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A day in the woods, and a great mahl stick idea

What a glorious day!  I don’t think I remember the last time we had sun.  So, off I went to the woods with my paints and my high spirits.  I have to say, my job has great benefits!  After a hike into the Kickapoo Valley Reserve on the Ho-Chunk land, I came to this tree that is said to be an old Indian marker tree.  It looks a bit funny painted, but what fun to study it with its branches reaching straight out and the knob on top.  The marsh below the ridge was a cacophony of peepers, cranes, and geese.  I feel recharged after a long winter.

I thought I’d pass on a great break down mahl stick idea Tom came up with.  It is a wooden shot gun cleaning rod.  He refashioned the end where the cleaning wad was with a hook so it can hang on my easel.  It breaks down nicely to fit in my pack.








My peaceful place

Is there anyplace as peaceful as a barn with sweet smelling hay and the sound of a cow chewing her cud?? Sweet Charlotte. 10″ x 16″

Charlotte 4

Painting Sessions

Red Cloak 16" x 12"

Red Cloak
16″ x 12″

It is so important to find time to hang out with “your people”, and it is especially so for artists.  Although I live outside of a pretty small town (just over 4000 residents), I am fortunate to paint every Wednesday morning with a group of dedicated artists.  We are also extremely fortunate to find so many creative folks willing to model.  Kaitlyn came with this beautiful hooded cape today which was apparently made from  a large red table cloth!

Eight on Main

Stop by Encore (114 South Main Street, Viroqua WI) this Saturday between 10:00 and 5:00 to see the group show of eight local artists.  This is one of the paintings I will have hanging.  Hope to see you there!

Flower Fairies 14" x 18"

Flower Fairies
14″ x 18″


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Upcoming workshop


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Grand Marais Plein Air

I am just back this past week from Grand Marais Minnesota where I participated in the Plein Air event run by the Grand Marais Artists Colony.  Could there be a more beautiful place to paint?  Tom and I stayed at a state park south of town.There were a few storms that came through during the nights, but we stayed warm and dry.  September makes for cool nights, comfortable days and hardly a mosquito!   Every time I go out to paint I am struck with how lucky I am to make a living this way.  Who else gets to sit a look at one tree or a beautiful body of water for hours at a time?? It is always my hope that a little of the essence of  that day makes it into my paintings. I am also honored to have been awarded “Best Night Painting” for my painting “Spinning Yarns”.  It was a wonderful show, and a blast to meet up with other artists.  Here are a few images from my week.

"Moose Country"

“Moose Country”

"Mossy Hollow"

“Mossy Hollow”

"Spinning Yarns"

“Spinning Yarns”

Quick Paint "Catching the Light"

Quick Paint
“Catching the Light”

Painting "Mossy Hollow"

Painting “Mossy Hollow”

Out the Gunflint Trail

Out the Gunflint Trail

2016 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

Our home for the week

Our home for the week

Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show

My painting “Incognito” was accepted into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show. It will be held at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Cincinnati, Ohio, September 9 – October 8, 2016.   It is such and honor to be a part of one of these shows.

Incognito 14" x 11" $1350

14″ x 11″

Upcoming Painting Demonstration



This coming weekend I will be in Red Wing Minnesota to judge the Red Wing Plein Air event hosted by the Red Wing Arts Association.  On Thursday at 1:00 I will be giving a plein air demonstration outside the Depot gallery. Stop by if you are in the area!



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Cedarburg Plein Air

The Cedarburg Plein air event was this past two weeks.  What a wonderfully run event it always is!  150 artists, 500 paintings make for a fun time and a fabulous show.  Here is a sampling of my work from the week.

"Sunday Morning" 9" x 12" Sold Honorable Mention

“Sunday Morning”
9″ x 12″
Honorable Mention

"Old Farm Road" 11" x 14" Available

“Old Farm Road”
11″ x 14″

"The Land Remembers" 12" x 20" Avavailable

“The Land Remembers”
12″ x 20″

"Sentinels of Summer" 8" x 10" available

“Sentinels of Summer”
8″ x 10″

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Winding Roads Studio Tour

This coming Saturday and Sunday is the area Studio Tour.  There is something to interest everyone from paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, and printmaking to woodworking and stained glass.  Visit the Winding Roads Studio Tour website for a complete listing of the artists.


Joining me in my studio will be my husband Tom with is fine woodworking, and our daughter Alison with her lovely pottery.

birch bowl

Road Home wheeler  clay studio





Below is a map of the various studios that will be open to the public.  I hope you can make it!





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