Monday, April 27, 2009

In Costume

Here is another dancer, waiting in the wings, and absolutely beautiful. Ms. Bunting at First Street Academy in Menominee, MI was so kind to take time out of her busy class schedule to have the ladies dress in costume for me. This pose was particularly challenging, as most people don't stand (or aren't able to stand) this way. Try it! I did, and almost fell over. Getting the knees right in this painting was extremely important...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Hope You Dance...

This is another in my "dance series" of paintings. Although I took a number of "staged" photos, some of the candids were fun and relaxed, and I couldn't wait to try my hand at this one. This exercise is giving me a lot of valued experience with difference sizes, shapes, poses, and skin colors of the various dancers. I'm putting together a retrospective from this series called "I Hope You Dance," to be introduced at Art for All in Menominee, MI on June 28.

Friday, April 10, 2009


This is Linda. She and Julie (see earlier post) drove a fairly long distance recently to visit me at East Ludington Gallery in Escanaba, Michigan. I have wanted to do a painting of Linda, and finally talked her into posing for me recently. She is a beautiful person, and we had a fun time that I will cherish forever.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Keeping Watch

These seagulls keep watch almost year-round along Seagull Bar, and spring brings dreams of warmer days here in the Upper Peninsula... I'm on a roll now, and anxious and excited that I have been accepted to show at Artarama in Riverside Park in Eagle River, WI this summer. My work is cut out for me... I'm told this show is one of the exceptional shows of the summer. I hope to define a stronger direction in my work as I prepare.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Time for Reflection

This is another painting in my "dance" series. As I was wandering around the dance studio, this young lady caught my attention as she enjoyed a quiet moment. I'm told reflections are some of the most difficult images to capture. It wasn't easy, but I really like the "feel" of this painting.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Foray Into Folk Art

I began painting this Escanaba, MI lighthouse with the thought that I need to expand my portfolio to include more mainstream work. As it materialized, it reminded me of old-fashioned folk art paintings that are whimsical and fun. So I decided to try my hand at this time-honored tradition. What do you think?