Tuesday, October 28, 2014

493 Field of Sunflowers

On the return from our Door County plein air painting trip, we passed through Algoma, Wisconsin, where we saw such a beautiful turquoise barn with yellow trim and a salmon colored roof next to a breathtaking field of sunflowers.  I doubled back to photograph it and am nearly finished with a larger painting of the image.  I need to set it aside for a little while to critique it with "fresh eyes."  I am so drawn to this farm that I have been tempted many times to make the nearly 2 1/2 hour drive to see it again. 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

490 Big Bay Landscape

One of my favorite places to get away is Big Bay Park which overlooks Lake Michigan in my community.  At this time of year, the maples are so vibrant along the way leading to the path that takes you to the lake.  This Fall I've stopped my car many times to take pictures of the trees in all their glory and brilliance,  and couldn't resist the impulse to paint them.  I squirted out the Indian Yellow and Nickel Azo Yellow for this one. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

489 Ripened

The peppers ripened from green to orange seemingly right before my eyes!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

488 Nestled In

These peppers came in yesterday's farm box.  The green peppers are changing color by the minute, so tomorrow I may have a completely different still life.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

487 Tipsy

These are the three bowls I purchased at Empty Bowls Milwaukee.  They were made by local artist, Jody Nolan.   www.jodynolalclay.com


Monday, October 20, 2014

486 Empty Brown Bowl

This is another of Jody Nolan's beautiful bowls, one of my favorites, and I'm afraid I didn't do it justice.  I love its free form and the three bowls look especially nice together, tomorrow's post.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

485 Empty Red Bowl

This is one of the eight beautiful bowls I purchased at Empty Bowls Milwaukee.  I purchased three bowls made and donated by Jody Nolan, all are free formed and irregular and beautiful and I don't think I can part with them.  I don't know much about making pottery, but they look to me like they are made from a slab of clay rather than a thrown pot.  Here is the link to Jody's site:  http://jodynolanclay.com/ 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

484 Empty Bowls

A week ago, I attended my first Milwaukee Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the hungry in our community.  I arrived 15 minutes before the event officially started and was shocked at how many people were there.  The volunteers were quite humorous--you had your choice of going to the "in control" (long) line where you could see and choose your bowl(s) or the much shorter "don't care about control" line where you picked a bowl in a brown paper bag.  You've probably guessed by now that I like choices, so I went in the long line.  I ended up buying 8 bowls, presumably for "gifts,"  don't know how I can part with any of them, all so beautiful.  I know I'm getting too wordy here, but the object of this fundraiser is to pick a bowl, have it washed, then take it upstairs where your bowl was filled with soup.  That day, Empty Bowls raised $46,400 to feed Milwaukee's hungry!  I was excited to read on my cousin's Facebook page that there is a similar event in West Virginia too.

My recent series of bowl paintings has been to celebrate "home" and 38 of the paintings have featured bowls hand made and purchased years ago from Jean Wells Smaglik, one of the artists and organizers of Milwaukee Empty Bowls.  These are 3 of the 7 pieces of Jean's. 

I tried something a little different with this painting.  I nearly always ground my boards with black gesso but so many artists are presently grounding with a soft orange/coral color, so I thought I would try it with this painting.  Carol Marine just mentioned it in today's post, and one of Milwaukee's favorites, Shelby Keefe often uses this color.   I am eager to hear what you think.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

482 Eggplant in a New Blue Bowl

You will obviously gather from the title that this is a new bowl, which I purchased at the Whitefish Bay Farm gallery in Door County when we painted there en plein air in early-September.  There were so many beautiful bowls and other items, including hand spun and dyed yarn,  that it was hard to choose what to buy.  I love the dark stripe in this bowl, calling out for an eggplant, and the irregular colors of the glaze. 


Monday, October 13, 2014

479 Eggplant Variety in a Yellow Bowl

I believe these are Asian eggplants, and I bought them from the farmers market because I thought they were so pretty. 


Saturday, October 11, 2014

477 Delicata, Kohlrabi and Bok Choy

More beautiful and delicious vegetables from Springdale Farm.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

475 Lavish

I was stumped as to what to name this painting so I did a little online research on the lowly, unappreciated onion to gain inspiration.  I learned that "onions are an ace ally in your fight against disease. A prized member of the lily family, they lavish you with health benefits."  These beauties are from our farm CSA, Springdale Farm. 


Monday, October 6, 2014

472 Symbols of Strength

The oak leaf is a symbol of strength.  It makes sense, doesn't it?--"The Mighty Oak Tree."I love the graceful shapes of the leaves and have pressed oaks and other leaves between the pages of many books throughout the years.  I am now trying to preserve colorful autumn leaves with a glycerin formula, hoping for success.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

469 Welcome

My friend Pam always has a bowl of green apples on her kitchen table.  They make her kitchen so homey and I always feel welcome there.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

468 Turk's Turban

This is a Turban Squash or Turban Pumpkin.  I love the shape and colors.