Wave Tail Art: Blog http://www.wavetailart.com/blog en-us (C) Wave Tail Art wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:18:00 GMT Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:18:00 GMT http://www.wavetailart.com/img/s/v-5/u747976013-o571408648-50.jpg Wave Tail Art: Blog http://www.wavetailart.com/blog 120 90 Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/big-badlands-overlook-badlands-national-park-south-dakota When the Lakota looked on this land, they saw the Paha Ska (white hills) – a place of bountiful hunting.  Historically used for transitory camps, the Paha Ska and their western counterpoint, the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) lie in the heart of Lakota treaty lands set aside in 1868.  Half of Badlands National Park is located in the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation.

Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaBig Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaWhen the Lakota looked on this land, they saw the Paha Ska (white hills) – a place of bountiful hunting. Historically used for transitory camps, the Paha Ska and their western counterpoint, the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) lie in the heart of Lakota treaty lands set aside in 1868. Half of Badlands National Park is located in the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaBig Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaWhen the Lakota looked on this land, they saw the Paha Ska (white hills) – a place of bountiful hunting. Historically used for transitory camps, the Paha Ska and their western counterpoint, the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) lie in the heart of Lakota treaty lands set aside in 1868. Half of Badlands National Park is located in the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaBig Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaWhen the Lakota looked on this land, they saw the Paha Ska (white hills) – a place of bountiful hunting. Historically used for transitory camps, the Paha Ska and their western counterpoint, the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) lie in the heart of Lakota treaty lands set aside in 1868. Half of Badlands National Park is located in the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaBig Badlands Overlook, Badlands National Park, South DakotaWhen the Lakota looked on this land, they saw the Paha Ska (white hills) – a place of bountiful hunting. Historically used for transitory camps, the Paha Ska and their western counterpoint, the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) lie in the heart of Lakota treaty lands set aside in 1868. Half of Badlands National Park is located in the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation.

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The Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/the-corn-palace-mitchell-south-dakota The world’s only corn palace was opened in 1892 and today is a folk art icon.  Early settlers displayed their bountiful harvest on the building’s exterior to prove the fertility of the soil and to attract more immigrant farmers to settle there.  Each year a new decorating theme is chosen and the outside is decorated with rye, oats, sour dock and corn following patterns created by local artists.  Inside there are corn husk creations.  It’s a fun bit of Americana!

The Corn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaThe Corn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaThe world’s only corn palace was opened in 1892 and today is a folk art icon. Early settlers displayed their bountiful harvest on the building’s exterior to prove the fertility of the soil and to attract more immigrant farmers to settle there. Each year a new decorating theme is chosen and the outside is decorated with rye, oats, sour dock and corn following patterns created by local artists. Inside there are corn husk creations. Corn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaCorn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaThe world’s only corn palace was opened in 1892 and today is a folk art icon. Early settlers displayed their bountiful harvest on the building’s exterior to prove the fertility of the soil and to attract more immigrant farmers to settle there. Each year a new decorating theme is chosen and the outside is decorated with rye, oats, sour dock and corn following patterns created by local artists. Inside there are corn husk creations. Corn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaCorn Palace, Mitchell, South DakotaThe world’s only corn palace was opened in 1892 and today is a folk art icon. Early settlers displayed their bountiful harvest on the building’s exterior to prove the fertility of the soil and to attract more immigrant farmers to settle there. Each year a new decorating theme is chosen and the outside is decorated with rye, oats, sour dock and corn following patterns created by local artists. Inside there are corn husk creations. Corn Husk creationsCorn Husk creationsThe world’s only corn palace was opened in 1892 and today is a folk art icon. Early settlers displayed their bountiful harvest on the building’s exterior to prove the fertility of the soil and to attract more immigrant farmers to settle there. Each year a new decorating theme is chosen and the outside is decorated with rye, oats, sour dock and corn following patterns created by local artists. Inside there are corn husk creations.

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/the-corn-palace-mitchell-south-dakota Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:15:00 GMT
The Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/the-falls-sioux-falls-south-dakota About 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over.  

The Falls, Sioux Falls, South DakotaThe Falls, Sioux Falls, South DakotaAbout 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over. Sioux Falls, South DakotaSioux Falls, South DakotaAbout 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over. Sioux Falls, South DakotaSioux Falls, South DakotaAbout 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over. Sioux Falls, South DakotaSioux Falls, South DakotaAbout 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over. Sioux Falls, South DakotaSioux Falls, South DakotaAbout 14,000 years ago, the late-Wisconsin glacier was a mile thick and stretched from eastern Ohio to the source of the Missouri River, covering this area. As the ice melted, it swept away sediment to expose Sioux Quartzite bedrock which the falls flow over.

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Monarch of the Plains, Sioux Falls, South Dakota http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/monarch-of-the-plains-sioux-falls-south-dakota This is a sculpture commemorating the days when buffalo were the kings of the plains and large herds roamed the area.  It is carved from South Dakota mahogany granite.

Monarch of the Plains, Sioux Falls, South DakotaMonarch of the Plains, Sioux Falls, South DakotaThis is a sculpture commemorating the days when buffalo were the kings of the plains and large herds roamed the area. It is carved from South Dakota mahogany granite.

