Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dancing Tulips

These tulips seem to dance to a springtime melody only they can hear. While you can't see the dance in motion, if you glance away and then look again, you'll find they've moved ever so slightly to a new pose.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Good Morning

I'm so glad to be able to turn to painting during this election season. I'm able to tune out all the noise and nonsense and enjoy the beauty that is all around.  I think it helps me keep my head on straight!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cup of Violas


These violas were just begging to be painted. How could I resist? Mother's Day is coming up - this little oil painting might make a very nice Mother's Day gift for someone's special mom.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


More roses! They still elude me, but I'm having a lot of fun painting them. I do like to paint flowers. They just seem so cheerful - even on these dark and rainy afternoons. This is a 12x12 inch panel, larger than I'm accustomed to. The larger size makes it a little easier to paint in a loose fashion.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Simple Pleasures


This painting is 14x11 inches, larger than what I'm used to doing. I like working on larger canvases, but feel pretty nervous and intimidated while painting.  Perspective and composition are both weak areas for me and I think painting larger reveals that - at least I'm more aware of it.

The answer is to forge ahead and keep painting larger. I'm also going to spend more time practicing these skills. I've decided my homework is to set aside some time each day to work with pencil and paper. There is a wonderful blog, that gives valuable information on how to improve. I often glance through it, but haven't taken the time to really dig in and do the work that Paul recommends.

So much to learn, so little time!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Narcissus with Grape Hyacinth

This morning I ran outside between rain showers to gather these flowers.  Bulb flowers are my favorites.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Swinging Single


This little gal is hanging out all by herself in the water glass, but she seems pretty jolly. I think she enjoys her own company.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Feeling Good


Early spring brought sore throats, runny noses, coughs, and upset tummies.  We're all on the road to recovery now and looking forward to feeling good.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Summer Promise

Still working on my roses. They're beautiful, but killers to try to paint!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Garden Delights


In the interest of full disclosure, the title of this painting is misleading. These flowers are not from my garden. While we have blooming daffodils, primroses, and daphne, we're still a week or two away from blooming tulips. These little charmers are from my local market. They're still delightful!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Royal Wetlands

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Yesterday we took advantage of a break in the rain, and went to Royal Wetlands to paint. What a gorgeous place for painters and birdwatchers!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sunshine and Primroses

The primroses enjoyed basking in today's sunshine. We've had many rainy days this spring. More more rain is predicted, but today was beautifully clear and warm.  We were as delighted as the primroses!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blue Vase with Roses


Whew! These roses really kicked my...knickers. It's them or me - game on!