Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lake Lacey

I love Lake Lacey.
I have painted it before 
and I will paint it again.

This beautiful little lake is located in Lacey Keosauqua State Park,
on the Des Moines River just over the bridge
from Keosauqua, Iowa.

"Lake Lacey"
12 x 12 oil on canvas  $125

This year the Fairfield Art Association
 asked its member artists
to create something on a 12 x 12 canvas.

This is a fun show to see
because of the huge variety of
mediums and techniques that are used by

If you are in Fairfield the show is in the lobby
of the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

Part of the sale of the art displayed goes to
the Fairfield Art Association.
Their gift shop is right off of the lobby and has loads
of gift, ceramics, glass
and of course paintings.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Calendar

My nice friends at Community First Bank asked me to create
 another pen and ink for their calendar this year.

Wickfield Pavillion
Cantril, Iowa

I decided to make it more of a landscape than a
portrait of a building as I did in 
previous years.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Ok, I really have done quite a few paintings this year.  
But I haven't posted any for a long time.  I think it has been since March?

These are the paintings that are going to the Fort Madison Art Center Member Show.

                       "Apple-ista" 8" x 8"  $95.00   Oil on panel 
                                      Framed in rustic black

                                  "Passed By". 8" x 10". $110.  Oil on panel
                                                  In a silver frame

           The Fort Madison Art Center receives a portion of every sale.  Pay them a visit or
       Contact me for more details.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Navigating Nevis

No, I'm not in the tropics!

This was painted over a month ago.
In the depths of our endless winter.

So much for keeping up with my blog
in February.

Navigating Nevis  - 8 x 8
Oil on gesso board

I certainly haven't wanted to paint snow
and when Gin Lammert invited me to paint
with a group of artists at
the Fort Madison Art Center....
I knew I wanted to paint 
a warm location.

The photo was taken in Nevis many years ago
on a trip with my husband's family.
It was taken with actual 35mm film.
Remember that stuff?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

St. Leonard's Church in Lipnica

I did this watercolor as a birthday gift
for my sister-in-law.

We visited Poland together last fall
with our husbands.
They are brothers.

But we are more than sisters-in-law.
It was a blast....

St. Leonard's Church in Lipnica

This beautiful church is one of the oldest 
Gothic wooden churches in Poland.

The first story is made of logs and the interior
walls and ceilings have
scenes from the Bible
 colorfully rendered from the 15th to the 17th century.

We visited this
 church with our husband's Polish family.  
Their grandfather grew up in the town of Lipnica.

It was our second visit to Poland
and we found the country and it's people just as
enchanting this time as we did last time.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dy 30 - 30 in 30 - Pont de Paris

For the second year I am a bit
conflicted on the last day of the 
30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

It is wonderful to have an excuse
to paint every single day for an

But then,

I wasn't going to paint today.
But I had this one last image 
that I wanted to interpret.

"Pont de Paris" - oil on panel - 5 x 7

Yesterday I thought that the painting
that I painted
was a bit too colorful.

But, this one is coming out a bit dull.
The pastels are subtle in this one.
I photographed it at night,
and it was wet.

Excuses, excuses....

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 29 - 30 Paintings - Hilltop

I'm still working on
using brighter colors.

"Hilltop" - oil on Board - 5 x 7

Maybe a bit too bright?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 28 - 30 Days - Back to School

A magnolia in bloom 
and a one room schoolhouse.

Or not.

Went back over the pale pink.
Maybe not the best idea.

More blue on the shadow side?
And the roof, well....

Still had a great time at Bill Teeple's class
At ICON in Fairfield.
Thanks Susan, Jeanette and Bill.

Missed the rest of the class that is
 off warming up in Florida and Arizona!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 27 - 30 Paintings - La Tour

I was thinking about Paris today.
So I painted the Eiffel Tower.

I included a watercolor that I painted sometime in the last year as well.

First the underpainting.

Then the intermediate version

Then I wanted to work on the sky
 that is always so moody and colorful.

And the little watercolor.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 26 - 30 Days - Try, Try Again

I played around with the watercolor
from John Preston's class again today.

I had various degrees of success
but it was fun trying.

Day 25 - 30 Paintings - Caribbean Blue Playtime

I've been experimenting with my new tube
of Caribbean Blue paint from my recent
 transparent oils workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry.

This is probably her key pigment color
and it is quite versatile.

This has reproduced with colors that look
 a little more lurid than they actually are in person.

This blue is made with pthalo blue but somehow
it does not take over too much
and it seems to play well with the other colors.

I under painted this one with Indian yellow, Sap Green,
 Transparent Red Med., Diox. Purple and ?

Then I went over it with variations of the 
Caribbean Blue straight from the tube
and mixed with white.
It was fun to see how the next layer mixed with the 
transparents in the underpainting.
a bit, but not quite like watercolor.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 24 - 30 Paintings - Blooms in Time

Tulips in bloom in Monet's garden at Giverney
during a visit last spring with my sister.

I already see some changes that I would like to make.
Photos can show you 
Where you are going wrong.

I painted 2 paintings today to catch up,
Well,sort of catch up.
I've missed a few days out my 30 Days
Still love to have the chance to concentrate on painting.

Day 23 - 30 Paintings - Little Pitcher

Still working on the brighter color thing.

Little Pitcher - oil on board - 8x10

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 21 - 30 Paintings - Waterworks

Today I was back in my regular watercolor class
with John Preston at the Fairfield Art Association.

