Saturday, November 29, 2014

508 Revisiting Bob the Bull

I was requested to paint a large version of Bob the Bull for a gallery, so here he is.  Off to the framer on Monday. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

507 Meadow of Thanks

Thanksgiving is the perfect day to repaint this for a special someone who liked the painting and was disappointed that it was already sold.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

506. Persimmons in a Blue and White Bowl

My Jean Wells bowl is getting quite a showing.

Yesterday Jean delivered my order of her meticulously crafted pottery.  Some people in my family will be happy to receive it.  (Shhhh....)  She has changed directions on her designs to appeal more to the "modern" set.   Check out her work at her Etsy store here:

Here sugar skull mugs are now sold at Colectivo Coffee.  Very cool.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

505 Persimmon Trio

I enjoy painting these beautiful persimmons and hope they last many days' worth of paintings.

Monday, November 24, 2014

504 Thoughtful Gift

These persimmons were given to me as a gift from a friend after I mentioned that I have never painted persimmons from life.  They are such a beautiful fruit and I think look very much at home in my blue and white Jean Wells bowl.

It felt so good to paint again today after a week off, not by choice, but because there aren't enough hours in the day.  I am feeling very grateful and humble at the response to my 500th Painting open house celebration last week.  It was particularly rewarding for me to have Jean Wells visit and approve of my paintings of her beautiful bowls.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

503 Sunny Farm Near Algoma

This is a lovely farm near Algoma, Wisconsin.  I have never seen so many sunflowers in one place.  I am almost finished painting it in a larger format, which I have to say is a heck of a lot easier than this was.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sunsets are beautiful to watch, but I think very difficult to paint.  You just can't improve on something so beautiful.  Our family recently spent several days on Captiva, Florida, where the sunsets are magnificent.  People line the beaches just to see each evening's performance.  It is reported that some see a bright green speck just before the sun sets, but unfortunately we did not see it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This Artist's Tools

This is my 500th Daily Painting.  I am so proud and happy.  I obsessed over this painting for days, even more than for my first painting.  So many possibilities for subjects were considered, each evoking a surprising emotion .  I wanted to reflect gratitude for the past as well as demonstrate hope and promise for the future.  This has been such a rewarding experience--I can't even begin to tell you how much I have learned from this experience.  Along the way I have met so many nice people, strangers who take the time to complement each other's work because they know how important it is to an artist.  I have been asked many times, "Will you stop at 500?'  Heck, no.
Thank you to all of you for your kindness and encouragement.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

499 Hideaway

Since it is such a cold, ugly grey day here in Milwaukee, I thought I would take myself back to the warmth of summer.  August 20 was the day of my first official organized plein air experience.  It was hot and I was comfortable on a very small foot bridge overlooking a lovely scene.  I saw my first woodchuck swimming in this shallow stream, and it was all so peaceful and beautiful.  But at some point I got that uh-oh feeling.  What to do with all this GREEN?  In the nick of time, my friend and I turned in our two pieces, called it a day, and chalked it all up to experience.  I felt like I wanted to tackle the painting again today.  It's better than it was on August 20, but not something I want to tackle again.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

497 Drawn to the Light

There is a property not far from my house that I cannot pass on foot without stopping to admire this cluster of trees and the beautiful lighting and shadows.  It seems to be breathtaking any time of the day.  I never even noticed the house until I looked at the photo.  It is tucked away, so the trees are the stars, in my opinion.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

496 Shapely

I am clinging to all the color I can get before the grey days are here for good.  The leaves will soon  be gone from the trees.

Friday, November 7, 2014

495 Autumn Cluster

I was away on vacation without paints for a week.  I felt a little rusty today, but am eager to get back to the routine.  The reference photo for this paintings was taken a little more than a week ago.  Many more leaves have fallen since then.