Saturday, May 28, 2016
oil on linen
so after golf on Tuesday I went to my friend nan's house to pick a few of these gorgeous deep rose peonies!...I was unfamiliar with this type..i'm mostly used to white and pink but these are fantastical!!..I had them set up by Wednesday but haven't had a chance to get up there to paint til after we got the yard done...getting close!...so this afternoon I found them almost fading.. petals falling.. .. so i painted them fallen petals and all...wanted to post this ..but I may revisit it and work on the petals a bit more.. but all in all I think I'm happy with it!!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
ok.. so I've been very busy since we got home.. really worked on my house..dinner party a huge success..thanks mostly to the chef!!..and we got the house organized in the meantime!!.. so we were riding our bikes yesterday.. we passed this yard with a whole mess of poppies.. I was drooling of course!!..love me some poppies...so later, after I retrieved paintings from the eye place..and thanks to them for the opportunity for the last two years...they will soon be moving next to the fire station...anyway.. I swung by the poppy house..armed with some scissors and water and a business card...I rang the bell...the lady who answered was lovely.. I gave her my card so she wouldn't freak out.. told her I was planning some poppy paintings and would she mind if I took some photos and perhaps cut a few here and there...she said she wouldn't mind if I photographed but they were only blooming for a week and she'd rather I didn't cut any!... fair enough!!.. so I took several pics..and then started this tryptic.. 40 inches high by 18 wide I think..you can't tell a lot since it's in the beginning stages but i'll post more tomorrow...having lots of fun being back in the studio at last!!!!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
17x17 oil on board
so we got home Monday... harrowing trip...came upon an overturned car where no one could have survived!!... makes you think about how fragile life is and how fickle time....been very busy since..got a little exercise at tennis Tuesday..worked on the house.. went to have a meet and greet with the mayor of Bloomington Wednesday morning....worked on the house...you get the picture...yesterday I dashed over.. there were three honorees..best of show, peoples' choice won by Dawn.. and best photography won by Bob.. I have to get their last names from gabe..it was a quick trip over and back..and then...worked on the house...we are having a small dinner party here on Saturday..and I have no housekeeper..every time i ask someone they say their gal has a waiting list.. so...we're able bodied and boy have we been working!!.. just the main floor..no one is allowed upstairs or in the basement...but it really doesn't matter.. these are good peeps coming and they really wouldn't care.. but it's a great excuse to get moving around here and shape the old homestead up a tad!!..tomorrow i will probably head to tennis again or..if it's gorgeous.. I may head to greenbelt!!!..anyway.. tomorrow night is the opening for our show at the visitors' center..there are six of us and I'm really anxious to see it!..the reception is from 5 to 6:30 and I hope to see some peeps if you're out and about!!..
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ok.. So not sure if i have a photo to post for this ...but i delivered 14 pieces to simon's on the pier today..they seemed to love them all and i loved THAT!!...then we got on to the important stuff....SHOPPING and LUNCH!!!!!.. We had a great time, buying things here and there...trying to forget the bad golf we played the last two days..
Ok.. So this is one of the paintings at simon's...cant figure out how to get this posted right but you get he pcture...or the painting....?
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Oil on panel
This painting is one of several in a show at our visitors' center...the opening reception is april 29th and the show runs til the end of june....come check it out!!.....Ok...so i need to fill you in on this place...our island..the one we've been coming to for forty years...all of a sudden feels a bit strange...we drove by our old house..not really sure if we should or not..but decided to get it out of the way and then we'd never have to go down that street again! ...they have totally redone it..no table to sit around out on the upstairs porch..we played lots of games and had lots of food and cocktails on that table..gone...but there's a big wooden swing should one feels the urge...saw a peek at one of the triple bunk beds in the twin room...they did a marvelous job on the outside flora..new bushes, walkway, etc...but...we dont need to go back...
