Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tying up Loose Ends...

"Behind the Gazebo"  Pastel
"Reflecting"  Pastel
"On the Edge"  Pastel

"Camouflage"  Pastel

We just finished having our kitchen remodeled and while the work was being done, I spent a lot of time in my studio finishing paintings that I started on location, but had never finished.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

River Styx Park

"Into the Woods"  Watercolor
Last Wednesday was this season's first meeting of Art at the Center Painting Group.  Working from a photograph I had taken some time ago at River Styx Park in Medina County, I painted my interpretation of the area.  After finishing, I was less than happy with the outcome, but it is much improved with some creative cropping suggested by a painter friend.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Albert Handell workshop...long overdue!!!

"Trees"  Pastel by Albert Handell
In September, I had the privilege of attending a six-day pastel/oil workshop with Albert Handell.  Eighteen artists gathered each day to watch as Albert worked his magic.  Albert sold every painting he did at the workshop that week!  Although I was unable to participate in the on-location part of the workshop each day, I did paint at home and have included one of the paintings  in this post.  Bet'cha won't have any trouble figuring out which one it is!
Albert and me.  Yep, I bought it!
Albert's sky demo
Albert painting
"Out in My Own Backyard"  Pastel by Yours Truly

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two workshops, two paintings!

"North Park Saturday"  Pastel

Collage, Mel Grunau workshop
Brunswick Art Works recently offered two excellent workshops.  The first was a Charles Basham, plein air landscape workshop at North Park in Brunswick, followed the next week by a Mel Grunau collage workshop at the Brunswick Recreation Center.  Great fun!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Still Life

"Tulips on Thursday"  Pastel

I had fun with this one!

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Good Day!

"Lake Medina"  Pastel (sold)

 This was one of those days when it just really felt good to be out there painting. 

One more time...

"Allardale III"  Oil

 Yet another painting of Allardale Park in Medina County.  I am so drawn to this park, to the beauty, the serenity, and the infinite opportunities for paintings.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Old Friends

"Old Friends"  Watercolor
This painting was begun at Art at the Center and finished at Fred's workshop.  Thanks to Fred for offering a few suggestions that helped make this work.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fred Graff Chandler Farm workshop

"Posing Posies"  Watercolor
"The Shed"  Watercolor on Yupo
"Ladders"  Watercolor
Three paintings I completed at the Fred Graff workshop I attended recently at Chandler Farm.  A great experience, as usual.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring...it's official

"Springtime in the Park"  Oil

Now that it is officially spring, I'm just waiting for the weather to catch up!

Monday, March 7, 2011


"The Brass Chalice"  watercolor
I guess we all struggle... I've been struggling with one for some time.  I'm still not sure it's quite right, but I'm setting it aside for awhile and moving on to other things.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just plain fun!

Watercolor on massa paper

At yesterday's painting session, I was introduced to massa paper.  Never having heard of it, I was intrigued and decided to try it.  It is really neat to paint on because of all the texture and I'm looking forward to trying it with flowers and other subjects.  Yep, it's just plain fun!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marie's Cafe

"Narcissus"  Encaustic
For the month's of February through April, Bill and I are exhibiting our artwork at Marie's Cafe along with Katra Peck.  Marie's Cafe is a charming little restaurant located on the North side of historic Medina Square.  Locals frequent the restaurant to enjoy the creative menu of owner Brian Hillberg.  It is worth a trip down to Medina to enjoy lunch or breakfast at Marie's.  Oh, and don't forget to take a look at the art that is exhibited on the walls of the restaurant...all the way down the back hall.

I decided to submit only encaustic paintings for this show, with "Narcissus," posted above, being one of them.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Another Opening, Another Show!

"By the Side of the Road"  Oil
Excitement was high for today's opening reception for the Medina County Art League's 7th Annual Aquarius Exhibition (despite the snow).  The quality of the art was outstanding and I was thrilled to win an Honorable Mention for my oil painting, "By the Side of the Road."  This painting was done on location in Fortier Park in North Olmsted.  I struggled with just about every aspect of it, and was about to toss it when I remembered words of wisdom from one of my painting friends:  "If it's not working, scrape it off!"  And, I did...which left an interesting background to set off the enhanced foreground flowers and grasses.

