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Anne’s miniature gallery

by Buddy on August 9, 2019

Art for Small Spaces  

Well this is crazy.
Look at all these mini paintings stacked like pancakes.

And here they are hanging up in the studio. Please note: Anne has started posting them to her Etsy store. We’re calling them trading cards. Like Anne had when she was a kid. Which was a long time ago. She’s old-ish. Been around. Anyway these cards have many different themes and stories, faces and places. Think of them as collectibles. And then start collecting them. They make nice little gifts.


As you can see subject matter is eclectic. Not just a bunch of birds and bunnies. I see a nun. I see a cat playing a piano next to George Washington.

More about this later. Next post I’m going to tell you about my trip to the beach. Holy smokes. Crazy. But fun.

JaKarr

by Buddy on February 20, 2019

Story of a cat- With pictures

This is JaKarr. She’s a blind cat who lives with Cleo and Carson and though Anne can be reluctant to do pet portraits she’s been known to make exceptions when there’s a story to tell. It’s not just about a pretty face ya know.

JaKarr helps Carson work. Carson and JaKarr have a special bond.

Get the picture. Here JaKarr is allowing Carson to share the chair. True love.

Almost there but she hasn’t done all the faces. The face and eyes are key. Especially the eyes. If the eyes aren’t right the picture doesn’t work.


Cleo gave us all kinds of info, stories and pictures. We had lots to work with. I say ‘we’, it’s mostly Anne who does the work… I just look over her shoulder and make helpful comments from time to time.

These paintings are all 10×10″. Anne likes working on a few paintings at a time when she does a portrait. There’s often more to say about the cat/dog/bird/rabbit/person than one image can express. Anne actually did the three paintings hoping one would pass muster but then in the end they all passed muster and so the JaKarr pictures are all with Carson and Cleo.

If you’re interested in portraits drop us a line.

Peaceable Kingdom #2

by Buddy on January 22, 2019

And now we move outside. The outside paintings. The beaches, the yards, the lakes, the green grass, the green fields of Vermont and some other places Anne goes.

Peaceable Kingdom
Acrylic on Canvas
30×40″
Sunday at the Lake
Acrylic on Canvas
40×30″

Twin Peaks
Acrylic on Canvas
32×30″

Shy Dog
Acrylic on Canvas
10×10″
Cat Returns
Acrylic on Canvas
10×10″
Hello Crow
Acrylic on Masonite
24×24″
Khea
Acrylic on Board
9×11″
Frisco
Acrylic on Canvas
36×36″
Silver Beach
Acrylic on Masonite
20×30″
Mom and Daughter
Acrylic on Canvas
20×20″
Sunlight
Acrylic on Board
11×14″

Anne’s Peaceable Kingdom

by Buddy on December 17, 2018

Peaceable Kingdom is the name of the show and the show is still on. On view at the CVMC- The Central Vermont Medical Center til January 5th. So it’s time to blog a little and go on about what a fine job Anne did and how cool the paintings are. Anne also gave a scintillating artist talk and since many of you were unable to attend I thought I would make a few remarks here in my blog.

First…..
Interiors/Part One

The Green Room
Acrylic on wood panel
22×28″ 

Anne moved the furniture many times in this painting.
She painted and repainted the walls lots.
And trying to get that woman comfortable on the couch-
and putting a blanket on her-
and then taking it off cause it didn’t look right.
And making a nice rug for the cat.
The cat- who is the only one not napping.

You’ll notice the painting on the wall behind the pink couch hangs this next painting.

The Borrowed Blue Jacket
Acrylic on canvas and it’s 24×36″

It’s Joe Mueller.

Anne borrowed the jacket from Max Beckmann.
This artist she really loves.

Max does a really awesome job with the hands.
The hands were hanging Anne up-
so Anne gave her blue jacket pockets.

And here is the real Joe with his painting.


Orange Room with Three Cats
Acrylic on heavy plywood. It’s a big one… it’s 30×32″

Anne doesn’t really have an orange living room but some of her kitchen is orange.
And right now she only has one cat… not three.
But she does knit and has a window with a nice view.

 

The View
Acrylic on canvas and 10×10″.


It’s Benny keeping an eye on the neighbors.
And the birds.
And Anne’s bedroom really is green.
Anne likes to have windows in her paintings.
In real life she often looks out the windows.

 

Composition with Cat
Acrylic on Wood 11×12″


An artist with her hound dog. A cat slipping through the scenery.
Another painting with a window.
And through the window-
a naked branch on a snowy winter day.

 

In The Red Room
Acrylic on Panel 23×30″

Gray cat enjoying a good stomach rub.
Anne and I both love this painting.
I’m thinking it’s time to get on my back and have someone rub my stomach.

Read Anne’s Artist Statement and Bio here.

This has been Part One of my tour through Anne’s  show.

Up next: Part Two and we’ll be going outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak for yourself holiday cards

by Buddy on November 21, 2018

Anne has been rooting around in the archives again and discovered a number of Christmas/Holiday cards that were printed without a greeting inside. She did this intentionally. Anyway I thought I’d share these special items with our beloved followers in case someone out there would be interested. Maybe you want to get a card imprinted with your own unique greeting. Perhaps you’ve had enough of the ‘Happy Holiday’ and ‘Season’s Greetings’ baloney. I know I have. Get creative. Go to town.

Here are some of those cards available blank…

If you see a card you like go to Anne’s Holiday Pages
for a closer look.

 

 

 

 

 

And it’s all just a click away.

www.Annemadecards.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Time

by Buddy on October 21, 2018

Holy Smokes!!!

