Sunday, December 6, 2015
so I finally finished these two paintings!!..I have been working on them for a while..they are of two sets of grands belonging to my friend Marilyn..there's another image that her daughter is planning to paint..then she'll have all her grands displayed above her couch....and i'm pleased to announce that she and her hubby truly seemed to love them..so that's always cool!!.. I have a few more commissions to complete before Christmas and I will post them here!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so I've been working on this for a while!!..my friend phyllie decided she wanted a great big pear for the dining room in her brand new digs!!..the place is absolutely perfect..such a great space!..and I only hope they all love this as much as I do!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6x6 oil on panel
ok...so here i sit with a bag of peas on the bridge of my nose...really hard to see what i'm typing by the way...earlier today this same bag was on my right elbow, where I had yet another cortisone shot for my tennis/golf elbow!...I am so happy to announce that I had this painting accepted into the randy higbee 6x6 show..opening December 5 in costa mesa, California!!..thrilled beyond words!!..so i'm also working on a commission for my good friend phyllie..she came by today and seems to love it..i was working on some other stuff in my studio and was cleaning up and trying to clean off a palette knife..and SLASHED my left index finger!!..(never realized they were so freaking sharp!!!)....poor Davey..he has worked above and beyond on me today..he had to glue my gash together..I've had it in a bag so it wouldn't get wet when I washed my hair and showered...holding it over my head most of the evening...but back to the peas...after dinner I was reaching for something under the sink in the bathroom and it suddenly gave way, crashing my nose into the granite!!..I ran screaming to my hubby of course..."NOW Look!!!"...and he suggested the peas...i'm heading to indy for a special outing with my girlfriends.."how to have a stress-free Christmas"...hell..i need to learn how to have a stress-free Thursday...or maybe Friday...I will be traveling with a bad right elbow, a bad left index finger and possibly a very large nose...time will tell!...at least I got a painting into the higbee show!!!!!
Sunday, November 1, 2015
...sometimes there would be extraneous ghouls (kids, friends of kids),,roaming around the yard, one sticking a knife in the ground as she squatted there with a hideous grin..(remember, boogs?)..or chasing young trick or treaters down the street...(remember jase?, jen?..) and the youngens would run in panic..screaming in delicious horror...they loved it!!..and over the years, the little ones..who could barely get off the front sidewalk to walk up to the house one year..as the years went by, would get braver and braver..closer and closer, eventually venturing all the way up to the door..to have the witch throw it open with a howling screech..."welcome children!!!!...would you like some candy?..or would you like to become my soup????"...what fun!!
..cars would drive in from all over..who knows where..drop the kids off at our house and wait for them to get back in the car and drive off..more then once, the witch was greeted at the door by a group of kids..or maybe even just one..with the parents in tow..filming the whole encounter!..often the witch would have to take off some of her scary stuff to soothe the really young or the super scared..
..and of course the witch had some very scary sidekicks..two canine and one human..usually dressed in hospital gown with a horrific mask..sometimes there would be fog..sometimes not..(lots of work, that fog machine..)..the first year the witch and her cohort had to be out of town for the holiday, they left a poem on the front porch and a big bag of candy..exhorting the little goblins to take a few pieces and leave some for the next guy..and we found one candy bar in the bottom of the bag when we got home!!
...over the years it's gotten harder and harder to get this all accomplished..we sort of created a monster, so to speak...but tradition will out..even though most of the little ones have grown and some are getting married..and some have grown up never having been brave enough to meet the witch..(and you know who you are!!)...there are always new little ones..last year it was a bit easier..i decided to use a mask..that green and black makeup was a beast to get off!..this year..in lieu of the loud noises that admittedly drove the dogs mad..we opted for a few new ghouls to hang on the front porch..all motion sensitive so there was plenty of noise!!..scary noise..and we had the strobe light out and the dead guy and plenty of spiders and spider webs..a few realisitic looking huge vampire bats as well...but the best part...the VERY best part...we opted to have a stay-cation!!..we left a huge pumpkin full of candy and a note saying the witch was not home ..(a wee bit of a Halloween tale admittedly..)..it was great!! no rushing to the door, affixing the mask or putting in the bad teeth, ready to howl..we simply had a great spheghetti dinner (the sidekick ghoul is also the best cook in the world..)..relaxed, quiet..and the kids still got a good scare!!..most of the candy was gone and the witch and her sidekick live to rise another year...or not!!
