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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waiting Woman 1

As with the rabbit paintings before, I am trying to instill some serious content into my paintings. The idea took me back to works I have done as early as 2001. This time, though, I used the stitch cartoon style and tried to convey a message through them.

At a solo exhibition I had in 2001, a few women gathered to discuss the idea of "waiting women". Yes, women are often waiting for someone to come home, for the school to break up, the cake to come out of the oven, morning to arrive, and so many seconds are ticking by! Dressing plays a role, because we just dress up, put flowers in vases, clean up and open curtains, to repeat the process the next day and the next.
"Waiting Woman 1" stitch cartoon by South African artist Marie Theron.
Acrylic on canvas on board.
USD $40 or  ZAR R300 unframed, plus shipping, 

In this composition of a seated lady, I have used a lot of horizontals and verticals to create some tension and anticipation. She is neatly framed by the night-time window. Someone must arrive soon! Does the bunny's ears show that he is listening too?

Cards and throw pillows of this image are available on RedBubble

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Airedale Terriers in my Art

In 2013 I met Raffi, with the breeders name of Gypsy Gold. I met her in photographs, but soon felt that I knew her, especially after I started her painting in oils.

And then, when I started painting stitch cartoons this year, I was commissioned to do a few more paintings. I had lessons in what they looked like: airedales always have wide-open eyes, because they are so ready for the next event in their lives. They have a rich tan colour and a prominent black area in the shape of a saddle that circles the neck and the body and covers the back!

Raffi,. Portrait in oil, by South African Artist Marie Theron
50cm x 60cm Commissions welcome.

Raffi welcomes a new friend at the rescue facility.
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It was night when I started Raffi's portrait, but I could not wait!
50cm x 60cm

Love, care and friendship at the rescue facility
Colour, happiness, cosy blankets and airedale terriers.
 One of my "personalized stitch cartoons"
20cm x 20cm

Sofas are for airedale terriers!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stitch Cartoons: One-of-a-Kind Personalized Paintings by Artist Marie Theron

I believe in sketching. I will sketch what I see in front of me, but often I will draw in an automatic way without thinking. Out of doodles like that, new ideas are often born. And so, for the last month I have been doing stitch cartoons. These are somewhat related to sketching the little wooden artists mannikin. So my models are faceless and has the same proportions always. These works were also born out of American Tole in which I gave lessons during the 1990's.


Stitch Cartoon personalized for a lady who devotes her life to the rescue and care of
Bouvier and Airedale dogs. Some of the darlings she would not even put up for adoption
and I showed her with 5 Bouviers. This is the first of  a set of  4 as part of a commission.
To have your own stitch cartoon made is easy. Contact me on the e-mail given on this blog. Tell me about your hair color, favorite clothing, hobbies, pets and likes and send one or two photos. I do not do a portrait but  I will summarize in paint what makes you "you". The cost is 75 USD plus 20USD for shipping from Durban, South Africa. Or ZAR 550 plus R25 postage. If South Africans prefer a courier service, the delivery cost is R62.50. Medium and size: Paint and ink on wrapped canvas 8 x 8 (20cm x 20cm)

Personalized stitch cartoon for a South African author and illustrator
who loves antiques and very large jewelry. The proteas on the wallpaper is a reference
 to her home near a Cape Town mountain and the boots relate to her first career as a shoe designer.
One-of-a-kind personalized stitch cartoon (in the shape of a garden angel)  for an American lady who
loves Yorkies and gardens, angels, red barns and flags, long colorful skirts and long earrings!
 It was a most enjoyable commission

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Some Rabbit Sketches

Just pencil and paper. I love this plain medium, and I feel that one can reach some emotion, some underlying concept by simple means. Here are a few sketches on the rabbit theme. All three have something that is not easy to define.
Mother Snowball SOLD

Lola Hiding AVAILABLE

Vanilla in the Brambles AVAILABLE

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Too Precious Little Rabbit Teaset

Some time ago a collection of toys went on show. That was the Buckingham Palace exhibition called "Royal Childhood". Nothing could be more delightful that the tiny pink tea set with all the pieces in the shape of rabbits! If such a mold for the porcelain could still exist or could be copied, I am sure not children, but grown-up collectors would love a set like that. And now that I think about it, I wonder if there were others girls at the time who had a set and looked so well after it?

Pink rabbit Tea Pot by Marie Theron. ZAR 650 or $65 plus shipping

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Here is my painting of the "I'm a little teapot"-rabbit. In the background I painted my interpretation of William Morris Larkspur wallpaper 1872, which makes the background much older than the tea pot which must be from the 1920's. Until about the 50's there were pink cups like that in everyone's kitchen. Who can remember this color? The design was painted in gouache and ink pens. The teapot is in oils. All on cartridge paper, mounted and shrink-wrapped for easy gifting.

I love this photo which shows off the scale of the miniatures
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