'Music From the Vine'

'Music From the Vine'
Giclee' available 85.00 15''x20

Friday, January 31, 2014

25 Paintings in 25 Days

Well this was just FUN!  I know, I was supposed to complete 30 in 30 but,
what can I say?  I was just happy to hear about the challenge, it was two days after it started and 
I could have certainly caught up and kept planning to but it never happened.  I will now be extra challenged
    to do all 30 next time.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Narrow Gate    

                                         16 X 20 Oil on Canvas    Another Flint Hills Painting

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Big Sky

Early in the 30 30 Challenge, I painted my cousin's dog, Mouse. 

Which Days are which???  I better go back and try to figure it out!  Now, it's a blur.

30 Paintings in  30 Days

I had the best learning experience ever!

The Flint Hills    30 Paintings in 30 Days

                                                               Experimenting in Color

Day 29  Thirty in Thirty! This one gave me the dickens to upload. 


                                                      Fun Palette knife    Smooth as Silk

Last Day of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!
Wow, I have established a pretty good habit. 

This is what I painted for today, I needed to show the speed and drama and rush of a horse on the move.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A few of the daily paintings for 30/30

I had a bit of trouble with my battery on my computer, this one here is not one of them....just trying to get a few images loaded.  

Day 28         30 Paintings in 30 Days

Wheat Field   Oil on Canvas NFS

Sometimes you just want to be a little vague.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 25  Lincoln's Rest
Mixed Media

     This is that same old modest farm house where Abraham Lincoln came to rest after speaking in Leavenworth, Kansas.  This home was built in 1854. Lincoln's cousin who married Judge Mark Delaney invited Lincoln to come for a visit after his work was finished to rest.  I did this 7 X 7 watercolor with pastel to capture the moodiness of the weather and drama of the history.  
     Another time, I hope to paint this magnificent Silver Maple by the edge of the road  The Champion Tree 
expert came to the house, took all the necessary measurements to conclude that although the trunk of the tree was nineteen feet around it was beat by another yet larger of it's type.  
     I never grow tired of speaking about that old wonderful farm house.  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day 22 ?   

Day 25  Sky

30 Paintings in 30 Days

I  have been working hard to select the perfect inspiration for a painting for the Art Show and Exhibition;
Symphony in the Flint Hills~ I took this photograph in which I painted this SKY from and from that I will produce my entry.  The sky is only the backdrop to the rolling buttes and cliffs and run away horses that I plan to add.  Wish me luck in getting selected.
Day 24  Daniel     30 Paintings in 30 Days

I have the great opportunity of a life time to paint at the home of my friends' home Adam and Andrea Clague.  We hire a model and set up and paint every Thursday evening.  My life's ambition is to become the best portrait artist that I am capable of.  The setting is ideal, the mood is intoxicating and the evening is blessed first by the prayers of Adam and only second to the JOY!  Oh how I do love this experience.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 23  'Brass Vase'
Oil on Conservation Panel 

Leslie Saeta 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge

I noticed the reflections in the brass vase and thought 'why not?'  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day 21   'Plump and Juicy'

I visited a vineyard a few years ago around Weston, MO. and displayed some art in a show.  I took a few photos of grapes and finally had the chance to paint from one of them.  It was a beautiful day and the wine was delicious.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 20   30 Paintings in 30 Days

'Squeeze Box'

8 X 10 Oil on RayMar Conservation Panel

I was in Palm Desert, California at a street fair and this performer captured my eye along with my ear.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Day 19   30 Paintings in 30 Days 

'Trey's Observation'

12 X 16 Oil on Panel

This is Trey, My middle son's dog.  Trey is one marvelous canine.
Of course we all feel like he plays a very important role in our family.

Mike should win Master of the Year for the way he tends to Trey.  Two walks a day, only the best food money can buy and frequent trips to buy dog toys and treats.   

