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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Indiana State Park

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

A summer day at one of the state parks in Indiana.  So peaceful...Wish I was fishing....

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Ups and Downs of the Art World

watercolor
interior

this stair way caught my eye as something I wanted to paint.  It is in a local gallery in Chicago.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mill workers

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

I love the excitement that goes on in the steel mills.  Maybe that is why my husband has been working in them for  about 45 years.  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

In the Summer Time

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

On a summer stay-cation we went to an Indiana State Park.  It was a lovely afternoon to get inspired....

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Video of my show at the visitor's center


My show at the Visitor's Center is running through Sept. 22 in Hammond, Indiana.  There are two photographers in this show too, Matthew Kaplan and Tom Hocker.  I have 48 watercolors of Chicago and Industry.  

Go to my Face Book page and look for Kathy Los-Rathburn and there you can see my video of my Chicago paintings.  Let me know what you think.  The show runs through Sept. 22 but will run on my FB forever.  lol.

Friday, August 31, 2018

acrylic/ workshop ...purple fall

acrylic
landscape
9" x 12"

watercolor classes begin next week.  Summer is officially over after this weekend.  So sad.  Bit fall is just around the corner.

An acrylic workshop is planned for Friday, Sept. 28 from 6 till....It is fun doing a few small acrylics for a change.  My students seemed to like the change, too.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dog's Best Friend

watercolor
12" x 9"
animals

Two weeks ago I was in a local art fair.  Not a good weekend weather-wise for an art fail....so much rain....they even had to move my tent and display on Sunday since it was under 2" of water.   We had a few hours when it didn't rain on Sunday and some people wadded out. This is one of my students, Jodi, and her gals.  I took some photos and then did this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge.

Marigolds

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral

I felt like painting a little fall...but I do not want summer to leave us.  It is so sad that the schools begin classes in about 2 weeks.  Bring back fall semesters that begin after Labor Day.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

More Mill Shapes

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

another local Industrial scene.

Take the River Tour-Chicago

watercolor
cityscape

This is a perfect time to come to Chicago and experience it for yourself.

Helped to hang 88 paintings for the SLAC (South Lake Artists Co-Op) today.  There were 4 of us helping. It took us almost 8 hours ....This is at Wildrose Brewery, in Griffith, Indiana.  I have 3 pieces in this show.  As I was hanging it, I even purchased a piece for my art collection.  See, even artists purchase art from fellow artists....so you can, too!!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Plen Air Painting







watercolors
9" x 12"
Landscape

A local art group here in Indiana is the "Illiana Artists" art group.  We had our annual picnic at Larry and Carol Lyn Brechner's home/lake.  We had a blast.   A few of us were painting and many were taking photos.  As president of this group, I thought it would be best if I do some painting...It was so much fun...will have to do more painting on location.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

More Glass at the Pier

watercolor
interior

another painting of Chicago....again I take you to Navy Pier to see the Stained Glass Exhibit that was on display a few years back.  Man were they beautiful.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Still Raining- Chicago

watercolor
14" x 21"
ciryscape

Here is another painting in my new Chicago series.

I delivered 52 paintings.today for the "Along the Lake Shore"
exhibit that will be at the Indiana visitor's Center. This is in Hammond, INdiana off of 80/94 and Kennedy Ave.  The venue is 6,500 sq. feet.  The place is huge and there are two photographers also included in this show...Mathew Kaplan and Thomas Hocker.

It runs from July 21 till Sept. 23.  Opening reception is on Tuesday, July 24 from 5 till 7 om.  If you live close to the REGION you may want to come and check out this exhibit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coal and coil

watercolor
industry

This is a typical scene that you would see all the time if you lived in the "Region."   This is the calumet region of Indiana which is about 35 miles south of Chicago.  The mill in the background is Inland Steel.

Tomorrow I will deliver my paintings for the show at the Indiana visitor's center in Hammond, Indiana.  The center in off of 80/94 at the Kennedy Ave. Exit.   It opens July 21st. The show is titled "Along the Lake Shore."  You will be able to see between 40 and 62 of my watercolors of Chicago and Industry.  Also included in this exhibit are photos by Mathew Kaplan and Thomas Hocker...they will also have at least 40 photos each on Industry and Chicago.

More info to follow.....

Friday, July 13, 2018

Rainy Day People

watercolor
cityscape

Here;s a Chicago scene that will be in my up coming show that will run from July 21 till Sept. 24 at the Indiana Visitor's Welcome Center in Hammond, IN

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Backside

watercolor
14" x 21"
cutyscaoe

Sometimes I find interesting painting material ... just around the corner.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Bridge is Up

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Been busy painting Chicago and Industry for a show that I will be a part of here in Indiana.  I just finished framing 40 pieces for this show.  More info to follow.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Peony

watercolor
floral

These are some of the peonies that I had this year in my garden....I have all kinds of flowers growing now....hopefully I will get to weeding the gardens in the next few days.  I do enjoy weeding and I do it a couple times a week....It has been really hot here in the Chicago area...stay cool.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Still Unloading

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

Been really busy here getting ready for a big show next month.  I just finished framing up 40 paintings on Chicago and Industry....While I was framing the last 2 paintings, I broke my flexi-brad gun thing....you know to hold the painting into the frame.  Luckily, I had a regular brad gun so it was ok.  But now I need to order another flexi point gun.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lilac from Nancy

watercolor
7" x 10"
Floral

What do I do when a student brings me flowers....I paint them.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jansen Memories

watercolor
14" x 21"

This is a memory from the past.  I remember going here when I was a little girl with my parents.  My mom would always get veggies here along with her plants for the garden and  for her flower pots.  She always would buy a bunch of gladiolas, too.  She always loved flowers so maybe that is where I got my love for flowers.

