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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Roses

watercolor
11" x 15"
floral

Happy Mother's Day everyone.  Keep those memories of mom alive.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Power Plant

watercolor
14" x 21"
Industry

Ventured into Illinois to find this power plant.  Do you feel the energy?

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Energy/Power

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

I was facilitated by the design of the power lines and poles. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Coneflowers

watercolor
11" x 15"
floral

spring is here and I am definitely ready for it.  We had snow over the weekend.  What the heck was that all about....Maybe in another week or two.  think spring.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ink in Love

watercolor
11" x 15"
still life

More of my pens and stationery supplies.

Ink in Bloom

watercolor
11" x 15"
still life

I love pens... A Lot !   So I thought I would paint some of mine.....Time to go and write a letter....enjoy.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Pair of Pens

watercolor
11" x 15"
landscape

I love pens....especially fountain pens.  Yes I am a pen collector.  Right after I graduated from art school, my first job was as a commercial artist at Paper Mate Pen at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.  I bought my first real good fountain pen around 1976 (that;s a long time ago...oh my!!).  I still have that pen it works and I still use it with teal ink.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

cooking Maple Syrup

watercolor 
figurative

In March it is Maple Syrup Time.  This is at Deep River Park in Hobart Indiana.  It is always fun to watch...sorry I am a bit behind posting my new paintings.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

still Viewing the City

watercolor
21" x 14"
cityscape

while in the city of Chicago this winter I was able to catch one of the buggies....great way to see the city but you won't get far fast.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Paint it With Words

watercolor

My love for pens has taken me into a new direction....first I cleaned out my fountain pens and then I started a series of watercolors with my pens.  Take time out to write a friend a letter....

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Pen Pals

watercolor
still life

New series of my favorite things....I love pens and anything related to them.  I still am old school and I love to send cards (I have my own line of greeting cards) and I still send thank you notes.  In fact, I have even sent a thank you note for a thank you note.  take note people....send Thank You Notes !!

Monday, April 1, 2019

On the Way to Work

watercolor
11" x 15"
cityscape

This is another train bridge that we can across.  I didn't realize that there were so many in my area.  They're everywhere.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chicago Buggy Ride"

wastercolor
14" x 17"
cityscape

this used to be a common scene in Chicago.  I especially loved seeing the buggies in the summer.  It added that extra special romance to the city.  Now they just do this around the winter holidays and you can mostly see them around Water Tower.....the memories still life on in my mind.

"Safe in Chicago"

watercolor
21" x 14"
cityscapes

extra stairways for emergency access. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

BOF

watercolor
15" x 10"
Industry

A typical blast furnace  in one of the mills.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hooked on Industry

watercolor
15" x 11"
Industry

Getting ready for my next show which will be in May at the Pine Village Retirement Facilities in Valparaiso Indiana.  They have a really nice gallery and they asked me to do an Industrial exhibit.  Sounds like a plan to me.  

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Industrial Stacks

watercolor
14" x 21"
industry

Getting ready for an Industrial show that I will be having in May/June in Valparaiso, Indiana.  the painting in this show will depict Industry in the Calumet Region.  More info to follow.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A Street in Chicago"

watercolor
14" x21"
cityscape

Hopefully we will be done with the snow....we are all waiting for spring....

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"Old Town - Chicago"

watercolor
14" x 16"
cityscape

One of my favorite places in Chicago is Old town.  Since I am a baby boomer back in the 60's, 70's this was such a booming place.  Since this was the hippie generation this was a great place to hang out.  There were coffee shops, places to listen to music, all kinds of foods were available.  You were able to go to the bead shop for a selection of beads to make your necklaces.  You can even still find MOOD rings there.  There  are all kinds of little shops.  I loved the wax museum they used to have, too..  

After all of these years so much has changed.  But, I am happy to say, there is a lot of that same flavor still to be found in the NEW Old Town.  Go on check it out...get some beads, go to Zannies for some comedy, have something to eat, walk down the streets of memory lane.

Thanks Old town for staying alive.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Come Take a Ride

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

I love the carriage rides in the city of Chicago....however, I hadn't seen them for quite some time.  But it was really exciting to see them during the Christmas Holidays.  There were a few buggies around the Water Tower.   I loved how the Water Tower was lit up, too...it really created a warm glowing mood....my kind of town....Chicago is.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Another Train bridge

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

These bridges are really fascinating when you get a chance to see one up close.  It is amazing how they work.  I never realized how many there are in my area...this is a train bridge so when a  boat needs to go by, they raise the bridge so that the boat or barge can go under it.  Then it comes back down so that the trains can continue on their way.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Towering Up - Chicago

watercolor
21" x 14"
cityscape

On one of my visits to Chicago I looked up and saw the neatest window...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Purples of winter

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

People always think that snow is white  Well, not always.  It is a reflection of the sky so you see so many paintings painted with blue snow and shadows  Then in my world, since I have an artistic license ,I even paint them in purple and teal.  Add one of these to your collection  :))

