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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home from Church

oil on board
I had a wonderful experience Saturday gallery in Bloomington, the Venue, owned by David, Gabe and Michelle Martin Coleman, hosted an event!  the idea was to choose 10 artists and 10 poets..the most creative people they could find (their words) and pair them up.  the artists brought in two paintings apiece..then the poets selected one painting each.  they were then to write a poem inspired by the painting at hand... last Saturday we had five collaborations and next Saturday the remaining five will be poet was the most delightful woman and one of the first poets they contacted.  she said my painting really spoke to her and after hearing her poem I will never look at this painting in the same way again!.. below is Tonia Matthew's poem, "Home from Church":
At first
the single figure,
the sky spilling into the street,
the blue shadow on the roof
a single bell toll,
the street moving from sunlight
into the dense shade
of overhanging trees.
But then
through a break in the fence
along the path,
sunlight slides,
soaks into a clump
of orange flowers,
sets them on fire.
The small woman
dressed in black,
white kerchief over her head
pauses     there,
leans on her cane.
She has come home from church
where she lit a candle,
sat in the cool dimness
Now, she is on her way home
to that small, silent room
But, see      she has stopped,
warmed by the glow of the orange flowers.
Waiting, perhaps, for them to speak.
here we are at the Venue last Saturday night!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


24x30 oil on panel
this is one of my faves..and I absolutely love the frame!!'s on display at the Hoosier Salon Gallery on Rangeline Rd. in the Carmel Arts district through the month of may..i have been so busy in the last weeks..haven't had a lot of time to post here..but i'm hoping that will change hubby is taking me to london and paris!!!!..i'm taking along his new ipad and can take photos and post right from there! excited!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

newest derby painting..

oil on gallery wrap canvas it's been a while...we've been to georgia and back..thought we had the house sold..and didn't..all the while painting and painting..delivered nearly 20 pieces to simon's on the island....needed to get the house ready for when we DO sell..which will be soon...and getting ready for my show at the hoosier salon..opening may 9th and continuing through the month...but FIRST..i delivered three derby paintings to Harrison Lake Country Club for their annual derby party tomorrow night...Saturday will be a long day for of paintings to carmel, watching our grandson joe's baseball game, back in time to get organized and out to the club..i want to get there in time for mint julips...Davey..not so much...stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lobster Buoys

11x14 oil on stretched canvas
this is another painting heading to Georgia with us..i did a larger format one of these for the show in i'm spending my time getting all these things of course things are messier than usual!...I SO need a cleaning lady!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

been working a lot...

12x9 oil on panel
still working toward my show in may at the hoosier salon..this is just a small piece i'm thinking of's an image i've painted a few times before..and i do love it..been working hard..painting..watching the masters..painting..watching the masters...I can't believe how much we look forward to this week..the music..the build-up..end of basketball and start of the golf season...and then..all of a's OVER!!!!...what???? is just going by too damn fast!!!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


8x8 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is in doggie heaven...  my good friend phyllie asked me to paint this for her daughter-in-law chrissy..although I never got to meet jake, he looked like he was a fine fellow!!..and I had a good time painting him!..i had to keep this a secret til just now..didn't want to spoil the surprise...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

18x24 oil on stretched canvas
another in the ballet series..might be done..might not..this will be heading to the  hoosier salon gallery in may i'm thinking..

ballerina in the wings

oil on canvas
so here's another of the ballerinas i've been working on..more to come..

Saturday, April 4, 2015

ballerina in the wings

12x9 oil on board
so here's this piece I've been working on...I may be done...but as I look at this, I think I need to tweak a thing or two...never done til it's over-done, right??...i have a show...did i mention I have a show coming up in may at the hoosier salon???...they need 10-15 new pieces and i'm ON IT!!!!...since my hubby has been sick for the last two days, I have plenty of time to spend in my studio..he really likes me out of his hair when he doesn't feel well...which is just fine with me...trying not to catch it from him...lots of work to do in the next two weeks..just watched michigan state get trounced by on to wisconsin and the evil Kentucky...go wisky!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

on my easel

this is a little 11x9 ditty..i'm starting a series of ballet pieces and this is sort of a warm up...i'm very excited about how this is coming along..lots of paint so far..and lots more to follow...planning several larger pieces in the next two weeks...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

another boat painting..not sure i'm finished..

12x12 oil on board
so i'm really trying to get some things done for my gallery in Georgia..not sure i'm done with this but I wanted to post it..I've been going back and forth between watching march madness and working in my studio..a bit we'll see how I do tomorrow.. I also worked out a bit in Davey's special golf studio..he thinks i'm doing pretty well...oddly enough.. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New ballerina painting...

18x18 oil on canvas
so i have really been busy...!!..I finished and delivered 10 large pieces to harrison lake country it's on to other things..for the gallery in georgia..for the gallery in bloomington..and most importantly, for my upcoming show at the hoosier salon in carmel in may..i bought two fabulous gold frames..half price with mirrors in them..this is going to be perfect! i had a lot of fun with this and used a LOT of paint!!..more tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


so this is 17x17..oil on prepared will go to my gallery on st. simon's island in a few weeks...I have been a bit remiss in posting on my blog..I've joined the artsplash  gallery in carmel, Indiana...and they are very atuned with facebook and one's artpage...really encouraging me to try to promote that I've posted a lot there...i'll include a link in case you want to catch up!..

