Illinois has such beautiful treasures that too few people explore.
This is one of five covered bridges open to the public across the state.
I’ve included visitors in the distance so you can imagine yourself here in Princeton IL.
When I taught watercolor class, I would always do a demonstration. This painting is from my photos of southern Illinois.
I particularly like the foreboding sky. Summer storms down there were menacing and gorgeous.
11h x 16w unframed $800
Red Buds with Downed Log
This print is another in my series of red bud paintings from a southern Illinois pasture.
One of my favorite spots in Paris is the flower stalls. Though it may look serene, the stall owners, mostly women, bickered back and forth all day. Whose flowers were fresher - whose prices were too high - which flower was the most French…
Once a year my painting class would take a field trip to Carmel CA. It was such fun to paint the dramatic scenery on location.
This iconic cypress tree is one of only two of its kind in the world. We did lose a few paintbrushes over the edge.
24h x 30w framed $4200
Crab Trap on Beach
On Sanibel Island you can walk for miles along the shore. I came across this abandon trap and horseshoe crab lying on the beach.
What a composition just waiting for me!
I stopped in San Antonio to continue my series of early American missions. Though the building looks pristine, it was anything but - the mission had suffered years of neglect and garbage covered the park. Artistic license is a wonderful thing, I restored the whole building in an afternoon. Thankfully, the preservation council has returned San Jose to its majestic beauty.
27h x 33w framed $4200
Notre Dame along the Seine
I’m on the left bank of the Seine, looking east at the Cathedral.
This was done years ago when painting in Paris was a dream come true for me -
“this is what real artists do,” I said to my young self.
I traveled to Hawaii many years ago on vacation, intending to relax from working.
I had no idea how inspirational this exotic paradise would be.
I practically ripped my paint brushes from my suitcase.
I couldn’t wait to get started.