Category Archives: Paintings
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Wheaton terriers and birches

Playing around with some more monoprints lately. Dad and Lynda are celebrating their 65th birthdays this year so I decided to do a pet portrait from photos of their Wheaton Terrier, Seamus. He’s a dashing young guy – lots of energy – and I thought the monoprint process would help depict his personality as well […]

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The comfort of home

(Pictured above, “Rita’s Back Yard”, watercolor) A lot of painters use a method called “plein air” – which means to bring your paints and paper and set up outside in front of an inspiring view and paint it on the spot. In my travels, I’ve seen this a lot. Florence, Paris, London, San Francisco, New […]

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Sweet attack

Wayne Thiebold made a name for himself during the pop art movement by painting cakes and pastries – and I can see why he chose them. They’re so pretty! Like making a painting of a sculpture, it’s art inspired by art. While the Pop movement was about glorifying objects of mass culture, my inspiration is […]

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Pet Portraits R Us

I just finished a commissioned puppy portrait of Maya – a gorgeous Great Dane. My client purchased this painting as a birthday gift for her friend, Maya’s owner. I always like to have a few paintings going at once so I’m not sitting there watching paint dry, so, while I was at it, I also […]

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Cleaning house and inspiration

Featured above: “Up early” – watercolor painting inspired by Milly’s garden For every finished painting, there are also a few that are started and then set aside. They’re always in the back of my mind as I am working on other things, waiting for the day I am inspired to finish them up. I finally […]

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Love a gallery night

Woohoo! Even though the holiday weekend kept the crowd smallish, I had a great time! Thanks for all who came to see me at the Andersonville Galleria last night. I met some great new clients – regulars to the Galleria – who loved my fruit and veg series (more to come there!) And the birdies […]

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For the birds

I’ve been seeing them everywhere – birds have taken over the interiors and fashion industries in recent years. My head has been turned – so many cute little tweeters everywhere I look. So, inspired by what I’m seeing around me, I thought I’d jump in and try some monoprints with birds as the subject. For […]

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A week of art

I just got back from a week in Canada hosted by my lovely upstairs neighbors. We stayed in a cabin overlooking a beautiful lake (photo at left) in Nestor Falls, Ontario and I spent the entire week soaking up the beauty of the place, snapping pics for future inspiration and … wait for it… painting. […]

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Shadows and daylilies, installment 2

A couple weeks ago I wrote an in-progress blog post about a new painting, “Shadows and daylilies”.¬† I’ve been working on it on and off since then and I wanted to post another installment. It was inspired by a photo I took outside of Galter Life Center in Chicago. That day the sun was hitting […]

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Seascapes

Pictured above, “Rolling”, watercolor, 32″ x 40″ framed. Browsing through Facebook I saw a couple beautiful ocean shots taken by my friend Celia. (I occasionally scroll through Celia’s albums because she’s got an amazing eye. This is not the first painting I did inspired by her photography). I’ve been looking for some subject matter that […]

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In progress: Shadows and daylilies

I’ve started working on a new painting based on a photo I took last week. Even though stopping to take a few photos made me a little late to my class, I think it was worth it. I feel strongly that you have to grab the moments of inspiration when they are presented to you. […]

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Add another crinkle

Still working on the masa crinkled paper technique – I did another in my “Row of Trees” series. I really like how this technique adds a weathered feeling to the painting, an integrated texture that seems to really enhance a landscape painting. It’s funny working with this technique as you really have to be prepared […]

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Sun through trees series

I’ve been getting so many positive responses to my original “Sun through trees” based on a lesson by Karlyn Holman, that I decided to try another one. Kind of fun. The success is all in the vibrant color and the perspective of the shadows. Maybe next time I’ll try it grand sized. Pictured above, “Autumn […]

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Size counts

(Pictured above, “Roadside daffodils”, watercolor painting, measures 22″ x 30″, framed original $800.) For a long time I’ve been trying to “get big” with my paintings. If you’re not familiar with watercolor paintings, it’s kind of hard to work big. First of all since the medium is watery, it makes it mostly impossible to work […]

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Flying dreams

I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately – I have been getting inspiration to do a series based on narratives that spring from my dreams. For years now I’ve been having dreams of flying. Sometimes I’m in a flying contraption, sometimes I’m just floating above the street, sometimes I’m really high, sometimes I’m just […]

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Sold!

