In my studio is a large shelf unit where I keep my still life props. It is a crazy mix of things I have collected. Some from my childhood, an odd assortment of china pieces from my grandmother, vases handed down from my mother, skulls from the woods, things passed on from friends… I have used these things mostly for teaching, but sometimes something cries out to me to be painted, and when that happens, I set aside all other work and go at it. In the midst of preparing for the Cedarburg Museum show, these two little characters sassed so loud one day that I just couldn’t resist.
Tom and I have recently returned from a trip to Tennessee where he had the opportunity to do a mentorship with Master chair maker Curtis Buchanan Here are the two chairs that he made while there:
Democratic Chair made with just a few hand tools
While they worked and told stories in the chair shop, I went off to paint the beautiful Eastern Tennessee countryside.
Chair Maker’s Shop
Tennessee Hills II
I was also able to participate in the Plein air Event in Burnsville NC and was awarded second place for my painting “Waiting for the Sun”
Waiting for Sun
Spring is upon us, and so is the Winding Roads Art Tour! There are so many fabulous artist and artisans in these hills, and here is your chance to visit them in their studios and workshops. Visit the tour website at www.windingroadsart.com to see the list of artists and the maps of studio locations. This year I will just have returned from a trip to Tennessee near the edge of the Smokey Mountains where I will have spent two weeks painting. Hope you can stop by to see my new work!
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.
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″
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!
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!
14″ x 18″
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.
“Catching the Light”
Painting “Mossy Hollow”
Out the Gunflint Trail
2016 Award Winners
Our home for the week
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.
14″ x 11″