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Emily in the Flint Hills

This is an example of a painting started in the field, literally, and finished in the studio. Three canvases are joined for this Flint Hills view. It seemed the perfect background for a wonderful woman who has decided to make the Flint Hills her home. Ever gracious, welcoming and interesting, Emily sits holding her cup of tea, one of which you would also be sipping if you were her guest. The red pillows? Late into the evening one weekend at Em’s we sewed red pillows  which were set on straw bales for the live music venue at a local festival. Where did all that red fabric come from? I think those trunks in the attic are magic.

Flint Hills Valley

April 30, 2009

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Moonrise Hill

  • 14″ x 21″
  • Oil on Paper
  • In the collection of JC

This plein air painting shows an eastern view that can’t be beat for cloud gazing, watching cattle graze and the full moon rise. I used color, red mostly,  to edge the green and scraped into the paint with a palette knife to help define form.

Plein air Painting

April 30, 2009

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View from a Ranch Road, Flint Hills

  • 14″ x 21″
  • Oil on Paper
  • In the collection of J/PS

If you drive far enough east out of Matfield Green, KS you’ll find yourself in this beautiful valley. The sculpted hills have a thin veneer of soil and grasses over rock, making it mostly grazing country rather than farming. This landscape, ever expansive and offering innumerable big views, also encourages you to lie on your belly and study how a single blade of prairie grass emerges after a prairie burn.

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The Flint Hills of Kansas are beautiful. John and Annie kindly allowed me to paint on their ranch in the heart of Flint Hill country. I am most grateful. This canvas is small and there wasn’t a big wind, so no tie-downs. Even on a gorgeous spring day, there are chiggers and ticks, plus bees, who are attracted to color on my palette. So I sulphur around my boots and set up on an old ground-cover. The bees don’t stick around long and I’m happy in the shade of the umbrella. We seldom give ourselves permission to just go to a great spot and sit for a day or days. Painting is my reason.

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Maxx says the picture of him with his mom and portrait is one of his favorites. He’s 5 now and graces many a day exclaiming that “This is the best day of my life.” Nomi, 2.5, is ready to help fix anything; toys, food, people. Today I complained of a sore muscle and she asked if she could get me a band-aid. Maxx and the Sunflower is a simpler painting than Naomi and the Moonflowers, snail, moth, owl, lightning bugs, river landscape, universal sky. But the message is similiar, we are all connected to and part of the world around us.

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Still Life on the Kansas River

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 36″
  • $4975
  • Limited edition of 500, archival paper, 12″ x 18″ digital prints – $395,  plus shipping
  • Contact the artist.

The Kansas River is rising tonight. Our son, Nat, is the boatman for the University. He spent the afternoon at the boathouse preparing for high water. Growing up on the Mississippi River, I’ve seen floodwater bend the spine of a storage silo once standing at perfect attention. Every ten years or so that mighty river would break through the Corp’s levy system and reclaim some of the territory it once seasonally replenished with new soil. I’ve always appreciated the power and loved the beauty of the rivers.

Still Life on the Kansas River is a view of downtown and north Lawrence, Kansas, from Burcham Park. Lightning bugs, butterfly and a snail share space with a universal night sky, a sunset, moonflowers and sunflowers. Human companionship and simple pleasures are saluted. But there is an edginess to the painting because it’s hard to tell exactly where the water ends and the fabric begins in the still life.

Vessel Painting in progress No. 1

Vessel Painting in progress No. 1

Working title..Oriole and Orange

  • Oil on Gesso Board
  • 36″ x 12″

This is a painting I’m currently working on. It will be ready for an exhibition at the Gardner House Museum in Palmyra, MO this summer.

Vessel Painting in progress No.2

Vessel Painting in progress No.2

Delicious Intimacy

April 27, 2009

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Red Wine and Chocolates

The  still life for Red Wine and Chocolates includes a rug and fabrics that are part of my history.  The bird’s eye view with roses, red wine and chocolate allows the space to appear intimate and romantic.

I’ve got rhythm!

April 27, 2009

Field of Oranges
Field of Oranges

  • 18″ x 18″
  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of KH

Painted in my studio from a still life set-up. A mirror was inserted behind the fabric and oranges. Can you locate that line? This painting was the first of several that used the striped fabric. I liked the rhythm, bold contrast, and I found by edging the lines with color, the colors became richer and the painting, much livelier. Wayne Thiebaud uses this technique to wonderful effect.

Tribute Painting

April 26, 2009

Artists' Tribute

Artists' Tribute

  • 12″ x 16″
  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of JC

In 1971 I painted a tribute to my then boyfriend, now husband, Rob, on his 24th birthday.  A number of my paintings since are tribute pieces, illustrating  memorable times, people, place and/or things.

In Artists’ Tribute I set up an “in the moment” still life, a kind of altar of tribute. Belle Johnson’s “Three Sisters” is in the foreground. She was a hometown photographer of my grandmother’s generation.  Georgia O’Keefe, Suzanne Valadon, Janet Fish, blues singers, all are paid tribute to in this oil on canvas. The blue bowl, pearls, cards, marbles, oranges and even stripes make an initial appearance in this painting.  This studio painting was done in the early 90s.

Question: Does anyone know whose work is the middle painting in the background?  Likely, late 19th century.