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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Paris in the Rain

12x12 original oil

i delivered my horses to The Venue on tuesday.. this paris painting is also it!!..i am working on derby hats paintings.. i'll post soon..and perhaps another horse..

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"You lookin' at Me?"

oil on gallery wrap

so this painting is going to The Venue in Bloomington, is featured in the Herald Times magazine..published online starting ...the Venue is a wonderful gallery featuring all sorts of art..two and three dimensional.. owned by the super coleman family!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

georgia fish... in progress...

24x24 original oil on gallery wrap canvas

so i thought i'd show this in progress.. i haven't posted in a while.. i've certainly been painting but somehow there's never enough time for posting...i've been working on this for a couple days.. sneaking up on it..i actually added some silver foil to look a little like gills..this will be heading to Simon's on st. simons island in georgia...we are not driving so i'll be sending this down..along with others i will post in the next days..speaking of days.. this was a good one.. i always consider a day when i can golf, paint, exercise and have a wonderful meal.. a GOOD day!!!.. plus some other stuff...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

new work..

oil on gallery wrap canvas

so..i am trying to think spring!!.. we had a taste of it last week..and now what????!!! here's a great big rose..probably going to be going to harrison lake or tre b downtown.. i'm working on a big sunflower..sort of in the van gogh style..hope to finish that up tomorrow..

Monday, February 27, 2017

new poppy painting

oil on gallery wrap canvas

so the past two days i decided to think spring...this is a poppy painting  which will probably go either to harrison lake country club or tre bichieri...don't know yet...i'm heading to the venue tomorrow to deliver my field of poppies..and i have yet to post the doggies i've been doing.. stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

been a while...

oil on gallery wrap

so it's been a while...i have been painting...then not painting.. and now painting again.. first of all.. this is the surprise birthday present my friend laura commissioned for her husband's his favorite place in canada to fish...called miminsiska falls.....i combined two photos and she tells me he was really surprised and really seems to love it!!.. so...there's that...and then we had a nice, if short, getaway to bonita springs, florida...played four days of golf..some good..some bad..davey scored great though!!...we got home on tuesday the 31st...that day our golden nellie seemed so strange..she had a bad night so i slept on the floor with her...soothing her when she needed me...and then the next morning..she just wasn't going to get up.  we think she waited for us to get home before she crossed the rainbow bridge..we have been devastated..we see her around every corner..cry at odd times.. she was 15 and 1/2 and saw all of us through good times and bad and helped to raise all five of our it was hard to do anything for a while..i can't believe how many wonderful notes i got on facebook..such a wonderful outpouring of compassion from other dog-lovers to us..many of the folks for whom i had done small remembrances when they'd lost their beloved pets...and then it happened that i had the urge to get back to the studio.. to do more of these remembrances..i wish i had somebody to do one for me..selfishly..but i am so grateful to be able to share what i've been i will post these in the coming days..yesterday was our 46th ann'y and to celebrate, i did a museum painting, (more later about that), we hit some golf balls..went on a bike ride and out to dinner.. a wonderful dinner at tre b!! we were finishing, our waitress offered us a dessert on the house..(so gracious)...and said  "your dinner has been taken care of by #1 and #2 and their wives!"...(translation: jen and boogs and their hubbies!) special!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017



so this is a commission for my friend bill.. it's a birthday present for his wife... kind of last minute.. and i'm so happy to be able to get it done in time!!.. his name is "greyboy" and i hear he's quite a hunter and a lover!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

randy higbee

so the randy higbee gallery is having a great sale on the remaining pieces from their 6x6 show! Koi piece is pictured here...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

a wedding gift

8x16 oil on linen panel

so i haven't been able to paint in a while.. actually i did finish up a commission or two..i'll post later.. but this is a wedding gift for george and katherine...we attended the wedding in new hampshire a while back and the newlyweds finally decided on this .. we had never visited that part of the country before and it was absolutely gorgeous!!.. we did a bit of sight seeing..vermont, dartmouth, a glass blowing factory, just browsing around...this is a view of the church and surrounding area.. the church was at the top of a hill and i took a few close up pix but this is a stunning view!.. hope i did it justice!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

we added a new size to "Celebration"!!

we decided to add a new size to the prints available on my website.. 16x16..hand-embellished giclee on canvas!.. ...meanwhile.. almost done making peanut brittle!!