Saturday, October 31, 2015
so I worked on her a little bit more today..and I still see something I want to change..i'm hoping to enter this into randy higby's 6x6 show..i missed it last year and I still have time to enter a couple pieces for this year..see if you can tell what I did today...
Friday, October 30, 2015
6x6 oil on linen panel
so I really had fun with this!!..not sure it's done but almost!..i was inspired by a painting I saw in the Churchill hotel in London...I absolutely fell in love with this painting of a young man..but very oddly colored...lots of green in the shadows..but it worked somehow!...so this is my attempt at that color palatte...it took me the whole afternoon but I had so much fun!..trying to get the skin tones right with hints of surrounding colors..i will revisit this tomorrow and repost..see if you can notice the small differences...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
30x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so it's been a while...we've been back and forth to the lake so much this summer..and I HAVE been painting..mostly for the new gallery up there..i will post a few of those pics if I can determine that i actually photographed them!! MEANWHILE....back at the ranch...I did a bit of painting over this weekend..this is one of the large ones..a really big magnolia!!..loved doing it!..
Sunday, September 27, 2015
oil on stretched canvas
so this is a painting for my new friends and owners of the white key gallery in Valparaiso..ed and sue spelde. this is molly..and I suppose I have a penchant for painting puppies who have passed on to pooch heaven!!!..she looked like a sweet girl and I hope she's having fun with all her new found friends!!..heading to valpo in a few days..planning to do some golfing and some painting...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
so I was able to spend several hours on this today...no where near finished..although it may look so much better than the last post, you may think so...I still need to do a lot of tweaking..i need to let the water dry a bit so I can come back in..hard to do that wet in wet..values need to be tended to..if you can tell..the little girl's dress is too dark on top..you just can't see these things while you're in the thick of it..so a photo always helps..lots more to do..stay tuned!...
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
18x18 oil on canvas
This is another in the group of paintings sold this past week at White key Gallery in Valparaiso, Indiana..i couldn't be more thrilled!..
Thursday, September 10, 2015
18x18 oil on canvas
This is another piece that has found a good home..thank you again to The White Key Gallery in Valparaiso. Indiana!!...we got back to the golf course today..we both had such a bad first nine we went for most improved on the back...Davey improved nine!!!..i only improved six!!..but i think I found a few things and can't wait for tomorrow!!..some painting in the morning and then golf with cj and craig at noon!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
40x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
I am so thrilled to announce that my painting "Hydrangeas" has gone to a new home..(along with three other paintings..but more on that later)...I am so happy and proud to be affiliated with the up-and-coming gallery in Valparaiso, Indiana...the White Key Gallery...we drove up today for a long weekend of golf and painting and colts watching...I will be delivering some new pieces..and if you're in the area, be sure and stop in...they represent artists from many genre..wood, glass, oil, pastel, watercolor, you might even get to play their grand piano!!!
Monday, September 7, 2015
16x16 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
so I am finally back in the studio!..we have been under the weather this past two weeks so I haven't had much energy to paint!..did a bit of organization up there but nothing very productive!...this is for my friend susan...not sure it's totally done but I had a great time working on it...I have decided I REALLY love to paint dogs!!!!!..I will revisit it tomorrow for some minor tweaking..then on to the cottage on Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
I can't believe it but I didn't take photos of either of these finished paintings!!..my friend brian lost his kitty..aslan..and we dropped that off at the republic...and I delivered Shelby to my friend linda this morning...next time I am going to be more diligent..meanwhile i'm working on two new large pieces for Harrison lake and will post those in the next few days...
Monday, August 10, 2015
6x6 oil on board
so I read on facebook that my friend brian lost his kitty today...always so sad to lose a family member..i thought i would paint him a little remembrance...
Thursday, August 6, 2015
oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is an image I've wanted to paint for a long time..i started this last week and finally had a chance to get back to my studio today...we were supposed to play a south central tournament at the iu course in Bloomington and for once, someone had the good sense to cancel!!..rained all day and we absolutely could not have played golf in this!!...sooooo...I did a bit of catch-up around here and then spent several hours in my studio..in hog heaven..i think this is done..i may tweak it a bit tomorrow but i'm liking how it's coming along....oh..this is antique clubs and balls...
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
So its been a while...this summer has been so busy...london, paris, new hampshire, cape cod...I have traveled more in my seventieth year..( or is this my seventy first?)...than ever before..and I've absolutely loved every minute of it!...and then..throw in trips to the lake and golf outings...so very much fun!!.. ..so i am thrilled to be represented by White Key Gallery in valparaiso...our cottage is here..I've been coming here virtually all of my life..and it just seems right to have a gallery connection here. I will deliver six pieces this week..one of them my favorite poppy painting...more to follow..
