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

Sunday, July 6, 2014


My husband is a nurse at the local nursing home. He volunteered me to do a portrait demo. I asked Richard to be the model because he has a sense of humor and I could joke with him. This is a 16" x 20" acrylic. Acrylic would not have been my first choice for a portrait but because of some issues the residents my have with fumes from oil and dust from pastel acrylic was the safest. I also gave myself less than two hours to finish it. The experience was so positive that I also volunteered to do a painting demo at the assisted living residence. My husband made a frame for Richard and his remark was "That is probably the best part." I think Richard was the best model ever.
16" x 20" acrylic on panel

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sugar Creek Arts Festival

I will be set up at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival in Normal, IL on July 12th and 13th. If you are in the area stop by and say hi. Lots of great art. Located in the Uptown Circle. 

One of the paintings that will be for sale. 12" x 12" oil on canvas panel

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cherry Bowl

The price of cherries is down and that is a sign for me to paint them. I started this with a lightened yellow ochre ground. 
12" x 12" oil on stretched linen. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mississippi Drift

This view is from the Fort Madison Art Center's garden tour. I painted this ahead from a combination of on site and photo reference. This view is from 115 Young street in Nauvoo, IL. There were lots of great views and gardeners sharing their expertise. The Mississippi is muddy so that is what I see in the water. Sometimes I manage to find a stream that runs fairly clear. There has been a lot of rain lately that stirs up the mud.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greenhouse Roses

I will be plein air painting at the garden tour in Nauvoo. This was a practice from the local greenhouse. The tour will be on Sunday and I am looking forward to this event. 
12" x 9" oil on masonite

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chestnut, Sorrel and Black

This is currently a work in progress. I keep going back to it and making adjustments. 
12 x 24 oil on Ampersand panel

This is the rough in. As I was painting I still made adjustments. If only I could spot my mistakes better at this stage.

At this stage is where I noticed my mistake. The neck on the horse on the left was too long.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pastoral Scene

I often paint on canvas and if I am happy with it I attach the canvas to a panel. It also helps if I have to make adjustments and can crop the image. I added more grass to the bottom which should be covered by the frame.
9 x 12 oil on canvas panel

The rough in started on a white ground.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hay Bales

I did a study of this in a smaller version. I was happy with that and did this 10" x 20" version.

usually I do the main subject matter first but in this case I was procrastinating for fear I would mess up. 
10" x 20" oil on Ampersand panel

I will be exhibiting locally at the Snake Alley Art Fair on Sunday June 15th in Burlington, Iowa

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nurse Jim

My husband is a RN at the local nursing home. He talked me into volunteering to do a painting demo to entertain the residents. I said I would do it but he had to pose for me for practice. This was an acrylic because the dust from pastels and the fumes from oil may cause problems with some of the residents. Acrylic was a bit more challenging and I had to spray water on the paints every once in a while. This does look sort of cartoony. I blamed that on my husband not sitting still.  I will post the artwork from the demo and hopefully they will enjoy the performance.
16" x 20" Acrylic on masonite 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This is still a work in progress. I just wanted to post something.

I added the green background to contrast the reddish brown.
16" x 20" oil on Raymar panel

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lone Stand

Plein air painting at Wilson Lake. I found this tree interesting. The day soon became overcast followed by a short rain. The rain was not long enough for me to try to capture it so, I concentrated on the greens.\
12" x 6" oil on canvas panel. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Plein Air Peony

On Memorial Day the parks are busy, so I was reluctant to go painting there. It is not that I mind people watching, just that I will be in the way unless I lug my stuff down the trails out of the way. The weather forecast was predicting rain so I decided to set up in my yard and paint the peonies. The sun was shining when I started but soon came and went. The blooms also changed as they were opening while I was painting. This was a good painting exercise.
9" x 12" oil on canvas panel to bid at auction

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Three Shades of Equine

Another painting from the horses near Shimek. I had to move these around to get the composition I wanted. The background trees were made up because I did not like the original landscape.

This started out on a ground left over from the previous painting. A quick sketch into the ground to work out the conformation of the horses.

Next I worked on the horses, if they don't turn out no use painting the landscape.
6" x 12" oil on canvas to bid at auction

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Plein Air Painting

It was a beautiful morning for painting. I am doing a demo on painting green at the monthly painting class,so painting the greens of the local park was in order. 
8" x 10" oil on canvas panel to bid at auction

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chestnut with White Socks

I went plein air painting with Carroll on Sunday. On the way over I stopped to take pictures of this beautiful horse near Shimek Forest. 8" x 6" oil on Ampersand panel. to bid at auction

As soon as I got home I started painting this rough in.