Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Poppy Blooms"

Continuing my poppy series.
I can't seem to get enough of the intense colors these flowers provide. If you'd like to see more examples of my poppy paintings please go to my Etsy site,

"Poppy Blooms" 8"x8" oil

Monday, April 12, 2010


I painted "Poppies" with oil paints on an 8"x8" gallery-wrapped canvas with a palette knife. Poppies are not blooming in Chicago presently but years ago while in Italy we saw fields of them and they've always been something I wanted to paint. I used some recent plein air studies of bluebells, kept the values the same but switched the colors to reds to paint "Poppies." It was a fun experiment with values.
"Remember" is my latest handmade card from left over quilt fabrics. The quote inside, "Thanks for helping me remember what's most important,... and today it's you. Happy Mother's Day. Yes, it's mushy but I think our moms are worth it.
(both available on my Etsy site,

Friday, April 2, 2010

"Java Run" oil painting 9"x12"

When I paint outside I usually meet some of the people living in the area. This lady told me she makes several laps around the block before treating herself to a non-fat, sugar free, decaf, soy latte. Ever hear of a coffee like that? I had to try to plopped her into the painting.

This neighborhood in Chicago is called Andersonville because originally it was all Scandinavians. Many of the store signs and a couple of good smelling bakeries still show the original start.