Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pomegranate



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Pomegranate 
5x7 in (10 x 12in framed)
oil on Belgian linen

from a small suburban orchard in Phoenix

Olive



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Olive 
2in x 2in
oil on Belgian linen panel

Olive from grove in Fountain Hills, AZ 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sonoran White Pomegranate



Sonoran White Pomegranate
oil on masonite


Found in an abandoned orchard in Tucson. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spade Ranch Heirloom Apple



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Spade Ranch Heirloom Apple
Oil on Belgian linen panel
5 x 7 inches

I found this apple near Payson, Arizona at Spade Ranch, 
in what was once an orchard of 1200 fruit trees planted 
by Paul Vogel and William Craig in 1884

Monday, August 15, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Astronomer's Cup with Prickly Pear and Purple Sage



Astronomer's Cup with Prickly Pear and Purple Sage
oil on Belgian linen panel
11x14 inches
This cup was made by one of the astronomers at Lowell observatory. I've had it since I worked there in the mid 1990's. The sage and prickly pears were collected near my studio. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016



Heirloom Tomato and Basil
oil on Belgian linen
6x9 inches

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Strawberry and Midnight Beauties, Summer Daily Painting



Strawberry and Midnight Beauties
oil on masonite
5 x 7 inches

I painted this on the night of the Strawberry Moon on the Summer Solstice. It is a sun and moon painting. I chose to pair the strawberry, representing the full moon, with grapes, because I was thinking about Galileo's famous quote: The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Orchid Print Update and NEW Beetle Print Collections available
























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Orchid and Hawk Moth
by Kelly M. Houle 
Hand-illuminated with iridescent watercolors

Signed and Numbered
Limited Edition print (30 copies)

Less than half the print run remaining

11in x 14in, Framed
$120

Ready to ship in time for Father's Day!

After observing and conducting experiments on specimens of the Madagascan orchid Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as the "Comet Orchid" or "Christmas Star Orchid," Charles Darwin predicted in his 1862 book Fertilisation of Orchids that there must exist a moth with a proboscis capable of reaching the nectar at the bottom of the spur, which he described as having an "astonishing length." Alfred Russell Wallace supported Darwin's hypothesis in 1867, and hypothesized further thatXanthopan morgani, or Morgan's sphinx, an African hawkmoth, would be a likely candidate. Darwin didn't live to see the verification of his early prediction, but in 1903 Morgan's sphinx moths were found to coexist with the orchids in Madagascar. First called Xanthopan morgani praedicta, the moth's discovery was an exciting event in the history of natural science. 


NEW

Beetle Print Collector's Albums are now available through a monthly subscription. 



Donate $15 a month to Books of Kell's Press and receive a handmade accordion-style album bound in beautiful bark paper with space to collect up to ten 3x5-inch beetle prints. Pages are made of black watercolor paper with photo corners to attach new prints. Continue your monthly donation, and as a special thank-you I will send you a new beetle print every three months or less, depending on your contribution level. 

Prints will arrive four or eight times a year depending on your monthly contribution level. New beetles are being added regularly. Start now to collect them all! 

Each print is signed, numbered, and hand-illuminated with iridescent watercolors and/or shell gold. There are only 50 prints available of each design, with only a few remaining prints left of the rarest ones. You can choose the prints you want, or be surprised! 


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