Monday, December 12, 2016

all i want for Christmas...

"Celebration"...and other cubs prints.. available at day to order in time for Christmas is the 14th!..where does the time go???

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"World Series"

so this is another painting i did in honor of our winning the world series.. AT LAST!!... one hundred and eight years later!!!!..this is available on my website for all you cubbie fans!!

off to THE VENUE...

so i delivered several pieces to my gallery in Bloomington.. The Venue has the best selection of all sorts of art.. jewelry, pottery, paintings, such lovely people!!.. so this will be at their booth at the mall..along with several other prints and originals..they have the 24x24 size of Celebration and i sent over another painting depicting our victory over kentucky a while back!..

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Sushi Marie"

6x6 oil on panel

so this is Sushi Marie... gone to heaven now..for my friends Roberta and here's what been happening lately... i had such a sore body for some reason on saturday...then i thought back..on thursday i drove to a tennis match in carmel..where we got our butts kicked!!.. they are so lucky to have so many gals to choose from..our second round, we had to face a pair of fresh recruits..who REALLY kicked our butts!!..then friday.. i stacked a half rick of wood that i made davey save for me so he wouldn't have to do it all.. then a long bike ride into a 20 mile-an-hour head wind..."it's ok honey..we'll have a tailwind on the way home!!"..then we played nine at harrison..we were thinking it very well could be our last chance with the weather changing!..  davey was scoring so over after nine..and i kept telling him.."your decision whether we quit or go on.."  he decided to quit with good memories.. he said he'd be so angry if he went 37-44 so we just sailed off into the golf sunset..i did ok as well.. after bogey on the first three holes, i ended up with a 41..not too shabby!.. so i guess i really used some serious muscles over a couple days!!..

meanwhile.. i continue to see my "Celebration" painting on the cover of LIFE magazine.. i snagged that image off the tv and worked several days on it before the magazine issue even came out!!..i guess that was a very memorable and iconic image..and hopefully folks will want to capture it for their favorite cubs fan.. christmas maybe?..

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

cubs paintings available now!..

so i just finished placing these items on my website.. both originals and reproductions..we are still over the moon and so happy for our guys!! and for cubs fans all over the country!!

check out my website!

Sunday, November 13, 2016


12x16 oil on gallery wrap

so here's another painting in celebration of the world series...we already had the very old cubs hat and the baseball..just needed to add the program!! probably going to be making some prints..soon to be available on my website..(

Saturday, November 12, 2016

so i've been working on this for several days.. sneaking up on it..still reveling in the glow of the aftermath.. after all.. it may not happen again for 108 years!!!!...i'm letting it marinate for a few days before i decide..definitely going to make prints..also have a few smaller ones i'm working on..

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

in progress...

so we've been celebrating for days after the cubs won the series!!..we've watched the game over and over and this scene of the celebration scrum on the mound struck me!!.. i told davey.."run that back!!".."I want to paint this!!".. so this painting has been in the works for several days..sneaking up on it.. and apparently great minds think alike since this image was just on the cover of Life!!.. if a tad different.... my piece is 36x36 and will take a while to finish.. and then i don't know what.. maybe make prints?..maybe not?...i would be interested to know who all might be interested...


so this painting has been accepted into Randy Higbee's 6x6 exhibition in Orange County, California.  happy to be a part of it!!.. exhauasted from staying up til 1:30 watching the election returns...praying that our country will take a turn for the better!...and now.. back to working on some cubbie stuff!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

randy higbee entries

so these are my entries in the Randy Higbee 6x6 show in california..i'll find out in a few days if any of them have been accepted..and i'll keep you posted!

Sunday, October 30, 2016


oil on panel

so this is Mia...for a friend and gone to heaven now..i've been working on three pieces to enter in the Randy Higbee show..i'll post them soon.. still reveling in our trip to chicago with mike and judy..saw the first world series game in wrigley field since 1945.. the year i was born!!!!..doesn't matter that they lost.. well it does.. but just being there was so special..a few facts:..45,000 inside the stadium with some paying $1500 for standing room only...300,000 outside in wrigleyville..shoulder to shoulder no doubt!!...$250 cover charge to get in bars like cubby bear..$500 for a table once you get inside but we understand that includes all you can drink!.. (whoa!..lots of drunks..and we ran into a bunch of them on our way out!!!)..took us an hour to find a ride back to the ritz carlton because they lied about the cab situation and we couldn't figure out UBER..walked through an interesting area where they were celebrating halloween in a BIG way!!..we saw abandoned wigs in the street.. or maybe they blew was a happening night for sure!!!..and now the cubbies are down 3-1..i'm thinking we may be winning tonight... stay tuned...

