Thursday, July 17, 2014

Busy Summer

Wow, this has been a fast paced Summer.  We have made several trips to Elk Rapids, Michigan and Mackinac Island to my galleries.  They are always whirlwind trips as I attempt to also gather new reference photos for future work.   I am also in the process of finalizing a show-date TBT.
Aside from trips my nose has been to the grindstone most of the Summer.  Well, along with gardening and chasing my 1-1/2 year old grandson around the yard.  Oh, and did I mention that my daughter had foot surgery 3 weeks ago and have been taking care of her.  She is not allowed to place any weight on her foot until August 5th.  In addition she developed a blood clot and infection in that foot.  Luckily, neither appear to be serious (clot very small) but all concerns just the same.
The painting in this post is a vintage 53 foot Chris Craft Constellation owned by the owners of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  It is their baby.  This painting is oil and the size is 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.
Till next time,

Thursday, April 24, 2014

All Seasons

I love painting landscapes from all the seasons but seem to be especially inspired by Fall.   My obsession begins in August when the sun takes on a more golden glow.  I begin racing around with my camera and won't stop till all the leaves drop.  This painting  Fall Splendor is 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" and will be available at Twisted Fish Gallery mid May.
Till Next Time,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Memories of Mackinac

This is my latest Trompe Lóeil painting entitled Memories of Mackinac.  The idea behind the composition is a tourist returning home from the island and tacking up all their favorite photos along with snippets of island flowers collected on the way home.  It is meant to look like everything is tacked up on a white board.  Notice that I carried the shadow of the lower lilac onto the frame to complete the 3 dimensional look.  The painting was done in oil and the image is 12" x 16".  I have 3 more compositions waiting to paint between miniatures.  Can't wait!
This painting will be available for purchase on the island in May.
Till next time,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

mackinac Memories

During the winter months I have the luxury of experimenting on artwork other than miniature.  This piece entitled Mackinac Memories is a trompe l'öeil piece done in oil and is 11 inches by 14 inches.  This piece was featured last November in the Scarab Club gold medal show in Detroit.  I very much enjoyed working on this piece and have since completed another with more trompe löeil pieces in the wings waiting.
Till next time,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Will It Ever End!

First Thaw Oil 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"

                                       Icicles Oil 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"

Well, lets face it, we are all sick of Winter.  I have managed to hibernate quite a bit and paint like mad.  Even though I am tired of all the snow, somehow I never tire of painting beautiful Winter scenes.  These paintings may sit in the gallery till next Fall when hopefully, we will again look forward to snow.  Maybe.

Till next time, Gail

Monday, December 17, 2012

Up And Running

Well, the bad news is that I had to buy a new computer a few weeks ago.  The good news is that I discovered that much of the software problems I was dealing with must have been the start of my computer dying.  With the new computer I can actually blog without much difficulty!

This year has been a very busy one for our family.  I am now represented by three galleries that are keeping me pretty busy.  As a result I didn't have time to enter any mini shows this year.  Hopefully, next year I will be able to do so.  In addition, I spent considerable time this year planting a perennial garden.  I planted may of the old favorites such as hollyhocks, zinnias, delphiniums and of course lilac trees.  I have been wanting to spend some time painting victorian inspired still life pieces and thought it would be fun to incorporate my own flowers.  I can never do anything the easy way!

Just today I mailed my last commission for Christmas presents.  As a result I cannot show my latest works for fear of messing up someones surprise.  I can however, show you my favorite work of art, my 3-1/2 week old grandson.  Isn't he beautiful?  Not that I am a proud grandmother.  No, not me.  I may have to do a miniature portrait of him.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful joy filled Christmas and safe prosperous New Year.  I can't really believe it will be 2013 in a couple of weeks.  Where does time go?

Till next time,

Friday, September 14, 2012

September? Really?

Photos listed are two new galleries where my work can be purchased.  Mackinac's Little Gallery and Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey, Michigan.  Please excuse this short note, but I have been unable to get my e-blogger to work correctly with the addition of Chrome needed to support it!!!

Downtown Delivery

Crooked Tree Art Center Petoskey, Michigan

Mackinac's Little Gallery