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Rising Sun Series: Magical Visions in Classical Forms

Photo of Nara Painting Mindless Dancing

On the 99th day of my 100 paintings challenge I did a painting of a red-crowned crane. For this painting I drew on my love of Japanese screens, the stylized animals, trees, plants, and scenes that grace these refined yet practical art pieces. The cranes themselves are elegant, their form is beautiful whether flying, standing or dancing. I combined these elements, creating a scene that one would like to step into. Someplace a little magical, with the colors heightened, and with clouds made of gold. The crane is a symbol of gratitude, and without planning it, it was a way saying “thank you” to all of my collectors and friends that had participated in the Century Watercolor Extravaganza.

From this one painting sprang a whole new series. People have responded to these paintings, and they have commissioned me to make them their own crane painting. This has been a joyful series to create, I am along for the ride, and enjoying every minute of it.

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Am I Blue?

I wanted to maintain the essence of the Rising Sun series, but bring it home to a California landscape. When I was living in the Lake House I enjoyed the company of a resident Great Blue Heron. In the evening he would glide over the house, the sound of the wind rushing over his wings amplified by the surface of the lake. The first time I heard it I thought a light plane was making a crash landing, the sound being so loud.
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Am I Blue?
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Framed
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"Am I Blue?" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
$225

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Giclées of paintings that contain gold leaf will have gold leaf applied to them also so that the giclée reflects the quality and character of the original painting. The cost of the giclée reflects the additional hand work involved.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Am I Blue?
Watercolor/24k gold leaf    18" x 6"
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Mindless Dancing

This watercolor depicts two red-crowned cranes dancing simply for the enjoyment and pleasure of dancing. This painting is taller than the other paintings in this series (18"x6") and the additional real estate gave me lots of room for a dynamic and full background with plenty of depth for the pair of ecstatic birds.
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Mindless Dancing
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
$225

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Giclées of paintings that contain gold leaf will have gold leaf applied to them also so that the giclée reflects the quality and character of the original painting. The cost of the giclée reflects the additional hand work involved.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Mindless Dancing
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    18" x 6"
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Wetlands Romance

This watercolor depicts two red-crowned cranes in a mating dance. If you are unfamiliar with red-crowned cranes and their habits and behaviors you might want to Google them and check out the images and a few YouTube videos. They are extraordinary and entertaining creatures.
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Wetlands Romance
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
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"Wetlands Romance" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Wetlands Romance
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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Evening Declaration

A lot of people respond to these paintings of red-crowned cranes. This is another commissioned piece, and I loved doing it. I am excited to explore these Japanese screen-inspired images further using brilliant color and bold landscape elements with the gold leaf clouds. I get dazzled in the process!
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Evening Declaration
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
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"Evening Declaration" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Evening Declaration
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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Gods of the Marshes

My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “Gods of the Marshes”, which is what Red-Crowned Cranes are known as. This is the first of this series, which is named “just now…” for lack of a better idea. The paintings will be mostly vertically oriented, narrow in their width, as if they are being painted as a panel in a Japanese watercolor and gold leaf screen. I am loving the play of vibrant watercolor and gold.
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Gods of the Marshes
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
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"Gods of the Marshes" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Gods of the Marshes
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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One of the Three

My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “One of the Three”. This is a commissioned painting based on the two previous paintings that I have done of red-crowned cranes.
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One of the Three
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
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"One of the Three" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

One of the Three
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    14" x 11"