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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Doctor Banjo

8 x 8
oil on panel

I needed to do a portrait today and our friend Mike was the perfect subject. One of his occupations is being a luthier, which means he builds and repairs instruments. He's also a terrific musician. I took the photo I used for this portrait, when he was doing some work on my banjo. I love the great character in his face. And he IS a character and a good guy, so this will be a gift to him.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rose Nouveau

5 x 7
oil on panel
My sweet husband Scott brought me beautiful roses for Valentine's Day so I popped one into my favorite art nouveau vase and did this quick little painting. This was the first time I used the light and shadow box I built using Carol Marine's design which is available here.

Last night was the artist's reception for the Valentine's Day show at The Castle Gallery of Fine Art and as always, we had a wonderful time visiting with friends, enjoying gorgeous art, and even jamming a little music. My painting "Be Mine" looked great in it's new frame and though this isn't a good photo, I wanted to share it. It was actually beautifully lit as well.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


8 x 8
oil on panel
After finishing the last larger, more detailed piece of cut glass, I needed to loosen up with some quick paintings. I did a couple small ones including this guy which was an older one that was started and set aside. I totally enjoyed doing both in quick, broad strokes with lots of linseed to make the paint nice and juicy. This little magpie duck with the tufted head feathers reminded me of the fancy updos of the early sixties, (when I was a kid!).

Monday, February 2, 2015

Be Mine

19 x 25
oil on canvas
Valentine's Day is coming and I had it in my mind to do another painting with glass, maybe Ball jars, but in pinks. Obviously as I started setting up my arrangement it morphed into something quite different, but it's glass and it's pink. I have never tackled anything quite like this, but it was enjoyable.
This is going into the Valentine's Day show at the Castle Gallery in Ft.Wayne, Indiana.

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


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.