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Monday, October 27, 2014

i'm so excited!!! and another tease.....

so this is a bit blurry, it turns out...but another little smidgeon of the project I've been working on...all will be revealed..(the big reveal)..on November 6th..so stay tuned!.. on another note..i received three BIG boxes of canvas today..OVER sized canvas..all stretched linen...I am so excited..i am planning to do some BIG pieces!!!...i'm thinking i'll do half Georgia-oriented and half Indiana-oriented..maybe...but I have a lot to look forward to!..and nice because the weather is just about to turn semi-ugly!!..gorgeous day today..played seven holes..didn't keep score..lost a couple balls in the leaves...(WE HATE THE LEAVES!!!!)...so golf season, as mikey says, is (almost) over!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

another tease...

so here's another little piece of my "double secret" surprise...I think i'm finished with it but I used clove oil to condition my oil paints..a todd Williams thing..only I think I added a bit much of the oil..this painting is taking FOREVER to dry!!!!..working on a donation to the kids commons..a golden...i'll post when I get that finished!..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VILLA..

12x12 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is a little 12x12 painting of "Villa"..i did this as a wedding gift for JK and Danielle..we went to their wedding several weeks ago and I am FINALLY getting to this!..they love their doggie and I loved painting her!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

on the island...

so we played oleander at jekyl yesterday..this is a photo of two deer prancing nearby..we arrived on the island Friday afternoon..we drove through horrendous thunderstorms on the way down..and they followed us all the way to the island!..we had to sit in our car for 30 minutes when we arrived..then we had a really bad first day or so..cable problems, email problems, trying to find pieces of furniture that had been either rearranged or broken...we love this place but we don't love the hassle of reentry!..so today was a new day..we played sanctuary cove..half an hour south...the four coolest par threes he's ever played, according to freddy couples...(just realized we each parred 3 out of 4 of them)..we were paired today with gene and ellen..a lovely couple..newly-weds in their sixties-ish...she was a novice with real potential and he was a seasoned golfer...very fun people who put up with my on again off again golf game..Davey had a really good day!!..he ended up most improved but I won yesterday so the battle is ON baby!!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

secret project...

so I am working on a "double secret" project.. I can't post it yet...I really don't want to spoil the surprise...but from time to time I will post a little piece of the painting...here's the first tease....

Friday, September 26, 2014

"Home from church"

this is the 12x9 painting I did yesterday in the last day of the workshop.  I painted this once before..both from a black and white photo my father took in the sixties someplace in Europe...i'm much happier with this one, although there is one thing i'm going to tweak..maybe tomorrow..i learned so much from this workshop..and so very happy I was able to study with todd Williams!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

todd williams workshop


I've been taking a three-day workshop with Todd Williams (http://www.toddwilliamsfineart.com/)...it's being held in Nashville, Indiana and i'm having a wonderful time!..todd is a wonderful painter and teacher..a protogee of c.w.mundy who's a particular fav of mine!..the first day we had a very educational slide show and a meet and greet in the morning and then todd did his demo in the afternoon.. we have been treated to the most wonderful lunches and then last night there was a wine and hors' d reception in a fabulous log cabin home in the hills..we painted outside in Nashville yesterday so you can see todd doing his demo in the first photo and then below that is my painting..9x12..i did not have an umbrella and sometimes your painting can end up a bit dark since your pupils constrict in the sunshine and it can affect what you're doing..we worked on our paintings morning and afternoon and you can imagine how much the sun moved..another challenge of outdoor painting..looking forward to this last day..painting from our photos indoors and then a critique at the end of the day...stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

todd williams workshop

been busy getting my house organized because i'm involved in a three day workshop with todd Williams...a wonderful painter whom I've followed for quite some time...today we learned and watched...tomorrow we paint..hope to have something to post later...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Rusty 11"

30x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this piece will be going to a client in Tennessee...it's drying as we speak...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Reflections"

17x17 oil on panel
so this isn't the greatest for lighting..i was in the shade and it was getting very cold and windy..i painted this yesterday in front of the inspire gallery in carmel and met some very nice folks who were out for the monthly gallery walk...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Harley"

10x8 oil on canvas panel
here's a little ditty i'm taking to the inspire gallery today..i did a version of this guy a couple years ago as a donation to "bria's ride"..a benefit for a little girl with some serious challenges.  not many people know that most Harley riders are very big on charitable doings...

