Monday, January 18, 2016


13"x 10"   Soft Pastel on panel

I've completed a few more oil paintings for the up coming exhibit in February, and now have switched to pastels as my medium to finish up paintings I want to have in this show.   Most the work I plan to have are as you see version of "Abstract Realism".

Details again about the show titled:  "Of Earth and Sky"
Metal artist, Mika Sorak and painter, Gin Lammert....together with their creations based on the titles theme.  Showing is from February 1st through March 10th at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Artist reception is Feb. 1st 7pm to 8:30pm in the Ottumwa campus art gallery....located at the end of the school's library.  The library and gallery was once the Sanctuary and Chapel of this beautiful campus when it belonged to an all Catholic college . IHCC purchased the campus and in 1985, transformed this part of the existing structures  into a top of the line art gallery where they host 7 different shows a year.  

If you are reading this....consider the message as a personal invite to join us during the artist reception.  If you can't make it to the opening, I hope you will have the opportunity to visit this show.  It will be open to the public the same hours as the campus library. 
 Monday - Thursday: 8am to 8:40pm / Sunday - 4;30pm to 9pm.   Thank You! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Home work space....beginning of 2016

A couple of my painting friends have posted where their home working space is.  So, keeping with the groove of's pictures of the current conditions of my home space.

First off, I actually use 2 different rooms in our small Bungalow style house.  We don't entertain at home, so this first picture is of the "Dining room" converted to work space.  I used to give individual art lessons here and could comfortably have 3 people.  No more!!!! 
 It's turned into STORAGE! 

I dug out my old metal easel and have it set up for a station to work on pastels.  The table to the right is our Parson style dining room table....covered with foamboard to protect the surface.

Here's a closer view of the Pastel workspace.

This is a NEW addition to the room.....I purchased a metal shelf rack (found it at a bargain for less then $20.) and added small round dowels the vertical length.  It's a GREAT space for wet canvases.  As you can see.....I've already filled a lot of it up with canvases yet to be painted.  On the right is a double stack of book shelves where I have art books, painting supplies and more paper for painting.

This is the opposite side where you see the dining room table with a shelf unit my daughter gifted me with.  I think it came out of a home that was being torn down. The original intent for it was to have nothing but still life objects stored here.  Currently, the table and shelves are a mix of supplies, files, and objects.  

This space has also become my "work-out" area for my Gazelle glider.  It was stored in our bedroom.  As you can leans against the tall shelving unit when I don't use it.  

Having the exercise equipment here has motivated me to use it get back into the habit of daily walking.  Too cold for me outside.

Next is the 2nd room....the other "bedroom" on the main floor of our home.  I had this all organized and a cover on the side of my drafting table - converted - to - framing - table.

Full sheet matboard and frames line the walls. This room is in the NW corner of the house and I usually leave the door closed to keep the cats out.  It does help a little with keeping the cat hair down.  Thus, the space heater in the gets chillier in here then the rest of the house.

My hubby didn't want to get rid of his old entertainment furniture so, as you can see here, it didn't take me long to fill it up with more "STUFF".

I purchased a nice Epson printer to create my own archival giclee note cards. It sits on the top along with primer paints, and other items I keep in reach ....handy for when framing.

And....last but not least, MY OFFICE :D
I took the doors off the bedroom closet and placed shelves and a desk here.  This is the spot for our home computer (where I'm typing now) and our paperwork for almost everything we need to keep track of.  

The window here faces the North.  I have soooooo fallen in love with working from this light  that I cleared out the corner and created a painting space here.  I work mostly with oils in this spot.

Now I've shared with you how I've taken over most the main floor of our home.  I also have space in our basement for painting large panels, a stained glass area with kiln that I haven't fired up yet, (it's been sitting 2 years now) and my husband builds my frames, so his woodworking area is housed down there too.

We have one big room upstairs which has now become a very large storage unit.  I have extra frames and boxes for putting finished work in up there.  

What was originally to be a minimalist "guest" room has now turned into a storage unit for ourselves and family members.  There are designated areas where our kids, a sister and nephew have keepsakes.  

I keep watching the "Tiny House" movement and see all these really cool spaces posted online.....thinking how neat this would be.  Our house is 750 sq ft per level and to be honest...I realize now how  a smaller space JUST WOULDN'T WORK!

I currently rent a room in Bentonsport so I can teach and work in that area of where we live (East of Pulaski).  I also give on going painting classes in my friends studio in Bloomfield.  It covers teaching to the West of Pulaski.  

The ideal,of course, would be to not travel so much and have an area large enough to accommodate everything from teaching,working, storage,.....Guess what?!.....WE HAVE A METAL BARN THAT NEEDS ATTENTION :D  It has a loft and would be so cool to create a 10' x 10' deck at the top to set on and paint Sunsets.  YES....I CAN DREAM !!!!!!