Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream


Painted this from a combination of photographs. Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  Wonderful place to hang out with the family!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guess Who?


Lots of artists painting faces/portraits - Jerry Points recently painted John Lennon, Carol Marine is painting silly faces, and Stuart Ball just painted Steve Jobs.  So here's my face painting of a not so famous young man - at least he's not famous yet!  Guess who?

Saturday, October 22, 2011


12 x 36

I continue to paint the wetlands around Lake Tippecanoe even though I find these paintings to be challenging.  The photographs are dominated by greens, even the water appears greenish in midwestern lakes, so I try to push the colors.  I painted this at night and used artificial lights to brighten my workspace.  As this painting progressed, it appeared lighter than I wanted so I kept darkening the colors.  However, when the artificial lights were turned off, the painting looked more like dusk than midday.  Any suggestions for lighting a workspace?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Followin' Mama

6 x 8

This painting is my entry in the Every Mother Counts Challenge.  All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the aid organization Every Mother Counts.

The need: Every 90 seconds, a women dies from childbirth. Fully 90% of those deaths are preventable.  Every Mother Counts is training midwives in Afghanistan, opening health clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo and shipping unused medical supplies to South Sudan. These are tangible, practical projects designed to combat maternal mortality and injuries worldwide.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunflower Farm

8 x 10

This painting reminds me of a trip to Italy many years ago.  We drove through Umbria and Tuscany and enjoyed field after field of sunflowers.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Jewels


Painted this in hopes of a colorful fall in Indiana.  Still a lot of green on the trees, but we're starting to see splashes of orange and yellow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Face

8 x 10


I tried to grow a smaller variety of sunflower this summer.  Unfortunately, I planted them next to some ornamental grasses that grew to 5 feet tall throwing deep shadows over the sunflowers.  I guess sunflowers really do need lots of sun!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Muldoon's Irish Pub

9 x 12


I took my camera to downtown Carmel, Indiana and photographed some of our favorite places in the Carmel Arts and Design District. It took me longer to paint this one than usual . . . I caught myself putting in every single detail instead of keeping it 'loose', or at least somewhat loose. Consequently, I had to remove details to get this painting where I wanted it to be. Now I'm happy.