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Friday, October 15, 2010

Japanese Iris by Helen C. Read

For some time now I have subscribed to artist Helen C. Read’s email newsletters about her current paintings. She lives in Illinois and does her work out of The Studio Upstairs. She does lovely paintings of natural objects – still life studies of fruit, flowers, and other botanicals, which I find very pleasing.

In early summer I received a message with a free painting offer:
“For the first 12 of my studio friends to send me an email request, I will send your small print of a spring flower as a gift. It will be ready to mat and frame and hang as a reminder of spring's long awaited arrival this year! Please respond right away in order to be one of the first 12!”
I rushed to enter and was happy to receive the matted print soon after. I looked at my frames and found one that fit exactly:

Her bio states that she is a parent, high school teacher, artist, and writer. In addition, “she is an active member of her church and several small groups.”

For more information, and to see her beautiful and truly fabulous paintings please visit or write:

Website: http://www.helencread.com/
Email: studio_upstairs@hotmail.com
Blog: http://helenreads.blogspot.com/
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HelenCRead

Helen Read
The Studio Upstairs
PO Box 251 - Wheaton, IL 60187

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Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carrie...

Ohhh...what a gorgeous painting! What a lucky lady you are to have been gifted with this! The iris is gorgeous...I love the soft colors! It really looks beautiful in the frame as well! Gorgeous!!! Helen is a talented artist! I'll have to go and check her site out...I love art!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful painting with us!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Autumn Enchantment table and mantel! I really enjoyed your visit and your sweet note! Thank you!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Entertaining Women said...

My grandmother used to grow beautiful Iris. Your painting made me think of her. Thank you for sharing your lovely gift from a talented artist and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Irene said...

Ah, that is lovely. Congratulations!

xinex said...

The painting is so beautiful, Carrie. I love the colors....Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful painting! Lucky you for winning! My mother loved iris and once had 200 bulbs planted in her yard! I always think of her when I see an iris, live or a picture!