Monday, June 30, 2014

Reds of summer


It has been warm and sunny the month of June and raining during the week which is great for the weekend.   Everything is green and lush from mother nature no watering required from the hose.  Sounding pretty good... yet these conditions weren't the best for ripening strawberry's a little moist on the ground and rotting some fruit.  Still managed to pick some good berries. This year froze compote so that we can enjoy it on crepes whenever out sweet tooth needs a fix.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

White River Lighthouse


Another painting started while I was plein air painting with friends.  This lighthouse is tucked snugly between the channel on the north, the nearby Lake Michigan shore on the West.  Inside you can stroll through a fine nautical museum, which includes the Fourth Order Fresnel lens originally used at this location.  You  can also climb a beautiful iron staircase into the light tower for a sprawling view of Lake Michigan.and bordering sand dunes.

I painted the lighthouse from across the river and didn't get the tour so next time I will have to visit the museum.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lake Michigan Wandering


Recently my travels took me to a friends house near Lake Michigan.  We spent a few days together painting the area.   This morning started out with thunder and lightening and turned into a beautiful hot afternoon.   The waves were rather choppy from the earlier storms and those that came again overnight.  Summer hasn't officially begun it was rather quiet give it another week the summer season will start.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Apple blues


Is it abstract or real?  Watercolor or oil ?

It is an oil painting with some colorful shadows and shapes.  It is a painting that grows on you at least it has me.  Fruit is a daily snack my bowl always has something in it, as the seasons change so does my fruit.  It use to be available locally grown in season now it comes from all over the world.  We have so many more choices.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

U of M Peony Garden


This is a beautiful peony garden tucked away on campus. Met up with a local art group to paint the scene.   Many families came for a stroll and loved the kids who walked right up and wanted to see the painting on my easel.  The parents would apologized for the intrusion as the kids dragged them over to have a look.  How wonderful to be an artist and encouraging children.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kaylee II work in progress

The beginning of the second portrait in my series.  In this pose Kaylee is wearing the hat and a dress from sometime between 1930-1940.  Her face, hat and dress create great gentle flowing shapes complimenting her serenity.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Marsh marigold


These came from the wetlands in my yard they are drinking from a shot glass.   It is amazing to go hiking for wild flowers they are everywhere and often missed if your not looking.