Friday, September 12, 2014

small boat

6x6 oil on canvas panel
so i'm  heading up to the inspire gallery on main street in carmel tomorrow...planning to paint a larger boat piece..cathy asked if i would bring some small things so I have been busy..bad left elbow so I can't golf..might as well take advantage of studio time!!..these three things will never be dry by tomorrow but I have them in front of the gas fireplace in the kitchen..hoping...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Boys of Summer"

so here's a little ditty I did today..probably will revisit this tomorrow after  thinking about it..values and such...but this is an image I've wanted to paint for a while and cathy bauder at the Inspire Gallery in carmel asked me to bring a few more things on Saturday..i'm planning to paint outside the gallery during the second Saturday gallery walk..hoping for good weather...

Monday, September 8, 2014

getting closer...

ok..so I was able to get a bit more done on this today...still have just a few tweaks to do but i'm thinking i'm pretty happy with it so far...I think I need to make it a little bit more dilapidated..if that's possible...if I can get this done in the next few days, it will have plenty of time to dry before delivery in october...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

finally getting started...

so this is the start...the painting is a commission for a gal in Tennessee who has already purchased one of my large boat paintings and wanted this to go with it..I've been so busy..traveled to see our friends tim and Katie..just hosted 40 here for the Gregory family reunion yesterday so the house was a priority!..i'm supposed to be participating in the 30 in 30 challenge so i'll post this even though it's only half way done...hope to finish it tomorrow and then on to the next commission and then on to the dailies!...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

a bit behind..

we just got home from Michigan..visiting friends tim and Katie..while there, we went on an adventure!..we went to Shipshewana Wednesday morning..looking for treasuers at a weekly auction and flea market in the heart of amish country..i got so much painting fodder!..we were looking for fresh eggs and produce on the way back and stopped at this wonderful farm..my new friend wilma allowed me to photograph her while she ventured into the hen house to retrieve fresh..i'm talking FRESH eggs..right out from under the hens practically!! she said they usually lay one per day and she had a lot of hens...she also had a house full of pullets..younger hens who lay smaller eggs who soon enough graduate to the big hen house...
so here we go..traveling around and behind a big barn..horses for plowing and for riding around in buggies.. cows...rabbits.etc..... to the henhouse..i explained what I was doing..the thirty paintings in thirty days project..(i'm way behind already)..and of course she was very sweet but looked at me like I was from the moon..no internet..no electricity..a life of work and toil and, as she put it, "hopefully pleasing to God"...I really hope to get to paint some of these things..have to finish a commission first...

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 paintings in 30 days...day 1.."Rooster for Wendy"

16x12
oil on canvas
so this is the first day of our September painting challenge..another of Leslie Saeta's brainchilds...we were actually supposed to come up with a theme...very difficult for me..i'm using part of this month to catch up on my "grand" project...part of it for some commissions..i may actually post large pieces in progress..we'll see...part of it for gallery pieces...and part of it for some special surprises...my friend wendy took a bunch of pictures of her special chickens and roosters...this guy looked more like a rooster to me..so he's a rooster!!...as to theme...I may decide to do some midwest stuff..my face book friend Kathy cousart is doing southern..so maybe i'll do Indiana...we'll see...stay tuned..we are heading to Michigan to see tim and Katie...so i'll be a bit behind in my efforts..but that's ok..doesn't matter if we do one every day or not..just trying to do one every day is challenge enough!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Harbor"

17x17
oil on board
so the Venue, my gallery in Bloomington, wanted a quick boat painting..Bloomington is hosting the annual 4th street art fair saturday and sunday..lots of participants, streets blocked off..the whole deal...so I had to get this accomplished and delivered by today!..i managed!..now i have to turn my attention to my house..left to languish over all these wonderful summer months with so much golf to play...we are hosting our gregory family reunion on the 6th..just around the corner...at least 35 souls...lots of food and really praying for good weather...not too hot and not too cold!!..you never know in September....

