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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"Modern Day Farming"


 watercolor

14" x 20"

landscape


These new fandangle farms are a sight to see.  You can't miss them because they are so new and shiny.   They have come a long way from the traditiional farming.  I bet there is a lot of technology involved.

I personally love an old lapidated falling down barn that conveys a lot of character.  They are such great subject matters and are so readily found where I live.

Currently in Highland, Indiana we are all trying to save Scheeringa Farmers llc.  It is a family owned farm that has been here for years.  The city wants to take the farm and put up senior living.  I am a senior so I guess I should be for this.  But NO....SAVE THE FARM.  So many people will lose so much if this happens.  They are a great family and they have a great business that needs to be saved. Help us .. Pray...

Stay well.  Stay strong.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Indiana Barn X


 watercolor

13" x 19"

landscape.

It's a lovely day here today in Indiana.  The sun is shinning.  I sat in my gazebo today for a bit and was thinking of my barn series and what I would like to add to it.  Came up with a lot of ideas and will continue with them.  Will be doing more pen and ink drawing to go with this series so watch for them..

Have a great weekend.  Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Indiana Barn VIII


 watercolor

10" x 14"

Landscape


Still traveling the country looking for barns of Indiana...sometimes I .even venture into Illinois.

Pretty soon you will be seeing some fall barns.  So time to get out some warm colors in my palette.

Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Indiana Barn VII


 watercolor

14" x 21"

landscape


It was a beautiful day as I was experiencing it from my car window,,,,The skys were  so pretty and the clouds put on a great show for us as we drove.

Pretty soon the crops will all be picked and fall will be just around the corner. Soon you will smell the scent of leaves burning in the air.

Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

"Indiana Barn II"


 watercolor

11" x 15"

landscape


Everywhere in Indiana there seems to be a barn somewhere waiting to be painted or to be captured in a painting.  I love to paint barns and rural scenes since I have photographed so many.  These structures are so exciting to me and I am fascinated thinking about what the life of a farmer is like.  Bet I couldn't survive one day.  They get up just when I am going to bed.  But I bet at the same time, they are wondering what it is like to be an artist.  

Stay Well.  Stay Strong,  Enjoy the rest of summer.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

"Barn Reflections"

watercolor

landscape


I took this photo on one of my barn photo shoots.  I used my artistic license and added the water in the foreground.  It's fun to make things up and be creative.  We call this composition and design.  Enjoy.

Stay Well.  Be strong.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

"Skys of Indiana"


 watercolor

11" x 15"

landscape


It was a dramatic sky day when I took this photo....This is a grain elevator over some railroad tracks in Indiana.

Fall is just around the corner so we will be experiencing a whole new palette of colors and subjects...Fall is in the Air.

Stay We... Stay Strong.




Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"The Great Escape"

                                           
watercolor
10" x 14"
interior


During times like these, sometimes it is good to just escape.  What is your favorite way to escape?

Stay Well and Be Strong.

 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Night Shift at the Pipe Mill

watercolor
14" x 10"
Industry

This is one of my favorite mill places to check out.  It's on the drive over to our favorite ice cream shop.  I love it in the summer because the doors to this mill shop are all open and you can see the men working inside (maybe women, too).  In front of this building is a crane that my husband helped to wire...He's a crane guy.  lol.

Stay well.  Stay strong.  Have a great weekend...this last great weekend of summer and enjoy a safe holiday.

Scrap Yard

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

While up in Chicago on one of my photo shoots, I came across a scene I have never seen before.  I will probably never find it again.  When i go up to Chicago or into the country to take photos,  never have a plan.  We just go where the car (and my hubby) wants to take us.  

This was a really cool spot and totally different to see...they sure were doing some recycling here.

Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Chicago Residence

watercolor
cityscape

I love the homes in the city of Chicago.  The only thing is that they are so close together and they have no where to park..That I wouldn't like....plus I am sure the cost of living is astronomical.   But it is fun to visit...
My Kind of Town...Chicago, is !!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

"A" Classic

watercolor
9" x 13"
transportation

Ran across this model "A" and had to take a photo or two. lol. Then the owner came out and we had a nice chat.  A camera can introduce you to a lot of neat people.  It's the only way you should shoot someone or something...

Stay well.  Stay strong.  Have a great weekend.


Monday, August 24, 2020

"Sunday Walk in the City" Chicago

watercolor
cityscape

A beautiful day in Chicago to get your mind off of the things that are going on in the world these days.

Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

"Biking in the City" Chicago

watercolor
cityscape


I enjoyed seeing this gal on one of Chicago's DIVY bikes.  It is a bike system that they have up in Chicago where you have the opportunity to rent a public bike to view the city.  I am sure she was enjoying the views of the city.

Sun Flower

watercolor
floral

This is a great time of year to get your sun flowers...I never knew there were so many varieties and sizes.  This is also a reminder that summer is coming to and end soon and fall will be upon us before we know it......but not for a while so enjoy the rest of your summer.

Stay Well.  Stay Safe.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Lavender Fields

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral

This was the first time that I went to a lavender field.  I will have to go again next year when it is in the height of it's season.  I went on the last day of picking...not much there but it was fun and and I brought home some of the lavender and some other lavender products that they sold.
stay well.  Stay strong.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Eating Lunch on My Deck

watercolor 
10" x 7"
floral

I bought this pot of sunflowers for only $15 and these flowers have been blooming like crazy.  They are not the 9 feet tall ones.  They brought sunshine to my deck and to me...I was especially thrilled to catch this little guy on the branch...
Hope you are all having a nice weekend.  
Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Friday, August 14, 2020

The Balloon Shop-Chicago

watercolor
10" x 14"
cityscape

I had to look twice when I saw this.  I go up to Chicago often and was working up there for 12 years and I never saw this place.  It was such a pleasant view to see during this pandemic.  It brought smiles to my face.  Hope it does to yours, too.
Stay strong.  Stay well.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Across the Great Lake

watercolor
21" x 14"
cityscape

Sometimes we just need to see things from a different perspective....Here's looking across Lake Michigan and at sunset you can see how I captured the city of Chicago in the background.

Enjoy your weekend...head up to the city.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Seventh Inning Stretch

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

It's sad that we are missing so much of this season of baseball.  Not that I am a big baseball fan but so many people are.  How do you social distance at a game or how do you eat a Chicago hot dog or drink a cold beer with a mask on?  They have decided to have a short season this year with no fans in  attendance.  What?  Crazy times.  Hopefully, this too, shall pass,  Soon.

This is a statue of Harry Carey the great announcer of the games who has since passed on.  Hope this statue doesn't come down.  This is the bleacher section of Chicago CUBS baseball field...known as Wrigley Field.  Come to Chicago and check out Wrigleyville.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

"Cafe' Reflecting"

watercolor
figurative
cityscape


I saw this gentleman in Chicago sitting at one of the outside cafes.  The city had just opened up and it only had outside dinning.  I wonder what he was thinking...

Stay well.  Stay strong.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

"Back Packing Chicago"



watercolor
12" x 16"
cityscape

Walking the streets in the city with a pack pack on his back.  Now we wonder...what is in that pack....I say it is art supplies.  What is your guess?

Stay well.  Stay strong.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The New Normal

watercolor
10" x 14"
cityscape


I am sure that by now we are all trying to figure out the new normal....I think most people are getting used to wearing masks.  You keep me safe and I will keep you safe...  Hopefully soon they will tell us that we no longer have to wear them.  Keep social distancing....but feel free to shop for my work on line.

Stay Well. Stay Safe.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Biking Chicago

                                          
watercolor
cityscene

I would have to say the best way to get around in Chicago is on a bike....but I am not crazy enough to ride the city....

Stay well.  Stay safe.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Afternoon Glow-Chicago

watercolor
watercolor 11" x 15"
cityscape

I love being in the city at the right time of afternoon when the sun slices light into the landscape and the shadows are nice and long and intriguing. .

Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Cockscomb

watercolor 14" x 10"
floral

I tried to grow these many times but never had any luck.  This year I tried in a different garden and it was so pretty,

Hope you are out in your gardens and they are doing well for you and giving you much beauty.

Stay well.  Be strong.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

purples

watercolor
flowals

Here are some more of my garden flowers that I planted this year.   Most of the flowers are doing really well...good weather and lots of watering.  Not to forget....lots of love.

Well time to go out into the gardens to talk to the flowers, to take time to smell them and to weed, water and feed them.

Stay well.  Stay Strong.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Daisy

watercolor
floral

My daisies in the front garden were very lovely.  I think the ones in my back gardens were really tasty...You will have to ask the rabbits and other critters.   At least they gave me a lot of subject matter to paint.

Stay Well !!  Stay Strong !!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

"On the Porch"

watercolor
14" x 10"
floral

I love summer with all of scents and sounds...birds, butterflys, pretty flowers, green grass, summer rains, living easy...

What are some of your favorite things about summer?

Stay strong.  Stay Well.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A Rose

watercolor
floral

I have gardens all around my house,  That means that I have a variety of flowers and plants.  Yes, this does take a lot of time to keep them looking good.  As I get older, that slows me down, too.  But I am going to do this as long as I can.

Take time to smell the flowers.  Stay Well.  Stay Strong.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Waterlily

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

When I think of summer I always think of waterlilies.  My friends have a pond that had some lovely flowers a few years ago so I was able to get some good reference photos.  I will have revisit their pond to see how they are growing this year.
Hope this brightens your day....

Stay Well!!  Stay Safe!!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Tulips


watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

One of the first flowers of spring after the crocus and trillium are the Tulips.  Wish they would bloom all summer.  After these are done blooming, then it is time, or in this case, was time, to start my planting.  As of this writing my gardens are all planted and in bloom.  That is part of why I am behind in posting....and I also have been so busy painting.  You will have to keep coming back to see the new subjects that I have painted.

Have a great week.  Stay well and stay safe.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Chicago Living - Up North

watercolor
14" x 21"
Cityscape

Love the homes up in the city of Chicago.  I think it would be cool to live up there but I can't imagine what the parking would be like...Bet they have to fight for those few parking spots...or they just do not have a car and they take public transportation


Stay Well and Stay Safe.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Foxglove

watercolor
10" x 7"
floral

The awesome foxglove grow in my garden.  One of my favorites...I will let you in on a secret, they are all my favorite flowers.  Don't let the other flowers know.

Be Well.  Stay Safe.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Geranium

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

I sure planted a lot of flowers this year....it gets harder every year but I am determined.  I love how pretty all of my gardens look and I spend a lot of time keeping them up.  

As I get older the arthritis make it harder to get around or up and down.  But, there is nothing like getting all the latest dirt.  Today it is in the 90s so I guess the garden I wanted to re landscape will have to wait.   

This year with the Covid virus it made it even harder to do.  When we were finally able to go out to shop ,I will admit, I had apprehensions.  I also had my mask, gloves and hand sanitizer.  The selection wasn't as great as it usually was, but all in all, I think I did really well.  My discover bill has proof of that.  lol.

Stay cool, Stay Well.  Stay safe. Don't forget to water those flowers.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

"Yellow Zinnia"

watercolor
7" x 10"
floral

I planted them so now I can paint them.... hope you are enjoying your Holiday weekend...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bleeding Hearts and Sunny Flowers

watercolor on canvas 
12" x 12"
floral

Some times it is good to shake things up a bit and try new or different things.    Life 101.   This is a regular watercolor done on watercolor canvas.   All kind of things happen when working on this canvas.   You can get a Batik type of style.
Having fun in the studio..



here's another bonus for today....Sunny Flowers.
This is a watercolor on paper... I am so far behind on posting my new works that I thought I would give you two today.

