Sunday, May 13, 2018

In Celebration of Mother's Day . . .

Martin, Kristin and Kara long ago. Our fourth child, Gala, was sleeping under a tree beside me. They all grew up and had children of their own. 
My daughters and some of their children are below. 

Courtney and Mitch in Goin' Places

 Modern Madonna I
Gala and Dante
Modern Madonna II
Kara and Ambika

Indira Sketching

Modern Madonna III
Kristin and Mitch  


Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Crackers, Pico and Wine

8 x 8  |  oil on panel

I bought the cheese because I wanted to paint the little box. Turns out the cheese is very good. Pomegranate juice, my "wine" in the painting, also good. Nether contents of plate or glass survived until the painting was finished. I enjoyed all three.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


153 new panels — dry and ready for paintings!

Finished adding the three coats of gesso yesterday.
So far today we have had glorious sunshine, rain, and big wind causing all the trees to dance. Now, at this moment, the sun is shining again and I am going for a walk. I'll be painting when I return.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Almost ready . . .

As the STRADA January 31-Day Challenge was nearing an end, I ran out of panels. Today I finished sanding a new batch of them. Tomorrow they will receive three coats of gesso. When the panels are dry, I will be painting again!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Stradaeasel January-31 Day Challenge — Day1-31

#stradaeasle Day-1-31

These were posted individually in January, one for each day of the month. You can find them below in this posting and on my Fine Art Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Major Grey's Chutney with Crackers and Cheese

8 x 7.75  |  oil on panel

In celebration of Day-31 in the STRADA January 31-Day Challenge, creating and posting a painting, sketch or drawing from life each day this month. I have enjoyed the process and will continue painting from life every day. 

#stradaeasel Day-31

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Thinking of Spring

7 5/8 x 5 7/8  | oil on panel

Today began as a gray day, followed by sunshine that soon became heavy rain. Next hail turned the ground white like snow and when the sun came again, I went out and picked this early andromeda. It usually opens in early March.

#stradaeasel Day-30

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sweet & Savory Pepper Duo

10 x 7  |  oil on panel

These are South African honey peppers stuffed with mango cream cheese and sweet picanté peppers stuffed with cream cheese. They taste so good!

#stradaeasel Day-29

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Summer Garden

9 x 12  |  oil on panel
Today's painting is based on a sketch from my childhood home.

#stradaeasel Day-28

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Model

12 x 12  |  oil on panel
I felt like painting something different today, found a willing model. The oil sketch looks a bit like her.
#stradaeasel Day-27

Friday, January 26, 2018


9 x 6  |  oil on panel

This Amaryllis is about to open its second flower. Perhaps there will be a third. Today's painting for the STRADA January 31-Day Challenge.

#stradaeasel Day-26

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cracker and Cheese with Tea

6 x 8  |  oil on panel

I ate the cracker with cheese, warmed up the tea and enjoyed all three.

#stradaeasel Day-25

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Matryoshka: Inside and Out

8 x 6  |  oil on panel

The models for Day-24 are another Matryoshka. This one does open and the last doll, the smallest one inside, is sitting by the first.
#stradaeasel Day-24

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Liberty Bell

8 x 6  |  oil on panel

Today's painting is my old "Liberty Bell Bank" — a treasure in childhood. The bottom has a key hole and the US Patent Office markings. Since I lost the key in childhood, it still has money inside. My painting for Day-23 in the STRADA January 31-Day Challenge.

#stradaeasle Day-23

Monday, January 22, 2018

Pooh and Friends

6 x 9  |  oil on panel

This was so much fun to paint! These little characters have been siting on the shelf for years with some favorite childhood books. They became my models for today's painting.