is now fortunate to have been rescued by her loving owner Hannah. She is one lucky dog to have her own seeing eye human who tends to her special needs. As she arrives in a new surrounding her owner orientates her by walking her through the space. I'm sure she relies on her sense of smell too.

Here Gracie is shown sitting on her very own special pillow. A big thanks to those that don't see limitations as a barrier.

Gracie 8x10 SOLD


Pet Portrait pricing begins at $50 for an 8x10 (unframed)- great for a single pet. $70 for an 11x14 (unframed). For each additional pet in the portrait add another $20. Shipping is extra (if needed) and generally runs, $8-$15 dollars in the U.S. depending on the location. These are common sizes allowing you to purchase ready made frames. Keep in mind no glass or matting needed for an oil painting.

Please allow 4-8 weeks to complete.
                     
The process includes the time to confer back and forth plus the time to dry. I work from your photograph, keep in mind photos that show a clear face and eyes, plus represent the colors of fur make for a better portrait. Exotic pets are also welcome. Contact me at cshoreartwork@gmail.com



 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Available Paintings for Sale

Parks, Preserves & Local Places 

La Crosse, WI Areas-Marsh-Goose Island

Slough Trail 8x10 $30
Southern Exposure 8x10 $30
Goose Island Backwaters 8x10 $30
Grand Dads Blessing 8x10 $30
Zoo Remnants 8x10 $30
Launch at Breezy Point 8x10 $30
Riverside Gardens 8x10 $30
Black River Bridge 5x7 $20
Down by the River 8x10 $30
St. Kateri 8x10 $30

Chapel 8x10$30

Memorial 8x10 $30




Onalaska and Brice Prairie, WI



Spillway 8x10 $30
Downtown Landing 8x10 $30
Sunny the Sundfish 8x10 $30
Pining for a Picnic 8x10 $30
Retreat on the River 8x10 $30
Frost in Apple Valley 8x10 $30
Schilling Stables 8x10 $30

Trempealeau, WI
Trempealeau Bay at Rest 8x10 $30

Frozen Tropical Reflections 8x10 $30

Brady's View Part 2 8x10 $30

Trempealeau Refuge Trail 11x14 $50
Bluffland Bounty 8x10 $30

Holmen, WI and McGilvray Trail 

Halfway Creek Park 8x10 $30
Old New Amsterdam 8x10 $30
Lovely Water Hazard-Drugans 8x10 $30
Halfway Creek Resting Spot 8x10 $30
Single Passage 8x10 $30
Creek Crossing 8x10 $30

To the Market 5x7 $20

Wisconsin and Minnesota 

Woodland Yellows 8x10 $30

Hartford Haven 8x10 $30

Walking in Search of Birds 8x10 $30





Washburn Remnants Part 2 8x10 $30
Minnesota Overlook 8x10 $30

 

Animals and Birds 

 
Night Stalker 8x10 $30

Palm Springs 8x10 $30

Who Me 8x10 $30

Mallard Duck 8x10 $30
Sandhills of the South 8x10 $30
Man plans, Goats laugh 8x10 $30

Elk Family 11x14 $50
Fawn 5x7 $20


Bees, Flowers & More

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Swamp Blooms 5x7 $20
Tree House 5x7 $20

Peonies Saved from the Storm 8x10 $30

Mandevilla Hot Madness 8x10 $30

People & Gatherings


Strolling Moments with Friends 8x10 $30
Waiting Moment for Music to Begin 8x10 $30

Dash Park Gathering 11x14 $50

Workshop Gatherings 8x10 $30

Patient Moments For A Nibble 8x10 $30

Other Places 

Hualtico Bay 8x10 $30
Street Sidewalk 8x10 $30

Street Ruins 8x10 $30

Star Search on the Sea Deck 8x10 $30

Street Vendor 8x10 $30

Swabbed Sporting Deck 8x10 $30

New Mexico Landscape 8x10 $30

Big Bend Settlers Homestead 8x10 $30

Saguaro Park Shelter 8x10 $30

Belize Savanah 8x10 $30

Still Lives

Nice Ice 5x7 $20
Rural Totem 5x7 $20
Number 4 Orange 8x10 $30
Number 2 Orange 8x10 $30

Questions or perhaps to purchase one of my original unframed oil paintings on panels, please contact me at cshoreartwork@gmail.com. Thanks for viewing.

Bird Day

This week many are celebrating WORLD  Migratory Bird Day. We are lucky enough to be in the Mississippi flyway which brings lots of birds thr...