Monthly Archives: June 2011

Playing the way we did as kids

I created this logo for a possible web site of games as we played when I was a child, when fun was also exercise. The web site funngames.org was never developed by the client, but I still think it is … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Watercolor

This watercolor illustration of mountains, wildflowers, butterflies, and other natural elements was created for a souvenir gift manufacturer.  It was sold mostly in Colorado on tees, mouse pads and mugs. The wildflowers include hare bells, columbine, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and … Continue reading

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Northbound, Wolf Creek Canyon

This painting is of the road between Helena and Great Falls, Montana, through Wolf Creek Canyon.  The colors of the rock formations are stunning in their contrasting layers.     copyright Alice Flynn

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Homesteading Friends in Montana

This oil painting depicts friends in Montana from the early 1900’s. Homesteading was a hard life.  Bonds between neighbors and friends were a lifeline of support.       copyright Alice Flynn

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Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and petroglyphs

Again, a watercolor illustration designed for a souvenir tee shirt client – it has many of my favorite elements, bee, dragonfly, wild flowers and petroglyph.

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Save the bees!

Bees, the great pollinators… every large commercial bee keeper in Montana travels to California and other states with hives for pollination, according to Montana Ag Live.  I enjoy watching this Montana PBS call in program that discusses agriculture and gardening … Continue reading

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Butterfly and thistle

This is one of my favorite small paintings from my nature series of watercolors.  The texture of the thistle was satisfying to paint with spikes, highlights and shadows, and the cushion of flower in bloom that attracts butterflies. This illustration … Continue reading

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Thistles – weeds or habitat?

Thistles can be invasive weeds that destroy natural habitat and they can be supportive plants in their native locations that feed birds, butterflies, moths and bees. This is a watercolor from my nature series (see previous posts for more).  I … Continue reading

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Obstinate, Headstrong Girl!

If you are a Janeite, you recognize that quote as an admonishment to Elizabeth Bennett in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. I think this quote has a real appeal to modern women, as it is the most popular of all … Continue reading

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Father painting in progress

This painting, 3 feet by 2 feet,  is still in progress, but being Father’s Day today, I wanted to post it in memory of my father, who inspired the figure of the train agent in the painting. Wooden grain elevators … Continue reading

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My heart belongs to Mr. Darcy

I love to paint and design illustrations for Jane Austen’s novels, especially Pride and Prejudice. I have filled my Etsy shop with Austen related images on pinback buttons, digital transfers, and silver plated framed jewelry charms such as this one. … Continue reading

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Example of how clients try to exploit creative workers

This video is a very clear and clever demonstration of the vendor client relationship too often experienced by designers, artists, musicians, creative developers.

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Are you artistic? Then Uncle Sam wants YOU (to work for free)!

Are you artistic? Then Uncle Sam wants YOU (to work for free)!.

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Thunder and Lightning

We had a bit of hail, heavy rain and thunder and lightning today.  Pretty typical weather, but I’m always wary of larger hail that will pulverize the gardens. This painting is of storm clouds rolling over the peaks of the … Continue reading

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Dragonflies – Love Them

Dragonflies are mesmerizing.  Their transparent wings, the colors, the speed of flight, hovering… I love to watch them. I’ve created many designs and paintings over the years with the subject of dragonflies.  This mandala of four dragonflies and a blue … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Bees

The first flowers that bloom abundantly here in this high mountain Montana town are the dandelions.  Home owners curse them, mow them, dig them, poison them, and in general try to rid the lawns of them. I generally tolerate the … Continue reading

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More fun watching Western tanagers

The day has been cold, rainy and windy, but these four male Western tanagers have persisted at the bird feeders.  There are also several female tanagers, some chickadees and sparrows, as well as a grackle and a flicker at the … Continue reading

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Western tanagers, nature watercolor illustrations

The Western tanager migration through Montana in the spring is one of my favorite experiences in bird watching every year. As part of my watercolor nature series, this painting illustrates the Grand Teton mountains, a male Western tanager, a moose, … Continue reading

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Apple Blossom Time

Apple Blossoms The apple tree I planted 23 years ago for my son when he was born has finally had the right weather conditions to blossom completely.  Until this year, we have only had a few blossoms here and there. … Continue reading

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More inspiration from nature

Nature has such beautiful colors.  This pair at my bird feeder, with the shades of green behind them, made an inspiring picture outside my studio window.

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