Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Re: Barn with Blue Door

I am reposting my barn so you can see my progress. I am still not finished...... I have been diligently working over the pink sky. I am getting close.... then just adding the finish details.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Barn With Blue Door

My newest painting is a barn I saw this summer in Iowa..... set in the middle of cornfields......on my way back from Door County. I snapped the photo from the hiway as we were driving back home! The unusual blue door of this bar attracted me, It is still in the rough stages. I had a blue sky, but it competed with the blue door..... so I decided to paint the sky a brilliant pink as an undertone. After the undertone is dryer, I will scrub blue on top of the pink.... to see if I can get an interesting vibration going! I will post the finished painting soon. Keep your fingers crossed that this will work! :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sycamore Lane

Great news...... I was invited to join the Rice Gallery of Fine Arts! Yesterday, I finished up all of the paperwork, and delivered 9 paintings just in time to be included in this month's landscape exhibit. Drop by and enjoy colorful people... great art... good food and beverages.. and music too, Friday, October 16 - 5:00 - 9:00 pm! I am very excited to be included in this beautiful gallery!

Finished this new painting that I started last week.... although it was a bit wet, the gallery wanted it for the exhibit. I will write more after the opening reception..... Hope to see some of you Friday evening.

Friday, October 9, 2009


I started a new painting last night. Here is a picture of the underpainting so far. I am really enjoying the larger size, (36 x 36), using large brushes, and the square format. It went together fast.... all in about 1 1/2 hours! So glad that it is Friday, and I have a whole weekend to work on it. Who knows..... maybe I can complete it this weekend! Will post followup pictures this weekend. It is my favorite time of the year..... walking among all of the glorious colors of fall.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Edge Of Summer

Another painting finished. This landscape is from my neighborhood walking trail in Corporate Woods, Overland Park, KS. I painted this one earlier on location, en plein air (8 x 10), and used it as a reference for making a larger studio painting.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


I am finally finished! This one took far too long. It became very complicated. I think I will turn it against the wall, and re-look at it in a couple of weeks. This will give me 'fresh eyes' when I look at it again, and hopefully catch any glaring errors that I missed.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Golden Hour

This was a tough one to do, and took me much longer to finish.
In order to push the hedge row back into the distance, I had to cool and simplify. I painted flagstones then removed them because it became too important. I altered the values in the flower bed between the table and the chair..... and the list just goes on and on :) I swear, it becomes a 'war' between you and the painting.... and I want to WIN! :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Re: Stems Garden Soiree

I am back home.... and the reception was lovely..... and PACKED!!! The judges had to select from over 270 paintings. There were many, many beautiful paintings. I promised to report back to you the results for my paintings.

Much to my surprise..... "Path to Grape Bower" won 2nd place
"Marder Woodland Garden - Station #5 and "View Across Margaret's Pond" both won honorable mention........sooooo...... that means all 3 of my paintings will make it into the Stems Garden Soiree's auction next Saturday evening. I am so pleased and excited!

I think in total .... about 50 paintings will be on display for the Stem's Garden auction next week. I feel very honored to be among them.

I think tonight..... I might fall asleep with a huge smile on my face!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stem's Plein Air Painting Event - 2009 - A Garden Soiree

View Across Margaret's Pond
11" x 14"
Oil on Linen Panel

Marder Woodland Garden - Station #5
11" x 14"
Oil on Linen Panel
Path to Grape Bower
11" x 14"
Oil on Linen Panel
It's been a while since I've posted! Lots going on...... and have not been painting as regularly as I was before. I am back..... and will be painting my heart out :)

A lovely gallery here in KC, the Rice Gallery, is sponsoring a plein air event for local artists. Over 75 artists have signed up. We had two weeks to paint, at the Overland Park Arboretum, on-site, from June 5 - 19th. A patron's private preview is scheduled tonight at the gallery, and judging will take place Saturday. The winners will be announced Saturday evening at the reception. The paintings that are selected.... will be transferred over to the Arboretum on June 27th..... for the big Gala and silent auction. It has been so much fun! I was out almost every day for the last week and 1/2. It was so beautiful to see so many artists out painting. I hope it becomes an annual event.

Here are my submissions for the Rice Gallery for the "Stem's Plein Air Gala". Wish me luck..... and keep your fingers crossed.... that I have some paintings chosen to be entered into the exhibit/auction :) I will keep you posted as things occur.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fruits of effort from Mini Workshop this weekend in KC

Spring Time at Kill Creek Park 9 x 12 oil on panel

Autumn Blush 9 x 12 oil on panel

This weekend I took a little mini-workshop here in KC from Dona Aldridge!  She is a wonderful artist, and a dedicated teacher.  I had a great time and made many new art 'sister' friends!  It was too cold to go outside and paint, so these are from some reference photos I had

The paintings are still wet.... so they do not photograph well..... the colors are off a bit.  I will repost them again when they are dryer.  I always photograph them without the flash.... but the wet paint still creates glare.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


A little corner of my greatroom..... I love to sit here in the morning and sip coffee while reading.

Monday, January 26, 2009


I was getting a bit weary of my "painting a day project", and needed a little break. I decided to try an interior room of my home, so my unmade bed became my subject this Saturday morning.

I had this down by noon. I am enjoying the larger canvas. I am trying to keep most areas soft and neutral. I am really liking the rosy glow against the neutral grays.

Finished and ready for my signature!!!  I am very pleased with the finished painting.  I think it is one of my stronger paintings.  
PS:  This just won a Blue Ribbon Award Monday night (3/9/09)

Friday, January 23, 2009


This is the third painting that is using time as a reference, which could result in a series that goes on and on!!!!!

This is a painting of a toy elephant with that old pottery barn clock again. I have a basket full of toys for my granddaughter, and this is one of her favorites.

I'm not certain if I will carry on this 'time series' ..... What do you think???? I am kind of running out of ideas ..... and am tired of painting the same clock ! Your comments are appreciated.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Quiet Time"

The ellipse on the face of the clock caused me GRIEF!!!!!  The clock was actually turned a bit .... with the left hand side turned back into the picture plane, with the right hand side closer to the viewer.  I don't think my painting reflects this...... but since my original blog goal was to post my paintings as they are,  ..... unaltered ..... here it is!  Any suggestions how to achieve this would be appreciated :)


Friday, January 2, 2009

Time To Smell The Roses

I have been away far too long!  It feels so good to be painting again.

My wish for everyone .....
a joyous .... healthy ...... and a prosperous new year :)