Whimsy

A definition of “whimsy” is “playfully quaint or fanciful.” I think that aptly describes this collection of small paintings, on display at the Lisle Library now through the end of January. I’ve been having a great time creating them, using the simplest objects around the house or just my imagination as the starting point for designing the various bright and colorful compositions.

The Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle, will be hosting a reception on Saturday, December 7th, from 2 to 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be offered. So mark your calendars and hope to see many of you there.

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Sorry for the confusion. The artist reception at NUHS is this coming Sunday, Oct. 27th, from 3 to 5 pm. National University for Health Sciences is located at Roosevelt and Highland, in Lombard.

Now Showing–Caffe di Moda

I’m excited to announce that some of my Fruitful Relationship paintings are currently on exhibit at the Caffe di Moda, 1012 Burlington, Lisle (right across from the Lisle Train station, Main & Burlington). The cafe is beautiful, the food is delicious and as an extra bonus, you get to see some gorgeous original paintings by some of the members of Studio 630. Be sure to stop by soon.

Girlfriends, oil, 12 x 24, $190.00

Acrylic vs. Oil: Does It Make a Difference?

Acrylic, 10 x 10, $90 (+$10 Shipping)

Acrylic, 10 x 10, $90 (+$10 Shipping)

I used acrylic paint for finished paintings in Arizona, because I was in a rented house and didn’t want the fuss and mess of oils.  I was surprised to find that not only does acrylic paint dry much faster, but that it also influences a painter to use different techniques.   With oils, there is time to soften edges, play with the paint, blend colors, scrape and wipe out.  With acrylic, the painter doesn’t have this luxury.  Instead, you have to work quickly, and I found that acrylics lend themselves to harder edges, more glazing colors over each other, and brighter colors.   Which way is better?  What do you think?  Compare my landscapes, all done in oils, with my latest acrylic still life paintings.

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Arizona Inspirations

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Just came back to the midwest from 3 months in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It was so wonderful to be in the sunlight and warmth every day, vs the freezing cold and snow awaiting me back home in Naperville, IL.  I worked nearly every day in my little studio space, enjoying the chance to be away from my usual responsibilities, and simply paint.

I created a series of small still-life’s, concentrating on shapes, colors, and textures.  I used acrylics for the first time, instead of oils.  I like the way they dry so quickly, and clean up so easily.  I finished each painting with a nice coat of glossy varnish, which brings out and enriches colors beautifully.

Peaches, Acrylic, 10 x 10  $90 (+$10 shipping)