Friday, July 17, 2015
So we are gathered here on cape cod...our friend susie invited six of us...katie, patsy, carol, mary, kathy and me to come celebrate our collective seventieth birthdays together...and what a great idea!!!..we all arrived wednesday from various parts of the country...so that was a travel day...yesterday we talked and shopped and laughed and cried and danced and ate and drank...today...more of the same PLUS whale watching!!!...wonderful food and such gracious and generous hosts!!...plus i stopped in a wonderful gallery today..introduced myself...made a new friend perhaps...speaking of new friends we met some lovely gals on the boat..pat and janice...celebrating their retirement...of course nobody celebrated more than the birthday girls!!!..plus the whales were amazing!!!....home to a fabulous dinner and learned more about don, our host...a really amazing man.....tomorrow we start again..stories, laughs, cries, maybe some beach time..maybe the vineyard..but the wind may be too harsh..we'll see...plus i knew i would miss my husband...but I never dreamed how much..
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
So we came up to the lake for the fourth..seems like we're never home!..I'm working on finishing a few paintings and almost finished with a wedding gift that's long overdue...we've installed two new ac units, gotten the place sort of ready for the family reunion tomorrow..already hearing fireworks so we need to get the girls suited up in their thunder shirts... I spoke with a gallery today...the white key gallery on lincolnway. Here in valpo...lovely place and a very nice owner who is also a painter...im thinking we may be a fit but stay tuned...
Saturday, June 27, 2015
WOW!!!!!...we just had the most fun!!!..the day started with room service..davey had lobster eggs benny..i had the sensible egg white frittata...(lot of good that did me..at the moment we're chilling on our balcony with beer, wine and cheetos!!..i swear!!!)...then we ventured out to see the sights..this is such a small and condensed area..this mill falls in Meredith...maybe four hotels..all created in 2003...we wanted to see the falls close up..so we were on the way and happened upon a shop i just needed to check out...davey ended up buying me more birthday prezzies...lovin this seventieth stuff.....whilst there we heard the group had garnered a pontoon for a noon boatride..and off we went..very last minute but so much fun!!!!!..cap'n ben escorted us out to governor's island and around and back...we may have been traveling upwards of 200mph..( i might be exaggerating..)..but it was great fun and so glad we did it!..we are heading to the whirlpool and then a nap and then on to the wedding...there is weather moving in tonight...these guys have really dodged a bullet because it is gorgeous!!!
Friday, June 26, 2015
So today we set off to see mike and judy's old stomping grounds..dartmouth college..he did a year of residency there and seemed to be happy to be back..we were in the vicinity so we planned to meet folks in the quechee gorge area..(above photo is the gorge...i had to be very careful because of my dizzy-ness...but what a beautiful site..plus we learned that two days ago a gal jumped...no need to go into the gorey deets..)..thinking about it..the railing isn't that high...if you were determined to do yourself in...??...anyway..the first pic is from the glass blowing complex/shop/whatever..at simon pearce..it was recommended to us by a sweet lady who summers in new hampshire we met in the airport in baltimore...had a wonderful lunch there with friends...and the glass blowers were hard at work in the basement...they work 363 days a year, nine to five with two ten minute breaks and a half hour unpaid lunch...they seemed to be very happy so I'm assuming they are paid handsomely for their talents...and they certainly had talents!!!!....but we are tired from so much road travel..driving or not driving...it wears you OUT!!!!...we are ensconced in a new room..one with a balcony...just next door from where we were yesterday..(we had noticed that ours was the only room on that side without one..)later i will post the view..chilling at the moment..heading to the whirlpool with a cocktail in hand..tonight is the welcoming reception...tomorrow we may take a boat ride before the wedding..stay tuned...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
So we arived in meredith yesterday...flew through baltimore and landed in manchester..this is a glorious part of the country!..and lake winnepausakee is unbelievable!!..HUGE!!..we are staying on Meredith bay..a very small fingerling of the lake..this is davey and judy sitting outside judy's hotel..such a view!..and we are taveling now..have been in the car for over an hour..davey's navigationally challenged...mike couldn't follow directions because nobody GAVE him directions!!..thank heavens we didnt drive from indiana!!..anyway..we are headed to the coast..we'll be in maine then...tomorrow we plan to visit dartmouth and have lunch at keechee gorge at simon pearce..a glass blower..stay tuned!
