Friday, July 19, 2019

Hazy Meadow

Summer Haze

12x12 oil

It's been very hot and humid here and as I was working on this painting that feeling kept coming to mind.  A typical mid western meadow in summer with the hazy atmosphere is what I tried to capture here.  I used photo references from locations not far from me for the inspiration.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hot and Humid

Laumeir Sculpture Park

6x6 plein air oil

It's been hard to get out to paint with daily thunderstorms and a very hot, humid weather pattern.  Finding a shady spot is necessary if I don't want to melt.  The Laumeir Sculpture park has some beautiful big trees to get under.  This large red sculpture standing in the big open area with the bright green lawn is so striking, I couldn't resist it as my subject.  Just a small study but was fun to do.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Spider Lily

In My Backyard

12x12 oil painting

I am not usually compelled to paint flowers but when they are part of the landscape I like the bit of cheer they bring to an ordinary area.  These Spider Lily wildflowers are doing very well this year by my patio and I thought I'd try to capture them.  Complex and challenging but charming and cheerful, I enjoyed trying to give them my best shot.

Saturday, May 18, 2019


A Shady Spot

8x10 plein air oil

It's a sure sign of warmer days ahead when the bluebells bloom in the woods.  Unfortunately they don't last very long.  I always hope I don't miss them.  This spot is always lovely.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Gravois Creek

Under the Bridge

8x10 oil

I've been painting along this creek for a few years now and I'm always amazed at the tenacity of growth that continues under this bridge.  After yearly flooding or drought nature returns.

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Twelve Women Together

I'm excited to be part of this show with eleven other women artists.  Hope you can come see the variety of work presented.  Thanks to Grafica for hosting this beautiful show.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Late Bloomer


6x6 oil on board

Last year we received a Poinsettia plant as a gift.  We decided to plant it in the yard in spring.  It did well and easily doubled in size.  So last fall we found a large pot to plant it in so we could bring it in the house and hopefully have lovely red flowers for Christmas.  We followed directions on how to do this but Christmas came and went with no sign of red leaves.  Thinking it just wasn't going to happen we just enjoyed the green.  What a surprise in February it starting blooming and is still going strong.  Not knowing how long this will continue I decided to paint one of the flowers.  They are so lovely.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring is Coming

Inside and Outside

There have been some nice days for painting outside at last but still some that are too windy or rainy.
So here is an outside painting and an inside small still life.

6x6 Radishes

5x7 Cliff Cave Park 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Inside and Outside

Two Still Life's and One Plein Air

We had one day that I was able to paint outside for a short time before the cold got to me.
Still life painting is a challenge to find unusual things to paint.
The antique tool is from 1901, a pineapple eye snip. The other is a Tangelo and a clear glass.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Painting Indoors

More Tools

I don't think I have seen many paintings of tools but I'm finding them interesting items to paint.

 Three little oil cans
Brass, Copper and Blue paint

Pipe wrench with reflections.