Here's a painting from over a decade ago that was lots of fun to paint. Colors were introduced randomly to the otherwise golden corn shocks to add visual interest to them.

A friend purchased this because her husband had grown up in a town that manufactured barbed wire. I have vivid childhood memories, too, of climbing over the barbed wire fence behind our house, and I rarely got snagged by it.

Hope many of you in the northern hemisphere are enjoying a beautiful autumn like we are. It's been gloriously colorful with great weather to enhance the colors, very inspiring for an artist.

"Cornival" Transparent Watercolor on 140#HP Arches 14 x 29" COLLECTED



Months ago several friends advised me to enter my Italian pigeon picture in the Watercolor Society of Indiana's annual juried show. Since, at most, I enter only two shows a year, it didn't seem right to submit a painting that seemed to me so boring or too simple. But these giant sized pigeons did make it into the juried show - which was a pleasant surprise, for sure.

Today awards were presented in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where the WSI show will hang through the first weekend of December. The pigeons received the third place ribbon, along with a generous gift certificate from Cheap Joe's in North Carolina:-) and a very nice junk of change! THANK you for being so encouraging and having the eye to see what to enter. Your advice is so appreciated, and your friendships are such a blessing. Now let's celebrate!!!