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"In the Harbor" SOLD

so this painting is one of the ones I painted outside the Inspire gallery a few weeks ago..since then the gallery has moved up the street..closer to the action..i feel blessed to have it sell and I just delivered a large floral yesterday on our way to the lake..we are getting a little golf in and waiting on mike and judy to arrive tomorrow..then it's off to Chicago for a cubs game, some shopping and a dinner at shaw's ...I absolutely can't wait!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

tom dakich memorial golf outing..

so here we are with danny..he was posted on the 17th hole..a par three..and to that point we were even par...while all the young guns were eating up the white tees and posting way under par...so danny's job was to pass out spiced rum and to hit an iron within birdie range...he didn't fail us and we made OUR FIRST BIRDIE!!!!!  for cry-y-y!!!!...such a fun event!!  been a very busy week since then..more tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

thanks...

I was playing in a guest day today so I didn't get to listen...but apparently my friend danny gave me some wonderful props on his radio show today..he put on a spectacular outing yesterday and he should be very proud of himself for the way he can rally the troops...thanks again to Daniel j. dakich for the kind words....

Monday, July 21, 2014

here's my surprise...

36x24 oil on canvas
so here's what I've been teasing for the past few days..we had a blast today at danny dakich's third annual summer of fun golf outing..this year was dedicated to his dad, tom dakich, who passed away in april very suddenly..i donated a painting of a golf glove..i think I posted it earlier here.. and a giclee on paper of danny guarding Michael Jordan in the early eighties..(I got danny to sign it!)..which alone brought $400 for riley hospital!!..danny's brother, tom, bought my golf glove and they were both very touched by my painting of his dad in his early days of the "junior mafia"..having lost my father so long ago, I know what they are going through..it was a great day of golf..i don't know what we thought we were going to do out there..most of the teams were young studs, playing from the whites and birdying almost every hole!!..our team of diane, nate, Davey and I ended up four under...not too shabby for us but certainly not in the money...fun was had by all anyway..

maybe just one more...

we are playing in a special golf outing today...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

a little tease...

so this is a little tease of a project i'm working on...more to follow...

Monday, July 14, 2014

more teasing...

a little bit more...

tom dakich outing donation

12x12
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this year we are able to play in danny's summer of fun outing!.. we missed it last year due to Davey's surgeries but we are rarin' to go this year.  danny's dad died a couple months ago and this year's event is dedicated to his father, tom.  on the website I noticed they were having a silent auction..so of course, i'm in!!.this is a larger version of one of my daily paintings..done years ago...it's titled "after the round"..hope it brings some bucks for riley hospital!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

painting on main street....



so I went up to the carmel gallery walk..lots of fun and lots of people..at one point I had my boat painting turned upside down..i sometimes do that to paint shapes instead of things....and this little boy came along and was so confused!..i'm so glad I went..got these two paintings accomplished and met some wonderful people..it really is a small world!..these are now in beautiful omega frames, both 12x12 and available at the INSPIRE studio gallery at 15 e main st. in carmel...the shadow you see at the top of the boat painting is from the top of the panel holder on my easel..no worries...


Saturday, July 12, 2014

excited...

i'm very excited!.. today is the july gallery walk in carmel..hours are five to nine but people come out early, i'm told..i am going to be painting outside the inspire studio gallery at 15 e. main st....not sure i'll be painting a plean aire scene but I will be working on a painting..i thought I might do a boat painting..no brushes needed..all palette knife..and very limited palette so the travel will be simplified! can't wait and i'm praying for good weather!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Cooper"...rest in peace...

