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, […]
Like moths to a flame, they gather. This is another image from the Indiana State Fair balloon glow. The unusual flat-bottomed shape of this hot air balloon hints at its purpose. It’s a promotional balloon shaped like a giant can of Pepsi. This painting is available on Zatista, where I’m starting to list some […]
My state fair features – weather permitting – a hot air balloon race, with a balloon glow on the racetrack infield the evening before. Before this night, I’d seen balloon glows from a distance, but this was the first time I’d ever walked through one. I was awestruck. What a difference it made, being under […]
Their trappings are bright and colorful, yet their faces are frozen in eternal screams. I can hear them when I paint them. Yet in all my hours photographing carousels, I’ve never seen a child shy away from them. This is a warmup sketch for a larger painting. Lately my painting has been too timid and […]
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 […]
Bumble Bee Bop. I love that name! It sounds like something adult bees do to make baby bees. It’s actually a kiddie ride found in carnivals and small amusement parks. Those goofy, cheerful bees have been calling to my paintbrushes for some time now. If you want to see photos of this painting in progress, […]
This bronc in a holding pen at the State Fair rodeo caught my eye. He stood with his head held high, watching the action in the arena. His long mane caught the last rays of light from the setting sun. He was magnificent. Here are a few images taken along the way:
The two on the right were obviously roommates. I’d been following them around the local farmer’s market with my camera, amused by the big dog/small dog combo, when the third dog was introduced to them. Much sniffing ensued, numbers were exchanged, and everyone went home satisfied.
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 […]
This is the newly built Palladium, a 1600 seat concert hall in Carmel-by-the-Interstate, Indiana. Those of you who remember your art history might notice its resemblance to Andrea Palladio’s (1508-1580) La Rotunda. Palladio was also influential in the field of theater design as the architect of the Olympic Theater, which still stands in Vicenza. The […]
After spending so much time painting the carousel horses, I thought it would be fun to find a real horse in a similar pose and paint it. Scrolling through my State Fair photo archives, I found a shot of this giant fellow. Ah, yes, I remember him. He was magnificent, prancing, straining against the bit, […]
I began this painting on Kentucky Derby day in honor of all horses who run in circles. I didn’t expect it to be a three-day painting! The details really grabbed me. (This painting is SOLD but I have a new carousel painting in progress.) Here are some images taken along the way:
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 […]
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