Monday, June 26, 2017

863 Simple Elegance

Most artists I know paint with emotion while trying to capture with paint and canvas a feeling they had about a certain subject.  I am most relaxed and connected to Mother Nature when I am amidst the trees in any given area, woods or neighborhood.  A recent visit to Mackinac Island brought us to that place for me during our horse drawn carriage ride through most of the island.  This tree caught my eye and I was lucky to get a photograph or two on the move.  

I made this painting with a very limited palette.  No green or brown paint, just three blues, three yellows, two reds, a white and a tiny bit of black to mix that olive green on the left.


Friday, June 23, 2017

862 Sunset Trail, November

I never seem to tire of painting trees.  I love the strong vertical of these sculptural beauties and decided to make changes to the color of the tree trunks, just for fun.

The Sunset Trail in the Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek Door County provides endless inspiration.  I can't even guess at how many photos of trees I have taken there.

"862 Sunset Trail, November"
acrylic - 14x11 in

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

861 Thirsty for a Better Life

No child should have to live under the conditions in which refuge children exist in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan.  There is not enough of the basic necessities---water, electricity, food, medical supplies, etc. to supply to the refugee families, but because of ANERA's valiant efforts, nearly 134,000 Palestinians have been given access to reliable water supplies, including this little guy.  For four decades, ANERA has worked to manage sewage and give better access to clean water in the Middle East.  You can read more about their efforts to improve the water crisis here:

This is my 15th painting of a refugee child for my personal effort, The Innocents Project.  Please consider making a donation to ANERA to support their efforts on behalf of refugee families and please mention The Innocents Project.

"861 Thirsty for a Better Life"
acrylic - 12x12 in

Saturday, June 3, 2017

860 Looking East: 6:37 p.m. at Fred & Fuzzy's

Door County has the most breathtaking views of sunsets over Green Bay.  There is a popular restaurant in Sister Bay Door County, Wisconsin called Fred & Fuzzy's where you can sit outside and
enjoy the beautiful sunsets along with good food and a beautiful atmosphere.  

What I have discovered is that when the sun is setting in the west, sometimes the view is even more beautiful if you look to the EAST.  That is the view you are seeing here.  I thought it was spectacular!
I wasn't sure the actual intensity of the colors would be believable, so I modified them a little, so imagine the tree trunks even more vibrant than they are here!  Mother Nature has an amazing color palette!

"860 Looking East: 6:37 p.m. at Fred & Fuzzy's"
acrylic - 16x20 in

Sunday, May 28, 2017

859 Patton

One of the many things I love about being an artist is that I have so many opportunities for learning, not just about painting and art, but about everyday life, nature, history, etc.  For instance, this dog's name was Patton, and since my history knowledge is a little rusty, I thought I would try to learn a little about the World War II General George Patton.  I won't go into anything that I learned about General Patton, other than that he had a white bull terrier named Willie.

This portrait of Patton was commissioned by friends of two fire fighters who loved this dog so much, and initially had hoped Patton would be ferocious.  Instead, Patton was a sweetheart who was a friendly, gentle soul who loved to ride on their boat.  I am pleased to say that these folks named their dog, Patton, and Patton was female.

"859 Patton"
acrylic - 8x10 in

Friday, May 19, 2017

858 Ice Cream Social

I bet you are wondering how the title relates to this painting.  The painting is of a small section of a very long (I would guess 8') mid-century Italian ice cream parlor bench--the kind where 10 people can comfortably sit back to back in the little niches.  This beautiful piece was retrieved from Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is quite impressive with it's yellow circular tabletops strategically placed.   I really enjoyed zooming in and finding just the right section to paint, and I loved how the reflections of the lights and other objects in the room bounced off the slats.  I think the painting has an op art feel to it, yes?

You've probably guessed that I love old and unusual artifacts, and painting them has been quite interesting and challenging for me.  The piles of old doorknobs, antique monastery keys, French wine jugs, Czech Republic juggling pins, Italian mid-century wood carvings,  a weathered door, statues and this bench have all interested me in some way, compelling me to paint.  Mostly it's the texture that sings to me---rust and chipped paint, and the concept of preserving the old, knowing where the item came from, in a wabi-sabi sort of way.  Here is Wikipedia's short description of Wabi-sabi.

"Wabi-sabi is a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics constituting a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."

"858 Ice Cream Social"
acrylic -

Saturday, May 6, 2017

857 Hob Nobbing in Door County

Door County will start to come alive this weekend after a long sleepy winter.  This painting is now being offered for sale at The Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin.  It took me quite awhile to complete due to its size and complexity, but I loved every minute of painting it.  Door knobs were so beautiful in years past, and, oh, if only they could talk.  What stories they would tell!

I hope if your travels take you to Door County, you will stop in at the gallery and say hello.  It's a beautiful place with magnificent sculpture gardens, and of course great art inside too!  Please mention you are a friend of mine and snap a photo of my paintings on the wall.  It's always so much fun for me to receive emails/texts from friends who are visiting the gallery.  You can see my work and all the others at

"857 Hob Nobbing in Door County"
acrylic - 43x33 in