Maxx at 18 months

June 23, 2009

Maxx at Home, 18 months

Maxx at Home

Detail, Maxx at Home

Detail, Maxx at Home

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 12″ x 12″
  • In the collection of N/AM

Maxx has the perfect house for a little boy. The river edged by woods lies just over the levy.  The bike trail leads to town or far from it. The place has a magic to it, just as the boy does. Maxx’ magic touch is easier to see in the detail. He’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow. His parents aret barely visible inside the picture window, which is enveloped in another rainbow. An eagle soars in the distance.

Maxx holds newborn Naomi

Maxx holds newborn Naomi

  • Watercolor
  • In the collection of N/AM

When Maxx first saw this watercolor in progress, he said, “I’m holding Nomi in water.” I liked that vision and kept the swaddling blanket, water-like. This painting is my screen saver. I like the connection between the two kids;  his delight is studied and quiet, while Baby Naomi’s is expressed openly.

Baby Logan

June 21, 2009

Logan 1 year
Logan – during his first year

  • Pastel
  • In the collection of N/JM-L

This drawing was a gift for young friends and their beautiful Logan. All the world is a wonder when we’re one, so I added some elements of wonder to the drawing…the fingernail moon, the crane and a prehistoric setting on the shirt.

My niece, Brooke

June 20, 2009

Brooke drawing

Brooke drawing

Brooke holds light

Brooke holds light

Brooke resting

Brooke resting

Brooke Courtney Lehenbauer

Brooke Courtney Lehenbauer

Last summer I sat at the bedside of an amazing and beautiful young woman, my niece Brooke. She had made the decision to enter hospice and passed away almost a year ago. Despite severe cerebral palsy, Brooke was engaged in the world and loved to draw. In 2002 an exhibit of our collaborative work was held at the Texas Artists’ Museum in Port Arthur, Texas. Brooke’s line work developed over the years. It was active, sometime defining forms and always colorful. She was a keen colorist, patiently communicating to whoever was helping, just the right color from her huge collection of markers. It was then strapped into her hand and the work began.

Two  of Brooke Courtney Lehenbauer’s drawings, one collaboration and one completed solely by Brooke, will be shown along with my work at the Gardner House Museum this summer in Palmyra, MO.

Oranges on the River
Oranges on the Missouri

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 9″ x 12″
  • In the collection of DD/AF

Canoeing a river is much more relaxing than backpacking. However, I didn’t know rattlesnakes could swim until that trip. The day I crossed a swimming rattler’s path, I made record time paddling. Rob and I arrived at the designated lunch stop at least a half an hour before everyone else in our group.

If you couldn’t tell from my paintings, oranges and chocolate are a favorite, especially in the backcountry. This Upper Missouri River National Monument, thus designated by President Clinton on his last day in office, is 149 miles of widely varying terrain and an exquisite river.

Pepper Canyon

June 20, 2009

Pepper Canyon
Pepper Canyon

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 9″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

One of our favorite places to backpack is in Big Bend National Park on the USA/Mexico border. We’ve spent days at the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon. At times the water has been raging and at other times so low we had to turn a boat on it’s side to drag it through boulders normally 20 feet under the surface of the river. Before homeland security closed the border you could cross the river and savor the local flavors in Mexico. Thoughts of the Rio Grande were in mind when I painted Pepper Canyon.

Remembering Family

June 19, 2009

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Remembering Family

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 36″
  • In the collection of M/CW
  • Digital Prints available, 12″ x 18″ image size, $395, Contact the artist.

Remembering Family was commissioned as a gift. The client liked the Winds of Time with pictures floating through the painting. The memories include two old friends (Dad and Uncle) remembered. When they were together, they enjoyed Chianti wine with cheese and apples. There are parents, young and old, a young child, a championship dog, a westie, echinacea, the city park that the family had established and the family farm.

Winter Evening at Home

June 19, 2009

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Cissna Home in Winter

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 36″
  • In the collection of J/BC
  • Digital Prints available, any printable size,  from $395, Contact the artist.

 

This commissioned painting shows the kids and grandkids sledding while adults observe from the deck. Squirrels, bluejay, cardinals, and deer are also watching from the woods. The clients were interested in showing their home and a special tree in a late evening snowfall.

Blue Bowl with Pearls

June 17, 2009

Blue Bowl with Pearls
Blue Bowl with Pearls

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 9″ x 12″
  • In the collection of DJ

My kitchen window sill is lined with colored glass bottles. I like colored glass, and pearls, and stripes. It’s a painting!

Breakfast in the Garden

June 16, 2009

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Breakfast in the Garden

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36″ x 36″
  • In the collection of I/DU
  • Limited Edition of 1000,  Giclée Print on archival paper,
    12″ x 12″ image size – $395,   plus shipping  Contact the artist.

This is a painting of my dear neighbor. She sits at breakfast reading a letter, with images of her mother and daughters on the table. Surrounding her is the glorious garden she cultivates. Life is good when you’ve got good neighbors. I have the best.