Of Flowers and Georgia O’Keeffe

One of the dearest people in my life is my sister.

I painted this painting for her while I was in Denmark – in fact it came together very spontaneously and fluidly a summer afternoon on the grass in the garden.  When I showed up to her place with it I pretended I just wanted to store it there while traveling to Norway, which gave me an opportunity to see her reaction to the painting before giving it to her.  If she did not seem particularly moved I would have not given it to her, because I wanted her to really love it.  Well, her reaction was better than hoped and I could tell she really liked it even before she knew it was for her.  Needless to say my mission to make it an early birthday present for her was accomplished.

“Ode to O’Keeffe”, Acrylic on Canvass, 80x80cm

This painting was inspired by my love of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers, hence it is titled “Ode to O’Keeffe”, although in many ways it is nothing like the paintings O’Keeffe painted.  For one, most of her flowers really do bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain part of the female anatomy.

Detail of “Ode to O’Keeffe”

When painting with super strong colors, especially reds and pinks, on a larger canvass it is easy get worried mid process that the end result is going to be a too bold or (shock) even crass and tacky.  You have to push past that and allow it to play out, because somehow by the time you put the final details in place things start to finally make sense.  It is hard to explain, but this is where experience and having faith in the artistic vision help – and worst case if the end result is still horrible you chuck it up to experience and the need to experiment.  This is exactly what happened with this painting – while I was working on it I was getting a bit worried about the huge areas of pink and red, but by the time I was painting the little pollen pods, it was all starting to gel quite well.

Texture is really important to me when painting, whether it is watercolor, acrylics or any other medium.  For some pieces you want that absolute smooth finish and perfect gradients, but for this piece it was important to add interest into the big areas of bold color by using texture.  If you have ever observed the surface of flower petals really closely, you will notice many are almost covered with surface of fine hair or powder.  When the light hits at a certain angle it shines and glistens … it is really magical.

Working On New Birthday Card Designs

 Today I started work on a new series of notes, the first will be available soon for spring, Earth Day and birthdays.  I will be sharing a little bit here and there of what I am tinkering with in the studio …

painting new birthday card designs in the studio

And while I had the camera out I couldn’t resist including a photo of the lovely light that filtered in … sending a little light from me to you!

inspiring light 

Oh, and before I forget, as always let me know what you think and if you have any special requests

New Saint Patrick eCard and Birthday eCard

We are happy to announce two new cards have been added to our site.

“Good Luck” is a short and elegant card to send lots of luck on St. Patrick’s Day or any other time of the year.

“Morning of Your Birthday” features our always popular hip hop dancing rats. They do their best to give their friend a great birthday morning surprise. Also a nice card for cheering up someone who has been a little under the weather, or use it for Mother’s or Father’s Day.

Good Luck

Morning of Your Birthday

eCards for Many Occasions: Birthday, Father Day

We have added two new ecards to our site that can be sent for a variety of occasions.

Special Delivery is a clean, modern card for just about anyone and just about any occasion. We often get requests for more cards for men, and I think you will find this one fits the bill with a vintage motorcycle and a cool sidekick. It is the first of the cards we have made this year with Father’s Day in mind, but there is more to come before June 19th.

Special Delivery

Birthday Dance is another humorous production featuring our adorable rats delivering a greeting with much fanfare. Great for birthdays or anytime you want to put a smile on someone’s face.

Birthday Dance

You’ve Got Mail – New Birthday eCard

We have a number of cards in the works and have just finished adding a new one to the site called “You’ve got mail” birthday ecard.

Although this is an ecard, the title refers to the “snail mail” variety and the anticipation when hoping for something in the mail. The card is perfect for birthdays and other celebratory occasions, especially in the event you just happened to forget to send something by snail mail in time 😉 It features Ginger, the golden lab, a pair of busy robins, a stork, a kitten and yes, of course, a snail.

You’ve got mail
Birthday eCard

Check out our other birthday ecards!

Tip: Most of our cards allow you to user your own greetings of your choice. When you are in the card creation page, click the “My custom greeting” radio button and type in your greeting. Click the “review this card” button to review your card greeting and message.

New Birthday Day eCard

I really enjoyed working on the latest birthday ecard that has been added to the site, “Le Patisserie”. The slightly over the top characters make a comical compliment to a very visually tempting card that is perfect for birthdays, but also suited for other occasions:

La Patisserie

If you are anything like me and your heart skips a beat when you enter a pastry shop, then you will love this card even if the cake is for someone else. Besides virtual whipped cream has no calories at all, so go ahead and indulge!

In addition I am working on the release of a card for St.Patrick’s day, which should be out very soon!

2 new ecards

We have added a new card a few weeks ago called ‘Lily’ ; it celebrates the union of two of nature’s awe inspiring spectacles – the unfolding of a lily and the iridescent flight of a hummingbird. Suitable for almost any occasion or just send it for no reason in particular!


We have also just added a new card called ‘Jolly Birthday’ featuring Hopscotch the kitten and Spriggs the puppy (in case you’re wondering he is named after English Pirate Francis Spriggs) making a well intended mess. The card has a fixed greeting of Happy Birthday in addition to the personal greeting options.

Jolly Birthday

In addition we are already working on the cards for the holidays and a few new features for the site, so there is more to look forward to.

New birthday ecards arrive!

We have added a new card ‘The Wish’ as well as a Birthday version of our ‘Telegram’ card to our site.
The Wish
Celebrate the day and make a wish!
Birthday Gram
By request the ‘Telegram’ card redone for Birthdays: watch the gold crests type and deliver the birthday telegram!
More cards are presently in production, including ecards for Easter and Mother’s Day as well as more cards for general occasions as requested by many of you.