Now..back to our rental...we arrived yesterday and spent about an hour trying to figure out which condo was ours.. Wrong house number..no key..actually the key was in the back with a punch code..but the back yard was gater and locked..thank heavens a neighbor came to our rescue..this place is clean..and most importantly dog friendly...and that's about it!... I would have posted yesterday but we had to use my iPad to stream stuff on the tv.. Uverse...we get ten
Channels..four of them infomercial challels and one of those is in spanish...the thermostat
Friday, April 15, 2016
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
So here we are in marietta, georgia...sipping a scotch and savoring our safe journey from columbus to here!!!!.. Getting out of dodge was not that easy..as it turns out...last night i was doing one more load of laundry and went to throw it in the dryer..oops..it never started!! It filled with water all right..then nothing!..so i spent what felt like hours hand wringing towels and sweat pants, etc...did i mention hand wringing???....got em all dried but now....are they clean or dirty?..they spent some time in soapy water but didn't get rinsed...such a quadry...but on to the packing...i always get accused of over packing..there's a very old saying among good buddies.."be heavy...travel heavy..."...dont remember how i ever came up with that one...But i do have issues...it may have something to do with my inability to make a decision...or wanting to have options...weather, maybe..?..i do know davey retore his shoulder trying to get my bag out of the car when we went to bandon dunes...so there's that...ok.. Back to packing the car...we have a bar that goes across the back..window to window..to hang stuff on..we already had our golf gear..davey's stuff..some of my stuff...but then I had a few more things i thought i might need...you have to know what happened!!!!...yep..broke...my husband is a saint!!!.. He was in the kitchen.. Preparing MY dinner...and had to come out and fashion a jerry rigged duct tape thingy...which actually worked for a while..til i tried to move some of the stuff so i could see better (I do most of the driving..)...broke again!.. So then we glued it and duct taped it and then wired it...and we almost made it past louisville!!!!...so everything's lying in a heap back there and we don't even care since we are on VACA!!!!!!..so this is another painting I dropped off at addison's bakehouse yesterday...art is on the back burner this week.. All about golf and dogs..we were just thinking this may be the last time they get to make this trip...so we want to make it the best ever!!!.. Add friends to that mix.. Some here.. Some not able to be here...very bittersweet...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so time has passed.. we had one hell of a time getting into and out of the atlanta airport.. we figured we could have driven it in less time and we'd have our car with us!!.. as we were driving to augusta in our rather pricey rental (apparently there are no cheap rentals during masters week!!)..we were passed by a small bus with the words "Atlanta airport to augusta" emblazoned on the side!!!.. a shuttle service!! who knew??.. we looked it up on line and yes.. would have saved us a bunch.. but we don't agonize..bucket list right??..we never used our car from the moment we arrived since there was a shuttle to and from the hotel..and lovely food everywhere..did I mention?...we have been so busy since we got home....but I need to chat about the Addison bakehouse!.. about 2 weeks ago we had lunch there.. a gathering of gals who hadn't seen each other in a while.. this place is perfect for that.. wonderful food...relaxed atmosphere..just lovely!.. this was only the second time I'd been there..even though it's been around for a few years now..the first time we could barely get a table and this last time we were able to make reserves since there were six of us..if you've not tried it..it's really great!!..they cater..have evening events..and they actually have delicious baked goods!!..ok.. so on my way out, I noticed there was some art on the walls and took a chance..asked the owner if she was interested in more and gave her my card..she got in touch later that day through my website..and sounded really excited..i took a few pieces in before we left for the masters..this painting..which she helped me name.. is now hanging behind the bakery counter!..a few others as well..so that's my fun news!!.. I also delivered my paintings to the visitors' center for the three month show..the opening reception will be the 29th of this month....and managed to get over to the venue to see the art and soul of Bloomington,, I couldn't attend the opening for that since there were wind gusts of close to 50 mph!!.. so I've been a busy girl..i'm really looking forward to just getting away and relaxing..golf, reading, walks on the beach, this will be the first time down since we sold our house..and the first time I won't be doing any painting while I'm there..odd but I think in a good way..I do plan to deliver several pieces to simon's and possibly gynn art while we're there..
