Monday, March 29, 2010


This is a bit different than what I typically post but decided to show it as it is a fun and whimsical project. I painted this recently for a friend/customer - a lighthearted, fun, artsy gal. It is a deer's head carved out of wood. Enjoy the before and after photos.

"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday". (Don't know who said this)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Unfinished Business

Just got back from Mt.Vernon, IL, about 2.5 hours south of home. What a great weekend - got to see a special someone, had great weather, drove some of the backroads of Illinois, and stopped by the Illinois Artisans Gallery in Whittington, IL on Rend Lake. What a beautiful area - southern Illinois. One of the great things about Illinois is the changing topography as one drives through various parts of the state.
I am also an 'Illinois Artisan', have been for a number of years but only sent art to the Chicago and Springfield galleries...haven't submitted any art in recent years so I might to do that again...I was inspired seeing this gallery space, the work of other artists', and after talking with the manager. Another thing to add to my list of 'to do's'.
Anyway, this image is one that I started a couple of years ago at a winery down in southern Illinois (trying to remember the name of the town and winery??) when I met up with some St.Louis artists to paint 'en plein aire'. The weather didn't allow much time for painting - rain (in this case painting with pastels), so we just met up inside and sampled some wines...what else were we to do???? As I said, I started this a couple of years ago...I keep bringing it out to finish as it was left unfinished. But I like it like doesn't seem so unfinished to me. It has the feeling of a study - kind've a preliminary sketch/painting I do to prepare for a 'finished' painting.
Soooooo, maybe it is finished - I am coming to that conclusion. Not unlike life in general, sometimes unfinished business really is finished.
I know there is more to say on this subject. If I had some wine I would most definitely go on some more but I think I am 'finished' for tonight.
"I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far". Neil Simon
Thanks for stopping by, Helen