Sunday, July 10, 2005

My Irish Love Affair!

Art, Travel and Painting
en plein aire
are passions of ths native Minnesotan

While traveling the far back roads when visiting Ireland, this picture was taken. The abandoned castle is featured in a painting that will be shown on this page along with other paintings of mine.

Walking the Great Wall of China, a dream fulfilled

At the age of ten,
after a few hours with Pearl S. Buck,
I knew I wanted to see
The Great Wall of China
and as much of this mysterious land as possible. We went for 3 weeks
with time spent in Beijing, Xian,
Chengde and getting lost in the farther reaches where we were invited into the
homes of cave dwellers.
What an incredible journey!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Ireland, beauty, the Sea, rock fences, good ale...

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Dublin & the countryside of Ireland


Words cannot express..

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Countryside of Sicily, Italy

This is the wonderful island of
Sicily, Italy...What a magical, pleasurable trip!

Portugal, Lisbon, Cabo da Roca, and the luscious countryside


These are pictures compiled on the many trips taken to Italy
There was the Amalfi Coast one year, then Tuscany with Florence, Pisa, Portofino. Of course, there's Rome, Venice, and so much more...

I think I've been to Rome 7 or 8 times with many of the visits at least a week long. It never ceases to offer something new!


What's next? New York City, Italy, Poland & Scotland 2006

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

China, land of ancient history, exotic people

Monday, June 20, 2005

Vienna, Austria

Vienna...Sacher Torte, Cafes, Opera, Museums
A wonderfully cultural delight!

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Sunday, June 19, 2005


A lovely, secluded village with a small church...

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Wales pictures

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Budapest, Szentendre Hungary

Wonderfully Olde World in this very interesting country

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Friday, June 17, 2005


Beautiful, old Prague
Truly, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Istanbul, Turkey...a land of intrigue, mystery

Enjoy the wonderful sights of Istanbul...
I can't wait to return!

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Mexico City! A delightful surprise!

Mexico City was a delight! It far exceeded my expectations
for beauty, architecture, museums and the pyramids!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Still Life & Plein Aire pieces

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A plein aire piece..."Twilight at the Campground"

Twilight at the campground
Done entirely with a knife

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

My Home & the Love Bug refuge, my gathering space, my place in the world. It's a 112 year old home, one of the first in this community. It was built by the owner of the bank and the lumber yard. He incorporated many fine craftsman details

The formal living room...only used when more than 5 or 6 people are here.

I tend to use the library or the maid's room (as it was called when the house was built) for smaller gatherings.

The dining room, always the gathering point in any home.

Funny how the winerack on the right seems to need replenishing.

This is the sunroom that's perfect for morning coffee, lunch with friends, or
reading a book. Right now, it's a collection spot for some of my art.

This is the third floor of the house, about 18 feet wide by 42 feet long. The floor is the original 2 x 12 boards, unfinished with a nice grey patina. The walls and ceiling are going to get a french grey finish with a wax to give it an aged, comfortable feel.
The opposite wall will have a treatment on it when the windows arrive and are installed. This is likely a spring project as winter has arrived.

THE LOVEBUG, my chateau on wheels.

It has room for my art supplies and

everything I need while out painting!

This is a sketch I dide of the Love Bug last weekend while camping.

This below is the front rockguard. It will have the words, le Ritz, added. It's my room with a view! :)

le Ritz now has a bit of art. This is taken from a french chateau I had painted in oils and modified by using acrylics and a more muralistic approach.
I'll be adding some vinyl lettering to her and then it's off the an Art workshop! Yay!