Highlights
Art by Steve Ludeman
Snowbound
15" x 11" (Prints available)

Snowbound is one of my favorite paintings.  I created this art
as part of a class project in my friend Beth Verheyden's
weekly watercolor painting class.  Our assignment was to
present the different textures of the snow, trees and truck in
an artistic manner.  I think this painting captures the stark,
frigid beauty of winter with a hint of warmth from the old
truck and the Christmas tree lights.  The original painting is
now part of the
permanent art collection at Oregon Health
Sciences University in Portland.
Along the Vltava
(15" x 22"  $800)

The Vltava River meanders peacefully through the
picturesque medieval town of Cesky Krumlov - a
World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic.  This
painting was done from a sketch I did on the river
bank.  The Church of St. Vitas is on the right and the
tall building in the middle is the Gothic Hradek round
tower.  While I sketched, local workmen were
repairing a wall behind me.  They were very curious to
see what I was doing, so I invited them over to view
my sketch as it progressed.  In this painting I tried to
capture the magical Old World flavor of this historic
area.
Clear Lake Sunset
20" x 15" (Prints available)

Recently one of my Iowa high school classmates
commissioned me to do this painting.  It is a sunset scene of
Clear Lake, Iowa, near our hometown.  In September 2011
many of us gathered in Iowa to celebrate our 50th high school
class reunion.  This painting was part of an art show at our
reunion.  My classmates and I share wonderful memories of
our youthful summers on the Lake, swimming, boating and
waterskiing (and of course, a little partying.  After all, it was the
time when The Beach Boys were very popular!)
Bavarian Classic
20" x 30"
(Prints available)

This was a fun painting to do!  With my friend Susan Spears’ “Inside
Line Drawing Class” I visited the Portland, OR Motorcycle Company.  
This classic, vintage BMW bike was in the lobby and I just had to
sketch it!  Later, I did this full-sheet painting based on the sketch.  The
bike was black and white but I thought it would be boring to paint.  So
I had fun adding lots of color and this is how it turned out.  The original
painting is now part of the
permanent art collection at Oregon Health
Sciences University in Portland
.
Riding Shotgun
11" x 15" $300 - Prints available)

This is one of a series of paintings I recently did of Heidi and Bruno, two
St. Bernard dogs - mascots for nearby Timberline Lodge, a National
Historic Landmark.  I painted the series at the request of Lodge
employees who said they needed art work of the current dogs.  They
had art of former mascots but not of the current St. Bernards.  I was
pleased to take the assignment and enjoyed painting the dogs when
they were puppies.  This is a winter’s night scene of a determined
Bruno riding “shotgun” in a Timberline Snow Cat, with snow flying.
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@2000 Steve Ludeman
Autumn Bounty
(20" x 36" $1,000)

I did most of this painting on a gorgeous fall day at an organic farm near
Lake Oswego, OR.  I was painting with Susan Spears’ group of artists
called “Eye on the Sky”.  There were no pumpkins in the actual scene,
so I had fun adding them.  It was a real challenge to paint the stems on
the pumpkins, as I had nothing to go on except my vague memory of
what they look like.  I was honored that this painting was juried into the
2011 Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Show in Sunriver, OR.
Peanuts & Popcorn
Mason City 1909
28" x 22" (Prints available)

Just looking at this colorful painting of a 1909
horse-drawn peanut and popcorn wagon, you can
imagine the pleasant aroma of roasting peanuts and hot
popcorn emanating from the wagon.  The peanuts were
steam-roasted near the wagon, and the fragrance
attracted lots of hungry folks.  

This was a commissioned work I completed for a client
in Arizona.   We grew up in the same small town in
Northern Iowa and this painting is based on a historic
photo of the peanut wagon on the main street of our
hometown.  Enjoy!