He gave us a real challenge with this view of
a rocky stream in Colorado.

 "Waterworks" watercolor on paper 

John's photo

His demonstrations are invaluable
in helping his students learn how to handle
the elusive medium of watercolor.

I may make another run at this one over the next few days.

Day 20 - 30 Paintings - Summer Sunrise

The colors in the photo aren't as rich as in the painting.
I will replace it when I am able to take a better one.

This was done from a photo taken on a hot summer morning
when a storm was moving in.

"Summer Sunrise"- oil on canvas - 9 x 12  

Happy to be home again in Iowa.
Florida was fun.

But I'm one of those rare birds who really enjoys winter.
Except for snowy roads.
Those I can do without.

This photo shows the colors a bit better.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 - 30 Paintings - Tigertail Beach

The sunset at Tigertail Beach a few days ago.
Watercolor does such a great job of capturing the subtleties of the colors.
Still working on capturing those palm trees....

Friday, January 17, 2014

Day 16 -30 Paintings - Monet's Boats

A painting done on the last afternoon of the 
Dreama Tolle Perry workshop
On Marco Island.
This one is from a photo I took at Giverney
Of the boats in Monet's pond.
Monet's Boats - Oil on Board - 8x8

Now back to reality after a most wonderful
Workshop with an incredible instructor 
And a group of very talented fellow painters.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 14 - 30 Days - Les Fleurs

A second day at the workshop with 
Dreama Tolle Perry.

Having a great time learning to paint with 
Transparent oil colors.

First a dark underpainting
Then punch it up with brighter hues.

Les Fleurs oil on board 12 x 12

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 13 -30 Paintings - Too Many Tulips!

Having the best time at a painting workshop 
In Florida
Somebody's gotta do it....
 I'm having some technical problems with the internet again 
So enjoy the photos of my working at
Painting more colorfully at
A Dreama Tolle Perry workshop.
She is obviously a great teacher...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 11- 30 In 30 Painting Challenge - Daisy Day

A watercolor still life of some flowers
in my Mom's favorite new vase.

Daisy Day - watercolor and colored pencil on paper 6x8

Then I "painted a digital version.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10 - 30 in 30 - Distance

Another panoramic watercolor.
Just having fun with palm tree and sea dreams.

"Distance" watercolor on paper 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 9 - 30 in 30 - Blue Palms

I think blue palms are what I had for the last week.

Blue Palms - watercolor on paper 6x8

Hope I am able to post this one.
Still having technical problems!

Day 8 - 30 in 30 - Digital Life

I was in transit yesterday and wasn't able 
to post my day 8 "painting".
Talk about slow wifi.
I left the tool bar in the screen shot
to illustrate what I am playing with.
I'm having fun with the Paper 53 app
And hope to be pretty good with it by the end of the month.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7 - 30 in 30 - Past Sunset

A quick watercolor of a beautiful sunset
in Santa Fe a couple of years ago.

"Past Sunset" watercolor on paper 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6 - 30 Paintings in January - Blossom Play

A little colorful fun with oil paint
on a sub-zero day.

"Blossom Play" - oil on panel - 8 x 8

I have 3 plum trees in my garden but the birds always
eat them before we can pick them.
I don't mind because I really grow them for the perfume
from their delicate blossoms.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5 - 30 in 30 - Bluehills

On the road again today.
A two hour trip in the wee morning hours went by swiftly
while my darling husband drove.

Only a digital painting today.
The pre-mixed colors that come with the Paper 53 App
are rather subtle.

I worked on mixing and saving some more intense hues today.
The composition and subject are a 
"rewind" of a previous painting.

"Bluehills"-  digital ink on iPad 

Maybe by the end of this 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge
I will get the hang of this digital painting thing.
In the meantime I sure am having fun with it.

Paper 53 is giving me an option for days
when i can't be in my studio.
I really only intended to use it for quick thumbnail sketches.
Maybe tomorrow.
Luckily I will be back at my easel!!!!

Here is the original.
A bit out of focus, it is 24" x 36", took forever to dry

and sold right away.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Passed By

An old Van Buren County barn from a photo
that is at least 5 years old.

I painted it plein air back then in pastel.
Thought I should give it a try in oil today.

"Passed By"  oil on panel 8" x 10"

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 3 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Frost Field

We were on the road today.
I love the beauty of the frosty fields.
From the warm car...

I played with the Paper 53 app again while we were driving.

Then at home I played around with the watercolors again.

I think that the digital painting conveys the feeling of how cold it
was today better than the watercolor.

Maybe I will actually get into the studio tomorrow
 and break out the oil paint.

Frost Field

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2 - 30 Paintings - Lake Lacey

I had a little more fun with the Paper 53 app today.

Lake Lacey - digital on iPad 

Then I did a watercolor as well.
A couple of them, but this was the better of the two.

The digital is fun and you can "rewind" your mistakes.
if you catch them soon enough.

Lake Lacey - watercolor on paper

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 1 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days 2014

I said last year at the end of Leslie Saeta's 
30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I would NEVER
do that again.

Digital study on paper 53

I am taking another run at it.
But this time I don't have a show opening
when the month ends.

So I am going back into my photo archives.
Painting in oil or watercolor.
Experimenting with digital painting 
in the Paper 53 app on my iPad.

Here is a 6 x 8 watercolor of Lake Sugema.