Thank you to Frances Limoncelli and Ben Loomis of Chicago for purchasing the original of “Rainy Day Poppies” tonight at the Galleria! (I knew this team had good taste!) They also took home a print of “Summer white” – one of the monoprint series. “Rainy day poppies” is the first of a series I am […]

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Arty bollocks

I had a great time in art school. Loved my classes, loved my teachers, loved being around art all the time. Especially loved learning new techniques and just being free to make things – all the time. It was fabulous. I only had one problem – other artists. Don’t get me wrong – not ALL […]

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The beauty of wrinkles

Crinkled masa paper plus watercolor provides some interesting effects. I’ve done 4 paintings now, experimenting with this technique, and I have to say I’m really liking the effects you can get. The peonies pictured below turned out really soft and transparent-looking. Almost as if I’d used layers of colored tissue paper to make the image. […]

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Masa paper – the crinkle technique

Inspired by Chinese artist, Cheng-Khee Chee, I’ve been experimenting with the masa paper crinkle technique. It involves soaking masa paper in water and balling it up into a crinkled mass. This step breaks the sizing in the paper and when you smooth it out it’s left with a network of broken crinkle lines. When you […]

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Gallery night – woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Friday night (June 3), for my official opening at the Andersonville Galleria. All my Chicago people turned up, even the driving in from the far suburbs, and my family also made it down from Milwaukee – yay! What a fabulous turn out! This was my first attendance […]

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I have a fan in Arizona!

What a thrill! I was just at the Andersonville Galleria preparing a new painting for exhibit and was lucky enough to meet a new fan! She is a lovely woman from Arizona visiting her daughter here in Chicago. She purchased two of my prints… “Row of trees” and “Birds on beach”. She was really nice […]

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Yupo, my friend

I am having a love affair with Yupo paper. This paper is used in commercial printing and is actually a kind of plastic. This means it does not soak up water so a watercolor painting sits on top of the page and dries only when the water evaporates. I’m working on a few different techniques, […]

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Fruits of my trespass

Okay! so I trespassed and I painted and here are the fruits of my activity (illegal?) Both peony paintings are a combination of collage and watercolor… a technique I learned from Karlyn Holman that I’ve been having a lot of fun with. The peonies in real life have such a delicate and lush presence, I […]

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Ok, I trespassed

I admit it. I trespassed into my neighbors yard today. I seriously couldn’t help myself. Everyday, I sit in my office working at my computer, and my view out the window is of the homes across the street. Lately, I’ve been distracted by the most amazing peony bush that seems to have sprouted overnight next […]

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Now showing at the Andersonville Galleria

I have taken a booth at the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago. My paintings and prints are on display on the 2nd floor. I took some time and painted the booth and created some signage and installed it all a couple weeks ago with the help of my friend Sandy. So exciting!

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Fun with Yupo paper

Painting with Yupo paper is totally different from painting on watercolor paper. Yupo is a plastic substrate¬† – it’s nonabsorbent – so when you put watercolor on it, it does not soak into the paper. You have to wait for the water to evaporate before the painting is dry. The biggest plus I found so […]

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Recent monoprints

I’ve really been getting into monoprints lately. I learned a fun technique from Karlyn Holman at a class I took in April and have been playing with the concept ever since. You start with pasting colored tissue on Masa paper, then you do your monoprint on top of that, and after it dries you can […]

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My first painting was a face

My mom, also an artist, used to sit my brother and I down with paints and crayons and loads of paper whenever we complained we were bored. According to her the first thing I drew that looked like anything was a face. All these years later I have to say that as an artist I’m […]

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