Stuffed Animals Portrait

I have a friend who likes to collect stuffed animals, and the other day she asked if I would paint four of her favorites. Of course I did; it was a ton of fun. I especially like how the bunny turned out. This is one of those whimsical paintings, quite a bit different from myContinue reading “Stuffed Animals Portrait”

Hairy Woodpecker oil painting

Before I came to Michigan, I had only glimpsed a woodpecker twice in my life, from a distance. Because at our house we feed suet as well as birdseed, the woodpeckers come several times a day. I love the red head of the pileated, and how small the downy woodpecker is, but my favorite isContinue reading “Hairy Woodpecker oil painting”

Birds of Michigan Series: Chickadee

A few days ago, I finished a painting of a chickadee. I love chickadees, because they are the ones that watch out for danger. We have a hawk nearby, and when the chickadees give the alarm, all the other birds go completely still until the most alert chickadee gives the “all’s clear” signal. Here heContinue reading “Birds of Michigan Series: Chickadee”

Experimenting with Spatter painting: Lake Michigan Shoreline

Okay, since I’m mainly self-taught (well, I did minor in art in college, but they didn’t teach much painting technique, mostly drawing and design) I like to check out art books from the library, learn about techniques and…experiment. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they are disasters. I went to Lake Michigan a couple of weeksContinue reading “Experimenting with Spatter painting: Lake Michigan Shoreline”

Does Good Art Require Caffeine?

I admit it. When I get ready to start work on a painting, I require the help of caffeine. The photo below shows my favorite forms of consumption: Hot, black, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. I love espresso, when I can get it, but will settle for Seattle’s Best Dark Roast at home. ThisContinue reading “Does Good Art Require Caffeine?”

Birds of Michigan series: Titmouse

Recently, I’ve been painting birds. I did a couple for one of the bathrooms in the house I live in, to complement a series of birdhouses that a roommate put up. They look nice together, along with the shower curtain that has…birds. I live where the birds constantly come and visit, due to the feedersContinue reading “Birds of Michigan series: Titmouse”

Plein Aire painting of Atoka Lake

I love to paint outdoors, and capture the feel of a landscape on site. This is a plein aire (outdoors on site) painting that I did awhile back of the trees at Atoka Lake in Oklahoma. I was fascinated by the textures of the lichen growing on the bark, and wanted to show it. IfContinue reading “Plein Aire painting of Atoka Lake”

Spring Road in Michigan

The other day, I noticed that there is a LOT of purple and green in the Michigan landscape. So, I set out to create a painting that reflects this: The real painting isn’t quite this purple in real life (this is a not-so-good photograph with glare; I need to learn how to take better picturesContinue reading “Spring Road in Michigan”

On painting landscapes

Mountain Stream, Pennsylvania  Oil, 16 X 20 on canvas boardI love to paint landscapes. I enjoy trying to capture the feel of water rushing over rocks, and the soft greens, yellow greens and grays of trees; or in winter, the russet browns and yellow ochres. On a trip to Pennsylvania two years ago, I tookContinue reading “On painting landscapes”

The Church Picnic

I’ve almost finished this painting, called “The Church Picnic”. This painting was inspired by the experiences of a good friend of mine who left a very conservative Mennonite church (very, very similar to the Amish). While the culture is simple, and is often idealized, the severe restrictions and even abuse of members of these ordersContinue reading “The Church Picnic”