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