Sunday, February 17, 2019

915 Extreme Buoyancy

I believe that, like most practices,  the more an artist paints, the greater the evolution.  In my case, it has evolved that I love painting collections of items, and that's why my heart skipped a beat when I found this photo online taken buy Elle Cosgrave.  It is not a copyrighted photo, so there's no violation here.  I normally take my own photos, rarely borrowing another person's and never without permission, but this was just too good to pass up.  And then it begs the question, where the heck would I find such a collection in the Chicago area?

Monday, February 4, 2019

Busy, Busy

Hello everyone,

January is such a depressing month here in Chicago.  It's very grey, and with the recent cold slap (notice I didn't say "snap") we Midwesterners were pretty much confined to the indoors....which was just fine with me. 

It was quite timely that I am taking a very interesting and beneficial online class with a great artist and teacher, Patti Molica.  Her style is so refreshing and loose and she fearlessly and effectively uses color in ways I'd like to learn.  This particular class is called Bending Reality-Using Color Schemes and Strategies, and is for all levels of painters.  There is a lot of serious and valuable homework to teach us to become adept at using the color wheel when orchestrating our paintings.  We paint from Patti's photos but using our choice of colors in various schemes. Tomorrow will begin the third week, and I can't wait to apply the lesson.

I've been devoting all of my painting time to this class, and thought you might like to see some of my homework assignments.  I hope this brightens your day.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

914 Dreaming in Color

Sometimes when you least expect it, something beautiful appears right before your eyes.

Friday, January 11, 2019

913 Coastal

This painting is available at The Leigh Gallery in Chicago.
It's a really great place to visit and I feel fortunate and proud to have my work hanging on the walls.

Friday, November 30, 2018

912 Happy Birthday, Martha

I have met so many wonderful people through my art journey, one of them being Martha.  For her birthday, she buys a present for herself--a painting of mine, and I couldn't feel more honored.    This year she specifically requested the oak leaf vase made by Milwaukee artist Jean Wells Smaglik ( filled with flowers other than sunflowers, which she already has.  I was happy to oblige.  When she sends a compliment on my work, my day is complete!

Happy, happy birthday, Martha.

Monday, November 26, 2018

911 Sprout

I grew onions in my garden this summer, a first for me.  I didn't know what to expect when I planted the scrawny little things in the garden as there was no tag to indicate what kind of onions they would become.  You need patience when growing onions, I realize now.  Late this Fall, I dug up those that remained and kept them in my studio, configuring countless ways to paint them.  The little buggers do not sit still very long, and with time and no real purpose yet, they began to sprout.

I painted these from life and it came very quickly, probably because I had studied them for so darn long.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

910 A Love Like No Other

I was commissioned to paint this painting of a young woman and her horse, who sadly is no longer with her.  I know how difficult it is to lose a pet, but I can't imagine losing a love like this.