8x10
oil on canvas panel
so this is cooper...my friend sara's cousin's goldie..gone now..and since our Nellie is 12 going on 13..and cooper really looks a lot like nels with his white face....just had to paint him!..we had a great time this past weekend..saw our rels for the fourth and finally got to play some golf! - played with ceej and craig on sunday and packed up yesterday for my birthday and drove home...looking forward to a whole week of celebrating!..AS USUAL...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

karen's grand bailey

16x20 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's my final painting..this sweet child is meandering at the beach..loved everything about her!!..i have some news:..i am now represented by the Inspire Studio and Gallery on Main St in Carmel!!  I am so excited!..i met with the owner, painter cathy bauder, on Thursday..we had a wonderful time..she's the kind of person you feel like you've known all your life!!..our styles of putting paint to canvas are totally different but that's part of the fun...i am thrilled for the opportunity!~

Sunday, June 22, 2014

getting closer...

so here's more of my project...i'm liking it quite well...getting ready to head home tomorrow and i'll take another look at it then...we have had rain every day and more predicted for tonight..so good for painting but not good for golf!...I bailed gallons and gallons of lake water out of our paddleboat...finally able to take a ride around the lake this afternoon..we tried to trick the girls..told them to guard the house and went out the street-side door...scurried around to the lake..but when we returned, they were waiting for us on the porch..had been watching us the whole time...smart little stinkers!!...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

new project...


so i'm working on a new project...I thought I would take s few photos during the earlier stages..i'll post more tomorrow..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

on my easel...

20x16
oil on canvas
so we're at the lake..i have a few projects i wanted to get accomplished..a couple of my "grand" project paintings..but i left the house without a few VERY important colors..for blond hair and a certain color of blue eyes..(are you getting this, sally?)...anyway..i'm putting that project on hold and I have this one going..i've had this photo for a long time..in fact, the family these two comes from now has another boy and (finally) a girl...I may have to tweak this a bit and as I look at it now, I see a few things compositionally i may work on..but I love the idea of this...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

back to my "grand" project..."REESE"

7x5 oil on canvas panel
so here's a painting that's part of my grand project..my friend Margaret needed this to give to her daughter-in-law in time for her early july birthday..good incentive to get this done!..we're heading to the lake tomorrow so much more painting to do!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

back to my boat roots...

so this is my effort for today...back to my roots...boats and more boats...a little 6x6 ditty...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

on my easel...

so we've been at the lake and my computer doesn't work up there..i did watch a dvd by bryan ryder which I loved..i tried out his method here..looking at this, I see some things I need to work on..but it was fun..we are getting ready for an experimental show at the story inn over the weekend..if we do well and it's not too much work, we may do several over the summer and fall..time will tell..i hope we have some folks show up!

Monday, May 26, 2014

on my easel...


I have so many peonies blooming in my yard..this is a small one..I've been working on the large peony painting but it's changing every day so in the end I've just made it very loose..pretty sure you can tell it's a floral but...i'll post that later..probably do a bit more on this one as well...i'm working on a birthday present but I can't post it yet...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

i think i'm done...

30x24
so i was finally able to get back to this...had a bit of the flu bug around this weekend but i'm back in business...there's a bit of a glare but I think i'm quite happy with the background color now..much more tending toward pewterish gray..and I've greyed the bird down quite a bit..of course..when i take it to it's new home and if it doesn't quite work..there's always tweakability using oils!!...my peonies are all of a sudden out in full force so i've got some up in my studio and have started a largish painting...can't let those flowers go to waste! ..of course the problem is..every time you look at them they've opened a bit more and so the whole thing keeps evolving..hard to stick to the original design so i'm just going to have to make it very loose and we'll see what happens...

