I've been inspired by this very creative lady. She really has tried her hand at many different disciplines including porcelain doll making but for me, it's her oil landscapes that captivated me. Some are entirely made up landscapes from photos she's taken here and there on her travels. This is what Joan says about herself:-
"I am a 65 yr old grandma and have been painting for about 30 years, off and on. At one time I was an active member of the Greater Flint Art Guild but dropped out when family obligations made it hard to keep up with the requirements of producing several pcs a year. I am ready to begin painting regularly again. I do landscapes, seascapes, and some pencil or chalk portraits. I also have done several reproduction mold hand made porcelain dolls, along with dressing many of them in period costumes, made from patterns."
Here are some of her landscape paintings I particularly liked and her descriptions.
This painting was done at a hobby shop in Holly, Mi., 30 years ago during the Dickens festival, beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. The shop owner had asked me to set up and paint in her shop.I was happy to. She had displayed some of my early paintings in her store, and got me my first sale. Because it was the first one, she refused to take a consignment fee. This painting is not for sale, one of my daughters has it.
This is the Lighthouse at Copper Harbor, Mi.
A scenic path.
More of Joan's work can be viewed here
This article is to say a big thank you to Joan for being an active member of the forum. Your art could be featured as a member of the forum so please come and join.