Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thoughts on Monet

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
"Thoughts on Monet"
oil on canvas
8"x 10"
Art Museum Series

Woman spending some quiet moments viewing a large rendition
of a Monet painting. This was a holiday gift for my daughter-in-law
(sitting on the bench)and Monet is her favorite artist
~besides me, of course :)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Great Dane - Billiards History

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple

"Mr. Thomas Tudor"
Appletree Hollow
8"x10"-oil on canvas

Mr. Thomas "Tonka" Tudor – 1855 – 1925
Born in England 1855, immigrated with his parents from England in 1865. His father
was a German trader but it was his Irish mother that stirred his first interest in billiards
with her connection to a wealthy English family.
Thomas’s first job was a janitor in a small establishment that catered to drink and billiards.
He was known to be very intelligent but also extremely clumsy and awkward. So, it came
as quite a surprise that he developed such outstanding skills in billiards.
Although he was only a janitor, he was quick to make friends that listened to his innovative ideas.
At some point, for unknown reasons, during the years of developing his playing skills, he gained
the nickname of “Tonka”.
Eventually, he assisted in developing new table and cushion designs, wrote endless articles
and later a book that was influential in setting standards and rules for the game.
This is an image of him after winning $15,000 in a match in Detroit in 1876.
Since the early 1800’s, Billiards was said to be played by royalty and other nobles and therefore
dubbed -The “Noble Game of Billiards” but the information in this account is evidence
that people from all walks of life also played the game.

This was a commissioned piece by one of my clever subscribers who
loves the Appletree Hollow people and wanted her sister's dog to be a village resident.
All I knew about him was that he is awkward,clumsy,very intelligent and WELL LOVED!!

Art makes a great Holiday gift for someone special!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Xmas Morning

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
"Christmas Friends" - sold
8"x10"-oil on canvas

Found this image tucked in the back of the album.
There was a piece of paper that said it was Henrietta
and her little friend Penny on Christmas morning~
the new rocking horse was a big surprise.

I am now very curious about these two and will be
searching for more information on them.

Art makes a great Holiday gift for someone special!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Xmas Specials!

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
(Above are the fronts and backs of calendars)

For one who paints almost every day of the year, it gives a great sense of pride 
and joy to be able to show collections of some of my favorites pieces. 

There is still enough time to order one of my three new 2010 Calendars as a Xmas surprise for that special person. Deadline shipping in the U.S. is on Dec. 13th. The calendars and images are large in size and very high quality. So, if you are looking for an affordable artful gift idea just click on the calendar of your choice and it will take you to the preview and ordering page or click the below link to go to the main review page for ALL my prints,cards and calendars.

Art makes a great Holiday gift for someone special!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Aqua Bicycle

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
"Golden Morning"
oil on canvas - 10"x10"

Back to a bit of gold and aqua in this bright
golden morning near the park.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sea Shells

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
oil on 1.5" deep canvas
8"x8" - sold

On this cold day with it's first snowfall of the winter,
my thoughts go to a bright, warm beach.
Most everyone who goes to the beach, picks up a sea shell
or even a little twig. Many years later, when we look at our
collection we can often recall that very special day.

Friday, December 04, 2009

One with Monet

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple

"One with Monet"
oil on canvas
8"x8 "
Art Museum Series

Women viewing a large Monet painting at the art museum.
Sometimes you just have to get up close and personal.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Library Bikes

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple

"Library Friends"
oil on canvas

I must say that I had thoughts of other book crazed people
riding these colorful bikes that were waiting at the library.