Friday, December 29, 2017

A WALK IN THE WOODS

SHADOWS ON A SNOWY AFTERNOON

This painting was inspired by a winter hike some years ago.  I especially love walking in the woods after a snowfall.  The sound is muffled and on a sunny day, the shadows are beautiful.  This particular afternoon proved to be a perfect day for observing the beauty of it all.  This painting will also be shown during Studios on High Gallery's Winter's Embrace Show.
ENJOY!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BIRD LOVING

ISN'T SHE LOVELY

This is another painting for the Winter show coming up at Studios on High Gallery.
Everyone seems to relate to the cardinal in the midwest.  It's the state bird for several states and almost everyone can identify it.  Most people love the bright red male cardinal, but I find the subtlety of the female very lovely in it's own right.  Here she is hanging out near the bird feeder in my backyard. 
ENJOY!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Winter's Day

WINTER SUNSET- GRIGGS RESERVOIR

Wow!! What a busy time of year...so much I want to do and so much I want to paint.  I've not posted for awhile, but have been busy painting.  This is one of my newest pieces,  relatively large for me, and so much fun to paint.  It will be showing at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus, OH beginning in January for a show titled, Winter's Embrace. I am a sucker for sunsets and this one did not disappoint.  Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!!
ENJOY

Friday, November 3, 2017

SUMMER BALES

POST OFFICE HAYFIELD

 This painting was inspired by a trip to our local post office.  Yes, we do live in the city, but there are still areas that have not succumbed to urban sprawl.  As I was getting out of my car, I noticed the hayfield adjacent to the post office had been cut and fresh round bales of hay were sitting there in the sunshine. I took a quick shot and the painting above is my take on the day.
ENJOY!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA STYLE

California Bungalow

When we visit our son and his wife, I always enjoy walking in their neighborhood.  They live in Santa Monica and its a very short walk to the main street and beach.  I have passed this bungalow several times and love the color and the street with its big beautiful ficus trees and trailing rosemary.
ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Real Deal

Eclipse Morning Sun 8.21.17

My husband and I were fortunate to travel in August to Kentucky to view the eclipse of the sun in totality.  It was something that had been on our bucket list for many years and we made it happen during a very busy summer schedule.  We got up very early on the day of the event and drove through some beautiful countryside.  I was able to capture some photos as the sun was rising and this painting is inspired by one of those photos.

ENJOY

Monday, September 11, 2017

Art and Aviation


Here are some process shots of my latest painting, painted for a fund raiser to benefit the 2017 US Nationals Aerobatic Competition that will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Osh Kosh, WI later this month.  

Here is the preliminary sketch showing the iconic arch that  welcomes aviators to the airport.  I included several type of aerobatic aircraft, both bi-planes and mono- planes.
 This photo shows the preparation of the surface.  I used a sectional start for the state of Wisconsin and trimmed it to fit the board I was using.  The Osh Kosh airport is in the lower right and will be visible to the viewer.  The chart was adhered to the board with YES paste and covered in clear acrylic gel medium to seal the paper.  Then I applied several coats of thinned gesso to fade out the map slightly and provide a texture for the oil paint.
 Here is the drawing that was transferred to the board.  After spraying with several coats of fixative,  I was ready to begin the painting process.



Below is the finished painting ready to make its way to Osh Kosh.

2017 US Aerobatic Nationals- Osh Kosh, WI