March 27, 2010

Eggs in Space

Photo Workshop courtesy of

A pristine white egg didn't seem to jive with my love for old buildings and this blog. But then I was thinking of small discoveries, and suddenly the ubiquitous local ladybugs suddenly came into my thought and I thought "how like an egg they are!" 

 I particularly like this shot, as it appears the egg with ladybug attached has caught flight. 

This one captures the roundness and graininess of the egg shell a bit better. It reminds me of the moon craters.

March 21, 2010

Spinning Wool

A woman with a spinning wheel, spinning wool into yarn, early 1800s.
 Oil on canvas.
 16" by 20"
An inside view within the Finnish Hanka Homestead in upper Michigan. The calendar is dated 1912. I do not know if the pink-washed walls are original but the curtain and walls add to the charm.

March 16, 2010

Lake View near Stavanger, Norway

It was an incredible little drive along this lake and it was hard to find just the right place to stop to capture the view. The mountains seemed to go back on and on, and over to the right, beyond this view, a small group of white houses hugs the mountain slope on a little patch of sunny green. This is the last in my series of three for the Virtual Paint Out.

March 7, 2010

An abandoned Finnish homestead hidden in the deep woods of the upper Peninsula of Michigan.

March 6, 2010

Back Street in Stavanger Norway

Wandering again on the back streets of Stavanger, Norway,  I came across this lovely set of matching houses. I wondered about the walls around the front this a small protection from the wind or an attempt to keep the winter snows at bay, I can imagine enjoying a lazy afternoon on one of the porches here, with temperatures balmy and 50 degrees F not unlike today here. 5 by 7 inches on claybord, permanent ink and acrylic.

March 4, 2010

Olbergvegen, Norway

This is my first entry into the virtual paintout of Norway
This is a Google street view scene near Olbervegen, Norway. 5 by 7 inches, acrylic and permanent ink on Ampersand scratchbord.