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Monday, January 23, 2012

Icecanos at Schlitz Audubon

This is a new 16 x 20 studio painting completed from plein air work at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Fox Point.   These "icecanos" occur when high, cold waves crash on the shore and freeze quickly.  After a few days, formations occur that look like volcanos of ice.  If you're lucky and the wind is blowing, water will spurt up out of the holes too.  It's pretty exciting!
This painting and other icy subjects were on exhibit at the Pfister Hotel's Snow Show on Gallery Night.  Thanks Shelby and Richard for a great evening.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My first snow painting of the season

For snow lovers like me, it's been a long wait for our first real snowfall.  By this time last year, I had already painted outside in the snow more than 10 times.  So I packed up everything and headed literally around the corner to a new nature preserve area.  Lots of views of Lake Michigan and untouched forest areas.  Now I'm just waiting for the ice to form along Lake Michigan!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Yesterday was our first significant snowfall of the season.  It's so hard to believe after last year's bonanza.  I grew quite fond of painting "en plein air" snow scenes last winter and really missed it.  So I decided to take the advise of my good friend Lori and use the small studies/photographs and work larger.  Here is one of the three paintings I completed over the past few weeks.  The first is January Raw at Schlitz Audubon....16 x 20.  This painting, along with many others pieces from Schlitz Audubon, will be on exhibit during Gallery Night (Jan. 20) at the Pfister Hotel from 9 - 11:30 (it's a Snowball!!).  Two paintings from this series will also be on display at DeLind Gallery across the street from the Pfister.