Thursday, April 29, 2010

Colorful Cat

Another Portage Lake (my favorite summer retreat in Michigan) piece, a beached Hobie catamaran. This one is on it's way to the River Street Gallery in Manistee. I can't wait to get back up that way with my paints.
Oil, 10" x 8"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Morning at the Big Lake

Last summer I found this spot at the end of Esch Road in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I did a small plein air painting in about an hour-and-a-half. This is a slightly different angle piece I just completed in the studio. The big dune on the right is Empire Bluffs. In the distance is South Manitou Island. It was a beautiful morning. I only saw four people in the couple of hours I was there. About a three mile long, completely natural beach. I'll go back this summer.
Empire Bluffs morning, oil, 8" x 16"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Laguna Plein Air show

I'm happy to say that four of my paintings were juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Less is More show. It's a small works show, all paintings must have been painted en plein air, of course, and be 11" x 14" or less.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Healing Art

Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago is exhibiting their second annual Healing Art Show: Dreams of healing. This painting, recently finished, of my daughter was juried in. Although you can't tell, Sarah was wearing a cast from a broken arm at the time I took reference photos to paint from.
You can read more about the show at the Covenant Church's website where my painting was also featured.
Dreaming, oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

Monday, April 5, 2010

After Easter

This is a painting I did for the Covenant Companion magazine. It illustrates the story from John 21 of Jesus appearance to the disciples after the resurrection:

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"

"No," they answered.

He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."

Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.