Friday, December 24, 2010

Girl's Club Advent project.

The 10 inch square drawings with painted enhancements were done on silver tissue. These were "quilted" together with a sandwich of tissue paper, netting, the girl's drawings and a heavy dose of a gloss polymer medium mixture and then pressure (kind of like a panini). And then I added my own flourishes. This has been an intense process of figuring and doing math and prep work. The number of squares was a variable because of attendance in the 3 sessions and it came out exactly right! Thanks be to God!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Well, actually, I have a few. We were gone to Europe on a dream vacation for two weeks. My other defense is that my mom, who is 93, is feeling her age and I'm spending time with her in the mornings. Also, I'm working on a large project with the Girl's Club from church. I'll post that project when we finish it. I look forward to spending time in the studio again SOON and creating new things to post!

The door on this post is the door to Cezanne's studio. They wouldn't let us take photos in the studio proper, but I recognized pots and bottles from paintings! We also went past Mt Sainte Victoire.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Emerging Star

This is the star just starting to change the sky before the birth of Christ.


As shadows cast by cloud and sun
Flit o'er the summer grass,
So, in thy sight, Almighty One,
Earth's generations pass.
And while the years, an endless host,
Come pressing swiftly on,
The brightest names that earth can boast
Just glisten and are gone.
Yet doth the Star of Bethlehem shed
A lustre pure and sweet,
And still it leads, as once it led,
To the Messiah's feet.
O Father, may that holy star
Grow every year more bright,
And send its glorious beams afar
To fill the world with light.

William Cullen Bryant 1875

Advent Starry Night 5

This is another 'visitation' of the theme of the Advent Star. I have an Advent Art Show at Monroe Community Church in December and wanted to show a couple of takes on this topic. According to a meditation I read, this is the first invitation to the wider world to enter into God's salvation plan.

To see the rest of the Advent Starry Night series, you can type 'Advent Starry Night " into the search bar at the upper left corner of the home page. And, yes, they are most definitely also an homage to Vincent vanGogh!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I tweaked the sky and background of the Elk Rapids Sunflowers.

Friday, September 17, 2010

new favorite quote "Above all, trust..."

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown,
something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on
as though you could be today what time
-- that is to say, grace --
and circumstances
acting on your own good will
will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine-dresser.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
French Jesuit, paleontologist,
biologist, and philosopher. 1881-1955

Friday, September 03, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Elk Rapids Sunflowers

The Edge of the Sunflower Field has a frame on it and the Elk Rapids Sunflower Field just was finished this morning.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Edge of the Field

This is a painting waiting for the finishing touches. The focus is the bushes, grasses and weeds at the edge of a sunflower field.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Leaf layers 2,4,5

These 3 paintings just sold on Friday. Their next stop is the capable hands of the Fire and Water framer and artist, Deidre Wingelaar. I can't wait to see how she and the new owner decide to frame them!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I was amazed to have this piece sell right off the work table at Fire and Water today. What a delight! While the new owners went to lunch at the Flat River Grill, I put a few finishing touches on it, signed it and put on an acrylic finish. It's really fun to keep visiting this theme. What an amazing night that must have been. Obviously other people feel the same way.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fennville Windbreak

This is another painting that is coming with me to the Art Jam in Fennville Michigan on this Saturday (August 21, from 1-8) IF everything will fit in the car!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

6 inch squares on gallery wrapped canvas

Here are a sampling of the 30 small canvases that I'll be bringing to the Fennville Art Jam, Saturday August 21. The canvas edges are 1 1/2 inches deep and the landscape paintings go around the edges.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

more aerials

Here are a few more aerial views that are heading for the Fennville Art Jam next week- August 21 from 1-8

Thursday, August 12, 2010

12 inch square lakescapes

Just a few of the lakescapes I'll be bringing to Fennville.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

individual notecards

These are a few of the images that I've had made into note cards that will sell 2 for $5.


These are the notecards that are in a set I call the Fennville Suite. They are 7 cards for $15 and blank inside. The cards are also available in sets of two for $5. I'll have them at the Fennville Art Jam August 21 from 1-8.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010


These abstractions have been waiting to be called finished for a year or two. I've decided I like them just the way they are and I hope someone else does too. I'm wiring them and they're going into the bins for the ART Jam in Fennville.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Lake views

These are a few of the 6"x6" Lake Michigan views that I'll have at the Fennville Art Jam on August 21.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


I'm reworking some 12 x12" canvases from the archives for the August 21 Fennville Arts Jam.