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Monday, March 26, 2012

this is emma...

6x6 oil on panel
so this is emma - another in my "grand" project...i may do a larger painting of this...we'll see

Sunday, March 25, 2012


this weekend was all about basketball and yardwork!! - i promise to post something tomorrow...i did do a small study of one of my friend's grands....

Friday, March 23, 2012

the duckpond...

6x6 oil on panel
this is another painting done from one of my father's old black and white photos...there was a duckpond in leeper park near our home in south bend.  we spent a lot of time there, feeding the ducks, having fun...i painted this on the day daddy would have turned 96.  i  may get to the studio today - i've been doing yard work but it's pouring down rain so....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

babe on the beach...revisited

11x14 oil on canvas
so i worked a little bit more on this...i wasn't happy with the strong horizontal line in the background and wanted to make it more melodic...i think i like this a lot better!

Monday, March 19, 2012

chicago in the rain

10x8 oil on panel
this is another painting done from one fo my father's old black and white photos..i had to dream up some color for this...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

babe on the beach

11x14 oil canvas
this is a larger version of a little 6x6 i did a year of so ago...this could maybe by anybody's little beach baby, don't you think?...we are celebrating the hoosiers' victory over VCU last night...felt like we were the underdogs the whole game!...what a thrill for those guys!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

alden...i think...

6x6 oil on panel
so this is my friend sally's of them...and i think this one is alden...i didn't have a very close view of his face so i'm hoping i captured the little guy!...(and i'm sure if i got the name wrong she'll let me know pronto!!!)

Friday, March 16, 2012

lolly's girls...

8x10 oil on prepared panel
so i've had this image for a while...actually my friend alex sent it in a christmas card and i knew i was going to have to paint it sooner or later!...i kind of like it...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Grand Canyon Ride

8x10 oil on panel
this is a painting of the scary ride down the pathways of grand canyon.  years ago we visited this glorious place with our dear friends tim and katie - we WALKED down...i was not about to trust my life to a horse or a burro...even though they say it's the safest way to go down...uh.uh!!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Home from Church

10x8 oil on panel
so this is interesting.  my physician father died in 1971. he was an avid photographer...darkroom on the third floor - pans of developer and toner..smelly stuff..but i loved to watch him and white images magically appearing out of sloshing pans..hung up to dry...he had so many photos -i've had this photo for years - probably taken on a trip to europe with my mom...i had to dream up my own color of course..but he had a great eye and sense of composition....i wasn't sure if i wanted to add the cross but then decided to be true to the idea of the thing..i'll post a better picture after i decide if i'm done!

Friday, March 9, 2012


6x6 oil on panel
this beautiful child is the great grand daughter of my dear friends tim and katie...between them, they have about a bazillion grands...i'm thinking they will keep me very busy with my project!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

16x12 oil on stretched canvas
so here's that bad boy...yet again...i needed a bit more of a melodic line on his left side (our right) and i think with the added lights and darks and this newest change, i think i'm liking him a bit better!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

it's good to be the king...revisited...

16x12 oil on stretched canvas
so i revisited my lion friend...he needed to fit better in his space with a better value arrangement. i darkened some of the background while lightening other areas.  now..looking at this, i can see something else i need to change...more tomorrow...

little gianna....

24x18 oil on stretched canvas
so this is gianna...for some reason i called her gabby when i posted this in progress...but i know this is gianna...she's a delightful and funny child...really gonna break some hearts one day!...i think i'm finished...i haven't put this into photoshop yet - i may tinker a bit with it but maybe not...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Lyla Jane"

6x6 oil on prepared panel
so this is lyla jane...not i announced earlier...she has a very special look and i'm hoping i captured it...i was working on a panel of masonite that i prepared with a couple layers of gesso - not sure about the surface...