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’51 Chevy and Dogs

This painting was done for  neighborhood friends whose ’51 Chevy is spectacularly restored.  I had previously painted their dogs and when they asked me to do this painting I was excited to do what I thought would be a great … Continue reading

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Jane’s Handsome Guy

My sister raises goats.  I love the idea of doing that, but the milking and care of them morning and night  would be too much for this suburban lightweight.  In the photo this guy seemed to be saying, “Take my picture!!!”   This photo … Continue reading

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Michigan Dairy Farm

My son-in-law’s memories of growing up helping his grandpa run the family dairy formed a  big part of his character….resulting  in his work ethic and love of family.  He describes huge meals prepared by his grandma for the large family, and even the whole football team, that were … Continue reading

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Red Mitten Memory

This year’s Christmas card included a red mitten which was a throw back to another card I had painted  with a red mitten lying in the snow surrounded by Utah aspen trees.  Had a few requests to bring the mitten back, so this last … Continue reading

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Palm Frond Fish

I was attracted to the rich mahogany look of palm fronds that I noticed lying on the ground two years ago when we went to see our friends Ron and Barb in Florida.  The fronds I brought back had been in … Continue reading

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Wedding Reception Fun!

My friend’s beautiful daughter, Christina,  asked me to do an Atlanta skyline for her guests to sign at the reception.  She also wanted watercolor sketches of Atlanta landmarks which would be framed to go on the tables of the beautiful … Continue reading

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Toby

Toby was not in great shape at all when my friend rescued him as a puppy.  It really was a case of “who saved who”, though, and today he is still a great comfort in her life.  I wanted to do … Continue reading

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Coastal Birds

I had some fun with acrylics trying to do some bird art for my friend’s newly remodeled bathroom. The attempt on the left is from studying  a print by a Rosemary Beach artist who I would love to take lessons … Continue reading

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Vacation Memories

These were commissioned and painted from a friend’s family vacation photographs. The blues in this painting really were this brilliant in the photo taken in St. Thomas.  Once again………. I would rather paint on-site!!:) (Seriously, take me with you….you won’t … Continue reading

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New Venture!

Jake’s friend, Sarai, is getting married in Park City, Utah this spring.  She asked me to design a crest which would be at the top of her invitation.  I was very excited and honored to try.  We’ve had a few ice … Continue reading

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Advice From a Tree

This window was from a stack  in an old smokehouse next to the Tennessee farmhouse which I previously posted a painting of.  I wanted to do something for the house with it’s tall ceilings, fireplaces, and massive wall space.  I also wanted it to reflect … Continue reading

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North Pole Auditions

This is my 2013 Christmas card.  Hoping the new year will be a good one for all who see this.  Love, Karen

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Bear at the Coast

In her song “Coast” Eliza Gilkyson sings, “Think I’ll go down to the coast for a while………….”.  I always think of this song when I think about our friend’s coast house outside of Tallahassee.  I wanted to paint this picture … Continue reading

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Kate’s Maine Lighthouse

My friend Kate turned 60 in September……..3 months ahead of me.  I like the term “aged” rather than “old”, but I think we are both struggling with this one.  They say it’s only a number, but I don’t like this … Continue reading

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Corona Day at the Beach

There is something about a cold beer with lime at the beach, especially at the moment you first plant your feet in sand and begin to relax.  This is an i-phone pic taken by the girlfriend of my friend Lissa’s son on their … Continue reading

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Going to the Beach!

  Hi, y’all.  I’ve been without a car for a couple of days, so look what I got done!   This should happen more often.  I have also been online booking a trip to the beach with Sarah Jo and Randy who needed a break from … Continue reading

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Brothers

I had found an old Polaroid of Tom and his brother, Dave, from one of their fishing trips to Canada with their dad.  I know these are treasured memories, so I wanted to try to reproduce it for them.  The … Continue reading

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Clawson Estate

I was so happy to paint this wonderful house for my cousin Greg and his wife, Jane.  They have put hours and hours into preserving and nurturing the elegance of this hundred plus year old house in Indiana.  I am … Continue reading

