Faerie Tea Party Painting

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by coleenmcintyre

I just came across these photos I took of a giant watercolor painting I did in 2000 for a cafe that was up on Mt. Hood. I had to paint on the floor, and it was difficult to find watercolor paper that large!

Wedding Invitations

Posted in Updates on May 13, 2011 by coleenmcintyre

Well, other than my own I’ve never done wedding invitations, and I quite like the way these came out. Hopefully the Bride and Groom will as well! I did the original painting, printed the image, designed the text on them – and then painstakingly attached them to each card with silver photo corners.

New Book coming in June!

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by coleenmcintyre

Well I’ve wrapped up the last of the paintings for my next book, coming out in June titled, “Old Mother Hubbard’s Mixed Up Cupboard (A Collection of Tangled Tales)”. All I have left to do now is a cover, which will be completed within a week. I used a combination of watercolor, gouache, and a little colored pencil on this one.

The book will be published by the same company  I did “Baking With Friends” with, and will be available through their website @: thegoops.com soon. I will also have available some signed copies for sale – and I will soon be announcing some book signing dates in which the author, Sameena Bachmeier, will be available for as well. Dates to be announced.

You can find out when the release is by going here: http://www.thegoops.com/fairytales.php

#10 The Dark Weevil

Posted in Updates on January 14, 2011 by coleenmcintyre

Well I believe I have ended this bug journey, on a darker note, with the infamous boll weevil.


He is a reminder that no matter how much growth we may experience – there’s always your shadow lurking somewhere, following you, wanting to be dealt with.

The boll weevil is not entirely destructive and gluttonous however. In my research I came  across a very interesting concept that was inspired by this little destructive guy. There is an actual monument celebrating him, in a small Alabama town. The moral of the story falls in line with the old adage about one door closing, and another one opening.


I chose to document the progress of this piece, something I really haven’t done before. It was a really fun piece to do because like the others in this series I didn’t plan it out as thoroughly as I used to. I think this does show in some areas that I’m not particularly happy with, but the overall process of not only this piece – but all of them, was quite important to me. If you’re interested in following along my painting journey, you can check out the images below.



Finished Death Painting & Messenger

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by coleenmcintyre

The Portland Tarot Show was a success! So many people came, and it was so crowded that three of my friends that came to see me couldn’t find me! I did not sell my painting, but many did. She is now on display @ Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood, along with my winged  foot piece titled “Messenger”. ( 8036 SE 13th Ave. Portland, OR, 97202).

Both mixed-media  pieces were originally adorned with wishbones that my grandmother had been saving for me before she died, in the hopes of breaking them with me and making a wish. I’ve removed them for this vegan-owned gallery, and discovered the pieces were just as strong without them. If purchased they can be re-attached – or maybe I’ll do something new with them!

Both are watercolor paper mounted on painted wood. The Death piece is burned around the edges and mounted with rusty nails. There is a face of a grandfather clock with the words “Tempus Fugit” (Time Flies) that I’ve been hanging onto since my trash digging days in college on the streets of Philly. Yay! Finally found a perfect fit for it.

If you’re interested in either piece, please contact Love Art! Gallery@ 503-954-2656.

Portland Tarot Art Show

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by coleenmcintyre

I can’t even begin to explain how good it feels to be working on my art again! While trying to sell my house this summer, I took my art desk out of the living room in an attempt to “stage” the house. The separation from my art desk and supplies broke my heart and left me uninspired. My desk and I have reunited to complete a painting for the Portland Tarot Show, which I’m so excited to be a part of.

The card that I received from the deck is seriously perfect; The Death Card. Signifying a time of change and new beginnings, this card couldn’t have come to me with better timing. I photographed my beautiful model, Valerie Heron, for this piece and I just finished it yesterday, in time to possibly get it on the show postcard. Seeing it on the computer however,  makes we want to work on it a little more. It’s looking a little flat to me…Hrmmmmm…. here we go…..can’t stop touching up!

Please join us on November 5th at  http://splendorporium.net to see over 100 artists interpretation of the deck (there will be some multiples since it’s a 72 card deck). More details to come.

Death Tarot Card

New Childrens Book Release!

Posted in Updates on March 30, 2010 by coleenmcintyre


I have completed my first children’s book, Baking with Friends! The books are in, and for sale through the link above. Questions & comments welcome!

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Steampunk Antique Watch part pendants

Posted in Updates on January 28, 2010 by coleenmcintyre

I thought I’d switch it up a little bit and try something new before I begin my next book. These were totally fun for me to make, and they are now for sale @ Six Days Art Co-op (www.sixdaysart.com). Soon to also be found @ LoveArt Gallery in Sellwood (http://loveartgallery.net/).


Painted (Pets?) Spider and Snake

Posted in Updates on January 5, 2010 by coleenmcintyre

Most artists get commissioned pieces that involve a beloved Chocolate Lab or a fluffy kitty- but me? I get the interesting ones. The first odd pet commission I got was to paint a pair of Box Turtles and their four newborn babies. I decided a fun way to represent them would be to stack them, hence the piece “Turtle Tower”. This was years ago. I painted a dog or cat portrait here and there since. Recently I’ve completed a commission for a lovely couple and patron of local artists. It is of their little garder snake who dwells inside the home, and a “pet” spider who makes its’ appearance every now and then. I included the client’s initials in the abdomen of the spider for a fun surprise.  It really was an exciting piece for me  to do, and I can’t wait to see what I get next: A tarantula? A chinchilla? Maybe a hedgehog?

A Celebration of Death

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

Yes, Death I said.

I was recently commissioned to do a Death Certificate for someone’s father. At first I thought it strange and morbid, but as the project progressed I decided that I thought this was a really cool idea, and a nice way to capture a deceased loved one in a painting. I was asked to paint in elements that her father loved; such as roses, books, a ’57 Chevy, water, and a skull & crossbones made with tools. I also had to include his two dogs; one of them being a hilariously overweight chihuahua. At first I had no idea where to start because of all the strange elements I had to make work together… and she requested that the style and theme of the piece as a whole should be dark, tribal, and masculine. As you may know, my work is not normally ANY of the above. But I must say this piece most certainly is, in a dude-biker-kind-of way, and I’m pretty damn proud of myself for trying on something new!

This piece was done with ink and silver gel pen, on hot press watercolor paper. The printed text is separate, printed on silver paper.