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Mapping my home territory

  • 12” x 24”
  • Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, .5” birch cradle
  • $899

Here is a map of the territory I cross often, cruising from Kansas to northeast Missouri and Illinois. Theoretically, I could drop a boat in the Kansas River near me and float across Missouri then up the Mississippi River to my hometown area. Having walked and biked a bit along the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the option of floating is appealing. But going against the current on the Mississippi River, watching for river traffic and running headlong into floating debris, is a different story. That’s where guides are nice. The Kansas River fortunately has an official Riverkeeper, who protects and teaches about the river. And you can also kayak with them. The organization is called Friends of the Kaw.

A list of places marked on this map painting are:
In Kansas: Lake Perry, Clinton Lake, Lawrence, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Kansas City, Kansas River, Leavenworth, Lansing and Atchison.

In Missouri: Canton, LaGrange, Palmyra, West Ely, Hassard, Monroe City, Indian Creek (Swinkey), Moberly, Kansas City, Ft. Osage, Arrow Rock, Boonville, Columbia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Weldon Springs, St. Louis, Clarksville, Louisiana, Hannibal

In Illinois: Quincy. Alton

In Iowa: Keokuk

Mapping the Mississippi

January 17, 2018

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  • 12” x 12”
  • Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, .5” birch cradle
  • $450

Maps offer an approach for learning about a place. The painting above shows the Mississippi River as it flows through it’s flood plane past Fort Madison and Keokuk, IA, Hamilton, IL, at its confluence with the Des Moines River, and past Canton, MO.

 

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        • 12” x 12”
        • Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, .5” birch cradle
        • $450
  • The above painting shows the Mississippi River and it’s flood plane passing Quincy, IL, Palmyra, Hannibal and Louisiana, MO.

 

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  • 12” x 12”
  • Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, .5” birch cradle
  • $450

The Mississippi River meets the Illinois and Missouri rivers either side of the town of Alton, IL in the painting above.

If all three painting are connected, they would look like the image below.

  • Special price for the three paintings – $1200.
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Triptych of the Mississippi River and it’s flood plane from Fort Madison, IA south towards St. Louis.

Marshall Family Bean Bag Game

December 30, 2015

Nat Anna Bean Bag Game - CopyNat Anna's side of bean bag game - Copy Kids side of bean bag game - Copy

  • Walnut and mixed hardwood trim on birch plywood, painted with acrylics and marker
  • 36″ x 24″

A Bean Bag Game for the Nat and Anna Marshall family
A woodworking project painted with images of the Marshall kids on a lily pad. Behind them are two Zimney cousins plus lots of cartoon characters that color their imaginations. The parents’ portrait is inspired by Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting. The surrounding landscape shows a world of plenty and plenty of fun.

Another bean bag game I made for the Zimney family can be seen here.

Wyatt

October 11, 2014

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  • Mixed media on watercolor board
  • 10″ x 8″

A variety of media layer this portrait of Wyatt, an engaging babe. He hold crystals, a symbol tied to him from his earliest days.

Carson

October 11, 2014

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  • Acrylics and watercolor on watercolor board
  • 8″ x 10″

The bow of a kayak with the viewer’s “point of view” slices through the river of a landscape held by the chubby hands of the subject. Animals playfully dot the surface behind.