It's summer, it's show season….

Almighty Rhubarb
Okay, So, Art Festival Season is up and running. We are in a different city every weekend. That makes it hard to keep this blog up to date, so forgive me. Here's something you might not think about…… Along with show season comes show stress dreams.  On bad nights, my mind manufactures terrible tragedies that could happen at the next outdoor art fair…… a huge storm, parts of the tent go missing, all my work got left back at home and those are just the normal ones. In one dream, my tent fell off a huge cliff and rolled and rolled until it was nothing but rubble. Why was the art show on a cliff, don't know.  So, keep this in mind when you walk around your next art fair……..

Schedule for the near future
OLD TOWN ART FAIR, Chicago June 13-14

Two Shows, Milwaukee WI and Winona MN

People ask me all the time if I have a website and I always say, "Yes I do, but like most artist websites, it's very rarely kept up or updated. It guess when you are busy painting, framing, putting up shows, taking them down, planning the next…. the last thing on my to do list is 'update the blog'". And I shrug my shoulders as I pass them my card.  Might as well be upfront about it.  I have no idea how other people do it.

But, here are some new works and some information on two shows.

First Show: BEANS and BARLEY

New Work by Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher
The art is located in the restaurant.
1901 E. North Ave. Milwaukee WI
(414) 278-7878
On Display from now to Mid-March

Second Show:Winona Arts Center

River Journal: Birds
The Winona Arts Center is located at 228 E. 5th Street. 
Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 4-7pm, Fridays from 3-6pm or by appointment. For additional information, please contact Mary Coughlan at 608-0525-0050.
Opening Saturday, January 24th. 1-3pm.

This show will feature all bird images that I've made from the area.

Summer Chaos

Garden Gives Birth to Turtles, $4000
Does this look chaotic to you? This is how my summer feels.  Please have patience with me getting back to you if you are emailing about available work. We are traveling with the Art Fair circuit and trying to make new work at the same time.  Every time we get back home, there are a million new things for me to paint.  But I will take it as it comes.

End of the Year and in Transition

Works in Progress.
When all the running around slows down from the summer and the night time darkness stretches over parts of the day, I hunker down and start making some bigger work.  None of it is going to get done for a few more months, but here is what is cooking. 

Also, I have an opening coming up in Waukesha WI, Saturday, Jan 4th
I am teaching a Weekend Workshop on Portrait Painting in La Crosse, WI  on January 11 and 12
Click on CALENDAR OF EVENTS for details.
Happy New Year.

 DiSciascio's Restaurant,  Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches.
This is a painting of the interior of DiSciascio's Restaurant in Coon Valley, WI. Andy and I discovered this place only a few years ago and immediately got sucked into the people and atmosphere. Now, we know that it is closing and so I decided to plant myself at the end of the bar and paint the joint.  One by one we are getting all the key players painted in. Obviously there is Lou, then Gloria, Kyle, and Nick. Marty still needs to be put in on the other end of the bar, crunching numbers. We are getting requests for prints and so I will make sure to have some made.

Lydia, Arcylic on Canvas, 50 x 28 inches.
This is Lydia. She is the latest in my Pearl Street Project series. I'd say we are about half way done.  Christmas slowed our sittings down but we'll pick back up after school starts. 

 Noah's Ark, Oil on canvas, 33 x 60 inches
                                                                                                                                                                                                  You always see paintings of the outside of Noah's Ark but never the inside. This is a commission from Calvary Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee. Andy and I got married there this last September and we traded our wedding ceremony for a painting.  This image is from the inner workings of the brain of Paster Mark McDonough. He told me what he pictured in his mind and we are painting to his vision. It's really a great release to paint from nothing essentially, no model, no stillife, just the thin air.


Wondrous Display, Sold

Two Stalks

It's time for everything to pop. The garden is pushing on, making leaps and bounds after such a strange spring. I found giant turnips where there were none before and I feel I am going crazy.  The art festival season, too, is in full season.  In this case, nature is against me. Just when I am at my busiest is when all the amazing things start to happen. I will be hurrying to finish a task, just in time to find an awesome dragonfly or spot a new flower to paint. But now I have so little time to do it and my days end with me feeling guilty because of not accomplishing all I desire.  Why is winter so  long and slow? This is torture.
Unfurling Ferns

Glowing Red

Juvenile Robin

Robin's Egg

Ice Fishing

Fish Collection. This is going to be the official Poster for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl coming to Milwaukee in April.

Female Brown trout out of Lake Michigan with the help of a Mr. Eric Haataja.

First Northern brought through the ice on a tip-up in the Mississippi River.

Tiny perch.