Sunday, November 21, 2010

Listed "Fox Den" on EBay

Check out my EBay listing of "Fox Den".   I put in the auction actual photos of the fox I called Betty that took residence here this spring and the fox kits in the pipe!   I deactivated "Fox Den" from Etsy to run the auction with my Nibblefest painting of Betty on EBay and thought I'd tell the story.

Click on the pic to go to the auction. :D

Fox Den
Ready to hang..

Auction ends November 28th

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Nibblefest entry

I just entered, "Betty the Fox" in Nibblefest a monthly art contest on EBay.  Rules for Nibblefest is you list your art according to a theme. This month's theme is "Furry Friends" (Not sure if Betty is friend or foe, but that depends on who you ask ;D ).   Contest runs from the 20th-27th each month and auction lengths can vary but they all need to end on the 27th.   All entries start at 99cents and no reserve and winners are the entries with the most unique or different bidders..   This is a nice size painting for starting at only 99cents and in no way does the opening price represent the value of this painting. :)

This painting measures 10x10x1.5" with sides painted black and ready to hang!
Thanks for looking! :D

(click on image to see auction)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

painting and still life

I added another older painting of mine to Etsy today.  This painting I did in 2007 and have had on my wall for a while. I was going to hold on to it as it was my first painting I did in a series of African inspired still lives, but like I said before.. I can't hold on to them all and I plan to be painting as much as I can! :)    We have some neat items from Africa that  I put in my still life's for this short series.   I won an "honorable mention" on this painting when I entered it to an art contest while living in Stuttgart, Germany in 2007.   I have one other older painting to add to Etsy in the next few days then will be adding new paintings. :)

Available now at Etsy
Africa I
20 x24x1.5
(click on pic to go to etsy)

I think tonight I'll work on my next still life.  I'd like to do something a bit different and I have no idea what I'm going to do but hopefully I figure something out soon because I'm chomping at the bit to start.    I have ideas for this still life and what I want to convey but I want to experiment and try something different or at least that's what I'm telling myself.   LOL.   Hopefully I'll have a work in progress to post soon! :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Adding paintings to Etsy

My momma fox painting posted above will be entered into Nibblefest on the 20th and I'll post links when I get that going.   After momma fox I decided to paint one of her kits that would hide in the pipe during the day.   They marked that pipe.. they didn't want me coming anywhere near that pipe where Betty and her kids stayed.  I even had one night of walking down the driveway and spotting Betty with a fresh kill that she was probably going to take to the pipe to feed her kids.   Betty saw me and hid the kill and followed me up the driveway!!  It was a little spooky to be honest but she kept at a nice distance. I'm sure after she was sure I was away from the pipe where her babies were she went back to get their dinner.    I got many photos of her kits in the pipe and when I said she marked it..  I can say that fox pee smells horrid.. but I wanted those photos! LOL.   if you didn't know any better you think a skunk was near.   I had to get on the ground with a camera and a flash light to get these photos and I got several and one little video too.   The first photo we took (ok my husband took b/c I feared for what was inside that it would come and eat our face or something.. heh ;D ) we got TWO fox kits in the pipe.. sooooo cute!  Maybe I'll paint that one too someday.

Anyway.. I painted this fox kit from one of the many photos I took and just listed it on Etsy.
"Fox Den"
Acrylic on Gallery wrapped canvas
Sides painted black.. ready to hang!

Click on picture to go to listing. :)

sides painted black

I thought I'd also add to my Etsy store an older painting of mine.  I really can't keep all my paintings and I have some favorites I've been unable to part with.  I won first place on this painting in my category for an art contest I entered in Stuttgart, Germany.   I love the bright colors in it and know why I've held on to it so long, but it's time to list it and find a new home as I go on a painting spree!  Yipee..

From one of my European inspired still life series

Confetti: Europe Still IX
Acrylic on Gallery wrapped canvas
Ready to hang

click on either picture to go to listing. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back to painting!

Well after a real dry spell from painting.  I painted only one painting in the past 5 months.. bleh!   I miss it and am back on board!  Woot!   I'm getting ready for Nibblefest art contest on EBay starting November 20th early!  I have always enjoyed doing Nibblefest but I let life get in the way this summer.  It was a crazy summer.  I was beyond busy  working on outside work (stacking logs, hauling branches etc)..   Plus I got new chicks!   Yay!   I already have 6 chickens and LOVE getting the eggs, so I added more chicks and can't wait for them to lay their beautiful eggs.  I may have to get into selling them if  I get too many.  LOL.

So anyway..  I'm back to painting again and when I paint.. I'm happy and when I go for periods of time without painting I start feeling angst about painting again.   I have older blogs and probably will close them and ,move here to Blogspot as it seems the most active and also gives me a fresh start to blogging

This past spring we had a family of foxes take residence along our driveway.  This fox was hanging around and running the fence with my dog.  Crazy, I thought.  Then I heard noises coming from a pipe than ran under our driveway..  Well after further investigation we found out that there were baby foxes living in that pipe and momma fox would sometimes hang out in the daytime near the pipe but on the other side of the fence and away from my dog.  I spotted her so much I figured I'd name her and so I started calling her "Betty".  I took probably 50+ photos of Betty and then when we found the kits in the pipe took photos of them too.   Betty and her kids lived along my driveway and at the neighbors house.  Luckily I keep my chickens in a covered run, so they have been safe.  (knocks on wood).

So Nibblefest theme for November is "Furry Friends" whether Betty the Fox is a friend or not.. can be argued.   I decided to paint from one of the photos I took.. in the background you can see what looks like a window and that's actually my neighbors windshield on the RV they have.

So this painting will get listed on November 20th starting at 99cents and when I post that.. I'll blog the listing..  I'll also be working on customizing this blog.

Betty the Fox
10x10x1.5 Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas