12. December 2013 · Comments Off on And the Daily Mail. And a new print · Categories: art, news, toadbriar

The Houndton Tabby series gets covered in the Daily Mail! With quotes from me, even!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521859/Downton-Abbey-characters-painted-pets.html

And I’ve finished a new portrait:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as blue or lilac point Siamese and orange tabby, respectively.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as blue or lilac point Siamese and orange tabby, respectively.

print on etsy!

03. December 2013 · Comments Off on Some love from The Guardian today! · Categories: toadbriar

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/gallery/2013/dec/03/pets-as-downton-abbey-characters-gallery

And Laughing Squid – http://laughingsquid.com/houndton-tabby-portraits-of-downton-abbey-characters-as-cats-and-dogs/

And Refinery29 – http://www.refinery29.com/2013/12/58368/downton-abbey-cats-and-dogs

27. November 2013 · Comments Off on Autumn · Categories: art, events, toadbriar

Been busy with commissions and autumn art shows! But I snuck in some silly fun..

A Hound Insane – Kim Parkhurst

https://www.etsy.com/listing/164189574/a-hound-insane-bowie-greyhound-portrait

Some sculpture pieces –

Christmas sculptures

Christmas sculptures

Foxy - sold

Foxy – sold

 

We’ve got two shows left this season – if you’re in New England, consider coming out and saying hi!

The second annual Living Local Art Fair is in Peterborough, NH at the UU on Nov 30.

The Winter Craft Fair Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is at the Northampton, MA high school on Dec. 7 & 8.

 

18. October 2013 · Comments Off on Fortune Teller and Upcoming Shows · Categories: art, events, toadbriar
acrylic 16x20

acrylic 16×20

 

Come see us at the Deerfield Christmas Sampler in West Springfield, MA on Nov. 15, 16, & 17th!

*broke affordable arts fair is on Nov. 23 in Peterborough, NH – everything at this show is priced at $50 or less.

The second annual Living Local Art Fair is in Peterborough, NH at the UU on Nov 30.

The Winter Craft Fair Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is at the Northampton, MA high school on Dec. 7 & 8.

13. September 2013 · Comments Off on Kitty Prints Weekend! · Categories: art, toadbriar
Kitty Prints Weekend!

Kitty Prints Weekend!

 

Starting at Midnight Eastern time Friday night and running until Midnight Sunday night, 50% proceeds from sales of cat prints in the Toadbriar Etsy shop will be donated to It’s All About The Animals, Inc. in Rochester, MA. Please spread the word and shop!

23. August 2013 · Comments Off on Mother Goose and the Three Little Originals · Categories: art, toadbriar

I was happy to get a chance to redraw something I painted ten years ago, but hadn’t scanned. Here’s Mother Goose on her gander.

Mother Goose by Kim Parkhurst 2013

Mother Goose by Kim Parkhurst 2013

Print is available in 8×10 or 11×14″

I also completed three new pieces, headed to the Best In Show exhibition at Practice in Philadelphia.

'Pug Vobiscum' by Kim Parkhurst 2013. Mixed media

‘Pug Vobiscum’ – Kim Parkhurst 2013. Mixed media

Natural Talent - Kim Parkhurst 2013 acrylic over collage

‘Natural Talent’ – Kim Parkhurst 2013 acrylic over collage

Black Magic - Kim Parkhurst 2013. Acrylic on canvas

‘Black Magic’ – Kim Parkhurst 2013. Acrylic on canvas

 

 

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19. July 2013 · Comments Off on New Print! · Categories: art, toadbriar
Morning Mug by Kim Parkhurst

Morning Mug by Kim Parkhurst

Available in 8×10″ and 11×14″ in my Etsy shop.

06. July 2013 · Comments Off on New Ties for Early July · Categories: art, grip and word · Tags:

 

 

The beastly hot weather of the last few days has chased me into the air-conditioned comfort of my studio, where I finally finished making some new ties from fabric picked up earlier this year – they’re now available for purchase!

New Ties

04. July 2013 · Comments Off on Forest Frolic · Categories: art

I’ve just finished a large painting, a panel that will be set into the hearth opening of a decorative fireplace. This one was fun – it was a bartered commission. In exchange for the piece, the client rented us a marvelous huge dumpster so we could finally dismantle the falling-down shed that dominates an all-too-visible corner of the property.

the bright side: no corpses or bees inside.

The bright side: no human remains or hornet nests inside… amazingly enough.

Metal was scrapped, tires were recycled (80+! with rims!) and in time, the site will be home to raised beds and bee hives. There’s still a lot of scrap wood to be burned, but it’s progress.

argh shed 2

Use your imagination. Raised beds! Bee hives!

My gratitude and enthusiasm were enormous, I wanted this one to be special. I knew there would be a lot going on in the panel, so I needed to work on the composition carefully. (I ALWAYS need to work on the compo carefully, it’s not my strong suit.)

I wanted a cozy scene, a country dance sort of affair with the woodland elements my client so enjoys in my work. I drew from a few sources for inspiration..

William Sidney Mount's Dance of the Haymakers

William Sidney Mount’s Dance of the Haymakers

I studied photos of musicians to be as accurate as possible with both instrument and hand positioning. I’m not a musician, and I know how annoying it can be when someone gets the details of your passion wrong.

This fellow demanded to be turned into an owl (he’s halfway there on his own) and dropped into the band.
(note: the painting is in the public domain.)

The Cello Player by Thomas Eakins, 1896.

I made my sketch on several layers in Photoshop, and shifted characters around until I found the best arrangement I could do. Some of them made cameo appearances in other compositions I was working on simultaneously.

digital sketch

I converted the image to grayscale, enlarged it, and made a tracing copy, and transferred it to my masonite panel. I had prepped the panel beforehand, with several coats of primer to seal it against impurities leaching through the paint from the board.

I worked at first in soft glazes to make sure the palette was pleasing.

base glazes

base glazes

I ultimately worked it up with richer colors though – I’m a sucker for those cadmium pigments.

Forest Frolic

Forest Frolic

It’s varnished and getting delivered tonight. I’ve made it available as a 12×12″ signed print on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155785136/forest-frolic-signed-print-12-x-12

18. June 2013 · Comments Off on New art. New ducks. · Categories: art, birds
French Bulldog Renaissance style cherub, available as an 8x10 or 11x14 print.

French Bulldog Renaissance style cherub, available as an 8×10 or 11×14 print.

Etsy shop

And a batch of new ducklings!

Ancona ducklings in chocolate, black, and one (under mama) with weird markings and color.

Ancona ducklings in chocolate and black.

newborn Narragansett poult

newborn Narragansett poult

Baby turkeys have grown…

Tompkins and Ginger

Tompkins and Ginger