Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Best time ever!

It is almost Thanksgiving... you know that I love it. Turkey and corn and pie! This year is exciting because all of my kids will be here. They have all been here before, of course, but this is the first time that even my baby had to travel to make it to the table.

I am busy preparing already. And also ripping out the ceiling of the basement to move my studio home. . . . clearing away distractions and buckling down.

will try my best to remember to post a picture or three.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Finally, something that I like!

I finally have something to share.
Been painting a lot of crap this year. :-)

This is 30x30 oil on Birch Panel. The panel is isolated with shellac- and my original plan was to have the wood showing through. But, I didn't like it, felt it was a bit gimmicky- so painted the whole thing.

Feeling over the hump- already moving on to the next one.

Monday, September 19, 2011

What a summer!

There have not been many paintings.

I did paint, and go to the studio almost every day, but I have nothing to share here. I made piles of studies, and a few large messes. My dear friend John would say that this is a good thing. He says that this frustration and disapproval of my own work will be followed by a huge breakthrough. I hope so.

In preparation, I made a trip to Des Plains, to Owl Lumber and picked up some nice birch plywood. I have been busy with shellac and rabbit skin glue, and have several panels ready to go. My dilemma and one thing holding me up, is size. I love to paint big, but my studio is crowded with large unsold pieces. So, I am going a bit smaller. I have a few 20x30 pieces that will probably get paint first.

I have to apologize for the state of my blog. Between all of the deaths, Autumn's stroke, the many losses from every direction. I have been distracted for a few years now. I have really had a hard time moving on. So...

Rick and I went to Burning Man a few weeks ago. It was one of the greatest experiences ever.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

First Friday

They used the one image of last years work, but I will be filling the Lobby of the LLAP with some new paintings too and portrait samples. Johanna is a fantastic artist and teacher, so you wont want to miss her show. The NAAC show will be here too, as well as some crazy installation piece in the upstairs rooms of the mansion.
Come see.

Friday, May 6, 2011

First Friday

Tonight was a lovely First Friday at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. I had my studio open, and had a nice bunch of folks stopping in to discuss taking classes and commission art work.

This is a nice little study that I did a few weeks ago as a demo at a local grade school. Usually these demos end up as burn pile material. I find that talking and answering questions does not really go too well with good painting- but I am kind of happy with this one. It was a lot of fun painting with the kids- who really wanted to eat the models. :-) I hope to do it again!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Excuse the shadow at the top. I finished this one last month.

"Adam" 23x23 Charcoal

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Drawing of Norma

Taking commissions, of course.  Finishing up a painting today, to.

I am having so much fun with these portraits. Let me know if you want to imortalize someone you love.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Working from home

It is really coming down outside, with more on the way.  So yesterday I cancelled today's class and brought home my work. One WIP drawing and a large painting that is on the home stretch. I also have some webwork for two projects to keep me busy.  If you are looking for me at the studio, shoot me an email or call and I will make my way over there.   This is a great time for commissioning charcoal drawings.  Stay warm, friends. :-)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year, welcome 2011

Can not even believe another year has passed!  This next year promises to be a big year of changes and adventures.


I have a large painting on the easel and a few drawings going too. New Classes are starting too. I am teaching out of my own studio, Creative Artistry and in McHenry at The Studio Art School.  Send me a note if you would like to come and paint with me.