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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