Monthly Archives: March 2011

Nature illustrations

This painting is part of a nature series I created for imprinting on souvenir sportswear.  The illustrations were sold nationally in hotel and resort boutique gift shops. I love watching the birds at the feeders outside my studio window.  The … Continue reading

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Mothers and Sons

My son grew up without my parents in his life, as they were killed in a car accident when I was young.  He knew them only from the old photos we have in our home.  He would ask me, “Mom, … Continue reading

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School assignment on hypocrisy

This illustration is a little off beat for most of my work, but was inspired by a middle school class studying the meaning of hypocrisy.  At the time, my son and I had a discussion of how he could approach … Continue reading

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First spring flower found today

Astonishment!  Today I found this first flower just feet from the layers of snow.  I have no idea from where it migrated to sprout next to the east side foundation.  This is in a bed that I cleared from old … Continue reading

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Nature is my muse… hurry, spring!

I paint more in good weather! I always find it easier to be creative when the snow is gone and green and colorful growth surrounds my home and studio.  I am itching to be able to work in the gardens.  … Continue reading

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Full Moon Paintings

Since the 70’s I’ve been intrigued with nocturnal paintings, especially since the solar eclipse that I viewed in 1979.   This is an oil painting I created after that eclipse, a full moon with the portrait of a red haired girl.  … Continue reading

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For love of Jane Austen… and Mr Darcy

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and watched the numerous film versions.  Whenever I need “comfort reading”, I turn to Jane Austen. Last week I had a doctor’s appointment, and not wanting to touch … Continue reading

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She Lived Beside The Anner lyrics, art, singing

SHE LIVED BESIDE THE ANNER She lived beside the Anner at the foot of Slievenaman, A gentle peasant girl with mild eyes like the dawn. Her lips were dewy rosebuds, her teeth of pearls rare, And a snowdrift ‘neath a … Continue reading

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The Biggest Full Moon In 18 Years

In our valley, ringed by ranges of the rocky mountains, we have dramatic sunsets and moonrises.  I did this painting, titled Sunset Moonrise, inspired by the way the setting sun in the west lights up the Bridger mountains with pink … Continue reading

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An Illustration Looking for a Fairy Tale

Years back, I created this illustration with the elements of a fairy tale in mind… the castle tower rising from mist in the background, a woman in white with a heart-shaped locket, a mirror. The tower is imaginary, and I … Continue reading

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More about illustrating Irish folk songs

One of the most viewed pages since 1997 when I created a music web site about Irish folk music, is the page on the history and lyrics for The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. Click Here From the lyrics, “Sleep, O babe, … Continue reading

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Lyrics to Erin Gra Mo Chroi

Back in 2001, I had found an interesting discussion in a thread at Mudcat.org folk forum about the origin of this song.   Several recordings in English are available, but as time went by in the discussion, it seems probable that … Continue reading

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The Downy Woodpecker Is Back

Today the downy woodpecker gave me a better view of himself.  I’m inside at my laptop, shooting at a distance through a window, so the quality is a bit blurry.  This time I could see his pretty red feathered head … Continue reading

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March Snow

In spring, we get wet snow over night, even though day time temperatures have been going up above freezing.  The coating of snow is beautiful, but as leaves start to bud out, inevitably, branches are broken and trees fall all … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick’s Day Shillelagh design

When my great grandparents, Peter Flynn and Bridget Keaveney Flynn, immigrated to America from Ireland, my great-grandfather came two years before the rest of the family.  When Bridget and her children, including my grandfather, who was 17 at the time, … Continue reading

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The Shamrock Will Be Worn

A cliche symbol, the shamrock has been over-used in many ways, becoming the “plastic Paddy” icon that has commercialized Saint Patrick’s Day.  It sets my teeth on edge when I see a four leaf clover image used interchangeably with a … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick’s Day is near

One of my favorite holy days, Saint Patrick’s day is commemorated by my small painting of an Irish harp. I made a one of a kind necklace from the painting.  It’s in my Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/AliceFlynn.

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Small downy woodpecker out my window

    The suet block and seed feeder have been visited often by brazen large Flickers, flocks of house finches and chickadees, crows, magpies and starlings, and finally today a shy Downy Woodpecker. All the other birds were gone, and … Continue reading

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Living in an earthquake zone

Living in Montana, I have been aware of earthquakes from a very early age.  When I was about 7 years old, the mountain moved in Yellowstone, taking lives, creating Quake Lake, and making the front lawn of our house in … Continue reading

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My Father

My father worked for the Great Northern Railway in Montana from the time he was 14 years old until he retired at age 65.  If you look closely at the garage on the right side of this painting, you will … Continue reading

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