Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Favorite Tree

Day 30  #stradaeasel
I love gazing into this tree. It looks like it grew out of a children's storybook. Actually it is growing in the woods.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


 Day 29  #stradaeasel
Spending time with friends today.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Early Morning Moonlinght

Day 28  #stradaeasel
I took a cup of hot chai outside and sat in the back yard watching the stars. The moon was resting in the trees on the other side of the house. It was far to dark to see my painting panel, so painted this inside the house with the lights on.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Early Evening

Day 27  #stradaeasel
This oil sketch was an attempt to capture why I am drawn to gazing into the part of our garden every day, every evening, every season, all year. I will keep trying until I make it, and probably after—with great joy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Like Silk

Day 26  #stradaeasel
Loved painting these flowers!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Evening notes

Day 25  #stradaeasel
Sketching people on TV, things on the coffee table, toys on the floor near the fireplace, and my man watching TV.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Into the Silent Woods

 8 x 6  |  oil sketch on panel
Day 24  #stradaeasel
I hope to capture the wonderful light in the woods some day. The colors were simply magical this afternoon.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Two for Tea

Day 23  #stradaeasel
I think these "models" would be fun to paint. Love the way they are sitting. They were so focused on each other, didn't even see me sketching.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Coffee Stop

Day 22  #stradaeasel
Students often stop by this coffee house for a hot drink, snack and study time.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Corner Coffee House

Day 21  #stradaeasel
An 8 x 6 inch oil sketch for today's posting. Had fun but seems my small brushes are shot. Need to go shopping.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Together Alone

Day 20  #stradaeasel
An oil sketch on a 6 x 8 panel 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sketching Patterns in Nature

Day19  #stradaeasel
A beautiful sunny day for sketching patterns outdoors.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Peaches and Tea

Day18  #stradaeasel
Today's oil sketch did not survive so adding a sketch of a favorite tea pot.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Old Man in Bamboo

8 x 6  |  oil sketch on panel

Day17 #stradaeasel
This Old Man became my model after dinner today. His face was carved into the root of a bamboo. His hair and beard are simply the root itself. The smooth stock, only suggested here, became his body.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

More Lilies

Day 16  #stradaeasel
So many lilies were open this morning! They look much better in life than in the oil sketch.
Below shows the work in progress.

The setup for today's STRADA Challenge