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.


March 2014 First Friday Exhibit - Silverbow Gallery!

Ok, now I am getting excited.

Here is the little poster I made announcing the exhibit of my paintings!


Six and Eight - final

oops, forgot to take in-between photos

The second 12x12.
...really am thinking of my beetle project...if anyone has dung beetle original photos, and wouldn't mind sending them to me for use in this painting series, let me know!!

ps the beetle above is NOT a dung beetle


Six and Eight sketch

For the second 12 x 12 painting, this is the initial pencil sketch, 2" x 2"!


Out on a Limb

Setting up

This is the first of two 12 x 12's I placed in the Juneau City Museum's fundraiser.

Tomorrow I will post the first sketch of the next piece.


Juneau-Douglas City Museum

For the month of February, 2014 the

held their 10th! annual fundraiser:

 the 12 x 12 Exhibit

This year the theme was

 Black & White

My next blog or two will contain photos of planning and executing my 2 entries.

Initial sketch.

Update note about the Silverbow show. 
I am staining and painting the frames Matt made (which are beautiful by the way)
and buffing the protective Dorland's Wax Medium "varnish" on the paintings I hope to hang.


Drawing session

Yesterday I was able to go to the life drawing session at

We draw a model for three hours. Time flies by so fast!

This is my second drawing - the first one was me being a bit rusty.

Serene    12" x 9"    graphite & Conte on Strathmore paper

My large flower painting is going well, albeit slowly. Not sure it will be included 
in my exhibit of paintings for March at the Silverbow Backroom gallery.

The photos in that link show the walls as red, but they are not red anymore. 
They are a neutral light gray - good for displaying art.

Opening is March 7.



Getting going

... without further contemplation, I have begun my new painting.

It is big.

Here are the first few sketches, with charcoal.

I have a bouquet 
but also took some photos ...

(because the silly flowers are real, and they keep blooming and stuff)

Wish me luck! (it will be fun)