Friday, October 25, 2013


Last May I spent a week at a quilting retreat in DeSoto, WI, with a group of friends.  A friend of mine came to see me and we decided to go to a nearby town to find some material.  It was a very interesting trip, on a back road, with lots of beautiful scenery.  I especially liked the old buildings and was lucky enough to be able to snap a photo of two Jersey (?) cows who had come closer to see what we were up to.  Now, I've never painted cows before, but the look in their eyes was so intriguing, I just had to try.

I started this painting differently than usual.  I began with the three primary colors mixed with whites and each other to get several different tones, and I painted just the darks, middle, and light tones as quickly as I could, not trying to paint them in their natural colors.  This was really a stretch for me, but it was really fun, and I did learn a lot from the exercise.  They did end up in their natural colors, but I was able to retain some of the not so real "cow" colors.  I was satisfied with the final paiting.  Now, I am told, I must do a horse.  I have one on the easel.  We'll see how it goes!

This painting is in oil and is 14" x 14".  I really like the square format and will definitely do more.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


I'm getting behind.  Painting is going so well that I hardly have time for anything else - like blogging.  I did this painting as a gift for my friend's granddaughter and family.  They were such great hosts last summer when we stayed at their home in Nemo, SD,  to attend the Silver City plein aire event.  It's a beautiful home in a very secluded area, and the three children were full of pep.  I really enjoyed watching the two oldest blowing bubbles so just had to paint them.

Deciding on the composition was easy - I wanted them blowing bubbles at each other.  When I first started painting, the background was in pastel sky and earth colors.  The bubbles just didn't show up, so decided to make it a night sky - complete with fire flies.  It was so much fun to do, and I'm hoping they are happy with the painting.

Friday, October 4, 2013

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE . . . . . . . . . . .

I picked up the little cowboy today and am happy with him.  I then dropped him off at the South Dakota Health Care Association for the Masterworks Show which will be October 28 and 29.  I am looking forward to feedback from the attendees at the show, hoping he will bring back memories for a lot of people.  I know he sure does for me!