Saturday, July 31, 2010

ACEO Raccoon Painting by Kathryn

Raccoons "Afternoon Cuddle" by my daughter

This weekend my daughter, Kathryn, is painting some lovely art cards. Here is one she completed of a family of raccoons. The mother is on the far left, curled around and the three babies are cuddling up to her.

Raccoons are a favorite subject of ours and we have a resident raccoon that visits the garden often.

Raccoons "Afternoon Cuddle" by Kathryn L Bronstad


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

ACEO Sea Turtle and Tangs

"Cleaning Time"

Here is an ACEO of a sea turtle and yellow tangs. I love these wonderful marine reptiles and enjoyed working with Kemp's Ridley sea turtles in the mid 1980's. The yellow tangs are cleaning the turtle of algae growth that accumulates because of the slow movements of the turtle. The color of the tangs contrasts nicely with the deeper violets that I used to under paint the darker areas of the turtle. I also enjoyed painting the eyes of all the creatures - it really brings the focus to the eye of the turtle which holds much wisdom. In this time of 'cleaning up the BP oil spill', turtles are a focus for many biologists and volunteers. This painting is dedicated to the continuing efforts of those helping the turtles, other wildlife and the environment.


Cleaning Time (2.5" x 3.5") by Colleen K Carrigan (c) 2010

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sea Turtle and Tropical Fish

Sea Turtle "Entering Cleaning Station"

This week I have had a lot of fun researching sea turtles (one of my favorite marine creatures) and viewing numerous images of tropical fish to create a miniature painting. A little larger than my ACEO's - this painting is a 5.0" x 7.0". What a joy it was to design and paint. Sea turtles will seek out reefs where they enjoy a thorough 'cleaning' by the locals. The tropical fish and sometimes shrimp and crabs will consume the algae that grows on the turtles. Cleaning stations are a wonderful example of a symbiotic relationship where all the creatures benefit. The tropicals in this painting include: yellow tangs, a blue tang and raccoon butterfly fish.

Sea Turtle "Entering Cleaning Station" 5.0 inches x 7.0 inches
by Colleen K Carrigan (c) 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

ACEO Raccoon and Goldfish


Here is a very special painting created from my garden. This adorable raccoon has enjoyed a few meals of sunflowers recently at the feeder. I also included a goldfish like one that we have in a container pond near this area. Don't worry - I don't keep goldfish in the birdbath.

This is a small garden at the north side of our home and the kitchen window faces it. I enjoy washing dishes by hand while viewing the wildlife. I took photos of this 'rascal' feeding at about 10:00 a.m. one morning recently and have included a couple of them.

No animals were harmed in the making of this painting. The fish ate this morning and it is still just as gold and beautiful as in the painting.

"Fishing Bandit" by Colleen K Carrigan (c) 2010

Raccoon washing and drinking at the birdbath

Raccoon feeding on black oil sunflower seeds

This is a wonderful design for a bird feeder and can be built from natural logs. It allows numerous birds, squirrels and even this big raccoon to enjoy lots of seeds in this garden sanctuary.