While walking through Olbrich Gardens Bolz Conservatory, I fell in love with this exotic orchid (left). It’s delicate lining and blend of pale greens and burgundies, the unusual curly petals and of course, it’s ruby slipper. The two blooms tucked together at first deterred me from painting it, but then I decided to paint it that way to see if you would look twice.
One morning, while walking in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, I looked down to see this velvet mullein with dew on the leaves and wonderful shadows, sticks and leaves weaved through it. I was about to attend a workshop with Bjorn Bernstrom in Whitewater, who would teach us about blooms and mistakes being left in the paintings, so I tried to imagine what that might mean in this piece and let the blooms become an active participant.
I was inspired to paint Michael’s Mortgage Lifters after receiving some luscious home-grown tomatoes from my friends Mike and Linda. I had also seen Lian Zhen’s watercolor work on tomatoes, grapes and other subjects through his watercolor workshop in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
The image I took of the two tomatoes I used for this painting were unripe, so I struggled with getting the color red right. I had to imagine what they would look like fully ripe. Chris Beck was teaching a workshop around this time and we were taught to paint a still life of hers with a ceramic tomato dish and cut tomatoes on a plate that gave me a solution for increasing the intensity and warmth of the red in my tomato painting.
American Family Insurance • 6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783 • August–October
Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery of the McPherson Eye Research Institute. https://galleryguide.arts.wisc.edu/Gallery/Details/56 The show is to open in mid-June and runs through the end of August, 2018. There will be a reception Friday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Drumlin Ridge Winery • 6000 River Road • Waunakee, WI 53597 • June 1
UW Hospital • 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792 • April
UW Hospital • 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792
Capitol Lakes Retirement Center • 333 W. Main Street, Madison, WI 53703 May – June.
UW-Madison Arboretum • 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
May – June
Monroe Street Dental Solo Show • 2702 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711
June through October – includes fall Gallery Nite
Bethel Lutheran Church • 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703
July & August-reception Sun. July 2 10-11:30 a.m.
The Pyle Center • 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
August 31 through September 28
Gallery Night • Monroe Street Family Dental, Madison, WI 53711
Fall at Allen Centennial Garden and Frosty Morning Mullein in Watercolor Wisconsin 2017 • Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine, Wis. 53404. Opening reception and awards ceremony Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. The show will be up from Dec. 10 through April 21, 2018