Friday, May 16, 2014

a bit of tweaking...

so I went back to the drawing/color board...I indeed checked this piece with its final resting place..and I needed to grey down the blues in the bird a bit..and the background...and since it was still wet, I was able to scrape down the background...including the reeds and flowers and rework that..i painted over the bird..adding even MORE paint so it's pretty thick!..i'm letting it dry a bit and then hopefully tomorrow or sunday I can come back in and add the reeds, etc...it still looks rather blue..but, believe me,..it's trending more toward pewter..which is what I was after...stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

more of my commission...

so here's my commission a little more finished..i have to get in touch to check color with her since it's for her home...stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

i think i'm liking it so far...


so i'm working on this commission..i should have taken a pic midway from the first to the second...still have a lot to do but i'm liking how it's going so far...

Monday, May 12, 2014

"Good Day, Sunshine!!"

16x20 oil on gallery wrap canvas
this is my donation for the children's museum in indy.  for some reason this was the name that came to me as i was painting...wondering what this brontosaurus might be thinking to himself as he was busting free...hoping it brings some cash for the cause!!...been working on the yard for three straight days...time to get back to the studio..i'm starting a project for my friend cindy and can't wait to get going...
 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Run, Baby, Run!" SOLD

so Harrison lake country club hosted a fabulous derby party last Saturday.  the committee, including mandy miller, nea ritz, kevina schumaker and cindy rhoades (forgive me if I've left anyone out!) did a fantastic job of decorating and asked to use my horse paintings as added ambience..i'm thrilled to announce that this piece has found a new home.  I helped to hang it on Tuesday.  the fellow who bought it is planning to surprise his wife, who fell in love with it the night of the party...this is such a thrill for me..i can't even tell you!!  ...and it's the second time in the past six months a husband has purchased a piece of my art to surprise his wife..how cool is that???..now it's on to the yard and spring planting!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

saying good bye to the beach...

so tomorrow we leave this gorgeous island...we had a very rough start with so much rain for a few days..but when it's nice, it's very, very nice!!..warm and sunny and some breeze to boot...we've had such a good time on this annual couples' trip..been coming here to this same place for almost forty years...(my gawd..are we possibly that old???)...played golf at coastal pines, pine lakes on jekyl, sanctuary cove, heritage oaks on buffalo river..a salt water river connecting down the line to the ocean, and two rounds at fantastical Frederica!!.. don't know whether I mentioned that I brought down 20 pieces..ranging in size from 6x6 to 30x30...they are all now in Simon's on the pier..they tell me they sold one of my lighthouses yesterday..so blessed and thankful!!..now it's time to get back to the real world..two day drive and I hear we may have tornadoes through the south tomorrow...I will put a shield around our car and soldier on!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

finally gorgeous outside!!!!



so here's the deal.....after 4 and a half inches of rain over Friday and Saturday and lots of sloppy weather sunday...we FINALLY saw the sun today!!! and blue sky!!!!..and warmth!!!!....now THIS is the Georgia I remember!!!!!...so yesterday Davey and I played Jekyll island..pine lakes..sloshed through a chilly, cart-path only round...i think I lost my seven iron somewhere...but these pictures depict a very strange happening!...we walked off one green...saw these four guys over something..we weren't sure what!..looked like they were tending to someone who was injured..with all the supplies laid out near them...turns out they had snagged A SIX FOOT ALLIGATOR!!!...yep!!..I asked if this guy could do some damage and.."yes, he can"..we'd heard earlier that someone had caught an alligator or two and shipped them off the island...but these guys were from the "applied wildlife conservation lab and greg was doing his master's (I think) project...he's the one in the black hat (turned backwards) sitting directly on top of the critter..i think it took all of them to snare and corral him..the alligator, not greg...)..then he was tying this GPS system right in the middle of the gator's shoulder blades...the idea is to track their behavior while in the environs of humans..(I think)...so that was yesterday...and today we played Frederica...a very exclusive course..i think 12 of the touring pros live there...(we didn't see any)..and on the back nine...a par four severe dog-leg to the right..there on the bank of the water..happily sunning himself was a six-footer...at least...needless to say we gave him a very wide berth...if your tee shot went anywhere near that sucker..we just dropped a little more to the left!!!...it was a wonderful day...lots of sunshine and warmth on our skin..