Thursday, October 25, 2018

Keokuk Reception Date Change

UPDATE CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do to a "hick up" in scheduling in the space where my art show is, the Artist Reception for my one person show at the Round Room in Keokuk, IA is 

If you are in the area, I hope you will drop by for goodies, see the body of work and visit me during this event.  Artwork will be hanging the month of November.  

Monday, October 22, 2018

To be in plein air painting show

Above is a painting I did of the train depot (no longer in use) in Middle Amana, IA.  This will be one of the pieces that will be on display and for sale during the November show in Keokuk, IA.  
Show will hang in the round room, on the main floor of the Keokuk Public library.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the show.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

One Person show month of November!

Keokuk Art Center , Keokuk, IA is sponsoring a one person show of my artwork created this year.  Most will be of paintings still in my possession from participation in plein air competitions plus a few still life compositions to break things up.

5pm to 7pm
at the Round Room - Keokuk Public Library.  
210 N 5th St
Keokuk, IA  52632

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Love the cow portrait....

Century family farm commission, oil-24"x36"

I was blessed to be asked to do this family farm portrait for a couple building their new home on the farm that has been in their family for over 100 years.  I was told this work will hang in the entry hall.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

It's all about the Clear Glass Bowl!

20"x 20" Gallery wrap stretched canvas

I'm still undecided about a title for this work.  .....could be "which one is not the same"  -  "Snack time". ...or the one I chose for this post.

I sometimes divide a canvas into sections, then work on either a similar subject in each space or choose to use different limited palette combinations to create  the same image.  It's a  fun exercise that can take on several different design elements .

This particular idea came from challenging myself with filling a glass bowl.  My hubby suggested painting a kitten laying in the bowl....I think There's no limit to what could be done.....hmmmmmm...only limitation is the size of my bowl.  For some reason, I have chocolate on my mind.  I may have to paint this bowl filled with Hershey Kisses.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"Late Summer Color"

11"x14"   Soft Pastel on U Art paper

I had started this work on location during the "Fresh Paint" plein air competition in Amana, IA last year.  When I dug it out from a pile of pastel papers a few days ago, I the sky but HATE the foreground. 

What I love about the pastel medium is how easy it can be to "change" something if you don't like a certain look.  I had painted in a wooden fence that dominated the front lower right of this work.  It was competing with the large tree in the middle plane, which made the entire painting seem busy, busy, place for the mind to understand what drew me to this spot in the first place.

Taking a piece of pipe insulation I had cut to be around an inch & a half long, I rubbed out as much pastel as possible from the area.  Because this work is on slightly sanded (rough textured) surface, there was enough "tooth" ,as pastelists call it, left that i was able to emphasize  the prairie grass growing in the foreground by adding stroke after stroke of fresh color.

If you look close enough, you'll notice the "RED" underpainting too.  I love using a rust color as a first layer of color in a landscape.  The warm undertone always makes cool greens & blues look rich in hue.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Work in progress...

Finished oil  14x11

It's been awhile since I've posted a work in progress.  I have moved my studio space at home to a different room so now I've been enjoying more room to maneuver around.  It also accumadates  the larger canvases I've been working as commission work. 

Looking forward to creating a whole new body of work this year that expands on favorite themes of mine.