Actually, she has come up before in this space. I've written about her memory of seeing George Washington Carver speak in Camp Hill when she was a child. Another post discussed her modelling days and appearance on the front page of the Avondale Sun in 1949. That one also mentions the time she slept in Harper Lee's bed in Monroeville. I've also written about a football game my parents attended at Auburn soon after their 1950 wedding.
Now its time to discuss her painting career, which has lasted for more than four decades. Here's what we've put on the web page for her art business, CShoresInc:
The images below are a small sample of mom's work. She has painted hundreds and hundreds of mostly watercolors. She started an inventory once upon a time but soon gave up; she's very prolific. And still painting! Go mom!
One of her most popular series has been "Bird Life" featuring birds in humorous human situations. Here's "Yard Work."
This one is "Hot Tub". Many more in this series can be found on Pinterest here.
She has also painted other humorous animals, such as "Bunny Band."
People, often based on memories of real people from her childhood, are another favorite subject.
She's done a number of bird houses, with and without birds! Franklin Mint did a series of plates from some of them.
Fruits or vegetables, anyone?
Herbs or shells, anyone?
She has painted a wide variety of still lifes.
Several books published in the 1980's and 1990's by Harvest House featured mom's art on the covers and inside.
Humorous and serious paintings with Christmas imagery have been another subject of hers.
Mom has painted a series of different original china patterns, each with a musical name. This one features the cream and sugar bowl from "Impromptu".
"Magnolia Memory" was used on a greeting card from Leanin' Tree. The company still has some of her greeting cards in print, but not this one unfortunately.
A favorite bird subject has been hummingbirds; these two are "Humming Along I" and "Humming Along II."
"Blue Bouquet II"
Flowers have been a favorite subject over the years.
Mom has painted a number of mostly humorous pieces featuring cherubs.
She's also painted a cherub alphabet and several other alphabets as well.
She's done several paintings based on antique quilt patterns.
Landscapes have been a popular subject, too.
And then there are the products featured her licensed art work, several hundred of them over the years. Miniature plaques, stationary and cross stitch patterns are only three of many.
Here's the CShoreInc booth at Encore Resales on US 31 in Pelham. We feature original art, prints and other licensed items by mom, jewelry by Dianne Vargo Wright and other items.