Saturday, March 21, 2015

Parc Monceau

I have never been to France.  Though I did get a taste of it while visiting St. Martin's French side.  I would love to go to Paris.  I am entering an art contest to win a trip there, so this is my endeavor.  A painting of Parc Monceau.   Would love to see it in person.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Simple, more free with less detail.  I love the reflection in the water.  This feels good.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I like a good story, especially one I can create a painting from.  So here is a story about both paintings.  The top painting is mine.  The larger painting was created by a close relative many moons ago.

First of all, I have become friends (via Facebook) with a wonderful artist ...Kaye.  One who attended elementary school with my cousin.  She has studied abroad and has given me so much insight and advice with regards to painting.  One of her pieces of advice was to take a painting from your favorite artist as your reference piece, rather than working from a photograph.  Then my friend Joe suggested some awesome acrylics and also lent me some videos of great artists using these acrylics.  Both suggestions prompted me to pursue this project.

Well, I must digress.  This is a rather bittersweet story, so be patient with me.  My husband and I went to Spokane (home town) for a cousin's wedding in August 2014.  We stayed with my sister Barbara Noe, as she is always so accommodating and eager to have us there.  In the spring, the complex she lives in had new management take over and they decided to re-do every apartment.  That meant every resident needed to move out of their space, putting their belongings in a POD and find another place to live for 10 days.  It took a great toll on my sister (as she was already suffering from lung and heart issues.)  When Lynn and I arrived, she was almost completely moved back in to her abode.  She presented me with an oil painting she had found in the process of moving.....thinking it was my creation. I recognized it as a painting from one of my ancestors.  There was no signature on the painting.  I couldn't take it home with me on the plane, so I left cash for Barb to have it packed and shipped to me.  Meanwhile, I took a photo of it.  I contacted my older cousins and found that one of them had a painting like this one that was created from a different angle.  She indicated it was created by my Aunt Mary Rule (who was the mother of the cousin who married in August).

I was always intrigued and amazed by my Aunt's paintings.  I realized at that moment that she was indeed my favorite artist and I needed to paint this on my own canvas.  I have been working off and on using a photo copy of this painting since August.  Barb had every intention to ship the painting to me, but she never really recovered from her health issues.  Sadly, she made her transition on October 26.  I flew back home the following Thursday, stayed in her apt. and used her vehicle for transportation.  The painting was in the back seat, as she had intended to ship it the next day.  Sigh.  The day before I boarded the plane back to Columbus, I shipped it to my home.  Received it on the following Wednesday.   I was amazed by the detail.  The photo copy didn't do it justice, yet the photo copy was what I needed to learn from.  It was softer than the original, which was just the ticket for my new freer form of painting.  It has taken me some time to finish the painting....with all the grief of losing my sister, the holidays, etc.  I have finally completed it and I am relatively happy with it.  I sit the two paintings side by side and see all the differences and yet all the similarities in my Aunt's and my style.  I feel truly honored to have this original painting in my possession.  So grateful that my loving sister gave it to me.  This is for you Barb.  I will love you forever!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Olentangy River at Highbanks Metro Park in central OH.

I walk on a regular basis in our lovely Metro Parks throughout the year.  Early this fall, I walked at Highbanks along the east side of the Olentangy River and stopped to take a number of photos to eventually paint.  This was my favorite, as I was able to get close to the shore.  The sky was blue and the sun was shining brightly.  I took the liberty to make the water more blue than it usually is. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Early Artwork

Here is a drawing I did of our little darlings in 1974.  Trista is two and Jenaye is one.  Cutest little girls!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The White Sands, NM

I have been observing cloud formations all summer long ...longing to put some of what I have both seen and photographed on canvas.  Sorting through photos of past vacations, I came across pics of a trip to White Sands, NM in the mid 1990's.  Lynn and I (along with our son) were visiting Lynn's brother and family in Albuquerque .  We extended our trip in order to visit the Carlsbad Caverns and the White Sands.  It was a rather stormy day.......clouds moving fast and furious.  Sand blowing everywhere.  This was the second time I had been to the White Sands.  The first time was in the early 70's with my husband and his good friend Charlie Carruthers.  The three of us were there in the evening as the sun was setting....each taking our own private seat upon the dunes.  As I sat there in the stillness (no storms.....just calm), I had my first amazing spiritual experience. I truly connected with The Source at that time.  It was amazing, to say the least.  Wasn't quite the same the second time around, but I was happy to share this wonderful place with our son.  This painting is a combination of the calm and the storm.............the yin and the yang.  Balance is the key.  This is a place that will always be very near and dear to me.

If you have a bucket list, and have not visited this amazing place, I encourage you to add it to the list.  As with the Grand Canyon, neither photographs nor paintings can depict the experience of "being there". 

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Star is Born

This painting was commissioned and created as a gift for our resigning church music director, Karla Wright, as she moves on to share her musical talent with the masses.  I personally have had the privilege of singing with her on occasion.  She teaches private voice lessons, and is music director for the Village Singers (German Village, OH).  She performs with the Columbus Horns' and she blesses all with her amazing voice, guitar skills and winning personality as she performs around the Central Ohio area at various venues. She plans to expand her horizons by writing her own music, increasing her performances and record her own CD's.

She has a wonderful whimsical side to her, being especially fond of fairies.  So I elected to use that as the theme for this painting.  She is the Fairy here, reaching for the Star that she will surely become.  We will miss her, but she promises to grace us as a visiting musician from time to time.  This was a fun project for me, as I too, have a whimsical side.