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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Precious Cargo

20 x 16
oil on board

Brooke again! This time with her little passenger more clearly defined in this more classic approach. I kept it loose with my big round brush for most of this painting. When I stepped back, I was amazed with how well the silky brocade drape turned out.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Blooms

16 x 20
oil on canvas
Another painting out of "the Brooke session". She is such an angel to pose for me. 

...and here is my beautiful friend,  model, actress, and mommy-in-production, Brooke with her painting when I delivered it to The Castle Gallery.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Glow

 16 x 12
oil on canvas
 My beautiful friend Brooke. Painting her is like painting a sunrise or clouds that are so gorgeous, you can't believe they're real. She is an artist's dream! And that beauty is truly inside and out.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blue Stacks & Lemons

20 x 16
Oil on canvas
I've collected some fun, colorful bottles and other assorted glass lately just for the pleasure of painting them. This still life was set up in our back window with a nice view of the pond with ice building up on it. I love that fish bottle and the Buddha bottle!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scott

8 x 10
oil on canvas
  My husband let me practice my portrait chops by sitting for me. I appreciated his heroic efforts to stay awake.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kohaku and Company

12 x 24
oil on canvas

Colorful Koi, greens, blues, orange, and browns. I totally indulged myself with color today after seeing nothing but white, gray, and dull brown outside.  And I know winter weather has just begun up here in the north so that's going to pretty much be our palette for a while. This was painted from a photo I took in Florida a few years ago.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Foodie Feeder

Foodie Feeder
12 x 16
oil on canvas

Ever since our son moved to Austin, Texas for grad school, and I started making visits there, I've become increasingly charmed with their food trucks, particularly the old Airstream type trucks. Now I'm obsessed with painting them. It's one thing that Austin offers the most amazing food I've had, but some of the best is brought to you in these incredibly cute and kitschy traveling kitchens! Driving around and spotting them is my kind of Easter egg hunt. This one was parked just outside our hotel.
I love, love, love painting the crazy abstract colors in the reflective metal and then standing back and seeing how it all makes sense.
A Sweet Ride
12 x 16
oil on canvas
This truck is parked on one of the streets popular with tourists and locals, where you can buy a pair of cowgirl boots that costs more than our first house, a cheesy souvenir piece of knicknackery, have an incredible meal, an incredible cup of coffee, go listen to great blues or jazz, and have a cupcake. All within a couple of blocks. I love this truck. I LOVE that city!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Wells Street Bridge

16 x 20
oil on board

I started this one last year when the weather in northern Indiana was more typical of the winter months up here. It was freezing out and too cold to stay outside and paint. I worked then from the photo, but it was a long season and I soon lost enthusiasm so I set it aside, probably feeling too winter weary to stay with it. Then last week, attending the artist reception at The Castle Gallery, I found inspiration in all the beautiful paintings of snow scenes and became enthused to tackle the challenge of capturing the colors and play of light in snow. After this went back up on the easel, it fairly, as the saying goes, "painted itself". The snow in the foreground was the main challenge, but inspired by the works of local artists, Fred Doloresco and my friend Douglas Runyan, I dived in with my brush loaded with paint and laid it on thickly. And I think it worked.  By the way, after I finished today, my husband and I took a bike ride to look at Christmas decorations with temperatures in the mid-60's. Weird.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thank You Mr. Sullivan

24 x 30
oil on canvas
Chicago's beautiful old Carson Pirie Scott building, now called The Sullivan Center, is one of the masterpieces of architect Louis Sullivan and one of my favorites. This commission gave me another wonderful excuse to go visit my favorite city so I could photograph the building. I won't lie, it was challenging for this girl who prefers figurative and portrait painting and I'm celebrating that it's finished! 

The ironwork on Sullivan's building is magnificent and actually practical since it is fireproof. This building was designed after Chicago's infamous fire and so created to prevent another such catastrophe. Chicago's architecture is an absolute treasure and if you ever get a chance to go up there and take the architectural tour, it will be time well spent.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Doodle

5 x 7 
oil on panel
No, it's not her name, it described my process for beginning this little portrait of my paint friend, Karen. I was sitting at my easel when a very talkative, always entertaining friend called. Knowing this was going to be one of those mega-conversations, I began a loose and somewhat distracted oil sketch of Karen, taken from a photo during one of our plein air outtings. By the time the phone call ended, I had moved from doodling to laying in the thick layer of paint. I was surprised by how close the likeness was for having not given great attention to what I was doing. Later I tweaked things and tried to get closer to a good portrait. It's not perfect, but it was fun. In this picture, she's wearing her big floppy paint hat, her apron, and has her backpack slung over one shoulder, a lot of information that doesn't read well in this closely cropped picture, but I like the light on her face.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October Morning

8 x 10
oil on canvas board
     Yesterday I met up with some friends from our local artist guild and took part in a paint out in the charming town of Roanoke, Indiana. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I had a great time, although I painted too slow to keep up with the changing shadows, so I finished it today. Painting within a time restriction and chasing the light is a really good exercise for keeping loose and making decisions for color and values quickly.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pretty in Pink

16 x 20
oil on canvas
   Family love is captured on a screened porch between two beauties in pink.  This is my wonderful neighbor and her little great granddaughter at the reception following a family wedding.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shadow Dance

16 x 20
oil on canvas
A little girl plays in the surf at Malibu. While she was splashing in the puddles and making shadows in the sand, my nephew's wedding was taking place just to the left of her little playground.

 Jeremy and Alyssa

There were also people repelling down the rocks during the ceremony and others climbing down while we were getting pictures, as noticed in this shot. Lots of fun happenings there on the beach. Another fun fact about this particular location is, this is the site of the final shot in the original "Planet of the Apes" where Charlton Heston rides up and sees the torso of the Statue of Liberty washed up on the shore.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Garden Ornaments

20 x 16
oil on canvas
 A young woman poses on an ornamental bridge in a lovely Indiana flower garden as light filters through pink and green leaves.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Sushi"

9 x 12
oil on canvas
It took me awhile to like sushi and I'm still a lightweight, inasmuch as I still haven't developed an appreciation for the more exotic selections on the menu, but what I do like, I LOVE! The last time I met my friend for lunch at a favorite local restaurant, the staff was gracious enough to let me take their photo. There is such atmosphere and color here!
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