Friday, November 27, 2015

My 2016 Calendar

This past year I have painted about 70 Vintage Camper Caravans.
It has been one of the most rewarding and fun journeys and along the way I have met the most wonderful people!
They are passionate about their little, vintage treasures- from canned ham and tin can to  fiberglass, from Airstream to Shasta, Scotty, and Boler and everything in between. They ranged from from the 50s to the 70s, from American to Canadian to European and even New Zealand.
I have learned so much and have become a better painter. I got asked numerous times throughout the year to offer a calendar, so I finally pushed myself to doing it- and I have to admit- it was a fun and rewarding process.
I am somewhat of a procrastinator when it comes to broadening my little art endeavour as I really enjoy the painting process- but I have to grow to embrace the people interested in the process of it and getting glimpses of this journey. I hope my 2016 Calendar will do this.
The first shipment was sold out within 48 hours, so I am happy to announce that another shipment has arrived. I will ship to the US from the US Post office twice a week until Christmas and after that as orders come in- this is much faster than shipping from Canada to the US which might take up to 3 weeks.
Also, for anyone interested in receiving my newsletter, I will ship out the greeting card gifts in a few days, you will receive an email asking for your interest: landscape/floral cards or vintage camper cards and your mailing address- I can only mail with an address, ha ha! Of course I WILL NOT sell or spam your email and address!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blueberry Fields Forever and my NEW WEBSITE!

Blueberry Fields Forever #1
orig. watercolour 8.5x15 in approx (ca. 21.5x37.5cm)
more info and purchase: click here

Well, we don't have many strawberry fields here in New Brunswick, Canada, but many, many blueberry fields. Of course, we are bordering Maine, US, so well known for their wild blueberries.
Here is what Wikipedia says: Atlantic Canada contributes approximately half of the total North American wild/lowbush (blueberry) annual production of 68,000 t (150,000,000 lb).
When we drive up to the city (Saint John), we drive by lovely red blueberry fields near St. George. The leaves turn flaming red in the fall and early winter, really wonderful. I drove by this field so many times thinking I should paint this especially with the one evergreen Tree growing in the middle of the field. So, now I finally did it! I am so glad I did, the paintings came so easy, it was a pure joy to paint them. Sometimes painting a painting is almost like tug-of-war, back and forth and back and forth until in the end I'm so exhausted I have to walk away... strange, isn't it? But here is was wonderfully relaxing, the paint stayed wet just long enough to blend in deeper, richer mixes and the red over orange mingled do smoothly.
Anyhow, enough talk, I hope you enjoy the paintings- I enjoyed painting them VERY much!
On another note: More and more of my Christmas Gift Products are coming in, in my BRAND NEW WEBSITE you find my brand new bookcalendarsgift tags and greeting cards... I hope you will take a moment to stop over! or subscribe to my newsletter- all subscribers will receive a gift in the next edition!
Thanks for stopping in!                                              stay in touch, Simone

   Blueberry Fields Forever #2
orig. watercolour 5x7in approx (13x17.5cm)
more info and purchase: click here

Naja, wir haben keine Erdbeerfelder hier in New Brunswick, Kanada, aber viele Blaubeerfelder. Natürlich, wir sind ja direkter Nachbar zum Staat Maine in den USA, so bekannt fuer den Blaubeerexport.
Auf Wikipedia heisst es dass Atlantik Kanada die Hälfte des Nordamerikanischen Marktanteils hat von den niedrigwachsenden /wilden Blaubeeren mit jährlicher Erntemenge von 68 000 Tonnen.
Wenn wir nach Saint John fahren, sehen wir die schoenen roten Blaubeerfelder nahe St. George. Die Blätter färben sich flammenrot im Herbst, richtig schoen! Ich bin an diesem Feld schon unzählige Male vorbeigefahren und habe immer gedacht, dass musst du unbedingt malen, besonders mit dem windschiefen Tannenbaum mitten im Feld. So, und nun habe ich es doch endlich gemacht! Die Aquarelle sind so leicht von der Hand gegangen dass es eine wahre Freude war! Manchmal ist das Malen eines Bildes eher wie ein Tauziehen- hin und zurück, hin-und zurück, bis zum Schluss einer aufgibt: oft laufe ich davon, komplett fix und alle... schon komisch, oder? Aber hier ging alles so entspannt zu, die Farbe trocknete nicht zu schnell und nicht zu langsam, genau richtig um über gelb-orange tiefere rottöne  zu legen und die Ränder ineinander übergehen zu lassen.
Genug g'schwaetzt, ich hoffe euch gefallen die zwei Aquarellbilder- mir haben sie unheimlich viel Spass bereitet!
Eine Kleine Meldung am Rande: Mehr und mehr Weihnachtsgeschenkartikel kommen an, die auf meiner GANZ NEUEN WEBSEITE zu finden sind, mein neues BuchKunstkalenderGeschenkanhaenger, Grusskarten... ich hoffe du kannst kurz vorbeischauen und vielleicht sogar fuer meinem kostenlosen Newsletter eintragen- jeder Abonnement bekommt ein kleines Dankeschön in der nächsten Ausgabe! 
 Bis bald!  eure Simone