We had a great day yesterday!.. The weather turned out to be delightful...very warm in the sun..wind picking up as the day went on...we parked our chairs near 16 green..thought it would be perfect.. It was amazing to see all these empty chairs set up..we heard later that people pay some of the workers to go in and set them up first thing in the morning.. It's remarkable..no one bothers your chair..someone may be sitting in it upon your return but they get right up and move on...so we wandered a bit.. Checking some of the early action.....then trundled over to amen corner.. Not a big crowd to begin with..we watched all the early groups go through..we saw two most amazing things at 13...as you all know..depending on your drive you can go for the green in two..for instance..jordan was on in two and barely missed his eagle putt so birdied to go to five under (i think) ...anyway..ricky hit his drive into the woods ..then hit his second into the gallery on the right..not a good shot but possibly all he had from where he was...so the crowd stands back and he hits a horrible wedge into rays creek..takes a drop..then skulls one over the green and proceeds to three putt from there..the dreaded snowball..to put it kindly..then we watched duffner pull his second shot into the azaleas..took a drop.. chunked one to the side of the green (not a pretty view from where he was..)..and then chipped/putted in for par!!.. amazing!!..I had to save this since we were leaving for the airport..i'll post this and then more later..it's actually Wednesday and we leave Friday for Georgia.. lots to chat about..
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Still no photos.. We left our cell phones in the room.. Took our cameras.. One of which died just as i was geared up to photograph some drives on the 18th...we discovered jordan, zach, duff and jimmy walker a few holes earlier and followed them a bit.. And I was set to get some driver swings but ah well.....got a few shots of swings all through the day..did a ton of walking...did i mention yesterday that if you are in the atlanta airport and you have a choice of taking the shuttle or walking from your gate to the baggage claim...USE THE SHUTTLE!!!!.. We kept thinking we would come upon it...but NO!!!!...anyway..i finally got my fit bit working and according to the read out i exceeded the 7500 steps i was supposed to walk today by twelve and a half thousand!!!.. Do not know if that's possible..but it sure felt like it!!.. And once again we were totally blown away by the elevations!..so many hills.. Up and down...these pros have to be in such great shape to walk this course five straight days!!..we had a great free breakfast at the special hospitality place with our package..then had lunch on the course...chicken sandwich, egg salad sandwich, 2 bags of chips, a diet coke, a beer and a water for fifteen bucks,,,,... Can not beat that!..we are heading to a dinner with our group this evening and already have our badges..."Badges???.....we dont need no stinkin' badges!!!!"... For tomorrow.. So we dont have to show up at the crack-O!!...i got some sad news today... Found out our fiend vicki has gone to heaven.. Blessings on her family..
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
ok..no photos yet..we drove right by famed magnolia lane but of course it was blocked!! It looks so much bigger and longer on tv!!..nothing comes across fom this course..the hills and valleys..you just dont know til you see it in person..it's been 23 years since we drove down and bought tickets at the gate for the tuesday practice round.. Or maybe it was wednesday..we saw the magical par three course..an absolute jewel..but this much later neither one of us remembers if we actually saw anyone playing on it!!.. I swear we did!!.. I Do remember watching jack and arnie and gary playing together and i got lots of pics..also all the golfers were supposed to get a photo op and we saw a bumch of those..including our own indiana boy fuzzy!..we are all set for the par three tomorrow.. Hope to take some photos with our camera tomorrow but not sure i know how to...and now i have to quit and bone up on some masters reading!! Stay tuned.. Ps.. Watching jack's amazing win in 86 on golf channel.. All golfers know where they were on that day...
Sunday, April 3, 2016
so proud and humbled to hear that my painting "sample Gates" has won best of show in the first ever juried exhibition at the Venue in Bloomington, Indiana!!.. and I couldn't even be there!!.. I was planning to head over after attending a celebration of life for a good friend..but there were wind gusts of 40-50 mph!!..that road to Bloomington is just too scary to be traveling with high winds!!..the weather was so bad that I got a call from my neighbor in Valparaiso telling me one of our trees had fallen in the back yard..across her driveway and almost taking out a car in the neighbor's yard next to that!!!.. we have to spend the next day figuring out what to do..insurance-wise..who's responsible for clean-up..who will pay the deductible..(US!!)..then Tuesday we head to augusta for the masters...practice round on Wednesday and first round on Thursday!!..wish us good weather!!.. but meanwhile I am thrilled to be so honored for my "Sample Gates"!!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
so this is a very rough start on a new horse painting.. don't know if you can tell but it's large.. 36x36..when it gets to be derby time, I think "horses"..but this year I'm not doing derby horses..just horses.. I have a few in mind..hope I can get a bunch accomplished in time for them to dry before the derby!!..maybe 3 or 4?..heading back up to my studio tomorrow before we head to indy for a tax meeting and then dinner with good friends mike and judy and ben and cindy...stay tuned!!