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Swan Lake"

40x30 oil on gallery wrap
I delivered four more paintings to harrison lake the other day..we decided we needed one more to fill the long buffet wall i've been hard at work!..the gang said there were two swans who frequented the lake so i thought i'd give this a go..i'm really liking it!..i may tweak it just a little bit but now it needs to have some drying time..

Saturday, March 14, 2015


40x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here is another painting ready to go to harrison lake..i'm thinking i will deliver these on Monday..since it's supposed to be in the seventies!!....and we can golf!!!!...since our poor hoosiers lost yesterday..i'm going to head up to the second Saturday gallery walk in carmel for a few hours..

Friday, March 13, 2015

Koi Fish

36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so it came to me the other night in my sleep that i needed to paint koi fish!..there's a bit of a glare in the upper left but you get the idea...this will go to harrison lake when it's fully dried...I really think you should pay attention to your dreams...or the things that come into your consciousness whilst you sleep......this was a lot of fun and I will do more for sure!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


oil on canvas panel
so this is Nellie.. a beautiful in doggie heaven...I finally finished my work for harrison lake and can get on to other things..this is for my friend laura...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Been working...

40x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
this is today's effort..i spent a lot of time working...finished up another poppy painting...i'll post a pic of that tomorrow...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Golfer Guy" and "Golfer Girl"...

I can't figure out how to get these to line up..but this is my "golfer guy and girl"...they are currently at Harrison Lake Country Club, along with three others..stop in and check them out!


Sunday, March 1, 2015


24x30 oil on board
so we're home from several new inches of snow which fell last night...winter wonderland out there but dangerous..jen and family are returning tomorrow from OZ..and we all found out today that a good friend of theirs was killed in a crash this morning..i feel sure the road conditions played a sad part...spent today re-entering and have done pretty well..getting ready for a ton of painting in the next six weeks...I am psyched!!..we had a great time at the Honda classic..saw the only day of really good weather Thursday..i'll try and post some pics from that tomorrow..gin said there were 11 inches of rain in the area..totally washed out a lot of the play friday and Saturday..but they are soldiering on and hope to finish up tomorrow...this painting was done on a board to fit into one of those sell out frames I bought..i just discovered I may have been able to find a canvas to fit..ah well..i absolutely LOVE the frame!!..this most likely will go to my hoosier salon show in may..we'll see...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Honda classic..but no pics....

We spent today at the Honda cameras allowed of course, but we were invited to park at a friend of mike and Ginny's..who happens to have a condo right at the drop area of number fifteen of the noted "bear trap"...a par three to a green surrounded by water ..with the wind howling at 25..gusting to 35...and WITH the players on this hole....we saw so many balls go into the drink..lots of doubles and triples..probably took a lot of players out of the tourney on the very first day!..we saw rory struggle mightily..I took a few pics back at the condo but I can't seem to retrieve them from my camera..maybe later!..a great day..yesterday was strange for golf...once again I had a really good nine and a really not so good nine!..if only I could choose my we do sometime at hlcc..I'd be ROCKIN!!!!...hope the weather lets us play our last round tomorrow ....

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Golfer Guy"

Mixed media on gallery wrap

So here's another painting that will go to Harrison lake..I may tweak it a bit but I'm liking the way it's heading...I am in the middle of a golfer girl to go along side and will finish her up when we get back to was great yesterday ...I was certainly NOT the most improved from front to back but I had a pretty darn good front nine!...hoping to improve on that today...expected high today: low eighties...sorry, Columbus!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Old Pals"

Oil on gallery wrap canvas
So here's another large painting..I think I tweaked this a little but don't have a photo...this is close..I am writing this from my sunny port st.lucie, Florida...getting ready to head out to golf..curt, the "dog whisperer" who's looking after our girls, says it s mighty cold in Columbus!..hope our pipes don't freeze while we fritter away our time hitting that little ball..finding it....and hitting it again...mike and ginny have some good things planned..we're going to the first day of the Honda classic Thursday...should be fun as we'll be stationed near the bear trap!..can't wait!!.. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Poppy Field"...again..

Oil on gallery wrap canvas
so I've tweaked this the old saying goes.."it's never done til it's over-done!"..this will hang on the wall over the reception desk at Harrison Lake..and I apologize for my typo..(i was rushing as usual)..i certainly meant to say bob haddad..heading out of town for a few days..not sure if i can post from my ipad..

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Old Faithful"

oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's another large painting..i think it's ok for me to talk about this..I've been asked to place several large pieces on the walls at Harrison lake county club...i'm delighted for this opportunity and especially delighted to have a chance to use the large canvases I bought..just in thinking was.."if you build it, they will come.." the new manager, bob haddad, jr. wants large and colorful poppies will go out there as well..i'll be posting other things as I go along...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

cityscape...almost done..

I have no idea what size this is..(I need to measure)..I bought a framed print when a local furniture store was going out of business..actually I bought several!..for the frames, of course..i'm gradually using them..this is nearing completion..i need to work on the sky and I see a few other things that need a tweak or two..that's "tweak" not "twerk"...ha-ha!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Poppy Field"

oil on gallery wrap
so I've been working on this's one of several large-ish pieces i'm doing for a special happening..a certain place...not sure i can announce it yet...i'll post others in the next days...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

on my easel

this is going to be fun!!..I got a good start on this today and will hopefully finish up tomorrow or Thursday...I've done a few large be placed at the first of the month...not sure I can talk about it yet...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

another zebra started

working on this..i finished a large peony painting but forgot to take a photo..will do that tomorrow..

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!!!