Landscape finished

"Com Ed Tree Sculpture: Early Autumn" 30" x 30", oil on gessobord
March 2007

Did you ever need someone to say, "Stop painting! Quit messing with it!"? That's what a lot of us need, don't you think? I was starting to fuss with it, when I just wanted it to remain powerful through its simplicity. Sorry for the bad lighting. There is a bit of glare on this because the light was being fickle in my studio.

I'm getting ready to set up my apple still lifes and try to finish them. Since they are still lifes, I naturally tend to be more realistic with these than landscapes. I really don't know why.

I will post again with the still lifes.

But first, a couple of pictures from a road trip with our friends, the Thompson's, yesterday. We drove to Galena, Illinois (northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River). A rather unique river town with steep bluffs, shops, and nice pubs.

The weather was truly crappy. Rainy and windy, it was a true Spring April Fool's Day. We muddled on though and managed to see some interesting things and have a nice dinner with a couple of visits to different liquor selling establishments.

We were in a rather odd neighboorhood, when we saw a house with 3 heads sitting on the front lawn. It looks like they keep it lit up at night. A block down was a garage done up good ole Uncle Sam colors. I don't wear patriotism on my sleeve, but this building shows that the owners have a sense of humor. There is some kind of animal skull right above the doors.

Later, after a nice, relaxing dinner at Vinny Vanucchi's, we left to head back home. Debbie insisted on stopping in Savanna, IL for a quick beer at Poopy's. A popular, biker bar/restaurant/tattoo parlor. What a hoot. Their website is down for updates and will be up again by 4/4/07. Those people have a sense of humor.