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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.

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.  

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???