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The process of painting the  portrait and capturing the personalities  explained and shown here.

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New Gallery!

Posted by Anita Brett on October 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am finally in a permanent Gallery!

A new gallery in Old Town called

Katalyst

on 1214 Turner

Next to Creole Gallery.

The owner is a quiet confident entrepreneur

named

Sarah Christiansen.

She is smart, well researched and has elegant clean style.

The Gallery walk in Old Town is this Sunday.

Come and see her gallery!

Holland, Michigan

Posted by Anita Brett on September 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Holland...

Holland, Michigan.

Unless you are from Michigan

you may  not know that there is a Holland here.

It was settled by the Dutch immigrants.

Their tulip festival will rival any from the Netherlands.

Just a sketch.

Horse and a Boy

Posted by Anita Brett on September 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Compassion

Relationship.

That is what this boy is communicating to this horse.

I love the gentleness that is appartent  in the boy's touch

and the gentle response of the powerful horse.

Autumn Trophies!

Posted by Anita Brett on September 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Apples! 

 They are the trophies of autumn.

But these kids (my kids) are the best treasure of any season.

I tried to keep the majority of the shadows touching each other for congruity.  Sometimes I used a cool tone for the shadows but sometimes the darker more intense value as in her hat.

 This picture was taked outside of the cottage we rent on Lake Michigan

not at an apple orchard,

But we favor

The Country Mill and Orchard in Potterville.

Moranskis!!

Posted by Anita Brett on September 7, 2010 at 5:31 PM Comments comments (0)

The almost finished portrait of the Morans.

I have changed it since the scan to adjust the husband's jaw and the littlest girls left eye. 

Otherwise,

I love it.  The colors are as vibrant as the family.

Everything in their house hase color.

Their car is even decorated for the seasons.

Celebrate life!

That is the moto of this fam!

A boy and his horse

Posted by Anita Brett on September 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Fall is Definately in the air!

Posted by Anita Brett on September 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM Comments comments (0)

In Michigan fall means

 apples,

trees changing,

breezes,

football games.

This summer was hot.  We like hot here.  Firstly,  we only have three true months of summer and

Secondly, one of the best things about Michigan is the water.

Lake Michigan is great with heat and waves.

It is not a place you go to be seen

like California beaches.

You go to be

alone

or with family.

Third Best in Show! in Clio

Posted by Anita Brett on August 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM Comments comments (0)

The inviting faces of the

West boys portrait

were juried as third best in show!

Never done that before.

The community of Clio has been hit hard by the recession.

Our state has 13.5% unemployed.

I'm glad the Wests

could make the town smile!!

They make me smile!

Pentwater Galleries

Posted by Anita Brett on August 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (0)

I naively

walked into a gallery in Pentwater

thinking that I could show my work

without an appointment

and there would be kind reception.

There was kind reception

 but if you are planning on visiting a gallery to show your work

schedule an appointment...

on monday.

Marilyn

graciously looked and my work

and sent me back

to Patric

to discuss

protocol

and

possibilities.

We'll see . .

possibilities

Art and Wine Show in Pentwater Michigan

Posted by Anita Brett on August 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)

I lived

in California

eight miles from the beach

for ten years.

I lived

in Michigan

one hundred four miles from the beach

for fifteen years.

But one week a year

we live right on the beach

of

Lake Michigan.

The coast of Wisconsin is

 sixty-six miles

away.

The Lake water can be smooth as glass

or rip tides

 with 6-8 foot waves.

We had both on our family week this August. 

We kayaked the smooth and small wave water

and body surfed

and boggie boarded the waves.

The unbalancing power of the

under current

is exillerating

and frightening.

Two men drown

the two days of

 strong current.

Thirty miles either side of our cottage.

We viewed the annual

meteorite show

in the

absence of a moon.

Inspiring

to look out

at the world

then in

to your soul

and

 ponder.


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