Thursday, December 31, 2015


It's that time of year again.  Thirty paintings in 30 days.  I've been kind of sluffing off lately, so guess it's time to get back to work.  There are two paintings on my easel waiting to be finished and I'll be doing another one sometime soon.  I'm giving a baby portrait to the first baby born in Watertown in 2016.  Since I don't know who that will be or when they will want to have the portrait painted, there should be time to sneak in a small painting each day to get my motor revved up!

Something has been rolling around in my head for several years now.  The idea was to paint ingredients that people interested in purchasing could put together to make a recipe.  The "recipe" could then be hung on the wall making a sort of collage. 

My painting for the first of January is of eggs.  Now there are many things a person can fix with eggs, so use your imagination and try to guess what the recipe will be for. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DAY 30 - Passageway to Watertown SD

I've always thought this welcome sign was an attractive one coming into Watertown from the east on HWY 212.  It is always well kept up and is in such a nice setting.  I thought it was appropriate to paint it for the final day of the 30 day challenge.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DAY 29 - Passageway to Delicious

Avocadoes - that wonderful nutty flavored food that is so good for you.  This is a food you either love or hate or sometimes just ignore!  For me, it is one of those things I can't pass up if offered to me.  It is also a very good model to paint with its beautiful variation of greens and yellows.

Monday, September 28, 2015

DAY 28 - Passageway to the Underground

I've done these mushrooms with fabric and with paint in the past, so now am doing them in a small format.  It's been a long time, and it was much easier this time.  Since mushrooms really have little color, I used artist license and did them in bright colors.

Passageway to the Underground

Sunday, September 27, 2015

DAY 27 - Passageway to Nutty Goodness

Friends of mine own a neat little bakery in town - Five Loaves Bakery - and have such delicious food there.  Everything is made from scratch and much of it is gluten free.  It's a place I stay away from often because everything is so good that I want to try it all - and that isn't really good for me.  Too many sweets.  They were nice enough to set up this little still life for me, and I couldn't resist painting it.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

DAY 26 - Passageway to Pear Jam

I love pears - especially those with a reddish blush to them.  These were especially good.  They can be used in so many ways and are so good for you.  I don't know what it is with food for paintings all of a sudden, but I really do enjoy looking at it and eating it.

Passageway to Pear Jam

Friday, September 25, 2015

DAY 25 - Passageway to a Healthy Life

I've painted apples in the past on several occasions, so I decided to do an easy one since I have so many things piling up that need to be done.  These are red delicious apples, which have in the past been my favorite.  They say "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", so the title of this painting is appropriate, I feel.
Passageway ato a Healthy Life

Thursday, September 24, 2015

DAY 24 - Passageway to the Center

A few years ago there was a balloon festival in Watertown, and since I've always been interested in hot air balloons, I thought it would be fun.  I was amazed at all the different types of balloons - from spinning ones, to ghost like ones floating high in the air, and the traditional ones.  This balloon was so large that when spread out on the grass and hot air blown in
 it, people were able to walk right in.  I took several pictures of different people having fun in the balloon, but this particular one attracted me because of the single girl heading in and the angle of the photo.

I'm not real happy with the photo.  It shows too much glare, which I suppose is from the wet oil paint.  When It's nearly dry I might go back and rework some areas.

Passageway to the Center

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DAY 23 - Passageway to Gooey Goodness

Several of us local artists get together for breakfast every Wednesday at Pasttimes CafĂ© in Watertown.  This morning I felt like a caramel roll - they are so good - and did opt to buy it, eat it, and not feel the least bit guilty.  They are so good and gooey there, and warmed up it is extra special.  What an opportunity to paint the roll that I then devoured.  It's gone now, but the painting remains.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DAY 22 - Passageway to a Sweet Tooth

I guess this morning I must have been feeling deprived of my favorite treat - chocolate.  Instead of eating them I painted them.  I went to the Watertown Confectionary and took pictures of their sweet stuff.  That way I wasn't tempted to eat it when I returned to my studio.  I had done a previous painting of candy from there where I actually took the different candies to my studio.  Needless to say, they didn't last as long as it took me to do the painting.  Live and learn!

Monday, September 21, 2015

DAY 21 - Passageway to Another Masterpiece

An artist friend from Estelline is a wonderful sculptor of alabaster.  I stopped at his studio one day and he was nice enough to let me photograph his work in progress.  His work is amazing.  If you are ever near Estelline, SD, be sure to check out Roger Wermers.

