Artwork for Artist: Billie Crain

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Tag # Artwork Quant Price Image
31923 Tulips Card
Reproduction Card
4 $5.00    
31922 Dragonfly Card
Reproduction Card
7 $5.00    
31921 Winter Aspen Card
Reproduction Card
6 $5.00    
31920 Maine Coon Kitten Card
Reproduction Card
5 $5.00    
31660 Original Framed Card
Original card with envelope.
Each card showcases an original 5" x7" acrylic painting signed by me.
2 $20.00    
31659 Yupo Bookmarks
Original bookmarks
4 $2.00    
31556 Basset
Reproduction print from original watercolor.
1 $40.00  
31555 Catnap 2
Reproduction print from original watercolor.

A print from the original series of three paintings.
1 $40.00  
31554 Kitty Kocktail
Original Pastel

When I went for a haircut at my local salon I noticed one of the hairdressers had brought in a carrier with a tiny kitten inside. She had rescued it and because it was so young it had to be fed every half hour. Such a sweet little thing. She had taken a photo of him tucked into a wine glass and I had to paint it. She graciously agreed to let me use her photo and this is my result.
1 $80.00  
31553 Mama Luv
Original watercolor

Nothing crosses species quite like the maternal need to protect ones' offspring. Don't mess with baby because you definitely don't want to mess with mama.
1 $80.00  
31552 Little Skittles
Original watercolor
This painting was inspired by a litter of kittens that belongs to a friend of my sons'. Too cute!
1 $90.00  
31191 Inky Things
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31190 Roots VI
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31189 Red II
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31188 Red I
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31187 Forest 11
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31186 Forest 1
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31185 Bug Me 10
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31184 Bug Me 9
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31183 Bug Me 8
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31182 Bug Me 7
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31181 Bug Me 6
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31180 Bug Me 5
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31179 Bug Me 4
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31178 Bug Me 3
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31177 Bug Me 2
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
31176 Bug Me 1
Alcohol ink on Yupo. UV resistant varnish.
1 $35.00  
30636 A Cat of Color
Note card with envelope
1 $5.00  
30635 The Studio Cat
Note card with envelope
5 $5.00  
30634 Raven Card
Note card with envelope
5 $5.00  
30633 Catnap II Card
Note card with envelope
1 $5.00  
30632 Catnap III
Note card with envelope
3 $5.00  
30631 Rudy
Note card with envelope
2 $5.00  
30630 Phoebe
Note card with envelope
1 $5.00  
19449 Pecking Order
Original alcohol ink faux batik double matted

The title says it all. I loved the play of light and shadow in my reference which was courtesy of Sharon Whitley.
1 $225.00  
19448 Hostile Takeover
Original watercolor, ink, water soluble crayon

Part of a series I've titled 'Corporate Chickens'. I have a friend that has a backyard chicken coop and I've had a chance to observe the politics of the chicken world. Only one can rule the roost and that 'one' must be aggressive and ruthless to attain and maintain power. The strongest, most aggressive will win the day. Chickens do this based on instinct but how different is it really in the world of humans and where is it more apparent than in the corporate world? We may feel it is not the same because we think and have an agenda but deep down, maybe we are still running on instinct.
1 $100.00    
19447 The CEO
Original watercolor, gouache and ink

Another from my series 'Corporate Chickens'. This would be the current head 'honcho'. Strong, large and in charge.
1 $100.00  
19446 Board Meeting
Original watercolor and gouache
Part of my series, 'Corporate Chickens'. The title is a play on words but the attitude of these chickens mirrors the same (typically) of those unfortunate humans attending yet another ubiquitous board meeting, those overly long, boring time 'sucks' that must be endured in the corporate world.
1 $250.00  
18448 Koi II

Mixed media painting

Alcohol ink andprinters ink on Yupo and waxed paper (faux batik)

1 $35.00  
18012 Red Hat Ladies II

Painting of two Red Hat Ladies

Transparent watercolor on illustration board, framed with a white mat and pale gold frame.

Ladies of the Red Hat Society, wearing the appropriate attire and attitude.

1 $225.00  
18011 Red Hat Ladies I

Painting of three Red Hat Ladies

Transparent watercolor on illustration board and framed with a white mat and simple, pale gold metal frame.

Three lovely ladies, members of the Red Hat Society, in full regalia complete with attitude galore.

