Happy Birthday

Americana, amor, animals, painting

Happy Birthday!, acrylic on canvas, 62 by 50 in. Emilia Kallock, 2018

I drew from various points of inspiration for this piece, starting with it being the year of the dog on the Chinese Zodiac.  The dog is red, like Clifford, the big red dog from school storybooks, and adapted to look like a Labradoodle, which I’ve sometimes considered as my totem animal. Dogs in general to me are creatures of play and protection, and I like them because they demand fun if you want to make them happy and are loyal companions.  Mixed in its fur are Japanese paper cranes and flowers symbolizing peace.  There’s rain in the background because I live in the Pacific Northwest of the North American continent, where it rains a lot.

Process, Dove and Rooster

nature, painting, studies, Uncategorized

New commission-for dove -variations in placement and for rooster reworked face and legs to express the right attitude. Also ended up having to attach more hardboard to give more space to the image. The client wants a finished, realist painting instead of gestural so there’s more amending to do.

I saw her on the metro, and other romantic musings-

amor, sketches

On the way to Incheon airport on the Seoul metro, I only caught a glimpse of her face, as it had been mostly buried in a book.  Her clothes and suitcases were earthier in style than the de facto black jackets and white sneakers that most everyone else was wearing.  Her luggage seemed heavy but she moved it effortlessly.  In that moment I fell in love with her, and then the doors opened and we all hustled away in the crowd in different directions.

Young stylish father with two sons on vespa in Hanoi, Lunar New Year 2018

A continuation of the romantic mood.  How should time be spent?

Anemonefish, or Clownfish


Clownfish, watercolor on paper, 9 by 20 in. Emilia Kallock, 2018

Clownfish are so interesting! They have a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones- living amongst their poisonous tentacles, keeping them clean. In turn they’re offered protection. Clownfish also change genders during their lifetime. This painting is dedicated to someone I’m in love with:-)

Van Mieu, Hanoi 


Van Mieu, Temple of Literature, watercolor on paper, 8 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock 2018

I Had Seen This Place Before- It Had Appeared In My Dreams 


View from the Kitchen Window, Hanoi, watercolor and pen on paper, 10 by 12 in. Emilia Kallock 2018

My fellow helpers with the kitchen window behind them.

Swan Paintings Underway 


I’m getting Northwest-y on these: All trumpeter swans and tulips, two things I see regularly. Painted on paper grocery bags. I added more 1900 voice lesson music book cut outs: why? Because life is a practice. 

This one is off to its new home in Vietnam.