SOJOURN opens tonight in Dixon

This is the postcard for this 8th Crystal Cork Arts Quarterly opening. The painting featured is called "Iowa Drive-By."

It's hard to believe, but tonight is my first solo show. I've been in juried shows and stuff, but this is a first for me. Also, on my Facebook page, there was a post that one of my pieces has already sold..before the show. Yeah! The show starts at 6 tonight at the Crystal Cork. What is great that this is also a SECOND SATURDAY evening in Dixon. The whole town will be open for art and music events.

It's also bittersweet. My time in Dixon, IL is coming to an end. Hence, the name of the show, "Sojourn." Memorial Day weekend I will be packed up and driving to Rapid City, SD to start life anew and start love anew with Jack. We've made it through a rough year of separation (852 miles to be exact), but soon that issue will be over.

The bittersweet part? I love Dixon. I mean it is the greatest little town with the best friends I could ever have. I'm also leaving my two grown daughters, five sisters (a multitude of great bro-in-laws, nieces, and nephews), and of course, my mom. She has been a true rock for me during the tumultuous couple of years with the ending of my long marriage, being laid off from my job (never had THAT happen before), and other emotional issues.

Good thing is, I will be living in the beautiful Black Hills and getting involved, hopefully, in the arts community there. My art will take on a new look and feel and I hope you will hang in there with me while that transition evolves!

Until later....

I could have been outside enjoying the weather....

"216 W. First St.," 30" x 40", acrylic on canvas

Beeeaaaautttifulll day in Dixon, IL today!

So what do I do with this day? Stay inside and finish this painting. It was a tough one folks. Went out of my comfort zone. I like painting fast and not worrying about the little details. In most landscapes and still lifes, artists can get away with playing around a bit with the ignoring them altogether!

This painting of a building in Dixon needed me to stay on point. Now...for the engineers and architects out there, don't get your undies in a bunch if all the details aren't straight lines. This is a painting after all.

I still wanted my touches of saturated color and the play of shadow and light to be the main stars of this work. I have a bunch of photos of buildings in town that I took when the shadows and light were at their peak.

I hope to have one more painting of this type for my show that opens on May 8 at the Crystal Cork in dixon.

Radio Station Mural

Debbie and I were asked to do a children's mural for a wall in the General Manager's office (Al Knickrehm) of WIXN of Dixon, Illinois.

General Manager, Capt. Al.

Our student artists: Joel, Abby, Molly

Debbie showed pictures of old-time radios to her classes of 5th and 6th graders. They then drew them out and painted them as imaginatively and colorfully as they wished.

Debbie and I then sorted through them to find the most appropriate for the office wall. We then sketched their drawings in pencil on the wall, composing them into a flowing and interesting mural.

On Friday, at noon, after filling up on Al's pizza, Debbie, me, and 3 great kids (Joel, Molly, and Abby), took to the wall and painted each radio. Once we all got accustomed to what we were doing, it went along like a dream.

After the kids' parents picked them up at 3 p.m., Debbie and I continued on outlining and highlighting the radios.

This makes 8 ... count'em 8 ... murals we've done around the city of Dixon.

Below are the pictures of the day. Click on any image to enlarge.

Debbie and Joel getting started.

Debbie & Abby trying to stay out of each other's way.

Completed mural view 1.

Completed mural view 2.

It's gonna be 50 degrees tomorrow!

In Her Shoes, 18" x 36," acrylic on gessobord

It's Friday evening and there is absolutely nothing on television after 9 p.m. (U.S. Central time). As my dad used to say, "Television is a VAST wasteland."

Got up early this morning all rested and refreshed and had every intention to dive right in to finish my shoe painting. But first I wrote out bills, went through 3 different email inboxes, and in general, pissed away most of my day.

Well, there was a bit of personal drama, but thanks to some very good friends and family (sister and mom), I managed to get by without shedding a tear, well almost anyway. You all know who you are and I will never forget you guys.

After that little bit of strife, I actually finished the shoe painting. The photo is just okay, since the sun had set already and I had to take the photo in less than ideal lighting. I don't use flash when photographing my art ... glare - ugh. So it may be a bit blurry. I will retake the photo tomorrow and will post that pic to my Etsy Shop and my website.

Tomorrow is errand day in Dixon and then to my bff's for a great dinner. We love cooking and laughing together. Her husband's pretty funny too! He had better be, cuz we never hang with Negative Nellies.