This painting was done on a special paper for oil paint.  When it is dry I will apply it to a stretched canvas.  I ran out or the stretched canvases before I could get more.  Both brush and palette knife were used for this painting.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

DAY 20 - Passageway to Communication

I know, these are not the up to date forms of communication in the painting, but they still work for me.  I still prefer reading the newspaper held in my hand, and printed information sent through the mail is much easier for me to keep track of.  I had to fudge a little on this - my flowers are about finished but I still added them. 

Passageway to Communication

Saturday, September 19, 2015

DAY 19 - Passageway to Memories

This car was in the Vintiques Car Show in Watertown last weekend.  There were over 400 cars (antique and vintage) lined up on Kemp Avenue four across and about 5 blocks along.  There were shiny ones, classic ones, and bright colored ones, but I picked this one out to paint.  Now I have never painted a car before so this was another new experience.  What a learning project this has been!  Anyway, I chose it because I wondered about the memories that could be shared by the various owners of this car.  I'm sure there were probably many interesting stories.  I'm not sure of the age or the make, but I found it to be an interesting subject.

Friday, September 18, 2015

DAY 18 - Passageway to the Sun

Have you noticed the way the sunflower is always turned toward the sun.  This was always amazing to me to drive by a field of sunflowers that sometimes looked brown because you saw the back of the flower, and the next time yellow - depending on the time of day.  This is why I called this "Passageway to the Sun."  The sunflower finds its own way to the sun.  A friend brought this bloom to my studio last week and I knew I had to paint it.

Passageway to the Sun

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DAY 17 - Passageway to History

Governor Mellette was the tenth and last appointed Governor of South Dakota.  He and his family lived in Watertown, and today this mansion is a museum.  It is a stately old home, sitting on a hill in the northwest part of Watertown, and is a very interesting place to visit when in Watertown.

Passageway to History

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DAY 16 - Passageway for Water Drainage

There has been much street work in Watertown this year, and one of the things they have been working on is new culverts for water drainage.  I go by this area every day on my way to the studio and have always liked the view.  They are nearly finished, so there is no water passing through at this time.  I took artists' license and included the way I imagined it would look after a heavy rain.  If you look closely at the rocks they use, you can see all colors, and I am partial to purples and blues - hence the hints of those colors.

Passageway for Water Drainage

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

DAY 15 - Passageway to a Brand New Day

Skies have always been my favorite thing to paint, so it feels good to get back to it.  This was from just outside Watertown early one morning when I woke early and couldn't get back to sleep. 

Passageway to a Brand New Day

Monday, September 14, 2015

DAY 14 - Passageway to the World

One evening I left my studio late, when the sun was going down.  Instead of heading east to my house, I headed west and was not disappointed.  I found myself by the airport when a plane was heading out.  The blues were so dark and blue, and the yellows and purples so bright, I just had to paint it.

Passageway to the World

Sunday, September 13, 2015

DAY 13 - Passageway to Adventures

I know, I know, I'm getting farther away from my initial intent on this series, but one thing seems to lead to another, and here I am.  When I was a child I would climb the apple tree and read to get alone time (and probably to hide from chores) to hear my sisters tell it.  Anyway, I did a bronze last year with that thought in mind.  My model was a great nephew who lives in Brookings.  I had promised him a painting for sitting for me, so here it is, Luke.  I hope you like it.  It is painted with oil using both the brush and knife.  This one is not for sale.
Passageway to Adventures

Saturday, September 12, 2015

DAY 12 - Passageway to Possibilities

I took the photo I worked from south of Watertown.  When I do work from my photos, the painting gets changed to improve on the composition.  I only use the photos for reference and only the ones that I took myself.

It felt good to get back to landscapes and skies again.  I've been neglecting them because I had painted so many landscapes, and I wanted to try something different.  They are always my "go to" subjects.

Passageway to Possibilities

Friday, September 11, 2015

DAY 11 - Passageway to Excitement

A few weeks ago a niece and her two children visited me here and we went to the zoo.  The little guy was so excited about running here and there and seeing everything.  He especially liked climbing on the fences and seeing what was on the other side.  The zoo here is a really good one and worth visiting!

