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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

today's effort..first pass...

ok.. so this is 24x30..i bought some framed prints at a local furniture store that was going out of business a while back...always stocking up on frames..just in cases...this will go in a gold frame that my hubby worked hard yesterday to free from it's old print..i really love the frame and I think i'm going to love this..i have to finish it before Monday..i'm heading up to my new gallery representation in carmel..

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

today's effort...

this is on my easel..i think I finished yesterday's guys and started this today..needs a lot of work but I wanted to get this posted..can't wait for tomorrow...

Monday, January 26, 2015

back home again...and finally back to painting...

so we're home from was a wonderful trip..warm and sunny and lots of good food and fun...but no dogs allowed on the beach so it doesn't look good for us finding a place to rent there!...working hard to re-enter...mail and calls, etc...and I finally got to my studio this afternoon...wanting to do rather a series of we'll see.. this guy will need some tweaking tomorrow but i'm having fun with it!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Took the day off..

No golf today..yesterday we played at tiburon in the ritz Carlton complex..joined two fine fellows from Pennsylvania..mike and nick..lots of fun..then dinner with ted and seeing old we browsed around..went to the famous third street..lots of tony shops and eateries ..stopped in a few art galleries..left a few rained on...and had lunch down on the dock..wonderful lazy day..!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday morning...

So we thought yesterday that we would be happy winning one out of three of those games...underdogs in all three...after the Hoosiers pulled it out we may have gotten greedy..especially when the pack was crushing...can't believe they'd threw it way like that..starting with the slide after the interception in the fourth quarter..that set of downs was so crucial and....the rest is history.....and don't even get me started on the colts!!!!!...I guess that just gives me more time to paint when I get home...I am going to try to post our view but not sure i know how...nope...can't do it....

Saturday, January 17, 2015

So here we are in Naples...

I just realized I should be taking pics with this iPad and then I can access them and post them here on my blog!!.. We arrived in Naples..Florida not Italy...on Thursday afternoon... Played golf by ourselves yesterday here at the Naples beach and golf but a bit cold and windy..and then today we played the lely mustang course with a couple of wonderful of them a senior champion ...we weren't able to finish our round since we had dinner plans with some IU buddies from indiana...had a great time with them catching up and enjoying a great meal at bayside ...tomorrow it's all about  tv viewing...IU at one, packers at three and colts at six thirty...could we possibly go three for three!?!?!?!...stay tuned....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

affirmation..dancing in the light..

acrylic on canvas
so this is a piece I've been working on for a's available at our wonderful downtown restaurant Tre Bicchiere in Columbus...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

day eight.."Affirmation"

30x24 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
so this will be going to the Inspire studio gallery tomorrow..she wanted some more abstract work so this is it..

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

day six..tanner

so this is a painting of nephew's golden who went to doggie heaven late last year..his momma commissioned this painting for him for Christmas and I was thrilled to do it!..the photo she sent was of tanner in a yard full of fall leaves so I had to do my best to make tanner emerge from the background..hope I did him justice!..

Monday, January 5, 2015

day five...abstract...

24x24 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
so today is day gallery owner in indy wanted some abstract pieces for january..this is a flower..sort of abstract..i may revisit this tomorrow and add some ink or gold leaf for fun..

Sunday, January 4, 2015

day 4..charlie the dog..

8x8 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is day mom's birthday..we think..although she died in 85, I always think of her especially today..or maybe yesterday..she was never quite sure when her birthday was..she was a trip!! and I miss her dearly!..anyway..this is granddaughter Lucy's other dog..I've already painted rosie for her so this is chalie..lucy will turn double digits on the 8th..(yowsah!!)..I think I might just do a painting for each of my grands' birthdays this year..that might be fun!!...i'm also working on a very large zebra painting...and i'm absolutely loving it!!!!

day three...a commission..

actually this was painted last month..i knew this 30 in 30 challenge was coming up so I think it counts!..this is a commission for my friend ron..these are his three grands..all together at the beach in santa cruz, California..i am working on a very large zebra painting which won't be done for a while..also planning to paint a birthday present for my granddaughter..maybe today...

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day two...daisy...

so this is daisy...she belonged to a friend and went to doggy heaven a few months ago..a very hard Christmas for her owners because daisy was really into Christmas!..she looked forward to unwrapping all her gifts!..i have no idea how they kept her out of their gifts ....anyway..i wanted to paint this for this is my day 2 painting...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

30 in 30..Notre Dame Golden Dome

so this is a 10x8 oil painting of Notre Dame's Golden Dome.  this is the first painting in leslie saeta's 30 paintings in thirty days actually needs some tweaking..tomorrow..and then this will be donated to my friend Jodi for a school fundraiser.  I grew up in South Bend..up the hill from leeper park..and I could climb to the very top of the tree in my back yard and see the golden dome across the treetops..i'm not sure how far away it actually was....probably at least ten miles..the very thought of climbing a tree at this point in my life gives me the willies...I have countless scars on my knees from falling out of many trees as a youngster!...I may post this again tomorrow but then again I need to be doing another small one..i have a large painting planned..zebras...I can't wait to get started!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

getting in the spirit..

