Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jill Kramer Workshop in Burlington

Jill's Workshop at the
Burlington Art Guild
in Burlington, Iowa


Jill brought everything we needed to make 
lino cut prints.

Here is an example of one of her 
hand-colored prints.

We drew our designs.
For me it was my favorite dead tree.
Then we transferred the images to the vinyl block.

OK, so I forgot to reverse the image...
you wouldn't know if I hadn't told you.

The carving tools were a challenge but the 
material was soft 

Jill had all kinds of paper ready for us 
various colors of ink.

We could just
Way fun

Which print do you like the most?

A Big, Big 
Thank You to everyone at the
Art Center of Burlington !
and to Jill.

Monday, February 29, 2016


No, not my self-portrait.
But now that I have your attention....

did a 45 minute demonstration
and painted herself
on canvas of course.

In front of 
40+ people
at the Fort Madison Art Center
last Friday

The demonstration was part of the finale
of her 52 Faces Project
Carlene spent the last year painting
one portrait a week
of 52 community volunteers.

Did I take a picture of the whole exhibit?
No, I wasn't thinking ahead
about this post.

Needless to say the portraits were beautiful.
Did I mention the Volunteers get to keep their Portraits?

Along with the portraits is a printed piece 
about the volunteer and their organization.


If you missed it in Fort Madison
the exhibit will be on display in
Mt. Pleasant
at Iowa Wesleyan College
in March.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pittsburg Hill

Look what I found.

A painting that I did for the Villages of Van Buren auction.

A year ago.

Oh my.....

I don't drive this direction often
but I love the view.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Watercolor Lessons

My fellow artist 
Carlene Dingman Atwater
provided my watercolor instructor
John Preston
with the reference photo for the first of these paintings.

Carlene asked how it turned out so I decided to post it.
Although I don't always post my paintings from class, or rather,
paintings done under supervision.
This is the best way for me to paint in watercolor.

Here are some of the more successful ones.

John provides the reference photos and 
does a demonstration of how he would paint it.

 Then his victims, er...students, paint it themselves.

 It is a great class and because he is such a patient teacher
all of his students learn something new about painting 
and themselves
in every class.

I will not be posting the clouds from our last class...
I completely crashed and burned!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lake Lacey

I love Lake Lacey.
I have painted it before 
and I will paint it again.

This beautiful little lake is located in Lacey Keosauqua State Park,
on the Des Moines River just over the bridge
from Keosauqua, Iowa.

"Lake Lacey"
12 x 12 oil on canvas  $125

This year the Fairfield Art Association
 asked its member artists
to create something on a 12 x 12 canvas.

This is a fun show to see
because of the huge variety of
mediums and techniques that are used by

If you are in Fairfield the show is in the lobby
of the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

Part of the sale of the art displayed goes to
the Fairfield Art Association.
Their gift shop is right off of the lobby and has loads
of gift, ceramics, glass
and of course paintings.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Calendar

My nice friends at Community First Bank asked me to create
 another pen and ink for their calendar this year.

Wickfield Pavillion
Cantril, Iowa

I decided to make it more of a landscape than a
portrait of a building as I did in 
previous years.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Ok, I really have done quite a few paintings this year.  
But I haven't posted any for a long time.  I think it has been since March?

These are the paintings that are going to the Fort Madison Art Center Member Show.

                       "Apple-ista" 8" x 8"  $95.00   Oil on panel 
                                      Framed in rustic black

                                  "Passed By". 8" x 10". $110.  Oil on panel
                                                  In a silver frame

           The Fort Madison Art Center receives a portion of every sale.  Pay them a visit or
       Contact me for more details.