February: So Sweet

My painting theme this month is "sweet" and here are four of my paintings, with a variety of subjects, which I think fit this category. Of course, February is always sweet for me, since Valentine's Day is the day I married my forever sweetheart!

"Decadence" features a super sweet display of yummy chocolates. This painting was a real departure from my usual subject matter. I purposely aimed at creating a strong and unusual image, since my intention was to enter the painting in a watercolor competition and I've learned that a painting needs to be different to attract the juror's interest. This painting is about 2' x 3' so the chocolates really jump out! Technically, it was a good challenge to paint so many variation on brown, and I also had fun making the foil look shiny silver on the outside and matte brown on the inside of the pleated cups. Not only did this painting get accepted into the exhibition, it was also an award winner. The original, painted with acrylic paints used transparently on watercolor paper, is for sale for $700, unframed.

"When She Was Three" was inspired under very different circumstances. I had photographed sweet little Aubrey while attending a friend's family reunion, as she innocently played along the edge of the Tellico River. I loved how the sunlight sparkled on her tousled fine hair and backlit her shirt, her right arm and the greenery. The pail, shovel, and denim jeans gave me lots of color variation and texture to paint, while the rocky ground was primarily rendered by the use of highlights and shadows. The transparency of the shallow river water was another challenge. I created this painting in acrylic paints on canvas.
The original When She Was Three painting sold to Aubrey's family, but I have limited edition giclee prints on canvas for sale, which look so close to the original that I can barely tell the difference myself.
    Image Size, same as the original art:  16" x 20" in charcoal wood frame $325; unframed $225       
    Image Size:  10" x 8" in white wood frame with red highlights $150; unframed $100

I've done many paintings which include glass canning jars, and "Miss Shirley's Zinnias" was the first. I've added this to my "sweet" theme, because my friend Shirley is one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet. I think this was also my first attempt to depict lace in a watercolor painting, which is a big challenge. In traditional watercolor painting technique, which I used here, the areas of white are the unpainted paper. So to make it look like lace, I lightly stained the paper with ivory tones to make the lace look old. Once that dried, I had to paint the dark holes which are the surface showing through the lace… it sort of requires you to think backwards. The original of this painting resides with Shirley, but because so many people loved the painting I have open edition prints on paper available in 8"x10" and 5"x7", at $17, and $9 respectively, and I have two prints 12.5" x 17.5", @ $40.

My final "sweet" painting is my portrait of Ellie Mae. I can take no credit for the gentle, loving, and easy nature of this sweetheart, who wandered from the woods onto our friends' porch as a puppy on a cold February day ten years ago. We don't know her lineage, but she has the appearance and traits of a breed which was added to the AKC a few years ago, the American English Coonhound. More than likely she was bred to be a hunting dog but either got separated from the pack or discarded because she's very afraid of gunshot… we'll never know. She won our hearts and has captured many others in her journeys with us. As with all my animal portraits (which I do as commissions for many pet-loving parents), I painted this in acrylics on canvas. This painting hangs in my own little dog gallery, along with portraits of my other doggie babies, and, sorry, it is not for sale!

Calendar Pin-Ups

I've been asked many times if any of the 12 images of my paintings in my 2017 Calendar can be purchased. Four of the original paintings are still for sale, and most of those shown on the calendar are available as prints. I've made an inventory and list it here, along with links to each painting in my online gallery so you can find out more about any image which interests you.

You'll notice information about the prints with each listing below. I make prints of my paintings in order to make affordable reproductions in a variety of sizes, and to make each painting available to more people (including me!)

I create two different types of prints from my art, and you can read the details about each at the end of this post. My originals and prints on paper are matted to separate the art from touching any surfaces and, most often, placed under clear plexiglas (plexi weighs less than glass and, of course, is less breakable.) My originals and prints on canvas do not need matting or glazing, so they are in simply in complementary frames, and all the canvas surfaces are sealed with a protective and UV block clear coat. Many of my prints are also available unframed, protected in clear bags. Most are in sizes which fit precut mats and ready made frames, making it easy for you to frame them yourself to fit your decor.

January: "Winter Beauty” - Original is sold; Available as:
Open edition prints
    Image Size:  10" x 8" unframed $17
    Image Size: 7" x 5" unframed $9

February: “Winter Buddies” - Available as Original Watercolor Painting on Watercolor Paper 14" x 17", double white/grey mat and grey wood frame 22" x 26" OD $450

March: "Gone Fishin'" - Original is sold; Available as
Canvas Giclees:
    Image Size:  10" x 8" , unframed $100
Paper Giclees:
    Image Size: 30" x 22", unframed $300
    Image Size: 20" x 16", unframed $150
    Image Size: 14" x 11", unframed $70
    Image Size: 10" x 8", unframed $38   
    Image Size: 7" x 5", unframed $17

April: "April in Paradise" - Original is sold; Available as:
Canvas Giclees:
    Image Size: 24" x 18", framed in rustic barnwood, $425
    Image Size: 12" x 9", unframed, $125
    Image Size: 10" x 8", framed in antique silver finish or rustic barnyard $150; unframed $100
    Image Size: 7" x 5", framed, $45
Paper Giclees:
    Image Size: 24" x 18", unframed, $195
    Image Size: 10" x 8", unframed, $38
    Image Size: 7" x 5", double mat of green/mauve in wood silver finished frame $100; unframed, $17

May: "Grandpa's Fiddle Break" - Available as Original Watercolor Painting on Watercolor Paper, 30" x 22", framed in a double brown suede and ivory mat in a brown wood and copper accent frame, $1200

