Saturday, December 21, 2013


Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper

Last 3 days of life figure class at the Academy and we got to choose whichever medium we wanted to work with!  Of course, I picked oil and had a lot of fun with it.  Our model was a young 20 year old Russian girl named Christina, she was a great model and did a great job getting back into position after every break.  We are now on break until after the new year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Article in Denmark, WI Newspaper

The local newspaper in the town where I go to the Academy of Art features an artist every month and this month was my turn! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Chateau des Alpilles commission study

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas
I feel like I've been away for so long!  It's been busy lately with Thanksgiving travels and Christmas preparations!  Hope everyone is having a great December!  This painting was commissioned by someone who honeymooned at the Chateau des Alpilles.  This is a study to prepare for the larger painting which will be 22x28.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Portrait Class - Day 4 and final

Vine Charcoal on Canson Mi-teinte white paper

I could have used another couple of days to finish some of the areas but this is it for this pose and I'm pretty happy with it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Art meets Heart

Oil on 6x6 Wrap Canvas

This is my submission to the local fundraiser Art meets Heart.  It benefits the ArtGarage in Green Bay for local art classes and exhibitions.  All the small canvases will be put together to make a huge heart and be displayed at the airport for a whole year.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Portrait Class Day 3 of 4


We've had portrait class on Tuesday afternoons for the past 3 weeks.  Only 1 more week to finish this portrait!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fall Colors

Oil on 9x12 Wrap Canvas

There's a bridge I go over a few times a week and it's been so beautiful lately with the gray skies and the fall colors on the trees!  The other day, I went over it and was amazed at the reflections in the water and the unusually calm almost looked like it sparkled!  The sky was again a gray backdrop but there was a break in the clouds and this little strip of cerulean blue sky peeking through.  I just had to paint it.  This is also my submission to this week's DailyPaintworks challenge as it is about painting water!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Peaceful River II

Oil on 36x48 Wrap Canvas

I'm done with the large commission.  I really like how it turned out with the reflections in the water.  I hope they will enjoy it for years to come!
Every time I work on a large canvas like that I remember how much fun it is and I tell myself I need to do it more often.. :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tobacco Trail II

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas

I just finished this commission of the Tobacco Trail in Raleigh, North Carolina.  A lovely trail that goes on for miles where people bike, walk, jog, or even ride horses.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Master Painting and Academy Figure and Sculpture

Oil on 9x8 Canvas Paper 

I have decided to post some of my work from the Academy below.  It's been a busy 1st quarter and I'm really enjoying it!  We've done sculpture, watercolor, graphite and a few charcoal life figure drawings.  Still a long way to go but I feel like I'm learning so much!

Sculpture - about 20x15

Watercolor - 11x14

 Graphite - 9x12

Charcoal - 18x24

Charcoal - 18x24

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Field of Lavender

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas

We saw lavender fields when we were in Provence near the Gorges du Verdon and they are so beautiful.  I love the smell of lavender, it brings back memories of growing up there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Up North

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas

Everyone talks about going "Up North" around here.  A lot of people have cottages and go there over the weekend.  We wanted to know what that was all about and went a few weeks ago.  I took this picture on one of our hikes, the leaves were changing and the colors were just so pretty, definitely a beautiful area of Wisconsin, I'm sure we'll go back!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Peaceful River II

Oil on 9x12
Currently hanging at the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI

Another study of our beautiful and relaxing canoe trip down the Shiocton river.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crisp Autumn Day

Oil on 11x14 Wrap Canvas

I liked the huge sky with the clouds and the different shades of blue in this landscape.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Painting from the Masters - The Cliffs at Etretat after Claude Monet

Oil on 11x14 Canvas paper

I finished my painting for Painting from the Masters for this month.  I love those cliffs and wish I could see them in person one day!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tobacco Trail

 Oil on 9x12 Wrap Canvas

The Tobacco Trail in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC is a gravel trail that goes on for miles between the cities and towns there.  It used to be a railroad track I guess transporting tobacco in the day?  Seems appropriate... :)   People now walk, jog, bike and even horseback on it and it's very pretty as the trees hover over the trail and of course cast all these beautiful shadows.
This is another study in search of the perfect large painting for my commission!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tree Lined II

Oil on 9x12 wrap canvas
Currently hanging at the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI

I love depicting these giant trees as they are so majestic and trying to accurately portray the shadows on the ground.  I'm working on coming up with ideas for a large commission (36x48) and this is one of the studies.  Tell me your opinion, do you think this will look good as a large canvas?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ear cast study

Vine charcoal on Canson Mi-teinte paper

I've been back at the art school for a week now and I've started a sculpture, worked on my ear cast study and finished a 2-day life figure drawing...what fun!!
I'm almost done with the ear as you see above, it's in preparation to the full cast which will take about 16 weeks to complete.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bales of Hay

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas
Currently hanging at the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI

I had fun playing with the clouds on this one.  This picture was taken by my sister-in-law, Katherine, in Luxembourg.  She always takes beautiful pictures and she gives me lots of material to work with, thank you Katherine!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Color Charts

I'm so happy that I finished my color charts for the Academy of Fine Art just in time to start back next week!  We have 6 charts to complete and I had set a goal for myself to get them done this summer.  I'm sure there will be some tweaking here and there but for the most part, they are done.  What a great exercise in figuring out the color combinations, I'm always amazed at the beautiful colors that come out of a color chart!