Saturday, June 20, 2015
oil on canvas panel
so this is another in my "grand" project..there's a bit of a glare..but my friend carole has been waiting for this painting for a good long while..life just gets in the way sometimes..but we've had lots of time with no golf and i was able to catch up a bit..we DID golf yesterday..played VCC..and played the front nine twice..davey was most improved but I was a very close second!!..in fact, I was burning up the course for the first half..i was one over after five holes...then the wheels came off..bad course management had something to do with it, I have to admit...but i am very excited to get out there again today..we are slowly packing up and getting organized so we can blow out of here really early tomorrow..i hear it's still raining at home so I guess this has been the place to BE!!!!...
Thursday, June 18, 2015
14x11 oil on canvas panel
so I am truly struggling with this computer!!..i may have a bug..very slow...but i did get some painting accomplished in the last couple days..gearing up towards the wine shindig in carmel in july..we actually were able to hit balls today..and we also actually signed up for a temporary membership at the valpo country club!!...now we just have to be sure we can play 20 rounds before it snows..we can bring guests...so if you are planning to come to the lake...(and you know who you are)...plan on playing the vcc!!!..time to go..gotta watch tiger and Jordan...and I may be able to do one more painting tomorrow..i'm working on a commission..needs some tweaking...and i have two more wine pieces to post..so I am not a slacker.......
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
oil on canvas panel
so we decided to come to the lake a day early. since we share this place with the other side of the family, we get to come up every other week or so...painting and golfing..is what I thought..now it looks like it may be just painting...valpo is almost under water..there was standing water all the way up here..sometimes nearly impassable...and they've had so much rain up here the country club course is closed..probably most of the other courses as well..i'm fine with it..i did this painting of lyda..this is for a friend who bought my donation to the kids' commons last year..she looks like a keeper, doesn't she??.. i also did a wine-themed painting which i'm still tweaking..i have a wedding present to do and another kids commons project and then if I have time, more wine stuff..there is to be a big wine event in the carmel arts district in july and i'm gearing up for that..i have to paint a VERY large wine bottle..probably two feet high..not sure what it's called..but that's another thing on my plate..yikes!!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
30x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so I've sold a few things..so grateful..and I did this over the weekend for Simon's on st. simon's island..they wanted a BIG crab painting..and here it is!! we head to the lake in a few days and I have lots of odds and ends to finish up..a wedding gift, a grand painting, a doggie painting that was purchased from the kids commons fund raiser..another from the same fundraiser..don't know if i'll get them all done but i can get a good start..we'll be alone..just painting and golf..so i am very excited!!
Monday, June 8, 2015
6x8 oil on board
so this is Mojo..my friend michelle's doggie..now gone to heaven..i haven't had any time to paint..london, paris..such a busy girl..but we went to the lake this weekend and I had a small window!~!..really wanted to get this done and have some others to do as well..i really am very excited to get back into painting..and golf, of course..it seems I really paint a lot less in the summer...could it be possible to do both??..
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
We are sitting in the airport in detroit..after an 8-1/2 hour flight from paris...it wasnt that bad..watched still alice and the new night at the museum...this is staged at the british museum and i think we saw more of the museum in the movie than we were able to see on the tour...it's just so vast!!! ...and finally on the tiny little plane that will carry us on our last leg home...seems extra tiny after the 747 we rode in on...last night was so much fun!!!..the bus picked us up at 6:30 and transported us to a beautiful boat...started with cocktails on deck....watching the view and enjoying these folks who would soon be walking out of our lives...i havent been able to talk much about the folks..and i never use last names on my blog...so last night we sat with rick and mary and skip and sandy..a foursome traveling together and coming from a golf trip in scotland..lucky duckies...they sat very near us on the bus..they had a neat way of moving folks around the bus..we started off near the back on the right and by the time we were done, we were quite far up on the left...they really wanted us to get to know each other...there were mostly couples and some mother/daughter and grandmother/granddaughter twosomes..one other artist..sharon..married to ed..very fun..they did a bit of sight seeing on their own..we really enjoyed the heck out of them and some others we got to spend a bit more time with..sitting together at dinner, for instance....the family of nurses..david, joyce, joe and lindsay..david contemplating retirement...lovely folks..always one and two seats ahead of us.. Denise and marty..folks from jasper, indiana and the first folks we met..lovely young couple..(could have been our kids!)