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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Painting #3 from Schlitz Audubon

Since I've painted the last two Schlitz Audubon paintings showing the yellow flowers in the distance, I wanted to get up close and personal with them today. It was very difficult, painting them from a distance is much easier. But here's my attempt. They are called prairie sunflowers. Met more nice people hiking today, so I think I'll be seeing them often in the next couple months.....many are birders and some call Schlitz Audubon their home away from home.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Three Little Pigs

Hurry, hurry our food is here! There's no big bad wolf in this neighborhood for these three little pigs....they are fat and happy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Schlitz Audubon - Painting #2

Another beautiful morning to paint.....the variety of colors in the prairie grasses continue to be fascinating. This is a little pathway where the grasses and flowers hug the trails.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Schlitz Audubon: Painting #1

This painting begins my nine month journey to capture the beauty of this local nature center through plein air painting. Today, I started in the prairie, where the grasses are tall and the yellow flowers abundant. Also enjoyed three turkeys passing by while painting, I was about 6 feet from them when I spot this picture.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Colors of Autumn

Spring and Fall are my favorite times to paint outside. This little painting comes alive with the colors of golden soybean fields, alongside the green hay field. As opposed to July when everything in Wisconsin seems GREEN, this is a wonderful time of the year to paint more subtle colors in the landscape.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Levy the Rooster

Another happy rooster from the Family Farm in Grafton. This guy loves to strut his stuff.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cedarburg Plein Air

Sometimes, God arranges all elements right in front of a person for a fun painting experience. This happened on a Sunday evening while painting with my friend Susan. The clouds were dramatic, the tall grasses were lit by that late evening sun, the cows (beef) were being cooperative. This painting "Sunset Strip at Kays" was one of my favorite ever plein air pieces. Everything about the evening was magical. Found out later, that I buy my organic beef from "Kay".....yes, the same cows I painted!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spring Sheep

Having painted tons of Holstein cows, it's been fun studying other farm animals. Here's a painting I did this spring "Spring Blossoms" of a beautiful group of sheep posed perfectly in front of blooming trees.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Toes in the Sand

This painting,"Toes in the Sand" is being donated to the House of Love charity auction in late September. Painted plein air with my friends along the shores of Lake Michigan in Port Washington, we had lots of fun chatting with all the friendly people on the beach. The House of Love is a Christian based organization which prepares youth to lead self-sufficient lives by providing a safe and loving family environment that is missing in their lives.

My first blog

Okay, this is all new for me....I have been avoiding a website for years due to fear of technology. Thought a blog might be an easier way to share more about my paintings and the moments of wonder that happen as each are created. This painting of the chicken coop was inspired by the crazy chickens at Monches Farm. These chickens seem to have quite a delightful life. They live in a quaint building, have lots of acres to scratch and dig around in....who could ask for anything more?