Stay well, stay safe,  Kathy

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It's Lonely in the City

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Chicago during the Covid 19 shutdown was really a lonely empty city.  Maybe it was empty with all the people, cars and traffic, but all the beauty of the city was open.  I was able to see all the architectural structures, the lake and open spaces.  These sure are different times.  This, too, shall pass.

Stay well.  Be safe. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The City is Closed

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

This was a painting from a photo I took from my first trip to Chicago during the Covid lock down.  I have been going into the city since 1969 when I started art school at the @American Academy of Art.   But this time was so different....there were only a hand full of people and just a few cars.  Kinda eerie.  It was a perfect opportunity to take photos.  Watch for more Chicago paintings to come.  I have been up there 3 times and I have new paintings to represent these trips...I am just behind on posting them....secret....I would rather be painting...than posting.

Stay well and healthy.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Waiting to Go Out

watercolor
14" x 21"

This was a scene during the lock down on Lake Michigan...
I am not sure why they would not let any boats out on the lake.  But they are out now.  

Went up to the city ...as we call it...Chicago.  It was a great day to be up there yesterday...Things are coming back to a kinda normal...but it was strange to see windows boarded up from the protests of a few weeks ago.  So sad.  

Stay safe and well.  Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

"The Greening of Indiana"

watercolor
landscape

Spring!  Summer!!  Don't you just love this time of year?  It's so good to be outdoors under the sun.  Even with the virus still lingering on, it is so refreshing to be able to be out and about.  It is good to see friends again.  Just be save and be smart.   Wear your masks and social distance.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Depot

watercolor
14" x 21"
transportation

Here's a little bit of my little town...Griffith, Indiana. Hope you are enjoying your summer...hop on a train and head out of your city.  Have a train-cation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Holly Hocks

watercolor
10" x 14"
floral

Love summer and all the pretty flowers...The colors brighten my days.  This I made into a step-by-step instruction packet.  I sell these for $15.  Right now I have 27 different painting designs.  If you are interested just let me know....

Stay well and safe.  Kathy

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Delphinium

watercolor
14" x 10"
floral

Straight from my garden.  I love when plants come back after a cold winter.  I am especially happy when my delphiniums pop up.  They came back this year...
stay well, be safe.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

trying a new medium

                                        
oil
8" x 10"
landscape

I am experimenting with oil paints and loving it.  It is so much fun...only part I do not like is that it takes so long to dry.  But I will be painting more of them.
stay well and safe.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Trying a new medium

oil
8" x 10"
landscape

During this lock down time, I have been cleaning out supplies and other STUFF.  I found these oils I bought a long time ago.  Was surprised to see that they were still good.  So I thought let's give it a try.  I had a lot of fun and will be doing more.  

Stay well and Stay safe.

"Chicago's Waiting"

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

During the lockdown, we headed up to the city to see what was happening...We actually went up there 3 times during this pandemic.  The first time there were hardly any people on the streets and there were only a handful of cars.  It was the perfect time to go out and take photos of the city....

Hope you are all doing well and keep being positive....Have a great week as we enter another phase.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Gazing at My Flowers

watercolor 
10" x 14"
floral

Well I think my flowers are all planted now...unless I see some that are crying out to me to take them home.  Now the work begins...the weeding, watering and feeding...the best part...sitting and watching them grow.

Today I was blest to see a bird on one of my flowers and yesterday a beautiful butterfly.  They appreciated what I have planted.  That will be one of my new paintings.

This painting is in my watercolor packet series that has step-by-step instruction.  If you are interested in learning how to paint this, just let me know and I can get a packet to you. My packets are $15 each or 2 for $25.  I have about 28 different designs.

Have a great weekend.  Stay Well! Stay Strong!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Branches Over the Water

watercolor
10" x 14"
landscape

With a few days this past week, before the big storms, it was in the 90's.  Now that is the day you want to see the snow scenes.
Stay Well !!  Stay Safe !!