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.



So, no progress on the little flower painting because I was knitting today!

But here is a sketch from the other day!


Bouquet on orange-in progress

These are a couple of photos of an in-progress painting. 
Looks pretty awful right now, but hopefully it will turn out ok.

Thanks for the input about the water soluble paints!

Here's a quick sketch of Matt in his big sweatshirt at work on the computer.



Familiar - 5.5 x 4.5, Water miscible oil on oil-stained Wallis paper

Amazed that my bouquet is still going strong!

I have a feeling that these water-soluble oil paints kind of darken a bit when they dry. 
Does anyone out there in the blogosphere know anything about this?
I haven't used them long enough to know...but I do like how easily they clean up.



Between - Alstroemeria  5.5 x 4.5, water miscible oil on oil-stained Wallis paper
Also called Peruvian Lily.
 I just love this flower. In bouquets it lasts a long time, like a daisy.

I know the colors are rather garish bright for Alstroemeria,
but I like how this turned out.
Oh, here's my palette, too.


Smushed Together

4.5" x 6" Oil on Kitty Wallis paper

Funny how the plans change as you paint. 
The pears weren't really so close, and one looks like it's about to lift off.
Was really considering wiping this, but it is just a small piece. 
I kind of like it...so it stays. Another one to remind me of how not to do it.



5.5 " x 4.5" Water miscible oil on oil-stained Kitty Wallis paper

Here is the b&w. Again, I do need to work on values.
Oh well, I like it.


The Vocalist

4.5" x 5.5"  Water miscible oil on oil-stained Wallis paper
Totally fun to paint flowers from my bouquet. 
The little pink flower in the lower right center with the bigger leaf 
has many backup singers and even a band!

Below is the b&w. Not sure if the values are very good, but ...


This is all I could get done yesterday.

Photo is still a bit warped.

1.22.13 4Pears 1

Something was goofy with Blogger when I tried to post.
The pears are misshapen. Kind of funny.
Also - I HAD already posted this I think, so now it is out of date.


Here is the painting after I wiped the part away I wasn't happy with.
I didn't squint enough when painting it.

Below is the way it is now. I like it much better.

ScottsBluff Nat'l Park, 8 x 10, water soluble oils on prepared panel



 These thumbnail sketches are from ScottsBluff National Monument. I went there on Friday because we needed groceries, but I went early enough to go to the park and sketch and paint. It was very windy so I didn't set up outside ... I sketched and painted from the truck.


Winter Color

These are more of the flowers in the bouquet. 
Yesterday's painting was also from that bouquet.
Kinda blurry ... just hand-holding the camera.

...here's a close-up

I am still experimenting with those water-miscible oil paints.


Her Sadness

5.5 x 4.5, water miscible oils on oil stained Kitty Wallis paper

Our Wyoming downstairs neighbor, Joy, told me 
that her very good friend died yesterday.

Think I would like to give this little painting to her 
... maybe it will help the sadness.

I'm renaming this "Hers (for Verna)". I gave the painting to her today, Jan 24.


Landscape (not WY)

4.5 x 5.5, water miscible oils on oil stained Kitty Wallis paper
Still messing with the water soluble oils.

This is from a WetCanvas website image. 
I love the purple ground with the yellow "mustard" fields.
Oh, and the purple peeking through the clouds as well!


Still Life w/Water Soluble Oil Paints

Good Morning Cup 
Water miscible oils on waterproof black sandpaper, 5.5 x 4.5

Daisy Cup
-same medium and size as above-


Ranger IPA

4.5 x 5.5, water miscible oil on black sandpaper

Messing around with the paints we picked up 
 at an art supply store in Ft Collins. I have never tried 
water miscible (soluble) oil paints. Matt wants to try them
on his decoys, too.

They really do clean up with soap and water and
act, to me, like a substance somewhere 
between acrylic and oil paints. 

I will post more paintings using them tomorrow.

This IPA is very nice...also from Ft Collins!


Early Morning SE WY

The mornings here are so lovely ... even from my tiny view out the kitchen window!

These are small watercolors as I quickly tried to catch the sunrise.


Sketching without glasses

I have been thinking about value a lot lately. 
Also thinking about simplifying and ridding unecessary detail in both drawing and painting. 

So I took off my glasses and sketched a few things from life. 
It was always fun to put my glasses back on to see what I drew.

These last two are images are sketched from the interwebs:

Composition is of course something I think about, too, 
along with many other painting "rules". 
The cup in the sketch above is smack dab in the center, but it is ok here...I wouldn't necessarily paint it this way.

It is cold here in WY today! 7°!


Out the window (with revision)

Took off my glasses for the drawing 
and left them off for the painting.
Working on value.
Ugh....feels terrible to paint without being able to see.
But I need to work on this. So out of practice.

I decided I did not like the way the roof slanted in the original painting.
I "fixed" it.
Interesting to note how the lighting is so different in the two photos.