Students "Address the Earth" through Art

photo from Sauk Valley News
Reagan Middle School students gather around an etched copper panel that will be put on display in the school. Each plaque was designed and etched by the student through the help of local artist Mike Mcnamara and teacher Debbie Thompson. (Alex T. Paschal/photo)

My two friends were in the paper again with their work with students and art-- Debbie Thompson and Mike McNamara! The unveiling of the copper piece was yesterday, Friday at Reagan Middle School in Dixon.

Since Jack (my boss) and I had a prior business commitment at the same time in another town, I wasn't able to personally attend the unveiling ceremony. Luckily, we were able to stop by Debbie's classroom earlier to take a sneak peak and to take some close-up pics of the individual pieces (those will be published later). She had it hidden from the kids by putting in her classroom bathroom. She rushed me into the john (so I can take a few pictures) because she didn't want the kids to see the assembled piece until the unveiling.

Read below the newspaper's account of the event.

DIXON -- It's earth-friendly artwork made from scratch, and on recyclable material to boot.

"Students Address the Earth" features more than 120 3-by-5-inch copper sheets, each with an eco-themed etching done by a student.

Reagan Middle School art teacher Debbie Thompson held an unveiling ceremony Friday for the 100-pound piece, which will be displayed near the school's cafeteria entrance.

Students used permanent marker to make a drawing on the sheet, and guest artist/sculptor Michael McNamara of Dixon dipped the pieces in ferric chloride, which eroded part of the copper, leaving the hand-drawn designs slightly raised.

Images of pandas, hands and stars dot the copper landscape, forming a shiny metal patchwork.

Fifth-grader Jessie Scheck, 11, drew mountains, trees and grass on his copper piece. He said he had never worked with the material before, and that it was a lot of fun.

The project was part of Thompson's yearly guest artist program for her fifth- and sixth-grade art students. Most of the materials and McNamara's expertise were paid for with a grant from a private foundation.

"We wanted to do a group project with students dealing with the environment, to teach them what their part might be in recycling," McNamara said.

Kreider Services staff also gave a presentation on its recycling facility.

Kreider trains disabled adults and teaches them job skills.

Jul Adams-Watkins, the nonprofit's public relations coordinator, explained how they collect recyclable materials from local businesses, which they process and sell.

"It's not just a commercial situation," Adams-Watkins said. Recycling "is a personal decision."

Reach Malinda Osborne at 815-625-3600 or 800-798-4085, ext. 526.

Another mural illustration

Illustration #3 for Lee County Mural: the Dixon arch

This one didn't take as much time as the other two (see previous post), obviously, but the hand sketching took some time because folks, arches are HARD. And trying to make it a bit funky and cartoony is even harder.

Have to go into Dixon to work today...have my graphic design hat on today. When I get home, I hope to start on the Franklin Creek grist mill. Here is the photo of it below.

Stay tuned....


A weekend of art obligations

"Auction Apples," 24"x36"? (a guess), acrylic on canvas

Step One....

Step Two...

This past Saturday, Debbie Thompson, Todd Lorenc, and I participated in a charity benefit for Alzheimers in Rockford, Illinois. Fifty artists painted on site from start to finish. The paintings were then auctioned off. It's a long day of standing on cement and trying to pull off a completed painting in such a short time. But, it's also a fun day of networking with lots of artists of all different styles. Doesn't hurt when the wine starts flowing when the public arrives. Oh...there was a chocolate vendor that made the sore legs all worth it!

My finished (?) piece is the top picture. Really could have used a bit longer, but that's the way it goes. I've also included the beginning/middle stages of the apples.

There's Todd just above working on his funky guy. It was fun watching him bring this piece to life.

Debbie did an impressionistic fall landscape. Thought we were going to lose her to panic for awhile. Todd and I had to talk her down. The piece came out we knew it would.

We left around 10 p.m. to drive back to Dixon. Got home around 11 and visited with Debbie's houseguest, Katie (in from Florida). Katie was in town and she helped out at The Next Picture Show by announcing the winners for the "Sculpture, Clay, and Fiber" show opening.

So, we sat and talked (they drank more wine...I was a good monkey) until almost 2 a.m. Crap. I was pooped. But a good pooped, so to speak.

I was going to work in my studio today. Even went out and picked some daffodils to set up a still life. But, I have 3 pm meeting at the courthouse today. Debbie, Arin, and I are doing another mural with some of the juvenile offenders again. This mural will be larger and more complex. It's our first meeting with the kids, their parents, and the probation department.

I'll report more on that in the near future.

Regional Art Survey coming up

Postcard for show opening Friday, 3/14/08.

