Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pond Wizard is finished

Here's the finished painting of Frog Wizard. Prints of this and Night Magic are available through me. Wishing everyone a magical evening!

copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Step 4

I have added the pencil work to the wizard and will now begin layering the watercolor. Within a day or two I'll post the finished painting.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Wizard

Here's step three. My wizard is perched upon a piece of prehnite that came from a quarry in Massachusetts where I used to live. It is the perfect stone for dreaming and remembering all those spells! The moon is now in eclipse, a magical time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Frog Wizard

I used to have a lot of frogs in my yard. I remember falling asleep to a lullaby sung by spring peepers and waking to the harsh croak of my rooster frog that lived behind the shutters. But not this year.

Whether it be the change in climate, over-development of the neighborhood or the huge amounts of pesticides being sprayed carelessly over every living thing; all I know is the frogs are gone and I miss them.

So this next painting is entitled, Eclipse, and it depicts a frog wizard who will cast a spell and return to me all the frogs, mantis, garden spiders, glass lizards and other lovely creatures that have seemingly disappeared from The Crooked Little House.

This painting is using another cloudscape as a background. I'll be showing it in steps once again.

Friday, July 25, 2014

for Alice

I may have mentioned a few times that Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz are my favorite stories. So I just finished an Alice watercolor tin. The white rabbit is an original painting and the little bottle is stuffed with tea leaves. Next up, a Wizard of Oz tin.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks

I am a lover of rocks; any kind from anywhere. Growing up, I spent many hours with my dad and brother digging for crystals and minerals all over New England. Things like garnets, all kinds of quartz, beryl crystals, etc. were all to be found if you knew where to look.

As I got older I continued to explore with my brother, taking my young sons along to dig for fossils and more rocks. We eagerly awaited the day when a gem and mineral show would come to a nearby town. I was the kid in a candy store minus the calories but much more expensive. When friends would travel overseas, they would ask what I would like them to bring back for me; a scarf? t-shirt? My answer is always a rock. One of my treasures from my friend Carole is a piece of marble from the quarry in Italy where the stone for David was excavated. So if you want to win my heart, give me a rock.

When I relocated to this island, some of my collection wandered off, never to be found again, but for the most part, my hardy friends survived the move and have found homes on my mantle, tables, in bowls and in my yard. When I pick up a snowball quartz I found in Blandford, Massachusetts, I remember that day with my brother and oldest son, clear as a crystal. My brother John is one of those great guys who loves to teach people in a gentle way. He knows so much about the outdoors, and he has helped foster a genuine love and respect of nature in my boys who are now grown men.

So when I heard about a gem and mineral show being held in Virginia Beach this past weekend, I had to go. It wasn't as big as the ones I was used to but oh, the rocks. I spent more money than I should have. But I would rather have a chunk of rock than a piece of jewelry or a new dress. So this picture shows just SOME of the ones I brought home with me; apophyllite, celestite, chalcedony, North Carolina moonstone, black psilomelane, orange and green calcite, labradorite and green opal.

I'm thinking I can find a way to incorporate drawings of these in my paintings. Where I will put my new friends I'm not sure, but hey, there's always room for a another rock.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Another Tin

This watercolor tin is called, "Salt Water Cure."

This tin has a vintage sailboat charm, vintage "pearls", shark tooth, sea glass, a vintage Blue Oyster Cult ticket from 1976 and other assorted elements. Also included is a lovely vintage oyster fork and of course an original painting of a sea shell.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Magic Paint Boxes

I have a deep love of vintage watercolor tins, the kind we used as kids, with little squares of color and a cheap brush tucked inside. They are quite hard to come by. But occasionally I find some at a good price that are duplicates of what are in my collection. These are the ones I turn into my Magic Paint Boxes.

Part of being an artist involves experimentation; trying new mediums, unusual vehicles to showcase the art, new ideas, etc. It keeps one from becoming stagnant. So here's a couple of pics of my newest magic paint box using a vintage Gothic Watercolor tin.

All my tins include an original painting along with an assortment of vintage items. I also include a list of all the elements explaining what they are and where they came from. One reason I think people like these is because they can be set on a surface or have a hanger attached and hung on a wall.

Vintage watercolor tins - the perfect format for an artist don't you think?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ta Da

Here's the finished painting, Night Magic.

Almost Complete

Thanks for your patience. I tend to get sidetracked with other projects which I'll show in the near future. But here's step 4 of Night Magic. I'll post the finished painting tomorrow.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Night Magic 2

Here's step 2 of Night Magic. How appropriate is this title since tonight was a super moon?!

Night Magic

My life has been filled with a bounty of magic these days for which I am very, very grateful. It has arrived in the form of new work opportunities, new friends and talents I had and didn't even know about. So late last night I decided to begin a new painting called, Night Magic, featuring one of my favorite birds, the owl.

I pulled another cloudscape from my drawer to use as the background. This one was painted "en plein air", June 24, 2011, at 8:45 pm facing northwest. I'm really enjoying recycling these paintings, giving them another chance - like a breath of fresh air!

I'll add pics for you as I progress so you can see how it all develops.

copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last Ones

Here are the last two images in the Sea Glass series. Prints and cards will be available soon.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bye Bye Arthur!

I am happy to report that all is well at The Crooked Little House, and Arthur has come and gone. This little house is so strong and safe. In fact I slept through most of the storm. So here's my next weather prediction. I think most people will agree this one is a lot more welcome.