Happy Spring everyone! As the Beatles once sang, "It's been a long cold lonely Winter". I, for one, cannot wait for those warm breezes wafting over me as I work outside in my vegetable gardens and my rose garden. With Spring being barely a month away, this month of March will seem to last a year as I pour over seed catalogs and garden mags for both inspiration and sustenance. The thirty baby chicks are ordered, as well as the six day-old Pilgrim goslings. We're busy working on a goose hut to house my new babies (pics soon to follow)...Can't have a farm without Spring babies!
The pastel painting above is entitled "Jersey Girls". It was a commission ordered by a very thoughtful daughter as a Christmas present for her Mother, of Daisy and Annabelle, her Mom's two beloved pet Jersey cows. With there huge brown eyes and gentle demeanor, the girls were a blast to paint! The painting is
18"x 24" on Wallis paper.
I am happy to announce that I now have Limited Edition Prints available of several of my paintings just in time for the Holidays. "Puff Daddy" is now available as a limited edition of 30 prints. The hand signed and numbered print is the same size as the original painting which is 18"x24" and is priced at $85.00.
All giclee images have been carefully matched to the original painting. Printed on acid free, heavy weight paper with archival inks.
Callie was a commission of a Chocolate Lab that was done after she had passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Callie was a sweet girl, who loved to go on the family's boat and even had her own diving board. It is always an honor for me to paint a beloved pet posthumously, and so very important to talk to the people who loved the pet in order to get a feeling of who that pet was, because I like to capture the personality that shines through as well as what they looked like.
Well, not "Hollywood" exactly...But my rooster portrait entitled "Puff Daddy" is currently on the cover of the Sept/Oct. issue of Harford's Heart magazine. I was very excited to hear that the magazine had chosen me as their cover artist and the interviewee for the "Interview with an Artist" segment. If your local, pick one up and check it out, they carry them at most grocery stores and banks etc... If not local you can read the interview here http://flipflashpages.uniflip.com/2/16985/68986/pub/ I am currently looking into having a run of signed limited edition prints of Puff made, due to the interest generated in him by his 15 minutes of fame. I'll certainly let everyone know if and when this happens.
In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous Fall weather we've been experiencing here in the east coast. There is something so very nostalgic in the crisp breezes for me this time of year, yet the air is also full of promise for the seasons ahead. Time for me to harvest all of our basil, tyme and rosemary for the kitchen. Make sure the goat barn and chicken coop are winter hardy, prune the roses and start dreaming of next year's gardens. It was a wonderful summer...
This is my latest commission..."Trooper", he is a pastel on Wallis paper. Trooper was a surprise birthday gift from a very thoughtful husband and the present was a huge success. Portraits of our beloved pets really are the gift that keeps on giving! If you think you might be interested in giving such a gift or even the recipient of one, you can visit my website at www.judebatesart.com or learn about my process at judebates.blogspot.com As always, thank you for looking and allowing me to share my work with you...
This is a recently finished commission of a Pom named...you guessed it, Foxey. He is getting up in years now and his owners were surprised by a friend of theirs who commissioned me to paint it for them. They were thrilled with their very thoughtful gift and Foxey now resides in a place of honor (over the couch). Now that's a gift that keeps on giving!
I have been working like mad these last few weeks towards my solo exhibition at the Liriodenron mansion. Sunday is the opening reception and am I ever ready! My friend Shari and I installed it this past Tuesday, (Thanks again Shari) and I have to say the show looks great. The rooms are gracious and airy and really let the paintings sing. It's a bit odd when I think about how long I have been working towards this show...Focusing most of my energy on getting everything done and framed, and soon I'll have to look towards the next horizon, the next inspiration that will galvanize all my artistic energies. Gearing up for this show has been a wonderful journey, I have learned so much about myself as an artist, helping me develop even further and in the process, establishing some awesome work habits!
So if anyone is in the Harford County, Md. area on Sunday, March 7th...please come by and say "Hello"! It is at the Liriodenron Mansion in Bel Air, Md. The show runs through April 18th, and is open on Sundays only, 1:00 till 4:00.
The above painting will be one of the pieces featured in the exhibition and is entitled "Puff Daddy" He's a Cornish Game rooster from my Sycamore Spring Farm series. It's a pastel on Wallis paper, 18" x 24".
I am a classically trained realist painter based on the traditions of the Old Master's style of painting. I paint to capture the emotional impact and drama that occurs somewhere in between the shadows and the light.
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