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Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Another Winter Sunset"

watercolor
10" x 14"
Landscape

Winter is a great time here in Indiana to catch some really amazing sunsets...We had just the right amount of snow...Not too much, but enough to get some really cool photos and to be really inspired.  enjoy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"Sunset From the Other Evening"

watercolor
10" x 14"
landscape

It's been a mild winter so far and we did have snow but not that much of it.  I think it was just the right amount.  I was able to go out and take a lot of photos....watch for the snow scenes that I will be painting.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"A Model A"

watercolor
14" x 21"
transportation

This car actually belongs to a friend of mine.  He bought it when he was in high school as a junker to work on.  He is now 72 and the car is completed... I love going to the car shows and seeing old classics.  Enjoy...

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lunchtime Memories

watercolor
21" x 14"
interiors

Some friends of mine opened up this neat cafe'.  It was an older house that was converted into their restaurant.  It had this neat wrap around porch.  I had many meals here.  They sold the property to the city and the city recently tore it down.  I think they plan to develop it into more housing...too bad.  It was quaint.

"Crossing Over to Work" Chicago

watercolor
11" x 21"
cityscape

We have a lot of bridges here in Chicago because of the Chicago River.  To me, that is one of the main attractions of the city.  My first job after attending the American Academy of Art-Chgo. was at the Merchandise Mart where I worked as a commercial artist for Paper Mate Pen.  I still have my first PaperMate pen since 1973.  So did my love for pens evolve from working for PaperMate,Pen or did I want to work there since I loved pens.

My office was on the fourth floor and my window was facing the Chicago River....what a view....it was a big window.  

Friday, February 14, 2020

Riding Among the Trees

watercolor 
10" x 14"
landscape

During the fall I walked the path of Oakridge Prairie...  It was a lovely fall day...

This is a local area that has a lot of inspiration to motivate me to paint.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Working from Home

watercolor
12" x 21"
industrial

Living close to Lake Michigan there is so much Industry along the lake shore.  It is typical to see a scene like this....This is part of Amoco Refinery.  It's not actually in the backyard of this person's home, but this is their daily view....I wonder if anyone in this family was employed here..

So many people that I know made a good living by working Indiana Mills..  My husband is still at it and he loves what he does....

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Take the "L" to Atlas-Chicago

watercolor
12" x 18"
cityscape

I met the fine folks of this really neat stationery /pen store last May at the Chicago Pen Show.  I had to check them out.  It was love at first sight.  I loved their variety of pens, notebooks, inks, papers, cards, and a collection of other cool things.  I also fell in love with all the people working there. I have been back there a few times and have made great friends with the owners.  Yes, I have added more pens and pen cases to my collection.  Hummm Valentine's Day is coming....time for another pen?  "Dear Cupid..."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Artist's Cafe

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

This is a cafe that used to be in Chicago on Michigan Avenue.  I remember when I was a student at the American Academy of Art in the early 70's and passing this place almost daily.  I would think maybe after hours the master artists from the Art Institute would meet there in spirit and talk art.  

Unfortunately, it is no longer there.  After years of serving many people they recently closed.  I was happy that I had taken this photo when I did.  

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Different Angle of the River

watercolor
21" x 14"
cityscape

Went up one of the local buildings in Chicago to get some different views of the city.  Wished I still had my office at the Merchandise Mart.  I was facing the River and the view was perfect...great memories.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Opps! No Parking

watercolor
14" x 21"
cityscape

Saw this bike illegally parked in Chicago.  There was a garbage can in the scene, but I had to change that into a big flowers pot....Can't wait to see flowers.

Monday, February 3, 2020

"Side Street in Chicago"

watercolor
18" x 21"
cityscape

Just a typical day in Chicago....Take your car or take the elevated train...just be there.  You will love this city, I promise you.  

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Industrial Landscape

watercolor
14" x 21"
Industrial

This is a typical scene here in Indiana since I live along Lake Michigan.  We have many mills and factories in this area and it is referred to as "The Region," In the background you can see part of Amoco's Coaker.  I love seeing these structures alongside homes and businesses, It makes for interesting shapes and great contrasts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Branching Out

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

Fortunately, we have not had a lot of snow.  We did have some on Halloween...way too early.  I am sure it will still be snowing into March.  At least the temps are not extremely cold, but I wish the sun would come out.

Stay warm.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Broken

watercolor
14" x 21"
landscape

Started off the new year with a snow scene....fortunately, we haven't gotten too much this year / season so far.  Let's keep it that way...stay warm...