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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..

Thursday, June 19, 2014

on my easel...

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 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 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 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...

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!! 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, still looks rather blue..but, believe me,'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 cool is that??? 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 blessed and thankful!! 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!!!! THIS is the Georgia I remember!!!!! 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) 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 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!!! was a wonderful day...lots of sunshine and warmth on our skin..

Saturday, April 19, 2014

finally here.... here's what we're dealing all the years we've owned this place..we've never..i mean never seen the street flooded like this!!!..the parking lot behind the house is also flooded...the rain has surely had its way and we are just held's ok..i did a bit of painting...we showed the house at 4:30 and went out for oysters and a cocktail...we buried st. joseph around noon and we're letting him work his magic!!! much as we have loved this place, we think it's time to put her on the market and let someone else enjoy her as much as we have...sort of melancholy...but if the weather permits, we plan to make the most of this visit for sure!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Summer Calm"...SOLD

30x30 original oil on gallery wrap canvas
so last week I got word from the Venue, my gallery in Bloomington, that a couple was wanting to spend some time with this painting...they took it home over the weekend and today I got word that they were buying this piece!! humbling and what a thrill!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Race to the Finish!"

16x20 oil on stretched canvas
so this is my homage to the "little five"...a famous bike race held every year on the IU campus in may remember the movie "Breaking Away" daughter led her pi phi house team many years ago...and even may have caused a small skirmish, if I remember right...I may tweak this a bit as far as values but i'm pretty happy with it!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"...a little lamb"

8x6 oil on panel
so here's a little homage to Easter...a little lamb...this will be going to the carmel midland..

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

on my easel

this is a painting of the lighthouse on st. simons progress...I really want to show the glow of the setting sun but with lots of color..i'll finish this tomorrow...more paint..more paint!!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

chocolate cupcake for sandi...

6x6 oil on canvas panel
my friend sandi helped me so much when I was hanging at s.i.c.a. ...I couldn't have gotten my show hung without her this is my gift to's just a little thing but she liked one i did a couple years ago..thanks again sandi!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


oil on canvas panel
so this little dress was hand-made by my friend carol pennington...she posted it on facebook and I knew I had to paint it..asked permission..and here it is!! impressionistic version of course...picked up my paintings from s.i.c.a. today...we had a very successful show..sold several pieces and really enjoyed meeting the folks there...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Newest Harbor painting...

this is probably 15x15 or 18x18...I need to measure it..i found an old frame and cut a piece of Masonite to fit and then prepared it with several coats of gesso..this will be on its way to Simon's in Georgia..along with several other nautical themed paintings..

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"In the Harbor"

12x12 oil on panel
so i'm starting to prepare some stuff for my gallery in Georgia...I think they've sold just about everything and they are needing some paintings..this one is done from one of the photographs I took while we were visiting mike and ginny in florida a couple weeks I think!..meanwhile..i was so torn watching witchita state play Kentucky...I absolutely hate Kentucky but I also wanted IU to remain the only unbeaten college team...after watching wsu I really liked them..liked the way they play..even liked the coach's wife!!..then Kentucky won! - rats!!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Girl in a Straw Hat...homage to mary cassatt..SOLD

20x16 oil on canvas
so today I parted with one of my favorite pieces...a copy of mary cassatt's "Girl in a Straw Hat"..i loved painting it and will try and paint her again..but the second try is never quite the same...take good care of her, promised i could come and visit her from time to time!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homage to Elizabeth...SOLD

24x18 oil on canvas
so yesterday was "tax day"...we arrived home Monday from Arizona where we visited our good friends tim and Katie...had such a good time as usual!!..then spent all day tuesday finalizing our tax stuff..yesterday we went to indy with mike and judy for our annual tax/shopping/dinner outing...finally ate at ocean prime which was absolutely gorgeous!!! we arrived home around nine and I checked my the most pleasant surprise..a fine fellow had purchased my "homage to Elizabeth" from my website.  he's also interested in a painting i have hanging at s.i.c.a..."big city"...and perhaps a few others there..also my "girl in a straw hat" from mary cassatt..also on my website....i love that painting and not sure i'm ready to sell her...but what a thrill to find a sold painting..always a thrill when someone likes your work enough to have it in their home!!! thank you doug!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In Arizona

Arrived in Scottsdale yesterday to visit our friends tim and katie ...watching the Hoosiers getting ready to lose the first game in the  big ten sad...but we're heading to golf as soon as it's that a good thing...I'll post some pix of this beautiful area!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Missed Opportunity".....opening on Thursday....

this is a painting that I dearly love which sold several years I had a good digital made and this is a giclee.  it will be available at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour...opening this Thursday from 5:30-7....come if you can!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

today's effort...tillie in the garden

this is a small one..either 7x5 or 8x6..i've painted this before..much larger.. since this is one of my very favorite photos..Tillie was a toddler and loved to roam around in the garden in the back yard..heading to the show in Seymour...
6x6 oil on panel
here's another little floral I did the other day..starting to get excited about my show at the southern Indiana center for the arts.  the people there are lovely and seem to be excited to have my work...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

white flower

6x6 oil on panel
this is a little ditty i did today..looking toward my show at the southern Indiana center for the arts in Seymour..i went today to check out the space..found a lovely painted gourd by Martha sechler that I just had to have!..her show closes on friday and mine goes up on Tuesday...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

on my easel

this is another of todd hoover's photographs...I used only burnt sienna and ultramarine blue and white for the greater part of I was nearing the finish I added another blue..seeing usual I see things I need to change..nothing beats taking a picture or holding something up in a mirror...if I want to go strictly by the photo...hmmmmm......

Monday, February 10, 2014

happy "umbrella" day!!!

10x8 oil on canvas panel
I heard this morning that it was "National Umbrella Day"...whatever that is....but i had this image in my studio that I've been wanting to paint for a long time...and what better time than NOW!!...I think i'm going to call it "Chinatown in the rain"...not sure why...this will most likely be it for a while..we're taking a little jaunt south to spend time with our friends the Hiltons...a little golf..and I really need to refocus and get my priorities straight...painting is going on the back burner...for now...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Is it My Turn?

11x14 oil on canvas panel
so here's this little ditty a bit more..not sure i'm quite finished with's at that stage where i have to stew a bit and see if i'm satisfied with the's done in a limited palette so it should have pretty good color harmony but design is so important..i already see a few things I plan to fix...but tomorrow...i'm heading to the couch!