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Dragon Fruit"

oil on panel

so this is the weirdest thing...we have a new krogers in town...big whup!!.. and we usually ride over on our bikes with the radio blaring.. (causing a lot of smiles)...they have so much exotic stuff..especially in the produce section!.. this is a dragon fruit!!.. i thought i would paint it and then eat it!!.. that will be tomorrow..stay tuned.,....

Sunday, October 9, 2016

"Toe Shoes"

oil on canvas panel

so this is the reference photo i took for this little piece..i needed to have one more ballet painting for the Addison Bakehouse...Joan has several of my ballet works in her back space and wanted one more so i used my daughter's old ballet shoes..not mine.. i took ballet but NOT toe!!.. pretty sure these were jen's..and i hung them in my kitchen to photograph!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

cj's poppies

36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas

so this is a project for my friend cj..i'm waiting for approval and then i'll take it ..carefully..up to the lake next week..there is a whole lot of paint on this and it's not going to be care must be taken!! doing these large poppy paintings!.. stopped in at addison bakehouse today and we have a plan for another painting in the main room.. kind of excited..i donated a dog painting to gleaners and i need to get to that next..still golfing, however..the weather is amazing!.. saying big prayers for my friends who still have homes on st. simon's..looks like the storm surge will be a biggie!!

Monday, October 3, 2016


original oil

i have been painting..just not a lot of posting..this is a commission for my friend Jan..

Sunday, September 4, 2016

SOLD.."Another Green Apple"

6x6 oil on panel

so this is one of four small paintings sold at the House of Seven Pop up Shop in Broad Ripple this past week.. i will try to retrieve pics of the others.. i am very grateful to my friends Mandi and Lynn for the opportunity..they had a great show and i was blessed to be a part of it!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Butterfly Love"

so it's really been a while since i last posted's not that i haven't been painting..i have..and here is my painting for my friend's 30x40 and she loves it..and i love that about her!!!!

we've had quite a summer so far..back and forth to the lake a few times..rain storms..leaky ceiling..nellie, our golden, starting to have seizures..some good golf..some bad golf..just had to drain the whirlpool and start over..electricity went out a while back for a few hours.. air conditioner went out yesterday..both of our hard drives crashed..independently of one another but still...really????...i lost all my art stuff.. i had saved some photos in the cloud but all my documents, paintings, fodder for paintings..all gone..but with friends sick and dying...a little perspective goes a long way..oops.. just realized the air conditioner is STILL on the fritz! yikers....what next??.....

Sunday, June 12, 2016

heading home..."Peonies and Pears"


this is another of the paintings I delivered to the white key gallery a few days ago.. it's 18x18 and another of the ones I set up in my studio...we played vcc again today..with ceej and craig..and although I felt like I played a lot score was the same...odd...and the weather flipped from boiling hot yesterday to quite chilly at times today.. low sixties and when the wind came up..sheesh!!!..but it was still fun to be here and to get the summer started!..i am saying prayers for all the families of those who lost their lives today..what a senseless, horrible act of brutality and pure evil!..

Friday, June 10, 2016

i am so excited!!!!

ok.. so here's what happened today...first of all.. this is one of the paintings ready to go in the summer sale at the white key's 40x30 and I absolutely loved painting it!! we played valpo CC..and remembered how hard it is to putt here!!.. you NEVER...I mean NEVER want to be above the hole...we felt like we were at augusta national!!...PLUS  my range finder finally bit the dust!.. it has a nine volt battery and one of the terminals came loose.. for the second time...we took it to a jeweler and he managed to fix it.. but it broke again today.. I must be extra clumsy!.. so when we got back to the cottage. I got on the web and contacted the bushnell customer service folks..just to see where to go next.  my new friend, john, was great.. he's going to fix me up!! and I couldn't be happier..there are good folks in the world and every now and then..something happens to reaffirm that fact!!!..