Sunday, January 19, 2014

'Stone Tapestry' Oil on Canvas 24 X 36

'Stone Tapestry'   Oil on Canvas   24 X 36 

   On a pleasure trip to Chicago, I visited this Church and knew I wanted to paint this Chamber. 
Stone Tapestry won me Top 10% standing in the show.  

'Sealed With a Kiss'

'Sealed With a Kiss' 16 X 20 Oil on Canvas

                                                              Example of a Sports Portrait   1600.00
 Currently, this piece is on display in the 3rd Annual Missouri Valley Impressionist Society's Membership Show in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  The show is at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.  Two other pieces of mine are there as well; Blue Highway and Stone Tapestry.
     I was named in the Top Ten% of the show, by Dr. William Eickhorst.  

Day 18  'Knight Watch'    

 8 X 10  Oil on Conservation Panel

This was supposed to be a 'quickie'~ It didn't turn out that way 
 I spent quite a while longer than planed but so glad I did.  
My husband and sons play Chess. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 16 perhaps?  I need to check...lost count. 

'Flint Rocks at Sunset'

It is so much fun to do these 30 in 30 paintings...you just decide on a subject and head for the easel.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Another daily painting, however they are all out of order...this is from the Flint Hills region, trying to decide which one to paint huge.  ???   Not enough days in the week to paint every thing I want to paint. 

No Idea which day this is?

 'Old Bridge' 

This is another image from the Flint Hills.  This old bridge simply dissolved with time. I liked several view points of it, and painted it traditionally.  I will do a few more soon.  Stay tuned.

Day Three

I am experimenting with Flint Hills area work...I have a fast approaching deadline for Symphony in the Flint Hills in Western Kansas.  So, I've been studying all of my images to make a decision on my favorite one to work from....Very Hard Decision!!!

Today is a busy day, The Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art is hosting the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society's Third Annual Member Show.   I am very pleased that they chose one of my paintings to post in the St. Joseph News.
    This morning I knew I needed to paint something that would go quickly to have time to get to the show.
I chose this morning view of this spot that grabbed my eye on the highway.  I drove back to the scene and photographed these hills of shadows and winter color.  The greens and reds and purples with the vivid cerulean sky was beautiful.  Did I capture it?

                                                                         Day 16

 Day One  Main street Parkville   a palette knife technique which was a commission for the store owner
'Poppies'  traditional oil on conservation panel.  250.00

 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta's Challenge.  I got a late start and so I'm playing a little 'catch up'.  Here are days one and two.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Here is Fyo, my son Brad's beagle.  Needles to say, we all love this dog.  I wanted to try the Zorn palette.
love it!
This is my son Brad's dog, Fyo.  Sweet beagle.  We all love him.
I wanted to try the Zorn palette.  Must say- I really like it.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Graphite of Abraham Lincoln.  8 X 10.  We helped my son rehab an old farmhouse in Tonganoxie, Kansas.
                                                             Lincoln's cousin lived there with her family and after Lincoln gave four speeches running for the presidency in Leavenworth, Kansas; came there to spend a few days.  The stone column in the yard had a bronze plaque on top which declared the property; 'Lincoln's Rest.'  I naturally have a tender place in my heart for our 16th president as do most Americans.
To stand in the house and realize that he too walked and spoke in those rooms never failed to impress.
A little water-color 'Autumn Touch'

Autumn Watercolor
I have done very little watercolor besides greeting cards and preliminary 'mock ups' for Mural projects so yesterday morning before Church, I wanted to squeeeeze in one.
     This is from my little photographic journey with my friend Darla Zook who is a master water-colorist.
No one can ever say that I don't have nerve or moxie.  The way I look at it, well yes, that's the way I paint.
    Loose, soft and orange.  See what you think.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day number 10 in my Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days with respected artist Leslie Saeta.  www.lestliesaeta.blogspot.com 
     This is the portrait of 'Mouse' an incredible working breed dog.  I thought he would make a good subject for a high contrast pattern piece to paint.  A little Yen and Yang work.  I wanted to push it a bit. 
Hope you like.