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l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece. I am constantly experimenting with new colors and techniques.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fran has new lenses

Fran has her new contact lenses and now sees the world in a brighter more fun way.  To celebrate she bought a new outfit and went out clubbing.  Life is so colorful.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Skippy and Hoofer join the herd

 This is Hoofer and what I was doing is trying to capture is the full out cow with attitude.  He is looking back at his barn mates.  He is not smiling because he is a Steer , and you know what they do to steers...

Meet Skippy.   Skippy  just got the contract with Maybeline as their new cover girl and was giving all of the makeup she had a try.  Skippy likes lots of undiluted color.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Create your own herd...

Make a cluster setting of cows.  Each one will fit in a 11 by 14  frame and would make a lovely kitchen or dining room statement.  The Good Wife shows this concept with botanical drawings.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ode to a Cow
When life seems one too many for you,
Go and look at a cow.
When the future’s black and the outlook blue,
Go and look at a cow,
For she does nothing but eat her food,
And sleep in the meadows entirely nood,
Refusing to fret or worry or brood
Because she doesn't know how.
Whenever you are feeling bothered and sore,
Go and look at a cow.
When everything else is a fearful bore,
Go and look at a cow.
Observe her gentle  and placid air,
Her nonchalance and savoir faire,
Her absolute freedom from every care,
Her imperturbable brow.
So when you’re at the end of your wits,
Go and look at a cow.
Or when your nerves are frayed to bits,
And wrinkles furrow your brow;
She’ll merely moo in her gentle way,
Switching her rudder as if to say:
“Bother tomorrow! Let’s live today!
Take the advice of a cow.”

The Old Farmers’s Almanac


Get Smart Aiddee Ate, you make a bad spy...

Today  I  met a cow or should I say a heifer, and she captured my  heart.   Her name is 88.  As I was driving down a country road  I stopped to look at the cows and 88 ran up to the fence to greet me.    As soon as I started talking to her, yes, I talk to cows, she took one more look at me and ran like a bat out of hell as fast as she could away from me.  Now let me tell you, I am a sweet person, I had no threats,   She ran toward  an older looking heifer named 82.  This is beginning to sound like an episode of Get Smart.   I have never seen a cow move that fast and didn't know it was possible.   She looked so innocent...boy is she in for some surprises in her life.  So here she is.  Aiddee Ate  I will come see you again soon.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bruto Bull

Bruto Bull is keeping an eye on Farmer Guy and Bessie and is planning a getaway or should I say a run away so he and Bessie can retire on a free range field in Montana.   He too has some  wear and tear on his weary bones, and big dreams, so he is sympathetic to Bessie's Dilemma.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bessie's Grim future

Bessie woke up one morning unable to produce milk for Farmer Guy.  She looked at the calendar and realized that she was of a certain age and no longer served a purpose for who she thought was a Gentleman Farmer...That is when she realized the grim reality of her future.  She would be visiting the Golden Arches, and not as a customer.   

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

See the Herd??

4 of my pieces are on display here. For my Chicago friends, Escanaba was the setting for a movie Jeff Daniels did a while back. It is a comedy and I think it was called moon over Escanaba

Monday, May 11, 2015

50 shades of my Eduardo

 I have so enjoyed painting this character.  Here are a few versions I have done of him  using slightly different styles and sizes.  I call him Eduardo.  I am getting inspired to do one more.   Some of you racy ladies have suggested I remove the inner tube...LOL.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Presenting Sage Bull

I met Cranberry at the Match.cow Dude Ranch and it was love at first sight.  We danced the two step all night but she had to get back to the barn for the milking schedule before I was able to get her number.  Mooooooooooo

Cranberry Smoocher

Cranberry Smoocher is over the moon about her new boyfriend.  His name is Sage and he is a real cowboy.  She met him at a dude ranch while vacationing with her sisters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lacey Moo - Are my bangs too long??

Lacey is happy that she finally found a hairdresser who didn't cut her hair too short.   She wants to have a mysterious mojo going on.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lunch Time in Malta

This is based on a scene of a couple of guys on the beach in Malta during their lunch hour.  The beach was all rock made from years of limestone building up to make a very uneven rocky beach.  I think I have captured the feel of the  beach on the day I observed it.

Yogi Downward Chick

GET ME OUT OF HERE.  Downward  Chick  is just meditating until she feels like she can safely make a break from the hen cage.  It is only a matter of time.  Can you see that look of determination???

