Thursday, April 13, 2017

Water Frisbee

10x10 oil on cradled board

Another aerial view of the pool. The wind had picked up and there was a lot more contrast in the water. I had fun with the abstract shapes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Coming Up For Air

18"x18" oil on cradled board

I've set this one aside to dry and should be ready in a few weeks.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Waiting to Jump

6x6 oil on panel

This is a quick painting I did on Friday. I love the body language of these kids as they anticipate jumping into the pool. The values were tricky, but I think I got close.

Well it is Spring Break! So that means I'm babysitting grandkids all week, and I'm not in my studio painting. I hope to sneak in some time to post paintings I finished last month and just finally got around to photographing.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Studio Photos


Finally! I've been in my new studio almost a month now and I'm finally getting around to posting a few photos. My space is large enough for me to work on one end of the room, and still have quite a lot of wall space for displaying finished pieces. I share my display space with my daughter Amy McGovern who works in Copper, wire and glass beads. 

I'll be celebrating my first First Friday at Studios on Sheridan this coming Friday (4/7) from 5-9pm. I hope you will come out and visit! Beverages, Snacks and Music along with artists opening up their studios for the night. It's always lots of fun.


Studios on Sheridan is on the corner of Main St. & Sheridan Rd in the old Sunbeam Building.
929 N. Sheridan Rd., Peoria, IL.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Going Green!


These are a couple studies I did on Wednesday. They are 6x6 on panel. I'm very happy with them and hope to do more.

This is the last post for a while since I'll be out of town. Happy St Patricks Day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Portrait of a Belly Flop - Quadriptych

4 - 8"x 8" boards  - A Quadriptych

Here is one I've been working on for some time but finally put the finishing touches on last week. I had a lot of fun with them and hope to do more like it.

portrait of a belly flop 1
portrait of a belly flop 2
portrait of a belly flop 3
portrait of a belly flop 4




Monday, March 13, 2017

More Goldfinches

6" x 12" oil on cradled board

More goldfinches.... just because they are so fun to paint!

I keep forgetting to post more studio photos! I'm pretty much moved in and have been working there most days. I will try to remember to post photos later this week.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cardinal

6x6 oil on cradled board

I've been seeing Robins lately. Isn't that a sign of spring?
I believe it's supposed to snow today.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Goldfinch - SOLD

6x6 oil on cradled board
SOLD

Another bird I painted a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Orchard Oriole

6"x8" oil on panel

I think this is a Spotted Towhee, but I could be wrong. Does anyone know for sure?

I've had a couple people contact me about this bird, and I now think it looks most like a Orchard Oriole! I love birds!

So much going on here! I've not been painting as often because I've been moving my home studio to Studios on Sheridan at the Sunbeam building. The Sunbeam Building is a renovated 1930's era warehouse that at one time was the Sunbeam Bakery. The Sunbeam Building houses retail stores as well as Studios on Sheridan (SoS). There are over 20 artists with studios there, and now I'm one of them. I expect to be moved in and working by mid-March. I'll start being open for First Fridays on April 7th. I've been sharing some photos of my process on my Facebook page. I will post my set hours soon. I should be able to start painting there daily by next week.

I've also been joining a friend Yvonne Ham, in her studio once a week to keep up my practice of working from life. She has groups painting from models and still life. Depending on your preference. Above is the model holding my study from last week.