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Saturday, October 14, 2017

watercolor
11" x 14"
still life

Another painting inspired while I was at the grocery store.  I think I need to make some stuffed cabbage.... back to the grocery store.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Beets

watercolor
10" x 14"
still life

Went grocery shopping the other day and was inspired in the produce department.   Eat your Super Beets !!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Reflections

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

Just a little demo that I did for one of my classes.  It was done to show how to simplify, use soft edges and using a very limited palette.   enjoy.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Strewets of Chicago LI - Bergoffs


watercolor
21" x 14"
Cityscape

One of my favorite places to eat.  Been eating there since the early 70's.  They make their own root beer, too.  enjoy.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Building the City

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

This is how they build those skyscrapers...amazing.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chicago Shadows

watercolor
14" x 21"
Cityscape

Played up the light and shadows on this one .....

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Kind of Town - Chicago

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Continuing on with my Chicago series....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Insights on Industry XXXVI


watercolor
14" x 21"

This is another local Industrial Scene here in Indiana....this is part of Amoco.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chicago Building Up

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Saw this view while taking the Big Bus Tour in Chicago a few weeks ago.    As they say....take the bus....enjoy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Indiana National Lakeshore

watercolor
8" x 14"
landscape

So many great dune areas where I live.....along the big lake ...Lake Michigan.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Streets of Chicago XLVII - Walking with a Friend

watercolor
7" x 10"
Cityscape

I love watching the people in Chicago when I am there.  I love to take photos of them and then sketch and paint them.  Putting a figure into a painting adds life to it....enjoy!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Insights on Industry XXXV - Mill Shapes

watercolor
14" x 21"

This is actually what is left from a building that was taken down.  Sometimes they have to keep these structures up because of the gas lines, etc. that still need to be connected. I thought they added a lot of interest to the sky.

Here's to all who labor....Happy Labor Day.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Waiting to Hear from You

watercolor
14" x 21"
still life

In this still life you can see a lot of my favorite things.  I am waiting to hear from YOU.

At the Fair

watercolor
5" x 7" each
animals

Here are some of the sample of what we will be painting in my workshop on Friday, Sept.15.  Spaces are still available.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Walking Home

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

It is easier to walk, bike or take public transportation to get around in Chicago.  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Insights on Industry XXXIII - Inland Steel

watercolor
14" x 21"


More of the Industry that is so well known in my area....right along the lake.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Streets of Chicago XLV - Crystal Gardens

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Spent the day in Chicago yesterday.  All these years that I have been going up there and yesterday was the first time I took the big bus tour.  It was really interesting.  I learned a lot and took tons of photos.

We parked at Navy Pier and hopped on a bus near there.  I love being at the pier.  It is one of my favorite places. We ate at Harry Carey's...great tavern burgers.  I even bought me a CUBS visor hat.  Don't tell anyone since I am a SOX fan, but this matched my outfit better.  


This Crystal Garden is at Navy Pier.

Chicago,,.,,my kind of town,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Streets of Chicago XLIV - Shopping in the City

watercolor
cityscape

Another fun day in the city....hoping to head up there sometime soon for another photo shoot.  Collecting more information for my May show.   

Went and took some photos on Industry this evening.  My May show will have Chicago and Industry.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kitchen is Closed

watercolor
14" x 21"
still life

There is beauty in getting the dishes done.  lol.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Streets of Chicago XLII - Along the Lake

watercolor
cityscape

A scene if the bridges that cross over the river...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cara Lily

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

This Lily I found in my friend's garden.  His wife passed away a few years back and he has kept up her "secret Garden."  This lily is named after her.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Delphenium

watercolor
14" x 8"
floral

I have lots of flowers around my house....this is from a garden in the front yard....I love blue delphiniums. Enjoy!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Insights on Industry XXXIII - The Corker

watercolor
14" x 21"
INdustry

I did this painting for the show that I am having next year....It sold right after I painted it.  So my client also wanted me to frame it... Julie used to work at this mill at Amoco.  So I am happy to see that it went to a good home.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXVIII- Skyscraper Shadows

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Working on a different view this time.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer II

watercolor
8: x 14"
landscape

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Zinnias

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

Some more flowers from my garden.  Enjoy!!

