Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I painted this as a complement to an earlier painting (inset) I had done, which was titled "The Clearing." Although only one year has passed between the completion of these paintings, I believe my growth as an artist is evident in the later painting. I'm so blessed to be able to continue to pursue this gift. Now that summer is at its end, I can finally get back to the dozens of paintings I've had to put on hold!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Milwaukee Domes Art Festival

Here are a few images from my experience at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival this past weekend. Many thanks to Mary for visiting me there, and for taking some photos! It was a wonderful festival -- very well organized with lots of entertainment, food, and fantastic art! I was honored to be a part of it. The first painting I completed in the plein air competition was titled "Among Friends." It was created from the rear parking entrance, looking toward the domes. There are three domes in this beautiful botanical park. One houses desert plants, one is tropical, and one is called the "show dome" with seasonal changes. I attempted a second entry that would be more in my own style of portrait/figurative work, which was a painting I called "The Guardian." This young man is a regular volunteer at the Domes. He is quite an impressive individual, with solid plans for his future. I was inspired!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dan's Workshop-Day 4

This is a bittersweet day for me... I need to leave early from my amazing workshop with Daniel Gerhartz (www.danielgerhartz.com) to begin my next adventure of participating in the 1st Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival (www.milwaukeedomesartfestival.com). Both are wonderful experiences, but I'm so frustrated that they overlapped. Here is my final painting from the workshop. I did a quick grisaille as well and hope to post that in the future. Dan is one of those unique human beings that leaves a lasting impression, and not just because of his extraordinary talent!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dan's Workshop-Day 3

This is my attempt for day 3 in my workshop with Daniel Gerhartz. His art is so humbling, and beautiful. He did a demonstration on this same model this morning. Darlene was so much fun to paint! Dan suggested that I add the greenish tone to the left side of her forehead to mute the strong light that was on her. It made all the difference. I have so much to learn...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dan's Workshop-Day 2

This is my study from Day 2 at my workshop with Daniel Gerhartz. (Many thanks to Dan for his patience and help!) This young man had a very chiseled face -- a challenge! I'm learning so much! Today's lesson had me focused on lost and found edges, which is where a line fades or becomes strong, depending on its surroundings. Very interesting! If you haven't seen his website yet, you will be astonished! http://www.danielgerhartz.com/

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dan's Workshop-Day 1

This is the result of my first day at my workshop with Dan Gerhartz. It's called "Nikki - Cool Light." Dan is a wonderful artist, teacher and person! I'm so blessed to share this time with him. I have a lot to learn but am pleased with the results so far. I've already learned so much and look forward to the days ahead!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I've been working feverishly to complete some new works to show at the upcoming Milwaukee Domes Art Festival (http://www.milwaukeedomesartfestival.com/). I suppose it's appropriate that this piece is titled "Gathering." And I'm looking forward to spending a week studying with Daniel Gerhartz (http://www.danielgerhartz.com/) who is one of my favorite artists. His work is so beautiful, and to paint with him is an honor and a privilege!

12" x 24"
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