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“Skiffs on the Dock” oil painting

Skiffs

“Skiffs on the Dock” is a 6″x6″ oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas. I enjoy painting small works because they are so portable. Small paintings can be used to decorate with the seasons and easily stored or moved around. You can display collections of small works with fine collectibles in an art niche, in a bookcase or on an office credenza.

 

Decor Hack

“Skiffs on the Dock” is now available in my store. If you or someone you know loves small nautical works of art, won’t you share this post? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here soon. Why not give a gift that lasts a lifetime?

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Abstract Leaves

Abstract Leaves

A fun little abstract oil painting of leaves. This is another of my miniature 4×4’s that really came out great! A palette knife painting with African overtones. Great for adding a pop of color in out of the way places. 👌🏻

I think I’ll explore more work like this in the coming months.

Happy New Year!

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Christmas Teddy Bear Series

Christmas Teddy Bears are so cute! Actually, Teddy Bears in general are cute, and I have all kinds as part of my home decor, since we live in the forest. These two 4″x4″ oil paintings are part of the Christmas Teddy Bear series that have become my favorite Christmas decor.

 

White Christmas Teddy Bear
“White Christmas Teddy” 4″x4″x2″ oil on canvas

 

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Brown Christmas Teddy oil painting
“Brown Christmas Teddy” oil painting on 4″x4″x2″ canvas

 

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Here’s  how I use these miniature paintings in my decor, keeping in mind they are actually square in real life, but the way I had to shoot the photo created a bit of distortion. The glass Christmas tree isn’t really crooked. ; )

 

Christmas Teddies Decor

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Christmas Teddy-Bears decor

The little 2″ squared painting on the easel was done last year while I sat in my warm car and used an mint tin as a palette and work surface, during a snow storm. It’s a depiction of a local farm with a red cabin and small barn.

 

red barn in snow

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Christmas Teddy Bears

Another in my Christmas painting series, “Christmas Teddy Bears”!  Painted in oils on a 4″x4″ gallery wrapped box canvas. They sit on a shelf in my foyer with all the other Christmas decor.

 

Christmas Teddy Bears oil painting
Christmas Teddy Bears 4″x4″ oil on canvas
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Pine cone and Acorns with a splash of Tinsel!

I just love this time of year and using nature as a decorating theme! Pine cones, acorns and the tinsel on the Christmas tree are some of my favorite things. In fact, I was inspired to paint some miniature oil paintings with these subjects, and I use them as part of my holiday decor.  I hope your  holiday planning is going well and you are enjoying this time of year! I’ll be sharing more Christmas paintings this week. 🙂

 

Pine cones and Acorns oil painting
“Pine Cone and Acorns 4″x4” oil on canvas

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Tinsel oil painting
“Tinsel on the Christmas Tree” 4″x4″ oil on canvas

 

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“Cardinal in the Snow”

“Cardinal in the Snow” oil painting

“Cardinal in the Snow” is another of my Christmas collection oil paintings. It’s done on 4″x4″ gallery wrapped box canvas. Here’s a look at how I use these mini paintings in my decor:

Interior Christmas decor


I have a little Christmas village that’s so fun to display and the mini paintings above complete the ambience. Every year I decorate a little differently and these little paintings can be used in a variety of vignettes. Small paintings are easily changed and moved to suit ones’ needs and don’t cost a fortune to own! By the way, my blog posts don’t show it in the WordPress reader, but did you know I have a shop where you can purchase paintings? If interested, just click HERE.

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Christmas Candy

This is one of my favorite paintings. I used oil on gallery wrapped 4″x4″ box canvas. It makes a wonderful addition to my holiday decor!

Christmas Candy Oil Painting

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is done for online purposes and is not on the painting.)

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Decorating for Fall

I love decorating for the fall and I think my miniature oil paintings make great subjects for themes to decorate with. This 4″x4″ oil on canvas titled “Leaves on the Driveway” works well with fall leaves and corn cobs.

 

 

fall decor ideas

 


Here’s a closer view of this little painting:

Leaves on the driveway oil painting

 

It was painted entirely with a palette knife and has great texture and lots of juicy color!  What’s your favorite way to decorate for fall? Do you use fine art as part of your decor? Hit me with some comments and lets strike up a convo!

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Yellow Throated Warbler

Yellow Throated Male Warbler

 

A few months ago I went out to water the garden and when the water splashed on my tomato plant I saw something move, so I pushed aside the plant and there I discovered an injured yellow throated warbler bird. I remember in the back of my mind hearing a smack on the window earlier that day but had forgotten about it.

The bird had his eyes closed and was clearly injured. I managed to get him on my finger and he let me gently pet him while I looked for signs of a broken wing or leg. There wasn’t any blood and nothing appeared broken. I then decided a nest I had might be a good place for him to rest. But when I tried to get him in it he just sat on the side of the nest and wanted no part of the whole idea.

He flew off when I tried to adjust the nest and landed in another of my tomato plants. I saw that he was resting on a branch deep inside the plant and so decided to leave him be and said a little prayer for him. The next day I checked and he was gone! I was so happy I  decided to make this little painting in remembrance. The bird is a male Yellow Throated Warbler.

 

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Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor

This week I did a bit more work on framing paintings and two of them were from the “White Things Series”, entitled “Anchor 1” and “Anchor 2”.

“Anchor 2”


“Anchor 1”


If you love coastal themed decor, or live by the ocean or on a lake, you may enjoy these two pieces. They are 6”x6” and framed in black with a gold liner. I enjoy painting smaller works for several reasons:

  1. Decorating with smaller works of art allows one to change up the decor anytime, as well as create little groupings or vignettes.

  2. Smaller works are more affordable to own for my clients.

  3. Small paintings are more detailed, which I enjoy. I love adding the details in a piece, as they bring the viewer in close to a painting. I like that!

  4. Small paintings can be packed away for different seasons, and changes in decor. For example, I always use my small 4”x4” seasonal paintings to decorate my home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tuck them in amongst the candles and floral decorations and it looks so good!

Decorating Idea


Decorating Idea

You can see two examples here of how one could use these paintings in decorating a space. Pull together your favorite sea shells, candles, architecture books or anything beloved and set up a wonderful grouping in your home or office!


So remember when you may be thinking of buying a smaller painting and you see not such a small price, it takes a certain level of skill to paint small, and it takes more time. With large paintings, comes big brushes, large strokes, loose imagery and paintings that are done more quickly than a small piece. The smaller the painting, the more the detail, the more the detail, the longer the time it takes to create. Small paintings are little gems! These two paintings look great together. If you have a coastal theme going on, well….you know. They can be yours to treasure for generations to come! Click HERE to make them yours.