Thursday, October 22, 2009


My, how time does fly.  I've been pretty pokey about blogging, but time just seems to get away from me.  I can't believe it's already Thursday!

When I was in Pennsylvania last October I was amazed at all the farmers markets wherever we went - in the city or in the country.  I took lots of pictures, but none of them inspired me as much as the apples.  There were all kinds and the markets were full of them.  I was inspired by the way they lined the baskets up on shelves, and by the different types of baskets used for display.  This particular market was huge and the honey crisps were beautiful.  I had some in my fridge when I painted this, and ate them as I painted.

This painting is done with oils and measures 12" x 12" and done on a deep gallery wrapped canvas so that no framing is necessary.  I was told by some that it looked like you could just pick one of the apples up and bite down into it.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Such a busy week and weekend.  The show at Starbucks was very well received.  Many people who had never seen my work before, came and seemed to enjoy.  I'm posting three pictures I took of the show.  The photography isn't so great, but you can get an idea of how it all looked.

Beautiful weekend with the sun actually coming out Saturday afternoon and all day yesterday, with the temperatures up into the 60's for a change.  It's shining again today, so I'd better get outside and finish my work with the flowers when I can.

Now it's time to get ready for the show "Deck the Walls", November 14 and 15 at the Goss Opera House.  It should be a good show and worth coming out to see.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


It's been a busy two weeks getting ready for my show at Starbucks tomorrow evening.  I just finished this painting and have one more I would like to finish before tomorrow.  Having deadlines is what really gets me motivated to finish what I have started. 

This oil painting measures 16 x 20 and is painted from a photo I found in my father's collection of old photos.  Evidently  on Halloween in 1914 the school had a party, and some of the kids dressed up.  The two with their dog were in front of the group, and I just loved their expressions.  They seemed somewhat sad and lonely, and the little guy looked determined. I painted them as they might appear just coming from a house with a few candies or fruits in their bags.   My father and two of his brothers were at the party, as they were labelled by my father.  I started this painting at a paint in at Arlington, SD, with a group of ladies who are very talented.  I feel fortunate to have been invited to paint with them.  I like painting from these reference photos.  I am working on another one, and have one in mind to begin very soon.  Keep watching.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MIA (She's finally arrived!)

I am so excited to introduce Mia to you today.  She is made of LaDoll, which is an air drying stone clay, and is 24" tall.  This is one of the only dolls I've made from head to completion that hasn't changed her mind about what she wants to be.  From the moment I saw her expression I knew she wanted to be a little ballerina  who wasn't quite sure that she was good enough to really be one.  Her head is tilted up and  her eyes looking up with that sweet innocence of a child seeking approval for  what she has just done.

She is dressed in tulle from my stash.  This piece has been around for a long long time.  It is a remnant from another dress I made for a doll many years ago.  The fabric came in a box of small pieces at an auction in Missouri.  I had always loved it and thought it would make the perfect outfit for a doll some day.  That day has arrived.  There wasn't enough tulle, so I had to dye the white tulle I had for the under lengths.  I had some sprays from "Tattered Angels", which is a company in Loveland, CO.  The liquid has a very fine glitter to it.  I used three different colors to get the effect.

The tights are made from Viva paper towels.  I used four different colors of  liquid acrylics thinned down and dripped onto the wet surface, which I sprayed with water and then with the coral spray.  Hanging it to dry caused the colors to blend beautifully.  The paper was then glued to the surface of the body.  The face, hands, and feet were painted with oils.  The hair is of bamboo yarn, which matched perfectly with the tulle.   The slippers were made of a satin fabric I had which was silver.  I sprayed it, as well as some ribbon, with the coral spray, which gave it all a perfect match to the tights.  Everything was here for her, as if it was meant to be hers.

If you would like to see her in person, she will be at my show at Starbucks in Watertown, SD, this Friday, Oct. 16, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Please come and look.

Monday, October 5, 2009


What a week this has been.  Cold and rainy - much cooler than it should be in October.  On top of that, I found out last week that I have gall bladder stones for which surgery will be necessary.  I am trying to hold off until November for that, as my Medicare will kick in then, and my current insurance has a $5000 deductible.  I pray that I can make it till then, and am trying to follow a special diet (maybe there will be a benefit of dropping a few pounds?!)

Watching the leaves turn colors this Fall has reminded me so much of my trip to Philadelphia last October to visit an old classmate, and then on to New York to visit another.  There were four of us girls who started school together in a small school.  One moved away in sixth grade and I hadn't seen her since.  One moved away after our Freshman year, and I had seen her several times since.  The fourth was my cousin who lives in Arizona.  The four of us had a wonderful reunion, and the colors were at their peak when we were there.  On our way to the classmate in New York, we stayed at a motel on Beach Lake.  I'm not sure if it was in PA or NY, but it was beautiful.  I painted this picture  when I returned home.  It measures 16 x 20 and is painted in oils.  The colors there were truly amazing and difficult to capture on canvas.