Receiving award for IAAE Artist of the Year. Shakin' in my boots.

Debbie Thompson and some of her art students. Dixon received Featured School for the amount of great work that comes out of there.

Quick post today. Have lots to do and still haven't fixed my hair!

From the postcard at top, you can see a new show opens tomorrow at The Next Picture Show. I maintain their website that has a "Now Showing" slideshow on the main page. So far I have only a few images of artists' works and need a few more, so it's an early morning run in to take a few more pics. Will work on the slideshow tonight. Two of my paintings are juried into this show.

Affinity AV has become very busy also. My boss, Jack, has merged the company with TDG Communications in Deadwood, SD. Oh yeah, he and his family is also MOVING there in 2 weeks. The AAV will retain its name and I will be the interface for our local customers. Big changes and lots of work. We have an afternoon meeting out of town today. Gonna miss my Y workout tonight...darn.

The awards ceremony in Springfield, IL on Tuesday was very interesting. Lunch was the best part. Debbie's husband, John, drove. He got a ticket on the way home. heh

Well...gotta finish putting on the final touches and get my behind into Dixon. I PROMISE to get painting this weekend.

Big day...Public Speaking...torture

"Cherries in Shadow," 18" x 24", oil on board

Well today is here. The Thompsons and the Roses are getting ready to leave for the capitol, Springfield, IL. It's Arts Education week and I am receiving the Artist of the Year award and Debbie is accepting (on behalf of her principal) the award for Featured School.

You know what that means don't you? A speech. Public speaking. This is SOOO out of my comfort zone. Last night at 9:30 I finally wrote something up. It's short and sweet. I believe the crowd will be happy with that, don't you think?

Also, I was to get two paintings into The Next Picture Show for the Regional Survey of Art Show IV. The show opens on Friday. Don't know when that is going to happen. In fact, one of the pieces juried in seems to have disappeared. I'm hoping it's at the gallery already. It could have been left there for another function. This scatter-brained stuff is getting on my nerves.

A good thing is that it's going to be over 40 degrees today. Almost wore my halter top...heh.

Fundraiser a Success

My painting for the fundraiser -created on-site
24" x 30", acrylic on canvas

Well, it's finally over. Last Saturday was the Art for Art's Sake fundraiser for The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon, IL. The committee worked our butts off and it was well worth it. The artists that participated (40 of them!) seemed to enjoy themselves. We made sure they received a bucket of goodies (art supplies, coupons, snacks), a fully stocked break room, lots of volunteers to fetch and carry, a catered artist supper, wine, beer, and soft drinks.
Joy Meyer, creating a beautiful silk painting.

Beverly Garcia halfway through her painting.

Almost done!

People were silently bidding on each piece while the artists finished their pieces.

Live music performed by Flying Fish.

Todd (on right) also is an artist and had just finished his painting before getting on stage!

The silent auction turned to a live auction at 8 p.m. The highest silent bid on each piece was now the starting bid for the live auction.

Some of our art patrons waiting for their favorite paintings to come up for auction.

Kimberly Clark and me by the end of the night. Two pooped, loopy artists.

Gotta love friends

"Oranges over Dots", 16" x 20", oil on gessobord

As an exhibiting artist member at The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon, IL, we are given at least 2 weeks each year to be the featured artist. This means we can show our work at the front of the gallery. My 2 weeks start on Jan. 15 through 31, 2008.

My work featured until Jan. 31, 2008 at The Next Picture Show

This past Sunday, my friends Debbie & John Thompson, and my husband, Jeff, and I went to the gallery to take Debbie's featured artist show down (she sold FOUR paintings) and then they proceeded to help me get my show up. Two birds with one stone you know. We did all that and packed the cars up within one hour's time. Not bad at all. Gotta love friends.

We then walked down to Books On First, a wonderful independent books store, for a coffee and general chit chat. We were killing time before a 3:15 movie. We went to see "Juno." Everyone enjoyed the show, which is saying something when going with 4 people who all have different movie tastes! Then a quick supper at a local eatery and then home. I was pooped. It didn't help that it got really cold and blustery. Seems when it gets that way, I use a lot more energy just keeping warm. Heater car seats are a beautiful thing.

Today, I did a quick still life of oranges on a polka-dot cloth. SEE TOP of post. Did this in one afternoon. Blue and orange seem to go well together...really pop against each other.

My studio dog, Annie, was lonely and did a rare climb to my 2nd floor studio and plopped herself down between my easel and stool. I didn't have the heart to move her, so I painted the oranges straddling an old fat, farty, black lab.