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hen Ree Etta

Hen Ree Etta is one serious Hen and word on
 the farm is that she runs the hen house like a ship.  She has all of the chicks in line.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Frankie has Fannie Feathers

Its all about the base...        Frankie has one fancy booty and he struts it around the hen house early every the morning

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicken Little

Should I cross  the road or not..the sky is falling on this side.   Yikes...all of these decisions I must make.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Throw back Thursday

Am working on roosters but not ready to unveil any yet so am having a throw back Thursday and am posting this piece that I did last fall , before the snow fell.  These were painted from actual sunflowers that I picked.  They were growing wild in a field.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Beautiful Isolation

The other night at around midnight, I took a drive out to Lake Superior because there were reports of fantastic Northern Lights being displayed.  I wanted an unobstructed view of the light show.  Well, when there is no moon or stars out the lake is pitch black.  So black that once  I turned off the headlights I could not even see my hands in front of my face.  Thank god for the flashlight on my phone.  I worked my way down to the lake where I heard frozen water cracking.  It was the only sound around.  I saw lots of clouds that appeared to have been back lit by the Northern Lights.  I did not see any of the movement of the lights but never the less it was pretty amazing.  A bit of me thought how foolish I was for being out there in the dark where it was icy and where there was lots of icy snow to slip on but the tranquility and beauty of it made it worth while.  This is my interpretation of my experience.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Busy Dizzy lookin for love..

This is an oldie that I am posting 
while I cogitate about all things related 
to roosters, hens and their offspring. 
My mojo is not working yet 
but that is just a matter of time.  
So.... for today, here is this old guy.   

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Doodle Doo

I am officially switching over to chickens and roosters.  It doesn't mean there won't be an occasional cow or bull or calf in the mix but I need to fill the barn or hen  house with some new faces.  This guy is done on a much larger piece of paper than the cows.  It is 15 by 22 inches which is 4 times larger than most of the cows I have done.  Arches watercolor paper and professional grade paints as always.  Rise and shine...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baby Pink got no game....

Baby Pink is new to the playground. She is that awkward stage: no eyelashes, no udders, no lipstick and no boyfriend.  What's a girl to do??  The other kids are telling her it is just a matter of time.  Let's go play in the mud they say. So they started a game of Frisbee using the mud-pies they found along the way to the playground. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sweet Baby Blue

Sweet Baby Blue is ready for spring.  He is nibbling on oats and hay and spends time trying to figure out what it will be like with the herd.  Right now he hangs out with mom most of  his day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mooooove Over

I challenged myself to paint something with only two colors so I used Cadmium Orange and black to get this baby.  Black of course is my forbidden paint from a tube so I had to borrow a smudge from someone who doesn't know better.  (tee, hee)  I usually make my own shade of black from my limited palette.  Anyhow, this is my resulting piece.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Am doing some small paintings .  
Baby  Bell-a  is trying out her new bell.  
Mom and Dad need to keep a close eye on her.  
This little number is 5 by 7.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Copper copper everywhere

Am trying to think  paintings to submit  for a local  Iron and Copper show.  In keeping with my cow theme, I came up with the Cow on top with Copper horns and  on the bottom, Penny Copperhead.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bamboo and Bambi - Before and After

I started with an old unfinished painting a friend of mine was about to toss out.  See top painting.   I saw shapes and colors I could develop so after looking looking at it from various angles, this is what I cam up with.  I saw these two guys in the background so I developed them by painting around what I saw and blurring the background.  I wanted to keep some of the vertical lines so it would look like these guys are in the woods and poking out between the brush.  I may tweek it some more, I am not sure but I do like what was developed.  The cows were there all along, I worked mostly on the background.  This is my version of doing a makeover.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Follow the light

I am playing with textures and colors with this one. 
 This is done on 300 lb Fabriano watercolor paper.   

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Woods

In spite of all of the cold and snow, 
the warm color of the sky and some 
of the autumn leaves still hanging on 
gives us the idea or at least the hope 
that summer is around the corner. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Doing the dishes

When I  do the dishes, which seems like a never ending job, this is what I see outside my window. The large rock  is a local landmark and comes with all kinds of stories of things that happend at the rock and how the rock got there.  This view almost makes me want to wash the clean dishes in the cabinet.  It is so tranquil and ever changing.  I used a  combinations of 3 colors to make the black  color and then I played with the  shades of that color.  The white comes from not painting that part of the paper.  What fun this was. Enjoy the View.   

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Confetti is a Party Girl at heart

Sweet Confetti loves a good party but she has to get home early for the 6 a.m. "Got Milk Call"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Up North in the Woods

Am playing with different color combinations to achieve what I see when I look at the woods.  Every day it is different and the time of day changes the look as well.  Joy, pure joy.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy is just such a Cad out in the field.  All of the bovine want his attention but he only has eyes for........???? well he is a Cad, so your guess is as good as mine.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gardening Rooster

Mr. Rooster is romping the Daisy Patch.  
Am planning out my next herd of cows but in the meantime, 
I am doing some miscellaneous pieces.

Want to buy this guy??

Monday, February 2, 2015

Midnight Calico Cowgirl

I can't stop myself... FIVE of my farm animals have sold and my field looks empty.  I have so many cows swimming around in my head.  Here is the one I finished last night.  I have another one already started.  Oh My, whats a girl to do??