Saturday, August 22, 2015




These two paintings will be in the McConnell Art Center student show in Worthington, OH starting today and running through Oct. 25.  They are both paintings that I did while in an oil painting class given by my most favorite instructor, Steven Walker. Both of these paintings are from photos that I took on another one of my scouting trips into the Amish areas of Ohio.  These are from Hardin County.

Thursday, August 20, 2015



Today couldn't have been a better day to go outdoors to paint.  It has rained the last two days and this morning didn't look too promising, but I put my gear in the car and headed out anyway.  By the time I got to my painting spot, the sun was starting peek through the clouds and it was clearing quickly.  This is a view of one of my favorite spots in Columbus.  It is in Clintonville near the Park of Roses.  It is a favorite dog walking spot and has become a favorite painting spot too.  It is full of challenges with the creek, rippling water, and numerous trees and rocks. On this painting, I did a value sketch first, then began by laying in my darks. I also tried being looser and used a bigger brush than normal.
There was so much happening here that I had to edit some of the trees and simplify the water in the creek.  I am happy with the results, hope you are too!

Saturday, August 15, 2015



This painting recently sold from the gallery where I have some of my work, Studios on High Gallery in downtown Columbus.  I titled it Autumn Barn and it got me to thinking of where I was when I took the photo it is based on.  Ohio still has plenty of rural areas and this barn was shining like a jewel among the gold and rust colored grasses.  I was being driven around an amish area of Ohio in Harden County.  I was being driven because I had just broken my arm in a really stupid bike wreck, and couldn't drive yet.  That was almost a year ago, and now I tool around in my car like nothing happened.  This painting and this barn make me thankful that I live in such a beautiful country that still has wonderful rural places to explore.  This painting also makes me thankful for my health, because a year ago, I was struggling.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


The Painter
When we moved to Columbus in 2008, I had the very good fortune of meeting the lady pictured above at a colored pencil class. She was one of the first "artistic" people that I met and we have been friends ever since. We don't do much colored pencil work now, but instead have taken up oil painting. We are fond of going out together during the good weather and painting "en plein air", usually accompanied by our dogs. We also belong to a couple of painting groups that meet mainly on the weekends and find ourselves carpooling together for those paint-outs too.  While we may like some of the same things, our painting styles are totally different. Mine style of painting tends to be what you see above, very representational, while my friends is more impressionist. So here's to my friend, The Painter.. . . . . . long may you continue to be bitten by the painting bug!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Historial Duo
A few weekends ago, I was in Bay City, MI were my husband was competing in an aerobatic competition. The airport has this great old historical hangar that they are trying to preserve.  It was built in 1929 and has many of the original windows and huge sliding metal doors.  It served as the hangar for storing the competition airplanes at the end of the day.  The first evening there was one of those
evenings where there is this golden light during the late afternoon, early evening.  I snapped several photos of the airplanes as they were being brought into the hangar for the evening.  This particular plane, a pre- WWII reproduction of a German Bucker Jungmann, caught my eye as it sat near the windows.  It just glowed, partly because of the yellow color it is painted and partly because of where it was sitting in the hangar. I snapped several photos and knew it would be a painting.

Sunday, August 2, 2015



This painting was done from photos I took while at an aviation event in Indiana.  My father was a farmer and loved Indiana.  He always called it "the garden spot of the world", and took pride in his ability to raise a good crop on his land. This painting reminds me of growing up there.  There were open views of the land and in the summer you could see a storm coming from a long way.  I miss the quiet solitude that growing up in the country provided.

Sunlit Willow

Click to Bid The willow tree is one of my favorites. I love the shape of the tree, it's tiny leaves that glimmer in the sunlight and ...