Friday, May 29, 2020

973 Was It Something I Said?

I love tulips almost as much as I love my Jean Wells Smaglik vases and bowls.  If you follow my work, you may recall the blue and white oak leaf bowl or the morning glory bowl in many of my still lifes, which has been a favorite.  Jean is a Milwaukee potter and I love her method of scraping away the negative image of the design, called sgraffito.  Jean customized this bowl for me and it is the first time I've painted it.  It has three different color schemes---the bowl is divided in thirds, employing blue, red or black leaves depending on which way you turn it.  Here is a link to her website:  Not only is Jean a talented artist, she is one of the nicest people I've met, and she does so much for her community.  I love that about her.

Back to tulips.  I love them but they confuse the heck out of me.  They actually GROW once you put them in the vase.  Some drape over beautifully the way this artist hopes, or they stand at attention like soldiers.  I wish I knew how to predict what they are thinking.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

972 Sunshine and Teddy Bears

What's old is new, right?  Take an old outfit and add something to it to make it more fitting for the times.  Right.  Well the same goes for paintings.  When you bring them out of retirement, sometimes you see things that you can't live with the screaming blue background that was here before.  This is better.

The fuzzy flowers on the left are Teddy Bear sunflowers.  They're really cute.

Friday, May 15, 2020

971 ZOOM Meeting

Normally the paint splat is black on a white panel, but in this case, I thought I'd try the reverse--white paint splat on a black panel.  This is the result.  I love the drama of black, so I am happy with this.  I had a harder-than-usual time coming up with a title, but today my daughter and I had a ZOOM meeting to work on updating my web site.  Take a peek.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

970 Virtual Hugs

What I miss most during these isolated, socially distanced times are my (adult) children's hugs.  We are a family of "huggers" so this has been very difficult for us.

Please check out my new online store at:
There are lots of fun items being offered.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

969 The Gift of Friendship

I have a dear friend--also named Diane, in Milwaukee who was my neighbor for 29 years before we moved to Chicago.  She and I would use this same box, ribbon and tissue inside to pass gifts to each other at birthdays, etc.  The gift was always quietly left at the back door,  welcomed with a warm smile.  I sure miss her, but ha ha, I'm the one who ended up with the box.

Friday, May 8, 2020

968 When Life Gives You Lemons

It was really fun to make this painting, and took quite awhile to plan and execute.  The vase is one of my favorites--in case you didn't guess, black and white is my favorite color combinations.  I really enjoyed painting the lemons, but not the teapot which has a very matte finish.  The background is my favorite part.  In my still life, it was one of my scarves, but I carved a potato and used it to print the circles.

What do you do when life gives you lemons?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

967 Social Distancing?

It really amazes me how few people understand what a 6' distance means.