August 28th, 2010 / posted by paularath

The art part of my life is becoming increasingly important and that is unexpected – and exciting – for me. I started painting about ten years ago, quite by accident, and art has been a growing passion.
I recently got inspired by my sister Roberta Cullen‘s bird (named Fido because she and her husband, Jim, have always wanted a dog but have a lifestyle, with lots of travel and cruises, that doesn’t suit a dog’s life).

So I painted two watercolors of Fido. In the process I realized what fun shapes are created by the beaks and cheeks and feathers of birds, not to mention those lovely eyes, so I painted more birds. Sandy Pohl, owner of the Louis Pohl Gallery, loved my birds, especially the “Gossip” series that depicts three birds on a branch, two of them gossiping about the other bird. She sold several of them and asked if she could create greeting cards from one of the watercolors. Of course! What fun!

I remembered that my friend Lynda Sakraida, creative genius behind Hadji Baba Bags (scroll back to one of my first blogs for a story about her) has two of the most beautiful birds ever: Hadji Baba (yes, she named her business after her bird) and Peaches. I asked Lynda to send me a photo of her birds and I painted a watercolor of the two of them having a little tete a tete.

She loved it so much she had it framed and here it is:

That's Peaches on the left and Hadji on the right.

Another favorite subject is fruits and vegetables: beets, carrots, radishes, mangos, papayas…. yummy colors and textures. I recently sold my mango and papaya paintings (acrylics on canvas) and made the mistake of not photographing them first, so I can’t show them here. Ugh. I need to make it a habit to photograph all my work. I hope you will remember to always photograph your creative endeavors before you put them out into the world, whether they are jewelry, dolls, ceramics, clothing, art or whatever. Keep a record!

– Paula Rath

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Patrice Collins
August 29th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I love your bird paintings. And yes, they would make great greeting cards. One vegetable that always looks great in drawings and paintings is the artichoke, somehow it has elegance.

August 30th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hmmmmm…artichokes….a gorgeous shade of green, interesting sculptural shape, textured leaves…my next painting subject! They are my favorite food on earth. My son tells a funny story of the year I was visiting him in San Francisco on my birthday, which is in May, the height of artichoke season. My husband and I drove through the artichoke farms and couldn’t resist buying a bag of them. I cooked them in Duncan’s apartment and ate two whole, huge artichokes. My tummy was not the same for several days and I missed out on all the great food in San Francisco, but I got my artichokes! Sigh.

Patrice Collins
September 1st, 2010 at 12:29 am

I love artichokes with butter! I notice that many interior design galleries and shops has great home accessories with the artichoke motif. I am looking forward to your incorporating that design in your art. Who knows, your images may be shown on the walls of elegant fine dining venues……

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