Flowers From My Garden

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

I had a lot of pretty flowers in my gardens this year.  I wanted to go and palnt plein air in my gardens today, but it got a bit chilly, damp, rainy and no sun....Catching up on paper work...
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fall

watercolor
8" x 14"
landscape

A dramatic fall day in Indiana....It will be here before you know it......don't hurry fall....summer is flying by so fast !!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer

watercolor
8" x 14"
landscape

Just another summer day in Indiana...Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

White Flowers

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

I have no idea what kind of flowers these are...I was getting flowers at Johnson's Nursery and I saw this plant....so I took photos and painted it.  enjoy!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hanging Pots

watercolor
14" x 21"
floral

When I was out purchasing my flowers this Spring (and boy did I purchase a lot of them), I took my camera with me.  I took lots of photos.  This is from Johnson's nursery. Out of all of the places that I went to this year....I rate them as #!. When I walked among the flowers....I felt like I died and went to heaven.  It was so awesome.   Yes,m the flowers are all planted and are growing beautifully.....

Monday, July 24, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXVIII

watercolor
7" x 10"
cityscape

It was a lovely day in the city today.  Took more photos....getting ready for my big show that will be in May of 2018.  That sounds like a long time away (it is) but this is a huge building so lots of new work will be needed :) 

Have a great week.  Paint On !!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXVII

watercolor
7" x 10"
cityscape

When I was a student at the American Academy of Art in Chicago,we would go and sit on the steps of the art institute and watch people go by or we would eat our lunch.  fun times.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Snow in Summer

watercolor
8" x 14"
landscape

On these hot days, sometimes we need to be reminded what is ahead in a few months....so enjoy your summer,  You will be wishing it was here again.   Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXV - Field's Clock

watercolor
10" x 7"
cityscape

This is another watercolor for my mini Chicago Series.  They will all be framed up to 11" x 14."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Anam Cara (Soul Friend)

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

This is a lily that was planted in the garden that I posted yesterday.  Steve planted this in memory of his wife Cara who passed away from breast cancer.  

Cara's Secret Garden

watercolor
8" x 14"
floral

This is a painting that I completed of the garden that I visited, photographed and talked about in the last post.  The husband of Cara came today to see the painting and to see my gardens.  He loved the painting so I gave it to him.   This piece is really meaningful to him.  Cara passed away from Breast cancer at the age of 57 and he has continued to keep this garden up in her memory...  It is amazing how you can meet people on Facebook and become friends.  Today he and I were FB friends for 4 years.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lily demo II

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

Another demo that I did for one of my classes.

Last night I went to visit a friend and his garden.  We met on FB and he lives locally.  I have seen photos of his garden that he keeps alive in memory of his wife who passed from cancer.  The garden was awesome.  I took tons of photos and his lilies were begging to be painted...guess what I will be painting soon.

On a sadder note, I just found out over the weekend that a dear artist friend, student passed away a few days.  I remember her coming to class and telling me about her cancer.  That was not that long ago...  She will live on in the memories that I keep of her....I have many.  Hope you find a cowboy up in Heaven Darlene.

On a happy note....this past weekend I was in an art fair and I won best in 3-D art.  Big ribbon and some money to buy paint.  Sales were pretty good, too.

Day Lily Demo I

watercolor
7" x 10"
Floral

A class demo for my students....

Friday, July 14, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXIV -Come See The City

watercolor
7" x 10"
cityscape

Never been on one of these....but I think I would like to try it.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sweet Williams

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

These are some flowers that I have in my garden....I have planted so many different types of flowers that I can be painting them for days...lol...months.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXIII - Old Town Consignment Shop

watercolor
7" x 10"
cityscape

today's blog entry is another scene from the Old Town section of Chicago.....

Monday, July 10, 2017

Streets of Chicago XXXII -Old Town Bead Shop

watercolor
7" x 10"
cityscape

I have been buying beads for a long time.  It's fun to make jewelry.  Sometimes I just need a break from painting.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daffodil = Class demo II

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

just another little class demo.

Daffodil

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

Another demo that I did for my students way back in May....I am catching up on posting  but it takes a while since I painted 29 paintings in one month....what was I thinking....I was thinking....this is what I love to do....lol.  enjoy.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

bluebells

watercolor
10" x 7"
floral

Blue Bells

watercolor
10" x 7"
floral

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pink Magnolia

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

Monday, July 3, 2017

Blue Bells

watercolor
7" x 10"
Floral

Some pretty wild flowers I found here in Indiana.