2019 Winter Reflections Craft Fair

Hey, Everyone! What are you doing this weekend? Hopefully you are stopping over to South Hills School of Business and Technology at 480 Waupelani Drive sometime between 9am and 4pm on Saturday (11/23) for their Winter Reflections Craft Fair and More! There is free admission, free parking, and it’s wheelchair accessible and I’ll be one of more than 40 vendors you can visit to start off your holiday shopping season!

I’ll be spending the rest of the week updating the Portfolio with new art – most of which you will be able to check out at the Fair. Plus I’ll have prints – or can print to order whichever piece you’d like. I have some frames to show you some options too.

And there will be so many more artists and vendors there – be sure to check out the Facebook event for even more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662549167209409/

Hope to see you there!

(If you don’t make it to the Fair, wander over to the Etsy store next week where I will have updated items for sale or hop over to the Contact page and send me an email to let me know what you are interested in.)

Art on Display at Webster’s

For the month of October, my art is on display at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in the David R. Neumann Art Gallery. If you are in the State College, PA area, stop by 133 East Beaver Avenue and check it out. And, if you will be in town this Friday, October 4th, then come on in to Webster’s for First Friday – they host a reception for the monthly artist and I’ll be there! I am not sure of the official time for the reception, but I’ll be there around 5pm and will hang out until they close at 8:30pm.

All of the art I chose are originals and they are available for sale – if possible, the piece should hang for the month, but I can work with Webster’s to replace the piece if necessary. Webster’s will handle the sale, so you can browse for a great book, have a cup of coffee from the cafe, and pick up a new piece of art without a fuss!

Here are some pictures from today – we went down an put up all the pieces. Boy, is it great to see them all framed and hanging! I hope you will stop by – if you do, let me know what your favorite piece is.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Thorney Art Shop on Etsy is now open!

Finally! Thorney Art Studio is on Etsy. The shop is named Thorney Art Shop and it has listings available for you to browse!

Thorney Art Shop on Etsy

There are a bunch of originals listed with more originals and prints to be listed throughout the week. There are already a couple of Christmas pieces – Jolly Elf and Angel – with another coming soon. We will also be working to link this site with the store so you will be able to easily access your favorite pieces.

Love to hear what you think!


Standing in a white birch grove with the moon in the background, this little fawn-girl is holding a small pine branch with a pine cone. She is done in watercolors with black/grey/white pens, colored pencils and graphite on watercolor paper.

ORIGINAL SOLD: Prints available.

A sweet girl with fawn ears and horns dressed in her soft green pajamas with white pearl buttons. She is watercolor, black/white pens, colored pencils and graphite on watercolor paper.

Inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s Night Sky, this girl is standing near a crescent moon in a flowing outfit. This was done in watercolors with black/gray/white pens, colored pencils and graphite on watercolor paper.

More New Works!

There are still more new things available at the Winter Reflections Craft Fair (South Hills School in State College PA on 11-17 – yes, today! – from 9am-4pm)!! There may even be one more new piece if I finish painting it….we will have to see. So, what are the new pieces?

Ellen Thorne - Fawn

First up is a little girl with little fawn ears and horns. I was very surprised to find out that there is no mythological creature that was a combination of deer and human! I’ll remain undeterred – I really love drawing these little fawns!

She is in soft green pajamas with little pearl buttons on the front and has long pink-ish hair. I gave her big doe eyes to go with those ears and horns!

The printer and the framer that I have spoken with recently recommended that I leave a border around the piece, so I am going to try to stick to that. Sometimes the idea in my head pushes out the things I should be doing and I just paint, but I imagine that most pieces will get the border!

Fawn in White Birch Grove

Next is a second fawn standing in a grove of white birch. I worked on her during a recent road trip to southern York County in Pennsylvania. It was a great trip! When I lived in the southern US, I missed the white birch – they were always something I looked for on the drive back to PA – and I find that they pop up in my art journal from time to time.

She has a big moon behind her and a small pine branch with a pine cone in her hand – and flowers in her hair. I was busy with the detail on this one! I kept the overall coloring of the first fawn and concentrated a bit more on extra details.


For the last of my new pieces, I turned to Alphonse Mucha. His work called Night Sky is one of my favorites and I had been sketching girls with flowing dresses, so I set to work making my own version of that wonderful piece. I love the crescent moon and decided to do dotted circles around the stars to make the sky different than the shadow of the moon. I did circles of stars on her dress and flowers in her hair, similar to the Mucha work. I also tried putting her arms and hands in the same place. Ugh…still hate hands, but pretty pleased with this attempt. I am really happy with her and think she will be a big hit (even though the printer couldn’t do more than a quick single copy for me today – I’ll take orders for prints and pounce on the printer on Monday!!).

Ode to Night Sky

For more detail about each piece, check out the Portfolio. There are so many new pieces there after Inktober and all the work I have been doing to get ready for the craft fair! The Etsy store I spoke of is still in progress and I am still hoping to launch that in the next few days – a lot will depend upon how well the craft fair goes and if I need more prints done. But it is coming in time for any holiday shopping that you would like to do!

Well, I am as ready as I can be for this first craft fair! I do hope you will come out and say hello if you can! It is going to be a great day!!

See you soon,


The Fairy Tale Series

Ellen Thorne - Fairy Tale Collection


At the Winter Reflections Craft Fair I will be debuting a series of paintings centered around fairy tales. Each piece captures our poor heroines at the crucial moment in the tale – not the “happily ever after” moment, but the moment after their critical choice when everything is about to go horribly awry. The girls are all done in the same pose and work together individually or as a set. They will be available as full size prints, small prints and note cards.

Here are our heroines:

Ellen Thorne - Cinderella Without Her Shoe
Cinderella Without Her Shoe

Ellen Thorne - Snow White With Her Apple
Snow White With Her Apple

Ellen Thorne - Alice With Her Bottle
Alice With Her Bottle

Ellen Thorne - Beauty With Her Spindle
Beauty With Her Spindle

Ellen Thorne - Rapunzel With Her Hair
Rapunzel With Her Hair

Ellen Thorne - Red With Her Basket
Red With Her Basket



Having worked through a lot of Tamara Laporte’s Ever After classes, I have learned a few things. First, I am not a big fan of fairy tales! The heroines are often rather vapid and selfish – sometimes genuinely uninspiring. At some point I’d like to work through a retelling of the tales, but for some reason I took great delight in highlighting the low moments for each tale. (Not exactly sure what that says about me!) I also am somewhat annoyed that our modern versions of these characters are often blonde haired with blue eyes and blue or pink dresses. Not being an overly girly-girl, that is a bit off-putting as well! Still, keeping them in their “Disney-fied” outfits does make them easy to recognize, so I stuck with that for this series.

Well, I hope you love them as much as I do! Come on out to the Craft Fair – South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College, PA, this Saturday (11/17) from 9am – 4pm – and see them for yourself. The note cards are particularly adorable, if I do say so myself!!

See you soon!



One of a series of 6 paintings, this is Cinderella just after the ball. The coach is back to a pumpkin and her footman is back to being a mouse – and she has lost a shoe! Watercolors with dip pen and ink, colored pencils, white pen and ink, and a bit of graphite on watercolor paper.

One of a series of 6 paintings, this is Sleeping Beauty just after she pricked her finger on the spindle. Watercolors with dip pen and ink, colored pencils, white pen and ink, and a bit of graphite on watercolor paper.