A lone white waterlily floats in the indigo blue pond. A watery, dreamy painting that is possible only on Yupo, which is a sleek synthetic paper that repels water. So water puddles and does unexpected things!
In my small painting, I tried to capture
the majesty of the baobab tree at dusk, when there is still lingering
daylight even as the stars start dotting the indigo blue evening sky.
The majestic baobab tree is an icon of the African continent.
The baobab is a prehistoric species which predates both mankind and
the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to
the African savannah where the climate is extremely dry and
arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little
else can thrive. It is a succulent, which means that during the rainy
season it absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk, enabling it to
produce a nutritious fruit in the dry season when all around is dry and
arid. This is how it became known as "The Tree of Life".
Baobab trees grow in 32 African countries. They
can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an
enormous 50 metres in circumference. Baobab trees can provide
shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many
savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.
"Porkchop" is for John who commissioned the portrait as a surprise gift
for his friend. It's been quite difficult to get the pictures from the
owners sister. Porkchop is a four-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He
loves tennis balls and water bottles. He also loves belly rubs and wants
all the attention like her mom!
"Cutie Westie" is the first pet portrait I have ever painted, even before I started doing custom pet portraits. It was back in 2001 or 2002, when I painted my neighbor's cute westie, Phin. He is not a rambunctious puppy anymore, but I still see him taking a walk with his mom Vivian.
For some reason, the portrait remains one of the most popular pet portraits on my Etsy shop. A gentleman really liked it--the subject, background, and whole shebang--and asked me to copy it. Apparently it looks just like his westie. The reason why the two paintings look different is because of the variations in white balance. Next to each other, you have to look carefully to tell apart. Anyhow, the client is happy and so am I. Anybody who wants a copy of "Westie Love"? Lol.
My purple iris watercolor paintings are selling like hotcakes. This one is the fourth one since the beginning of May. I painted it last week and put it on auction on dailypaintworks.com. And it has a bid. I must paint some more!
"Peanut" is for Maggie who won my third Instagram pet portrait giveaway. Congratulations! This happy dog is about 4 years old and a mix of
toy poodle, French bulldog, bichon frise, chow chow, and Staffordshire
terrier. She enjoys doing agility and going on hikes.
If you are on Instagram, please follow me (@kimstenbergart) for beautiful art and giveaways. The next giveaway is the custom portrait of your child!