Monday, October 07, 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

Finding time for sketching

Pencil to paper, every day, that's it.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Friday, June 07, 2013

Every Day

Sketching and visiting my Mom, what I should do every day.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


I kinda love this underpainting so much, it really captures the furriness of MAX my Corgi-mix doggie that came into our lives in November.  It's just burnt umber and oil.  I love painting what I love!!

I love you cashew!

My husband is a writer, I am an artist.  We have launched a new business called Nary Dairy.  One year ago we drove back to the midwest, wondering if we should give up on LA...on our dreams.  Well, one date and a few sketches on a paper napkin and Nary Dairy was born at Atomic Cafe in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Now we sell our delicious cashew cheese in two farmers markets and people are asking us to ship it all over the country.  I guess being creative is just that, making stuff, making a life, making something that wasn't there before...there.  But, hopefully this is just the beginning of the story.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Self-Portrait in oil

Self-Portrait by Lois Keller 2013, oil on canvas, 14" x 11"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shadows of violence

These are my first reactions to the incessant violence happening these days.  

Monday, April 08, 2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

My Family in Oil Paint

 I'm learning a lot from Julia Diller and the great people every other Tuesday.  Most importantly, patience.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Illustration Friday- SWIM


Sleep Revival

Trout in Aspic

While working at Le Quatre Vent, I had a lovely lunch in the big house with Mr. and Mrs. Cabot.  Trout in Aspic was served, which I had never had before and needed to preserve the memory in paint, just like this fish in jelly.  

Le Pigeonnier

Because of my work on the Skylight Opera, and Colin Cabot and David Birn.  I got to paint inside this little place in the middle of one of the most beautiful spots in the world.  I would go in a secret door and spend my day painting the secret room and looking out the window.   
Pigeonnier, is a replica of a French dovecote at Quatre Vent

Please read this about the late Frank Cabot and his work to preserve gardens.

The Skylight Opera

In the summer of 1996 and 97 I worked on this fantastic project of urban renewal, The Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. with a talented crew of people from the east coast and the midwest we magically (with a lot of hard work) modeled this new theatrical space into a venetian style opera house. Smack in the middle of the "Third Ward" which at the time was a dilapitated and forgotten area of town by the river The Skylight project lead this area into an artistic urban revival.  They just had a 20th anniversary of the project and brought back Diane Fargo,  who was the lead artist to give a talk about it.  Here are a few good before and after photos.  More photos are here on Flickr

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pre-school Shades of Shamrocks

Stamp lightlyMixing DarkHe made Light Green!It's fun to mixShades of Shamrocks!Make Flowers
Different shapes, different StampsGreen Pepper ShamrockBrushes down...for nowMake ArtAndy WarholWow!
Crayons, Brushes and StampsAmazingCreativeDark Outside, Light insideArtists!
A lovely PaintingReal shamrocks for inspirationMake PatternsSwirling paint

A really fun and easy project for St. Patty's Day.