Passageway to Excitement

Thursday, September 10, 2015

DAY 10 - Passageway to Spring

Well, I guess this means I'm one third of the way through with this challenge.  I decided I needed a rest from lines and angles so did this painting from a picture I took of the pasques (which is our state flower) last spring on the west side of St. Anne's hill.  For those who don't know where this is, the old St. Anne's hospital has been renamed Prairie Lakes Health Care, and is located on west 10th NW, shortly before you get to HWY 20.  This year was the first year I had seen the pasque flower in its own habitat, and was amazed at the beauty.  The sun was shining so that there was a nice shadow on some of the flowers.

This is again is done in oil and is 8 x 8 and priced at $95.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DAY 9 - Passageway to the Past

Again, I am doing something that I have seldom done.  Architecture just has too many angles, or so I always believed.  I guess a person just has to start doing it, and it will come easier.  I was really happy with the way the Codington County Museum turned out.  Yesterday the new Watertown Regional Library was my focus.  This opened shortly after I moved here about 8 years ago, so it is still quite new.  The museum is in the old Carnegie Library.  It's a beautiful building, inside and out and Christy Lickei, the director, is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and is always changing the exhibits in order to show what has gone on here in the past.

This painting again is 8 x 8, done in oil, and is $95.

Passageway to the Past

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

DAY 8 - Passageway to Learning

Until this  challenge I had never painted interiors.  Now, here I am with the second one.  I think I had always been afraid to do it, but it wasn't really that bad.  Still have a lot to learn, though.  This is in the Library in Watertown, SD

Pathway to Learning

Monday, September 7, 2015

DAY 7 - Passageway to the Future

I know so many people refer to death and to the cemetery as a "final resting place."  To me, it only leads to what is to come.  I rejoice in the fact that there is a future for me after this earthly body is gone.

The painting is of a view in Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown.  I learned so much from doing it, and am looking forward to the next one.  I chose this because of the long shadows in the morning and the bright sunshine in between the shadows.  It is always so dramatic when you have shadows.

It is 8 x 8 and is $95.

Passageway to the Future

Sunday, September 6, 2015

DA& 6 - Passageway to Love

This painting is of the west door to the First United Methodist Church, in Watertown, SD.  This is the church I attend every Sunday that I am in town.  Since I moved here about 9 years ago, I have been accepted and loved.  It is a very giving and welcoming church.  If any of you do not have a church home in this area, we would welcome you to worship with us.

I did the painting with a palette knife.  It had been a while since I had used this and thought it would go much faster than a brush would.  Not so much.  I guess I'm out of practice.

It is 8 x 8 and $95.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

DAY 5 - A Walk in the Park

I spent today at Lake Poinsett painting with artist friends from Arlington.  It was a great day for painting outside, but I had other things I had to paint so stayed in.  It is always so much fun to get together with all of them.  Some very good work came from the day, and one of the artists even sold her painting to neighbors of our host.  You can't ask for more than that!

This painting is from a photo I took at Riverside Park in Watertown.  I was attracted by the shadows and bright sunshine in places.  It had rained quite a bit the night before and there was water sitting around.  It was still beautifully green, and the sun reflecting off the leaves gave it nice contrasts.

The painting is 8 x 8 and sells for $85.

A Walk in the Park

Friday, September 4, 2015


I thought this type of passage would be good for some but not so much for others.  It is the entrance to the Codington County Courthouse.  Some people will receive justice and some will feel like they haven't.  There are two sides to every coin. 

Again, this was more difficult than it probably had to be.  There isn't as much perspective, which made the lines involved even more difficult to do.  Because what goes on in a courthouse seems to be pretty much cut and dried - you have to pay your taxes - you have to follow the laws,
here is only one side to that coin.  Because of this I wanted to do the painting straight on.

Again, the painting is 8 x 8 and is priced at $95.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

DAY 3 - Graffiti Alley

The fun thing about this project is finding areas in Watertown where I have never been.  There is an alley behind the Codington County Museum that leads to this little area.  It almost looks like a small courtyard.  Our Museum director pointed it out to me.  It's an interesting area and she told me that there are often people getting photographs done in that area.  It's interesting that the door is painted blue. It is really fairly well kept up and is a good place for young people to explore their artistic side.

