Saturday, September 16, 2017

watercolor completed today, September 16, 2017
While shooting set-up ideas of the plums I bought at the Farmer's Market, I searched my studio and the rest of our cabin, for unusual or unexpected items to use with them. I came across the poster from the Chicago Art Institute, of Grant Wood's American Gothic. This has always been one of my favorite paintings, perhaps because Grant Wood was from Iowa, neighbor to my home state of Illinois. I've been to the tiny village where his studio was, and where he taught classes.

I placed the poster behind the set-up, just for fun. The farmer (Wood's dentist)was looking sternly at me for my foolishness, while his wife (Wood's sister) looked at the plums and wondered if she was suppose to make jam with them. 

You are cordially invited to view my newest painting at
Grand Haven, MI Art Walk 2017
Grand Haven ArtWalk is an annual collaboration of artists, local businesses and members of the lakeshore community in a collective celebration of art. Artists from the local area and beyond participate in an art competition in the following categories: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture(3D) and mixed media.

ArtWalk will take place Sept. 28- Oct. 8.

My venue this year is
J. MORGAN LTD fine jewelry   located at 119 Washington Ave. in Downtown Grand Haven.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017
Watercolor, 16" x 20"

These are just that, a few of my favorite things. (I can almost hear that wonderful tune from Sound of Music!) Flow-blue reminds me of the color of the Great Lakes. Blueberries...I just love! Love to paint them. Love to eat them. Love to pick them. Next in the painting is the antique Battenberg Lace tablecloth. This particular one was handmade by some dear lady more than 100 years ago. I treasure each stitch she made. The final element in the painting are the hydrangeas, with their dusty pink paper-like flowers. These are from one of my bushes, We haven't had rain for a while so those still on the bush to drying.

I hope the delight I feel for these items will give the viewer great delight also.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The painting PARROT and PEARS has won the Jeanne Haxie Memorial Award for watercolor, at the Holland Area Arts Council MI ARTS 2017 competition, Holland, MI.
The exhibition opened last evening and will be on view until November 4th.
150 East Eighth Street, Holland, MI.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This past weekend, I was up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, at Hessel, MI. It is so very beautiful there, as this photo shows. This is Lake Huron, in the Mackinaw Straits.

The workshop was about getting back to basics. I have so many people asking, how I get things to look so real, that I decided to create a new workshop that helps experienced painters do getting back to the basics of really "seeing" as an artist.

A favorite quote from John Ruskin says it all, "If you can paint a can paint the world."
Another quote is from Claude Monet, "When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as you see it looks before you..."

The final quote which has an effect on my work is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "My profession is to always be on the alert to find God in know His lurking places."

It was a big success. This same workshop will be given at the Holland Arts Council in Holland, MI, on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. If you know of anyone who might want to refresh their thinking and the process of creating a work, please share this with them.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017
Sometimes life gets so very busy, especially in the summer!

I finally had time to complete the study from the great north woods of Michigan.
Watercolor study, 8" x 10". Windswept Island

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12

I had the joy of spending a few days on a beautiful island in the Mackinaw Straits of Lake Huron.
Can't believe how exciting it was to roam the island and take in all that Nature had to offer. The moss which covered most of the ground made my tiny moss garden here at home look insignificant.

I took more than 300 photos while there. From two or three of these I have started a study. I hope to do a large painting...about the size of "GOD'S IN THE DETAILS" which was completed in 2016. It measures 34" x 54". Before doing that size, I need to experiment with several smaller pieces to get the feel for this beautiful environment.

This is the progress after 5 hours of work. It takes a while to build up the richness of detail that amazed me in the first place.

Friday, June 16, 2017

 The late spring garden is looking great, especially since we had an inch of rain two days ago!
These are studies for future works. Bumble Bee Study is on top, and Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is next. Both pieces are approximately 5 1/2" square.