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Another winter Sunset...trying a different medium

acrylic
8" x 24"
landscape

My regular watercolor students have been with me for years now...I guess I make good coffee (and I am sure the desserts that I make are a good draw, too).  So I thought what the heck, let's try some acrylic.  I have been playing with these for a few years for little workshops.  I haven't done any serious painting in them for myself yet.  I am just always wanting to paint in watercolor.  I must say,  I do paint these in glazes just like in watercolor.  They have been surprisingly fun for all of us.  I know I enjoyed coming up with the samples and then I do enjoy teaching them. I forgot to mention that I have great students

On February 17 and Feb. 24 I will be teaching 2 workshops on how to paint the above  Indiana acrylic landscape.  Sorry but both classes are full.  It will be exciting for all of us because this is really a unique size.  It is a stretched canvas so they can just hang them on their wall.  I am sure if they decide to frame these, they would have to get a custom frame.  I never framed an oil or an acrylic yet....gonna find out how.

take it easel...K

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunset Snow

watercolor
11" x 15"
landscape

This is from one of our snow days here in Indiana.  Some people like to move away from the warm weather to get away from this ....  if I moved, I would truly miss this.  I so enjoy painting snow scenes.  I do not need a lot of snow...but I do like a nice light blanket of it. When it snows, you can find me some where with my cameras.  It was such a day yesterday so out I went...Only thing, when I got home, I was viewing my photos on the computer.  I thought I had black and white film in my digital cameras since everything was so gray.  Good thing I have an artistic license because I can change that and I can add all of the color that I wish.  

Stay warm.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hidden in the Woods

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

I guess I got tired of the snow and cold weather so I decided to paint a summer scene.  Now I am even colder since I want spring to come....

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Heading Up to the City

watercolor
11" x 15"
cityscape

this is one of the newer bridges that you can see on your way up to Chicago from Indiana.  I do love going up there often.

Same Bridge, Different Day, Different View

watercolor
11" x 14"
cityscape

Another bridge I found in Chicago and I love passing by this area....

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Under the Bridge

watercolor
11" x 15"
cityscape

Thought it was time to do a few bridges....I guess I am bridging out.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Scheeringa's Farm in Winter

watercolor 
11" x 14"
landscape

This is a scene of one of our local farms that also sells it's, flowers and veggies when in season.  They also have a petting zoo here.  I love the green houses and a few years ago they built these new ones,   I can't wait for spring to come (especially since I live near Chicago and it is extremely  cold here right now).  I get so many of my plants here.  I do not plant the veggies, I plant the flowers....way too many, but they do not mind....Love this place.  Been going to it for years.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Crossing Over the Bridge - Chicago

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Here's a view of the Chicago River that I took in December.  I sure want to be out there today....It is really cold here in the Mid-west.  stay warm.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Winter at Sunset

watercolor
11" x 14"
landscape

I love the colors of winter sunsets and the stark contrasts..It was 1 degree today..I don't like so much.  lol.  I do paint in my studio.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Winter's Night

watercolor
11" x 15"
landscape

we had a bit of a snow storm this weekend.  Nothing terrible but very good for getting out and taking more photos of snow scenes....and that is what we did today after the snow was all shoveled..  It was lovely being out in the country.  Stay warm.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Another Snow Day"

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

You are still in Indiana in this watercolor.  Today we all woke up to snow.  Hoping it will be a sunny day to get out and shoot some photos tomorrow.

Stay warm...hurry up spring.

Friday, January 11, 2019

"Cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" # 23

watercolor
7" x 10"
Landscape

Ok...just three more to post in this small works series of Winter compositions in watercolor....Each is matted in a white mat.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" #22

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

A view at Deep River in Hobart, Indiana...

"cool Paintings to Warm Your Heart" #21

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

Just a local scene a few miles from my home.  stay warm my friends.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"Cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" #20

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

It's been nice and warm the last two days for winter..  It was 52 degrees today, I am sure snow is just around the corner.  I will be painting flowers soon...I hope.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

"cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" #19

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

Just a simple round barn here in Indiana.  These small paintings are matted to 11" x 14" and were part of a small works challenge.  I completed 26 of them.  I am almost done posting them.  Have some other paintings that I think you will like in my Chicago and my Industry series.  Stay tuned

Friday, January 4, 2019

"cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" #18

watercolor
7" x 10"
landscape

A familiar scene to get to the other side  Stay warm

Thursday, January 3, 2019

"Cool Paintings to Warm the Heart" #17

watercolor 
7" x 10"
landscape

Well, it is January 3 and we made it through the holidays.  Now to start thinking about taking down all the decorations.  Here in Indiana we do not have any of that white stuff on the ground....that is ok.

I started a basic 5-week drawing class for my students.  This is usually the time that I am off so that I can paint.but they begged and I know this will help them in their painting.  So we started yesterday and it went really well.  

Happy New Year....DRAW on new adventures and experience in 2019.