Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SOLD!

"Cutie Pie"
12" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)
SOLD

I'm happy to share that "Cutie Pie" has sold!  Valentine's Day is on it's way folks . . . I have a few notecards and a couple paintings that would make lovely gifts for your special Valentine.  Visit my website to see what's available.

"A Missing Whitman"
12" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

"Giggle Giggle, Wink Wink"
12" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)

"Paper Heart No. 1"
6" x 6" (framed to 11" x 11")
(matted and framed watercolor on paper)




Monday, January 15, 2018

The Little People Are Here!

2018 Little People Calendars
$12.00

Click here to purchase.

The Little People desk calendars are finally here! I  hadn't planned on doing one this year until sometime in December.  Yeow!  I needed a few more paintings to make it complete so hence the delay.  For all my Little People still life fans out there, I promise that this year I will do better.

If you click on the link above, even if you don't want to purchase, you can at least get a better look as to what's inside. 

Have a great day!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Another Day at the Office

"Another Day at the Office"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)
$200
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By the time you read this post, I should have my Little People calendars in! I'm excited to see them. It's a little late, but at least it's still January.  (yikes) 

In the meantime, here is one of the paintings in the calendar. For busy flight attendants, a trip to a foreign destination is just "another day at the office."

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Budding Artist

"The Budding Artist"
12" x 12"
(watercolor on aquabord)
$350

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I guess we can call this my first painting of 2018. It may have been started some time ago, but it's the first one finished this year. I think this would make a really cute addition to budding artist's bedroom, don't you?

Have a great day!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Winners and Losers

"Blueberries Revisited"
8" x 8" - (watercolor on aquabord)
on exhibit Jan. 11 - Feb 10, 2018 -- Concord Art Association - Massachusetts

I am happy to share that "Blueberries Revisted" has been juried into the Concord Art Association's 2018 MJ1 Show. 

For those of you who are new to painting and thinking about selling your art, joining local art groups is a good way to meet other artists and try out entering juried exhibits. The art world can be intimidating but I've had such lovely experiences with the groups I've joined, that I would encourage anyone starting out, to give it a go. You will learn a lot. 

One of the things you will learn is that getting juried into a show is not guaranteed. BUT don't get discouraged when a work is rejected. (Wow . . . that sounds harsh, doesn't it? Rejected. It will happen but don't sweat it.) 

"The Attorney's Door"
18" x 24"
(watercolor on aquabord)
$1850 - payment plans available

So now I'm going to share with you the "LOSER" from my post title. "The Attorney's Door" was rejected from the Concord MJ1 Show. To me, the notification was just part of another work day . . . I didn't take it to heart. Artwork can be dismissed for all kinds of reasons, it certainly doesn't mean it's a "bad" piece. So try not to take it personally. (Incidentally this painting was juried into a very selective national show last year and received very high praise.)

The most important thing is that you are doing what you enjoy doing and if you so desire to exhibit in a juried show . . . keep trying. Aside from the $ and travel that you expend when you enter, you shouldn't feel like you've lost anything . . . especially confidence. It's a hit and miss thing and rejection happens to every artist putting herself out there.  

Happy creating!  Have a good start to your week.
To see more of my work or to make a purchase, visit www.karakbigda.com


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Finally!

2018 Desktop Calendar
$12

Well I finally ordered my 2018 Little People still life desk calendars. For those of you still interested you can order them here on my website under Shop, Bits and Bobs. I apologize to all my loyal Little People fans.  Hopefully though, these new paintings will brighten your days and you will forgive my negligence. I will ship as soon as I receive them next week.

I'm planning lots of new things for the Little People this year and promise to get the next calendar out in a more timely manner. Thank you for your patience.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

HAPPY 2018!



HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you have been enjoying your holidays. I definitely have. One of my most favorite weeks of the year is the one in between Christmas and New Year's. I don't know why, but I feel like I'm allowed . . . no entitled actually, to lie around and do nothing! Nice attitude, eh? I love just basking in the twinkle lights of my decorated rooms, usually in my pajamas.  


Although I did a lot of lounging and hunkering down in the cold weather, I did manage to get some painting time in.  I have a commission that I'm finishing up and another one that I've begun. Not to mention the remaining paintings for my Little People calendar (which is extremely late - gaaaah!) that are finally completed.

 

Because I'm not officially "back to work" until Tuesday (yes, I am taking every last second of my vacation very seriously) I will share with you some images of the little corners of my world that I've been enjoying these past few weeks. 


Santas were aplenty as you can see . . . hiding in many nooks and crannies around the house.


Whoa!  Who's that peeking out from among the greens?  And of course the stockings were hung, by the chimney with care . . . 


Fresh greens mixed with faux greens and various bits and bobbles found their way inside and outside the house, including this package of retro Christmas lights. Aren't they cool? My sister-in-law has a great sense of design and decorating - these are from her.

 


Don't you just love battery-operated candles and twinkle lights?  Some of the best inventions ever!


I have a thing for cheese graters, don't ask me why. But they make the most lovely luminaries. Well, my friends know my about my obsession so my cherished neighbor, Annie, brought me these lovely greens in these hanging graters . . . along with more twinkle lights! Yippeee!


I haven't done a big tree in a couple of years because I'd have to do a lot of rearranging and I just haven't felt like it. So I place little trees all around the house instead. I hope to add some more to my collection. Below are a few left-over presents that have yet to be delivered. This room was packed with gifts on Christmas Day.