Monday, March 28, 2016
18x24 oil on canvas
Happy Easter!!!...I'm thrilled to announce that this painting of the Sample Gates in Bloomington, Indiana has been accepted into the Venue's first ever juried show entitled "Art and Soul of Bloomington". there will be a reception on April 2 at 6 p.m.... i was really hoping I would have to miss it because we were following the hoosiers to the final four...sadly, they ran into a buzz saw in north Carolina...four three pointers by one guy in the first five minutes??... really??....and they weren't a good out-side shooting team??? really??...ah well.. that really simplifies out lives a bit because we were going to have to figure out how to get from texas to augusta for the masters!!!.. we are so excited!.. going for the practice round on Wednesday along with the par three tournament on the prettiest little piece of property you could imagine!!...then we'll be there for the opening round on Thursday..no cell phones allowed at all.. camera only on Wednesday so we're breaking out our cameras..we went for one day in the early nineties..saw arnie, jack, and the boys.. long before tiger's time..the whole place is so green..even the food, which is very reasonable, is served in green wrappers..and so quiet!!..plus you just can't possibly understand the elevations from the view from the tv cameras..
very happy to finally deliver a long-awaited commission to my friend jan on Friday..she has been so patient with me and I think she really likes it..she says she will think of her grandmother every time she looks at "meme's peonies"..thanks, jan, for enjoying my work.. it means a lot!!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Danny Dakich the Legend"...in honor of our upcoming game with North Carolina...the tournament game in 1984 in which dan dakich helped hold jordan to 13 points on the way to upsetting the tarheels!!.. we were in florida that year..so long ago i can't remember if it was televised or not..but boy was THAT fun!!!! way to go danny boy!!..hope this year's team has that sort of defensive effort!.....Go Hoosiers!!!! you can obtain your own personal print of my original oil...here: www.susiegregoryfineart.com
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
oil on linen panel
so this is Shiloh...another doggie gone to heaven...what's extra special about this piece...he reminds me so much of our beloved rufus...who died in 1992...he was ever-present to help our kids make their way through the trials and tribulations of high school!!....plus.. shiloh looks a little bit like rake..whose name was "rufus" when my friend judy found him in the want ads in the paper..a good companion to our cubby..a golden-doodle before there were golden-doodles...who went to heaven in 2000...rake died in 2001 and we got Nellie, our oldest golden, in the fall of 2001 so...she helped raise our two oldest grands..willie and Tillie..nels will be 15 this year and she has managed to stay young with the addition of ruby in 2010....a very bossy and brash golden!!..boy we love our animals, don't we?? who's with me????
Sunday, March 20, 2016
6x8 oil on canvas panel
so this is Larka...she belonged to my friend Jane Anne's daughter...this is my donation to our local kids' commons..something i do every year..this year jane anne bought it..so in fact we are both donating to that great organization!..
Saturday, March 19, 2016
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is bugs...my friend Susan's doggie who has gone to heaven..he looks like he must have been such a peach!!...she's been so patient with me to finish this project..but I will deliver "Bugs" next week!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
24x24 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's a commission for my good tennis pal jan...this was done from a couple photographs she gave me of her grandmother's peonies...she has been patiently waiting for this for months..but i wanted to wait til after I took this wonderful workshop with Nancy Franke in st. simons..I have yet to post stuff from that workshop..but I loved every minute of it..so much fun and wonderful to watch this woman work her magic!!..so I incorporated a few of her tricks of the trade in this piece...jan wanted me to add a little lady bug on one of the petals..can you find it?
