Monday, February 29, 2016



I'm working on figures this week. This may be the hardest thing to master. I think I need to spend some time with this subject so I can get better.  It's very hard, there's a lot to consider. Attitude is one thing. The people have to relate to each other. Plus, you have to use small brushes- no. 2 or 4. and you need to keep in mind the rules of proportion while painting. You can see I missed here. The legs are too short. Big problem for me.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Waiting for Work

Our garden cart.  Still full of leaves, just waiting to be put to work behind the tractor. I am not as crazy about gardening as I have been through out my life. I mean raise it up, can it up and freeze it up and put it up for the winter. I  did it all. Last year , when I started painting, I couldn't find time to garden. By the end of summer, my gardens were dismal messes. Now I look out over the snow and just see work, work, work. Oh hell. At 67 years, I think its OK to quit. But I also see the large fenced space that was the garden and it makes me sad. Time passes, you know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Starting the Day

 Yesterday the sunshine was brilliant so I was up early, out taking pics.  It's funny how you can live in a small town a long time (16 years) and still find new areas to explore. I need to get out more.
   This is my fourth attempt at city scenes. The first two, last July, I'd rather not own up to. My January painting "Snow Day" went pretty darn well. This one was even easier. I'm getting over fear of  complicated subject matter like buildings and cars. What's next? Trains and bridges? A bobcat (the equipment) or people at a football game? Endless topics. Should keep me going well into my 90's or beyond.
   There's about six or seven inches of snow out there now. Supposed to snow all night. Michigan. Love it or leave it!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Waiting for Spring

I saw this in a park the other day. We went for a drive to Holly Recreation Area so I could take pics for paintings. I'm surprised I came up with this painting because I was very uninspired. It's a tough time of year for a landscape painter. Wait--- did I say that already? But I'm beginning to notice that every time I get out picture taking, I get at least one painting. Maybe I just need to get out more. Wa wa wa--- It's too cold.

Friday, February 19, 2016

At the Blackthorn

Man this guy had a lot of hair. His beard was about ten inches long. I saw him last night at the bar at the Blackthorn Pub where we go on Thurs. for dinner. We like to sit at the bar and eat. This was another first for me in the painting department . I sketched him facing this way on my phone. And took his picture but the only shot I could get was full face. It's hard to do these things without being obvious. (the stalker issue again.) Anyway, I think the two things went together OK. I put him on a bigger canvas than my usual. He was a really big guy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Will It Ever End


My Husband and I went for a drive today to a state park so I could shoot some pics. By the time we got there the beautiful sunshine was on it's way out and clouds were rolling in. That's Michigan. I thought I could produce sunshine in my mind as I painted but this turned out pretty much like reality. Not very happy with this painting

Sunday, February 14, 2016


This is the view out my second story studio window. It's 4 degrees today. I sort of felt like I was plein air painting but indoors and warm. I really wish it would be spring tomorrow so I could go outdoors to paint.

Thursday, February 11, 2016



This picture was an experiment to see if I could make a painting without looking at reference photos. I got the idea from a magic marker sketch in my sketchbook from 2008. It really felt like painting.
I completely enjoyed working today. It was all about the paint and the act of making art. No worries .No constant comparing the image from the photo. It's also far from perfect but it has a feeling  different from my usual paintings, I really like it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016



I took this family picture at the Flint Farmers Market last week. I want to get some experience painting people. I don't think I can paint landscapes forever without adding people every now and then. I've only painted figures a few times, always from behind. Much easier! This turned out only OK for a first try. I'd better get practicing.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tuesday Morning


This lovely young woman let me take her pic at the farmers market in Flint last Tuesday. Once again, I forgot to get her name because I have a hard time just approaching people in public. At least I remembered to give her a card.  This portrait is not completely accurate but I am happy with the result. I say this because her face was turned about quarter to the left and I haven't quite figured that out. 
I'm working on portraits right now because the landscape is cold and gray.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Untitled as yet


I took this lady's picture a few years ago at the Cincinnati Art Museum where she  worked in the Museum shop. She had a lovely, expressive face and a cheerful personality. And great glasses! I wonder if she is still working  there.
Today, I drove to the Flint Farmers Market to take pictures for paintings. Did I mention I am a terrible photographer? I tried to focus on human interactions and position. That means not always cutting the legs off at the ankles. Takes practice. Getting comfortable with the camera, trying to remember the goals for the pics and getting over feeling like some weirdo stalker photographing strangers. At least I am understanding the workings of the camera more. I think I got some material to work from.