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Day Six, Like Counting Down to Christmas!

Day six, and this is almost as exciting as counting down to Christmas! And speaking of Christmas, today’s piece is another Christmas themed piece. Titled “Mele Kalikimaka,” this is the result of what happens when you combine Christmas with Hawaii. This 20″ x 16″ painting will embolden any room with its presence, and get the festive holiday Aloha spirit going!

And if a painting is too much, we still have these available as cards. Order a ten pack today. Use promo code “surfsup” to save an extra 25% on this item.

“Iris of Hope” framed oil on canvas

Are you ready for day four? Here it is. This piece is titled “Iris of Hope.” Framed oil on canvas. Size of art: 16″ x 20″. Size of frame: approx. 18″ x 22″.

Inspired after the devastating 2011 tornadoes of Joplin, Missouri. Irises symbolize hope, rebirth, growth, strength through trial.

“Lake George” Cyber Monday deal

“Lake George” oil on canvas. Sold unframed. Size of art: 12″ x 9″.


Just west of Lake George, Colorado is an open space area that is a strong demonstration on why Colorado scenery makes for some of the greatest landscape paintings. If you are looking for a landscape to paint, come visit any of the beautiful mountain vistas, gaping valleys or open plains this state has to offer.

Special $99 Holiday Celebration

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Starting on Cyber Monday, in order to clear room in our studio for all of the wonderful new art we will be creating next year, we will be having a special $99 sale on some of our original paintings. Each piece will only be $99 for the day it is featured only. Pay attention both here and on our PaintingForLife.comblog to see the featured painting of the day. Ten days, ten paintings, $99. If you need to start thinking about Christmas gift ideas, be sure to check every day.

Easter Card Designs

10-pack Easter Greeting Card Designs

More than just bunnies and candy, Easter is such an important holiday. While we celebrate a birth on Christmas, Easter we celebrate a rebirth, the Resurrection of the Savior who bore the curse of death upon Himself. Because of this, we are given a new life, a life of freedom, of peace, of joy. A life eternal is waiting for all who simply receive the free gift.

What a reason to celebrate! We have been approached by many over the years who have asked us if we had a line of Easter card designs that they can send as an encouragement to their friends and family. We went to work right away and are happy to roll out four designs this year.

Easter cards are sold in ten packs and delivered in nice clear boxes. Please contact us for any special requests or orders. May you be richly blessed this Easter season. Special pricing for orders placed before March 22.


The Future of Children’s Literature: The Story Behind the Art

This new piece, co-illustrated by both Benjamin Hummel and Cherish Flieder, tackles the question, what role does children’s literature have as we move full steam into the 21st century?

We certainly live in a changing world. Book sales nationwide continue to drop–magazine and newspapers are going out of business left and right. We are in the growing pains of a new, digital revolution, in which everybody can become a contributor. There are pros and cons to this new digital age, but in the end, I believe that kids still want to be entertained, they still want to escape into a world of imagination.

With the new technology changes, we have newer and more innovative ways to distribute great storytelling to kids these days that could never even been dreamed of even fifteen years ago. From smart phones to tablets, kids can enjoy interactive e-books–filled with learning, fun, imagination and animation. As we figure out our way through these cool new changes, we as artists and writers and poets will still be called upon for our creativity and imagination.

We chose Steampunk as a theme for this illustration, to tie in with the juxtaposition between the past and the future. The books in the foreground countryside represent the fact that no matter what happens, paper pages will always be here with us. (Something about not needing batteries, never freezing, and never having to worry about data loss.) The tablets and smart devices in the distance form the booming and approaching city. And the pig? Why the pig? Well… Why not?

So what about you? What are your thoughts about the future of children’s literature? Reply using the form below and let us know!

Montauk Point Lighthouse original oil painting

Out on the tip of Long Island is a quaint little town called Montauk. Soft, sandy beaches churn up the Atlantic and the vegetation and humidity is thick. Take the road all the way past the town and to the end of the island and you’ll end up in a parking lot, and at Montauk Point, home of the famous Montauk lighthouse.

It was on such an occasion that we found ourselves recently, admiring the beauty of a structure that was commissioned originally by George Washington himself. The lighthouse is filled with rich history and legends, and of course, gift shop merchandise.

There are a number of trails surrounding the lighthouse, some that go to the rocky coast and some that submerge you deep into the lush New England greenery. This painting was created from one of those trails, looking up at the lighthouse. It invites the viewer in, to be a part of the hiking expedition. The sun was bright, but being late spring, there was still a slight chill in the air.

This painting is not that big, only 8″ x 10.” I wanted to create a textural feeling to the canvas, to reiterate the lush feeling of the environment. As with all paintings, I started with a rough under-painting in color. This formed the basis for my light and shadow patterns. On top of that, I was able to go back in and add details, such as leaves, blades of grass and sticks.

Prints of this image will not be made until the original is sold.

This item will be on auction until August 25th, 2012. Starting bid is $100. Email friends@paintingforlife.com to place your own bid. Highest bidder will win the original oil with a signed certificate of authenticity.

or “Buy Now” for only $250!

Montauk Lighthouse Original Oil
$250.00

Without Coffee, I’m Dragon

New Art!

This piece of art has been created in the Hummel Heights cartoon style, painted traditionally, and pieced together in collage. Somewhat different from traditional approaches, it has been designed to have a little more of a modern flavor to it, while, of course, maintaining the humor that’s typical of all Hummel Heights cartoon pieces.

And just in time for FATHER’S DAY, mugs of this design are in production. Order yours by clicking here!

 

 


Steele Deal!

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New Mug Designs

Utilizing some of our more popular images, we created several way cool new mug designs available now through zazzle and can be previewed from our store by clicking here!