Again this is 8 x 8 and is priced at $95.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Well, I did it.  I made it through day 2 - only 28 more to go.  The passage I did today was from the Codington County Courthouse in Watertown.  It is a beautiful old building with lots of gilt, marble, wood, and staircases.  This view is from the top floor looking across to the circular pathway that gets you to offices up there.  I have not done a lot of buildings, but I just may grow to like doing them.  It was a challenge, getting the angles and lines correct (I'm not sure they are).  After all, it's a painting not a building.  This one again is 8 x 8, oil, and priced at $95.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Since today is the first of the month, I got to work on my daily painting.  I've been very lazy with my painting this summer, so hopefully this will discipline me to paint every day again.  Doing one today was different for me, as I didn't have the time to spend going in and making corrections or changes like I usually do.

It's painted on an 8 x 8 stretched canvas with oils, and if anyone is interested, these paintings will all be priced at $95.  They won't be available for delivery until after the end of September.

The view is of the Kemp Avenue bridge over the Sioux River in Watertown.  There are two bridges, one on third and one on Kemp, and they each of them is a double bridge.  These bridges are painted often here, but until now, after living here for 9 years, I hadn't succumbed to painting it.  I'm glad I finally did it.  Tomorrow I'll go on to another passageway in town.

Kemp Avenue Bridge

Monday, August 31, 2015


I just finally finished this commissioned piece of my friend Marian.  I've taken a short hiatus from it as I didn't like the direction in which I was moving.  Late this summer everything seemed to fall into place, so felt like working on it again.   She is full of pep and vinegar and has been really good to work with.  She especially wanted a painting of herself with her red western hat and boots.  She gave me a photo of her and her grandchildren to work from.  The photo of her is quite small as she has lots of grands.  You can tell by the painting that she has a zest for life.  I was happy to do this for her and just took it to her today for her approval.  She gave it, so now just a few finishing touches, a signature, and a little drying time. 

Beginning tomorrow I am doing another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  I had enough lead time on this one so have had time to come up with a theme.  I've been going around Watertown taking photos of anything that would fit under "passageways."  I think I've come up with some interesting twists on this, so keep checking each day to see what is new.  I will post the first one tomorrow evening.

Marian's Red Hat & Boots

Friday, July 31, 2015


The little girl is finished.  Finishing touches today included work on her hair and hand.  Now I can move on to a few others that have been waiting patiently on my studio floor to be finished.  I think I've learned enough from this one to finish the others.  That is, if I can remember how I did this one.  That always seems to be the problem.  I know just what I want to do, but when I get started on a new painting, all that seems to leave my head.  Just another thing I have to work on.  I have read that many well known artists are still looking for perfection, so hopefully, I'm not too far off.  As long as I'm searching, I am growing, and that is what counts.  Becoming stagnant and working in the same manner all the time just doesn't help an artist grow. 

Enough of that, here's the painting.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FINISHED - well almost.

When I took the photo I really thought this painting was finished, but now that I see it closer I can see just a couple corrections that must be made.  Today I worked on skin color, hair, clothing, and the background.  Pretty much over the whole canvas.  I'll finish it tomorrow, but there really won't be a lot of difference.

I feel as though I've loosened up enough to complete a painting that has been sitting around since last winter.  We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


So far I'm liking what is happening.  I decided today that the background was too dark for a little girl, so changed it up - a lot!  Much better I'm thinking.  Tomorrow I work on the dress, hair, and a few corrections that need to be made.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DAY 3 - New Style

I was able to work a few hours today and again was happy with what happened on the canvas.  I'm thinking the head is nearly finished, so now it's just the arm, hand, dress and background.  Today I worked on adding more lights and color to the face, hair,
 and on the eyes.  It seems that nearly every stroke I make teaches me something else about how to make the brush work in a different manner and for different effects.  This should be good for doing more plein aire painting.

Monday, July 27, 2015


It was good to take a break from this painting and let it semi dry before working on it.  I spent the weekend in and near Sisseton, SD, painting en plein aire.  It was great.  It was the first (of many I hope) for that area.  There were many painters there and so much to paint.  I definitely have to return there - probably in the fall with the color changes.  The activities were all held at the Farm Bed and Breakfast south of Sisseton.  It is a very old home which has been in the same family since the late 1800's.  Of course, it has been modernized, and Betsy, the hostess has put lots of time and money into developing it as a B & B.  It is such a peaceful place and would be very relaxing to stay there.  I was able to complete three small paintings, which was okay for 1& 1/2 days.  There were so many more I would have liked to do. 

The hospitality was wonderful, and for that I have to thank Alexis and Tonya, two art teachers in Sisseton, and Betsy. 

