Thursday, November 28, 2013

here's what i've been working on...and happy thanksgiving...

18x24 oil on stretched canvas
so this is one thing i've been working on...since it's so large it's taken me several days...I'm really liking how it's turning out...I've shown the way i started at the top..toned the canvas with orange since there were going to be a lot of blues..(complimentary)..and I always like a little of the canvas showing through..I've also placed  my darkest darks and my lightest lights as a road map to go the next photo I'm starting to cover the's important to get the canvas covered and work all over the canvas at once..not falling in love with any one spot or part of the whole...when a happy accident happens..i run with it..this will be going to my midland gallery in carmel next Tuesday.  I was able to work today since we're not having our family gathering until Saturday..tomorrow i'll get more organized for that but I wanted to say happy thanksgiving to everyone today!...we sure have a lot to be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Can't post an image.... I'm without a computer...I truly have been painting...and we had such a nice trip to New York to watch the Hoosiers...but I have to wait til I get my computer back to post anything ....

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"On Point"

this is another blast from the past.."On Point" is available as a giclee on canvas (  giclees on paper also available.  we head to new York today...I'm simplifying my life and leaving my computer at home!  I may do some face-booking if I get a hankering...but no blogging for a while...go big red!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

before and after

my friend and golf pro keith clark suggested I show the photo I worked from when I painted his's always difficult to do a painting of a subject you've never intention was to play down the piano and the reflection and to concentrate more on her.

Monday, November 18, 2013


6x6 oil on panel
so we are heading to new York to watch the hoosiers in a few time to paint so i'm going to post a few blasts from the past..this was done a few years back as part of a zippo lighter challenge...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Big City, Bright Lights"...30x20 original oil

so here is the photo I worked from..daddy took lots of different shots of this particular street..can anyone help with the location? there's a hardings sign, a walgreens sign, possibly a forum cafeteria..taken probablyh in the fifties..i took artistic license by leaving out some things and really played with the color since the reference was in black and much fun!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Big City, Bright Lights"

Original oil on 30x20 board
so here's the second in my series using daddy's photographs.  I don't know whether this is chicago or new York but it was probably taken in the 50s...lots of fun to play with color since these are all in black and white...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"The Fleet Is In"

30x30 original acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
so this is my completed may be going to the Venue tomorrow..i may take it up north to my Carmel gallery..don't know yet...meanwhile..i'm planning to do a series based on my father's many of them have been lost but I treasure the ones I still have!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

on my easel

this is going to be fun..i'm doing an interpretation of one of my father's old's in black and were most of his things..(he had a darkroom on the third floor of our house on park avenue in south bend)...i'd love to attack some of his reference work with my palette knife! - I think I've finished my newest boat painting but will post it tomorrow...

Monday, November 11, 2013

sneaking up

so here's my latest painting..getting closer..since this is done in acrylic, it dries very fast..i can change things if I want or need to..i may darken the background a lot..something I couldn't do in oil..very hard to paint dark over light in oil..that may make the boats stand out more..don't know yet..

Sunday, November 10, 2013

on my easel...

this is another large format..30x30 acrylic painting...lots more to do but i'm having lots of fun..i think i'm heading to indy tomorrow with my girls for a "sissy" day...

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"A Glass of Red"...donation

This painting was donated to Gleaners for their gala in September...i'm happy to announce that it brought $400 for the food bank.  so happy to be able to help!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Hard at Work"

24x24 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so i think i'm' finished with this little guy..I've painted this image before..a little fellow I found on the beach at st. simons many years ago...I wanted to do him a bit looser and with an unusual color palatte..I need to take a better picture before i put it on my website or etsy or facebook but you can get the idea...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

so i'm getting closer...I have a little bit of tweaking to do but i'm liking how it's coming along....

Monday, November 4, 2013

sneaking up..even more..

so i'm still working on's large, as you can see..and i'm trying to use a very limited palette..i'm really having fun! - today I hung 6 paintings at the visitors' center and, as I was working on  that, I sold a painting to an old friend, lynn. that was fun!!..i'm heading to my gallery in indy tomorrow and will put "Lillian's Peony" there and probably one of the large boat paintings..getting ready to watch the is good!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

kid on the beach

so here's another piece i'm working on..large..i think 24x24..and I want to be very loose and see what happens....still finishing up my latest boat..i have to determine where these guys will go..either to indy, Georgia or Bloomington...I just found out I will be having some smaller pieces in the visitors' center for the month of November...i'll find out more stay tuned....