Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1039 After the Rain, a Rainbow


 Yesterday it was 90 degrees here in Chicago and I was wishing for an overnight rain the quench the garden's thirst.  Today it is a cold 45 degrees, rainy and dreary.  I had hoped to find white tulips to paint, but there were none, but I felt lucky to find a huge bunch of mixed tulips, too many to fit in one vase.  I hope you like this one---I'm happy with it and enjoyed watching the tulips grow right before my eyes!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

1038 Noor


Several years ago, I began The Innocents Project, my personal effort to raise awareness of the refugee children in the Middle East and the difficulties they face.  I do this also to raise awareness to the good work provided by ANERA.  Noor's portrait is one of the 30-plus portraits I have painted so far.   It's been quite a while since the last portrait, and judging by this one, I am very rusty. I always have trouble with the skin tone and this one was no exception. 

ANERA, which stands for American Near East Refugee Aid, is an American nonprofit that provides educational, medical, and so much more to refugee families in Lebanon and Palestine.  Because only one-third of four and five year olds participate in preschool,  early childhood education is one of ANERA's priorities for  these children during the important formative period.  Noor is a student at the Madama Preschool in the West Bank where ANERA has established the Right Start program, which supports West Bank and Gaza preschools and community organizations.  The Right Support program also gives teachers and parents the tools they need to ensure a healthy future for their children.

ANERA's web site is  If you would like to learn more about what is provided by this fine organization and what is needed,  please check it out, and if you are so moved, make a donation.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

1037 Vacation Rental

 Each nest painting is a little different, and so much fun to create.  This painting was a commissioned piece.  The buyer picked a nest painting she liked and I tried to recreate it.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

1036 Chewy

 This is a commission painting of a dog who recently passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  It's always a good feeling to create something that helps to heal the void created by a lost pet.  

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1035 Double Occupancy


I know it must seem like nest overload, but I just had to paint this in a large format.  What do you think?

Friday, April 9, 2021

1034 Cuppa Spring

 My daffodils that were planted in the Fall are finally blooming!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

1033 Just Because


Mother Nature sometimes creates such vibrant colors that it is nearly impossible to duplicate them.  This was one of those cases.  The white flower in the front was such a beautiful vivid purple and I tried many times to achieve it, but couldn't.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

1032 A Very Old Russian Olive


I really love trees, and consider them Mother Nature's sculptural artwork.  This is a very old Russian Olive Tree located in the Milwaukee area.  I painted it once several years again, and longed to paint it again.

Monday, April 5, 2021

1030 Empty Nest and 1031 Instant Family

 I think that's a wrap for nest painting, except for a much larger version in progress.  These and all the other nest and bird painting will be part of Edgewood Orchard Gallery's opening show called "Flight."