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.


30in30 - Day 30!

Stuff In My Refrigerator

I ran out of my Arches Oil Paper, so I am using something new. 
I recently asked for a sample (5x7) of a "mounting board" by Crescent. I really like it. I didn't gesso, just began painting ... well, after I sketched with white conte crayon (see above) and then set it with alcohol.

I remembered to take a progress photo (because I stopped for lunch)!

This is what it looked like before taking the tape off.

Stuff In My Refrigerator       5 x 7 inches        Ultra-Black Mounting Board

detail (my fav part is the milk carton, and the kimchi)

So, it was a really fun, crazy, interesting month. An painting education! Here are the things I think of immediately about this challenge:
1. I still do love to paint!
2. I am learning to trust myself regarding composition, values & colors.

(there are probably more things I learned, but I am kind of tired and want to get this posted)

Just remember to listen to the ArtistsHelpingArtists podcast this week because Leslie will be talking about this September 2014 30PaintingsIn30Days Challenge.

Thanks for hanging in there with me during the month.

Make sure to check back to see what is on my easel from time to time ... a leave me a comment so I know you were there!


30in30 - Day 29

I've had my White River sourdough starter over 20 years and it was >100 years old when I got it. 
It makes really delicious hotcakes and bread and rolls, etc. if I treat it right ... one time I did lose it, 
but fortunately I had given some to a friend who shared it back to me!

thumbnail sketch

 charcoal sketch

 alcohol wash


Sourdough Hotcakes       6 x 8 inches       Oil on Arches Oil Paper


We had sourdough hotcakes for breakfast yesterday, and these were leftovers.
 I had thought to also paint our delicious Red Currant jelly - so beautifully magenta-hued (dear friends made and shared with us), but essentially ran out of time and energy! 
I was planning something - not really avant garde - but different for me ... (it was going to be a little bit 3D with a tiny canvas mounted on top of this paper ...)
I will try it when I do have more time, and probably use real canvas or board rather than paper.
I wonder if Leslie would like some real sourdough someday ... perhaps she already has some. On her
today she revealed she loves to entertain even more than she enjoys cooking. If you don't know, she holds her painting workshops in her home and one evening makes the class a homemade gourmet meal! She has lots of energy.

I am glad that I did have the energy to do a painting a day for September. Tomorrow is the last day. Guess I had better search the fridge.

Thanks for viewing my paintings!


30in30 - Day 28

HB Eggs

I know - I already painted eggs, but these are hard-boiled ... a whole new challenge.

I took the tape off and then remembered that there was "HB" written in pencil on my egg.
Then I ate it ... not the pencil - the egg!

This was a painting using both brushes and palette knife, and pretty fun, I might add.

HB Eggy Weggs       8 x 6 inches      Oil on Arches Oil Paper

All I can say about Leslie's post today is, Christmas!? ... really? and then I think, well, it really isn't that far away.

Two more days ... I have something in mind for tomorrow, but for Tuesday ... ????


30in30 - Day 27

Butter Pear!
That name describes this 'fruit' more than the real name, I think.
 There are some people who do not like the avocado, and I can think of one who is allergic, but I think most people love them.

Kind of fun to see the thumbnail sketch and then the charcoal sketch next to each other,
then the alcohol wash.
Butter Pear       6 x 8 inches       Oil on Arches Oil Paper
Leslie states she is not a landscape painter, but I might say otherwise.
Ok, gotta find 3 more things in the fridge to paint!
Happy painting! 


30in30 - Day 26


 It is the 26th day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge 
with my personal theme of Stuff In My Refrigerator.

I made kimchi exactly a week ago, a really good healthy kind. No monosodium glutamate. No sugar except for fruit and we tried it last night because I had to open the jar so I could get a start on today's painting.

It is amazing! I love it!

You can see the difference here between the charcoal sketch (top) and the alcohol wash. It is really fun to do the wash ... kind of like watercolor!

Healthy Kimchi       8 x 6 inches       Oil on Arches Oil Paper

Leslie's post today is a palette knife painted pumpkin. Quite gorgeous. 
She has an average of 600 trick-or-treaters for Halloween! 
We do not get any because we live right smack on a busy highway 
and our community hosts a Halloween party for the kids so they don't have to go out 
(it more often than not is raining like crazy at the end of October). 

Leslie asks, "What are you doing for Halloween this year?" and truth be told, we will be in our hotel getting ready to fly to Kona on November 1!

Who else loves kimchi? Who else makes it?

Thank you for hanging in with me!

ps I have NO IDEA what I will find in the fridge to paint for tomorrow and the next 3 days!


30in30 - Day 25

Miso Master

Shiromiso is white miso and if you click the link, Wikipedia will tell you about it.
We love it and it is especially good when you don't feel well. We ran out of it a few weeks ago (it keeps a long time in the fridge) and had to run around yesterday to find it (while we were both feeling bad, btw ...)


Miso Master, Organic!       8 x 6 inches       Oil on Arches Oil Paper

This painting was super fun, I loved painting the little "miso master guy" and I absolutely love the colors! ... and yes, I am feeling SO much better today! (but not because of miso ... I am on antibiotic)
Today, Leslie's Slices of Life blog reveals she loves to teach painting workshops. She has a very nice set-up and it would be fun to take one of her classes. Maybe one day!

I have neglected all this month (!) to mention that Leslie Saeta is the artist behind the Artists Helping Artists (AHA) podcast where she has a guest host, usually, and many art related topics are discussed; including artist interviews, what brushes are the best, which paints are good, blogging and websites and so much more! The shows are really fun to listen to while you paint and you learn so much!

So, all you artists out there, listen in!

and ... thank you so much for checking in to see my art!


30in30 - Day 24


Radishes on Gray and Black       8 x 6 inches      Oil on Arches Oil Paper

So I painted this in the vertical, but I think it may go better like this:

What do you think?

Here is a shot of my palette on the taboret today:

Even though I am battling a bronchial infection (just got antibiotics today) - I wanted to paint. The urgency of posting every day made me do it, but actually I love to paint 
even when I don't feel good. 
The painting today, since I am under-the-weather, took about an hour. There is something to urgency and not spending too long laboring over a work. I like how this painting turned out (but it was really weird that it looks better in the horizontal).

Less than a week left in this challenge. Here is the link to the gal who is hosting.

Thanks for viewing my art!


30in30 - Day 23


We love tomatillos in salsa and other sauces.


Unbagged Husk Tomatoes       6 x 8 inches       Oil on Arches Oil Paper

Ohhh ... this is a late one. And I worked on it in a couple of sessions because I wasn't quite sure that I liked the light (turquoise) background. But I think it turned out ok.

At the Slices of Life blog, more slices! and be sure to find out the 23rd thing you don't know about Leslie.

from Chef John over at FoodWishes! Happy salsa making!

And thank you so much for checking in on the blog.


30in30 - Day 22

Got a good start on this one yesterday, so it didn't take too long to finish today.

This is where the painting ended last night ... and apparently, I really liked the way the 
shallots were turning out, so I wrote this note. 

(if you cannot see the note, it says 'do not touch the shallots')

... and I didn't!

Allium     8 x 6 inches      Oil on Arches Oil Paper

Meyer lemons are the
that Ms. Saeta has on her easel today.

Enjoy allium every day!