Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spring Iris, Again

Irises are my second favorite flower to paint. Spring comes along and it's time to get out the big boards and paint irises. All large, all unfinished. These are sad iris paintings from years past. The middle one is on illustration board with tempera. I also tried oil, ink, pastel, crayolas and pencil and watercolor. This years try feels wonderful. It's complete, fast and loose. I am loving working small because the work doesn't have a chance to become precious. If you make it precious, you agonize over it and it ceases to be fun.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Back Shed

Today's painting is the back of my husband's studio and the attached shed. I think it is my first building painting that I have finished. I did a few about a year ago, very large, very unfinished. This work is finished and I am very happy with it. I have drawn many, many buildings, some times in foreign countries.  I love a number 4 pencil and a new sketch book. But I am just getting into painting them.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In The Crowd

Last Saturday I went to the farmers market to shoot pics and sketch. For some reason, this is the work I came up with. Maybe because I once spent six weeks in a wheelchair, I knew how this felt.
  Today learned to post to my blog from my phone. Amazing technology! I haven't worked in my studio this week so far. With the holiday and all. It's easy to find other things to do around here. Tomorrow I will need to stay focused and get to work!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Au Sable River

I painted this a few weeks ago. It's a scene from one of our camping trips in northern Michigan. We always canoe once or twice when we go. My husband canoes- I sit in the front like a princess and take pics and sketch. I think I'm making progress since I painted this. Next time I paint this river it won't be so green.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Lot Line

I have allot to learn about taking pics to post. This one is really washed out. At this point, all I really care about is getting them on the site.This whole thing has been a great learning experience. I'm 66years old for gods sakes. I have learned so much in the last month and a half since I started the Painting Daily challenge. I have twenty or more finished paintings- unheard of in my life. Some are real dogs but I am learning even from those. Some days I don't paint but I still go into my studio and work stuff out. That's important. They don't tell you that in art school. You need to work daily, stay focused and be committed. It's not just getting high and throwing paint around. Not that that is me-- just saying. Now if I can figure how to get the typing to start at the beginning of the line and not in the middle.


Friday, May 22, 2015


I  have a large asparagus patch. When I cut them, I stand them up in water in the fridge. I looked at these and they screamed "still life". No struggle there. I wish  I'd find more subjects that easy. I also tried out the split complementary palette and was very happy with the results.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beach Walk

My husband and I camp on Big Pine Key in Florida every year. The walk in the wildlife preserve in the morning is a beautiful, peaceful experience. I have lots of pictures of wildlife including Key Deer and many types of birds.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Big Pine Key 2014

Posted Oct.29, 2015

This is us, with happy faces. We camp most years on Big Pine Key in Fla. Most days we spend part of the time on one of several great beaches doing just nothing. It gives me good opportunities to sketch people.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Number Five

The last daffodils this year. This attempt is way better than the first one so I feel I learned something. I'm moving on this week to landscapes from pics I've taken over the years. I have hundreds.
  The concept of split complementary palette. Something I learned over the weekend from a you tube video. Amazing that one could graduate from an university with a decree in painting and miss this really cool concept.  Or maybe I knew it once and just forgot it. Anyway, I hope I will be solving the problem of green, green landscapes in the future.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cheer Up

I painted daffodils for a week, five different versions. This one is #4. The first three were real disasters so I feel I made some progress. I'm still looking out the window at grey rain but I'm sure everyone has complaints of their own.---Cell phones, I tell you. That's my theory and I stick to it. (And micro waves and radio towers). They're messing up the atmosphere. haha

Farmers Market

Posted Oct.18, 2015                                  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Proof of Spring

 Spring always makes me feel like breaking out big canvas and paint big gobs of flowers. I painted forsythia for the first time about 20 years ago. The painting was 30x39 and remains unfinished to this day. I actually painted the same painting three times. All as large, all unfinished. This 12x9 work felt great and it's FINISHED finally.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015



I'm so desperate to paint I'm trying for anything. I really hate trying to think up a  still life. It always feels so forced but then that is the reason I started this blog-- to force me to paint.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ms. Makeup

Happy Mother's Day!! I painted this portrait of my granddaughter from a photo I took at the farmer's market. It did take more than one hour. I like the results and intend to try more faces.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Eat Your Veggies


More still life. This one I ate when I was finished. I can't wait for the weather to improve around here. My equipment is all packed and ready to take on the outdoors.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015



One of the first one hour paintings. I really liked it when it was finished but I had my doubts while it was in progress. You can see I'm trying to work on composition.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Posted Sunday, September 6, 2015

We vacationed in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico in 2013. The beach was beautiful and the hotel had a pool that looked like it would flow into the ocean.

When I  vacation , I often take a bag of Prismacolor markers. There's something very calming about sitting and coloring like you are a kid again.

Wonder Lake

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sometimes I like to doodle on my computer. I really like these crazy things. The idea of using strong or wrong colors is very stimulating.
As you can see, I figured out the problem of having the sketches on the home page and sketch page. I back dated the post and it gets buried at the beginning of my blog (May). I don't know if there is a better way to do this but until I find out, this will work for me.


   Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015


So, in the last 48 hours I have not done any painting. I've had an idea that I would like to put a second page on my blog  for sketches from my forty or so sketchbooks I've kept in my long life. First, I had to figure out how to scan to my desktop. Second, fix the picture up so it's not all fat lines and black specs. Third, and this was hard, figure out how to make a second page in blogger. I did it. But, NOW, fourth, how do I get the pic on only the second page? It can't be on two pages.
I can do a lot of stuff with computers. All the usual searching and printing and filing and backing up. I can fixing broken drivers. And once installed a new cd rw player in a Dell. The point is, if I work at long enough I can usually figure it out. BUT. It makes me crazy. I become obsessed with the task until do. I'm not about to let this second page thing get the best of me. I may never paint again. I may have to go to Best Buy and have a Geek fix it.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Pepper and Coffee


This little painting is my first still life since college. My least favorite thing to paint. I am always amazed at the way some painters arrange seemingly unrelated objects into visually pleasing works .But it's finished and I am happy with that.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Asters First

I have been painting off and on for over 40  years and have a big collection of large,mostly unfinished, unsatisfying paintings. Recently I read Small Paintings by Carol Marine and decided to give it a try. What fun! No wories, just paint. and they're finished!! And so-Welcome to my blog. My goal is not only to share my work with you but to stay focused, paint frequently and FINISH IT.

Wild asters are one of my favorite flowers. For my first try at one hour painting, they were a perfect subject because I can paint them from my head. This was really fun, really fast and FINISHED! I won't be adding it to my unfinished painting collection.