Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Peaks - 11th of 11 paintings from the JAHC March show

This, my last painting from the show,
 was born from a failed landscape.

Peaks     Oil on canvas panel   8 x 10 inches

I made a larger painting, with Peaks in mind that I will share on my next blog post.

The artist statement for our show 
was a poem made from some of the titles 
we were tossing out there as possibilities.

With kaleidoscope eyes

shapeshifters escape artists,

unlearn how the light

gets in optic verve,

taking chances, eyes wide

  open  — poetry of space.

Our Kaleidoscope Eyes title fit our show well. 
Here are a couple of shots of some paintings on the gallery wall.

Here are the three of us!

Timi, Teri, Barbara

Thank you for following along!


Blaze - 10th of 11 paintings in the JAHC March show

There is not much story for Blaze
I did use oil sticks and a lot of experimenting. 
Worked on it for longer than any of the others. 
I like that it looks as it there is a fire inside a cave 
and to me it looks like there is a waterline reflecting some of it.

Blaze       Oil on canvas panel    12 x 9 inches

Here it is in its frame.

There is one more, which I am posting very soon!

Thank you so much for viewing my art!


Lost Horizon III - 9th of 11 paintings in the March JAHC show

The abstracted landscape. 

Van Gogh did it.

 Turner did it. 

Many painters abstracted what their eyes saw - 
or maybe some people actually see that way? ...

Whatever the case, I also had a goal to abstract a landscape
and the following shots show some of the process for Lost Horizon III.

Color slapped on.

Adding texture in places with acrylic crackle paste.

Almost there ... it needed something ... there was energy ...

It needed still more action! Got my arm & body into it.

Lost Horizon III        2017   Oil on wood panel   30 x 36 inches

Thanks so very much for viewing my art!


Lost Horizon II - 8th of 11 paintings in the March JAHC show

What is a lost horizon? What is a lost edge?

Lost Horizon II        Oil on wood panel    30 x 36 inches

This is an abstracted painting - lost and soft edges are everywhere!

To define lost, soft and hard edges  *THIS* post
 by Lori Woodward in FineArtViews does a very good job.

In the finished painting above, the hardest edges are in the trees on the right, the old pilings
 and -kind of- at the waterline at the left more distant view.

There is no horizon line and that was my inspiration. 
The day I viewed this scene, the light was flat, and it truly looked like the sky and water merged. 
I loved it.

Photo (taken by my husband) from that hazy, flat light day:

This little painting sketch is my original Lost Horizon.
Lost Horizon      oil on wood panel    5 x 6 inches

 These photos follow the process of my large painting. One of my goals 
was to use acrylic molding paste in this painting for texture on the beach.

First sketch on the 30 x 36. Used a white pastel pencil.

Modeling paste smeared on

Defining the shapes of the land masses, trees, water and sky

Adding some color

Trying to keep the feeling of the small painting

Almost finished 
I was stuck here for  awhile. The atmosphere was not where I wanted it.

Then it hit me to just smear 
with a large spackling/drywall-trowel/straight-edge thing
loaded with paint. 
I took a couple of deep breaths 
and said "it's only paint" and smeared away.

It was what I wanted.

Another goal for our group show was to get even more abstract. This was harder than it seemed.
So, I tried it - stay tuned for more Lost Horizon on my next post.

Thank you so much for viewing my art.


JAHC Gallery Show 7th of 11 paintings

This abstract painting was one of those, 
"I would like to use THIS beautiful color in this painting" 
which is Azo Coral by M Graham
- and so it happened.

I don't have any progress shots of this one ...

Overflow       2016  Oil on canvas panel    10 x 8 inches

... but I do have a photo of it in the frame.

Black frame with an incised line painted iridescent greenish gold.
Overflow has a new home with my friend and fellow artist, who is in this group show with me:

  Timi Johnson (that link is her website) - 
because we made an artist trade! 

I have her wonderful painting, "Rise"  - below:

Rise      2017  Timi Johnson   Oil on panel   4 x 4 inches

This is magnificent in b & w as well!

Here is the painting in its frame (made by my hubby) but the frame design was by Timi:


Thank you Timi!

And thank you to everyone who are following along on the art blog journey,
I appreciate it so much!


JAHC Gallery Show 6th of 11 paintings

Each of us had 10 or 11 paintings in the March exhibit.

We culled many from our first once-over before we hung the show.
We were going to try the "less is more" approach. (By the way, it worked!)

This painting, Fiat II, is the large one inspired by Fiat, 8 x 6 inches (see last week's post). 
Since I did take some process/progress photos, I will post them for those who may be interested.

1st sketch with graphite, ~ 9 x 5 inches
Underneath this in my sketchbook I have written, 
"The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten." 

 ... unfortunately, I didn't record who said it.

This board  is actually a cradled support (made by my husband xoxoxo).
It is 48 x 24 inches! ... there will be no frame.
I sketched a bit of a grid and the first lines in white pastel pencil.

The following are progress shots of what happened during the painting of this painting.

Fiat II    Oil on wood panel    48 x 24 inches

- detail -

This painting was the last one that I finished for the show. 

It was very hard to get a good photo of it, so there is kind of glare at the top ... so I may try again when I can take it outside.

We take the show down tomorrow, but I will keep posting the rest of the paintings that I had there.
Thank you so much for viewing my art!


Paintings at the JAHC Gallery show (continued)

Several months ago, my husband was carving a beautiful, 3/4 size raven 
and had painted his white gesso-like Kilz undercoat on it. 
I snapped this photo and was intrigued by the image.

By the way ... this is how the carved raven turned out:

Here are a couple of progress photos for my painting Fiat.
As always, I love to see the progression of paintings, so I try to post those too,
when I remember to take photos.

(Fiat Latin translation is = "let it be done" ... )

And the final painting - 

Fiat 2017     Oil on Arches Huile paper     8 x 6 inches

I am so happy to say it has found a new home as well! Thank you Michelle M!

Thank you for checking in to this blog, it means a ton to me to see that people are viewing it!

Happy Spring!


The Shape of Things to Come II

One of our goals for the March exhibit was to step out of our comfort zone
and produce fun, different paintings from our "usual" ...

Here is the mini "Shape of Things..." that challenged me in a very new way 
to produce something enticing, 
yet small and reminiscent of the large pastel 

The Shape of Things to Come II  2017  Acrylic medium & pastel on wood   4 x 6 inches

Well, maybe it is only enticing to me.

I welcome your thoughts.

Thanks so much for checking in!