Stanley Steamer – sketch

Posted on Sep 15, 2011

Stanley Steamer –  sketch

I’d never seen a steam-powered car fired up until I saw this one. It was in the daily parade at the Indiana State Fair, it’s shiny red paint gleaming in the sun. When I looked up Stanley Steamer Motor Carriage Company on Wikipedia, I found a photo of this car in the article. Not just this model, but this actual car with the same US flag decal on the windshield, and the same owner/driver, photographed at the Indiana State Fair. Small world, eh? I’m posting...

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The Buzz

Posted on Aug 19, 2011

The Buzz

It seems like months since these happy little bees rolled into the state fairgrounds on the back of a truck, but really, it was just over two weeks ago. My husband was over at fairgrounds as the carnival rides were arriving for the fair, and snapped some photos of the unassembled Bumble Bee Bop ride  – the cutest ride in the world – knowing I’d jump at the chance to paint it.  I got to work on it right away,  but then the Fair started, and I put it aside...

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Wisteria

Posted on Jul 17, 2011

Wisteria

Another one for the “The Color Of Music Challenge” I’m hosting on Daily Paintworks this week. I am so impressed by what the artists have posted so far. Really cool paintings, and I love the stories. The music I’ve used is my favorite song of all time, “Wisteria.”  I could get married, buried, and everything in between to that song. It’s also from  “The Garden” by Michael Nesmith.  (Yeah, he used to be a Monkee.) It...

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Life Becoming

Posted on Jul 16, 2011

Life Becoming

This week I’m hosting the painting challenge on Daily Paintworks. It’s called “The Color Of Music,”  and you’re invited to play along! The idea is to paint a favorite piece of music, converting sound to pigment. My song choice, “Life Becoming,” comes from a long-time favorite album by Michael Nesmith called “The Garden.”   This mostly instrumental album comes boxed with a short novel. The idea is to play the music while...

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Voyeur

Posted on Jun 20, 2011

Voyeur

This piece was created for the Daily Paintworks Balance Challenge hosted by Cathleen Rehfeld. Here are Cathleen’s guidelines for the challenge: The challenge is to create a stack of something that is balanced, in many ways. Literally balancing things on top of other things, and balance in color, color compliments, neutrals and bright color, composition, negative/positive space, and then paint it! I think I strained my mind thinking too much! But it was fun to shop for...

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Gift Worthy

Posted on Jun 5, 2011

Gift Worthy

Confession: I’ve always wanted to paint a gift wrapped up in shiny ribbons, but it’s an iconic subject for some artists, and therefore one I stay away from. If you want to see what I mean, check out Karen Appleton’s work. Or Carol Marine, who does awesome bowage. (My word.) When Carol offered The Gift Challenge on Daily Paintworks, I jumped in, because everyone will be doing bows this week so it won’t look like I’m copying someone else. My...

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Little Meow Meow

Posted on May 21, 2011

Little Meow Meow

This little cutie comes from the Daily Paintworks Whole Cat & Kaboodle challenge presented by artist Dreama Tolle Perry. I’ve had the urge to paint a cat lately (that’s one thing I don’t see at the State Fair), so I had fun with it. I like how the cat in Dreama’s reference photo was sitting on a red upholstered chair, which threw some nice warm tones on the kitten. Purchase on Artfire...

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Me, 3

Posted on May 6, 2011

Me, 3

When my husband saw this painting in the studio last night, he asked, “Why do you always look so serious in your self portraits?” Thinking about my last post – “I always look a little POed in self portraits” – I replied with another question: “Did you read that in my blog?” “No, I just saw the painting and wondered why.” He’s right. I do look stern, and it bothers me. Am I really that sour all the time? I...

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Me, 2

Posted on May 3, 2011

Me, 2

I always look a little POed in self portraits. Not sure why, because I have every opportunity to soften the features. Plus, I’m wearing my favorite sweater, one with lots of fringe that always makes me happy.

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