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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pugh Ladle

watercolor
industry

My dad worked at Inland Steel here in Indiana like ...forever.  He worked in the transportation department.  He frequently talked about these train cars.  I thought they were unique and fascinating. 

My dad has long passed away, but the thought of these train cars stayed with me.  I have been on a quest to find one to photograph and paint for years....finally I have found one.  Here is a shared memory.  This car is heading into Illinois to make steel.  Industry lives on.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

It's an Indiana Blast

watercolor 
industry


When I just posted the last post I realized I already posted that photo of my journal page.  But I liked the copy so I kept it on my blog.  I am adding this next painting...this is a local scene that I see daily...  love this area here in Indiana.  There is so much subject matter everywhere.  I call it my artist paradise.

journal page

watercolor
still life

Recently I joined an on-line journal group on social media.  It's been a lot of fun.  So much so that I also taught a class about journaling this summer.  We all enjoyed it and I learned at the same time.  It was an opportunity for all of us to try new media and to be creative and free at the same time.

It also rekindled my love for fountain pens and the written word.  Having gone to the big pen show in Chicago back it May I won't tell you how many new writing instruments I have added to my collection...Not that I don't want you to know how many....I just don't know that number.  I am going to figure out a system to keep track of them.  I did work on a system of all of the ink that I own. The PEN WORLD is a wonderful place to visit.  Once you go, you do not come back...It's PEN-tastic.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Inland Steel

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

I can't believe how fast time has been flying....i have been busy with a big solo show on Industry which was a success...I sold 7 paintings.  Then I had the out door fair which was ok, but definitely not the right weekend for an art fair.  It was in the 90's on Saturday, in the evening there were big winds, and on Sunday big rains came.  The area I was set up in flooded and I thought I would not find my husband in the water.  lol.  I did get the paintings to the car in a nick of time.  I was just drenched,  The new tent survived. Rain is not good for watercolors..  It was the 45th show and I was in all of the 45 shows.  May have to rethink next year.  

I did win second in 2-D art so that always is nice.

So I am behind on posting my paintings .. I will catch up...(Ketchup :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Ink, Pens , Eraser

watercolor
jstill life

Been teaching a new class..
A journal class.  Something new to me.  It was a lot of fun showing different techniques and ideas for a journal.  The gals that took the 4 week class enjoyed themselves and they plan to continue working this summer on their journals and then when they come back in the fall they want to continue working on them in class.  My book is almost completed.  Will have to start another one.

That is my new Italian fountain pen that I purchased in Chicago.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Inland Steel

watercolor
14" x 21"
Industry

Just a local scenes of one of the local steel mills...Inland Steel.  Now it is called Mittal.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

China and Lace

14" x 21"
watercolor
still life

In memory of one of my favorite antique shops that recently closed.  It needed a lot of renovation to get it back to code.  Hopefully when they are done working on the building they will reopen as an antique shop.  It was 3 floors filled with antique finds.  Great STUFF for still lifes..  It would be nice if they add an elevator to this store/building.  They just better not tare it down and put up a parking lot....