EDUCATION, PERSERVERENCE...LUCK

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Classy Sisters

or...as it should be read, CLASI Sisters

5" x 7" watercolor 

The winner of the CLASI* auction wanted both daughters on the painting that she "won" at a local benefit auction. I painted a few versions--but to get both likenesses right on one painting (for me) was about 20X more difficult than getting one likeness right, and I trashed more tries than usual. (I usually paint one of these small portraits about three times until I get the one
 I deem acceptable to ship to the client.) 
--My solution was just to paint two portraits, 
and on my auction offer the next year, be very, very specific about my offering.

5" x 7" watercolor

*it stands for something. a young women's social/benevolent group

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Palmer Farm Project, Final Report

10" x 20" oil on panel

The Palmer Farm, finished and framed, and off to it's new home.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Working Out the Color Scheme

5-1/2" x 11" watercolor on cold press
So many buildings! I think most working farms tend to share this characteristic, as there's always a need over time for more storage (especially if your farmer keeps EVERYTHING like mine does) and then changes in methods and equipment--not to mention new tractors, wagons, etc...

The above Palmer Farm's farmers' latest additional building is the small saphouse just left of center. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Old Mitchell Barn

8" x 10" oil paint on masonite panel
I wish I could say that I painted this plein air, but I did it from a photo I took the other day of this great, old, classic barn.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Duplicitous Life

a corner of my drawing table
My painting time has lately been split between watercolor sketches and oil painting struggles. And they are STRUGGLES. Push pull, scrape away and layer on and rub it off and move on to the next panel. Learning.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Plein Air Painting at the Frisbee House


It was a scorcher, but I forgot about the heat for an hour and a half while painting the old schoolhouse at the Delaware County Historical Association.