Iron Gate Farm 2

February 26, 2016

tree farm96I started this piece last summer at Iron Gate Farm in Bristol Wisconsin.  It is painting on Arches 1/2 sheet of 180lb paper for oils.  The paper is very rough to paint on. I like pushing the color around which was very difficult in the field when using Galkyd Lite, which has been my medium for the past 12 years. It’s wonderful  because of it’s quick drying property and when working in the studio it poses no problem. I am searching for a new medium to use on location.


Where I am now!

December 7, 2015

Autumn Dressed Tre96I just realized it has been months since I posted a blog. I have been traveling a lot this year, and have wonderful paintings and memories from my adventures. You will be seeing my endeavors as soon as I get them photographed.

Autumn is my favorite season; I don’t need to reinterpret colors. The piece above was painted at Iron Gate Farm in Wisconsin.

I love this farm it is only a 40 minute drive for me. It belongs to the Chalet Nursery in Wilmette and it is about 180 acers of beauty.  Thank you Larry Thalmann for allowing me access to your property!

Mural for a Zen Garden

August 7, 2015

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

The last 2 weeks I have been working on  4’x5′ mural for a Zen Garden in a Private home; Asia inspired but using my pallet, here is the final result. The painting was done on the bricks of her home, using Golden Acrylics.

Thank You Sandie Bacon Golden Rep. for all your coaching!

Back From My Eastern Trip

July 20, 2015

Top of the Hill 180I got back  2 weeks ago after spending almost 3 weeks in the Catoctin Mountains. My plein air work was done on Arches 150lb paper for oil.  The paper sucked up the paints quickly ( there was no rubbing off if you wanted to remove something) and once on the paper the paint could not be moved around. I shipped my paintings back rather then trying to fly with them.

I was standing on the top of the Catoctin Mountain range looking over towards the Appalachian / Blue Ridge Mountains and looking down on the town of Myersville. That very dark cloud ended up being directly over my head when it decided to let loose, so I grabbed the painting, left my open easel and ran for cover. The rain lasted 5 minutes then I was able to finish.

Plein Air painting

July 13, 2015

plein air Emily OaksYesterday morning I was at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie painting with a group put together by Debra Hatchet who runs Anatomically Correct. It was actually rather nice; not too hot, I was in the shade and had a lovely time!