Saturday, January 31, 2015

30 paintings in 30 days

Here are the 30 paintings that I started Jan.1, 2015.  It really passed by in a hurry.
There were days when it was a real struggle. There was a day or two that it was easy!
I hope to continue painting a small painting each day. Hopefully I can get a little faster.
If you are interested in any of these, contact me, to see if I still have it.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 29-30

 The 30 days are behind us, but hopefully I will continue to paint each day! It was a struggle on days, especially today!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 26-28

We are getting near the end. I am hoping I can keep on painting each day. I have enjoyed setting up fruit and dishes, etc. and painting from the set ups. Is different than painting from photos.
These are available for purchase either through me or
They are 6x6 Oil on gessobord.
The last one is 6x8

Monday, January 26, 2015

Days 23-25

 Here are days 23-26.
All 6x6 using oil on gessobord.
These are antique dishes that I have.
I love both of those bowls and would love to have more  pieces like it!
These are $50 each, and you can purchase them through me or

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Days 20-22

 These were such fun to do.
I set them up and painted them from the set up. They are 6x6 Oil and are available if interested. They are $50 each

Monday, January 19, 2015

Days 17-19

Days 17-19...
Some different stuff!
I set up outside and did the water tank across the road from our house and loved every minute of painting it!! It is 6x6 oil.
The Girl-y painting is to go with the shaving mug! It is oil too. 6x6
The cow...'I Can't See' is watercolor and gouache.  6x6

Friday, January 16, 2015

Days 14-16

 More paintings from the neighbor's Branding.
The little girl was there with her parents having a ball running in and out of everything going on.
Riding her horse, etc. I for sure didn't do her justice but maybe someday i will be able to!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 11-13

 Western Art is still my favorite!
The top one is acrylic, 6x8
The Green Boot is 6x6 Gouache
The 3rd one is 6x6 acrylic and oil.
These are all available.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Days 8-10 and Drawing Class

Day 8-This pump jack is across the road from our house.  Not one of my favorite things because they ruin the farm land, however, we are stuck with them, so I might as well paint some of them!
Day 9-The 'Turquoise Hat' is from a photo i took somewhere.
Day 10-Ken's  Old Spice Shaving Mug

We had a drawing class today. We had such fun. Everybody did an awesome job. I believe
anybody can draw! I hope i can help them to have fun and enjoy it, if so, they will continue.
I know I love drawing.
Jane Phillips,
Diana Carter
Reta Nail
Jodie Box

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 5-7 30 Day Challenge

Day 5- My flowers
Day 6-Granddad's Shaving mug
Day 7-Tools

They are all 6x6 on crescent board painted with watercolor. The Tools have some marker/ink on it. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

30 Day Challenge-Days 2-4

Day 2-Blue Mug
Day 3-Tan Mug
Day 4-Grain Elevator

I am doing the 30 day challenge again. Paint 30 paintings in 30 days. This will be my 3rd time to do it. Day 1 was the New years Clock
I painted these with watercolor on heavy crescent board, because I can't get out to my art room due to the snow and ice. I just brought in a few things to paint with.
 I decided not to blog each day, just every 3-4 days. These will all be available to buy either thru me or 
They are just 6x6 inches.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2014 was a great year.  Last year at this time, we were in a tizzy due to farming, and Ken quitting, but it passed so fast, and it has worked out good, especially for him.  No more worries about what the weather was going to do, paying bills, etc.  All the stuff that goes along with farming.  Not only that, our entire family has been healthy all year, and we added a new member. 
Our Grandson got married in June.
I have been blessed with a building to teach in, and have had good participation in my classes!
I also have a lot of great family and friends that support me and encourage me, and I can't imagine
anything else I would even ask for! Health AND Friends! We are blessed.
My prayer is that we will all have a special 2015...healthy and happy.
This year... May 31,2015...Ken I will celebrate our 50th anniversary, and that I can hardly believe!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New North Light Book

 I can't believe 2014 is almost gone.  It has been such a good year! All of our family is healthy and happy and we got a new Granddaughter-n-law this year.  We have been so blessed in every way.
I have had a good 'art' year! We got a new building for me to hang my work in as well as teach and share my love of painting and creating.  It has been so awesome having my own place to go out and teach! I don't have to load everything up, etc.  My little Backyard Gallery and Studio has been such a blessing.  I did the 30 day challenge in January and September as well as 2 online sketchbook classes.
Now to end the year, I have some news! Wow..a great year to end one and start another.

I got word today saying my mixed-media art has been selected for publication in
Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling, that is published by North Light Books.
The painting that was selected is  'Wyoming Cowboy', a torn paper collage. So to go along with 'Story Telling'... I met this cowboy in 2013 when I got to go to Wyoming for a week workshop.  We got to go out to his ranch, and I took photos of him off an on all week because of the way he dressed. He didn't look like our Texas Cowboys.  I loved his hat, and his silk scarves!
His family has been there close to Dubois, WY for generations.  We spent an afternoon there, and it was an awesome time seeing the corrals and barns that were made with logs.  John loved sharing his family's  home, and barns.  He wanted us to go through the house where he grew up. It was like it was when he was growing up. Just like someone still lived there.  That morning he tracked a bear by the corrals. I hope I get to go back again! It was such a great time, and wonderful memories!

 Thank you all for your support and encouragement for the past years! 
My prayer is that we will be all healthy and happy in 2015!   
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to each of you! It seems to get here so fast each year.  It is a very special time that we can remember the birth of Christ,  reflect back on the past year and spend time with our families and friends. It can also be a time of sadness for those who have lost loved ones, are sick, or those who are lonely or homeless.   May we all say a special prayer for those less fortunate.  This past week we got a glimpse of people who are having difficulties, no place to live, but yet they were happy and worried about their friends being cold or hungry.  We should learn from their caring. My prayer is that you know the Love of Christ, and that he is your Savior.  John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here is my latest Christmas Painting
 'Merry Christmas' 
to all of you, and sending prayers for a wonderful 2015! May it be your best year yet!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm Thinking...

I took this photo of the cutest little cowboy ever! Painted on heavy illustration board.
I had never painted on it before but I love it.  I haven't gotten to paint much lately. 
I did 4 portraits of him, and this is probably my favorite.  The plaid was a nightmare, but was fun to do.