Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Amana Skies

The last day of plein air painting in the Amanas the skies were so beautiful. This was a quick painting trying to capture the ever changing sky.
6 x 12 oil on canvas panel

Monday, September 1, 2014

Plein air Amana

This was the painting I did on the overcast day. Usually I avoid overcast days but I wanted as many paintings to choose from as I can. I painted without stopping for lunch that day.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Creek Bed in Amana

This weekend was the Fresh Paint plein air event in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. This is one of my entries. I am slightly sunburned from painting this view but it was worth it. Even if I had not sold this one participating in this event was worth the drive. I had a great time visiting with friends and painting the wonderful scenes in and around Amana.  Thanks to Catiris Art Oasis for putting on this event.
12 x 16 oil on canvas board.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Demo Rose

This is my painting demo for a watercolor class. I forgot to bring props and had to make due with what was on my Kindle. The only image I could come up with was of a rose. This was challenging for students so I encouraged a background that is just playing with color and washes.
7" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. paper To bid at auction click here

Friday, August 22, 2014


This is one of my early watercolor paintings. I have painted plein air at all of the Fort Madison Area Arts Association garden tours for the last 20 years. This one was bought by the resident gardener.

My first art fair. I think you can tell the time period by the perm and big goofy glasses. I was encouraged by my friend, Ruth Newberry to particitpate. My dad helped me make the folding screen using chicken wire and 2" x 2"s. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Plein Air Sunrise

This ended up more of a practice. I had one and a half hours to paint before the rain started. I have heard of plein air painters who would stick it out in the rain and snow. If this had been working out I may have stayed.
12" x 6" oil on canvas on panel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Intimate Landscape

I painted this for a Daily Paintworks challenge. It could be anywhere along the trail, from a small isolated puddle to the bank of a large lake.
 I remember a watercolor painter, Richard Hanson who painted a lot of scenes like this. I enjoyed his series of intimate landscape paintings but that was before the internet and he has changed his subject matter to street scenes. His current subjects are gritty street scenes. His images now "have conjured up scenes of homelessness, hopelessness, desperation, violence frustration and isolation". The same ability that gave you a connection to the landscape now connects you to the street. 
8" x 8' oil on canvas panel

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morning at Rodeo Park


This morning was cloudy with great plein air painting possibilities. The clouds change faster than I could keep up so I took a few photos before I started painting. After I blocked in the clouds, I concentrated on creating depth with the blue trees in the background. A warm red and Pthlao were mixed to create the muted purples in the clouds.
12" x 6" oil on canvas on panel

This was the first try as I attempted to capture one cloud that had light on the top and changes color to purple. The cloud changed before I could fill it out. I then wiped this off and painted the above scene.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wilson Lake Road

I love sunlit roads and this one was so beautiful. The horizontal shadow pattern that leads you to the top and fades away makes it easier to create depth. 
12" x 9" oil on ampersand panel.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I went plein air painting with disappointing results. I then wiped it off and pulled out a photograph from this spring. I needed some practice on peonies anyway.
6" x 6" oil on canvas.

This is what I wiped off. I am glad I painted it anyway because I learned a little bit more about painting clouds.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sky Study

Jessica and I went down to the river bank to paint, mostly clouds. The camera does not capture the subtle shades and colors. Painting on site hones your skill as the clouds do not stay the same for very long and after about an hour and a half the sky cleared up.
6" x 4" oil on canvas

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Green Hydrangeas

I have a few Hydrangeas this year, not as many as last year.  
6" x 12" oil on canvas. to bid at auction

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Young Rabbit

I had fun dropping color into a wet wash on this hot pressed paper. 
6.25" x 9" watercolor on hot pressed paper to bid at auction

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Easter outfit

This was a commission. I had to work from a photograph taken when this girl was 6.
10" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. paper

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ripples on Wilson Lake

This morning was beautiful on the lake. Went plein air painting with a friend and the weather was so nice that after lunch we headed out to another spot.
6" x 12" oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Pears

I was not happy with the previous version of this arrangement. Not being able to let it go, I painted this version again. Even this version was wiped off and painted again. If it is not working you have nothing to lose wiping it off and trying again.
6" x 12" oil on panel to bid at auction

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Very Pleasant Model

I did another demo this time at the assisted living facility. This model was lovely as she would smile the whole time. This was also done with acrylic in an hour and a half. 
12" x 16" acrylic on canvas board.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

South of Iowa City

I got lost looking for a Mennonite grocery store located outside of Iowa City, Iowa. It was not a total lost as I was traveling along a gravel road I saw this landscape. 
12" x 12" oil on canvas on masonite panel to bid at auction

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anjou Pears

Another painting before the pears really go bad.
9" x 12" oil on canvas on prepared masonite.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Three Red Pears

It had been a while since I last posted mostly because I was busy with the art business. Framing and inventorying along with everything else that got backlogged. 

Not sure what the name of this variety is but they are great subject matter.
6" x 12" oil on canvas on prepared masonite panel. bid at auction