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
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..https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JiprkihxL_4
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.
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.
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!
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!