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
oil on canvas panel
it's been a while!!!.. it's not that i haven't been painting..just too busy to post!!.. this is a painting for my friend rick...nikki's gone to heaven and i wanted to do a little remembrance to honor this fine pooch!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Ok...i have no photo of this...thank the good lord!!!...im on my ipad and not my computer so i dont know how to post any photos...so i did a fantastic two day workshop last week with Nancy franke on st. Simons...it started a bit scary since i thought my box of supplies i sent down early had been stolen...turns out i was trying to pick them up at the wrong house!!..my friend becky lives in a Grey house..NOT a Blue house...never was blue ...apparently...anyway..intensive two days and loved every minute of it!!..more later about that when i can fgure out how to post photos...Anyway..davey met me in ft. Myers on saturday and we drove down to marco island..explored sunday and then played golf yesterday at the rookery..so here's how we do it on vacation...if we're playing a new course and we're unfamiliar with the layout..if we land in a hazard we didn't know was there..we just lay out and dont take a stroke..we're on vaca, after all.....ok.. So my day started with a great drive that barely missed a trap so i was looking good...til i got up there and found a hazard past the trap...i retrieved my ball...actually birdied the hole...sort of a minorly cheating birdie...and was actually even par after four.....so i was looking good...then i lost my swing..kept flipping..early release..you golfers know what i'm talking about...so after four horrible holes where i lost three or four balls in the water...and i was ready to quit...davey worked with me a bit.. I finally hit a really good drive..barely missing these traps just as the hole dog legged to the right!!..right?..so i went to where my ball should have been..and MORE water!!!!... But ..aha.. I think i see my ball on these rocks and i was really tired of losing balls...so i stepped down..trying to retrieve the ball.. The rocks are very strange down here..very slippery...and they gave way..(never would have happened in indiana)...and i did a slow, thrashing tumble into the pond..lake..whatever the hell it was...davey said.." I was so worried when i first saw it..i thought i'd have to go in after you..or you would fall in really deep water and panic..or maybe one of the hundreds of gators would show up...then i realized you were just dumb and all i could do was laugh and wished I had my camera!!!!"....everything but my left shoulder and high left hip was totally submerged...scraped my right leg and arm...and of course that was the ninth hole and i had another nine to play!!!!... We howled..if i'm not falling off my bike, the lid of the whirlpool is falling on my head...or im tripping and falling in a lake.. I told davey.."One of these days im going to do something serious!"...meanwhile...we had a fun day today with two fellows who rent here for the winter...and another day of golf tomorrow before we head home...life is indeed good!
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
24x18 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's another project i worked on before Christmas..this was for my Godson Matt...who commissioned me in november to try and capture his special lady..we were in florida attending a wedding and met sharie for the first time..they came to Columbus for Christmas and we were able to surprise her. I also surprised matt with a painting I've had on hold for a while.. as soon as he sends me a photo, i'll post that one!!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
so it's been a while..this is a commission for my friend Brenda..these guys were puppies when this photo was taken...and they're all grown up now..and they're brothers...which is so cool!~I really have been working but haven't posted for a while.... getting ready to head south for a workshop with nancy franke...held at mary Anderson's gallery on st. simons...and I absolutely can not wait!!!!!
Friday, January 8, 2016
oil on gallery wrap
this is "Phyllie's Pear"...I think I posted it earlier but i wanted it to be part of my 30 in 30 project..i painted so much right before Christmas that it HAS to count, no??..my friend phyllie has moved into a new home..after a very long search to find just the perfect place...and it is perfect!!..and the pear seems to work just right!!
Thursday, January 7, 2016
oil on gallery wrap
ok..so my new friend bill asked me to paint this for his wife for christmas..i'm pretty sure this kitty's name is sumo..looks like a sumo, doesn't he???..at any rate.. this kitty is in heaven and I hope bill's wife enjoyed her present as much as I enjoyed painting it for her!!..almost done taking Christmas down...spent much of the day singing to mama mia and working ...as is my wont!!..for some reason i can't pack away ornaments... (all 207 of them).. from the tree...not counting all the sprigs of holly..(I love my tree)..without singing along to mama mia!!..followed by love actually!..