This farm stand is long gone along with the one that they also had in Hobart, Indiana.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Chicago Bridge

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

It was another fun day taking photos and then coming back to my studio to paint them.... Digital photography is the best.  I remember when I was an art student.....eons ago.  We had to go out and take photo references.  Back in my day slides were cheaper than prints.  I think the reason why I married my hubby was because he had a Polaroid Instant Camera.  That was so cool in the day.  He also had an expensive calculator and I think it just added and subtracted.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cala Lily

watercolor
floral

another little demo that I did for my students.  my gardens are all planted now....so let the painting begin.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pansy demo II

watercolor
floral

Another demo for my students.  These flowers I bought early spring.  I thought they only bloomed for a little bit.  They looked like their time was up.  One of my students who is a master gardener told me to put them out in the sun....so I did.  Wow.  She was right...they started to bloom again....LOVELY.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Yellow Pansy Demo

watercolor
5" x 7"
floral

just a little class demo of some of my pansies.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Gramma's Garden

watercolor
floral

It's so nice watching the flowers grow.  We have had a few very hot days...like 90 degrees....today it was really cold and windy.  I wanted to plant more flowers....but hopefully it will be warmer tomorrow or at least not as windy.

have a great weekend.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Columbine

watercolor
14" x 21"
floral

These are one of the first flowers to bloom in my garden...I have been planting my flower gardens for the last 2 weeks.  I think my car automatically stops at every green house.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jonquils -class demo

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

Just a quick little demo for one of my classes.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hollyhocks

watercolor
floral

Been busy planting flowers for my gardens...I do not know how many places /greenhouses that I have been to....My garage is full of flowers.  Things are starting to look pretty.  I will be planting all day tomorrow, and Sunday and Monday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pansies

watercolor
14" x 21"
floral

I bought this large planter of pansies so spring would hurry up and get here.  I took photos of it...did some demos for my students using it and then I plopped it into a planter on my porch.  Then it was almost time to put it to sleep...lol.  But one of my students said if I put it into the sun, it would come back to life and continue blooming.  I figured what do I have to lose.  Well she was right.  It looks lovely again.  enjoy.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pink Tulips

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral

The tulips are all gone now...yesterday I went a bought a bunch of flowers ... went to 5 different places to find them.  Was going to go out and plant them today....but it is raining.,  Hopefully I can do that in a few hours.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sunflowers II Step-by-step

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral
                                      Step by step.....









Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sunflowers

watercolor
10" x 14"
Floral

Trying to think of warmer days where you will be finding me in my gardens....  Still cleaning out all the leaves from them.  The rain and cooler weather is making me learn patience.  But in a few days I will begin planting....no hurry.  Once I start...then you are committed to the caring of them.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Chicago Blues

watercolor
14" x 21"
Cityscape

This past weekend this painting was accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society juried Show in Dixon, Illinois.  This was the third time I have been accepted into this national show so at the opening this past Saturday, I was awarded my signature status.  Special thanks to the Judge, William Hook and to the whole committee for putting on such an awesome exhibit.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring Blossoms III

watercolor
10" x 14"
Floral

Here's No. III in my little series of spring blossoms.  Watch....more flower paintings will be coming.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring Blossoms II

watercolor
10" x 14"
Floral

When I open my window blinds in the morning (very late morning), in the spring this is what I see from my window.  This is from one of my neighbor's trees.  It is so pretty.  Just wish it would last longer than it does.  But fruit is good too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring Blossoms

watercolor
10" x 14"
Floral

I am all ready for Spring here in Indiana....Hurry up and get here!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Forsythia

watercolor
14" x 21"
floral


One of the first flowers that you will see here in Indiana (near Chicago) is this bush that is called Forsythia.  They are a bright yellow flower. The sad part of spring flowers is that they do not last long....but they are such a joy to see after a long cold winter.

Today it was finally a bit warmer so I was able to clean out the gazebo and the deck....I am getting ready to start the gardening.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lunch Time Meeting at the Pier


watercolor 
cityscape


Navy Pier in Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit.  There is always something happening there.  It is a great place to people watch.  Come on down to the pier, many places to eat...jump on a boat for a trip to see  the city.  You can also grab the Big Bus and tour the city all day.  My kind of town.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Last Day of Winter

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

It was a good winter.  In 2016 we hardly got any snow.  But, in 2017 we were blest quite a bit with that white fluffy stuff.  I do not mean Marshmallow fluff either. It is what every artist hopes for.  I was able to go out a few times to take lots of photos.  Here it is almost the middle of April and we may get some snow this weekend.  The good thing about snow at this time of year is that it melts really fast.  Right now it is raining. April showers....bring May flowers.  They are coming...watch for them.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Going to Pot

watercolor
10" x 14"
still life

Spring huh?  Not here in Indiana yet.  Can't wait for it to get warmer so that I can go and clean out the garden beds.  I am beginning to see some green things popping through the leaves...


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fuchsia

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral

Can't wait till the end of May/June to start getting these gardens back to being beautiful and colorful.  I spend a lot of time gardening and it offers me lots of inspiration.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sunset Sky Demo

watercolor
14" x 21"
Landscape

The students in my Wednesday evening class wanted to work on sunset skys.   This is the demo that I did for them.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Reflection demo for one of my classes

watercolor

One of my students was having some trouble with reflections so I tried to simplify it for her by doing a little quick demo.