Multi-tasking is a good thing.

I almost slept through it!

"Rock River Sunset," acr/canvas, 24" x 48"

Yesterday was a busy day capping off an incredibly busy 2 weeks. All my kids have gone back to their lives, the restaurant is back in business after the New Year's holiday, and I got one "big mamma" head cold. I hadn't been back at Affinity AV for almost 10 days and decided it was time to do some non-artwork, non-restaurant stuff for a change. I worked there cleaning up the admin side of the business, had a conference call with Jack (the owner) and 2 old retired ad guys from the Chicago area (another story altoghether!!!) and then it was already after 5:00!!!

I had to be at The Next Picture Show gallery for the opening of the "River Reflections" show. Two of my pieces were juried in and my BFF (debbie) is featured artist at the front of the gallery and she had folks coming in for that also.

So, I hustled my snot-filled head home to drop off my laptop...way too cold to leave it in the car all evening, feed the dog, say "hey" to the staff and husband, and have a quick bite to eat. Did all that and decided to rest my eyes for a few minutes. Well, I zonked out and woke up at 6:39! Awards are given out at 7! I am the unofficial photographer for this kind of stuff at the gallery and I am the keeper of their website also.

Thank the good lord the cops weren't on the highway as I sped to Dixon! I made it and had to park a block away. The place was packed. Wonderful turnout.

The good news?

I placed first for the painting above AND it had a RED DOT on it when I walked in. Woo hooo. Debbie sold FOUR of her paintings also. The husbands were happy. heh heh

Debbie and her husband also had a gathering at their place after the show, which of course, I had to go to. Fortunately, since I have such a cold, I only had diet Pepsi for the evening. Which made it great driving home at 10 p.m. and waking up feeling good (besides the cold).

Tonight is pretty busy for the restaurant and I'll be making an appearance to make sure everyone shows up. Sunday could be wonderful. No b&b guests tonight and I'm going to work on the figurative painting that has been on hold for quite some time.

Until next....

Guest Artist Program -- Day 3

Student getting expert instruction from art teacher, Debbie Thompson.

Wooo hoooo! The paintings are signed, brushes cleaned and paper palettes thrown out. Canvases are everywhere (almost 150 of them).

Today was the easiest and most relaxed of the project. Mostly because the kids were very used to the system and we just really needed to do some minor detail work and sign the paintings. I have the kids just initial the paintings because, as most kids do, if they signed their whole name, most of them would use most of the lower half of the canvas to accomplish this task. So, we did the 3 initial system. Only one child signed it kind of in the middle. I just looked away and kept my mouth shut. heh

Wrapping those stripes around the canvas sides.

They really accomplished a lot for 11-12 year olds. Each class is around 42 minutes, then subtract initial set up, teacher talk, artist talk, paint .... paint .... paint....questions...answers, refill paints, paint... paint...clean your brushes...empty your water, clean your space...bell rings AND OFF THEY GO.

Another honor awaits some of the young artists. Five to six paintings will be selected from each class to be displayed at The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon. The gallery has a lower level that showcases student artwork throughout the 4 county area. When the gallery has an opening (juried adult art exhibitions) every 6 weeks or so, the student gallery also has their opening to the public. This brings in the students' family and friends who might otherwise not ever come into the gallery. It becomes a way of life to the general public.

Just adding her intials!

I believe the next opening is next Friday, (Oct. 19) for the Color Shots 2 (a color photography show). It will be fun.

The local paper sent a photographer and reporter today to interview the kids. Thanks for stopping by Melinda and Alex.

Well, it's time to get ready for the Y. I'm kinda beat and would like to skip this part of the evening, but a good set of crunches never hurt anyone, right?

Almost finished with the last minute touches.

Line up of artists and canvases.

These are my "as finished as they can be" demo paintings.

Childrens' Guest Artist Program -- Day 1

Today was the first day of the 3-day "Guest Artist" program at Reagan Middle School in Dixon, Illinois. This is my 3rd year doing the painting program. We are doing fun fruit/vegetable still lifes. There are 6 classes of kids every day doing 6 paintings.

The first day of painting for each class was blocking in the painting by starting the background first and maybe some shadow blocking in. If the class was a quieter class, we moved on to starting the actual fruit/vegetable. Boy, does listening make a world of difference. Kids that talk too much, or daydream a bit are a lot farther behind. AND if the class has more of the chatty Kathys than the quieter ones, the whole class stays behind.

