Carl Ahrens Family Photos


CARL AHRENS (1862-1936)

Here are a few photos I retouched for my friend Kim Bullock. Her Great-Grandfather
was the Canadian Painter Carl Ahrens.

Carl Ahrens retouching 1

Carl Ahrens retouching 2

Here is a bit of his biography which you can find on the official Carl Ahrens website.

Carl Henry von Ahrens was born on February 15, 1862 in Winfield, Ontario. His parents soon separated and Carl was raised by his father in Berlin (now Kitchener). He contracted tuberculosis at around age five. The disease settled in his hip instead of his lungs, reportedly due to an injury to the joint. Some sources say he was kicked by another little boy and others say he constructed a pair of wings and attempted to fly off a roof. The most likely cause, however, was a combination of an injury and repeated exposure to tuberculosis. Several family members, including his father, died of the disease.

While out west, Carl met Francis Dickey (son of author Charles Dickens) who was Captain of the North West Mounted Police. He also met Calamity Jane in a saloon in Dakota Territory. He held every available job except driving a stagecoach and was friendly with the local native tribes – they called him Lone Pine. Once he was caught between two warring bands and spent a day in a buffalo hollow while arrows zinged over his head.

In 1899, Carl met Elbert Hubbard, the founder of the Roycroft community in East Aurora, New York. Hubbard admired Carl’s work, and when he learned Carl had experience in a potter shop as well, he asked Carl to join the Roycrofters and start a pottery there. Carl moved to East Aurora with his wife, three children (Carl, Robert and Pauline) and his cousin, fellow painter Eleanor Douglas, in May of 1900. Hubbard, a businessman, and Ahrens, a craftsman, soon butted heads over what constituted a finished piece. Hubbard insisted the pottery be sold unglazed and, thus, unable to hold water. People willingly bought, as the pottery bore the Roycroft mark, but the work was of no value and most has fallen apart over time.

Carl Ahrens Family photo 2

Carl Ahrens Family photo 1

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To view his artwork please visit the official Carl Ahrens website.





Hanging Flowers

I’m attempting to get better at documenting my painting progess so every time I create a new painting, i’ll post it here.


This painting is called Hanging Flowers. 16″ x 20″ Acrylics on Canvas. I really enjoyed the size of this canvas. It gave me enough freedom for bush movement without being overwhelmed by the size. I enjoy painting in acrylics because it dries fast and I can layer textures and globs of paint with ease.

Art Prints

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To view more of my paintings, please visit my Fine Art America shop.


Zazzle Product Review: Mugs

Antepara MugsZazzle’s 11 oz. Ringer Mugs

Zazzle offers a great variety of mugs. They have 7 different styles including Travel Mugs, Stiens, Frosted Glass Mugs and now Espresso Mugs. Today I will be reviewing the 11 oz. Ringer Mugs.

Ringer Mug HandlesRinger Mug Handles. (Click for a larger view)

As Mother’s Day approached I started to scramble in my yearly quest to find gifts for my mom and my 3 sisters, whom by the way are awesome moms! I figured, why not get them something from my Zazzle shop!

To start off, Zazzle let’s you customize your mugs any which way you’d like so after I decided I liked the Ringer Mugs best, I was off to pick the different colored handles and matching lips for them all. As you can see in the above photo, the colors are pretty close to what you see on Zazzle’s website.

I was a little nervous about buying breakables online but Zazzle packages each individual product with thick bubble wrap so everything was safe. The bubble wrap is so strong that I literally walked on top of a flat sheet of bubble wrap and not one of the bubbles popped. I found this out by playing with my cats. They seemed to enjoy the box and bubble wrap so much that I had to get in on the fun too 🙂

Silent Era and The Shield of Thetis Mugs


The colors printed out perfectly on the mugs you see above. I think because they were vector images, the crispness and vibrant colors transfered very well on the mugs. The colored handles and lips really bring the design together.

Shield of Thetis 11oz. Ringer Mug
Shield of Thetis 11oz. Ringer Mug

Tree Swing and Ljubjana Weeping Mugs by Janet Antepara


The mug on the right, Ljubljana Weeping, came out just the way it looks as a print. The detail was right on and the colors, once again, perfect. The detailed illustration on my Tree Swing mug (on the left) seemed to be the only one that had a slight issue.

Tree Swing Ringer Mug

The black lines within the drawing seemed a little darker and thicker than the original design. This seems to be because the original illustration is much bigger in size so it’s only makes sense that once shrunken down, a little bit of the detail get lost. I was a little bummed out when I noticed a small smudge towards the bottom of the mug. I’m sure that I could’ve exchanged this mug for another one but because I was cutting it close to Mother’s Day, I took my chances with it. I’m VERY happy to report it did go unnoticed and my sister was very happy to have her favorite illustration on a mug. Except for the slight smudge on one of the mugs, everything else was great. Overall I highly recommend these mugs.

To view more of my designs on Zazzle Mugs please visit My Zazzle Shop. For custom requests feel free to contact me


Art House Co-op: The 4 x 6 Exchange

The Art House Co-op has all these cool global projects that you can join so I decided to enter the 4 x 6 Exchange 2. This was your good old fashioned art swap.I sent them a
4 x 6 print of one of my paintings and in exchange I received one from another artist.

I received a great linoleum cut made by Ruth Wels called Sushi.  

Sushi by Ruth Wels 


As soon as I opened up the envelope this came in, I ran to my kitchen and held it up against a big woodcut print I have. 

Tribal Woodcut and Sushi Print

Not only did I get a great piece of art, I also got one that matches my decor!!
Thank you Ruth Wels! Now If I could only find out who got my print…

To see more of Ruth Wels’ work, please visit her sites.

Check out all the different projects the Art House Co-op has going on here.