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.


VPO August - Detroit

Of course, we are back from our cabin trip. It was only overnight.
I have been working on my Peterson Lake painting,
but there isn't a ton of change yet, so I haven't posted.

I wanted to do the VirtualPaintout challenge
for August ... so here it is.

I had a bit of trouble sending it to Mr. Guffey, and I don't know 
if he could even use it.

But here it is:

All American on Dearborn Street     4" x 10"     oil on panel


P Lake - Day 4

This is the last post until I get back from a cabin trip
and add more paint to this.

Cross your fingers for no rain ... 
You say ...
no rain in a rain forest? 
(We did get a might spoiled this summer.)

Thanks for viewing!


P Lake - Day 3

It is raining again, and cloudy -
 so this painting is a great reminder of a sunny Juneau day!

I know this one is going to take awhile because it is so large.

Thanks for looking! ... and commenting!


P Lake - Day 2

This is all the nitty gritty ... why the heck I am showing it is beyond me ...


Peterson Lake painting - Day 1

We hiked to the Peterson Lake cabin on Sunday. Nearly 8 miles round trip. Pretty flat.
It was a beautiful day and I had forgotten 
how gorgeous the creek is as it pours from the lake. It has made
a small little canyon with sweet waterfalls 
and cool rock layers.

It was busy at the lake. People out on the lake in the row boat, 
people sitting at the picnic table at the cabin deck.

Amazingly, a de Havilland Beaver on floats flew in,
dropped off a Juneau family who were staying two nights 
and flew off. (He was there MAYBE 10 minutes!)

I snapped a few photos and hoped one would be a good one for a painting.


Thanks for taking a peek as I work along.


Sketches at Gold Creek

Gold Creek was beautiful and sunny on Saturday morning,
but the biting "slowflies" were out en masse.
No one stayed very long.

Chamerion latifolium

 I think this little flower (light purple/lavender color) may be in the 
genus Anemone or (Ranunculaceae family).

These are what the seeded part looks like after the flower has dried up.

Thanks for viewing!


Ginger sketch

I forgot to take a photo of the Gold Creek sketches,
here is the other at home drawing.

This ginger piece has been sitting on my butcher block for a long time
and it is beginning to grow!
That is what those little round buds are.

It is back to rain here. I know the land will soak it up!

I was able to go to The Canvas today and do some sketching with a
live model! SO very glad this is available.

Thanks so much for viewing my art!


Just drawing

I did go out with the Plein Rein painters today,
but only just sketched. The bugs were really bad, so 
nobody stayed very long.

Then I sketched a bit more when I got home - 
this is one of the home sketches:

Pink Lady apples  pencil, about 5" x 5"

If I can get a photo of the little sketch I did up on Gold Creek, I will post later.

I am working on a painting 
that I can't show anywhere until I send it to its owner.

Thanks for viewing my art!


Summer Glory

I wondered about a Fireweed haiku and if anyone has written one.
Found a poem, not about Fireweed probably, and not a haiku - by Yosa Buson

The following is just part of the poem. It is a little melancholy, but nice.

You are a plum flower floating on the water
floating down the river swiftly you leave
I am a weeping willow on the river's edge
my shadow is deep in the water
I cannot come with you

There were a couple of comments about the parasol. 
It worked so well!   It is from BestBrella.

So, the painting was fun and quick, but there are some things ...
... not quite right. It's ok.

Does anyone know, or can you write a Fireweed haiku? 
I would love to read it!

Summer Glory        8" x 8"   oil on prepared panel


Bye Bye Fireweed!

You know that when fireweed blossoms 
reach the top of their stem
we can see autumn in the distance ...

As I mentioned in an earlier post, 
I set up in a field of fireweed 
and painted ...