Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Behind Main Street

I found this alleyway very interesting as a subject for my second of 3 paintings while at a plein air 'paint out' over the weekend.  It was hot, but I managed to squeeze myself into a seated position (which I usually don't like, and don't do) behind a shed, of sorts in this alley...
     I was so HOT, that I decided to sit, thinking that I'd stand a better chance of actually finishing the painting, and not giving up, because I was dripping wet... ha !  Well, I had fun painting, and then noticed a distinct odor of sort of rotten garbage, only to then recognize the dumpster directly behind me... well, I had to finish, anyway, and I really was pleased with the results....  Perseverance ! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vivian's day

  I painted this one, my FIRST zinnia picture, actually, while my darling granddaughter was napping one Wednesday.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zinnia heaven

     I am enjoying this... I will be sad when the zinnias are over.  I planted some different varieties in another part of the yard ( my berm in the front yard), and the guy who cuts our lawn got out his weed whip and took them all out, thinking they were weeds..... had to start over, so I am starting with different seeds and seeing what I get. !

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Deep Vista

Another study, 8 x 8 oil to play with composition and color.... Wide deep vista...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Colorful skies at sunset

     A sketch for a larger painting... experimentation with color.... These are ALMOST complements, but not quite.... the light in the sky is always a warmer hue near sunrise and sunset.
     I admire this combination in artwork I've seen and would love to incorporate this color palette into my arsenal of techniques. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

More colorful zinnias

     Here is a bouquet I painted, changed the background to a darker neutral, and I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out..... Sure am enjoying all those zinnia colors !

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Zinnias are wonderful

     I love growing zinnias, and bringing them inside.... I just recently started painting them, too.... a triple header... ha !
     This is only my second year growing them, from seed.   I can't stand to leave them outside, and constantly cut them and put them in vases everywhere in my house.  Fun !

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jason's home in Chicago

     Here is a commission for a painting I did of a former students home in Chicago.   His mother wanted to surprise him with the painting.  I also completed a painting of his residence in Indiana, which was a challenge of angles and shadows, and I had lots of fun with that one, too.  

Jason's home in Chicago


Friday, May 1, 2015

I'm back... Here's Steinberg......

Sorry, folks, it's been a long while since I've posted..... I wasn't able to figure out how to get the photos off my iphone and onto the blog.....         Oh, Whoa is me.....

     I've been busy with commissions, and having a great time in my studio, when I can get the chance... (the garden is looking a little forlorn with a new, terrible weed this year)  Anyhoo, I think that by emailing my photos from phone to email I can then retrieve them to the blog...YAY !

     Here is one of the newest paintings I've worked on, and the picture of the new plein air setup I was able to purchase because of the commissions I've been doing.... YAY, again !
    This is a commission of the Steinberg Skating Rink in St. Louis' Forest Park.  It is one of 2 that were commissioned of the facility by the manager of the rink.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Steinberg skating rink- update

     The person commissioning the painting asked for a few more skaters.  Here's the final draft for the painting, which will be quite a bit larger.  This one is only 11 x 14...

     More skaters, a good idea, I think..

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Steinberg skating rink

     Here is a small study for the larger painting commission of the Steinberg skating rink in Forest Park, St. Louis.  We have a wonderful park, right inside the city, with great facilities that are used by citizens constantly.     The Forest Park began with the 1904 World's Fair, which was hosted in St. Louis.   Our Art Museum, Muny Opera and fabulous St. Louis Zoo are three main attractions. 
     The one buying the painting wanted the hospital buildings in the background.  Steinberg is very close to one of the city's main streets, Kingshighway, with it's row of great hospitals. The one to the right is Barnes, where I was born.  
     My friends and I would skate every Saturday at this winter rink.  Great memories.....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maplewood shadows

          I thought I'd change it up a little, making the empty space at the end of the driveway the focal point of this one.....   I really enjoyed the shadow play on the side of this red brick home in neighboring community of Maplewood.   These trees against the light background were a challenge, for sure.....

Monday, February 16, 2015

Tuxedo Park


  I have taken lots of reference photos, walking down the sidewalks, scanning the various views..... People that are outside on their porches, or on their lawns usually notice that I am there, I never felt any need to be sly about what I was doing.   While taking this photo, the man from across the street was pulling out of his driveway, made a U-turn and came back around to stop next to me.... He rolled his window down and said, "What are you taking pictures for?"   He then asked me if I tried to come back to the homeowners and sell them the paintings, which I've never really done, except for the time I participated in the 'Paint Webster' event last year....I don't know if it's curiosity, so much, or fear of strangers...
     Anyway, most of the pictures don't get used.  It's really hard to get just perfect shots to use, but this one I really loved the shadows on the side of house, and the way the sunlight was catching here and there....

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sweet spot

     I had lots of fun at the ribbon-cutting yesterday for the new Kirkwood business called 'Sammysoap".   My artwork is for sale there, and it's a great new little shop in the heart of Kirkwood, Missouri on Argonne across from the landmark train station.    Sammysoap is a for-profit business which was created to provide jobs for developmentally challenged adults.   Their products are made right on site, and they plan on distributing them nation wide.   The soaps they make, dozens of kinds, are great, thoughtfully produced from natural organic materials, and smell great and make your skin feel wonderful ! 
     I was able to meet most of the local business owners in the area, and talk with lots of new friends about the 'arts' in our community.   I got excited about getting involved in the community art functions.   I've never been to a 'ribbon-cutting' before, and it was fun being part of it !

     Here is another of my "Webster" homes in our community.   This one I changed the original view just a bit by re-locating a tree !

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Windows into the past

     I live, and was raised in a community which contains many century homes.  Owners take much pride in displaying their certified plaques next to the front doors, telling of the history of these dwellings.  While taking pictures one sunny day, I ran across some very interesting homes, and hopefully will create some paintings of these 100 year old beauties !

Friday, January 30, 2015

     I'm working bigger and bolder, using more color, and trying to get more excitement and energy.  Here's a new one, 11 x 14, from a photo I took in Webster Groves a week ago.   Lovely community with big older homes, many with Century placques by the front door.   Having fun with warms and cools, too !