Anne Raskopf ~ Artist

Celebrating year number 5 for the 30 Paintings 30 Days Challenge! This years subject is Madison, Wisconsin.  So many beautiful buildings and views to choose from.  All signs pointed to Madison this year for me paint.  I was fortunate to be chosen as one of the "Bucky on Parade" artists and also recently in the "Artful Women" show back in December.  So here I go...

 1. "The Best View in Town"  12" x 12", Acrylic on Canvas, $175

The Washburn Observatory is perched over lake Mendota in Madison, WI. My husband and I often enjoyed picnic meals at it's foot, and later in life the view through it's telescope with our son. I recommend enjoying a picnic there soon!


Day 2,  "Browsers Welcome"  11' x14" Acrylic on canvas. A State Street treasure, iron and beacon of light for book lovers!  Reminds me of Shakespeare & Company in Paris, with midwest charm. 

Day 3 "The Armory"  6"x 6"  Acrylic on panel  SOLD

The big red castle overlooking Library Mall always caught my attention as an art student in the 80"s.  I don't think I ever set foot inside until this past year.  What a magnificent presence on campus.

Day 4 "Farewell" 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas

Sad news for all who loved to visit and nosh at Ella's Deli.  I remember the Ella's on State Street and I was sad when that one closed down and now Ella's on East Washington.  Is there an angel out there who will save it?

Day 5 "This Way to the Game"  6" x 6" Acrylic on Panel.  I lived a couple of blocks away on Spring Street and would walk over on non game days to enjoy the peaceful space.  So many beautiful quiet spots to appreciate at a busy campus.

Day 6 of 30 Days of Painting, "North Hall"  6" x 6" Acrylic on Panel

North Hall was the first structure on UW campus and was built in 1851.  John Muir lived in North Hall when he attended UW Madison.

Painting No.#7 "Carillon Bell Tower. 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas. 

Carillon Bell Tower near Social Sciences on Observatory Drive is one of the most recognizable buildings on UW's campus.  Built in 1936 it was once surrounded by Muir Woods.  Check out this video of the bells..


Painting No.#8 "A Block from the Capitol" 11"x 14" Acrylic on Canvas

Art Deco exterior and French Renaissance interior made the building an icon, with "Orpheum" sign towering over State Street.The terrazzo floors, chandeliers, grand staircase, and statue of Orpheus overlooking the entryway are still intact.

Day 9 "Pasties on the Square"  6" x 6" Acrylic on panel 

A tiny little gem of a restaurant with total comfort food.  Down to earth, hearty fare and worth the walk up State Street from campus.

10th Painting of 30, "Lunch at the Mall" 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas.

My favorite was the Vietnamese Spring Roll Lady"  Eric and I liked them so much he got a job working there. Now we make them ourselves! Yummy!

11th Day, This one makes me hungry "Brats & Beer" Acrylic on Canvas.  SOLD

State Street Brats offers a destination for alumni to meet up with friends, enjoy a cold one and mingle with other Badger Fans!

Painting number 12 of 30, "Red Rider" 6"x6"  Acrylic on Panel.

Back in the day at UW I rode my MaryKay pink bike by dad pulled out of a lake while fishing.  It came home green and we sprayed it MaryKay pink and I rode it all 4 years.  I have a great dad!

Day 13 is "Der Rathskeller"  12"x12"  Acrylic on Canvas. A very cozy place to cuddle up with a coffee or beer and definitely a popcorn.  It's just awesome to hang out  at  Der Rathskeller. SOLD

14 of 30 Paintings is "Bascom"  6" x 6", Acrylic on panel.  When I think of UW, I think of Bascom Hill and Hall.  A grand building set atop a big hill! Love it! SOLD

Hello Day 15 and half way done!  "UW Dairy Barn, 1897" 12" x 12".  This building played an important role in the field of dairy science during the 20th century.  Now on the Historic Landmark Registry.  What a beautiful barn!

Day 16, "The Terrace" 12" x 12", Acrylic on Canvas.  SOLD

A vibe all it's own, one of the best places to see a band, have a beer and watch the sailboats or people.  No visit to Madison is complete without a stop at The Terrace.

Day 17, "Half A Gallon of Happiness"  12" x 6", Acrylic on panel.

The flavor is "On, Wisconsin!" cheesecake, with chocolate covered canberries! Truly premium ice cream, the best way to celebrate your victories and forget about your troubles.

Day 18, "Class of 1923 Clock Tower", 6" x 12", Acrylic on panel.

A fixture in Library Mall, an important reminder to be on time for class.

Day 19, "Discussion in the Fountain", 12" x 12", Acrylic on Canvas

Hagenah Fountain on Library Mall back in business after a 6 year hiatus.  At the intersection of Memorial Library, The State Historical Society and The Memorial Union, the fountain is the heart of the mall. 

Hip hip hurrah for Day 20!  "The Allen Centennial Gardens"  12" x 12" Acrylic on panel SOLD

I should have spent more time there back in the 80's.  It's another world nestled in the middle of bustling Madison.  This is the Agricultural Dean's Home and I believe currently under renovations. Visit the gardens, you'll be inspired too!

Day 21, "406 North Francis" 11x14, Acrylic on Canvas

Nickel Beer, Long Islands, top 5 college bar in the nation.  Nuff said.

Day 22,  "Snowy Science Hall"  12" x 12"  Acrylic on Canvas, Sold

Built in 1888, Romanesque Architecture, was one of the three main instructional facilities at UW.

Cool, right!

No# 23, "Hats on State" 12" x 12" Acrylic on panel. The Sacred Feather is a fabulous hat store on State Street. Whatever the look you're going for they have the perfect hat to top it off! Sold

Day 24, "The Big Red Line"  6" x 9" Acrylic on canvas SOLD

Nothing like the energy of the Fifth Quarter during a Badger event.The band creates a whole lotta school spirit!

Day 25 of 30,"Night on the Terrace"  12" x 12", Acrylic on panel,  Sold

Tables, chairs,popcorn, beverges,great views,conversation equals relaxation.

#26, "Produce & Politics"  12"x12", Acrylic on panel SOLD

The farmer's market on the square is a Madison institution, While strolling around our capital one can sample produce, pastries, and all manner of other offerings in close proximity to a building that houses all three branches of state government.

No# 27, "Visit Abe", 6" x 6", 

No # 28, "Bridge to Old Music Hall" 8" x 8"

# 29, "Campus News", 8" x 10" The Badger Herald, The Daily Cardinal and The Onion, campus reads.

Last one.... Number 30!, "Agricultural Hall", 9" x 12"

A beautiful Beaux Arts style building located on Linden Drive.  It's massive, and I love that they plant flowers in a big U and W in the planters. The Ag program grew so fastat UW that they needed to make more space at the university, thus Ag Hall was built, 1902. I thought it fitting to end the series with Ag Hall since we live in an agricultural state!

Thanks for following my 30 Days of Painting!