Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cone flower and a bee

Cone flower~Oil an canvas panel~5" x 7"

Here is the completed flower with a bee. Thanks to avid gardener, writer and bee enthusiast Pam Phillips for suggesting the subject for the painting.

Please contact if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

I got news that my tomato painting at the "Recent Works" show has been sold!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cone flower background

The background was painted wet in wet with different shades of green and pink and the colors were blended. I like the effect of the directional strokes, so I am going to retain that look. Next, I'll be painting the bee and the seedhead. Please come back and check it out.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beginning a new painting

Beginning stages of a cone flower and a bee. Oil painting on canvas panel. I'll work on the background next.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Plein Air painting

Fall harvest~6"x6"~Acrylic on canvas

After a really long time, on Sunday, I attended a plein air painting session at the Perricone Garden Center in Volo, IL. They have created a variety of fall garden vignettes to inspire the artists. I chose to paint this grouping of pumpkin, kale and corn.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Recent Works Exhibition

My oil painting 'Tomato' has been juried into the Recent Works 2011 show. The exhibition is at the College Of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Gallery from September 30 to November 6.
The opening reception is on Friday September 30 from 7 pm to 9 pm.
The college is located at 19351 W. Washington, Grayslake, IL 60030
For information, call 847-543-2240 or visit the gallery web page

This great news should encourage me to get back to painting. I had a busy summer with guests and now the question is what to paint next?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tomato - Completed Oil painting

Tomato ~ 5" x 7" ~ Oil on panel

Here is the completed painting. I made finer adjustments to the tomato and added the highlight. Don't you think it makes the tomato so much more smooth, shiny and beleivable? I would love to hear your comments.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tomato - Work in progress

The water is complete at this stage. The tomato needs some more work.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tomato - Work in progress

Tomato ~ 5" x 7" ~ Oil on panel ~ Work in progress

Started a new painting. I am trying something different with this painting. Started on a completely black underpainting and I will also attempt a pool of water on the plate. Here are steps one and two of preliminary stages. Now the challenge to bring life into the tomato and water. Hmm...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunny Roses

Sunny Roses ~ 11" x 14" ~ Watercolor

Here is my entry for the LCAL Spring show and critique at the Jack and Benny center for arts at Waukegan, IL. I dropped off the painting on Saturday Apr 2nd. The show runs from Apr 2 to May 16. Please stop by and take in the show if you are in the area.

I painted this on a 300 lb paper. So, I did not have to stretch the paper or tape it down. I have added pictures below to show the work in progress. I masked the tips of the top 3 petals. Lots of layers of color!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gallery exhibition at Waukegan

St. Veronica ~ Watercolor on paper ~ 20" x 30"
My art show "For the Love of Painting" will run from March 12 to April 29 at the Undercroft Gallery , 410 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL. The gallery is located in the basement of Christ Episcopal Church, Grand at MLK Jr. Ave.
Artist's reception: Saturday, April 9, from 2pm to 5 pm
10% of sales will be donated to the Karcher Lofts Artspace project in Waukegan.
All are invited to visit the gallery and enjoy the different mediums and subjects on display.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Girl with Pearl Earring - Oil on canvas

Girl with Pearl Earring ~ Oil on extra fine canvas ~ 5" x 7"

Here is my humble attempt at Vermeer's famous 'Girl with Pearl Earring'. I wanted to try something other than flowers and enjoyed painting it.