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.


JAHC Gallery Show 6th of 11 paintings

Each of us had 10 or 11 paintings in the March exhibit.

We culled many from our first once-over before we hung the show.
We were going to try the "less is more" approach. (By the way, it worked!)

This painting, Fiat II, is the large one inspired by Fiat, 8 x 6 inches (see last week's post). 
Since I did take some process/progress photos, I will post them for those who may be interested.

1st sketch with graphite, ~ 9 x 5 inches
Underneath this in my sketchbook I have written, 
"The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten." 

 ... unfortunately, I didn't record who said it.

This board  is actually a cradled support (made by my husband xoxoxo).
It is 48 x 24 inches! ... there will be no frame.
I sketched a bit of a grid and the first lines in white pastel pencil.

The following are progress shots of what happened during the painting of this painting.

Fiat II    Oil on wood panel    48 x 24 inches

- detail -

This painting was the last one that I finished for the show. 

It was very hard to get a good photo of it, so there is kind of glare at the top ... so I may try again when I can take it outside.

We take the show down tomorrow, but I will keep posting the rest of the paintings that I had there.
Thank you so much for viewing my art!


Paintings at the JAHC Gallery show (continued)

Several months ago, my husband was carving a beautiful, 3/4 size raven 
and had painted his white gesso-like Kilz undercoat on it. 
I snapped this photo and was intrigued by the image.

By the way ... this is how the carved raven turned out:

Here are a couple of progress photos for my painting Fiat.
As always, I love to see the progression of paintings, so I try to post those too,
when I remember to take photos.

(Fiat Latin translation is = "let it be done" ... )

And the final painting - 

Fiat 2017     Oil on Arches Huile paper     8 x 6 inches

I am so happy to say it has found a new home as well! Thank you Michelle M!

Thank you for checking in to this blog, it means a ton to me to see that people are viewing it!

Happy Spring!


The Shape of Things to Come II

One of our goals for the March exhibit was to step out of our comfort zone
and produce fun, different paintings from our "usual" ...

Here is the mini "Shape of Things..." that challenged me in a very new way 
to produce something enticing, 
yet small and reminiscent of the large pastel 

The Shape of Things to Come II  2017  Acrylic medium & pastel on wood   4 x 6 inches

Well, maybe it is only enticing to me.

I welcome your thoughts.

Thanks so much for checking in!


The Shape of Things to Come

I painted pastel over the top of this older painting ... what's that called ... ? 
... oh yes,   Pentimento.
I can see some of the original painting, 
but it would be hard for someone else to find.

Looked for a photo of my original oil but had no luck finding it. 
That's ok because perhaps 100 years into the future if someone wanted to, 
they could x-ray the painting and find that "bad" painting underneath.

The Shape of Things to Come  (2016)  Pastel over oil on canvas   22 x 26 in

Thank you for checking in!


Thinking II

Today is the opening of our group show!

a n d

I am sick and could not go ...

So anyway, here is the blown up version 
of my last post (Feb 26th) - a small 6 x 8 inch one called Thinking. This one is bigger!

Thinking II        Oil on canvas        24 x 36 inches

I got some great comments when I asked what you thought that couple was thinking!

Matt made scones for the opening and took a couple of photos for me.
I am sad to have had to stay home, 
but am very glad my two partners are there representing!
Thank you Barbara and Timi for doing this cool show with me! 
I will post a couple of their paintings here on my blog after asking permission.

Thank you for checking in to this sporadic blog! 
I am going to be blogging and posting my JAHC show paintings
 and (if I have them ... ) their progress shots.

Spring is on the way! I think ... there are about 8 inches of snow out here, so ...
positive sunny thoughts everyone :)