My dear friend June bought me the beautiful glass cabinet below and filled it with some "snow" and various delights . . . including more tiny lights. Oh how lucky am I?!


We're in the middle of a cold snap, so I don't suppose I'll be taking down my outside decorations just yet. I'm a real wimp when it comes to the cold. But I am curious to see if Santa received any mail.

 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and may 2018 bring you health, happiness, peace and prosperity!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gift Tags and Stickers & A Throwback Thursday Painting

"Christmas in June" - 6 x 6" original watercolor on paper
package of 24 gift tags with envelopes
sheet of 24 "Jolly Old Elf" stickers

I just mailed out the door prize from my Holiday Open Studio. The prize consisted of this original holiday themed watercolor on paper (a bit of a throwback from a couple years ago), a package of gift tags and a package of stickers. I think this was a good gift don't you?

I have a few packages of gift tags and stickers left over and have just uploaded them to my website. I think they'll really make a splash on packages and holiday envelopes. Zoom on over to my site for a closer look and to purchase.


one gift tag measures 2" x 3.5" and comes with envelope

package of 24 gift tags
$2.25
Click here to purchase.  (scroll down for tags)

on "Jolly Old Elf" sticker
measures about 1.5" in diameter
comes in sheet of 24 stickers
$3.25

Click here to purchase.  (scroll down for stickers)

Hope you all are getting in the spirit of the season!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Open Studio Update and Wine Totes



`Tis the festive holiday season once again, can you believe it? Time flies!

Over the weekend I had my second annual Holiday Open Studio and it was delightful!  Many, many thanks to all who came out to shop, visit and snack. I am extremely grateful for all my collectors and friends who continue to demonstrate their support of my work. Without you all, I wouldn't be able to do what I do, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Poinsettia Patterned Wine Tote -- wine not included  -- aw shucks!
$22
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One of the new items I have for sale in my studio this year, is this festive wine tote. I am very impressed with the high quality of this tote -- it's made of a sturdy insulated fabric that lends itself well to crisp, vibrant printing.  I think a tote is lovely way to present a hostess with a gift bottle of wine, don't you?

Stay tuned for a few more little festive items I will be adding to my website's online store.  

Thanks for taking a peek!



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- "Nantucket Christmas"

"Nantucket Christmas"
9.25" x 5.5"
(matted and framed watercolor on paper)
$185
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This painting served as one of my Christmas cards last year.  This year I'm hoping that the original painting will find a good home so I can make room in the studio for some new paintings.  As a little extra gift, I will throw in a box of 10 of "Deerfield Wreath," this year's cards, with the purchase of this painting.


"Deerfield Wreath"
2017

`Tis the season and thank you for all your kind comments and support throughout the year.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting Engaged? . . . Paper Heart No. 1

"Paper Heart No. 1"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on paper)
Click here to purchase.

So I've been going through some of my older paintings and thinking of different ways to market them. Besides this one going into a little girl's room, or as a Valentine's gift (all great ideas), I thought that it could also be a lovely gift for someone who is getting engaged. Can you just picture it? It's Christmas -- and the recipient might be expecting an engagement ring but first opens this instead, which of course under normal circumstances would be a perfectly lovely gift. 

(thought bubble: Thank you honey, but where's my ring?) 

Doh!  Another gift.  Oh boy . . . out comes the little gift-wrapped box.  Hmmmm . . . a little paper heart like the one in the painting.  (thought bubble:  Oh wow . . . now that's really disappointing.)

Oh, but wait . . . no worries . . . there's another gift . . . (cue the little box, the violins, the kneeling) . . . "Will You Marry Me?"  

Why of course!  (Oh joy!  Crisis averted.)  :)


framed
This painting comes matted and framed under plexiglas, as shown above, and is ready to hang (commemorating your special event).  And included is a paper heart like the one in the painting. (Unfortunately I think the original heart is long gone, but I made a new one just like it.)




And don't forget . . . if you are around Central Massachusetts, please come by my Open Studio on Dec. 2nd or 3rd.  Karen Healey of "The Dappled Ewe" will be here with me. She dyes wool, hooks rugs and makes decorative hangings.  Her work is just beautiful. You can read more about her here

It's also "White Christmas" that weekend in the center of West Brookfield with lots of shops to visit and food to eat, not to mention my friend, June of  "June's Bakeshop" is just up the road.  She has a charming shop full of beautiful cookies, cakes, cupcakes and other treats.  






Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mill No. 1 - A Throwback Thursday Production

"Mill No."
6" x 6"
(watercolor on 7/8" cradled aquabord)
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Every so often I find myself longing for sepia tones. This little painting is of a mill in a nearby town. I just love the way light plays on the geometric structures of factory architecture. And New England mills are just a delightful subject in general don't you think?

I painted this last year as the beginning of a series of 6 sepia mill paintings.  Admittedly I'm still haven't moved on to No. 2 yet.  Doh!  Oh me and my "big" ideas. I have problems. Maybe 2018 will be the year to see this series through, eh?

"hashtag: startingthingsandnotfinishingthem"   :)

And in the spirit of the season . . . let's open an auction on this baby and start the bidding at the bargain-basement price of $85 -- Holy Smokes!  I need to make room for some 2018 paintings.

Happy Thanksgiving.