Archive for August, 2012

Bike Date

August 29th, 2012 6 comments

What could be more fun than  a nice bike ride with your sweetie to a nice restaurant and then back? Nothing makes your appetite keener than a good ride and with no better company. I am having fun with these bike paintings.  Prints of this painting are available here.

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Katrina – watercolor and watercolor pencils

August 23rd, 2012 7 comments

Being a cyclist and an artist, I am often possessed by the desire to paint a bicycle but am frustrated because the perfect circles and straight lines on a bike are not easy to do with watercolors. This was an attempt to combine the transparency of watercolor yet not lose the engineering marvels of the bicycle. This is a loose interpretation of Katrina, my husband’s custom bike. I wanted to show the lines, not the exact colors or details.

This painting measures 11″ x 15″ it is sold!  You can buy a print here

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Daniela – portrait

August 22nd, 2012 2 comments

I have many cousins in Italy, and many of them have commissioned portraits. Daniela is the latest. She’s about the age of my own sons and lives in a tiny town (Sersale) with her husband and two sons.

Her mother lives in Canada and her father lives in Sersale. So she has a special interest in the world outside of Sersale. She is always a gracious hostess when I visit her. I hope she likes this portrait!

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He won the medal of honor! commission

August 10th, 2012 1 comment

He was 5’4″ he had a German name. Having almost completed his bachelor’s degree, he tried to enlist as a lieutenant, but was not able to. He finally  enlisted as a buck private and moved up the ranks to eventually become a 3 star general. He won the medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.

His family wanted a painting done of him from an old photograph, to bring him back to life. Here it is.


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Donald’s Barn – Contest Entry for Grumbacher ATC swap

August 4th, 2012 4 comments

One of the really cool things that Donald did on his bike rides was taking pictures of stuff he thought I would like to paint. Or perhaps they were things he thought I should paint. Nevertheless, I have a huge collection of wonderful photos of barns and horses and ocean views all waiting to be painted.  He had a great eye for composition and drama, and I happily have used his reference photos many, many times.

This is a tiny painting (ATC size: 2.5″ x 3.5″) that is going to be entered into a swap. They are also offering a few prizes. I don’t expect to win a prize, but what I do get is another artist’s little painting.

So it’s not for sale.  I hope the lucky owner of mine lets me know they got it!

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