March 30, 2020

Purple Rain

    “Purple Rain”

After yesterday’s hours of tedious painting, I had to paint something that left me totally free. I started spreading paint randomly, experimenting with color, spraying with water, and  watching special effects develop. I was having a good time, but I didn’t know what it could become. That was when the title came to me and I decided it was done. It’s not really happy or even very pleasing to view, but it has meaning for me. 

Coral Reef

This one took 2 layers of Gesso and 3 new beginnings before something recognizable started to reveal itself. However, it became more realistic than the style I most like to paint. The tedious detail was not as much fun. But since I spent 3 days on it, here it is anyhow. I hope to have something that’s more my style by end of the week.

“Coral Reef”

March 27, 2020

Guest Artist!

Over 40 years ago my dear friend Marilyn and I lived near each other until my family moved away. However, distance and time have not kept us from staying in touch. 

I always knew Marilyn was a talented artist, but hadn’t seen her work in many years. Then earlier this week she sent me an email with her drawing below attached (click it to enlarge). I found it to be breathtaking! 

This is Marilyn’s drawing of her 9 year old granddaughter, Sofia. When I asked her for a few words to accompany the drawing she replied the following: 

“I think this picture reflects Sofia’s personality perfectly, serious but fun loving. I think I spent 2-3 hours on this each day for 3 days.”

Marilyn doesn’t have a blog, but I felt this drawing should be shared, so I suggested it be posted here on my blog. Enjoy!

March 25, 2020


Again, this painting rests on top of 3 other failed ones, but I’m only trying to complete one per week so this works. I did this one over the last 2-3 days and decided it’s good enough. I didn’t use palette knives this time, just brushes, on a 9”x12” canvas board. I needed a success, so I painted my favorite subjects of sky and water. Also, it’s just in time for the Paint Party Friday challenge. Painting is great Art Therapy!


March 22, 2020

Cold Reflections

This acrylic painting is on a 5”x7” canvas board. It took all week and 3 new starts, but I like it now. I used palette knives and the image started to appear just today. I love it when that happens.

“Cold Reflections”

March 15, 2020


This painting is on top of 3 other failed ones. I was frustrated and just started spreading paint around quickly. It’s what I like most to do! I wasn’t sure about keeping this, but it grew on me.  


March 7, 2020


This image came from my imagination of an encounter our son swears he had decades ago in the woods behind our house. All he described was a “girl in a blue dress”. According to him it was a quick peaceful awareness, then she was gone. So here she is in a 5”x7” acrylic painting on multi-media paper. I used palette knives and brushes and it’s been a 4-day project going through numerous phases of acceptance and rejection. Finally today, I’d had enough and called it “Done”. My son has not seen this so I don’t know if it’s a correct rendering, but it’s what I saw in my mind’s eye.

“Apparition in the Woods”

March 1, 2020

Kathy’s Lake

Kathyinozarks posted photos of views around her lake house. One photo caught my eye as inspiration for a painting. Kathy gave her OK so I got out a blank 8”x10” canvas and started painting my impression of her photo. I was excited! But as I worked I realized this painting was progressing very slowly. I initially thought this would be an easier scene to paint, but it was hard! I worked for a couple hours each day this week until I felt tired, then today I finally decided it was done. 

“Kathy’s Lake at Sunrise”

February 26, 2020

True Art (or not?)

I painted these oils from photos in art class 40+ years ago. My goal was to paint realism. During a critique, the teacher said my paintings were good because they showed I “knew how to move paint around”. Then he asked if my paintings were “true art”. OUCH!! But the class decided “true art” can be whatever the artist sees and feels without caring what others think. I was happy! But decades later I want to paint more of myself. If I use photos, I don’t want to duplicate them. Painting from inside now makes me happiest (see “Dog from Hell” in my last post - LOL! ).
PS...this post has generated a little discussion, so I’ve added some comment replies. :)
PPS... Concerning what makes “real art”, the title of a blog I’m now following says it all!
The value of Art lies in the eyes of the beholder


February 21, 2020

A Surprise

A failed vase of flowers became the dog from hell! I was just spreading unused paint randomly when he appeared...maybe not a keeper.

“The Dog from Hell”

February 15, 2020

Finishing a Painting

I thought this pallette knife 9”x12” painting was done months ago, but it started to bother me that I hadn’t included a good focal point. So, at the risk of overworking it, I added sunset colors and additional vegetation. I guess I like it as much as I did before, but not really a whole lot more. Perhaps having a focal point is sometimes over-rated! 

“At Water’s Edge”

February 12, 2020

9”x12” Palette Knife on Stretched Canvas

I’m trying to learn how to use palette knives, so here is another landscape experiment using only those with acrylic paints. I don’t think I’ve learned a lot about different techniques yet, but I’m having fun trying. I really enjoy using knives more than brushes. If no one expects realism but sees an impression of something, maybe I’m learning. I like to add an element of movement to a painting, and I thought of blowing snow. I’m not sure I achieved  that though.

February 9, 2020

5”x7” Canvas Board Acrylic

I need to use the small canvas boards I bought, and every painter has to do a penguin sometime! So here is mine. It was inspired by a photo on Pixabay. “Pengie” was always one of our daughter’s favorite stuffies. :)


February 5, 2020

Painting Everyday

I guess I still have trees on my mind, but this is only a small black and white exercise. It’s a mini 5”x5” acrylic on multi-media paper that compares various attempts at shading and brush technique. I like the right side better than the left. I hope I can remember what I did there!

February 4, 2020

A Morphed Tree

This 8”x10” painting should not have taken this long! It started as a tree last week, then numerous tries and layers of Gesso later, it became ET’s hand. I don’t like it very much, but my husband said “ET’s hand isn’t pretty”. That made me feel better, but I still don’t like it, and am VERY tired of it!
PS: Debra and I are vowing to paint each day to learn. This one took so long that I had to post it to show I have done that. It’s unclear what I’ve learned, but I will never paint ET again! (I do like his “heart light” though.)