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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simply Sunny

12 x 16
oil on Ampersand panel

When it's nice out, we like to take drives into the nearby countryside and enjoy the fresh air and sparse traffic. We live near a community with a large Amish population, so you just have to relax and take your time if you're sharing the road with folks in their buggies.  This was from one of those trips with the late afternoon sun creating beautiful shadows on a road near our home.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irishman

5 x 5 
oil on panel
This is our favorite Irishman, our very dear friend Pat, caught with an impish expression. I painted this quickly with thick paint as part of the Daily Paintworks color challenge. I was trying to concentrate on values and use expressive colors, but without realizing it, I managed to convert the colors back toward realistic flesh tones. It was fun and pretty liberating although the painting wasn't as expressive as I was shooting for.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Detail 3, Paul

oil on canvas

The most recent addition to my large painting celebrating friends and family within our musical community. This is Paul, who I've mentioned is an amazing banjo, guitar, and dobro player, and master woodworker/carpenter and is married to Mona! Mona has been a frequent subject and was the first "detail" completed for this project.

Here's a video of Paul performing a tune he wrote. Go to You Tube for more! If you're viewing this from your phone, click on this link to see the video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PClgSYUtAs



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Detail 2

oil on canvas

Number two portrait completed as part of the large painting of musical friends and family, although the background is just loosely painted in. I expect it will change as I add more people into the the background. This is our lovely Priscilla.

Monday, February 24, 2014

work in progress - detail

8 x 12
oil on canvas
For quite a while I've had a loose plan of doing a large piece representing a scene out of my life that includes family and friends playing or enjoying music. My husband and I met through music and have been a part of a musical community of friends since the mid seventies, so I want to celebrate those folks on canvas. It's going to take awhile since the canvas is 24 x 48 and there are a lot of people, so I thought I'd just post bits of it as I go.  The first person completed is my dear friend Mona, who's married to a great banjo player. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

General Parking

12 x 12 
oil on 3/4" cradled gesso board

See? Because she's in a park, by a general, and has sort of parked herself there? Ok, maybe it's a stretch. I just needed to spend some time in a sunny, green, presumably warm spot, even if it's in my head since today, here in northeast Indiana, we got another 10 inches of snow. And it seems like it's been snowing ever since mid-December. The news reported that our January total was the highest since the Civil War and I don't doubt it.  But spring's coming, spring is always coming.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Good Eeevening

6 x 6
oil on Ampersand panel
This was just too much fun. My nephew Michael does voice work and had entered a contest doing impersonations. When I saw his video, I thought he must have had a crew doing cool lighting effects but he told me he simply held a flashlight under his chin.  He was doing a reading in a Vincent Price voice and it was effective! AND he almost won! Something else he clarified to my great relief, was that he was wearing a wig.  The boy is actually young and blonde.  This was done from a screen shot of the video with Michael's permission.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

20 x 16
oil on canvas

After painting small for the last couple of weeks, using little brushes on little panels with tight little strokes, I was ready to go a bigger.  This tree helped get the ya yas out of my system. I love live oaks and am fascinated with their huge, graceful limbs and the spectrum of colors shooting through the leaves.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Little Girl Time

6 x 6
Oil on Ampersand panel
A student regards the painting "Little Brown Girl" by Indiana artist John W. Hardrick, on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two Tutus

8 x 10
Oil on canvas board
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A little girl about to twirl like nobody's watching, apparently inspired by Matisse's "A Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool". This also was from a visit to the Matisse exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art last fall.