Monday, December 31, 2007
I hope your 2008 is prosperous and joyous. Make your New Year's eve safe and happy.
As my mother always said...Drive careful, the nuts are out!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Hug the people in your life, let them know that you love them because you have no idea how long they will be with you.
God speed to you Dianne, I can't wait to see you again.
Friday, December 07, 2007
The Colosseum of course. This is a view of the catacombs where they kept the gladiators and animals to compete that day. They came up in trap doors in the arena floor. (Watch Gladiator, you will see what I mean)
I took a trip to Pompeii on Monday. This was one of the people caught by surprise in the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Plaster casts were made of them during the excavations. When I was a young girl, I saw a National Geographic about this event and the ruins. Ever since then, I have been fascinated with the whole story of Pompeii. It was an amazing thing to stand in the streets of this once amazing and advanced place. You could feel the presence of every one that had walked these streets. Notice in the photo below the ruts in the stone from the hundreds of chariots and wagons that populated these roads.
I had to include this fresco. There were hundreds of mosaics and frescoes that have survived 2 thousand years...but this one was the most special. It was in the bordello...and this was a "menu item" that was available. Click on the image to get a closer look. By the way, there was a pharmacy right next door for when you were done here. I am not kidding.
This of course is...the Sistine Chapel. I was in awe, not only by the amazing art but the fact that I was being mooned by God. How come that angle is not in any of the posters?
Last but not least, St Peters Basilica and the Pieta. This sculpture may very well be the reason that I wanted to be an artist in the first place. The marble breathes with life and emotion. We as artists can only dream to achieve this kind of work in our lifetime and Michelangelo did it at 23. I came home inspired and intimidated. It is an amazing place and as an artist, it should be on the must do list.
Monday, October 29, 2007
This is a dog I photo'd here in Minnesota at a game trial.
This is on of my neighbor's puppies. Her female dog had 11 pups in her last litter!
This little guy is from a Montana trip years ago.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I have been painting all day, every day for weeks on end to prepare for the Easton Waterfowl Festival in November. Ask any artist...all that time in the studio can make you crazy and sometimes you just need to get out into the open air to refill your "creative stores". I had the opportunity to go to the Minnesota Wildlife Connection on Saturday and photograph some amazing animals. I got to feed a bear from my lips, carry a cougar cub and just have a great time. Best of all, I am completely rested and recharged to get back in the studio and work. Watch for some new work soon...
Please visit www.minnesotawildlifeconnection.com.
This little bear is Buford. He was raised by this hound dog and they are inseparable. She lost her litter on the same day he was born, they put him with her and the rest is, as they say, history.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I may be one of the most prolific fuschia killers on the planet. Every spring, I buy three from the local gardens and slowly, methodically murder them over the course of the summer. But...I always get plenty of pictures and color sketches before they go, so I guess you can say that they don't die in vain. I may have been born with a black thumb, but I was also born for a great admiration for them.
These are both in oil on board. I am growing more and more fond of oils the more I do them.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Once again, I have to thank every one for all the emails, calls and even get well cards for this big dumb dog. He is very special to us.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I have started series of western paintings depicting women in the western world. This is the third in the series and one of my first figurative oils. It has a long way to go, but I am having a good time on the journey. This is AmberLeigh, a horse trainer in South Dakota who is also in school to become a vet. She is an amazing rider and seems to have a second sense with her horses. A painting I did of her and her horse, Pony Boy was on the cover of the Paint Horse Journal. I will put it up again when I am done.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
You try to explain this event to your short legged friend, but they just dont understand.
If you ever doubted that a dog could laugh...look at Loki's face in this picture. Not bad for a 12 year old, hmm?
Dakota, on the left, is trying to show Zoe that she has the stuff!!!