Hot Off My Easel

The down side to working on five projects at one time…….it takes a long time to finish any one project!
The up side is that when I get frustrated with one problem, I can put it aside and pick up a different one.  Maybe that problem has solved itself while sitting in the corner??  No.  Not so much.

Well anyway, I did finally get another one finished (I think).  So that just leaves three more to finish.  Hmmmm  I think maybe I’ll start another one today.

I’m calling this one “Apothecary”.  This little chest of drawers was not really a medicine or spice chest, but rather a nuts and bolts chest in someone’s work shop.  But I like to think of it as an old medicine chest of drawers.  My new friend here in Florida says you can paint it however you want “as long as you have a story……”

Anyway, I think it made a nice little still life set up.  I don’t know what I’m doing with this painting yet – other than hanging it on my wall.  It’s a 12″ X 12″ canvas and is painted with Golden Open.  I love that I accidentally used colors that work well in my house.  (not that it matters so much when you are creating art).

This is a new style of painting for me and I’m enjoying trying new things, pushing myself to stretch.  After so many years of teaching it feels really good to concentrate on learning again.



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Believe it or not….even with all this sunshine I’ve been getting some painting done!

I’ve been working on 5 painting projects at one time!  I haven’t done that for a very long time.  But I love every one of them and am almost finished.
Today I’ll show you the one I will be teaching in Shamokin Dam, PA at Heirlooms From The Heart  on October 15, 16, 17, this year.
I’m looking forward to painting at the Heirlooms studio again and I hope if you are in the area you will join us for lots of painting fun.
The three little drawers push through and  open on both sides. The tray lifts off and you could paint a different tray for each season of the year.



I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am enjoying mine.

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A Little News – But Not Much

This week we are celebrating one year in Florida.
Looking back, I am amazed that we actually did it.  It wasn’t easy.  Even after selling and giving away most of our “stuff” we still had two huge U Haul trucks to drive from Kansas, one of them pulling a trailer with the pick up truck and also driving my car.  What a week!
Then when we got here there was so much work to do to the house.

We had never set foot in the house until the day we took possession, so it was like living in a motel, or visiting friends for the first few months.  The remodel was exhausting but turned out very nice.

So now I finally feel like this is my home and not someplace that I am visiting.
Oh don’t get me wrong……there is still a lot of work to do.  I haven’t even painted the master bedroom yet.  And you should see the pink curtains in there!  HD’s favorite!
But it is coming along nicely and I think I’ll have most of the work done by the end of this summer.

I’m just itching to do some more videos for you, but we haven’t figured out a way to rig up the video cam yet.  But all in good time.

I have found a wonderful painting teacher!!  I have not been in a weekly class for years and years.  So I’m so excited to be sitting in that student chair again and I’m soaking up everything this teacher can tell me.  She can paint just about anything, but kind of specializes in portraits.
As you know, I have been working on portrait painting for some time now.  I’m not sure just why – except that it is so challenging and something new for me……well in the last few years, anyway.

I’m working on several grandchildren, and have just completed this one of Amy.  She was delighted to get it for her 16th birthday this year.

Beautiful Amy

Beautiful Amy

I’m continuing to work on the project for the class at Heirlooms From The Heart in October and I’ll show you a pic of that next week.  I don’t know exactly why it’s taking me so long, but I really do have it almost finished.

I’ll be teaching a one day class here in Spring Hill on June 23 and I’m looking forward to painting with the local painters.  Let me know if you are interested in that class.  We’re painting the “Apple Basket”

Apple Basket

Apple Basket

In September I’ll be teaching “Daybreak”in the Orlando FL area.  Contact me if you are interested.



Happy Summer!

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Young and Old

As promised, here is the finished painting of Ayden.  He is our youngest grandchild and I think probably our last.  But we’re still working on Great Grandchildren!!  And we will be for a long time.

I find that it’s much easier to paint children because the faces are so smooth with no wrinkles.  But if you know and love that child it’s hard to capture the child that you know personally.  You want to see on the canvas the expressions and feelings you see when you give that baby a hug.

I’m just going to give myself a critique here…
I think I did capture Ayden’s look, but to me the painting looks just a little stiff and unnatural.  I’m working on doing better next time.
But when I compare to some of my earlier portraits I can see a vast improvement.
So I’ll keep painting and learning.


Here is another grandson, Isaac, who I painted about 10?? years ago. I think (hope) you can see improvement.

Scan 2


On a sad note…..
Many of you have been to McCune Kansas and have met and loved Bitsy.  And you are so kind to ask about her sometimes.  She was our faithful friend for 15 years.  This week we had to give her up.  She went to sleep quietly for the final time after living a full life as HD’s constant companion.

Version 2

That’s my news for today.  I’m still working on the project for Heirlooms From The Heart in October and will post pics soon.








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Almost Finished

I just can’t wait.
I’ve got to show you the portrait I almost have finished.
I gave this one to my daughter, Holly, for her birthday (unfinished) so now I can make it public.  She reads my blog so I didn’t want her to see it until after her birthday.  This is her youngest son.

I’ve promised her it will be finished by April 15 and I’m so hoping to meet that deadline.  This is Ayden.  I posted about him a few weeks ago – my little art student.  He really is almost finished- only a few more hours to finish up all the little “fixes”.

I’ll post a better pic when I have it complete.


I am really enjoying painting portraits with the Golden Open Acrylics and I think my portrait skill level has also improved with the change from Jo Sonja. ( Even though I always enjoyed painting with the Jo Sonja Acrylics)

So if you count all my grandchildren and great grandchildren……that’s 6 of 15 done!
When I first started doing some portrait work I really didn’t anticipate painting all of them.  There are so many and we seem to be adding more every year!  But the more of them I finish, the more possible it seems.

The only problem is – as my skill level increases, I want o repaint some of the earlier ones.  I guess we never stop learning and growing.
And that’s a good thing.


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