Monday, August 19, 2013

House on the Lake - Commission

Oil on 12x16 Canvas

I just finished a commission for a friend as a gift to her grandparents who are going to be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary!!  That is just so amazing and wonderful!
This is their house and I just loved the huge trees on the property overlooking the beautiful house and the glimpse we get of the water in the background.  I hope they will love it, I know I loved painting it!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Very Dangerous Beach after Jack Vettriano

Oil on 9x12 Canvas Paper

This is my submission to this month's Painting From the Masters blog.  This month's selection was chosen by Azra Iqbal.  I hope more painters can join us in replicating master paintings as a way of learning, it's been fun so far!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

House in the Poppy Field

Oil on 8x8 Wrap Canvas
Currently hanging at the Jack Richeson Gallery in Kimberly, WI

A common sight in Provence, the poppy fields!  I always loved this flower growing up...we don't see it much around here but I remember when I was growing up seeing fields and fields of it!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Two Lemons on Green

Oil on 6x6 Wrap Canvas
Click here to bid on this painting

I decided to work on some still lifes for the next few paintings and keep it simple. I do enjoy painting the cloth (or rag) underneath...I don't know why but I love doing folds..

Monday, July 8, 2013

Peaceful River

Oil on 8x10 Wrap Canvas

We went canoeing a couple days ago and I took this picture which I loved with the calm water and the reflections in the water.  This week's challenge in DailyPaintworks is a challenge about water so it's also my entry!  Good timing!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Yellow Field II

Oil on 8x8 Wrap Canvas

 This is another landscape from Belgium.  These fields of yellow flowers are pretty common.  I think it makes for a lovely combination of colors!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Girl with a Pearl Earring (after Johannes Vermeer)

Oil on 9x12 Canvas Paper

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to do this for "Painting from the Masters"!  This is the June master study I chose for June and I really would have liked to spend more time on it....summer seems to be a little busy with vacations, family visiting, and kids home from school!  I guess this is what summer is about and I do enjoy it immensely!  Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Le Chateau

Oil on 16x20 Wrap Canvas

I just finished this painting for my father as commission for his and my step-mother's Anniversary coming up.  They discovered this hotel in St. Remy years ago and loved the striking long driveway with the huge trees casting these beautiful shadows.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Painted Face

Oil on 9x12 Wrapped Canvas

I think I'm finished with this portrait.  I tried working on the form around the face and added some final touches.  I'm hoping this portrait will be accepted for a portrait exhibition starting at the end of the summer at the Richeson Gallery.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chateau des Alpilles in St. Remy

Oil on 12x16 Wrapped Canvas

Such a beautiful hotel in St. Remy at the Chateau des Alpilles.  I love the mature trees with the sun shining through the leaves onto the courtyard!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Painted Face

Oil on 12x9 Wrapped Canvas 

I've been working on this painting a few weeks now and I think I'm almost done with it.  This was from a picture of my daughter a couple of years ago at Disney.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Van Gogh - May Study for Painting from the Master

Oil on 12x16 Fredrik's Acrylic primed canvas paper 

I worked on a couple paintings today and even had time to do my May study for Painting from the Masters.
Is is from Vincent Van Gogh, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Vine Charcoal on Canson Mi-teintes paper 

I finished my sphere the week before last just in time for the end of the quarter. School is over for the summer now and I will be going back in the fall to start on my cast drawing. In the meantime, this summer, I will be working on my color charts and master sketches for the Academy. No time to rest and I love it!

 I hope everyone is having a good Spring. We just got back from a much needed "warm" vacation in Florida and had a wonderful time.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Life Figure Class - Carol

Vine Charcoal on 18x24 Canson Mi-Teintes paper 

 I've been so busy lately I hardly had time to paint! I'm working on a few things at once but nothing done enough to post so here's something I worked on at the Academy in the Life Figure class. We had 2 days to work on this pose and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Figure - Bargue study

Vine Charcoal on Canson Mi-Teintes paper

I finished my 4th and last line drawing last week, the figure. I am now moving on to drawing the sphere and shading to show form.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yellow Car

 Oil on 6x6 wrapped canvas

 I wanted to do something different today. I found this picture on my computer from our trip to Provence a couple of year ago...has it been that long already?? I'm sure my sister took it, she has a way with photographs and getting great compositions!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Sunny Bike Ride

  Oil on 12x12 wrapped canvas

 The kids' school canceled today as we're getting freezing rain! I took that time to finish a painting I started in my painting class last night. A nice bike ride down the road in Belgium in what looks like a beautiful sunny day!
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