This exhibit is being held on the third floor of the Medina County District Library, 210 South Broadway, Medina.  It runs through February 25, 2011 and is open during library hours.  If you visit the show, you are invited to vote for your favorite piece of art, and the artist receiving the most votes by the end of the exhibit is awarded the People's Choice Award.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


"February"  Watercolor
As I looked outside at the weather this morning, I thought of this older painting of mine that seemed quite appropriate for today!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One view from Marblehead

"Marblehead Blues"  Colored Pencil
One of my rare attempts at colored pencil, this scene is overlooking Lake Erie near the Marblehead Lighthouse.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Another Encaustic

"From Above"  Encaustic
Encaustic painting has opened a new world for me.  It is very freeing, and I absolutely love experimenting with various ways of applying the wax, and maneuvering it around the surface to create interesting patterns.  This is one of my favorites because of the light, happy feel and, the vibrant colors, and of course, the textures.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Festival of the Arts

"Also On Display"  Pastel

"Allardale Too!"  Pastel
The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts at The Bath Church is underway from January 27 through February 27, 2011.  This exciting exhibit showcases artwork in a wide range of mediums and has work displayed by some of the areas finest artists.

Excitement was high at last evening's opening reception and, despite the snow that moved in shortly after we arrived, this get together drew a huge crowd of folks very eager to see this years exhibit (and nibble on all the goodies provided for the guests).

Bath Church creates a very friendly, warm environment and the setting is fabulous, with great light and lots of space to hold this very large show.  If you happen to be in the Bath area, stop in and take a look.  It is a great exhibit.  Displayed above are the two paintings I have in the show.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Just Having Fun

"Pickup Sticks"  Watercolor
Can you tell I enjoyed doing this painting?  At an outdoor Fred Graff  watercolor workshop in Medina a couple of years ago, I found this large barrel with very long pieces of wood stuck in at various angles and I decided to just have some fun with it.  When I first completed it, I thought of calling it "French Fries" for obvious reasons, but decided on "Pickup Sticks" because I felt that better conveyed the sense of playfulness I felt while painting it.  If you wish to challenge yourself and push the envelope, I highly recommend Fred's workshops.  They are always fun, stimulating, and extremely well presented.  Oh, and did I mention exhausting?  But, so very worth it.  To check out Fred's paintings and his workshop schedule click here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A contradiction in terms...

"Subdued Spontaneity"  Encaustic
If you are looking for a jump-start for encaustic painting, I highly recommend "The Encaustic Art Project Book" by Michael Bossom, and "Encaustic Workshop" by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch.  The above painting was headed for the dumpster until I gained inspiration from these books.  I just love the texture.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Developing creativity, struggling, and having fun

Recently, I got together with a group of friends to do a little creativity project.  Prior to meeting, we each cut up old paintings that we deemed beyond salvation.  After laying the pieces all out on a table, each of us chose any three pieces we wanted to work from and we each designed an abstract painting from those pieces.  The only requirement was that we use something from each of the three pieces we chose, be it color, parts of the design, or whatever.  It was great fun and really got me playing with different ideas, but it is much more difficult than it sounds.  I have been working on this in little patches of time over the past week and am still far from finished.  I'm sharing what I have come up with so far.
Untitled  Watercolor

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ta-Da...Introducing my new studio!

Can you tell I'm excited?  This past Tuesday my new studio had it's official initiation when I had two of my closest artist friends here to paint and nibble on goodies.  My studio is very functional and, therefore, suits me quite well.  I am absolutely thrilled to have this special space in which to create and am delighted to share these photos with you!
Coming down the stairs...Careful, watch-dog on duty!  Conversation area in fore, matting and framing area in upper right.
View from the bottom of the stairs.  Let sleeping dogs lie.  Note storage shelves.  Yaaay!
Painting and drawing area viewed from near the stairs.
And, viewed from the matting and framing areas.
Computer and conversation areas.
Computer and conversation areas.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A change of pace

With all of the winter weather, and pictures of snowy landscapes, I thought I would change the past just a bit today and post one of my encaustics.  They are always fun to do and they lift my spirits.  I hope this one does the same for you.

"Feathers"  Encaustic