Debbie Thompson is their teacher (and my best friend). She has the patience of a saint. We've done this so often, that we have a real system down now.

I'll post more as the week goes on. I started out taking pictures, but as the day wore on, with all the brush cleaning, palette reloading, and spill clean ups, I forgot about grabbing a camera.

Stay tuned for more kid art this week.

Painting, Demo's, Classes....

"Autumn Layers"
24" x 30" oil on gessobord

Got in my studio a bit earlier than I normally do on a Monday. That's because my butt is behind the eight ball on several projects coming up. So, the painting above was completed first. I hung it in the hall outside my studio and it looks like it always belonged there. Until I sell it!

On Wednesday, 10/3, I am speaking and demonstrating for an artists' group in Oregon, Illinois. I've picked to demo in acrylics because I can probably finish it in the one sitting. It will be a fun simple fruit still life. I went to (sorry) Walmart yesterday to pick up some fun fabrics and fruit for a bunch of still lifes. The demo still life will also be one of 5 that will be used next week for the "Guest Artist" program at Reagan Middle School in Dixon. Each class of kids will be doing one of them. So the still life will be doing double duty! This is just sketched and underpainted to get a head start.

Just below are two stages of the next landscape. It will also be an oil on gessobord, same size. The subject is a waterway (Pine Creek), with some Angus cows at dusk. I got pretty far along before I realized that I was hungry. Supper awaits! Homemade garlic mashed potatoes, Swiss steak, and biscuits. How's that for a fall supper?

You'll have to wait for my cows to appear more fully. Until next...

In one day...a world record.

Started a new piece today. It is a 24" x 48" acrylic on canvas. Had my fill of oils for just a bit. Wanted to do something that moves along a bit faster. I love Golden Liquid acrylics because I don't have to add water and the colors are SO brilliant. Also, It forces me to stay loose because with a painting this size, I can't be screwing around making it perfect. The bigger the brush the better.

Step 1: Layed in the painting with a brown/purple acyrlic.

Step 2: Layed in the values to see if I was any where near the mark. This painting is from a digital photo I took in mid-spring of the Rock River in Dixon, Illinois. My friend, Debbie, and I were doing drive-by photo shots of barns earlier and once the sun started setting we headed into Dixon (looking for food like any 2 all-american, mid-western girls would do) and saw the still sunset reflections of the river looking north, just before the old ComEd building and dam. Kinda purty, isn't it?

The world record part? Me finishing something in one day...and the size. This photo (or the one before this really doesn't do it justice, since the glare was obstructing a bit of detail. I tried to minimize the glare with the burn tool in photoshop...but it looks like a trip to my local photographer for a quality scan.

Well...we had a great cool autumn weekend and I got a taste for chicken-fried steak. But unfortunately, the weather spiked to 85 degrees today. The steak was thawed, what's a girl to do? Well, put on the a/c and make chicken fried steak! Tomorrow, cold tuna salad.

What would you eat?

A/ of life's few miracles.

Juvenile Probation Mural Underway

We had our second painting day today with the 5 teens that we're working with in creating a mural for the waiting room of the Lee County Juvenile Probation office. It is 10' x 20'.

Debbie, Arin (her daughter), and I are the artists supervising and teaching. Kinda fun so far. The kids seem to open up and relax the more they work on this.

The kids finished their individual tree paintings and then the 3 of us painted the background. Tomorrow we sketch out the kids trees and Friday, they will be painting them.

I've started a blog just for this project. It is in Wordpress. First time using it and it was okay to use. Still have a way to go on Wordpress, but like the looks of the templates better than blogger (which is what I use).

Weird week

"Peonies Showing Off"
20" x 16", oil on board

You know what happens when you burn the candle at both ends for too long? The aching flu happens, that's what! Sunday night was the crash and burn night and I've been battling since then. I did manage to finish the Peony painting above on Monday. Turned out better than I thought it would. The background has a lot of gloss in it, so taking the picture was a real challenge. I was going to start on the second still life that was started last week, but my medication wore off and I got too pooped to pop!

My friend, Debbie, also came down with the same illness ... we burned that same candle together....but she added another illness on top of it -- LYME DISEASE. She has always been an overachiever. She called me yesterday and is finally feeling better. Good thing. The entire town of Dixon, Illinois is probably wondering where in the heck are the Dynamic Duo!

Next week I am scheduled to teach a children's art class for two days and I just finally decided on what to do with them. My gardens this year are really looking great. We've had a good rainy summer (so far) and my tall garden zinnias are the brightest fuschias, oranges, magentas, and pinks. I think we'll do close-ups of the flower heads in acrylics.

