Arty Rooster Accessories from Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting Little Napoleon

I often frequent my local garden market, and I love it when they have a large assortment of Gerbera Daisies. It is a spectacle. Like a magnet, the brilliant display pulls me from across the room. I always want all of the daisies for my garden. One plant will not do. One color will not do. To emulate the riot of colors in the display, I want and need the entire bunch. I love color, and when it is in perfect form, my garden is a kaleidoscope.


Jacki Kellum Garden

I like it when my garden screams! There is nothing subtle or subdued about me. When I paint, I celebrate color in another way. Roosters are perfect subjects for me. They are natural kaleidoscopes, and the wonderful thing about being a painter is that I can tweak things a bit and turn them into an absolute circus.

I use color to shade in my paintings, and I never use black. When I want to shade something yellow, I add darker colors of yellow–which, in the color world, are oranges. I paint yellow subjects quite often because they allow me to add some dashes of red. There is an expression about “Seeing Red,” and it typically means that someone is angry. For me, red is not about being mad. My paintings are a continuous battle of darks and lights–regressions and egressions–of deaths and life.  I use color to express that battle, and in almost all of my paintings, I count on red to not only win the battle but to fly the flag of victory, too. My Rooster: Little Napoleon is definitely a victor. Watch him strut!

Rooster: Little Napoleon – Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting

Scientists and sociologists have studied the impact of color for many years.  It has been noted that since ancient time, colors have been used to evoke emotional responses.  Because I want my art to have an emotional response, I paint with exaggerated colors.

Not long ago, I demonstrated painting a close view of a tree trunk surrounded by October leaves. As usual, the class was appalled that I had used a lot of blue in what was supposed to be a brown tree. I explained that I use blue because I love color.  Color is a communicator.  The colors chosen to paint a tree or the sky around that tree determine much about what the tree will communicate in a painting.  For many years, I have told students that if they only want a pretty, accurate representation of a scene, they should buy a good camera.  The camera can do much that I could never do with paint–and it can do it much more rapidly and with much less expense.  A camera simply slices a piece of life and preserves it–just the way the lens sees it.

The camera is a machine–it reproduces what it sees and it does that without bias or emotion.  If the scene is beautiful, the photograph should be beautiful. If the scene is ugly, the photograph will be ugly. The camera mimics what it sees.

The artist has the option to move beyond a mechanical rendering.  The artist has the option to be more than a machine and to simplify or to omit unnecessary details and/or to exaggerate others. In doing so, the artist begins to tell a personal story.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my paintings to be inscrutable. As I have said before, I want my paintings to communicate, but I don’t even want to be a camera. I don’t want to be a machine.

Jacki Kellum Studios has teamed with Fine Art America, and now, we have some wonderful prints and accessories to offer from the Jacki Kellum Rooster Watercolor Painting.

You can buy art prints of Rooster: LIttle Napoleon in the Jacki Kellum Studios Shop at Fine Art America.

Canvas Print of the Rooster Jacki Kellum Watercolor

In the above image, you see the Jacki Kellum Rooster watercolor painting printed on canvas that is stretched on a wooden frame. The canvas prints are delivered ready to display with hanging wires, mounting hooks, and nails.

Jacki Kellum Rooster Watercolor Framed Print at Fine Art America

The prints are sold either as stretched canvas prints or as paper prints that can be framed or not. I also love the accessories that have been created, using the Jacki Kellum watercolor Painting Rooster: Little Napoleon.

Throw Pillow from Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting Rooster: Little Napoleon at Fine Art America

By the way, the pillows come in 8 sizes and are available in either cotton or polyester. You can buy the pillows either with or without inserts.

Tote Bag from Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting Rooster: Little Napoleon at Fine Art America

The tote bags come in 3 sizes and are available in either cotton or polyester.

Zipped Cosmetic Carryall Bag from Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting Rooster: Little Napoleon at Fine Art America

Rooster Coffee Mug from Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting Little Napoleon






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