Today went well and I was able to retain the freshness of the painting, leaving brush strokes where they were placed rather than trying to blend them together.  This has been a goal of mine for a long time now and I feel like things are finally beginning to come together.  I completely changed the background color and made corrections to the drawing from the first day.  Hopefully, I'll be able to finish it in another day or two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I've been working most of the summer on trying to loosen up my painting style and make the paintings more interesting and not as labored looking.  Now I'm finally feeling like maybe I'm onto something.

I started this portrait this afternoon.  So far it is only a sketch, but I'm happy with what
I'm seeing.  Sketching with pencil in a journal was the first step.  Then I began painting with a limited palette without first sketching on the canvas.  The background was painted with a mixture of terre verde and burnt sienna.  Then, I wiped out much of the facial area so that the paint I added wouldn't pick up so much of the green.  Local color came next.  I'm working with yellow ochre light, cadmium red, white, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow, and quin violet.  So far I'm liking the combination so will probably stick with this palette.  This is all done with quite thin paint and would only be considered a sketch.

I have to go to Sioux Falls tomorrow, and then to a plein aire paint out in Sisseton for the weekend, so won't get back to it until Monday.  My intention is to keep track of my progress day by day so that I can have a record of what has worked and what has not. 

I can already see some of the things that need to be done, so am feeling this is a good way to check my work.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Happy Easter.  The painting is finished and was on display for the Easter message about the Resurrection.  When Jesus was informed of the death of Lazarus and went to see Mary and Martha, he said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?  She said to him "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."  Pastor Sara had us read this using the word "trust" in place of the four "believes."  This was a powerful message.

I have enjoyed this challenge and learned so much from it.  At times I felt that I was just moving the brush and the painting came to life.

The painting will be in the First United Methodist Church in Watertown.  If there is interest shown in purchasing prints of it, I have turned the right to do that over to the Church. 

I am the Resurrection and the Life

Sunday, March 29, 2015


One week left.  I'm getting excited myself to see how this will all work together.  This week's message was about being with Jesus and being as Jesus in our love for one another. 

"John 13:34-35 captures Jesus' expectations for his disciples to love, " I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples."
When Jesus is our Way, love is real. Love makes tangible differences in people's lives. Love changes the world, one person at a time. John 13:34-35 captures Jesus' expectations for his disciples to love, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples."

 When Jesus is our Way, love is real. Love makes tangible differences in people's lives. Love changes the world, one person at a time. "

For some reason I do not have a photo of week six so will post the one I've been working on for next week.  There will be many changes made to this, but you can see on the photo on the near right where there is a definite path.

The idea for Easter Sunday is already worked out on the canvas.  When I was away in Atlanta last week I had time to do some sketching to try to pull all aspects together and to fine tune areas that need extra work.  Easter Sunday the painting will be revealed.  I'm looking forward to this.  It's been a real challenge, which always leads to learning something new, and I certainly have done that with this project.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I'm not in Watertown this morning so wasn't able to hear what Pastor Sara had to say about this particular scripture.  I did read the posts on FB, however, and from what I was able to get, we should remember that God is the True Vine and we are the branches.  God will prune our lives and grow the fruit.  It is our responsibility to let God do this.  I have found that in my life He was done a lot of pruning, and continues to do so.  I just have to be willing and patient as He completes me.

I am getting closer to finishing the painting.  There will still be much pruning and changing before I can call it finished.  Hopefully, after next Sunday, I will have an opportunity to tie everything together into a completed work.  Ideas come to me for one part as I am painting new areas.  So, these will all have to be worked together to make one cohesive painting.

I am the True Vine

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 4 - I AM the Good Shepherd

The scripture reading today was from John 10:1 - 11.  Jesus said "I am the Good Shepherd" with emphasis on the "good."  No one comes through the gate but through Him, as He is also the Gate.  We, like sheep, have a tendency to stray and always be looking for better "things."  But the Love Jesus has for us cannot compare to that of others.  We must be careful of other things creeping into our lives to lead us astray, but if we do stray, we know that Jesus always knows where we are and will find us.  Another good thought was from Psalm 23 - Even "though" I walk "through" the valley of death..."  Jesus helps us walk "through" the "thoughs." 

This part of the painting took extra thought and research, and after hearing the message today, there will be a few changes made.  Look for them on Easter Sunday.

