Friday, June 29, 2007

Girl Portrait painting a day Sun kissed

"Sun kissed"

6"x6" oil on primed masonite. I could title this "The Painting that Almost Wasn't" It's Friday morning and I knew I had to get up extra early to have time to paint because I told the kids that we could to visit the zoo today. So I quietly go downstairs to set up and realized I was out of prepared artboard. I knew I didn't have time to prepare any or paint on a larger piece with little time. I always have a few "rejects" that need sanded and painted over or a painting that was started and set aside to most likely never make it to a finished stage. I started one of my daughter when she was quite a bit younger, it was only a sketch, I picked it up and figured I would paint over it. But, when I sat it on my easel I became inspired to finish it, so I dug out a photo of my daughter. I keep a picnic basket of reference photos under my easel. This painting today was a pleasant surprise, one that I didn't plan on doing and probably would have been painted over eventually. So Cheers to those little paintings that just seem to happen!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chickens Hens daily painting oil


6"x6" oil on primed art board. These little ladies were standing in the corner of their yard like they were chatting amongst themselves. The white hen seemed to have the little reds' undivided attention. Thanks to my sister in law, Ann for letting me paint her chickens again

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Boy with Rooster Chickens daily painting oil

6"x6" oil on primed art board. This is out at my sister-in-laws farm. My son is holding the rooster. You would never catch me holding one :o)


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Girl on Beach Ocean daily painting

6"x6" oil on masonite. Thought I'd throw this painting on today. I painted this a little while back, but haven't posted it. A friend's little girl was all decked out for some fun on the beach. I scanned this one, so it may look a little funny compared to my digital images. Thanks for looking. This and many others are available for purchase. sold

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Zesto Ice Cream Stand Vintage Sign daily painting oil


6"x6" oil on primed artist board. This nostalgic ice cream stand located on Broadway is one of my town's mainstays. I believe it is part of a franchise and it has been around for as long as I can remember. It is always a sure sign that summer is around the corner when the boards are taken down from the windows and the open sign is out. As with yesterday's painting, my goal was to stay fresh and pure with minimal brushstrokes. Thanks for looking. Available for purchase along with many more on this page and in the archives listed at the right. More interesting info: I just googled Zesto Ice Cream to find out that the first one was in Evansville, IN in 1949. It was a franchise that died young but a few are still around and locally owned, so the name lives on. Some Zestos that still exist are located in Atlanta, GA, Colmbia, SC and Kansas City. Please let me know if there is one in your area, by leaving a comment. Thanks

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Architecture House Dwell Red Door Sunset daily painting oil

6"x6" oil on primed art board. "Red Door" This is one of my favorite paintings. I think because of the subject matter, the time of day and the process. I am so drawn to homes with unique architectural character. So many older homes have style and art was a part of the process. An important thing that I wanted to achieve when I painted this, was to use the least amount of brushstrokes possible. Carefully placing each stroke with purpose. This sounds like it could make the painting too "tight" or "uptight" but the opposite is true. It wont have that overworked feel to it, which can sometimes happen. It is not always an easy task. It is possible to have enough brushstrokes in one painting to make 2 or 3 paintings.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Treetops Clouds Sky daily painting


6"x6" oil on masonite. "From my Backyard" The kids are out of school for summer, yeah! We have already been "fun" busy with baseball, swimming, a little camping, the drive in theater. I am hoping to stay disciplined with getting at least one little painting done 5 days a week. I will get up early and paint before the kids are up or while they are having breakfast or as I did today, painting from my backyard, while my daughter plays with a friend.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bumper Cars Amusement Park daily painting

6"x6" oil on primed masonite. I took lots of pictures on our recent trip to a great amusement park. It is Indiana Beach located on a boardwalk on Lake Schafer. A very nostalgic place, very inspiring for painting.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Cloud Landscape painting a day "Threat of Rain"

"Threat of Rain"

6"x6" oil on primed masonite. I just love these hot sunny days when billowing clouds roll in. It is so dramatic. You can just feel the tension of a storm brewing. Then, surprisingly a sprinkle in the sunshine and they roll on.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Fire Truck Firefighters Watching the Parade daily painting

"Thank You"

6"x6" oil on primed masonite. I painted this after Memorial Day and am just now getting it posted. Our little community, Waynedale, which is a part of Fort Wayne, has a Memorial Day parade every year. There is always a good turnout. It makes me proud to see everyone come together and wave their flags, as the parade goes by, in remembrance of the brave people who serve, protect and even die for our country.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Indiana Farm in May Daily Painting

Sunday in May

6"x6" oil on primed masonite. Last Saturday I spent almost 3 hours in the car running my daughter to a Birthday party and my one son to a friend's sleepover. It was such a beautiful day and I just wanted to get home and enjoy what was left of the day. I was in awe by this amazing sky out in the countryside. I have driven these rural roads my whole life. I am a "city" girl but close to the country. I remember as a child riding in the back seat with the air blasting in the open window (ac for those days)and you could see for what seemed forever.