Thursday, June 9, 2016

White Key Gallery, Valparaiso, Indiana

so this is one of four paintings I delivered to the White Key Gallery today.. they will be featuring an art sale over the summer..hoping to get some art into the hands of collectors at a good value!..these new pieces are not part of the sale but come see them anyway!!.. the address is 404 Lincolnway in valpo!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

clean windows!!!!!

so I'm posting this painting of ben Hogan again...just because it's golf season...what I really want to say is how thrilled I am with my brand spanking clean windows!!!!!!...these guys were recommended to me by my friends michelle and charlotte...and they were so right!!..the service is hurtbird...(  812-345-8389).. the two fellows, Michael and rick are hard-working, friendly, trustworthy ( important since we went on a long bike ride while they were here!!) and very reasonable.. I highly recommend them!!  I only wish I could spend the next week totally spring cleaning.. there is so much more light in our house..or so it these clean and shiny windows!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

nan's peonies

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! 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

second peony painting

so this is 20x16.. I turned the vase so we're seeing the short side of the rectangle...I have been busy around here...yard work.. a bit of golf...and more yard work.. so I haven't been able to paint for the last several days...I picked more peonies today...white ones from nancy, the peony lady..(with permission)...gorgeous deep rose ones from my friend nan's yard...and soft pink ones from my friend marjie's yard...she's gone to michigan and is not able to appreciate them so.. I will help her with that!!!!!.....hope to get back to the studio in the next day or two... it may rain for the next ten days.. so that's LOTS of painting!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

so here's my first peony painting

so this is 18x18...I fiddled so much getting this set up.. pears?.. no pears?..leaves?...this first one I turned the vase lengthwise..if that makes sense...I just filled the vase to the brim and also stuck one pink peony from my own yard in there!...these are so gorgeous.. I did these on Thursday and by now the blossoms are really falling apart.. it's just a shame that peony season is so damn short!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

can't wait!!!!!

I don't know why this photo is so dark!..  but I am super encited..(as my kiddoes used to say)'s what happened:..i almost persuaded myself to golf today...but it was a tad chilly this morning..and then it got gorgeous and it was already too late to join the I got busy around here..planted my six upstairs flower boxes and weeded and planted my zinnias in the circle in the back that used to be our whirlpool...(some of you remember those days...)..then on our daily bike ride we happened upon a yard just covered with white peony plants.. I mean COVERED!!!!... the lady of the house was just getting out of her car and of course I asked her if I might come back later and pick a few for painting purposes.. this time I got the go-ahead!!..unlike the poppy lady..but that's we finished our ride..stopping at krogers for yogurt for the girls and cilantro for our tacos...while there we totally JAMMED up one of the express lane stations..they were trying to charge us $101.81 for one avocado.. I think it had something to do with my entering our phone number while Davey was thought we had 81 of them!!..anyway.. we scurried out after alerting the lady and averting our eyes from the angry stares from some of the shoppers...I digress..i couldn't wait to get home and right back to the peony house!!.. I took a fast count.. she must have more than thirty large bushes and I cut from all over so as not to have it be too noticeable..i chose 16 opened blooms and 5 buds..when I couldn't roust her at any of her doors...i left my card under the windshield wiper on her car..i thanked her for allowing me to use her gorgeous peonies for a few paintings I have in I am torn.. yard work?..peony painting?..yardwork?...nah!!!!!.. I can't wait for tomorrow!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

poppy tryptic

so here's a photo of the tryptic I've been working on..each panel is 40x16..this photo is taken in my kitchen so the lighting is not so hot!..thinking I may be done but mulling it for a while..the rain stopped long enough yesterday to go play some golf..very brutal rough and horrid greens..but not too shabby for early days..actually hit some good shots along the way..tomorrow I'm done with tennis for the year..and then it's on to golf golf golf...and maybe some painting thrown in there too!..after I get my flowers planted, of course.....

Thursday, May 5, 2016

back in the studio....yeah!!!!!

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!! me some 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 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

Visitors' center opening...

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 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 get the picture...yesterday I dashed over.. there were three of show, peoples' choice won by Dawn.. and best photography won by Bob.. I have to get their last names from 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 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!!..