Learning how to draw portraits using the Loomis and Reilly methods along with other instructors have greatly improved my drawings and confidence as an artist.
The Pandemic of 2020 ended jobs I loved and forced me to create new daily routines and to focus on the future.
Children will enjoy seeing pictures or ideas in a book transformed into something they've helped to create. It only takes a few materials to accomplish and a little imagination.
I've collected photos of Elvis ever since I first heard him sing. He's always been a singer I love to listen to. One day I decided to combine a group of Elvis items in a special bookmark.
Painting items with great personal meaning can be challenging for an artist. Photographs of a few of the items found within the painting are included here along with some special memories.
Drawing or painting a self portrait can include not only the outer you but other things that make up who you are. Including your thoughts, dreams, likes, dislikes, or environments you live in.
Living in a variety of neighborhoods in the Boston area during the late 1970's early 80's was great for my creativity. I drew, painted and photographed my surroundings using a range of mediums.
The ability to capture the likeness of another individual through art is exciting and rewarding. Here are a few of my attempts to do just that.
Huge golf balls are turning up all over Chicago, but not for long. As part of "The Ryder Cup" they are being snapped up by eager buyers to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Now that's a conversation starter!
Northalsted Market Days is an awesome event to check out. Great food, fun shopping opportunities, a wide variety of music venues, and nice people. It's already on my calendar to go again next year!
Meg Duguid's silent performing art film "Everyone is a Bathing Beauty," was influenced by George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, and the choreography of Busby Berkeley. As a participant in this project I can easily say it's a treasure to view.
My upstairs bathroom with a sky light view begged to be rescued. The wallpaper was faded and peeling, but with a little elbow grease, a fresh coat of paint and tasteful decor the room was transformed.
Woodblock carving and printing is an art form that takes patience. It's not about instant results by any means, but exciting nonetheless. The process from idea to print is a labor of love.
Blue and gold room redo in just two days. Why the rush? Out of town guests were arriving to stay for at least a week. Check out the transformation!
Rubber band piles consolidated into one ball help save space, are colorful and easily accessible as one item.
Patriotic terracotta candle pots sport red, white and blue border papers that add a colorful and festive glow to be enjoyed by family and friends for years to come.
The Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI highlight some of natures best work. Nationally acclaimed gardens throughout the grounds allow visitors to slow down and take in the beauty of nature.
Among 40,000 fans I saw my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. It was a cross town classic between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox. Best time ever!
Jewelry, photo collage, and beads cover a wooden box to hold a variety of my personal treasures for safe keeping. Over the years people have kept treasure boxes filled with all kinds of things.
Taking an ordinary fish bowl and turning it into a work of art was easier than I thought it would be. Start clipping roses or anything else you love and get started making something unique and wonderful!
The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens gives visitors to the Rockford, IL area an opportunity to see exotic plants, trees and flowers in a tropical setting.
Re-purposing costume jewelry, stickers and magazines to make decorative magnets is easy and fun.
Donate, swap, or sell your stuff and gain more living and breathing space in your home. Getting rid of your belongings can be fun!
Cook a meal, donate books and clothes, pay for someones coffee or gas, or give them a compliment . It's that easy and may just make that person's day or week.
Don't blink when your drive through Rockton, IL or you'll miss one of the best small towns around. Celebrities like Danica Partrick, Scott Hamilton, and Bob Hope have spent quality time here. Why don't you?
The iconic Marilyn Monroe has been spotted in Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. Her billowing white dress catches the wind and onlookers as they pass by.
Make a one-of-a-kind creative and colorful wreath to brighten your living space or to give as a special gift for someone.
The Congress Plaza Hotel is a great place to stay and explore. It’s also walking distance to Grant Park, Michigan Avenues excellent shopping, Millennium Park and the Art Institute.
This Halloween break out all the stops and play with green, purple, white, orange and black. Combine textures, colors, and objects you wouldn't normally pair up and see the magic happen!
Rhododendron's are one of the most beautiful flowers on earth. The blooms are huge and the colors so vibrant you can't help but give them a double take. The Geisha Orange is my favorite.
Yes, I was one of those kids who asked Santa for a pony at Christmas. It turns out that whether I got one or not my love for horses over time never wavered.
Resale and consignment shopping makes sense for your wallet and the environment.
Our local pond is a respite for Canadian geese as they fly north and south each new season. While they're here they honk, swim, eat, hiss, mate, and rest.
Demanding better treatment by doctors brought me to the answers I needed to find out why I was having such terrible back pain.
This is the perfect place to explore and learn about a wide variety of animals up close. Rare and endangered animals are cared for and given sanctuary.
Northern Cardinals, American Goldfinches, Blue Jays and Grosbeaks come to our feeders daily. It's a wonderful opportunity to see them up close and watch how they behave.
A room is transformed from drab to FAB in just two weeks using purple and silver. Instead of being the room to avoid it turned into the place to be with its relaxing and beautiful color scheme.
Trading perennial plants with a friend is not only fun but economical. It’s exciting to see your flower beds grow practically overnight when you add these new treasures. The ultimate pay off is seeing your flower beds bloom year after year until that first frost hits. Have fun watching your...
Unicycle riding is becoming a tradition or sorts in our family. It started with our daughter teaching herself to ride at the age of ten. Which inspired her father to learn and now our grandson has his own unicycle.
At nineteen I stood with friends next to my bike, wearing a helmet, worn out sneakers and looking at the road ahead. We were participating in the event called Bikecentennial the year of 1976, and the challenge was to ride our bikes across the United States of America. It was one mile at a time,...
If you’d like a bird’s eye view of Chicago go up 94 floors to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. While you’re looking at the skyline try to find Navy Pier, Wrigley Field and other famous locations.
Sandy shorelines dotted with Moon Snails, Pink Mouthed Murex and delicate Sand Dollars are a beach combers dream. Each shell has a unique shape, color and texture just asking to be identified.
Making red, white and blue country décor is easier than ever. Simply look for items to reuse, recycle or re-purpose and transform them into one of a kind art objects. It’s fun and rewarding to make something new from used or old items.
If you appreciate architecture and want to see and photograph some of Chicago’s famous buildings take a Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise along the Chicago River.
Peaceful, breath taking beauty surrounds you as you stroll through the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Paths take you beside a tranquil pond, over bridges, past sculptures and to a waterfall that calls you to sit and reflect.
Bet on having a great time at Arlington Race track. Bring your whole family and picnic right next to the track so you won't miss seeing your horse cross the finish line.
Experience the blues with artists like Joanna Connor, Linsey Alexander, Carl Weathersby, and Will Jacobs and more!