Monday, November 16, 2015

Wild Wine

 Wild Wine  6 x 8 oil on linen panel
I always am attraced to wild vines, there is a grace and flow to them that is like a dance. These happen to be wild grape vines which are not only beautiful to paint but the grapes  make fabulous jelly. This is also done with palette knife work. predominanting.

Friday, November 13, 2015


Grounded oil on panel 6 x 8
Another palette knife painting am loving the feel of the texture and the clarity of color. Am loving the change from brush to knife just for the CHANGE alone, good to shake things up once in awhile.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Jewels

Fall Jewels, oil on panel  6 x 8
 This began as a plein air painting in Carlos State Park very near where we live. However, when I got it into the studio the colors were too bright so reworked it in more subtle colors and am pleased with how it depicts the area as I remembered it.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Touch of Sun

A Touch of Sun 9 x 12TOil on linen panel
This is a plein air painting done in two sessions, same time of day a couple of days apart. There is a small damn on this pond and river, fish are swimming and can be seen clearly in the clear wateo enjoy in the filtered sunlight with a mellow breeze every  now and then.

Little Green Apples

Little Green Apples 5 x 7 oil on canvas panel
Another all palette knife piece, so much fun, this took a bit longer than the pine tree but I think it was worth the effort, I am enjoying the change of pace from the brush.

Shoreline Sentry

Shoreline Sentry  5 x 7 oil on canvas panel
I have been having fun changing it up a bit. This is all done with a palette knife. A thinned out layout of color is put down with a size 6 brush, fairly large for a small canvas, no detail and leaves only a wash of color in the main areas. Then I use a palette knife to build the painting. The knife keeps the paint colors cleaner than when I use a brush which can have a tendency to mix the colors as they meet and layer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rolled Gold

Rolled Gold oil on canvas 9 x 12
All my years of living in farm country has left me with a love of fields in all seasons of the year. This field is not far from our home and fairly glowed in the sunlight.This straw will be used for bedding for animals as well as many other uses and not only on the farm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sunnys II

Sunnys II  5 x 7 oil on panel
Same reference as  the first painting, having fun working direct alla prima, my 2 nd painting for  30 paintings in 30 days.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Sunnys 5 x 7 Oil on panel
The first painting in my 30 paintings in 30 days, fun direct painting these  happy flowers.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

High Water

High Water oil on canvas  24 x 30
High water at a local lake flooded the low areas creating wonderful reflections in the morning light.
The clear sky reflecting in the water along with the weeds and grasses make for a very calming scene.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reeds & Reflcetions

Reeds & Reflections 12 x 12 oil on canvas
What fun to do these reeds with their distinct reflections following the movement of the water. This is almost an abstract and the style a lot different than you usually see me do.I have been challenging myself  doing some paintings that are different for me... Enjoy

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Along the Fenceline

Along the Fenceline oil on panel 9 x 12
Once again you see my love of wildflowers, goldenrod and thistles as they snuggle up against a fence post. Your eye then wanders up the fenceline til it seems to disappear.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Early Spring

Early Spring 6 x 8 oil on panel
After a long winter of snow, grey and cold these Spring colors are more than welcome and just couldn't help painting these happy colors.  For a little spark I added magenta,.....look for the touches of it especially toward the right.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fluff I, Fluff II

Fluff I & Fluff II  each one is 6 x 6 gallery wrap canvas
Now you know that not all chicks are yellow, some come in this variety of colors making them a challenge to paint but an awful lot of fun at the same time. The backgrounds on these are identical even tho though show up slightly different.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Three Fluffs

Three Fluffs 7 1/2 x 9  oil on panel
Who can resist little baby chicks, especially fluffy multi color ones? Not me! so here you are another painting to add to my chicken display. I have tried to keep the edges soft but the color changes clean.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Just Grazin

Just Grazin oil on canvas 10 x 10
These calves, now teenagers spent their days munching grass in a pasture I passed every day in the summer. I had a difficult time getting a photo, either raining,or they were in the trees or some other conflict. I finally capture photos one early afternoon and had enough reference material for the light and mood to be able to do this painting.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ageless Beauty

Ageless Beauty oil on panel 9 x 12
Thanks to my  Friend Lynne who found this beauty in the woods, I had reference for a painting. I must tell you, I am not a car person, collector or lover of things with wheels but for some reason this one stole my heart. It seems nature has surrounded her with a blanket of snow and a few golden grasses for decor. Perhaps it is its most beautiful in this blanket of white rather than abandoned in a junk yard to be crushed. What do you think?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Long Gone

Long Gone oil on panel 18 x 24
This painting  trys to convey that not only old buildings are abandoned but the homes of birds who have also made their home here. This lonely feeling of things LONG GONE has always intriqued me. I wonder who lived here and why did they leave ? These things that are abandoned and left  to fall to ruin leave more questions than answers.......what do you think?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Grass is Always Greener

The Grass is Always Greener  Oil 12x12
Having raised cattle, this is so so true. They have no malicious intent when breaking down the fence, they just think the grass on the other side is lookin soooooo much better, so they go for it.
I enjoyed painting the tree and grasses, very impressionistic and natural looking.