Monday, December 15, 2014

Follow in Their Tracks

My husband commented that he thought that the cows in a row was awkward. In the snow they follow each others tracks, especially with young ones in tow. 

This is from a photo taken last winter. We have not had any snow yet so my desire to paint it will rely on my memories and photos for now.
16" x 8" oil on canvas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Madison different view

This is still Madison who I posted previously. 
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas

Friday, December 12, 2014

Green Pears

This started on a ground of red and burnt sienna. I did it all prima into the ground. The previous post was done the same day on the same ground.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Three Red Pears 2

This was painted alla prima on a ground of red and burnt sienna.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Des Moines River Up Close

The Des Moines river by Bonaparte, lowa has some rocky outcroppings. If the water is low enough there is churning water. 
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Shadows

With the cold weather I am in the mood for painting snow scenes. We have not had enough of it lately so I have to rely on photos from last year.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Thursday, December 4, 2014


This is Allyssa's sister, Madison. She posed a week ago. As I am looking at this painting that I thought was finished I noticed that the hair is not quite dark enough. 

This is the painting after the two hour pose. I used photo references to finish it for the above image. It did take quite a bit of editing, She has unique eyes and I did not get them right in this study. I once listened in on an artist who complained that life painting did not yield any sale-able art. It is all education to me and finding models with beautiful, interesting features is the best lesson. 
11 x 14 oil on stretched canvas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Soybean Field

I passed by this field after a day of painting at Wilson Lake. I think it's a soybean field 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Winter Moon at Lone Tree

I created this from a daylight photo that I edited in Photoshop. The original did not have rabbits tracks. I did try to put the rabbits in but gave up and wiped them off. I love the moonlight on snow but am not tough enough to brave the cold. 

This is the rough in. I mostly used Caribbean blue with some burnt sienna.
12" x 24" oil on Ampersand panel

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rodeo Park Trail at Sunrise

I painted the skyscape this morning but took photos of the rest of the scene. The orange light affects the color on the foliage and the tree trunk.
12" x 12" oil on canvas 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hydrangea Pink and Purple

When it is icy out I like to paint something that reminds me of nicer weather
8" x 16" oil on canvas

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Appleberry's Goat

This is a study for a larger piece. I have a member's show I participate in and the painting is due on Wednesday. Entering something new always gets more interest but I don't know if I can pull something together at this late date.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jonathans on the tree

Plein air painting in the orchard at Appleberry Farms.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hay Field under the Midwestern Skies

Hopefully this is the final edit.

I used a sky scene from one photo reference and a edited landscape from another for this. If it looks familar that is because it is based on the sample I created for an Arty Party.
11" x 14" oil on canvas.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rocks on the Skunk River

The rocks reflections in the water was the challenge for this painting. This was from one of my plein air painting days where the the on site painting did not turn out that well. 
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Second Connor

Last edit unless I look at it too much. On the photo references he had a smile that doesn't show in my first painting below. Sometimes it is just a subtle change. Finding that is like looking through those pictures where you have to find the changes. I imagine that artists who work on portraits constantly could figure it out the first time.

This is a rough in for another portrait of Connor painted from my photo references. I started with a ground of burnt sienna after which I painted alla prima into that. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

White Pumpkin and Mums

I painted this as a demo the day before the painting at lunch ala art. I painted from a still life set up. Carroll and I teach a class at the local art center. We did this as the demo, with Carroll painting an oil while I painted in watercolor.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


This is a study for a larger painting. I think I may have to make changes to the background, maybe use one of spectators. Also may need to put in part of the obstacle or whatever they call it that they jump over. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas