"Compass Plant, Fall" Watercolor on Offer

  On offer, this large watercolor of the compass plant in fall is beautifully and professionally framed and ready to hang. I found the specimen on a walk in the fall right at the northern edge of Illinois, on a prairie. The leaves were so dried and stiff in the fall, yet so lyrical that I had to paint them. It took me days but it was worth it. The painting is 29" X 30" framed. The painting is in a burnt red and antique gold frame. The double mats are lovely fall sage colors. The watercolor paper is archival and under glass. The painting is signed. Additional background about the compass plant:  The common name compass plant was inspired by the "compass orientation"of its leaves. The large leaves are held vertically with the tips pointing north or south and the upper and lower surfaces of the blades facing east or west. A newly emerging leaf grows in a random direction, but within two or three weeks it twists on its petiole clockwise or counterclockwise into a vertical position.  Studies indicate that the sun's position in the early morning hours influences the twisting orientation. This orientation reduces the amount of solar radiation hitting the leaf surface. Vertical leaves facing east-west have higher water use efficiency than horizontal or north-south-facing blades.  Early settlers on the great plains could make their way in the dark by feeling the leaves.  

 

On offer, this large watercolor of the compass plant in fall is beautifully and professionally framed and ready to hang. I found the specimen on a walk in the fall right at the northern edge of Illinois, on a prairie. The leaves were so dried and stiff in the fall, yet so lyrical that I had to paint them. It took me days but it was worth it. The painting is 29" X 30" framed.

The painting is in a burnt red and antique gold frame. The double mats are lovely fall sage colors. The watercolor paper is archival and under glass. The painting is signed.

Additional background about the compass plant: 

The common name compass plant was inspired by the "compass orientation"of its leaves. The large leaves are held vertically with the tips pointing north or south and the upper and lower surfaces of the blades facing east or west. A newly emerging leaf grows in a random direction, but within two or three weeks it twists on its petiole clockwise or counterclockwise into a vertical position. 

Studies indicate that the sun's position in the early morning hours influences the twisting orientation. This orientation reduces the amount of solar radiation hitting the leaf surface. Vertical leaves facing east-west have higher water use efficiency than horizontal or north-south-facing blades. 

Early settlers on the great plains could make their way in the dark by feeling the leaves.

 

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Virginia White Oak by C. Twomey, Oil on Board

Viginia White Oak, 12 X 24", oil on gessoed birch

Gosh am I having a good time lately. I am loving finally getting to paint this rather famous white oak tree in Earlysville, VA. I pass it almost daily and it's really gotten to me over the years. I only paint what I have great fondness for, and this is one of those things. Rumor has it it's well over 200 years old, and that Thomas Jefferson noted it when he'd pass it on the way to visit James Madison's home at Montpelier

I've learned that what's really unique about this particular species of oak is the tulip-shaped trunk. It's very wide at the base and narrows rather quickly, hence the "tulip shape." I hope it lives forever.

I spent a lovely morning photographing and sketching it and have been just itching to do this. This is the first LARGE (for me) painting I've done in years, and it's a welcome change. Going to keep going on this about 3/4 finished piece to finish before I hit the road for California then New York City next week.

Auction Ending In 8 Hours! Original, custom framed by listed artist.

This original, custom framed oil painting by internationally award-winning artist 

Catherine Twomey speaks to the nostalgia of warm summer days. Painted en plein air (outside, on site), it is of a Virginia General Store. It oozes the heat and light of a late summer afternoon, where the old pumps sit waiting for their next customer along the shadowed country road.

I painted this building because it has become an old friend; I pass it almost daily. It's design and classic beauty were obvious. I spent hours painting it as the day waned, but loved every minute.

On archival linen board, the size of the painting is 5 X 7", with the frame it comes to 9.5 X 11". The frame is custom made by King of Frames (California) and is a rich brown wood with a gold lining and very well made, ready to hand. It sets the painting off beautifully and will enhance any setting.

The colors, texture, contrasts of light and shadow evoke the emotions of the 1940's, when this store was built. It is a southern classic still serving a contemporary clientele with dignity and charm. 

Background

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.I've won many national and international awards for my artwork, and am a published author which means I have no excuse for bad writing or editing. Mea culpa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as my brother Steve, who won a Pulitzer Prize and has some books in the works. I do, however, try.

I have studied with some of the best artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today.Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence. 

Click HERE to go to the Auction!!!

 

 

Auction Ending Tomorrow!! Original oil by C. Twomey.

"East Fall Blue Ridge No. 4" oil on linen board, C. Twomey

Please Click HERE to view the AUCTION!

This 8 X 10" on archival board oil painting is from a series, the first of which won the nationally acclaimed "ArtInPlace" competition and was reproduced into a 12 X 24' mural along a busy highway in Charlottesville, VA. Can't get enough of the Blue Ridge mountains, especially in the fall. This view is from Skyline Drive, looking towards the east around sunset in the fall. I've painted it four times now, and that's still not enough! This particular painting is more luminous than previous works, as the technique evolves. 

Genre:

Landscape

Media: 

Oil on archival board.

Auction Notes:

My artwork has been featured at the world renownedTED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimedArtInPlacecompetition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. 


Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, andThe LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.

Fine art influencers includeGeorgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence.


Auction Ending Soon! Original oil painting, C. Twomey, "Southern Homestead"

"Southern Homestead" by C. Twomey, custom framed 8 X 10" original oil

Please CLICK HERE to be taken to the auction! Ends today.....

Recalling mid-century (or earlier) southern hospitality and charm, this original oil painting by Catherine Twomey captures the delightful warmth of an original homestead on an early fall day in Virginia. The classic porch front architecture, the tin roof, the welcoming rocking chairs - these details transport the viewer to another time, a simpler place.

This oil on archival linen board is custom framed in a stunning, weathered gold "floater" frame, giving the illusion of floating in space and depth. The oil is 8 X 10"H. The frame is 11.5 X 13.5"H and 1.75" deep and ready to hang.

Sold right off the easel Monday!

These two paintings sold while still drying on Monday. Made for a very happy day! Thank you for your support. 

"Barboursville Vineyards No.1", 6 X 6", oil on archival linen.

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"Grace Vineyards No.1", 6 X 6", oil on archival linen.
 

Auction Ending Late Sunday: "East Fall Blue Ridge No.4"

Auction Ending Late Sunday: "East Fall Blue Ridge No.4"

"East Fall Blue Ridge"

At Auction until late Sunday! Click HERE.

This 8 X 10" on archival board oil painting is from a series, the first of which won the nationally acclaimed "ArtInPlace" competition and was reproduced into a 12 X 24' mural along a busy highway in Charlottesville, VA. Can't get enough of the Blue Ridge mountains, especially in the fall. This view is from Skyline Drive, looking towards the east around sunset in the fall. I've painted it four times now, and that's still not enough! This particular painting is more luminous than previous works, as the technique evolves.


Don't Steal My Work.

It's happened again, so I have a very good reason to post this: 

Do NOT Steal My Work.

It you were in a store and caught thefting, you would be arrested then sentenced. If I hired a plumber, or doctor, or pretty much anyone, I would have to pay them for their services or I would suffer the consequences.

Taking my registered, copyrighted artwork without my permission is the same thing. You are taking my hard earned money out of my pocket, and I will pursue you for that. 

To all of those who take the time to contact, license or purchase from me - thank you. Your integrity is greatly appreciated, as is YOUR hard earned cash.

The latest image stolen:

 

"Da Vinci Horse Piaffe" C. Twomey; ©2015 Catherine Twomey • All Rights Reserved

The fine: $2000.00

Want to license my work? Try this:

email: catherine@catherinetwomey.com

phone: 434-326-5671

Don't even try to tell me you couldn't find me.

 

"Virginia Country Store" Auction Ending Today

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Click Here to be taken to the auction for the custom framed, original oil painting by Catherine Twomey.

This original, custom framed oil painting by internationally award-winning artist Catherine Twomey speaks to the nostalgia of warm summer days. Painted en plein air (outside, on site), it is of a Virginia General Store. It oozes the heat and light of a late summer afternoon, where the old pumps sit waiting for their next customer along the shadowed country road.

I painted this building because it has become an old friend; I pass it almost daily. It's design and classic beauty were obvious. I spent hours painting it as the day waned, but loved every minute.

On archival linen board, the size of the painting is 5 X 7", with the frame it comes to 9.5 X 11". The frame is custom made by King of Frames (California) and is a rich brown wood with a gold lining and very well made, ready to hand. It sets the painting off beautifully and will enhance any setting.

The colors, texture, contrasts of light and shadow evoke the emotions of the 1940's, when this store was built. It is a southern classic still serving a contemporary clientele with dignity and charm. 

Background

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. 

Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.

I've won many national and international awards for my artwork, and am a published author which means I have no excuse for bad writing or editing. Mea culpa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as my brother Steve, who won a Pulitzer Prize and has some books in the works. I do, however, try.

I have studied with some of the best artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today.

Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence. 

"Virginia Country Store" Auction Ends Saturday

"Virginia Country Store", Twomey, oil custom framed Click Here to be taken to the auction for the custom framed, original oil painting by Catherine Twomey. This original, custom framed oil painting by internationally award-winning artist Catherine Twomey speaks to the nostalgia of warm summer days. Painted en plein air (outside, on site), it is of a Virginia General Store. It oozes the heat and light of a late summer afternoon, where the old pumps sit waiting for their next customer along the shadowed country road. I painted this building because it has become an old friend; I pass it almost daily. It's design and classic beauty were obvious. I spent hours painting it as the day waned, but loved every minute. On archival linen board, the size of the painting is 5 X 7", with the frame it comes to 9.5 X 11". The frame is custom made by King of Frames (California) and is a rich brown wood with a gold lining and very well made, ready to hand. It sets the painting off beautifully and will enhance any setting. The colors, texture, contrasts of light and shadow evoke the emotions of the 1940's, when this store was built. It is a southern classic still serving a contemporary clientele with dignity and charm.  Background My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily.  Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide. I've won many national and international awards for my artwork, and am a published author which means I have no excuse for bad writing or editing. Mea culpa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as my brother Steve, who won a Pulitzer Prize and has some books in the works. I do, however, try. I have studied with some of the best artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today. Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence.     

"Virginia Country Store", Twomey, oil custom framed

Click Here to be taken to the auction for the custom framed, original oil painting by Catherine Twomey.

This original, custom framed oil painting by internationally award-winning artist Catherine Twomey speaks to the nostalgia of warm summer days. Painted en plein air (outside, on site), it is of a Virginia General Store. It oozes the heat and light of a late summer afternoon, where the old pumps sit waiting for their next customer along the shadowed country road.

I painted this building because it has become an old friend; I pass it almost daily. It's design and classic beauty were obvious. I spent hours painting it as the day waned, but loved every minute.

On archival linen board, the size of the painting is 5 X 7", with the frame it comes to 9.5 X 11". The frame is custom made by King of Frames (California) and is a rich brown wood with a gold lining and very well made, ready to hand. It sets the painting off beautifully and will enhance any setting.

The colors, texture, contrasts of light and shadow evoke the emotions of the 1940's, when this store was built. It is a southern classic still serving a contemporary clientele with dignity and charm. 

Background

My artwork has been featured at the world renowned TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference (TED MED in San Diego, on huge high definition screens throughout the exhibition center). I recently won the nationally acclaimed ArtInPlace competition in Virginia which placed a 12' X 24' mural on aluminum of my work, now seen by thousands of commuters daily. 

Two museums currently house my art: The William H. Benton Museum in Connecticut, and The LLoyd Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a great honor to be asked to exhibit and I continue to add to their collections. Speaking of collections, my work is a part of hundreds of private collections worldwide.

I've won many national and international awards for my artwork, and am a published author which means I have no excuse for bad writing or editing. Mea culpa. I'm not nearly as good a writer as my brother Steve, who won a Pulitzer Prize and has some books in the works. I do, however, try.

I have studied with some of the best artistic and scientific minds in the world: fellow medical illustrators. Leonardo da Vinci is considered the first medical illustrator, and his knowledge, technical abilities and deep curiosity are benchmarks for the field. As a Board Certified Medical Illustrator, I have had the privilege to know and learn directly from some of the most extraordinarily talented, smart and influential visionaries living today.

Fine art influencers include Georgia O'Keefe, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Degas. I look to their struggles and triumphs, and their unflinching persistence. 

 

 

Two Auctions: Original Art

"Pear With Jefferson Cup" 

"Pear With Jefferson Cup" 

"Taylor Jug With Pear"

Click the images (or use the links below) to be taken directly to the auctions for these works. Thank you for your support.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/121584029012?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Taylor-Jug-and-Pear-oil-painting-by-award-winning-artist-Catherine-Twomey-/121586281364?

 

 

 

Scientific American Blog Features Twomey Image

Although I don't create medical illustrations as much as I once did, this week my work has been featured by Scientific America on their blog:

Symbiartic SciArt

@Symbiartic

Symbiartic - the Scientific American science+art blog. 

This week only, a #SciArt TweetStorm is ongoing. As a scientific illustrator you are invited to tweet 3 pieces of your art every day. Thousands upon thousands of images have been tweeted; this image has been favored by #SciArt.

What an honor! I posted work I completed for a charity, Orbis, who works with children with common eye problems in South Africa.