Breakfast on the misty river

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36″ x 48″
  • $6900
  • Giclée Prints
    12″ x 16″ image size – $395
    24” x 32” image size – $495

As the river meanders towards the horizon the warm light of the sunrise colors the mist. Clouds echo the river’s trail, partially covering a low lit moon. Bountiful food, savory and sweet, and coffee make for a morning
feast. Soft breezes blow, lifting the table’s skirt revealing butterfly milkweed, a prairie plant.

It is said to never under-estimate the importance of encountering wild things during moments of solitude. The artist forsakes solitude for companionship and offers up lots of wild things:
A butterfly glides toward the table, one clings to the billowing cloth while another sits astride a macaroon.
Caterpillars crawl on cloth and a milkweed plant, where a chrysalis hangs.
A buck and doe stand alert.
Great Blue Herons fly through vaporous ribbons of mist.
Ducks are startled and erupt in flight from the river’s edge.
Turkeys swim and scurry up the bank.
An eagle soars.
A ladybug sits.
A crystal rests on the table.
Hummingbirds flutter and feed around the zinnia and turkey feather bouquet.
Planets, the Milky Way, comets, galaxies and the morning star hint at the bigger, cosmic picture.

Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)
Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)

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

This landscape has elements that would lend themselves to a serene setting; sunrise, a river running through prairie, a breakfast still life, but the painting isn’t serene. The channeled river with it’s narrow riparian area and the orange sky and fields make one more ill at ease than at ease. But a bite of a donut, a sip of coffee, and we move on into the day.

Your Luck Just Changed

July 19, 2009

Your luck just changed
Your Luck Just Changed

  • Lithograph
  • 11.5″ x 9″
  • Edition of 64, in private collections
  • Artist Proofs available
  • $10,000
  • Contact the artist.

“Your luck just changed” was produced at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop. It is a four color lithograph. Each color is drawn on a separate stone, then brought together in the printing process by master printer, Mike Sims. This piece is in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Green Tomatoes

July 7, 2009

Green Tomatoes
Green Tomatoes in Blue Bowl

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

My grandson said he likes to pick and eat a tomato from the garden when playing on his swing set. I might not eat mine while swinging, but I like going out to the garden and picking something to eat. Usually I eat red tomatoes, but I liked the look of green tomatoes with the yellow peppers and the blue bowl.

Lisa-Marie

July 6, 2009

Tribute to Lisa-Marie

Tribute to Lisa-Marie

  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of LMR/ET

Lisa-Marie was one of my painting instructors. She had the interest and courage to keep nudging me towards becoming a better painter. And she took me to Europe, an experience for which I’ll always be grateful. There I studied with Victor Temmerman, Belgium’s monumental sculptor. Both Victor and Lisa-Marie continue to create.  If I can link to a site with either of their work, I will.

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.

Flint Hills Revery

June 14, 2009

Approaching Storm
Revery in the Hills

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 22″ x 22″
  • In the collection of B/S N

Last night the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra (Symphony in the Flint Hills) played on the Upper Turkey Springs pasture between Florence and Cedar Point, KS. Thousands of us sat among prairie grasses and flowers listening to compositions that complemented the land and sky. The work of composers such as Copeland (the Red Pony), Dvorak (In Nature’s Realm), Bernstein (Theme from the Magnificent Seven), Barry (Dances with Wolves Suite) created a wonder filled evening.

Revery in the Hills is a prairie painting that combines plein air with studio work. The images are meant to evoke sensual romance with the sunlit picnic. This pleasant repast is obviously disturbed but there is also the exhilarating energy that comes with an approaching storm.

To make a prairie it takes a clover
and one bee…
One clover and a bee,
and revery.
The revery alone will do
if bees are few.
Emily Dickinson

Vessel with Oriole

June 11, 2009

Vessel with Oriole

Vessel with Oriole

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 36″ x 12″
  • In the collection of N/AM

When my grandson, Maxx, asked, “Why do you paint me and Nomi?” I could honestly answer, “Because I like to.”  Reflected in the Paul Revere bowl are Maxx and Nomi. The bird is a Bullock Oriole and there is the coffee, plus a strand of pearls and an orange. The dark negative space gives the piece a feeling of introspection.

Passages

Passages on the Mississippi River

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 48″ x 24″,  diptych
  • $7900
  • Limited Edition Giclée Print on archival paper, 24″ x 12″ image size – $395,  plus shipping
  • Contact the artist.

I grew up not far from the Mississippi River. It’s an awesome river, beautiful, powerful and dangerous. The Mississippi continues to be heavily used, abused by some, and for me, a symbol of adventure and freedom.

The photos in the still life represent generational passages. They are of myself and one of my sisters, our grandmother and our grandchildren. We’re all in front of the same viewpoint found in Riverview Park in Hannibal, MO.

There is a fish fossil being uncovered in the foreground near the turkey feathers. A variety of insects are in the still life mix and the male red winged blackbird courts the female while an eagle soars overhead through voyaging clouds. The full moon rises in the east.

Winds of Time

June 1, 2009

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Winds of Time

This painting is about memories of a life lived with tragedy, love, loss, joy, art, birth, death, friendship; all events that happen during our lifetimes.  And then there’s NOW.  Once, I met a man who wore a watch that didn’t give a time, it only said “NOW.” The photos represent events of the past, while the still life images brings you back to the present.

And then there’s you viewing this image right NOW. It’s worth examining how we experience the moment consciously and unconsciously.