Spirit of Giving
24x24 giclee
so I've been busy..this giclee, along with a few other pieces which i'll post in the next few days, will be part of the decorations for Harrison Lake Country Club's Christmas party!.. i'm thrilled to be asked and will deliver them this next week...the gals working so hard to make the magic, mandy, nea, kevina, cindy and joyce (hope I haven't forgotten anyone)..continue to do a fantastical job for our club!!!  the party is the 19th..hope to see you there!!!...oops..almost forgot..we were contacted by the republic this afternoon..they want to do a feature on us for their quarterly old farts magazine!  ha!..lovin it!!..,i hate to tell her i'm going backwards and will turn 50 next year!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tre Bicchieri...

here are a couple blasts from the past!.."C'est Moi!" and "My Friend Kermit"...these, along with fourteen other paintings are now on display at Tre Bicchieri, a lovely downtown restaurant in Columbus!!..Elaine, the owner, came to visit while i was at millrace last week and asked me to bring some pieces Tuesday was the day and I am so thrilled to be there!!..i'm not sure if I mentioned that I was asked to do a week-long artist in residence at out local senior center.  I was somewhat apprehensive..worried I was supposed to turned out that I did do a bit of teaching but only in a very casual way..folks would come in, ask questions, one gal sat down and took notes for two hours!!..I saw friends from tennis, golf, neighbors, community leaders...that joint is one happening place!!..I really loved being there all week..even though it did set me back in my every day stuff a i'm working hard to complete a series of small pieces for my gallery in carmel..Inspire gallery, 111 W. Main st...she's having a Christmas show entitled "one hundred under one hundred"...I hope we have lots of Christmas shoppers..i am having a lot of fun trying some new stuff!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

first day at millrace...

so today I started my week-long artist in residence at the millrace senior center here in Columbus..first of all..that place is fantastic!!!..they have so much going many people coming and made it hard to really concentrate on my work..but that's ok..i had a ball and really look forward to the rest of the week!!..this is a tease of a painting i'm not allowed to talk about for a while..i started working on it today down at the center and it's not done ..hope to finish it tomorrow and get going on something else..maybe i'll post another little piece of it then..i can't ruin the surprise!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

tony's night...(the big reveal)

last night our good friend and golf pro, tony clecak, was inducted into the Indiana PGA hall of fame.  a dinner was held at Harrison lake country club and nearly 200 folks came from all over to help him celebrate and to congratulate him on a job and career well done!..several months ago our current pro, keith clark, asked me to consider doing a painting in honor of the occasion.  we settled on this photo but I had to add long pants because for once, tony was wearing shorts..pga pros NEVER wear shorts while they are in the professional realm..he was golfing with some buddies and I got this photo from terry..who told him he wanted to photograph his swing so he could work on it in Scotland..or some such nonsense..anyway..the evening..and (thankfully) the painting were both a success and people took turns signing their good wishes on the back...i'm so glad to have it behind me!! I plan to post a few teases of my next project involving hlcc..stay tuned!!...Monday I start a week-long artist in residence at millrace senior center..hoping for some good opportunites to get some stuff done..

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

last tease..

ok.. so here's my last little tease...the big reveal will be Thursday night!..this has been so much fun...the anticipation..the actual painting..keeping it a secret...I will post the final painting on Friday...I HAVE been painting..i just have been rather lax in my posting..working on some commissions..gearing up for a gig as the "artist in residence" at the millrace center next week..i thought I was just supposed to paint but I think i'm expected to have some finished work on

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 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!!!!) 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


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! 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'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 ('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 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's drying as we speak...

Sunday, September 14, 2014


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


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... 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 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 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 1.."Rooster for Wendy"

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 friend wendy took a bunch of pictures of her special chickens and roosters...this guy looked more like a rooster to he's a rooster!! to theme...I may decide to do some midwest face book friend Kathy cousart is doing maybe i'll do Indiana...we'll see...stay tuned..we are heading to Michigan to see tim and 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


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 I had to get this accomplished and delivered by today!..i managed! 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 least 35 souls...lots of food and really praying for good weather...not too hot and not too cold!! 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 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


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 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 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

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 of course, i'm in!!.this is a larger version of one of my daily paintings..done years'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 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 these two paintings accomplished and met some wonderful 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 worries...

Saturday, July 12, 2014


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 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" in peace...

oil on canvas panel
so this is 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 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 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..