..a mom and daughter duo..cherron and rachel..fun gals..matt and karen..fun people I felt i'd known all my life...jack and diane..real kindred spirits..and were so cool with my constant going on about..." Little ditty..about jack amd diane..."..tony and pam from texas..such nice folks..another doc..richard the pulmonologist and his wife ellen..we had dinner one night with suzanne and her daughter megan...suzanne was a "jill of all trades".. Had accomplished so much..and her daughter megan was a student..jim and sue..(whoops.. Almost used their last name..)..he was always snapping photos with really good equipment and has started sending albums to all of us...love it!!...plus sue is a twin!!!!... David and laura we met late in the trip..sweet folks...and for sure they will have lots of pics of their trip!!..ken the banker and pam, his public speaker better half...great folks too!..let's see...judy was taking her grand kaitlen for a grand graduation (i think) trip..good fun...reta and her daughter, kathy, were such fun..loved them to pieces...renee and shelbi..from jacksonville..good gals...and lastly..george and angie.. Both docs..he is a pediatric dentist and she specializes in pain medicine..great peeps..and we got to know them a bit better as we were taxied to the airport together at a god awful time sunday morning...it was a super fantastical trip and we absolutely loved every minute of it and all the great new friends we made!!!.. I Know we are all back to our lives... But what fun!!!!!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
So this was our last day...we bussed over to the louvre...i couldnt believe how big it was!!!...I remember the davinci movies...but..we only saw a few things..were there a couple hours...mostly to see the mona Lisa...unfortunately we couldnt get closer than about twenty feet...and then we had to bust our way through the throngs of people trying to take selfies in front of her... We split off from the group and walked to the musee d'dorsay...all the impressionists..plus they were having a bonnard exhibition...i have much more to tell you but we have to hit the hay..it's 11:30 and we leave for the airport at 6:50... I will finish up tomorrow...we had the best time and met the most wonderful folks...stay tuned...
Friday, May 29, 2015
So we ventured to versailles today...i mean, really?????.... Did anyone have to live like this?...no wonder the folks stormed the palace...but I have to say the gardens were gorgous!! And we had a delightful lunch at petit venice...a restaurant on the grounds... Then on to a bus tour of mont martre...oh my mercy..I was in heaven!!...i took so many photos, my ipad lost all its juice!..i cant wait to get home to see what kind of fodder I have for painting... We tried to get into the restaurant where they filmed as good as it gets...the were booked but we did get to see where they sat...then happened to fall into a great local restaurant for dinner...walked back to our hotel...looking forward to tomorrow..le louvre and le musee d'orsey......if davey hangs in there with me, that is....
Thursday, May 28, 2015
So we hopped the bus at 8:30 this morning..departed the pancras train station at 10:25... We got there early enough to get some lunch for later and to change our lefty pounds into euros...and we still almost didnt make the train..or so davey thought...we were frantically trying to get though customs,etc, had totally lost our group..of course it was all my fault...☺️...but we made the train with plenty of time to spare!!!!...And it was really very painless..we went through several tunnels..always thinking..."is this the chunnel???"... We'd been served a continental breakfast..after loading up on our usual hotel breakfast in london...a very dry roll...didnt eat it...and some yogurt muesli..didnt eat it..coffee..already had enough...and a croissant...started with a pinch off the side...just a taste...ended up eating the whole damn thing!!!...so i ended up eating the lunch i bought at about three paris time...thank heavens we choose the late dinner time...so whilst we went thru the chunnel, davey managed to go to the loo..get some bloodies..and missed the whole thing...then on to paris..traveling at upwards of 180 mph...the first photo is self-explanatory...the second...not so much...this is one of the first sites we saw on the bus from the train station to our hotel...it's called "tent city" and its rather a slum..these pople live here..along the rails..in tents the city afforded them..one of the most depressing sites you could imagine..i snapped a photo and this fellow kept flipping off our bus..over and over..i imagine he's used to being caught on camera...possibly could be good incentive to get OUT of that hell hole!!..we, on the other hand, are safely ensconced in the intercontinental hotel...the place even smells wonderful..possibly all the fresh orchids in the lobby..we took a tour of the city earlier and are having a drink in our room...but there's a very strange noise happening when we turn on the water...and it's taking forever to get hot..... Stay tuned....
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ok...so i finally found my photos from today...it was like gravy..all of a sudden..there they were!!!...so you can see that my husband passed up lots of learning opportunities...in favor of trying to make me laugh...(he says I'm easy!!)...and stalking the hundreds of japanese people who kept barging their way through everyone else!..we had some nice fish and chips and at the moment we are out in our own private smoking area finishing off our red wine..looking forward to paris...stay tuned...