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Thursday, October 9, 2014

FRAMED AND READY TO BE DELIVERED

 These two paintings are framed and ready to be delivered  to the Jura Silverman Gallery in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I will also be delivering "Breaking Through" and "Aspen Gold".
Wild Lupine 11 x 13, framed 16 x 20
Autumn Wildflowers 11 x 14, Framed 16 x 20

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lupine in Karner Blue Meadow 12 x 16

Learned a few days ago that this one sold through the Jura Silverman Gallery in Spring Green, Wisconsin. This painting was painted from within a State Park: The Karner Blue Meadow State Natural Area. As part of  www.PaintTheParks.com I will make a donation to my local chapter of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail.

Friday, September 26, 2014

GOLDEN FIELDS (WITH TURKEYS) 12 x 18

Just learned today that this one was acquired through the Jura Silverman Gallery by UW Hospitals for their new American Center to open in July on the Eastside of Madison, WI. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ASPEN GOLD - CRANMER STREET, WINTERPARK, CO 9-18-2014 9 X 11.5

Last night we got home from a 10 day trip to Colorado to visit our son. While there I was able to complete this plein air piece. I was interested in capturing the shadows on the dirt road and the light on the yellow aspens. This painting is available through the Jura Silverman Gallery, Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 12 - Autumn on the Pine River 10 x 14

September is such a busy month. We have been like the squirrels scampering around hiding their nuts, getting ready for winter. The past few days I've not had a new painting to post for the 30 day challenge, but I have been painting; the trim of the house, a book case for my daughter, and I worked on a couple of commision paintings. Also I have been getting ready to teach a workshop this Saturday. 
This painting is from a photo I took near my home, at a property owned by friends. I have been wanting to paint this for quite some time. I liked the way the light was coming down illuminating the pines, the red maple and the leaves that were floating on the river.
This painting is available: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/autumn-on-the--pine-river/257063

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Breaking Through 6 x 8 - Day 3 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

 Day 3 - Breaking Through 6 x 8 Framed 10 x 13
Available through the Jura Silverman Gallery, Spring Green, WI.

Just a small one for today. I reworked yesterday's painting, making a few changes.The remake is shown below along with the 6 x 8 Study for yesterday's painting and below that is a photo of the underpainting for Burning Off of the Fog.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BURNING OFF OF THE FOG 10 X 13

Day 2 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I have once again accepted Leslie Saeta's challenge to complete a painting a day each day during the month of September. I hesitated to accept the challenge. September is a very busy month and I don't like to set a goal I can't keep.  I decided an attempt to paint daily is better than not attempting at all. I am working on a new technique. I have tried using an underpainting in the past but I found myself rarely using that method, but I just took a workshop with an artist whose work I have long admired; Barbara Jaenicke. She uses an underpainting  and I have decided to try this method again. Yesterday's painting and todays painting were both started with an underpainting. I am beginning to like this method, but I still have a few challenges to work through. this painting is available through Daily Paint Works: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/burning-off-the-fog/254397

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AUTUMN WILDFLOWERS 11 X14 Framed 16 x 20

I just love when nature provides this kind of scene right before my eyes; the purple wildflowers, the deep blue sky and the yellow/orange trees, incredible.
This painting is available through the Jura Silverman Gallery inSpring Green, WI.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Red Cross Heroes Event



These three framed original pastel paintings will be part of the silent auction on April 26, 2014 at the Red Cross Heroes Event in Wild Rose, WI. Here is a link for more information.
 https://www.facebook.com/events/1480046562207700/
The event features great entertainment and is a sellout annually. Register early. A great opportunity to hear some fantastic music and support a very worthy cause.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Break in the Clouds 8 x 20

This is (was) the view across the field behind my house. The little white country church burned to the ground a few weeks ago. This was the original version of this painting. At some point I removed the church from the painting. I still have the painting and I plan to put the church back in; maybe the parishners would like it as a remembrance. I hear they will be rebuilding on the same lot. The church was a beautiful, historic landmark. I don't have words to describe my feelings when I looked out about 8 pm the night it burned. Our quiet moonlit winter landscape was filled with the flashing red lights of the firetrucks and in the center the huge ball of orange as the entire building was totally engulfed in flames, a stark contrast to the moonlight on the blue snow. The site was even more horrific in the light the next morning.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winter Farm Ditch 13 x 17

We still have plenty of snow, and it will be here for awhile. Two years ago the ice was off our lake on March 15. We still have snow on top of the ice, and it was very thick this year, so it won't be melting for some time.
This painting is available unframed via PayPal: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/winter-farm-ditch/208217

Autumn By the River 16 x 28



As winter continues on in Wisconsin, I decided to do a colorful autumn landscape. This is one of my larger pieces so it took a few days to complete. I have difficulty working any larger because I can only handle glass that is 24 x 36, which is the size this one will be framed.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Collage

Here is a collage of 28 of the 30 paintings I created for Leslie Saeta's 30 Day challenge.Painting is easier than creating things like this. I could not get two of the images in, so here are 28 of the 30.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Early Winter Moon 10 x 12

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
The soft light of late day created contrasting colors in the snow and sky; a quiet and peaceful time of day.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Twilight 12 x 12

Day 28 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I loved the soft orange and pink light in this cold winter scene. Late day in winter often offers very interesting color combinations.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Edge of the Woods 9 x 9

