Monday, November 9, 2009

Culver's Vandalia Train Station print finished!

Culver's Vandalia Train Station print now ready for purchase! Ward has been cutting mats, and I've been signing prints. And our new print is now posted on our web site - check there for details! Train Station prints with shiny gold and frosted silver frames are displayed in our gallery. Come in to look or buy. Can't get here? Call us and we can ship you one.

It's that time of year -Fall Winter Issue - 2009 of Destination Culver, an interesting mailing sponsored by Chamber of Commerce in Culver, will be sent out in a few weeks. Chamber members in good standing are eligible to submit articles for this publication - and at last report, we are in good standing (and working on our article).

Here is a photo of a painting that I did about 40 years ago, shortly after coming back from a watercolor workshop taught by John Pike, now deceased, but still very alive in my memories. He introduced me to his magical watercolors. This is a view from a wooded area near Culver Academies. I remember that my good friend, Marcia Adams, was walking with me in that woods. Then we were both full time mothers with young children, and now our children are grown and she writes (books) and I paint (pictures). Ah - the cycle of life.

This weekend, we are eagerly looking forward to a visit from my daughter Suzy, who
lives in Connecticut. Her husband and son are staying home, but Jolene, a good friend of Suzy's, will be with her. Special occasions like this call for old favorite foods. I baked several apple crumb pies last week and one is in the freezer - ready to pop in the oven. We have ingredients on hand for a cranberry/raspberry molded salad, and other good munchies. And I made sure we had supplies so Ward could whip up his excellent chocolate fudge - if he's in the mood. Most of our time will be spent visiting and enjoying each other, and we'll be taking them to a local restaurant or two while they are here.

Our gallery will be open as usual - the door will buzz as you enter and either Ward or I will be available - and happy to greet you. Just give us a minute - we may need to walk through the house to get to the gallery.

Studio Update: Getting the Vandalia Train Station Print finished has taken most of my time. Now it is complete, and on to the next project - finishing another partly done commission.

With colder weather and a lot of rain, most of the leaves are off the trees. In the next several weeks, we will be taking more definitive photos of some of the commissions I hope to finish this winter. With more barren trees, it is easier to see the outlines of buildings, and I can complete a more accurate drawing. Because it is difficult to make corrections on watercolors without ruining them, a good drawing is critical.

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Painter and Poet Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 10 till 5
Sunday afternoon 12 till 4
Other times - Watch for our open sign, or call ahead for an appointment.

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