Monday, January 1, 2024

Monday, November 13, 2023


 For the last gallery show of the year I am submitting these 5 paintings, all done during that 30 in 30 time back in April.  Painting 30 in 30, usually gives me a thrust forward for submissions when I don't have time to crank any out for a show. That is the case here.

"Female Cardinal" SOLD

Why don't I have the time?  Winter approaching has had us both (DH and I) scrambling to get those tasks done that only can be done in warmer weather. So far, only one big snow - now dry as a bone and no sight on moisture for the next 10 days.  Either we are in for a surprise later in the month or ???

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Family Reunion #49

 My mom's side of the family, the Grays - hold an annual family reunion on July 4th at my Aunt's place (she lives on a lake and acreage) near Rolla, Mo. Over the years, there have been 5 generations that have enjoyed this major life event.  I drove myself to that reunion this year, from Colorado to Missouri.  I don't always get to attend. Glad I did so. We have regular events and activities - one is a float trip down the Current River. 39 people floated this year, complete with a storm of a downpour of rain and straight line winds.  The power at the lodge went out for about 18 hours.  53 people without water or electricity - made for an interesting bit of visiting.  But, all in all, it was exciting and great fun!  There was a major, major fireworks show on Sunday night, July 2nd, hosted by my cousins from Texas.  The biggest show I have ever seen.  Next year will be 50!  I guess I'd better gear up for attending!

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Alla Prima Westcliffe 2023/Plein Air Paintout

 All week, during June 3 - 8, was 'plein air painting week' in Westcliffe, sponsored by the Sangres Art Guild.  This was the 14th year - it has been 'on hold' for several years due to COVID.  

All in all, it was a very WET time to paint outdoors - lots of rain this year - although I don't mind it at all. We need it in this high desert that generally has less snow fall in the winter than is necessary to make the Springtime alive. This year, the desert IS alive.   Needless to say, dodging rain times, it was tricky to get colorful, sunny times to paint. 

My 'brush' was not working for me, so I concentrated mostly on pastels.  Here are the 3 plus 1 miniature that I entered for the show. It was a great show - lots of out-of-state painters and some really awesome paintings!

The show is currently hanging at 3rd Street Gallery in Westcliffe.  

"Beckwith Mountain Morning"
11" x 14"
pan pastel, pastel and pastel pencil 
on Ampersand sanded pastel board

"High Desert Berm"
11" x 14"
pan pastel, pastel and pastel pencil 
on Art Spectrum pastel paper

"Indian Paintbrush" (mini)
6" x 8"
pastel and pastel pencil 
on Art Spectrum paper

"Morning Enlightenment"
pan pastel, pastel and pastel penciil 
on Kitty Wallis pastel paper
15" x 16"

I got a new 'addition' to my plein air painting tools - my 'painting wagon' served me well!

Thursday, May 18, 2023


 Today is my 16th Blogiversary.  Still kickin' - not as much as it used to but it serves a purpose, gives me a voice and a platform for my art and livin'.

This is a scene outside my back door.  I painted it from the breezeway. 
Brushing up on my plein air painting skills for an upcoming competition.

Thursday, May 11, 2023


 Several of the pieces I did during 30 in 30 are now listed for sale on ETSY.

To view them just visit my Etsy SHOP, Thanks!

Sunday, April 30, 2023

I DID IT! Number 30 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!!

This is our beloved canine, LUKKI.  I couldn't wait for this painting day to come, because I already had a plan to use my oil paints (which I had not used for 29 days) and paint this subject.

It is on stretched canvas - 12" x 12".  I also got to use an oil paint color I bought some time ago, that I had been waiting to use because I love the color - Scheveningen Purple Brown - by Old Holland. Now that's a celebration!

If you were visiting without commenting, as I see in my stats that you were - thanks for stopping by. And I appreciate the ONE person who often leaves a comment - Salty Pumpkin Studio, in the sidebar.

So now, I will trot off into the sunset, singing a song and patting myself on the back - I DID IT!

Happy New Year!!!!

  Hope your new year is full of good health and happiness!