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
oil on gallery wrap canvas
ok..so my new friend bill saw some of my work at the "Columbus makes" show at the Columbus Art and Design venue...he wondered whether I could do this painting of his neighbor's dog..oscar was a grand next-door neighbor who was on his way to heaven in the next several days..i was happy to do this for him...i'm not sure when he presented this to his neighbor but I am so hoping he loved it as much as bill did!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
oil on gallery wrap
here's a little painting of santa..one of three new ones I completed this year..and yes..it counts toward the 30 day challenge..soon now..i will be doing new work!..promise..
Monday, January 4, 2016
oil on gallery wrap
so this was for my friend Barbara...she gave it to her daughter for christmas so i had to keep quiet..i only wish I could remember their names!!..this is another in our 30 paintings in 30 days..even though I painted it a while back..it still counts!..i'm watching instructional dvds while i'm working on the house..taking down Christmas..little by little..leaving the outside window boxes and candles in the windows for a while!!..not ready for the holiday to be over just yet!!
Sunday, January 3, 2016
oil on gallery wrap
so i didn't paint this today..i watched the colts pull out a win..to no avail..and finished the first disc of a fabulous scott tallman powers dvd..a moody city scene which I am loving!!!!..this is a painting of Zeus for my friend Karen..zeus is actually her brother's dog!!..but isn't he gorgeous??..
Saturday, January 2, 2016
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's another iconic image..this time it's the amazing Ben Hogan.. i have read and re-read his small instructional book..love it!!.. i am participating in leslie saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge..starting yesterday we post a new work every day...i will try and post some of the things I did in December..that's not cheating..you can actually paint ahead!! and then i will do something every day or almost every day through the month of January...stay tuned!!
Friday, January 1, 2016
so this is an iconic image of the great bobby jones!..this has probably been painted many, many times and I decided to put my own spin on him....he was an amazing golfer..won many tournaments..and never turned pro!!..I think he was actually a lawyer..i have actually done a lot of painting through the holidays but couldn't post anything so as not to ruin the surprise..i hope I remembered to take photos of the things I accomplished..more tomorrow..
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
so I finally finished these two paintings!!..I have been working on them for a while..they are of two sets of grands belonging to my friend Marilyn..there's another image that her daughter is planning to paint..then she'll have all her grands displayed above her couch....and i'm pleased to announce that she and her hubby truly seemed to love them..so that's always cool!!.. I have a few more commissions to complete before Christmas and I will post them here!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so I've been working on this for a while!!..my friend phyllie decided she wanted a great big pear for the dining room in her brand new digs!!..the place is absolutely perfect..such a great space!..and I only hope they all love this as much as I do!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6x6 oil on panel
ok...so here i sit with a bag of peas on the bridge of my nose...really hard to see what i'm typing by the way...earlier today this same bag was on my right elbow, where I had yet another cortisone shot for my tennis/golf elbow!...I am so happy to announce that I had this painting accepted into the randy higbee 6x6 show..opening December 5 in costa mesa, California!!..thrilled beyond words!!..so i'm also working on a commission for my good friend phyllie..she came by today and seems to love it..i was working on some other stuff in my studio and was cleaning up and trying to clean off a palette knife..and SLASHED my left index finger!!..(never realized they were so freaking sharp!!!)....poor Davey..he has worked above and beyond on me today..he had to glue my gash together..I've had it in a bag so it wouldn't get wet when I washed my hair and showered...holding it over my head most of the evening...but back to the peas...after dinner I was reaching for something under the sink in the bathroom and it suddenly gave way, crashing my nose into the granite!!..I ran screaming to my hubby of course..."NOW Look!!!"...and he suggested the peas...i'm heading to indy for a special outing with my girlfriends.."how to have a stress-free Christmas"...hell..i need to learn how to have a stress-free Thursday...or maybe Friday...I will be traveling with a bad right elbow, a bad left index finger and possibly a very large nose...time will tell!...at least I got a painting into the higbee show!!!!!
