Tuesday, June 30, 2015


OK, this is my first animal ever. I called him Buddy because I'm thinking of him as my dog even though I painted him from a pic I took of my daughters dog, Duke. He isn't exactly Duke but he is very dog-like. I love him. That's the thing I feel about my paintings, they're all my children. (In this case Dog.) I also noticed painting an animal is much like a person in how you go about it. I guess I thought it would be a lot harder.
I'm still not able to do any plien aire painting here. There isn't any sunlight. Day after day after day aft.....

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Found Mangoes

This is my last painting from this trip to Florida. Boohoo. I really love it there. It doesn't help that it's been gray and rainy here since I got home. Summer in Michigan can also be beautiful. It's just getting a late start this year.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Found Objects


I found these on my walk on Wed, morning. No idea what they are but there are trees full of them. Also found mangoes and lychee nuts which are kinda gross. I actually made three paintings on that morning. (one got wiped) That's another first for me. Here's what I learned. Working a painting out on paper before starting is best for me. At least until I'm better at composition.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


My Daughter has lots of orchids at her house, so I thought this is a good place to start. I'm painting outside, the weather is beautiful (until late afternoon when it rains.) I'm having a great time.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New trees

This is the last painting from Mammoth Cave. It is a repeat of the one I posted on 6/16. I felt I  made a leap here from the way of I usually apply paint. I started with the darks and worked up from there .duh. That seemed to work well. I think the trees are especially improved. Looser, more what I am striving for in my paintings. It is all about  practice, practice.  I'm in Florida for a few days and hope to do some painting with lots of color.

Friday, June 19, 2015

In Progress

I'm rushing to go out of town because I'm going to stay at my Daughter's home for a few days. And it's been a crazy week with commitments and must do projects at my house. But, unbelievably, I have managed to spend at least two hours each day painting. I just couldn't finish this one. The third of a series of paintings of one type of flower. A first in my life. And let me say, three is my limit for one subject. I just can't finish this tonight. ---BUT I WILL!

Here's a pic of the wall in my studio that I pin the posted paintings to. Minus one that I sold and one I'm taking with me. Plus I have a stack of duds . I've never had so many FINISHED paintings. I ROCK! I'm so happy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jen's Pot


I guess I'm not done with these yet. I never tried to do a painting twice with a different view. But then, I have never had so many finished paintings in my life. I'm starting to paint in my sleep. Seriously.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Big Flower, Little Jar


This photo I took with my camera, outside in the shade. It was starting to get cloudy so I guess that makes a difference too. BUT, I think it is an improvement. I intended to remove the first one but I like seeing the difference. I'm all about making mistakes and learning from them right now. It's not life or death, for god's sakes, so why not.

This photo tonight is horrible. I took it when it was getting late. I have been using my cell phone because in the beginning, my camera was giving me photos that were too dark. I have lots to learn about taking the pics for this blog. And adjusting them in Photo shop. I'm going to re-shoot it tomorrow and change it. That much I have learned.
I was excited to paint this today. My daughter gave me this peony years ago and I think its really beautiful. I want to do a few more studies before they're gone for the year. That's what's great about gardens. Old friends that come back year after year. Some of my plants come from my Mother's garden and sister's and friend's.
I'll post the two other paintings from the trip later.I'll also look up photographing art for the Internet on line. Everything in the world can be learned there.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Trees Everywhere

We spent last week camping in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. I got to do four little paintings outside. This was the first day- a view from our campsite. At the time, I thought it went well but I repeated it on the last day and it felt better. I learned something on this trip. Like an "aha" moment that's bound to change the way I paint. The second day produced a disaster and was thrown out. But I realized my sketches and photos for a painting need to be more specific. Having a really clear idea of what you are about to paint is key. The painting doesn't develop as you're doing it. Anyway, that wasn't the moment. It came with the third painting.
The trip was a great success. Great weather, two interesting cave tours and a wonderful day of canoeing on the Green River. And, man was it green. Oh- and an afternoon at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Great times!

Saturday, June 6, 2015


My first boat! I'm so happy. I may tweak it a little after it's dry but the main thing is that it's finished. I don't even care that it's so green. The morning light is so intense on green it almost hurts your eyes. I may go back in and try some more yellow ochre and orange to tone it down. Maybe try glazing.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Second Try, Third Try

Yesterday I took my stuff out to my garden and gave poppies a second and third try. It was a beautiful day and I think these turned out way better than the first time . So you can imagine what that looked like.  I was talking to my sister on the phone the whole time I painted the first one. I think it kept me from thinking about what I was doing and the painting went great. That's always the best, when it's just the paint, the color and the image and you don't think about anything else. 
I have a lot of flowers blooming now so maybe I will try daisies or peonies . But I don't want to get stuck in a flower rut.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wrapping It Up

What can I say? Today was a bust. I tried to paint a  poppy from my garden and nothing worked. They're simple, only six petals. I've tried them before but they have a quality that's hard to grasp.The color seems to glow, can anyone ever represent it in paint?
     I'm running out of things to post because it's finally time to garden here and there's lots to do. Even though I'm trying to stay focused on painting, some things can't be avoided. Like planting and weeding and moving wood chips. But, I started this blog to get me to paint. The best I can say today is at least what I did is FINISHED. I'm going to try quick studies tomorrow and see what happens.
My palette being scraped after a failed day of painting.