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.


Faces #3 begins

Here is the beginning of my next Faces painting.
 I am really loving this series.

These are all going to be on gessoed 
Masonite panel and all 6" x 6".

To help fit these small panels on my easel, I cut out a "tray"-like piece from foam-core that just fits the panel and my easel snugs them down so I can paint without shadows.

It takes a bit of work to dig out the foam but it is fine for now.
One of these days I would love an inset built specifically for small works,
something like this from Karen Jurick, a wonderful artist whose blog I follow.

Hope you have a good week!


Surfers - finished!

4" x 6", oil on panel

My thanks to Lisa and David Daum!

Had fun with this after a hard start. 
One of my smallest paintings ever.


Surfers Page 1

Began this small painting a few weeks ago. 
Working on it next.

Am finding that no matter how large or small the painting, all of them are difficult!


Lions Head Mtn Fini

Lions Head Mountain, oil on panel, 11 x 14"

(Thinking of titling this The Oceans Are Rising.)



(detail of an 11 x 8.5" pencil sketch)
I love drawing.

So as I ponder my Lions Head painting I post this totally, 
I mean no reference, made up woman. 
I think it is kind of funny and wonder if there is a bit of me in it. 
(as is said, each drawing or painting is a little bit of the artist themselves) 
I cannot see it of course. Doesn't look like anyone I know. 
Does she resemble someone you know?
I subscribe to the blog:
and  today he posted about a drawing exhibit.


Page 5

Here is a peek. 
I am at the point of waiting, looking, looking, looking to see if it is done.
There is more to do, I feel. 
Just some touches here/there...sometimes this 
feels like the hardest part of a painting. Near the end.
Happy Labor Day!