Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Quincy, IL Art Show

"Midsummer Arts Faire" June 25th~27th
My display with lights during the evening. Show was 5pm to 9pm Fri. night with Blues music/BIG crowd/Great Time! Sat. night 6 to 9pm we were intertained with Jazz performer Monica Ramey , a FANTASTIC talented singer.
Anthony Borchardt set up to my right

Above photo ~Metal artist Anthony Slichenmyer ~ was set up to my left .

New "Walk thru" Fountain in center of Washington Park, downtown Quincy, IL

Just got back from weekend show in Quincy, IL. Thought I'd share a few photos of park and other artist's work that were set up beside me. Oh! and of course, my booth when it was late in the evening.
This show was a lot of fun. The artists participating in this show are friendly and willing to share experiences that help them grow as artists. I'm hoping to return to this show as often as I can. The process to participate involves having your artwork juried in (this is sending photos of your work to be judged by a committee).

Friday, June 25, 2010


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9.5"x13.5" Soft Pastel on Wallis pastel paper

We used to have more then our share of cats in our barn. These kittens were from 3 different momma's.......all related. Some of these guys ended up completely wild. Now we're down to 2 cats that seem to hang out in our barn. We don't feed them anymore.....hopefully they're keeping the mice at bay. They give us a look when we are outdoors but won't come near. Wild indeed!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Eyes Almost Shut

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10"x13" soft pastel on Wallis pastel paper
I'm re-discovering photos I've taken that I thought might make interesting paintings. The snapshot I used for this work was of our outdoor cat we used to have. I called him "Furball" He had A LOT of long hair. He had just settled down after eating....ready for his early evening nap. Content.....with a full belly!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Poppies II

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19"x13" soft pastel on canson paper
Updated this painting .....lightened up the background after my grandson made the comment, "I think it's too dark around the flowers". Simply Amazing!!!!!! The wisdom of a 5 year old! He was right! I like it better now that I've made the color change.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


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28"x20" soft pastel on 100% cotton paper

I changed the painting I originally posted of Earth. When I "Thought" I was done with this work, I immediately posted it and after viewing it for awhile, decided it wasn't expressing what I wanted it to. I wanted the female image to look like she was coming out of the earth and by changing the hand that was in the forground to rock and ground, I feel it's finally making the statement I wanted to make.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Earth" in progress

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Making progress with this , the next pastel painting in Element series. Doing more work tonight and tomorrow evening. Pushing to get it done for Sat. show in Oskaloosa. The size is approx. same as "Air", the last painting I posted.

Monday, June 7, 2010


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20"x28" soft pastel on 100% cotton paper.
This is the pastel version of a stained glass window I plan to create for an up coming show scheduled for Jan./Feb. of next year. The show will be all about traditional stained glass featuring modern designs created by using centuries old glass painting techniques. The show will open at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA and I hope it will travel to other locations in Iowa and near by states.
I'll have this painting at the "Art on the Square" art show/sale held this Sat., the 12th, in Oskaloosa, IA. Frame size: 26"x34" in natural pine and simple one color archival matting. I'm currently finishing up her companion "Earth" and will post it as soon as it's finished. "Water" is sketched out and "Fire" is waiting to be put on paper. I'll be creating works representing the seasons when this series is completed.