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2018/1/monarch-of-the-plains-sioux-falls-south-dakota Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:10:52 GMT
At Art Z Studio http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/11/at-art-z-studio I am very happy to announce that my drawings are now available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL.  They are located in the Sears wing, upper floor.  The following are currently on display:

Spring Blooms, $125

Spring in Bloom, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $125, 15 x 19, matted, framed, colored pencil drawing of crocus, $120Spring in Bloom, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $125, 15 x 19, matted, framed, colored pencil drawing of crocus, $120 Yawn!, $95

Yawn!, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 8 x 10, matted, framed, colored pencil drawing, $100Yawn!, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 8 x 10, matted, framed, colored pencil drawing, $100

Happy as a Lark, $95

Happy as a Lark, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 8 x 10 colored pencil drawing, matted/framedHappy as a Lark, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 8 x 10 colored pencil drawing, matted/framedI drew this from a photo I took of a western meadow lark in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. I heard him before I saw him, his song was so joyous and beautiful! Black Swallowtail Butterfly, $95

Black Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 9 x 11 colored pencil drawing, matted/framedBlack Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $95, 9 x 11 colored pencil drawing, matted/framed

Ruffled Daffodil, $75

Ruffled Daffodil, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $75, 8 x 8 matted, framed colored pencil drawing, $60Ruffled Daffodil, Available at Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, $75, 8 x 8 matted, framed colored pencil drawing, $60

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) drawings http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/11/at-art-z-studio Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Christmas Ornaments http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/10/christmas-ornaments Are you a cat person or a dog person?  Either way I have you covered!  I have painted both cat and dog ornaments.  I am participating in the Hope for the Holidays Juried Fine Arts and Crafts sale this weekend!  It will be at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 W Wabash (just 1 block east of White Oaks Mall), in Springfield, IL.  The sale will run 10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday, November 4 and noon - 4 PM, Sunday, November 5.  

I will have these hand-painted ornaments for sale as well as drawings, paintings, photographs and notecards.  Start your Christmas shopping early!

Cat Ornaments

Cat OrnamentsCat Ornaments

Dog Ornaments

Dog OrnamentsDog Ornaments Christmas Ornaments

Christmas OrnamentsChristmas Ornaments

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/10/christmas-ornaments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:37:50 GMT
Plastic Craft Pumpkins http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/10/plastic-craft-pumpkins I am very excited to announce my hand-painted original pumpkins are now available at Daisy Jane's!  These are plastic craft pumpkins so they will not rot and will last for years.  Daisy Jane's is located at 424 E Monroe, Springfield, IL  62701 and is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 AM - 5 PM.  

Large Pumpkin:  $28 The Monster Mash - shows Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and a witch going to the party

Dracula Monster Mash PumpkinDracula Monster Mash Pumpkin Frankinstein Monster MashFrankinstein Monster Mash Monster Mash PumpkinMonster Mash Pumpkin Mummy Monster MashMummy Monster Mash

Medium Pumpkins:  $20 Include Boo/Happy Haunting (also available in orange), a Black Cat, Cat Eyes, a hound dog, Wolf Howling at the Moon and Owl on a tree

Boo/Happy Haunting PumpkinBoo/Happy Haunting Pumpkin Happy Haunting/Boo PumpkinHappy Haunting/Boo Pumpkin Black CatBlack Cat Cat EyesCat Eyes Hound PumpkinHound Pumpkin Wolf Howling Under TreeWolf Howling Under Tree Back of Wolf Howling Under TreeBack of Wolf Howling Under Tree Orange OwlOrange OwlHand-painted plastic craft pumpkin will last for years Small Pumpkins:  $12 Dachshund and Trick or Treat

Dachshund PumpkinDachshund Pumpkin Trick or Treat PumpkinTrick or Treat Pumpkin Back of Trick or Treat PumpkinBack of Trick or Treat Pumpkin

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/10/plastic-craft-pumpkins Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:30:01 GMT
Sea otters affect the whole ecosystem http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-affect-the-whole-ecosystem It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week so here’s one last photo to celebrate these incredibly cute creatures.  Fun Fact:  Sea otters are a “keystone” species because they have such a huge effect on keeping the ecosystem healthy.  Sea otters keep the sea urchin population down which allows more sea kelp and grasses, allowing many other species to thrive! Mother's Hug, Sea Otters, Prince William Sound, AlaskaMother's Hug, Sea Otters, Prince William Sound, Alaska

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-affect-the-whole-ecosystem Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Sea otters are the smallest marine mammals http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-are-the-smallest-marine-mammals It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week so here’s another of my photos.  Fun Fact:  Sea otters are the largest member of the weasel family but the smallest marine mammal in North America!


Sea Otters, Prince William Sound, AlaskaSea Otters, Prince William Sound, Alaska

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-are-the-smallest-marine-mammals Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:15:00 GMT
Sea Otters use tools http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-use-tools It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week so here’s another of my photos.  Fun Fact:  Sea otters are one of the few mammals that use tools! They use rocks to break open the shell of prey. 

