Sunday, January 31, 2016


I used to live by a creek that ran through a golf course and these turtles would jump into the water as soon as I got near them as I walked along the cart path. This time, I was able to capture a photo of them before they plunged into the water for safety.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Plein Air

Salado Scene
Oil, plein air, 6 x 8

Today, January 30th, it was about 75 degrees and sunshine! It was an amazing day and I had to get outside to paint. I chose this scene from a small park in a lovely town, Salado, Texas. It's been too long since I've painted outside (plein air), and it's always a humbling experience. So much to take in, simplify and paint as quickly as possible as the light and shadows change before your eyes. I think the the 30 Paintings in 30 days challenge really helped me to get this one done onsite.

Today was the last official day in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, or, as I am calling it, the Almost 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I made it to 28 started and finished paintings, and I am quite happy with that. Thank you everyone for your feedback online and for putting up with the numerous blog posts, Facebook updates and Instagram photos. I hope you enjoyed my paintings. There will be many more to come this year.

Friday, January 29, 2016


These two lovely ladies were chillin' in the fields together. I can't help but think that they are friends. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cape Cod Dunes

One of my favorite places to spend a summer vacation is Cape Cod. We spent several family vacations there with great friends from the northeast. This scene is of the dunes just after an overcast sunrise near Provincetown. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Protective Mama

I pulled over to the side of the road the other day to snap a few photos of some beautiful brown cattle. There were at least 4 babies and their mothers and as soon as I got out of my car, they started to back away and the mothers inserted themselves between me and their babies. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snowed In

This is another winter scene from my days in Ohio. I'm fairly certain that this was an abandoned barn, but "snowed-in" was my first thought when trying to come up with a title. I enjoy painting snow scenes from my home in Texas.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Daffodil Dreams

Maybe this is the painting I should dedicate to my friends up north! I used only a palette knife to keep this painting loose and bold. These daffodils bloomed in our yard each spring in Ohio, thanks to one of my favorite people, Emily Ackerstrom. Her passion for gardening was a gift to us. Her carefully orchestrated gardens brought color to our yard throughout the Spring and Summer.

All of these small paintings are available in my DailyPaintworks Gallery by clicking on the link on the painting titles, or the gallery link to the right on this blog page.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Shadows

For this painting, I used a reference photo I took a few years ago in Ohio. The tree's shadows on the barn caught my eye. I found this picture as I was looking for a "snow" picture to paint for the weekly challenge on DailyPaintworks. Now that I live in Texas, I had to go back into my older photos to find a snowy, winter scene. While the snow is lovely, I do not miss the cold weather. Painting number 20, done.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Marsh View

One of my first plein air painting classes was taken at Cape Cod. This scene reminds me of the marshes we painted on one of our outings near Truro. There was a light fog and the deep quiet of the morning. I used the palette knife for this painting, almost exclusively. Painting #19, finished!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Little Creek

I painted this from a reference photo I took at least 5 years ago. There was a creek that ran through a small park just behind our home in Ohio. I snapped the photo, because I have an attraction to rocks and water, and thought I may want to paint this little scene someday. Well, today was the day. Painting 18, done!

Monday, January 18, 2016


This is a much larger version of an earlier painting I called: Seriously? I didn't get the same sarcastic feeling from this one, so I named it Beauty. I feel like I'm evolving into a true Texan as I continue to be enamored by cattle. This beauty was hoping I was bringing food, and instead, I was setting up an easel to paint. Oh, well, maybe next time... Painting #17 for the new year, done!

Rose Study

Rose Study
Oil, 6 x 6

Yesterday, we took a ride into the  Texas Hill Country, just northwest of Austin. We stopped in a local store for the Hahne Winery. The owner delighted us with stories of his family growing up as neighbors of President Lyndon B. Johnson and  how his mother, Tillie, shared a close friendship with LadyBird Johnson. He treated us to a wine tasting and entertained us with stories rich in history, featuring famous people such as Jaqueline Kennedy Onasis and Janis Joplin. Then, as we were leaving with our purchase of several bottles of wine, we were given a small cross created by his 94 year old mother, and a lovely red rose. It was a perfect afternoon.

Hahne Winery, Johnson City, Texas

Saturday, January 16, 2016


I love the color purple and these flowers bring happiness and warm thoughts of spring coming. This is my 15th painting of the 30 Paintings in 30 day challenge. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Day 14 - Tired out

Hiding in the shade is a small pup, taking a break. I can relate to how this little puppy feels! I do love grassy dunes that remind me of summers on Cape Cod. Day 14 of the 30 in 30 challenge, completed. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Day 13 - Garlic & Onion Study

A quick study of two of my favorite things. This challenge is extremely hard, but each painting teaches me something new. I'm almost half-way through it. Thanks for your encouragement along the way. Day 13, done!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 12 - Waffle

Oil on Canvas, 8 x 8

This little puppy belongs to a friend and his name is Waffle. He's just too cute!  Day 12, done!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lavender Field

A few years ago, I attended a Lavender Festival at a Hill Country Winery with the Plein Air Austin group. This painting was done using one of my reference photos of the same view I painted in plein air. Day 11, completed!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 10 - Muscovy Duck

This duck was my painting partner by the creek last year. He hung around me while I was painting, and kept me company. I believe he is a Muscovy Duck, sporting a red bumpy head. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Day 9 - Pretty in Pink

I absolutely love water lilies. Several years ago, I created 3 large paintings of them, but my style was so different then - much tighter. I am really loving getting looser and my brushstrokes and allowing the paint to create texture and colors I would have previously smoothed away. Day 9 - done!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Unruly Bunch

I started this painting before going to work this morning. It started out as a fresh looking bunch of radishes. I came back to it this evening to finish and the leaves were dry and brittle - definitely not the same as when I started the painting. Luckily, I had taken a photo and used it for reference to complete the painting tonight! Day 8, done!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Day 7 - Morning...

As you can see, I'm trying to mix things up during this 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Today, I selected a landscape painting. This was from a photo taken a couple of years ago on a road trip either to or from Ohio, in the early morning. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Day 6 - The Happy Couple

Here's a quick, loose sketch of two cute flowers I've named, The Happy Couple. It's always fun to paint a "white" subject. There's very little pure white and a great amount of reflected colors.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Day 5 - Grazing

Some paintings come a lot quicker than others, and this was a tough one! Horses are beautiful creatures. I don't know anything about them, but I appreciate their grace and beauty. 

Monday, January 4, 2016


I tried the a limited palette for this painting. Known as the Zorn palette,  I used only black, white, yellow ochre and alizarin crimson, and I'm very pleased with the result.  Day 4, check!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Tomato & Garlic Study

New photo uploaded, less glare! 

This was a very quick study as I was pressed for time today. This photo has glare due to the wet paint and study lights and I will replace it when I get a chance with a better photo. Day 3 - done! whew!

Saturday, January 2, 2016


I made a self-imposed deadline to complete this one early today. I requested Potato-Leek soup for dinner tonight. I had to get these painted before I could have my dinner, haha! This was a fun one that started and ended with almost exclusively palette knife work. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day One of 30 in 30 Challenge 2016

My first painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Painting Challenge. This is going to be tough! I will need to be very organized - paints set up, still life or photo ready to go and set a timer. I'm excited and anxious about this challenge and hopeful for the lessons to be learned in this process.  I am planning to do many of these paintings from still life set ups, so since we had an abundance of pears gifted to us, they were a natural, first subject. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Happy New Year!