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Little Miss Pitstop Serro Scotty

Little Miss PitStop Serro Scotty and Scooter Pepto
orig. watercolor 5x7in
more info and purchase: click here

Isn't this a cute glamper?? My daughter thinks pink is the best, so here we go, may I introduce: Little Miss PitStop, a Serro Scotty and matching pink scooter Pepto. She even has her own facebook page! you can check it out by clicking here.
I painted this watercolor painting on Friday while waiting at my kids' school for them to finish their week. The management is very generous and has a room for me at the school where I am free to paint, work on the computer or sketch while waiting for the kidlets. Now I look forward to the Fridays and to painting!
Do you have special rituals that make your waiting for weekend more enjoyable?
See you Soon! Simone

Ist dies nicht ein schnuckeliger Wohnwagen? Meine Tochter findet alles in pink ist klasse, so, darf ich nun vorstellen: Kleine Miss PitStop und passender Vespa Roller Pepto.
Ich malte dieses Bild am Freitag waehrend ich auf meine Kinder wartete bis sie in der Schule fertig waren. Die Lehrer haben sehr grosszuegig ein Zimmer fuer mich in dem ich malen kann oder am Computer arbeiten oder zeichnen bis die Kinder fertig sind. Nun freue ich mich auf Freitag und aufs Malen!
Hast du irgendein Ritual das dir das Warten auf's Wochenende versuesst?
Bis bald wieder!      Simone

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Painted Chair 'La Musica' for Fundraiser

Art Chair 'La Musica'
painted for Home Support Services Auction- Auction November 5, 2015
A couple of days ago, this chair was being picked up by Home Support Services of Charlotte County for an art fundraiser.
I painted it with my music-theme 'La Musica' featuring lifely music notes dancing, a treble clef in bright green, and piano keyboard; all on burgundy background with purple and dark green accents. I used outdoor artist grade mural acrylic paints and gave it 3 coats of varnish. I hope it will find a good home and bring some extra funds for 'Home Support Services'.
Home Support Services Inc. is a not-for-profit, governed by a volunteer board of directors.Their qualified Home Support Workers provide assistance in personal care, housekeeping duties, meal preparation and transportation. Their Mission is to provide assistance to people living in Charlotte County allowing them to remain living in their own homes.
Here is what their facebook event write-up says:
'We are participating in the Health and Wellness Fair being held November 05th in St. Andrews at the Community College beginning at 10:30-2:30. The Fair itself is free of charge, however there is also a luncheon being held from 12:30-1:30. The charge is $20.00. If you are interested in reserving a seat please call Kim Garron at 529 5044
AND We are also holding our very first Chair-ity Auction, beginning at 2:00PM 
6 local artists will be presenting their art work on their chairs, to be auctioned off. Proceeds will go to Home Support Services.
We really hope you join us for the fun.'
I hope they can collect extra funds and awareness for their program, it was an honour being asked to participate. Best of luck!

Vor ein paar Tagen wurde wurde dieser Stuhl abgeholt fuer eine Benefizauktion fuer 'Home Support Services of Charlotte County' (Sie helfen Menschen zuhause mit häuslicher Pflege, Hausputzarbeiten und Essenszubereitung und Autofahrten zum Einkaufen und Doktor, helfen Menschen in Charlotte County, länger in ihrem eigenen zuhause wohnen zu können.)
6 Künstler bemalten Stühle, die dann in einer Autktion versteigert werden. Das Event ist am 5. November, 2015, im St. Andrews Community College (Berufsschule).
Ich hoffe, sie können extra Geld sammeln fuer ihr Programm, es war eine Ehre mitmachen zu können. Viel Glück!