Anne’s paintings are now hanging at the Central Vermont Medical Center…
a fine venue here in the heart of our green state.

See them all at the…

Opening Reception
Thursday November 8th 4:30-6:00
130 Fisher Road Berlin Vermont

 

Here’s her easy to understand artist statement and bio….

PEACEABLE KINGDOM 

New Work by Anne Davis

Here’s what I’m looking at every day:

my dog

my cat

my husband

the view from my couch

the view out my studio window

trees and lakes and

there is so much green out there

what it looks like at the beach

people in bathing suits

people’s bodies

what they wear

the way they move

the many ways of sitting on a chair

or in a chair

and of course animals.

It’s a Peaceable Kingdom…

These paintings have all been done this year, but many of the canvases and panels are recycled relics from my artistic past. I painted over old paintings. I like the way doing this makes layers, makes history. I like the way doing this lends soul.

For years I’ve been painting dogs and cats and (sometimes) people. I’ve also kept sketchbooks of my daily life. With this peaceable kingdom in mind I’ve been able to combine the two and produce a whole new body of work.

When you start a painting you never know what you’re going to end up with. When I’m painting, I feel like a novice. I love to paint. It reminds me of what it felt like when I was a kid and I played in the dollhouse and made a world of my own happen.

A Brief Bio:

I went to art school in Philadelphia, the city of my birth. I studied fabric design there and tapestry weaving, and got into outsider art and working on a loom. I wove tapestries filled with strange primitive animals. Time passed and over the years I ended up working in many art (and non-art) related jobs. I worked as a bookbinder and a graphic designer. I designed window displays. But I wanted to be a self supporting artist and so I started my own greeting card business, Anne Made Cards. I learned a lot about painting from making all those cards. This led to publishing two children’s books with Harper Collins: Bud and Gabby and No Dogs Allowed. 

I live and work in Barre. The four big windows in my garage studio were put there by a previous owner—a granite sculptor who was noted for his angels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

tick tock a chicken clock

by Buddy on July 19, 2018

Anne did some more clocks. Limited editions… as in they are very satisfying to produce… as in it’s fun to use the scroll saw and cut out animal shapes and then paint this colorful and cool bird or dog or cat and make it look real pretty and drill the little hole and put in the clock hardware and then coat it with some polymer medium gloss so it looks gorgeous. It’s a bit of work. So Anne did three of the hound dog and two have sold so there’s one more if you are interested and there are 4 of the chicken cluck clocks.

So next up what Anne?
Oh… I see you’re going to take a break from the clock factory so you can work on your paintings for your upcoming show. That’s a good idea.

When and where the show and how is it coming along?

October at The Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin Vermont.
Some big walls there so I am thrilled to be doing some big paintings.

Like how big?

You’ll see.

 

 

Ooops.  Almost forgot. In case you would like to procure a clock you will need this link to our Etsy Shop.

 

He was lost

by Buddy on July 2, 2018

But he was found


Benny- my protege in training- flew the coup a few weeks back. The lad has always been a house cat but he managed to escape one summer evening. Anne searched in the dark. She called his name, but it was all in vain. The night was long. Where was the little guy. We imagined the worst. Anne was sure he would get hopelessly lost. Have an ear chewed off. He doesn’t know his way around Barre, let alone the neighborhood. So not much sleep. Early the next morn Anne composed the heartbreaking ‘Missing’ poster and barely left the driveway when she thought to look under the porch, just in case…. and there he was… and he was so ready to come back in the house. In one piece. And very clean, just a cobweb or two. It was a very short ordeal.

Other local news:


This is another shot from the front porch.
Summer time.
The stoop.
We also have a back stoop.

 

And inside the studio…
#WIP’s…
Miniature paintings in the miniature painting gallery.

And on the wall… bigger stuff.

Small painting on right inspired the BIG ONE on the left.

She’s still working on it. Sofie is the model in this painting.

Note to Anne: Finish painting this week.

 

Note to the reader:

Thanks for reading.
Whoever you are.

Birds who tell time

by Buddy on June 2, 2018

We’re back in the clock business… briefly. A limited edition clock series. Anne is trying out this concept as a way to have fun making things that people might want to buy. This gull clock is one of a limited edition of 4. She made 5 but Lauren already bought one- and she even paid cash… which we love. Anne gets help cutting the wood and then she paints. She likes to put down a nice coat of paint. It’s very satisfying to paint on wood. Then she puts the clock parts together- and that’s a not as easy as it sounds.

 

Here’s some pictorial documentation.

Before the birds had ‘hands’…

This guy is trying to keep his feet from interfering with the ’12’.

               

This one has no feet. That solves the ’12’ problem.

Look at her feet.
She doesn’t care if she interferes with the ’12’.

 

some bird painting

by Buddy on May 3, 2018

The birds are back. Anne started painting these little guys when she was on vacation. These are matchboxes. She said it’s fun to paint very small things cause if you don’t like what you’re doing it’s really easy to paint over and start over.

 

Then she painted on little canvases.
Nice but I hear her complain about ‘canvas’
not being such an enjoyable surface to work on.
I have no idea what the big deal is.
But she’s the artist.

 

This is a nice bird.
So upbeat.
She just put it on her Etsy page and it sold right away.
It pays to be cheerful.

 

I also like this goofy guy with the funny hairdo.
Another happy bird.

 

There’s more on the Etsy page.
I’m posting these birds now cause Anne is just about done with the bird chapter for now.

Time to get back to her ‘domestic interiors’ with people and animals.

Like these… I like them a lot. So does Anne.