Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, Pug

Day 26

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

One of the classes I'm teaching this month
is a 2 day, paint your pet with alcohol inks.
 It's got me thinking dogs. So fun.

Alcohol Inks and Pen
8 x 10
Not For Sale

Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 25, Jefferson Street Bridge

Day 25

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Yesterday was the Picnic & Plein Air event 
hosted by the River District Association.

I was lucky enough to be one of their artists. I started my painting at home and finished it at the event.

Jefferson Street Bridge
Alcohol Ink and Pen
11 x 14
Not For Sale

The night was magical. Enjoy the pictures.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 24, Gerbera Daisies II

Day 24

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

This is from Thursday's alcohol ink class 
at 317 Studio & Gallery. 
Having started the painting as a demo, I was able to finish it at home yesterday. Gerbera Daisies is one of my best selling print and card. I think the contrast in flowers is what attracts everyone to this painting. Repainting my paintings is really enjoyable to me, and I learn something new each time as I try to improve them or try something a bit different. I think I like this painting better than my first one.

Gerbera Daisies II
Alcohol Ink & Pen
8 x 10

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September22, A New Day

Day # 22

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I guess I have a thing for Poppies.

Margo's poppies was one of my first watercolors when I started painting full time. It was from a photograph of my Mother's garden.  I started photographing the poppies in my own yard and soon I had "Poppies" which is one of my most popular alcohol ink classes.

Well the poppies in my yard are slowly expanding and so is my collection of my poppy paintings.

I wasn't very happy with this painting as I worked on it. But I know enough by now, to know to keep going. Every painting has an awkward stage. It's crucial to the painting's development. It's were you  make the tough decisions on which direction the painting is going. You're either going to end up liking it or not but one thing is for sure; you'll learn something in the process. Usually when I let myself relax a bit and become more concerned in interesting patterns and images then making the background look realistic it all come together in the end.

A New Day
Alcohol Ink and Pen
8" x 10"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21, Cooper

Day 21

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I have a lot of support; my husband, my kids,
my family, my friends.... a lot of support. 

They are wonderful and I wouldn't be painting like I do with out them. Cooper, my studio manager, is always there for me too. He's always happy to see me, he's never too tired to get up in the middle of the night and go paint. Whatever it is, Cooper's up to it. I probably would still be painting without him but, it sure would be a bit more lonely.

So here's to Cooper. 
What's our favorite studio song?
Ho Hey by the Lumineers

"I belong to you,
You belong to me,
You're my Sheltie!"

Don't tell Cooper that's not the exact words.
And yes, he actually has a jumper suit like that except it's black and orange.
(We're both very into Halloween.)

Alcohol Ink and Pen
8 x 10
Not For Sale

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20th, House

Day 20 

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Well, there's only ten more days left of this challenge. 
The last few days have been busy with the Greenwich Art Fair last weekend, Katie's Cup and a demo at the Du page Art League on Monday and then day one of my Paint Your Pet Class today. Tomorrow it's paint all day! Good thing with all the commissions, getting ready for Fall art scene, more classes and a En Plein Air event this weekend. I'm getting a bit tired but having a good time.

Here's a work in progress.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 19th, The Melting Planet

Day 19

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I have a busy day tomorrow starting at 8:30am and ending at 11:30pm so I wanted to post this early. Here is another attempt at abstracts but this time I took advantage of the Golden Molding Paste. This painting actually was vertical but came up horizontal in my blog... I kinda like it this way so I kept it.

The Melting Planet
Alcohol Inks
12 x 24

September 18th, WIP Nicholas Coconuts

Day 18

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I'm attracted to the lines in this picture as I look up in the Nicholas Conservatory.
This is a Work in Progress.

Nicolas Coconuts
Work In Progress
Alcohol Inks on Yupo
8 x 10

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17th, Yikes!

Day 17

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Some days go well, some not so well. 
I've been dabbling with abstracts for awhile now. This one didn't work out but I learned something; you can mix the gold ink with any color to get a new glitter like color which is really quite neat.  I just couldn't let go of this painting. I had to keep on trying new things until it got kinda messy. 

What now? Well, I'm going back in with some white next. Why not? What do I have to loose?

