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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Putting In

12 x 12
oil on gessoboard
Launching the kayak on a sunny day. I particularly liked the sun glowing through the plastic body of the boat. We don't need many excuses for getting out in our yaks, no matter the season, but we do need this ice to melt. Every year about this time, I just repeat to myself, "spring's coming".

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Spirit of Music

8 x 8
oil on gessoboard
A painting of "The Spirit of Music", a sculpture by Albin Polasek, commissioned to honor Theodore Thomas, the first conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  It sits now in Grant Park across from the Spirit of Music Garden where she oversees Chicago's Summer Dance series.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mom

6 x 6
oil on gessoboard
A portrait of my sweet mother, taken from a snapshot. My parents passed away at a young age and so suddenly, we don't have any formal or even very clear photos of them. I was telling a friend how surprised I was to find myself remembering details as I painted this. This was done because of a challenge to "paint your parents" posted on the Daily Paintworks site, and I'm grateful for it because it's something I've wanted to do but have put off for a long time. So, on to Dad.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday Market

12 x 9
oil on gessoboard
This gentleman was good enough to pose for a picture standing by his vintage scales at a summer farmer's market. There were many fun things to tackle in this painting besides the figurative work. The portrait, the fabric folds, the big smooth enamel finish of the scales, the jars of honey, the onions, and the plastic covered bread and lettuce, each carried separate challenges. I enjoyed the process so much, I almost regretted finishing it. Well, on to the next one.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ice Ballet

5 x 7
oil on panel
It's been a busy Christmas season and happily, my son is still here for a visit during his school break, but since he was off and visiting others today, I took this opportunity to reintroduce myself to my paints. This little quick oil sketch is of a friend's granddaughter, gracefully performing her dance on ice. She's in that beautiful stage of growth where her child's body is stretching out toward early adolescence and I found her in the pose simply captivating.

Friday, December 5, 2014

State Street

8 x 8
oil on panel

Only one of the many things I love about Chicago, is how colorful everything is in spite of the canyons of towering buildings. The bright street banners helped punctuate this view.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Adaptation

9 x 12
oil on panel

I painted this knowing it would be going into a winter holiday show at The Castle Gallery so I kept the palette fairly cool. The model is the same person who posed for me for previous paintings and this is also on her fiance's farm. She struck this rather serious, pensive expression which is appropriate for a young woman at the cusp of making big changes in her life. The rusting farm equipment in the background added a punch of warm color to balance her skin tones in the otherwise grey left side of the painting.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kristina

6 x 6
oil on panel
I painted this as a birthday gift to my dear friend Kristina. Kristina is one of the most insightful, compassionate, and fun people I know and had the great privilege to work with when she was a therapist at our hospital. Since we've both more or less retired, we've had lots of fun play dates, indulging in various crafts, cooking projects, and gallery explorations, as well as kayaking with our husbands. She's always coming up with something new and interesting to do, which most recently was cheese making! She was a pleasure to paint and I hope I did credit to both her inner and outer beauty.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ready and Waiting

oil on panel
6 x 6
A couple of little Halloweeners waiting for their party to begin. I really loved the halo of backlighting glowing through their hair.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fun in Kentucky with Dreama

8 x 8
oil on panel
 9 x 12
oil on panel
 12 x 12
oil on panel

I'm just back from another great workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry, this time held in Lexington, Kentucky. The weather on the drive down was less than auspicious, pelting me with wind and rain all the way from Indiana, through Ohio, and into Kentucky. And shortly after settling into my hotel, tornado warnings began for Lexington and the counties surrounding it and continued well into the night. This was the view from my room. The block of buildings impressively lit up by the setting sun, was where the workshop was held.
Happily, the ominous weather of my arrival day cleared up beautifully by the next day and remained fine for the next three days of the workshop.

Dreama is a treasure and her workshop was in every way, as inspiring and informative as I remembered. Additionally, it was a pleasure to be in the company of the lovely women who also attended. Every one of us were in love with painting and reveled in the experience.

The two paintings with the geraniums were done from photos provided by Dreama to the entire class, from which she demonstrated her techniques. The cat painting is from my own reference of our  Kitty Pie.