Taliesin and my High School Plein Air Summer Studio – What a GREAT day.

If you are ever in the Spring Green part of Wisconsin, or are just looking for a destination for the day, Taliesin is the place to go. (Not to be confused with the House on the Rock – which is a lovely place I am sure.) My plein air artists were treated to a beautiful and insightful tour of the house and studio of Mr. Wright in Taliesin as well as the school of architecture (and lunch) at the Hillside School (information about the school itself can be found HERE). Thank you to Caroline and Becky for the hospitality and warm welcome (again). Thanks also to the hardworking artists who were able to paint, draw, and get to meet some of the folks at Taliesin. AS for me… I got two watercolors done (one is now in the collection of Effi Casey, an instructor at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – Taliesin) a painting of her house on the Taliesin Grounds.

One more day at the WI State Fair and Plein Air Painting

Thank you Larry Wynn at East Coast Concessions for the commission in painting the award winning concession stand at the WI State Fair. There were (what seemed to me) millions of toys and inflatables and stuffed animals and poop emoji hats. Earlier in the week a couple of kids stopped at my easel and told me I should incorporate a Pokemon into my paintings. I listened, laughed, and then said “I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.” Well… I think I painted about 20 Pikachu’s. Thanks to all the conversation and teachable moments to the kids (and adults). Persistence, working through the materials, envisioning the results long before they are visible were all aspects that I spoke to my audience about. 8 hours of painting – all in this 18″ x 24″ finished work “Natalie and Katie at East Coast Concessions at the WI State Fair.”

 

.@IdinaMenzel at .#MillenniumPark in .#Chicago

Thank you Abby for taking me to see Idina Menzel in Chicago. We had a great time at the show and a great time seeing a bit of Chicago. Thank you so much for the fun time. Here are some pictures and my painting from the evening. Idina was a GREAT performerns and the musicians were great too. Hello to our neighbors on the lawn!

#LakeGeneva and #MarinaBay #Watercolor #Painting

What a great day of Art in the Park in Lake Geneva, WI. I TOTALLY forgot that it was even happening today – but the crowd didn’t forget. What a busy, busy few hours. Great to talk to all of the art goers and especially the hard workers at Marina Bay. The kids were excited to be a part of a painting – so much so – the work was bought at the end of the day. Thanks again guys and gals. Fun to meet and talk with you all. TOMORROW – the WI STATE FAIR!

#ThreeStoriesUp… a view of #LakeGeneva I didn’t actually see

What a beautiful day in Lake Geneva! The sun was out, the winds were low and the shoppers were really polite and interested. I look forward to another day tomorrow as I get out and continue to work on my approach to the Plein Air paintings. My approach is coming along… I just have to keep at it. Thanks to Julie for her continues support in my passion of painting.

#Storefronts. #Hopper inspired.

A truly wonderful evening in Lake Geneva today. I spent a good deal of time enjoying the smells of the restaurant Sopra and viewing the stores across the street. One of my last paintings was a view of Sopra from the very spot I painted tonight. A wonderful number of people stopped by and inquired about my work and at the end of the evening a beautiful family, the Kendall’s (Danielle, Jason, Kela and Micah) who were visiting from California purchased tonight’s painting. They watched the work develop from blank page to the finished work. Thank you for your interest in my work. I truly appreciate it.

#BTown #music (and #Art) in the #Park

A great afternoon of barbecue and conversation turned into a night of great music and painting. Thanks to all the folks and kids who stopped by to see me at work. Follow my site (there is a spot on this page to do that) like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

“Early Tuesday Evening” in #LakeGeneva with #PleinAir #Painting and #SOLD

Wonderful evening in downtown Lake Geneva. The individuals that I met tonight: Art Teacher, Store Owners, Theater Actor, kids of all ages… the ideas shared and comments made were really great and appreciated. Thanks all. I am anxious to get back to the streets on Thursday. And thanks to Mary, Ann, and Ginger for the purchases of THREE watercolors! Enjoy!

Today in #LakeGeneva – #NoRain

Thanks to Ken Cottingham – resident painter and teacher in Lake Geneva – for the hospitality, conversation, and snack as I worked feverishly in my latest painting. Working hard to capture the ideas of the store fronts in Lake Geneva, I had many a conversation with tourists and locals alike. Thank you to everyone that stopped by. That said – If I had a dollar for everyone who “liked” my work – I’d be making some money while out there. That’s ok though… it’s not the reason (well – it is one of the reasons but not THE reason) I am out there. Now… I HAVE to get that darn scooter working better. Ugh.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Too.

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Hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season.

It’s a good time to reflect on the season and be thankful for all that one has. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities that have come my way, exhibitions, shows, sales (let me know how many works you’d like and I’ll deliver them to you), and connections. Most importantly, I am thankful for my family. Through good times and bad… it’s all I’ve got and I’m glad that’s who I’ve got. Thank you family.