1 $325.00  
16632 Summer Song

Original mixed media

This may look like a fantasy piece but it's really not. In summer little green tree frogs come out of the Michigan woods and use the centers of daisies like little cushioned ottomans to catch the sun. Some of these frogs only measure 1/2" in length. This piece was painted from several separate reference photos and arranged to look like a quartet of sorts. The background is poured watercolor, the flower stems are transparent watercolor and the daisy petals are heavy body acrylic paint. The little frogs are watercolor that has been given a finishing glaze of metallic fluid acrylic called Halo Blue Gold. This unusual fluid acrylic paint contains very fine particles of metallic green and gold to give them a wet, 'froggy' appearance.

 

1 $500.00  
16628 Light As A Feather 2
Original watercolor and metallic copper acrylic.
1 $25.00  
16627 Light As A Feather I
Original watercolor and metallic gold acrylic.
1 $25.00  
16623 Dandelion Clock
Original watercolor on gesso.
1 $90.00  
16621 The Usual Suspects [Bulls]
Original watercolor
1 $90.00  
14866 Mice Dreams Card
Reproduction card with envelope
6 $5.00  
13078 Pond Life I (Frog)
Watercolor on matboard. Framed and float-mounted
1 $90.00  
12637 Snowflake Flies Christmas Note Card
Christmas note card with envelope
4 $3.50  
11666 Pomeranian
Original watercolor

Pomeranians are wonderful dogs....smart, energetic and very protective of their owners. A few years ago I was asked to be present at the birth of a litter of poms. The mother dog belonged to a good friend of mine who breeds these dogs. This was my first experience attending such an event, playing assistant 'midwife' and it was so exciting to see each new pup enter the world. I've painted this pomeranian in a very loose style, applying juicy watercolor onto wet paper with quick expressive brush strokes. I paid more attention to detail when painting the eyes as they must convey the soul of the dog.
1 $100.00  
11663 Catnap I
Original watercolor

This is one of my own cats, Digby caught in the act of taking a snooze. He looks like such an angel when he's sleeping and I wanted to convey this in the painting with soft colors applied in a very loose style. He's also one of the few cats I've met that adores babies and little kids. Even when they pull his tail he's so patient with them and never growls or scratches. He seems more like a dog than a cat...most of the time anyway.
1 $110.00  
11224 The Cat That Swallowed The Moon
Reproduction print matted
2 $45.00  
11223 Miss Willmott's Ghost II

Macro color photograph of Miss Willmott's Ghost, a white sea holly.

1 $175.00  
11222 Miss Willmott's Ghost I

Macro color photograph of Miss Willmott's Ghost, a white sea holly.

About Miss Willmott

Ellen Willmott (1858-1934) was an independently wealthy British amateur horticulturist who had several plants named after her, including a white double flowering lilac and a pale, pink edged rose.  The best known plant that bears her name, however, is a biennial sea holly, eryngium gigantium, known as 'Miss Willmott's Ghost.'  Apparently Miss Willmott enjoyed sprinkling the seeds of this particular plant about -- in effect, leaving her "ghosts" to appear in the gardens of her friends and acquaintences long after she had departed those places.  These plants were also said to match her 'prickly' personality.

She began gardening at her home at Waverly Place at seventeen years of age.  In her later years, the never married Miss Willmott became a bit eccentric and cantankerous.  She bought properties in Italy and France and continued creating gardens.  At one time she had one hundred gardeners on her payroll. She was arrested for shoplifting (the charges were eventually dropped), carried a revolver in her purse and booby trapped her daffodils to thwart bulb thieves.

 When she died penniless in 1934, the garden which once held over 100,000 species of expertly culitvated plants from the world over, was sold to pay her debts.

 I've grown this plant in my moongarden for several years.  Even though it's a biennial, it's a prolific reseeder.  The plant at maturity is approximately 2-3 (or more) feet tall with multiple stems erupting from the main stem, each bearing a 2-3 inch wide set of bracts surrounding umbels of florets similar to thistles.

1 $175.00  
11219 Karaoke Cat Style

Reproduction print of original watercolor

Karaoke Cat Style was inspired by a simple photo of a cat yawning. In that same photo was a flower bud roughly in the position of a microphone. American Idol popped into my head and the concept was born! Why not replace the bud with a flower more microphone-like(in this case, a prairie coneflower) and turn a yawn into a song?

1 $35.00  
9458 Nosy Rosy Notecard
Reproduction note card from humorous series 'Catitude'
2 $3.50  
8114 Karaoke Cat Style

Reproduction card with envelope from humorous series, 'Catitude'

1 $3.50  
8113 Gingerbruiser

Reproduction card with envelope from humorous series, 'Catitude'

2 $3.50  
7753 Yellow Wall
Unframed print
1 $25.00  
7752 Catch of the Day

Unframed print

Double matted

2 $30.00  
7504 Waterlily
Original watercolor  
1 $125.00  
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