Archive | November, 2012

Visit Me on Pinterest

17 Nov

Visit me on my new Pinterest board! There are a few paintings on the Pinterest board that are in my own private collection (i.e. not listed for sale on Etsy). Such as this one, from  my college days,  in colored ink on gesso board:


Street Still Life. Colored inks on gesso board. Copyright S. K. Cole, 2012.

Street Still Life. Copyright 2012, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

New Listing: U.C. Berkeley Mascot Print

7 Nov

I’ve just listed this archival giclee print of my California Golden Bear original oil painting: Giclee Print of an Original Oil Painting, Bear, California Golden Bear, University of California, Berkeley, The Lair of the Bear The original oil painting is in the collection of  my sister-in-law and her husband. It was painted in July, 2010 at Camp Gold, at the University of California’s “Lair of the Bear” Alumni Camp near Pine Crest, California. The bear statue, carved out of redwood, is the camp’s most popular landmark (maybe the **only** landmark), and represents–of course–the beloved mascot of the U. C. Berkeley football team.

The print came out pretty nice, I must say. It’s 8″ x 11″ on heavy, watercolor-type paper, vertical, with a 1/2″ border.

Breath of Life

1 Nov

My 22-year-old niece, Kathleen, is scheduled to receive an award at the Breath of Life fundraising banquet this coming Saturday in San Francisco. Breath of Life is presented annually by the S. F. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Kathleen is an award-winning playwright and actress, currently studying for her master’s degree on the East Coast. She is a terrific role model for anyone who is struggling to achieve their goals while suffering from a very serious, often terminal, illness.

Last month, Kathleen performed her one-woman play, Daughter of Salton the Great White Way in New York, aka Broadway. (The title of the play is a reference to the fact that one of the major symptoms of cystic fibrosis is salty-tasting skin. There is even an old folk-saying about the short life expectations of “a baby who tastes of salt when kissed,” going all the way back to the Middle Ages in Europe.)

I’m donating my custom-painted pet portrait services to the Silent Auction at Breath of Life. I am showing this portrait of a dog I did in watercolor and colored pencil, which I like to call “Old Yeller,” as a sample of my work:

Custom Poochy Pet Portraits, Animal Portraits: Dog and Cat, Custom Portraits

“Yellow Dog Portrait,” Copyright 2012 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

YIKES! I hope the banquet attendees like it enough to bid a decent amount for my services! This is the first time I’ve ever displayed my work to such a large crowd, excepting the annual Student Show at my alma mater, The Academy of Art University, which was a very long time ago indeed.