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Georgia Peaches

This is an old painting that I haven’t ever posted.  It remains one of my favorites which are hanging in my laundry room.  Peaches are one of a watercolor artist’s fun objects to paint……and the reflection also added to the challenge. … Continue reading

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Carolina Coast

I went on a “girls weekend” to Beaufort, South Carolina where we stayed in a cool loft apartment on Bay Street.  There was a great waterfront park lined with  restaurants.  The town had several gallerys which featured artists who painted the coastal marsh … Continue reading

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Fountain County Courthouse Ram Statue

    For my friends and readers who are not from small towns :  The county courthouses in Indiana are usually located in the “square” and are the grandest buildings in the town.  The courthouse in Covington is surrounded by antique … Continue reading

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Doin What We Do

 I had been noticing these cows on the route I take on my road bike.  They were always under two huge oak trees each morning.  So I decided to take my camera to get some shots. I had to hide my … Continue reading

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Portland Arch

Portland Arch Nature Preserve is located near my hometown of Covington, Indiana.  It features this opening in the sandstone  walls which was formed by Bear Creek.  The creek flows through a deep ravine with high rock walls. My dad, Sam Miller, … Continue reading

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Abandoned Truck

Lonley Dell Ranch is a historic site located in Lee’s Ferry, Arizona north of the Colorado River.  We stumbled upon it while exploring the Glen Canyon on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was built by John Lee … Continue reading

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The Narrows at Zion

Tom and our friend Chan went to Park City in Sept. of ’10 to stay with Jake and hike the area.  This is Jake’s favorite hike of all he has done in the west.  You walk through the narrow winding … Continue reading

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Vegetables and Pans

This was another reflection assignment in my class taught by Marylou.  We ended up giving the original to some friends who were opening a very cool restaurant in an old building with brick walls (one of my favorite criteria 🙂 ).  … Continue reading

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Kelly’s Venice

The perspective on this painting is a little off, but it is one of the more challenging of my paintings.  I did it for my niece from one of the pictures portraying her travels while her dad and mom were … Continue reading

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Yellowstone

Jake worked one summer in Yellowstone doing trail work and manning the ranger stations.  He set us up in this cabin used by park workers in a secluded location where we were completely by ourselves.  We had to be careful … Continue reading

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Remington

Remy doing her intense duty of scrutinizing our back yard for squirrels, birds, or any other signs of movement.

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This is a rice paper textured watercolor done for my daughter of her dog.  Rem always finds any sliver of sunlight to lie in ………the most spoiled bird dog ever.

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Christmas Cards

                                                                                 

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wine and wood…reflections of relaxation

A still life painted for Tom……probably one of my favorites. Continue reading

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Conasauga River

This was from a shot when standing in the middle of the river during a hiking trip where my son and daughter were able to meet up with us.  It was a perfect trip and hope to return to this … Continue reading

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Almost Home

This was an art class assignment to do a high horizon painting.  I was happy that I didn’t “muddy” up the colors as I always struggle with this.  The name “Almost Home” was because it takes me back to my Indiana … Continue reading

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Belize

I painted this as a thank you for the owners of this house on the island of San Pedro off of Belize.  We had use of a golf cart which we took into the tiny town after getting on a … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Choice

My grandpa would go up into the hills behind the farm to get the scruffiest Christmas trees ever.  This one doesn’t do justice to how bad they were, but it does acknowledge an endearing memory of him.

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Summer Stilllife

This was my first attempt with watercolor canvas.  The sun and bright colors made this a fun painting.

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Tennesee Farm

I love this old farmhouse in the rolling hills of Tennessee.   Spending time there has provided a relief from the “burbs” where we are able to appreciate our friend’s respect for the land and the memories that his family homestead provides.

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Out in the Barn

Out in the Barn     December 2008 Growing up when we were looking for dad my mom would always say he was “out in the barn”.  So when I was trying to think of a name for this Christmas card Tom … Continue reading

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Sonning Bridge

Sonning, England – We stayed with my brother Bill in London one summer during his five year stay.  This old bridge in Sonning was his favorite of all the “old bridges” he had discovered.  I wanted to paint this for him … Continue reading

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