Monday, August 21, 2017

866 Kate and Will

I just returned from Brewster, Massachusetts Cape Cod where we attended a most beautiful wedding of my god-daughter, Kate and Will, the perfect compliment to Kate.  The wedding was an elegant, yet warm and welcoming celebration of their love and future.   Kate loves succulents, and her wedding was draped with gorgeous flowers, greenery, and of course, succulents.  The above painting was part of my wedding gift and hopefully they will find a place in their home that will remind them of all the love, pride and admiration I have for them, and of all the heartfelt wishes I send for a beautiful life together.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Charlie, the Best Dog looked quite dapper in his tuxedo.
You may remember that I have painted Charlie numerous times.  He is the perfect subject!
Congratulations, Will and Kate, #pairofkings.

Monday, August 14, 2017

865 Blue Roof

I really enjoyed mixing all these greys and I'm happy with this painting after a couple of bombs.  It will be on its way to The Leigh Gallery in Chicago very soon.

By the way, one of my paintings from my Plymouth Beach series was rented for a Lowe's commercial.  I don't watch much television, so I doubt I will see it, but it's lots of fun to get the publicity!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

864 Family Farm

This post should be called "When Life Gets in the Way."  For the last several weeks, I have been absent on the painting and posting scene because of a commitment to my garden club.  Now that most of the dust has settled, I am eager to get back to painting more regularly.  There are so many paintings in my head just waiting to be put to canvas.

"864 Family Farm"
acrylic - 9x12 in

In case you'd like to know about our big "event," read on.  For the last 15 months, The Whitefish Bay Garden Club has been planning our inaugural garden tour of 10 private gardens and 4 public gardens in our little village.  But not just any garden tour--a tour of gardens with quilts made by local quilters, "Quilts in the Garden."  Oh. My.  Our little idea grew and grew and our 10 private gardens were staged with 90 beautiful quilts.  It was spectacular.  We had no idea how many tickets to print, so we initially printed 250.  The number of pre-orders kept growing, and more tickets were printed.  We never expected, nor were we prepared to sell 900 tickets.  But it was a beautiful day and people came and truly enjoyed the quilts and the gardens.  Here are a few photos. Enjoy!

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