Thursday, July 9, 2020

Green Chairs

After a good workout at the gym, and a full day's garden work, I took a little plein air sanity break before moving on to my next task.  I could see the golden hour approaching as I put tools and dumped the wheelbarrow.  The light sweeping across the north side grabbed me - so I went for my gear and sketched!  Of the many beautiful colors of chairs I could have painted - the green ones were here.  The fleeting thought of switching them with the reds chairs crossed my mind - but I was too tired to do it!  I like the red chairs out front, and didn't want to have to move them back!  Lol!  So, true to life, this painting is a study in the greens of high summer in Missouri!  I wish I'd had yesterday's fountain pen, and that warm red brown ink - but I found it too late, and went with Robert Oster's Black is Black instead.  Now, it's spring cleaning in my art supply area - which is why I needed a sanity break!  Painting number 2737 in 2737 days.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beau in the Pasture

What a beautiful evening after such a hot and muggy day!  On days like this it pays to get out early and late for gardening and painting!  My trusty companion stayed ahead of me long enough this time to get painted in!  Haha!  Perhaps I'll start painting him in more often - he's always hanging around patrolling the grounds!  Ink and watercolor on handmade cotton paper here - and I don't remember what ink I loaded in this pen, but it is warm and reddish - a good compliment to the green of the scene.  Painting number 2736 in 2736 days.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Sailboats Abstracted

Sometimes, I simply must stretch my artistic legs in another direction!  Like visiting far off lands, I am completely out of my box on this one!  I don't think I've fired on any of these cylinders before - and it feels like total exploration.  I'm using some of my vast supplies of acrylics (which I hardly touch anymore) and canvases for this abstract style.  Mixing in mediums, layering color, dropping into place and cutting in paint with a knife - oh what fun it is to just play in the paint!  I felt rather lost in the process, and wonder if I've lost my mind!  Maybe!  Who knows what I'll do next?  Painting number 2735 in 2735 days. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Tractor and Baler

The hay balers are so quick with their work - it is very difficult for me to catch their equipment in the field!  I've learned that if I want hay bale paintings, I must drop everything and go paint them before they are removed!  Seizing the opportunity to paint this John Deer 4040 and it's baler, I ink first, add color, and ink again.  I like to get in the detail I readily see without "noodling" it.  Love these long days of summer!  Painting number 2734 in 2734 days.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bales and Rows

It's haying season and the bales are in the pasture!  Its always a busy time of year, but hopefully this year I'll be able to get a few paintings in before the bales are gone.  With a little light left, I paint with ink and watercolor, thinking of the oil paintings to come.  Beau is circulating the area, making sure all predators are at bay!  What a beautiful evening for immersing myself in the land, with paint.  Painting number 2733 in 2733 days. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Stephanie Returns Daylily

This reblooming daylily is new for me this year!  "Stephanie Returns" is one of four continuous rebloomers that I added to my gardens for Mother's Day.  This peachy pink lily has a yellow throat and ruffled edges to the petals, and should deliver 90 days of blooms when established.  Wowza!  I can't wait!  Capturing this new beauty with ink and watercolor tonight. Painting number 2731 in 2731 days.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Double Lilies

I have only seen these double vintage daylilies in the garden at the historic Amelia Earhart home in Atchison, Kansas.  They are full with double blooms, rich in orange hues deepening towards the centers.  Just beginning to bloom, these beauties should reach peak in about a week.  Coming late to my easel, I barely got this finished before they closed up!  I had forgotten these close up at night!  It was too dark to get a clear outdoor shot, so I brought this one in for the pic along with my supplies.  I've got Robert Oster's Black is Black in my TWSBI Eco fountain pen and Watercolor Confections half pans for this one. Painting number 2730 in 2730 days.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Garden Phlox

I look forward to these gorgeous blooms all year!  Always gorgeous in time for Independence Day, they are tall, showy and so fragrant!  After a hard morning at the gym, a harder day working in the gardens, some fun grandchildren time for Tiffany's date night, I come to my easel late again.  The silly cell service is bad again - Sprint was so much better than Team Mobile has been since they took over, I am trying to get this post done with very little access.  One would think everyone could have decent coverage in 2020.  With ink and watercolor I capture this moment in less time than it has taken me to wait for all the delays in my uploads.  Lol!  Think I need some more art therapy!  Painting number 2729 in 2729 days. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Water through the Garden

I love spending time at the Overland Park Arboretum, especially with my paints!  This water garden is lovely with the steam leading from one waterfall to another.  I especially like this format for this scene, it captures all that I wanted in it's wide view.  Painting number 2728 in 2728 days.

Monday, June 29, 2020


These gorgeous glads were given to my husband many years ago by a friend at work.  They return every year, though they should not!  In this very spot, I also have calla lilies that return each year - here in Zone 5!  Craziness!  As I sketch these in ink and watercolor, I long to paint them in oils.  Working in miniature, ink and watercolor are the perfect medium.  I can work very fast with ink, letting the blooms unfold naturally.  Working out the thought process here, the oil painting should be effortless.  I love this time spent in the garden!  Painting number 2727 in 2727 days.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Rudbeckia Path

I had to return to this spot with my oil paints today - and today's light changes the landscape!  I paint a wide view where yesterday's paint was a black-eyed Susan close up!  This path leads to the house, flanked by wildflowers everywhere!  Milk weed, rudbeckia, clover and butterfly weeds are all in bloom - not to mention Queen Anne's Lace just opening up.  These meadows will be cut within days, and oh how I will miss this beauty!  Painting the 2726 in 2726 days.

