Dry spell over

Pears from Above, 30" x 30", oil on board


Whenever money is tightest, a painting sells. This is one of my very favorites. Thanks Dennis and John.

Haven't done anything since moving to the Black Hills, but I'm gathering great photo references for some of the gorgeous landscapes around here.

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 details...like 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 perfect...like 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.

Finished 2!

"Spring Lilacs on Yellow Cloth," 24" x 24", oil on cradled gessobord

"Afternoon at the Garden Center," 12" x 16", oil on cradled gessobord

Well, it took me a bit, but I finished two different paintings that had been started a couple of months ago.

Better late than never, right?

Feels good to get them done. Every time I walked into the studio, they would be sitting there staring at me with (I felt) sad, neglected eyes.

The lilacs were really hard. Maybe that's why I procrastinated on them. Lots of value and color changes going on.

The smaller painting was from a photo I took at Anne's Garden Center in Dixon last summer. I've always wanted to do something like this. I also started on a black background on this piece, where normally I start on a warmer red toned background. This painting is also looser with less attention to exact detail.

Oil Painting Worshop finished!

Class is nearing the finish line.

Judy is giving it a final look-see.

Saturday was my one-day intermediate oil painting workshop. We did a landscape together. The class was small, but lots of fun. Lots of witty banter throughout the day.

I don't have many pictures because we all got involved in our work that frankly, I forgot to pull out my camera until near the end!

I will post more later.

My next workshop is this Saturday, 1/23, and will be the Intermediate Oil Painting Still Life session. There is still room for students. Sign up here.