The week after that Debbie, her daughter Arin, and I will be starting a 10' H x 20' W mural with 6 teenagers from the probation services. The Lee County Probation office picked the kids that would seem a good fit for this kind of project. It will take care of their public service. It's the first time anything like this has been done and so we are all very excited, but kind of nervous at the same time.

Our subject is going to be trees. Not a typical boring landscape, but each kid's interpretation of a tree. In earlier posts, Debbie and I did murals with her art students at the local hospital. This spring we finished our 3rd one. They were all kids' interpretations of: happy houses, cats, then dogs.

We will take their paintings a tree and put it into an interesting composition and then sketch it out on the wall and everyone will work on painting their trees on the wall. They'll each help each other and learn something. I will be starting a new blog just for this project. Arin is a wonderful writer also and she will be journeling this whole process. It really is cool. Keep an eye out for the new blog address. I have to see if I want to use wordpress or blogger. Wordpress has much nicer templates, but we'll see.

Until later.

Holiday over...back to reality

16" x 20" oil/gessobord, still thinking on the title
unfinished...will try to finish another day...when the oil sets up a bit.

All in a day's work here. Peonies and a Japanese Iris in a glass vase were started today, along with another still life of apples, asparagus, and a copper bowl below. Both are 16" x 20", oil on gessobord.
The copper bowl one should be a challenge. I don't think I've done that yet, and it will have the added challege of a silver tray near the bottom.

All my holiday company left yesterday morning. It was fun having them, but they really pooped me out! It wasn't just them, but also canoing all afternoon on the 4th with 5 canoes and a kayak, unknown quantities of beer, cooking massive quantities of food at the cabin afterwards, 3 dogs having fun in the water....and laughing, laughing, laughing. It was almost better than art.
I also worked at the gallery's outdoor show on Saturday (90 degrees) all day. Got there at 6:30 a.m. to help set up the information booth, make coffee, help checkin artists and answer questions. Busy day, but it seemed rather successful for the artists. Lots of customers walking around with purchased art work!

Near the end of the canoing/eat fest at the cabin. Chris and poor Guiness.
That dog will never be the same. Don't worry, the cigarette was never lit.

The restaurant was also open Thurs through Saturday, Dixon had their yearly Petunia Festival, the kids would party all evening, sleep all day, schedules and plans were changed so often, I gave up and did what I had to do.

But that's what summer and family is all about...with a good mix of friends.

Yesterday evening we catered a fundraiser at the gallery which finished up with Dixon's fireworks. I made it to 9 p.m., but was so tired, I just headed home and was asleep on the couch by 10 pm. Totally wonderful sleep know the kind that you drool uncontrolably...? heh

Painting with's a good thing.

"Next to Bill's Place," 16" x 20"
Acrylic on Gessobord

Yesterday (Sun.), Debbie, Mary, and I got together for a painting day at Mary's place. We had such a nice afternoon. The energy that flows when everyone is zeroing in on their own work and just babbling on about any subject that popped into our heads.

Of course, we did have a couple pitches of "Mary's Concoction" that helped loosen lips!

I started -- and finished -- a 16" x 20" acrylic on gessobord that day. The painting was relatively simple and with using acrylics, it just went very quickly. The house in the upper left corner is Debbie's late father-in-law's house. The garden is the next door neighbor's yard. It's always in bloom and I almost caused an accident by pulling my car over so quickly to get a picture. Dangerous, that's what I am.

Mary finished up two 8" x 10" oils. She is an extremely busy woman with a high-pressure job in the city. For her to come out and just find time to paint at her country place is a monumental feat. These two paintings took 3 years to paint. The important thing is, SHE FINISHED with encouragement from the peanut gallery (guess who those people were).

Debbie started a 12" x 30" oil landscape. The view I am showing here is about 3/4's of the way done. She actually did finish this painting in an afternoon. She was in an oil painting workshop the day before and did the same painting but on a different size canvas...more of a 20 x 24 size. She thought the image she was working on would be more interesting in the size show. Good choice.

Tomorrow I'm taking several paintings to a photographer to get quality tiffs and jpegs. I will be featured artist at our local gallery from July 1-15. I'm showing twelve paintings, most of them new. I prefer to have my paintings photographed professionally rather than me dicking around trying to get good sized jpegs without glare and such. I do an okay job for images on the blog and stuff, but for my website and juried shows, the cost is worth having quality stuff.