Sunday, November 1, 2015
...sometimes there would be extraneous ghouls (kids, friends of kids),,roaming around the yard, one sticking a knife in the ground as she squatted there with a hideous grin..(remember, boogs?)..or chasing young trick or treaters down the street...(remember jase?, jen?..) and the youngens would run in panic..screaming in delicious horror...they loved it!!..and over the years, the little ones..who could barely get off the front sidewalk to walk up to the house one year..as the years went by, would get braver and braver..closer and closer, eventually venturing all the way up to the door..to have the witch throw it open with a howling screech..."welcome children!!!!...would you like some candy?..or would you like to become my soup????"...what fun!!
..cars would drive in from all over..who knows where..drop the kids off at our house and wait for them to get back in the car and drive off..more then once, the witch was greeted at the door by a group of kids..or maybe even just one..with the parents in tow..filming the whole encounter!..often the witch would have to take off some of her scary stuff to soothe the really young or the super scared..
..and of course the witch had some very scary sidekicks..two canine and one human..usually dressed in hospital gown with a horrific mask..sometimes there would be fog..sometimes not..(lots of work, that fog machine..)..the first year the witch and her cohort had to be out of town for the holiday, they left a poem on the front porch and a big bag of candy..exhorting the little goblins to take a few pieces and leave some for the next guy..and we found one candy bar in the bottom of the bag when we got home!!
...over the years it's gotten harder and harder to get this all accomplished..we sort of created a monster, so to speak...but tradition will out..even though most of the little ones have grown and some are getting married..and some have grown up never having been brave enough to meet the witch..(and you know who you are!!)...there are always new little ones..last year it was a bit easier..i decided to use a mask..that green and black makeup was a beast to get off!..this year..in lieu of the loud noises that admittedly drove the dogs mad..we opted for a few new ghouls to hang on the front porch..all motion sensitive so there was plenty of noise!!..scary noise..and we had the strobe light out and the dead guy and plenty of spiders and spider webs..a few realisitic looking huge vampire bats as well...but the best part...the VERY best part...we opted to have a stay-cation!!..we left a huge pumpkin full of candy and a note saying the witch was not home ..(a wee bit of a Halloween tale admittedly..)..it was great!! no rushing to the door, affixing the mask or putting in the bad teeth, ready to howl..we simply had a great spheghetti dinner (the sidekick ghoul is also the best cook in the world..)..relaxed, quiet..and the kids still got a good scare!!..most of the candy was gone and the witch and her sidekick live to rise another year...or not!!
Saturday, October 31, 2015
so I worked on her a little bit more today..and I still see something I want to change..i'm hoping to enter this into randy higby's 6x6 show..i missed it last year and I still have time to enter a couple pieces for this year..see if you can tell what I did today...
Friday, October 30, 2015
6x6 oil on linen panel
so I really had fun with this!!..not sure it's done but almost!..i was inspired by a painting I saw in the Churchill hotel in London...I absolutely fell in love with this painting of a young man..but very oddly colored...lots of green in the shadows..but it worked somehow!...so this is my attempt at that color palatte...it took me the whole afternoon but I had so much fun!..trying to get the skin tones right with hints of surrounding colors..i will revisit this tomorrow and repost..see if you can notice the small differences...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
30x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so it's been a while...we've been back and forth to the lake so much this summer..and I HAVE been painting..mostly for the new gallery up there..i will post a few of those pics if I can determine that i actually photographed them!! MEANWHILE....back at the ranch...I did a bit of painting over this weekend..this is one of the large ones..a really big magnolia!!..loved doing it!..
Sunday, September 27, 2015
oil on stretched canvas
so this is a painting for my new friends and owners of the white key gallery in Valparaiso..ed and sue spelde. this is molly..and I suppose I have a penchant for painting puppies who have passed on to pooch heaven!!!..she looked like a sweet girl and I hope she's having fun with all her new found friends!!..heading to valpo in a few days..planning to do some golfing and some painting...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
so I was able to spend several hours on this today...no where near finished..although it may look so much better than the last post, you may think so...I still need to do a lot of tweaking..i need to let the water dry a bit so I can come back in..hard to do that wet in wet..values need to be tended to..if you can tell..the little girl's dress is too dark on top..you just can't see these things while you're in the thick of it..so a photo always helps..lots more to do..stay tuned!...