Alcohol Inks
Not For Sale

Friday, September 16, 2016

Septenber 18, YMCA Building WIP

Day 19

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

This will be the 5th painting in my 
Rockford Drive By series.
This is the old YMCA along State Street. And it happens to be my favorite building in Rockford.

 Work in Progress
East Side Center 1889
Rockford, Illinois

This building is the landmark YMCA built in 1889, now called the East Side Center. Built by subscription, the building was Rockford's first YMCA but was sold in 1906 and was the East Side Inn until it closed in 1968. The Richardsonian Romanesque style building was renovated and now serves as an office building.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 15, Pumpkin Plate

Day 15

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I love pumpkins, their shape, 
their color, everything!

Pumpkin Plate
Alcohol Inks and Pen on a Plate
8 x 8

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14, Ready for Halloween

Day 14

30 by 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta,

This is a piece that was inspired 
by a piece I saw on the internet. 

It is a wonderful project for a painting party.

Ready For Halloween
Alcohol Ink and Pen on Canvass
8 x 8

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$35/ person, 5 people min., host paints free, all materials supplied
If you are interested in booking a private party please contact me at
Or go  HERE

Or register at 317 Studio & Gallery for October 20th class. 
Go Here for 317 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 13, Morning Chores

Day 13

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

One of my favorite things about doing a 30 in 30 is that it encourages you to finish pieces that have gone unfinished for too long. The thought of creating thirty paintings in as many days is overwhelming sometimes. Most of my pieces take more than one day to complete. That's why twice a year I go through my work and see what needs to be finished. They may still require more time an a day but at least there's movement.

Morning chores was one of those pieces. I wasn't sure how I'd handle the bricks and some of the architectural features in the picture so I put it aside. My sister brought this photo home from her trip to Italy and I have always loved it. It feels good to have finished it.

Morning Chores
Alcohol Ink and Pen on Yupo Paper
11 x 14

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 11, Dot-full

Day 11

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I've been exploring abstracts for several months now. Abstracts are such a different mind set from what I'm used to. All painting is problem solving. I look at a photo I want to paint and ask myself, "How do I can I duplicate that texture, color or image?" In an abstract you begin with your gut instincts and the ask yourself, "What now? How am I going to make something from what I just created?" The painting seems to tell you it needs something but you don't what it is until you get there. In my other paintings it's not always easier but usually more obvious, the darks aren't dark enough, the picture isn't receding into the back ground.

I've always said that I needed something to look at to paint and have admired those who didn't. This was a fun painting for me. I hope to do more.

alcohol Inks on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
10 x 10

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, Morning Honey

Day 11

30 in 39 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Blue salvia is one of my favorite annuals to plant in my garden. I think you get so much from them. They are inexpensive and yet they spread out and flower all season long. Being tall, they serve as nice backdrops to other flowers in the garden. And the bees love them. Always happy to help the bees.

Morning Honey
Alcohol Ink and Pen on Yupo Paper
8 x 10

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 10, Bursting With Pride

Day 10

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

It occurred to me that alstroemerias, although they look like lilies... are not. They aren't as large and as demanding as lilies. Yet here they are bright and bold and truly themselves, comfortable with their own size.

Bursting with pride is a good choice for today, being that it is my 34th wedding anniversary. I'm proud of that. When I was younger I never envisioned being married that long. It's not a comment about my marriage. Heck, at 22, I never imagined getting this old. Anyway, I'm glad I did and am glad to be traveling this path with my husband, Mark. I'm liking age. It has afforded me the luxury of painting full time. And I guess most of all I like having a history of my own. But, I do fantasize about having my 20 year old knees back.

Bursting with Pride
Alcohol Inks and Pen on Yupo Paper
8 x 10

Friday, September 9, 2016

September 9, Spring Again

Day 9

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

It's always this time of year, when the school buses are running, and the apple patch is open, that I have to remind myself that Fall is my favorite season. I suppose the problem is that winter is soon to follow. But being a painter, I'm enjoying winter much more than I ever did before. It's the time when schedules slow down and I can spend more time in my studio painting. Next summer I will be doing less shows. It's bitter sweat for me, less shows more classes.

If I could turn back time, I'd do the summer all over again. It was wonderful. I'd start with Spring and ease back into summer.

