Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trompe l'Oeil or just a 'Mug of Beer'

"Trompe l'oeil (pronounced tromp loy) is a French term which literally means “fool the eye.” It’s an art style which creates the optical illusion of dimension with nearly photographic realism.

This three-thousand-year-old art form creates the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. The lighting effects and the variety of textures required for these life-sized realistic paintings and drawings make them one of the most meticulously detailed fine art genres. "
Not so sure I got all the detail accurate so maybe this is just a "Mug of Beer".

9x12 Oil


One more little, white, fuzzy dog!! She is tiny, spunky and is always switching between running like a crazy dog and acting like a parrot, laying on your shoulder.

8x10 Charcoal

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Molly's Birthday Present

I thought Molly would enjoy this oil of her favorite 'beings'....
little Annie's thinking, "He's not watching, I think I can make a run for it!"

16x20 Oil on Canvas

More Charcoals...

This little one is the new baby in the Ralph Family....She belongs to Mike and Denise Ralph and this charcoal was commissioned by Molly.

11x14 Charcoal

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Charcoal Portraits

Miss Molly Bilsky 8x10 Charcoal

Mr. England Horton 9x12 Charcoal

Washington Continued....

Old Ebbitt's Grill and the Holocaust Museum, Undvar Hazy Smithsonian Museum and the porch at the Horton's home before leaving town.

Washington Continued....

Arlington Cemetary, The White House, The Nation's Capital

Washington Continued....

Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Washington Monument

October trip to Washington

We went to Washington D.C. for touring and wedding fun! It was a really great time. Here are some pages from my first 'Travel Journal'.

Monday, August 31, 2009


This is a commission / request from a friend.

12x36 oil on canvas

Minocqua Plein Air from 8/27/09

Painted from the Bear Skin bridge. I think it still needs some work on the right side to correct the water flow and the angle of the 'Beacons'.

8x10 oil on panel

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

James Hempel Workshop - 8/22-Day 3

We spent 4 hours at the Lakeland Discovery Center enjoying the day and the vistas! Here's my view of the cabin.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

James Hempel Workshop - 8/22-Day 3

Painted from Sunrise to sunset and beyond...

Sunrise over Island Lake

Sunset over Spider Lake

Night painting of the campfire!

James Hempel Workshop - 8/21-Day 2

Afternoon over Spider Lake

3 stages of sunset

Sky colors were changing as fast as I could mix them!

James Hempel Workshop - 8/20-Day 1

A gray, rainy first day.
These are both 8x10 panels.

August 13-Camp Jorn

Beautiful, hot day at Camp Jorn.

8x10 Oil on panel

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 6 - Aberdeen Lodge

This was done with the Northwoods Outdoor Artists at the Aberdeen Lodge in Manitowish Waters, WI.

8x10 oil on Canvas panel

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Some new Plein Air stuff

7/14/09 Chippewa Retreat Resort
8/10 Oil on Linen

Discovery Center-MW
6x8 Oil


Minocqua BearSkin Bridge
6x8 Oil

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Finally finished just in time for the Manito Art League show. Found this Duck family on Lake Minocqua a few weeks ago!

11x14 Oil on canvas

Voss's Resort

Just before the 4th of July, we went to the 100 year old Voss's Resort. With a house full of family, I knew I couldn't spend much time. In one hour and with limited pallette, I painted the boathouse! Quick and cute!

6x8 Oil

Dillman's Resort Boathouse - SOLD

The Northwoods Outdoor Artists visited Dillman's Resort in Lac Du Flambeau this week. I worked on this boathouse for a couple hours and sold it to a family visiting there! What Fun!

8x10 Oil

Friday, July 10, 2009

A little fun in the backyard!

Just to past the time....I little painting of my old bike.
6x8 Oil

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Golden Moment!

Found this beautiful Golden Corner of the World last fall in Copper Falls State Park. This will go up for sale at the Manito Art League Show in July.

20 x 16 oil on Canvas

Northwoods Outdoors go to Minocqua

We had a great day yesterday. We were at the Thirsty Whale on Lake Minoqua.
Oil on canvas board

Friday, June 5, 2009

Manitowish river

Yesterday was the first official outing of the Northwoods Outdoor Artists. We went to downtown Manitowish to the Rest Lake Dam and Koller park. This is the view down river from the Dam.

8x10 Oil on canvas panel


Unusual for me....a pastel. I did this in a Manito Art League workshop. She was demonstrating how to use 'Suede Mat Board' with pastel. It was fun and I actually like the outcome.

8x10 Pastel
On Suede Mat Board

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Welcome back to Northern Wisconsin

Early evening Plein Air painting of the view of my lake.
8x10 Oil on panel

Little log cabin in the Woods

8x10 Oil on panel

8x10 Oil

Hot Dog anyone??

What's for dinner? Leftover hot dogs!

6x8 oil on board

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Scott Robert Carlton

A grandchild in the Enders Family. Welcome little Scottie!!

9x12 charcoal on BFK

Spring in Milwaukee

Here are a few Spring studies done in various Milwaukee parks.

8x10 Oil on board