Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ellis Island New Arrival

OK, I'll admit it.  I just couldn't give up painting this image.  
My grandfather, Julius Ludwig Van Pahlke
arrived on Ellis Island with a few belongings.  
I painted him previously, but my work didn't depict the STORY
I wanted to tell.  I think that this is better.

This tells of a little guy who just arrived off of the boat, 
with his few treasures in a bag and basket.  Tattered and torn
just like Madam Liberty held her arms to embrace.

Enjoy and be glad you are here in the USA!!

Friday, August 9, 2013


The assignment was to paint "Imagine" for our art league.
So I thought about all of the things I could imagine...
And here is my result:

If Pigs Could FLY...
They would fly over the MOUNTAINS, of course.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tiny Columbine...

The task was to paint a miniature painting.  Anything we wanted.  I chose something I truly avoid at all costs.  Flowers.  I love them, but find them incredibly difficult to paint.  3x5 mighty inches overall, this little beauty is our state flower here in Colorado.  Enjoy, everyone.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Willie LaWarre

Once upon a time, there was a very special little guy.
His parents, Claudia and Bill adopted him so that they could
give him kisses and hold him,
and Willie could give them licks and jumps and make them laugh and giggle.
Here he is -- in his puppy faced best.
Willie La Warre