Category Archives: Studio Snapshots

West Des Moines workshop

My watercolor workshop at Artisan Gallery 218 focused on the figures that bring a painting to life. We painted flowers as a warmup, plenty of little chickens to practice with colors, and animated figures the rest of the time. The … Continue reading

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Paintings at La Poste

Update:  This year’s IWS Annual Exhibition in Perry has now ended. See the post “Well-traveled” for a followup! I’m honored to have two of my paintings in this year’s Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) Annual Exhibition. Here I’m dropping them off … Continue reading

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Amana workshop 2019

It’s always a pleasure to return to beautiful Amana, this time to lead a four-day Artistic Journal Making workshop at Amana Arts Guild. The workshop was part of the Art Iowa Workshops offered every year in cooperation with Grant Wood … Continue reading

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Painters at the festival

Thank you to all the students stopping by to demonstrate or show enthusiasm for the Iowa Artisans Gallery and our amazing gang of painters! Above:  Some of the students who took turns demonstrating painting techniques during the recent Iowa Arts … Continue reading

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Iowa Arts Festival 2019

Update:  Iowa Arts Festival has ended for 2019. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! (Original post:) Thanks to Iowa Artisans Gallery, I will be inside during this year’s Iowa Arts Festival away from the wind, so my friends will … Continue reading

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Spring graduates

In honor of my granddaughter’s graduation I painted these scenes of Iowa Avenue in Iowa City, with Maddie and her roommates in their graduation attire. I reminded the graduates that they may remain friends forever after living together for four … Continue reading

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Octagon Shop revisited

Ames still feels like my hometown and the Octagon is where I got my start. It was great to be back, bringing paintings and prints for the Octagon Gallery Shop! The original paintings are “Backyard Chickens” (16″ x 20″) and … Continue reading

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Florida revisited

Several years ago I visited friends in Florida to soak up the atmosphere and paint three scenes of South Beach for them. I could smell the ocean, observe the people and hear a variety of languages as they passed by. … Continue reading

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Figure painting

People bring a painting alive. My classes want to put people in their landscapes, so I painted different points of view as examples. Above left, since we didn’t have a live model, as a way to teach technique I sketched … Continue reading

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Joyful flowers

For a recent family wedding the groom’s brother, an event florist, created wonderful floral arrangements for the reception tables. Afterward my grandson put some in his wagon and pedaled them out to my car to take with me. My watercolor … Continue reading

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