June: "Pushin' Up Daisies" - Original is sold; Available as:
Open edition laser prints:
    Image Size:  8" x 10" in double mat white/black in custom oak barnyard frame 16" x 12" OD $115; unframed $17
    Image Size: 5" x 7" unframed $9

July: "Land That I Love" - Original is sold

August: "Good Luck" - Original is sold; Available as:
Open edition laser prints:
    Image Size:  8" x 10" unframed $17
    Image Size:  7" x 5",  unframed $9

September: "Jesus Saves" - Original is sold; Available as:
Open edition laser prints:
    Image Size:  8" x 10" unframed $17
    Image Size:  7" x 5",  unframed $9

October: "Telliquah Falls" - Original is sold; Available as:
Canvas Giclees:
    Image Size:  16" x 12" in custom oak barnboard frame $215; unframed $150           
    Image Size:  10" x 8" framed incustom oak barnboard $125; unframed $75
Paper Giclees:
    Image Size: 14" x 11" unframed $70
    Image Size: 10" x 8", unframed $38   
    Image Size: 7" x 5", unframed $17

November: "Elles Tobacco Planter" - Available as Original Watercolor Painting on Watercolor Paper, 30" x 22", framed in a double ivory/ivory mat in a black sectional frame, $1000
Open edition laser prints:
    Image Size:  10" x 8" unframed $17

December: "December Snow" - Available as Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas, 20" x 16", framed in rustic barnyard grey/white wood frame $575
Also available:
Open edition laser prints:
    Image Size:  8" x 10" unframed $18
(Companion painting to "Let It Snow")

  • GICLEE:  A "giclee" (pronounced 'zhee-clay' or 'gee-clay') is the finest quality fine art digital print. It is museum-quality and I limit the number in each edition I create. I individually sign and number each print, and provide a Certificate of Authenticity. Technically, giclee prints are created by very high end ink-jet printers, with up to 12 pigmented fade-resistant inks. Many of these printers can reproduce art several feet wide and any height. The surfaces on which the inks are printed are of the highest quality, including acid-free longevity papers. Giclees are the closest reproductions to the original art, and their cost is higher than other types of prints due to all the high-end production steps. I have giclees produced both on paper (which is very close to the watercolor papers I paint on) and also on canvas, which I often use in my acrylic paintings. Like any artwork on paper, giclees on paper should be protected under glass or plexiglas and kept out of direct light in order to reduce the chance of fading. It is often difficult even for me to tell which is the original and which is a giclee print!
  •  OPEN EDITION: My "open edition" prints are produced on color laser printers. The reproduction is very close to my original paintings. This is a less costly process than giclee printing, thus the price of the prints is less.

January: Start the Year Off Fine

"Let It Snow" © Judy Lavoie
"December Snow" © Judy Lavoie
Based on the popularity of my new 2017 Calendar (still a few available @ $15), I am beginning a monthly Artwork Feature. The calendar features one of my paintings for each month, and, similarly, my blog posts will focus on one of my painting themes each month. This month it's "snow!"

Paintings of snowy landscapes are one of my favorite subjects. We don't get a lot of snow where I live in SE Tennessee, except in the higher mountains we view from our front porch. When there is any accumulation near the house, I can hardly wait to get outside with my camera. This month's featured artwork combines my love of snow with another favorite painting subject of mine, barns. The two barns shown in this artwork are on my neighbor's property, so they are very familiar and dear to me.

I painted "Let It Snow" as a barnyard scene in the midst of a snow storm. The horses are shown in and out of the barn, perhaps disturbed by the weather. The snow is wet and heavy, bearing down on the branches of the evergreens. The scene is grey and chilly.

The companion to this painting is "December Snow," showing the blue sky breaking through just after the snow has stopped. Near this sceond barn, some of the heavy snow has been blown off the background pines, and the sun is casting blue shadows on the snow covered barnyard.

I did each of these paintings in acrylics on canvas, measuring 20" x 16". They are simply framed in rustic grey barnboard, to accent the barns' weathered siding. Each original painting retails for $575, and I would sell the two together for $1000. Also available are open-edition prints on paper of each of these two paintings, sized to fit a pre-cut 8"x10" mat and readymade frame, @ $18.

If you are interested in purchasing any of this artwork or a calendar (while they last), please email me at judylavoieart@gmail.com. Thanks!

The "Big Time"

Yes, it's the Big Time for me. My award-winning painting, "In The Spotlight," is currently on exhibit in Clarksville, Tennessee, which is northwest of Nashville on the Kentucky border. But wait, there's more.... The hosting venue, the Customs House Museum, chose my painting to feature on the show banner which is hanging on the exterior of the historic building! I am surprised and honored.

My friend Mike, the subject in my painting and a native of Nashville, visited the exhibit with his wife Debra and sent me this great photo of himself with the banner.

The exhibit continues until February 3rd and is the last stop in the Traveling Show of the Tennessee Watercolor Society's biennial exhibition, so stop in if you are in that area. Visit their gift shop too, where prints of my painting are for sale.

Art Sale - 25% Off!

Need a special gift for Christmas or an upcoming event? Want to treat yourself to some fine art? Here's your chance... at a great savings!

From now through Dec. 31, 2016, any purchase of my artwork from the Tellico Art Center which totals $100 or more will automatically receive 25% OFF. Choose from original paintings in watercolor and acrylic, limited edition signed prints, open edition prints, notecards, mugs, mousepads and more. See my new 2017 calendar, with one of my paintings gracing each month. With a wide range of prices, you can cover everyone on your Christmas list.

The Tellico Art Center is at 113 Scott Street in Tellico Plains TN. December hours are 11am - 6pm Thur-Sat or by appointment. For more information, call 423-253-3003.

The gallery will be open and serving refreshments for the annual Christmas Candlelight Walk on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, so be sure to stop by.