I am the Good Shepherd

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Week 3 - I AM THE LIGHT of the WORLD

The Lenten message this morning was from John 7:2 , 7:14, and 8:12.  In verse 8:12 Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Pastor Sara's message was about letting Christ's light shine for us, lighting up the path ahead of us.  We can only see what is right in front of us and not to the end, but we have to trust that first step into the light and see where each succeeding step leads us.

In the painting I started at the center of the "A" and radiated the light out from this into the four corners of the painting.  Now it is a "no no" to work from the center out in a painting, but rules of painting can easily be changed depending on the subject.  I felt that Christ is the center, so this is where the light should come from. 

In the coming week, I will be painting the "good shepherd" and the left side of the painting will change dramatically. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Week 2 of Lent - I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE

The scripture this morning was from John 6:27-35.  It refers to never being hungry when we are fed by the Spirit.  This was a very powerful message, making me think about always wanting more and never being satisfied.  Only the Bread of Life will satisfy this thirst for more.  There are happenings in life that really make you realize that "things" are not what is important. 

I tried to show bread coming from the oven.  The lines you see are for the next week's message regarding "I am the Light."  The whole painting will change in all areas as the painting progresses.  I do not like to try to complete one section of a painting at a time.  It just isn't possible for me.  I'm sure that as I am painting this week, I will see things that have to be changed on what is there now.  I will be showing only the part of the painting I've been working on until it is finally finished.

I am the Bread of Life

Sunday, February 22, 2015


We had another great day of painting together in Arlington yesterday.  It is so much fun to get together with so many like minded people who are all doing their own thing but appreciate what others are doing.  This time we spent time looking at the works of art being created, talking about them, and critiquing if the artist wanted that.  I think we all learned from it.  Again, I didn't think of taking pictures early, but did get a few of what was being done.  I'll post them here.  I have to add that the potluck food is always good.

This painting was begun last month and everyone there had a hand in the painting.  It was finished this    month after discussion from everyone about what it needed.  It will be given to be auctioned off in Arlington for, I believe, the museum or library there.  I should listen better, shouldn't I?          

These are two acrylics by Kaylynn.  I believe the second one is finished, and there will be one more.
Watercolor painting by Shari.  She is still working on it and is thinking about using parts of it for cards.

Ashley painting the barn on a farm she is very familiar with.  It should be a very good painting and her choice of colors makes it a very exciting painting.


A few weeks ago my pastor at First United Methodist Church here in Watertown, Sara Nelson, asked me to work with her on Lenten services, doing a painting depicting the "I Am's" that God is.  Each week I will be adding to the painting relative to what the message is each Sunday.  This Sunday was about Moses and the burning bush, where Moses asked God to tell him who he should say had sent him, and God said "Tell them I Am sent you."  The message was about no situation being too great or too small for God to deal with.  I guess that means for me that with God's help, I can complete this painting  showing the message that He has given us through Sara.

Each week I will be posting showing how the painting has advanced.  Now I am working on "I am the Bread of Life" for next week.  The painting doesn't look like much now, but will be changing as the weeks go by.  Easter Sunday the painting will be unveiled during the service and will then be placed in the Chapel.

This is something completely different for me, and I have been asking God for a challenge and for the opportunity to give back to the Church.  So, this is it.  Please keep watching as it develops.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


A few years ago I did a painting from a photo I took at Taos, NM, of an older gentleman doing beadwork by the bridge crossing the Rio Grande.  Yes, that river does head northwest from the border.  I was not aware of this.  It's a beautiful area with a very deep gorge at this point.  It was a beautifully warm day, and there were several vendors at the site.  I wondered about this man - how long had he been beading - how old was he - etc.?  He was very willing to have his photo taken.

The end of October of 2014 I had submitted this painting to the SD Masterworks show and was very happy to win Judge's choice in two dimensional work.  Before I even got down to SF, I had a phone call from a lady wanting to buy the painting.  I was thrilled and when I got to the show I told my friends what had happened.  It just so happened that the husband of one of my friends had planned to buy it for their anniversary.

I can never do the same painting more than once and make it the same.  I will do it, but inform the people wanting it that the painting will be different.  During those few years, my style has changed as I've grown in my work.  Yesterday I finished the painting and am hoping they will be happy with it.  I am posting the first painting and the second.  I've never seen them together, so this should be interesting.

First painting
Second painting