Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Wedding Party

Ellen artistically expresses all the joys, hopes and love celebrated on this glorious day in Rothenburg, Germany. As one might expect, several of the Topelmann’s friends have featured the “The Wedding Party” on their wedding announcements. 24x30” Acrylic.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Seraphim and Cherubim

Ellen portrays a majestic angelic paradise in a painting filled with rich imagination and harmonious color expression. Acrylic. 20x24”.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Jesus Is Speaking

In this dramatic and comforting artistic creation, we know Christ's message is personal and important. Somehow you know that what Christ is saying has a special meaning only you can understand. Oil by Karsten. 30x24".

Friday, December 24, 2010

Baroque Splendor and Spirit

Fortunately for us, Karsten was inspired to paint this beautiful and elaborately decorated church on the banks of Lake Constance in Germany. Oil. 30x24"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Three Doll Sisters

Inspired by Ellen's antique doll collection, Karsten brings these delicate beauties to life in an opaque watercolor. 28x22"

Monday, December 20, 2010


Ellen recreates her memory of a cozy, mellow evening at home with Mom, Dad and the kids--before cell phones, computers and cable took over the scene. And in Ellen's world, there's always room for a visitor or two. Acrylic.  24x30"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Learning to Knit

Ellen recreates a loving and nurturing scenario taken from her memories of watching her patientmother teach the basics of knitting to her sister . You can almost taste the tea and smell the fragrance of the flowers. Acrylic. 24x30".

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oceans of Gold

This exciting seascape abounds with sweeping strokes of swirling golds and brilliants blues, splashed with frothy white-capped waves, all glistening under the sunlit clouds. Oil by Karsten. 24x36”

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Joys of Winter

Looking through the antique window-style frame, one can easily "time-travel" to a typical Wisconsin winter's eve when life was so much simpler--and more social. A national award winning acrylic painting by Ellen. 28x21".

Friday, December 10, 2010

Laugh and the World Laughs with You

Celebrating good times and great fun, Ellen captures a jovial moment in her expressive painting style. "Laugh and the World Laughs With You" virtually vibrates with a jubilant spirit. Acrylic. 24x30".

Saturday, December 4, 2010

School Days

Do you remember when? Ellen's painting portrays all the fun, excitement and energy of that race to school before the bell rings...despite the siren call of snowballs, skating, sliding and sledding. Acrylic. 20x24"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

St. Martin's Day.

 On St. Martin's Day, all of the school children in Rothenburg stroll through town carrying lampions lit by candles--creating this memorable, magical, mystical mood captured by Ellen. Acrylic 30x24".

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bugle and Helmet

In this tribute to “long-ago”,  Karsten has created a watercolor still-life that captures the soft glow of ceremonial colors faded by time as they are reflected in the polished patina of an antique German fire helmet and bugle. 20"x23”.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Window Box

A colorful window to the world—so bright and cheery that you can imagine all the flowers waving a happy “hello” to passers-by.  Ellen works her magic in dazzling shades of acrylic blues. 24" x 30".

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Our Village

Ephraim never looked more inviting. Gazing at Ellen's painting is like taking a summer vacation every day. Look closely and you'll notice that mischievous Karsten painted a beer in the gazebo. That's one sight you'll never actually see in Ephraim--a town that has always been "dry." Acrylic.

Ice Skating on the Pond

Ellen's mystical, magical ice skating painting captures the warmth and excitement of a snowy eve in Ephraim.

Magnificent Morn

Sometimes, when the conditions are just right,  Door County experiences an autumn morn where nature is bathed with a glorious golden light. Even the atmosphere seems to vibrate and shimmer. Here is that day, captured in living color. Oil painting by Karsten. 40x30"

Scarlet Flower Flurry

Always a favorite of gallery visitors, Ellen's iconic "Falling Petals" paintings feature her unique technique of incorporating the frame in the art "experience". It's great fun and expertly rendered in acylic. 10x8" painting with 14x12" natural wood frame.