Thursday, December 17, 2015

Anderson Barn



Anderson Barn
20" x 30", oil

This commission piece, was a fun challenge. I've never painted a skeletal barn before, so there were lots of beams to get lost in. Every year we seem to lose more and more of our beautiful barns, I can think of at least three that have gone missing in my area just this year. Another reason to get out and paint them while I can!

As It Turns



As It Turns
9" x 12", oil

Day two of gorgeous, warm, November weather! Those three words don't usually go together in Wisconsin. I tramped across the corn field for a little different view of our neighborhood.

Once Upon A View



Once Upon A View
9" x 12", oil

The weather all this past fall was ridiculously warm--so I had no excuse for not getting out to do some plein air painting. For this view of Red Cedar Lake I stood on the corner of a very old concrete foundation. If that spot was once upon-a-time someone's cabin, they sure had a perfect view of the lake.

Autumn Reflection



Autumn Reflection
12" x 16", oil


This was my demo during the Fall Art Tour this year. I was so busy with visitors coming thru my studio that it took two days to finish!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Bright Day Barn

Bright Day Barn
8″ x 10″, oil

Barns like this are so fun to paint–Red Barn, Green Grass, Blue Sky. RGB pretty much covers the gamut.

Daisy Day

Daisy Day
8″ x 10″, oil

Every once in awhile I force myself to paint some flowers. I always find it daunting when faced with a subject that is already inherently beautiful–I mean, what can I really add? Give me some old dead weeds near a mucky corn field any day!

Barn View

Barn View
9″ x 12″, oil

This is from a photo taken near Rodger’s pond. There seems to be a painting everywhere you turn on his property.

Wade House Team

Wade House Team
12″ x 16′, oil

Every spring I seem to get a bad case of horse fever. Since I lack any riding opportunities, I had to medicate myself by painting these two carriage horses from the Wade House Historic Site.

Winterscape

Winterscape
20″ x 10″, oil

This is one of the fishing ponds in Cambridge–great place to walk the dogs.

Winter Channel

Winter Channel
8″ x 10″, oil

Another older photo, just love those blue and gold colors.

Field Thaw

Field Thaw
9″ x 12″, oil

This is one that I’ve been thinking of doing for probably about 3 years. Just one of those photos I kept passing over. I remember the colors were amazing that day–the sky reflecting in a pool of melted snow, the golds and browns of the dry wheat field. Just lovely.

Egret Up

Egret Up
8″ x 10″, oil

I caught a photo of this guy while out canoeing. I need to get more egret photos, so I can do a series–this was a fun one.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Streamliner Style


Streamliner Style
8″ x 10″, acrylic
This painting was inspired by an old black and white photo of a 1938 20th Century Limited train engine in Chicago. My assignment was to do something Art Deco inspired and my husband is a fan of these old “streamlined” engines of the 20’s and 30’s. This one will be auctioned this weekend at the Cambridge Arts Council’s fundraiser gala event. It was fun adding a bit of a tri-tone feel to a black and white image. This was also my first real painting done in acrylics. I actually really enjoyed it, I had to really work fast before the paint dried on my palette. I think I’m going to try the acrylics outdoors when it warms up a bit.

Old Hiawatha


Old Hiawatha
12″x 16″, oil
This one was by request from my husband. This old train is languishing in a field somewhere in Wisconsin. My reference photo was nearly black and white, so I really learned a lot with this one–looked up lots of photos of refurbed similar engines to get the colors. I imagine the colors of this particular engine are not this vibrant–maybe someday someone will take some interest in this old engine. It would be interesting to try working with old black and white photos and try painting them in color–I’ll have to add to my list of things to try.

Summer Crossing - SOLD


Summer Crossing
12″ x 16″, oil
The final Camrock Crossing painting, I saved the most difficult one for last. My reference photo seemed to need a lot of help. I did enjoy the warm colors of the water contrasting with the cool greens. Eventually the four paintings will be living in the new Cambridge Library set to open this spring.

Spring Crossing - SOLD


Spring Crossing12″ x 16″, oil
The third in the Camrock Crossing series. Just getting the photos for these last two bridges was a challenge–the light never seemed to cooperate! I’m really starting to enjoy painting water, learned a lot from this series.

Autumn Drive


Autumn Drive
oil, 9″ x 12″
After doing mostly brushwork this fall it was time for some palette knife fun. This was inspired by a photo my Mom took driving around up north during the peak of fall colors.

Big Sky Barn - SOLD


Big Sky Barn
oil, 18″ x 24″
For anyone who commutes to Madison on Hwy. 12/18 they may recognize this barn. In fact there are a number of nice barns and nice views on that stretch, the sky always feels a bit bigger out there.