June 25th, 2009

with a little help from my friends…

It’s completed. Whew. What a task.  Actually, it wasn’t so bad. Out of 59 painting I have chosen 46…with a little help from my friend. Sometimes that reassuring nod from someone you trust is all you need. Now, if you would like to see the show, and you are not on my mailing list, let me know and I’ll send a card out to you. ;-)

June 24th, 2009

summer swelter

90+ degrees in the frozen tundra  just doesn’t seem right.  How’s MacGyver supposed to finish sandblasting in this heat?

5 paintings left to frame…I’ll have that finished later today.  Tomorrow I choose my 40+ paintings for the show in Cedarburg, I’ll label them this weekend. and Monday I deliver. It’s hard to believe I’ve had a year and a half to produce these works, but as I look at all the seasons that are represented I realize that time just went by quickly.

June 22nd, 2009

Father’s Day blast

Wow! who knew sandblasting was so messy! Here’s some pics of the Mill while MacGyver sandblasted on Father’s Day.Father's Day blastBeams

June 18th, 2009

portrait dedication

Tonight’s dedication my portrait “The Storyteller” to the Seymour Library was fabulous.  The people were all amazed at the likenesses of Jane and her grandchildren…I was amazed by the outpouring of love and support for this man and his incredible wife.  Once again, GOODNESS is all around us. TJ and I at the dedication

June 18th, 2009

the dedication

I was asked to speak at the dedication of my latest portrait that will be displayed at the Seymour Library. As I reflect on the painting, I am caught up in the emotions and symbolisms tied to this piece of work.  I painted this piece as a tribute to a wonderful woman that I never met, and it helped in healing her family and friends with their loss. And this story portrait of  her life reminds me of the importance of GOODNESS. Just plain GOODNESS towards our fellow man/woman/child.

June 15th, 2009

original writing exposed

MacGyver and Monster Mill mate Marty tore down the add-on Friday to expose the original writing of the Mill. It said Denmark Flour Mills & Elevator–Albert Schornichka Proprietor. Guess who gets to fill in the lost lettering? macgyver-and-martythe-original-writing-exposedthe-mill

June 12th, 2009

no phone service

As I was prepping my panels for painting, enjoying the laziness of this quiet summer morning (oh, and the sun is shining and it is almost warm) my cell phone rings and Macgyver tells me that our house phones are out. Dare I say –YAY!!!

June 11th, 2009

visitor to the mill

Had a visit from the grandson of the original owner of our Mill and house (built in 1909) He told us his childhood memories of summers at the house and helping at the Mill. His insights into the original architectural layouts of the house and mill are priceless. He promises to find pictures for us to post. He was able to help us piece some history together about these awesome structures. As we tear down an add-on, we are discovering the original lettering from the early 1900’s…wouldn’t it be cool to put that back on?

MacGyver hard at work

MacGyver hard at work

the mill in the early 1940's?

the mill in the early 1940's?

June 10th, 2009

murphy’s law

So …I treasure morning coffee,  some reflecting time and a quiet house. Did I mention I have 5 kids? So why is it that in the summer, those kids that I couldn’t wake up for anything during the school year, are bright eyed by 7am?

June 9th, 2009

wine time

Hmmm, 9:44, I just framed 5 pieces of art, it’s wine time. OK, now let’s see if this get’s to FB.