Day 24 - Edge of the Woods
Day 24, almost there, six more to go. This was done from a photo I took of the woods near the end of my driveway. Behind the deer is the neighbor's corn field where the deer had been most likely eating dinner.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Late Afternoon Storm 9 x 12

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days SOLD
A scene very near my home....I often see the sun just catching the tops of the trees on the distant treeline. This time it also provided a dramatic sky filled with storm clouds.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sunlit Pines 8.5 x 8.5

Day 22 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I've been wanting to do a painting of the green lichen that grows on many of the trees in our woodlot. I loved the colors in this painting...my favorites - greens and blues.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Shack 9 x 11

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I am often attracted to derelict buildings. They seem to tell stories, and I like to embellish the stories in my own mind; thinking about the people that have used or inhabited them long ago. I wonder what the builder of this building would think if they saw this building today, so sadly neglected. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clouds, Cows, and Shadows 9 x 9

Day 19 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Yet another cloud painting, and again cows and calves. I might be unintentionally starting a series.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Byer's Peak 12 x 16

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
This was painted from a photo I took while my husband and I were hiking with my son and daughter-in-law near Fraser, Colorado in the Arapahoe National Forest at St. Louis Creek. This is very near their home; what a beautiful area, I see why they want to live there.

Ten percent of the sale of this painting will be donated to the Waushara County, Wisconsin Chapter of the Ice Age Trail as part of the PaintTheParks program.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Half Way to the North Pole 9 x 9

Day 16 - 30  Paintings in 30 Days
After hiking at Rib Mountain with the Waushara Outdoor Women,  the group that I was with took a side trip to the exact center of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. North 45 Parallel, West 90 Meridian - Marathon Co. WI, They were slightly more fascinated by the location than I was. I was more interested in this little creek that was nearby. I loved the reflections of the autumn trees in the still water.


The heavens are yours and
yours also the earth,
You founded the world and
all that is in it.
You created the north and the south.
Psalm 89:11-12



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

River and Clouds 10 x 16

Day 15 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Clouds, again. Clouds, my favorite subject. This time with my second favorite subject -water.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Russet 9 x 11

Day 14 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Watching clouds is a favorite past time and has been since I was very young when I spent many hours laying in the grass, chewing on a blade of grass, and watching the clouds drift by. Clouds are often subjects in my paintings.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Cottage Memories 9 x 18

Day 13 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
My husband and I were looking through old family photos and we came across a black and white photo taken about 1940 of his grandparent's cottage on a small lake in Michigan. The cottage was still in the family when we got married and we both have fond memories of the cottage, the lake, and the good times we had with family there. I loved the play of light in the tall grass and the shadows on the cottage. I remember the pale yellow the cottage was painted. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cows and a Horse 9 x 9

Day 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - SOLD
Wisconsin is SO green and lush in the summer, and this winter has been VERY cold, the past few days have been bitter cold and now we have a warm up, but freezing rain, so I've been looking for colorful summer reference photos to work from. It does seem to warm me a bit.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sunset 14 x 18

Day 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
My favorite time of day, when the sun sets and it's time for rest and reflection. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WINTER SUNRISE 9 x 9

Day 7 - 30  Paintings in 30 Days - SOLD
The sun was coming up and creating a red glow between the branches on the pine tree that was covered in snow. Some things that are so beautiful in life are difficult to recreate. The digital image is not capturing the painting's subtleties.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cow Trails 9 x 9

Day 6 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
When I was a child I woke up one day to see a cow just outside my window. The neighbor's cows were loose and  investigating the grass "on the other side of the fence".

Sunday, January 5, 2014

STONE HOUSE - EARLY SPRING 7 X 10

Day 5 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days
Another good day to pull out a photo to paint from which brings memories of warmer weather, and the promise of Spring. 
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/stone-house-spring/190271

Saturday, January 4, 2014

GREENS OF SUMMER 9 x 9

Day 4 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
On a  snowy,very cold, wintery day it is nice to pull out a photo of summer to paint and transport myself to warm, sunny days
.http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/greens-of-summer/190270

Friday, January 3, 2014

ON THE ROCKS 11 x 8.5

Day 3 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
 "Women of Waushara" WOW  is a group of women who get together to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, kayak, etc. This painting is from a photo I took while hiking with the WOW group last fall, at Rib Mountain.
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/on-the-rocks/190269

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FIELD IN MOTION 8.5 x 11"

Day 2 of the 30 Paintings  in 30 Days Challenge
I grew up in farm country, my parents had a farm in Ohio and even when we moved to Michigan we were in a rural area with a big farm field behind our house. I have many happy memories of my childhood and I think that must be why farm scenes attract my attention as subjects for my paintings.
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/susan-klabak/field-in-motion/189979

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Overlooking Bohn Lake  ( from the Ice Age Trail, Waushara County, Wisconsin) 6 x 8

Day One is here!  A New Year, a new challenge. I've joined over 300 artists who have accepted Leslie Saeta's challenge to start the new year by creating a painting a day in January. You can check out all the daily postings by going to Leslie's blog: http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/ 

This painting will be donated to the Waushara County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. They will use it as part of their fundraising event on February 15 - The Candlelight Sweetheart Event: http://waushara.iceagetrail.org/chapter-events