Thursday, October 30, 2014

Landscape Painting Trading Cards (ACEO)




White Birch Forest #1
Lavender In Provence #2
Vision Quest #3
Woods At Twilight #4
Gouache on Bristol Paper
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

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These artist trading cards or ACEO (Art Card Editions and Originals) are frameable, collectable, enjoyable and can be given as a special gift for a birthday, wedding, new baby, anniversary, thank you or other occasion.  They are one-of-a-kind original works of art, NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION. It is signed on the back and lends itself to framing in a standard trading card frame.

The cards come with a protective envelope and partition.  FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

White Birch Forest Square

White Birch Forest, 2014
Acrylic on canvas 
6" x 6" x 1 1/2" (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm x 3.8cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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What’s black and white and red all over?  A birch forest of course.  Birch trees have always been a meditative source for me.  Growing up, there was one outside my window that I would look at while daydreaming.  And, when I needed to get away from the world I went to a grove of Birch trees to find refuge.  I’ve always found the unique and nearly useless white tree interesting.

This painting would look best somewhere that needs a splash of color and compliment a space that is orange, purple, yellow, green, blue, or wood.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blue and Green Birch Forest

Blue and Green Birch Forest, 2014
Acrylic on canvas board
5" x 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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Birch trees have always been a meditative source for me. Growing up, there was one outside my window that I would look at while daydreaming. And, when I needed to get away from the world I went to a grove of Birch trees to find refuge. I’ve always found the unique and nearly useless white tree interesting.

This painting would look best in a small bright space that seems bare.  It would also compliment a space that is yellow, navy blue, purple, red, dark green, or wood.  

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Friday, October 24, 2014

White Birch Forest

White Birch Forest, 2014
Acrylic on canvas board
8" x 10" (20,3 cm x 25.4 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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What’s black and white and red all over?  A birch forest of course.  Birch trees have always been a meditative source for me.  Growing up, there was one outside my window that I would look at while daydreaming.  And, when I needed to get away from the world I went to a grove of Birch trees to find refuge.  I’ve always found the unique and nearly useless white tree interesting.

This painting would look best somewhere that needs a splash of color and compliment a space that is orange, purple, yellow, green, blue, or wood.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

CELEBRATIONS!


It's been a while since I've posted a "regular blog."  I've been pretty busy lately.  But, I've finished a bunch of work and wanted to show I'm doing more than painting like a maniac...
 Megan brought me out to Sticky Lips BBQ (http://stickylipsbbq.com/stickylips/) for my birthday dinner.  The ribs and sides were excellent.  I think the best I've had it town.  But Megan's brisket was beyond amazing and was three days worth of meals!

Megan's sampler platter. 

Man, I want to eat this again.  This place always has a line (except when your birthday falls on a Monday that is also a holiday).  No wonder it took about four years to get in.

I'm not the only artist in the family.   This is a portrait my niece did of herself, the twins, and the dog Bella.  I'm still trying to convince Rachel that I should represent her...

And if you didn't already know, I have a new niece and nephew:  Alyssa and Nolan.  They are super tiny and about a month old now.

And we've had Scout for one year now.  Here she is with Megan last year...

And here's the goofy mutt now.

A non-cooperating puppy from a year ago...

And the uncooperative puppy of now.

Scout and I last year...

And the big moose of today.

Megan and Scout relaxing by Irondequoit Creek

 Hiking through the fall foliage in Corbett's Glen.

We were too late (again) to see the salmon running the creek.  But, it's always a nice quick hike near our house.

That's it for now.  Better get back to work...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vision Quest X

Vision Quest X, 2014
acrylic painting on canvas
8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)
© copyright Mike Kraus

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I have stayed here for several days.  Alone in the wilderness with only the things I can carry in my backpack.  I've been rationing my food and water to extend my time here.  There's an intensity to the morning sun that is counter-balanced by the dew on the leaves.  A delicate harmony to everything.

This piece would work in a space that is green, red, navy blue, or on wood.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Winter Woods

Winter Woods, 2014 
Acrylic on Strathmore on 140lb (36 kg) cold press postcard 
NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION
4" x 6" (10.2 cm x 15.2 cm) 
© copyright Mike Kraus 

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It's a chilly late afternoon in the forest.  The snow glows on the creaking branches of the trees.  All I hear is the crunching of my boots down the icy path.  This is the season of hibernation.  A time of reflection and calm.

This contemporary original acrylic card is frameable, collectable, enjoyable and can be given for a special gift for a birthday, wedding, new baby, anniversary, thank you or other occasion.  This greeting card is a one-of-a-kind original work of art, NOT A PRINT OR REPRODUCTION. It is signed on the back and lends itself to framing in a standard 4" x 6" frame.

Due to each artwork being original, art cards are sold individually.  FREE SHIPPING IN THE UNITED STATES

This painting would look best in a space that is green, red, dark blue, orange, violet, purple, green, brown  beige, or on wood.

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