Saturday, June 27, 2020


Oh my!  All of the meadows are ablaze with wildflowers!  As I walked our trail, I could hardly contain myself!  I've never seen them as gorgeous as they are right now.  I took this mini set up because I had so little light left, but tomorrow I am bringing my oils!  This gorgeous landscape is begging for them!  First chance I get, I am moving some of these beauties to the north garden.  They last forever cut in a vase!  Painting number 2725 in 2725 days. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Bumblebee and Hollyhocks

Oh it felt so good to paint pick up my oils again!  It seems I've used ink and watercolor most of the month, but these blooms begged for oils! I was out painting this when my phone reminded me of the acrylic pour workshop!  Not quite done, I returned today to knock in those pops.  With artistic license I repositioned blooms, adding one of the bumblebees that are so interested in the gardens now!  There are a few more clouds today, but that light was already in.  Now I wish I had painted this larger!  Painting number 2724 in 2724 days.

Thursday, June 25, 2020


I totally forgot about tonight's acrylic pour workshop until my phone reminded me 30 minutes prior!  In the zone with my oils, I was in the garden painting hollyhocks at the time.  I packed up without washing my brushes, and rushed to our Tri County Art League's event.  Oh my gosh!  What fun it was to choose colors, layer them, pour them, then use gravity to move the masses to and fro.  A whole new world has just opened up, and I'm standing on the brink of discovery!!  Painting number 2723 in 2723 days.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


It makes so happy when the very first tall garden phlox start to bloom!!  These first fragrant beauties are a glimpse of the hundreds to come!! I saw they were opening while working in the yard. By the time I had delivered flowers to mom, dug some clematis out at Norma's and replanted them in my north garden - the sun was setting!  After a quick drink and a bite to sustain me, it was full dark when I painted.  I've got a very cushy spot on the covered front porch which is perfect for night painting!  The front beds are illuminated by Edison lights on the porch, so I always have something to paint!  Many's the time I've come late to my easel!  It's a busy time in the garden, after all! Painting number 2722 in 2722 days.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Stella D'Oro Splendor

I painted these Stella D'Oro lilies a couple days ago, in a slightly different composition and format.  When I got to the background, I hesitated!  If in doubt, don't - rang through my head, so I backed away from the painting.  So, today, I give it another shot - this time with the background.  I like it both ways!  I could see both visions, and I'm glad I didn't paint in the other.  It's nice to have them both ways!  Painting number 2721 in 2721 days.  I just realized this didn't post - silly cell service.  Sure wish we could get real internet out we were promised in 2008.....!  Lol!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Mother and Child

I love the feel of graphite pencils in my hand.  The smell of them takes me back to my childhood and the sheer joy of mark making.  The tactile way they glide over the surface of my paper, meeting resistance with the vellum texture of my Bristol board.  With stumps I blend my masses now, where once I used little fingers for this job.  I have quite a selection of pencils and tools, but I only use the 8B.  I love the softness, and rarely choose another.  The pink eraser from childhood is still my favorite, those other fancy ones are just not for me.  I really love spending time with my old friend graphite, especially when a mother's love is my subject!  Painting number 2719 in 2719 days.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Stella D'Oro and the Bee

The very best thing about Stella in the garden is her long bloom time.  A reblooming daylily, this one has an extended bloom time.  And that cheerful bright yellow is a real show stopper in the beds!  Shorter and more compact that my tall vintage ones, I place these towards the front of my beds.  Working larger, I first ink my composition, adding in the watercolor afterwards.  I had every intention of washing in a dark background to represent the shadows, but I hesitated.  So, if in doubt, don't.  I'm not sure if that was the right decision, I may just do another in that way.  Painting number 2718 in 2718 days.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Orange Daylilies

Oh how I love these daylilies!  The very first starts came from Grandma Bessie's garden, and I carefully planted them in my front gardens.  Over the years, I have scavenged them from gravel road ditches and deserted places, giving them new life in my gardens.  Grandma called them tiger lilies, and they grace many historic homes in the midwest.  So, after having the family out - and TWO tiny babies to cuddle - I am painting these happy blooms in ink and watercolor.  I have Robert Oster's Black is Black in my TWSBI fountain pen, and watercolor half pans for the color.  Such a perfect evening for painting!  Painting number 2717 in 2717 days.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bees in the Flowers

This Queen's Lace Achillea has been in my family for three generations.  My mother had it first in the home I grew up in, she brought some to my grandmother before moving, and now I have spread it around the yard.  The color and fern like foliage are gorgeous, and the bees and butterflies love it!  I'm working a little larger today than I have for a while - and it was harder!  Using a new paper, it was thinner than expected, and the sizing seemed lighter than normal.  Each batch is different when they are handmade.  Love capturing this bed of flowers in ink and watercolor!  Painting number 2716 in 2716 days.