Today's pick is from the crab apple tree in the backyard. Every Spring there is one week where it is full of it's wonderful blossoms. I feel so lucky just to be able to witness it each year. But then, that's in the Spring...

Spring Again
Alcohol Ink and Pen on Yupo Paper
8" x 10"

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 8, Charlie

Day 8

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I'm preparing for a Paint Your Pet  class I'm holding in two weeks. This was one I did in pastels a year ago or so. I always thought he was a beagle but no, he a dachshund. All the more cuter.

Alcohol Ink and Pen
8 x10 on Yupo Paper

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 7, Violets at Union

Day 7

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

My husband has been rehabbing an 158 year old Italianate style home for the last few years. He has put such care into every aspect of this house, even the garden. These beauties were hiding in between the hostas. To some violets are weeds, others a lovely flower. I'm of the latter opinion. I find them a welcome visitor to any garden.

Violets at Union
Alcohol Inks and Pen on Canvas
8" x 10" 3"

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Day 6, Cityscape

Day 6

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

I live close to the city of Rockford. It's quite a gem of a city with a bad rep. (It's been going through a lot of growing pains which started when  all the manufacturing jobs went overseas.) But Rockford has a wonderful community of Artists. One of it's studios holds a place near and dear to my heart. 317 Studio &Gallery  

 It's the home to many artists and many budding artists. This painting is from one of their Loaded Brush  painting nights where Director Therese Rowinski will take you through everything you need to know to create a painting. I teach alcohol ink classes there. Sometimes it's just good to sit back, kick off your shoes and just paint with the rest of the world.

City scape
Acrylics with a palette knife (and playing card)
16" x 20"
Not For Sale

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sept 5, A Bag for Bob

Day 5

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Bob is a friend, who along with his wife, have been extremely supportive and generous of their time to my husband and I. Bob is brilliant in finances and his wife, Judith is a marketing wiz. Together, they help us get through those areas that seem foreign to us at times.

When the Rockford Art Guild chose to paint bags as their fundraiser Bob bought my bag before I even began painting it. What support! Thanks Bob and Judith.

A Bag for Bob
Alcohol Inks and Pen on a Canvas Bag 
Not For Sale

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sept 3, Croton Petra

Day 3

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

This beautiful plant was found at the end of December, along the waterfront shops, in Savannah Georgia. The kids and I surprised my husband with a week long celebration down South for his birthday. Such a great week, such wonderful memories of a stunning city.

Croton Petra
Alcohol Ink and Pen
8" x 10" on Yupo Paper

Friday, September 2, 2016

30 in 30. September 2, Morning Orchids

Day 2

30 in 30 hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Each February the Rockford Art Guild 
hangs a show at the Nicholas Conservatory. 

It always coincides with their orchid show. I make sure I leave with a lot of new photos of possibilities to keep my soul warm during the winter months. Sometimes the quieter pictures take a while to get to. These orchids may not scream with vivid colors like some of the others but their simple elegance is undeniable.

Morning Orchids
Alcohol Ink and Pen
8" x 10"

Thursday, September 1, 2016

30 in 30. September 1st, 2016

Welcome to day 1 of September's 30 in 30.  As always, this 30 in 30 is hosted by Leslie Saeta. (Thanks Leslie.) I'm writing my blog much later than usual because today I was out celebrating my daughter's birthday. It is just now at 11:15pm that I am slowing down and have time to make today's post. It seems like that was my theme for the summer... busy.  But it was a wonderful summer. The Fall is starting to look just as busy.

Talking about themes...
Many people choose themes for their 30 in 30. I do not. There are so many things I want to paint and to do that a 30 in 30 seems like purging myself of all the projects and ideas that I have been putting off. So what do I want to accomplish this month? I'd like to have a series of 8 x 10's in alcohol inks ready to go as class ideas, smaller paintings that are more affordable for those who visit my booth during shows. I'd also like to explore a bit and try a few new things. I have four commissions to do this month and am hoping to work on those this month along with four new Drive Bys. We'll see.

Sunflowers III
Alcohol Inks and Pen
8 x 10

I haven't tired of doing sunflowers yet. I love their cheerful brightness. They are one of my most popular classes. I never tire of sitting down and painting this painting. It's different each time.