Do you recognize this cityscape from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? And if so, do you know if that far building in the center (the one with the unique shape) has a name? As I drove south, snapping photos, that particular building kept drawing me in. It might need to be painted again.
This painting is just off the easel. I will probably end up making some minor revisions, but thought I would post it in case someone wants to place an early claim on it. The photo above is a little too dark, but maybe more accurate with the colors than the lighter one below.
Because this painting came from my imagination, there was plenty of freedom for abstraction. I’m really enjoying painting snow, and all the colors that are present. It feels like I’m just getting started…
This old schoolhouse, only a few miles from our house, is starting to get covered up by the encroaching trees. I’m a little worried they’re going to tear it down some day; so I grab a photo whenever I can.
This is the second painting I’ve done of it; the first was two years ago and it quickly sold. I’ve just started a third, much more modern and abstract interpretation of a close-up of the entrance. It will be a 48″ x 48″.
Hi, art friends. Between the combination of summer activities, and two colds which drained my energy, there were no paintings to post for the month of August. Instead, maybe you’ll enjoy hearing some of the accomplishments my paintings achieved in the last month.
Women’s Lifestyle Magazine featured me in their September, 2017 issue [photo above]. The full-sized article is available HERE. If you’ve never heard the crazy story about how I stumbled into the pursuit of art eight years ago, and the rather-unheard-of adventure I’ve had since then, this article tells much of it. (Thanks to writer Kim Gill and photographer Two Eagles Marcus.)
Steps – 40″x30″ Acrylic on canvas. 4th in the WWII Series.
The two paintings above (“Contrasts” on left, 40″x30″ acrylic; and “Beguiling” on right, 36″x36″ acrylic) were accepted into the juried Regional Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. (More amazing news to follow about this later.) “Contrasts” is very special to me, having been inspired by my father-in-law’s tiny WWII photo. If you’re interested in seeing the other 3 WWII paintings, as well as the story behind them, check out the WWII tab under the PAINTINGS heading on my main page. The opening reception at MMA will be 5:30-8:00 pm on September 28, and the exhibition runs through November 8, 2017.
I was also pleased to have the above paintings (“Audacity” on left, 48″x48″ acrylic; and “Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing Its Horn?!” on right, 36″x48″ acrylic) accepted into the MI Arts 2017 juried exhibition. “Can’t You See a Truck…” received the Stuart Padnos Memorial Award. The exhibition runs August 25 – November 4, 2017 at the Holland Area Arts Council.
And just for fun, here’s a collection [below] of photos my wonderful hubby snapped during the photo shoot for the WLM article, on site at LaFontsee Galleries where I am represented.
And speaking of LaFontsee Galleries, if you get this post in time, and are free to visit their Douglas location on Sunday, September 3, I will be at “Toast,” their final show for the season. (Their Lake Drive location is open all year.) Come see me in Douglas from 12:00-4:00. It is free and open to the public. Of course, come as you are. I know of at least one of my paintings which will be in the show: “Bayfront” [below].
This is now officially the longest blog I’ve ever posted. I hope you enjoyed seeing into this month’s slice of my art life. Happy autumn!!