Thank you to Chris Martin for his recent purchase of “Chicago Woods”. It fits beautifully in your room, Chris! The work was inspired by the beautiful colors of late fall in the Chicago Forest Preserve near my home. Each time I drove by I’d literally gasp at it’s beauty – especially on the sunny afternoon […]
As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works. I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone […]
There are lots of ways to create monoprints. I learned a fun way to do it in a workshop with Karlyn Holman a couple years ago. I’ve used this process to create probably more than 100 paintings by now. I’ve done series of flowers, vegetables an fruits, portraits, birds, and most recently I have come […]
A new series of monoprints has been inspired by an upcoming show “Art is for the Birds” at the Deer Path Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Illinois. I was looking at the bird paintings I’ve done in the past and at the many figurative paintings I’ve done in the past year and wanted to put […]
I am very pleased to report that I have already sold two paintings from my new series, “Snow Day“. Considering I only started this series about a month ago I’d say that’s great progress! First one sold was “O’Hare in the Park” (above) to my friends Scott and Roger – owners of the dog featured […]
Last month I wrote a post when I completed a series of pet portraits I planned on donating to my friends at Felines & Canines. I wanted to give them something to help decorate their soon-to-be-completed, totally renovated, new and improved pet shelter. Well – the long year of construction is finished – and now […]
Artist’s Statement “I experience true moments of peace while I’m painting.” When I was little, whenever my brother and I would complain we were bored, mom used to sit us down with paper and crayons and let us go. This was my start as an artist. In school art was always where I excelled […]
It’s been so hot in Chicago lately that I was inspired to paint a couple winter landscapes, below. Nearly monochromatic, these were created using only four paint colors – 3 blue hues and one red. I am totally digging the stark quality.
Painting from life I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to […]
I’m over the moon! I was just informed that my painting, “Jealousy in Red Gloves” (see below) has been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s national exhibition! I’ve been told that nationally rated artists submit paintings to be in this show every year, so to be one of 60 selected for competition is a major […]
Last month I was commissioned to create a double portrait. My new client wanted to give a very special gift to his partner. This man had lost his mother years ago, and even though his father has since remarried, a family portrait of them still hangs in his father’s house. She was a very special […]
Winter in Chicago, where are you? There’s been so little snow this year I used a photo from last year’s snow to create this painting. After a snow fall I like to walk through the city streets and green spaces and see what catches my eye. There’s almost always something that grabs my interest so […]
I recently finished two new pet portraits. A portrait makes a wonderfully personal keepsake to remember someone who has passed to to commemorate a beautiful moment in your life. The portrait of Allie below was completed some months ago but was only just given as a gift over the weekend for the owner’s birthday. I […]
Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display. I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming […]
This Christmas, to commemorate the passing of my wonderful Grandma Gertrude 10 years ago, I did a couple portraits of her to give to family members. I had wonderful source material – my mother had taken a series of beautiful black/white photo of Grandma years ago, so that was my starting point. Making the paintings […]
How cool is this? One of my paintings is now hanging in a home in Cologne Germany! And I must say she chose a lovely place for it. Thank you to Tania Danilenko for her patronage and for sending these great photos – love seeing where art ends up!
Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays. I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging. […]
(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″) Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?
Finished up the second moody blue canvas last night. This one I am calling Ice Storm. Pictured above, Ice Storm – 12×12 canvas, acrylic
Working on some new canvases – kinda moody. Here’s the first one, “Blue Night”, 12×12, acrylic.
Portraits make great gifts. Our lovely Bonnie just celebrated a milestone birthday, so I created a portrait of her as a birthday present. I found a great fun pic of her on Facebook and created this portrait from the photo. Went over very well at the party – Robin even found the hat from the […]
In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve started developing a series of small paintings suitable for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The prices are marked to fit into any budget – small original acrylic paintings and mini framed prints starting at $35. Also available of course are sets of assorted greeting cards – sets of […]
(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 […]
Ok – they’re here! I spent the last two days packaging up all the little cards in singles @$4, 4 packs @ $13 and 8 packs @ $24. On sale now at the Galleria! I also put together some fun little framed birdie prints – stocking stuffers, priced at $35. Great gifts!
Would you believe my artwork is now hanging in a home in California? While visiting in Chicago, Donna Knippen of San Jose California found my booth at the Galleria and purchased this print of “Shadows”. She just sent me a photo she took of the print, now framed and hanging in her home! How exciting! […]
I may be in the minority but I love a good snow storm. Since I work from home, it takes away the stress of the situation and allows me to enjoy the beauty of the day. I often will take a long walk through the snow after a blizzard with my camera at the ready. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been working on a series of fruit and veg for the last couple months and finished them up over the weekend. I was going for fun and funky, and certainly colorful. These are the same technique I’ve used for florals in the past – a mix of monoprint, collage and watercolor that I learned […]
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 […]
This week I moved. Took me three days and I’m still not quite done. Arms are noodles, legs are sore, and I’m still washing paint out of my hair (just white wall paint, nothing too exciting.) I am talking of course about my booth at the Andersonville Galleria. In May this year I started renting […]
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. […]
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 […]
Well – I have many talented friends. This painting was inspired by a gorgeous sunset photo taken by my neighbor, Justin. I think it fits nicely into my “Aqua” series. Justin’s photo jumped right out at me because of the drama created by the composition and intense color contrast. His photo was amazing – I […]
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 […]
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 […]