Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fruit and Veggie

I recently completed this series
as a commission.

A lovely couple bought the "Apple-ista" painting.
They asked if I would paint a few more paintings of fruit
to go with the apple.

Well, what does one say to that?

8x8 0il





Friday, December 22, 2017

Ft. Madison Members Show 2017

My entries for the Ft. Madison Show.
I was bummed to miss the opening night.

"Claude's Boats"  oil  SOLD

I painted this the boats in the Lily Pond at Giverney
with a palette knife for this little painting.

"Piney Lake"   9 x 12 oil  $175

I am showing this a little larger than usual.
I love the colors in the pines.

I plan to go to see the show next week.
I might post some of the great work of a few friends in the future.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fairfield Art Association Members Show 2017

Hard to believe that another year has come and gone!

"Forest Source"  oil  $50

The reception for the Fairfield Art Association's
Holiday Member Show 
is tonight, December 1st. at the Art Center.

The Art Center is located in the wonderful
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
and is the product of loads of hard work
by dedicated volunteers.

Every year, for the past few years, they have chosen a different size of canvas 
for the artists to work with and this year we are using, ta da... 
6 inch by 6 inch canvases.

They can be painted or have cool things attached to them.
This results in an interesting and varied show.

"Apple Paint"   oil   $50

The few I have seen before the show are terrific!
We were allowed up to 4 canvases and there
are some series of 4 that are truly inspired.

My two entries in the show are dramatically different from each other.
I had both paintings in my head for some time
and had planned painting them in a larger format.

Maybe I still will???

The exhibit runs until January and is in the 
Lobby of the Arts and Convention Center
so you don't have to wait for the Art Center to be open to see the show.


The Art Center has a well-stocked Gift Shop 
for Christmas shopping 
and all sales benefit both the Artist and Art Center.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Burlington Members Show

Last Friday night was the opening for the Members Show 
at the Art Center in Burlington, Iowa.

Tis’ the Season for Member shows.
Over the next week I’ll post the 
paintings that I have entered in the various shows.

"Yokum’s Field "
Oil on panel $150

If you are in the area you shoud stop in 
and see all of the talent on display at these shows.

And maybe buy a painting for a loved one?
or for yourself?

Oil on panel  $125

I hope your Thanksgiving plans are coming together for you.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Found a New Home

This little painting was done
 in John Preston’s class 
Over a year ago.

She looks a little put out about something.
But she found a home.
Thank you Fairfield Art Association Gallery!

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.