Sea Otter, Prince William Sound, AlaskaSea Otter, Prince William Sound, Alaska

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-use-tools Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:15:00 GMT
Sea Otters have thick fur http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/9/sea-otters-have-thick-fur It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week so I thought I would share a few of my photos.  Fun Fact:  Sea otters have the thickest fur of any animal with up to 1 million hair follicles per square inch!

Sea Otters, Prince William Sound, AlaskaSea Otters, Prince William Sound, Alaska

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Happy Friday! http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/happy-friday Here is a cute swan with lots of personality who posed for me!  Have a happy Friday!

Swan, Heidelberg, GermanySwan, Heidelberg, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/happy-friday Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Buildings in palace gardens, Schwetzingen, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/buildings-in-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany The small buildings included in the gardens are worth hunting for!  They have many different styles depending on what was popular at the time that section of the garden was built.  Here are a Greek and a Turkish inspired buildings. To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Palace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanyPalace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Palace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanyPalace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/buildings-in-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Fountains in palace gardens, Schwetzingen, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/fountains-in-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany Palace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanyPalace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany There are many fountains throughout the gardens.  The largest one is a huge oval in the formal section of the garden.  To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Fountain, Schwetzingen, GermanyFountain, Schwetzingen, Germany Fountain, Schwetzingen, GermanyFountain, Schwetzingen, Germany Large Round Fountain, Schwetzingen, GermanyLarge Round Fountain, Schwetzingen, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/fountains-in-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Formal Palace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/formal-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany Palace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanyPalace Gardens, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany The Palace Gardens are huge and varied.  The initial section is a very formal garden with neatly trimmed box hedges and colored stones in intricate organic designs.  To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Formal Gardens, Schwetzingen, GermanyFormal Gardens, Schwetzingen, Germany Formal Garden, Schwetzingen, GermanyFormal Garden, Schwetzingen, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/formal-palace-gardens-schwetzingen-germany Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Schwetzingen Palace, Schwetzingen, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/schwetzingen-palace-schwetzingen-germany Schwetzingen Palace, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanySchwetzingen Palace, Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany This palace was never completed and is considered small by palace standards, even though it is bigger than my high school.  It was meant only as a summer residence, hunting lodge, and a stopping point between the main castles in Heidelberg and Mannheim.  Because it was so small, it lacked the reception rooms needed for court so these were added in large wings to each side. The gardens were completed magnificently and dwarf the palace. To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Back of Palace, Schwetzingen, GermanyBack of Palace, Schwetzingen, Germany Front gate of palace, Schwetzingen, GermanyFront gate of palace, Schwetzingen, Germany Wing of palace with reception rooms, Schwetzingen, GermanyWing of palace with reception rooms, Schwetzingen, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/schwetzingen-palace-schwetzingen-germany Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT
The Old University, Heidelberg, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/the-old-university-heidelberg-germany Statue outside the Old University, Heidelberg, GermanyStatue outside the Old University, Heidelberg, Germany

The University of Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany.  This building was built in 1712 – 35 and now houses a museum and concert hall.  In addition, the old student prisons covered in graffiti can be seen.  I'm not sure why a university needs a prison or why students were sent there! :-)  My great-great-grandfather went to school here and hopefully he stayed out of jail. To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Old University, Heidelberg, GermanyOld University, Heidelberg, Germany Student Prison, Old University, Heidelberg, GermanyStudent Prison, Old University, Heidelberg, Germany Student Prison, Alte Univeritat, Heidelberg, GermanyStudent Prison, Alte Univeritat, Heidelberg, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/the-old-university-heidelberg-germany Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Walled Garden at the Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/walled-garden-at-the-jesuit-church-heidelberg-germany Walled Garden at the Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, GermanyWalled Garden at the Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany

On the west side of the Jesuit Church is a small walled garden.  It was meant for contemplation and was very peaceful.  To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio 

Part of walled garden at Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, GermanyPart of walled garden at Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/walled-garden-at-the-jesuit-church-heidelberg-germany Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:45:00 GMT
Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/jesuit-church-heidelberg-germany The Jesuit Church is the main Catholic church in the old town.  The Baroque façade is made from local sandstone and the interior is beautiful in its simplicity – all white with minimal gold leaf.  The altar features a painting of Mary ascending into heaven with the Holy Spirit above by Andreas Müller and Ferdinand Keller in 1871To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio

Jesuitenkirche, Heidelberg, GermanyJesuitenkirche, Heidelberg, Germany Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, GermanyJesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany Altar in Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, GermanyAltar in Jesuit Church, Heidelberg, Germany close up of altar paintingclose up of altar painting

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wavetailart@yahoo.com (Wave Tail Art) http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/jesuit-church-heidelberg-germany Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:45:00 GMT
Happy Independence Day http://www.wavetailart.com/blog/2017/7/happy-independence-day Happy 4th of July! God bless America!

Statue of Liberty, close up of face, New York, New YorkStatue of Liberty, close up of face, New York, New York Torch of Enlightenment, Statue of Liberty, New York, New YorkTorch of Enlightenment, Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

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