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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.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Yellow is Fetch

These are not the glass slippers of Cinderella nor are they the red ones of Dorothy but I bet they served someone well and I bet they have stories to tell.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Experimental Moo

No story on this one...just experimenting with some old paintings.

And the beat goes on....

Old age is not for sissies, Birthday Moo has the wrinkles to prove it.  BTW,  is it red or white with Birthday Cake

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hot time summer in the city

For some reason when I look at this piece that I did create, it reminds me of the city I love, Chicago.  I see the high rises, the small houses and the el plus the flowers and nature that pokes its head all around in the most unexpected places.  When I look at this, it gets me right back there right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. It warms my heart. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Butterfly Butterfly

This is a mixed media piece of watercolor and collage.  Just a bit of a change from the cows.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, and Merry Christmas

Holly Jolly Moo Moo got into the Christmas Ornaments and made a sparkling mess out of everything.  She is anxious to see her buddy Rudolph and  wanted to spiff things up for his impending visit.  Word is that they have a history...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pigs do fly

Felicia the flying pig is headed south for the winter.  Florida, here I come.  

Friday, October 30, 2015

Candy Corn commits to going Green

Candy Corn is running away from the circus and is on a mission to find
 Kermit who she heard is now available and has a thing for pigs.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Time to Hibernate for awhile...

Am having a dry spell.....I painted almost 30 paintings of leaves for The Art of the Leaf show and now I need to figure out what will be my next series.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gleefully Surfin the North WInds

I watch the leaves falling from the trees and chasing
 each other.  I can only express glee because it just gets 
better and better as the colors continue to change.  It makes the thought of winter and snow almost worth it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tres Golden Divas

In case anyone is wondering about the selection process of the leaves I paint, here is the story.  I look at the leaves in my yard.  I have oak trees and maple trees .  As the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and get mushed up on the ground with the grass and other leaves and generally lots of organic stuff.  I like looking at them in that environment.   I look , observe details and colors and then take the actual leaf I like and draw it.  I also photograph them so I can preserve that point in time.  The leaves are not this orange yet but I have photos from last fall to use as a color reference.  The other day a yellow and brown maple leaf fell in front of me on my porch as if to say good morning.  I photographed it will and it will end up being one of my fallen divas.  Having said all of that, I must say the obvious...I take a lot of liberties in terms of the colors and the details of the background.  I am more interested in getting the feel of autumn then getting an exact interpretation of the leaf I am painting.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Autumn Diva #3

That rascal Orange is just beginning to invade
 the green leaves of summer. Slow but sure, step by step it will take over along with the lovely purples, reds,
 yellows and pretty much everything in between.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Autumn Diva #2

The leaves have actually started to change 
colors already up here in the Northwoods.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Autumn is around the corner - Diva #1

A couple of artist friends
 and I will be doing an autumn show that will
 feature autumn leaves.  It is hard to believe that summer is nearing an end.  I will be posting leaves as I paint them.  All will be available for purchase.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Day 2 and Day 3 - flowers

Giving myself a break from the Cow Pastures 
and painting the flowers that are coming up.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Big and bold violet patch

Taking a break from the cows today...but there may be a cow in the background afterall.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Primrose MooMooSita

Primrose MooMooSita lives on Primrose Lane and isn't sure if she should be eating the  Primroses in the field or Dancing the Tango with the charming Bull who lives down the pasture a bit.  She is of a certain age and she is leaning toward taking  a cruise to Argentina and dancing the night away under the blue moon with flowers in her hair...after all she was one of the original flower children.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Gingers got it going on...

Big Ginger was a gentle soul.  But now she is turning to the ways of the pasture.  She is digging up weed, singing songs from West Side Story and is hanging out at tattoo parlors. With no role models, she doesn't know which way to turn. "When your a Hef, you're a hef all the way, from your first cigarette
To your last dyin' day." 


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Full Moo Knocking on Heaven's Door

The ghost of Moos gone  by.  This is a small piece 5 inches x 7 inches.  I think it has an interesting feel.

Would you like this in your collection??

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

KMA Steer

This young buck has the world by the tail, so to speak, and is making his comment to the outside world.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sex in the country??

Katherine Moo and her friends want to write a TV series called Sex in the Country. It will be all about their escapades in the meat market. Promises to be a hit.

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 the full  cow with  some 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 become 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.