Early October at Lake Tippecanoe was so quiet and peaceful. No boaters, no skiers, no jet skis . . . just quiet. We finished up chores to prepare the cottage for winter. Bob fished a bit and I read a good book. Good days.
This painting was inspired by one of the photographs I took while hiking around Brown County State Park. I always take liberties with the colors but I also added the water since the creek bed was dry and full of leaves.
A few weeks ago Bob and I spent the weekend in Brown County, Indiana during what was possibly the peak for gorgeous fall colors. Really, I was surprised by the rich, vibrant colors after the terrible drought this summer but nature worked its magic anyway.
Normally, I don't sketch out my paintings in advance but rather pull the design together on the canvas. Here, on this long, wide canvas, I wanted to create a design to bring the viewer into the painting, capture their attention and drop them onto the leaves to bounce along back to the left where the eye is swept up and floated back into the flowers for another go around.
Fresh sunflowers have been harder to find this fall. Apparently, they bloomed early this year as a result of our extremely hot, dry summer. These lovelies, however, were troopers and made their way to the studio!
My first car was a 1964 Dodge Dart. It was also a first car for each of my sisters. At the time we didn't think it was such a 'cool' car but now I would be proud to drive it; especially with history rewritten in cherry red!
This is my version of Claude Monet's Bassin d'Argenteuil. A framed print of Monet's painting came with our home when we bought it in 1996 and has hung above the fireplace ever since. The old print had become wavy and warped and the frame had seen better days. So, a couple of weeks ago I decided to repaint it. Bassin d'Argenteuil will resume it's place in a new hand-crafted frame with a black crackle/gold finish. I'm so excited to see this refreshed Monet!
This impressionist painting of Bub's Burgers is currently showing at the Carmel Arts Council Gallery through July 28th. My parents were in town last week from Tucson and wanted a burger at Bubs'. It was 12:30 pm and I was sure the line would be too long; however, the high midday temperatures forced most diners inside so we enjoyed our lunch on the patio. It was a little warm but I did say my parents are from Tucson!
Had the opportunity to plein air paint with Pam Newell at her workshop in New Haven, Indiana this past weekend. The weather was quite toasty, think 90+ degrees and humid, but we had a wonderful experience painting at Donn Werling's gorgeous historic property. The painting above is of the Werling pond and cabin.
Typically I paint from photographs but I forgot one today. I borrowed Kathleen's apple and set up a still life with a paint tube and my insulated coffee mug. Kathleen quickly replaced the mug with a small antique glass jar - thank goodness!
impressionist urban painting of downtown Carmel, Indiana looking west from Detour: An American Grill to Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream and
beyond. “Nightlife” was inspired by the downtown revitalization and
addition of the Carmel Arts & Design District including art galleries,
restaurants, shops, theatres and events. An evening scene is typically filled
with muted grays and earth tones; however, I love bright vivid colors and enjoyed
the challenge of reinterpreting “Nightlife” with a rich, saturated jewel
"Nightlife" was auctioned for the benefit of the Carmel Clay Public Library at the fundraising event, "An Evening with Ted Allen". Ted Allen is host of the Food Network show "Chopped". The evening included appetizers and dinner from Ted's new book, "In My Kitchen".
The winter rains were generous in Tucson resulting in gorgeous spring flowers.
Painting with my sisters, Paige and Marni, while visiting our parents in Arizona the end of March. Below is a
pic of the 'Fowler Five'! We are so-o lucky - when we five get
together we just laugh and laugh and have an awesome time!
Hiked the Wild Burro trail last week (north of Tucson, Arizona) and took many wonderful photos of Sonoran Desert wildflowers. These are brittlebush, a shrub with a magnificent show of vivid yellow flowers.
Above is a demo painting for my class of one - my Dad. He is a watercolorist wanting to learn oil painting so we're sharing tips and having a blast painting together! Both of my sisters are artists too - they'll be joining us in a couple of weeks for a painting session - I can't wait to see the results!
Painted these daisies as an addition to my flower series. I'd originally only planned to paint four 12x12s but I'm enjoying them much more than I thought I would. So I'll continue to paint the "art" in my yard.
Just finished up this larger piece. The painting had a mind of its own as this was not the finished product I'd envisioned; however, I like it. A bright, vivid contemporary interpretation of a very traditional country scene.
A squirrel has taken up residence in our home. Thankfully, he's in the wall and not actually inside tearing things up! Everyday we hear him munching on walnuts in his snug, heated home. Outside, there are dozens of squirrels and they frequently stop on the deck railing for a look around the yard.
Remembering flowers for sale at O'Malia Food Market at 126th Street and Gray Road, Carmel, Indiana. Anyone remember O'Malia's used to have carpeted aisles? And they served coffee to customers before we'd ever heard of Starbucks.