Up in the Leaves

12" x 6" oil on cradled board

This painting is on a 1" deep cradled panel. The sides are painted so you can hang it as is, or frame it.

This 12" x 6" format is fun to use. I thought it would be perfect for this older giraffe who resides at the Brookfield Zoo. Giraffes are so fascinating. Those long legs and neck seem so cumbersome. But they really are very graceful. I know I would be tripping all over myself!

Good Morning! - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

Can't you just hear this zebra screaming "Good Morning"? He is actually catching food being tossed his way from a car window. The photo source for this painting was taken by my niece in Texas. They go to the Natural Bridges Wildlife Ranch and the animals come right up to your car. 

This was again a quick one to complete. I think the less I fussed with it the better. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it. 

I got back from Scottsdale on Sunday and I have rested for a few days. I guess I underestimated how much work it is to set up those booths at Celebration of Fine Art. I flew into Phoenix on Tuesday and hit the ground running. We worked all day each day painting, hauling, cleaning and tagging for the show. Nights were spent at some interesting restaurant enjoying fun food and drink. I was in bed by 8:30 each night exhausted! Friday night was the opening and the show will run through March.
We went from this (1st photo) to this (2nd photo). We repainted once since we didn't like the gold. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of the full finished booth because it was too wide. In this second shot we are still in the process of setting up the baskets but it's starting to come together. Carpet is laid and lighting is up. 

Even with all that work, I would do it again. Being around all those artists and their great work is inspiring. Coming back from this show was culture shock for me. Everything is about art when you are there. Your art, their art, everyone's art. Coming home is coming back to reality where art is important, but really just to me. And my reality is full of lots of things that end up being more important and time consuming than what I paint. I've had to take a few days to absorb this. They have asked me to join them at the show next year. Maybe getting my own booth. But I just don't see how I can make that work in my life right now. Now I'm ready to keep going painting as much as I can and trying to improve my skills. I'm so lucky to be able to be a part of the CFA group even for such a short time each year. I love them. They have changed my life. Next year I need to make sure I schedule time to visit a few galleries while I'm there!

Ossicones - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

One last painting before I leave for the week (that is unless my flight gets canceled tomorrow due to high winds and sub zero temps). This one came together pretty quickly and I just LOVE it when that happens. I struggled for a title, but then thought this here giraffe had some pretty nice ossicones! And so that became the title.

Sweetie Pie - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

I couldn't wait to paint another white animal. Here is a goat from the petting zoo. She was such a sweetie pie! Don't you love that pink nose? It was really that color!

I leave Tuesday for Scottsdale, AZ. I'm getting out of the midwest none too soon since we've been digging out of 18" of snow and the temperatures are sub zero. I hear it's in the 70s there!

Duck Parade - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

Summer time petting zoos! I have a few paintings planned of animals. I just love the light and shadow on these ducks. It was fun to paint. There is always so much color in white.

Good Friends

5 x 7 oil on panel

Here are a couple of my artist friends. I painted this from a photo I took last year at the Celebration of Fine Art. I think they must be discussing something deep and important. Maybe it's about when and where to use more red in their paintings!