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