Friday, September 18, 2020

Kauffman Garden Dancers

 Oh this garden is lovely!!  Stepping inside the gate is like stepping into a secret garden with babbling fountains.  This long fountain is my favorite with it's fluid dancing girls, dancing among the water sprays.  It is like music to enjoy, with the scent of flowers all around me.  With ink and watercolor I capture this scene, while I am still sheltered in the shade.  Now I'm off to frame and I'll return tonight for the Quick Paint at JC Nichol's fountain.  So nice to see Kansas City Parks step up and host a plein air event!  They have been few and far between this year!  Painting number 2811 in 2811 days. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Baby Toys!

Baby Quinn was asleep when I arrived for some baby time!  So, of course I decided to paint a few of her toys that were handy!  Though not planning to paint, I always have a sketch bag disguised as a purse - so I had everything I needed for a quick paint!  In 15 minutes I had this finished, and that little darling was waking up for some play time!  Yay!  Painting number 2810 in 2810 days. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Zinnia Garden

 Today finds me painting in the zinnia garden at the Overland Park Arboretum with the tiny bumblebees!  These little bees are all over these blooms, but I did not encounter a single one in the garden by the pond!  I love sketching the beauty of these blooms, sitting in this peaceful place with the fragrance of the garden all around me.  I am blessed indeed.  Painting number 2809 in 2809 days. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Monet's Garden

 Oh the beauty of Monet's Garden!!  I missed getting to paint this during the spring Stems plein air event, since this arboretum was closed until June. I got season passes for mom and I, and this is our third time here since it reopened.  Meeting the Monday Morning Watercolorists from 9 to 11, it was the perfect day for painting in a garden!  The flowers are so tall this time of year - I could hardly see over them from my camp stool!  Can't wait to enjoy this arboretum through all the months ahead!  Painting number 2808 in 2808 days. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Bee and Zinnias

 These beautiful yellow zinnias called and called while I painted a larger view of this bed!  With 10 minutes left, I jumped into this quick paint - because I had to paint this view before meeting my watercolorist friends!  These tiny bumblebees really liked these zinnias - and I enjoyed getting to paint them!  With ink and watercolor I sketched as fast as I could and met the others before most of the group had gathered!  It was nice having my mom join me today in the gardens - the Overland Park Arboretum is always a joy to stroll through!  Painting number 2807 in 2807 days. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Goldfinch and Native Flowers

 We have one meadow that we do not bale, and I toss in wildflower seeds every time I have extras.  Right now I have 50 wild sunflower heads drying for just this purpose!  With a meandering path cut through, I can get great views of the flora and fauna to paint!  The goldfinches are abundant as many flowers are going to seed! They dart all over the meadow lighting on stems and dining on seeds! Love that brilliant yellow among the flowers!  Painting number 2806 in 2806 days. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cherub Fountain

 For today's Summit Art Artist's Forum, I demoed a plein air painting in the garden via Zoom.  What started as a misty morning cleared off beautifully by meeting's end.  It was a little tricky to paint with my camera over my shoulder to capture scene and brushwork, while still interacting without seeing my screen.  Another artist also painted, so it was fun to bounce back and forth while painting.  Social interaction of any kind is a benefit these days!  I sure hope things get back to normal soon.  Painting number 2805 in 2805 days. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Yellow Swizzle Zinnia

 I found a new variation today of the Cherry Swizzle zinnia seeds I planted this summer - a yellow!  They inner petals are yellow as the outer ones turn peachy, with a tight fuchsia splash at it's center!  This newest one was hiding behind a large leaf of Swiss chard, and of course I had to paint it!  As I finished, the rain started and chased me in!  As I set my gear down for a photo, I noticed a little hitch hiker on the tip of my water brush pen - a potato bug!  I guess he wanted a drink!  Painting number 2804 in 2804 days. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bee and Phlox

 I really love the second bloom of these favorite garden phlox!  Showy and gorgeous by the fourth of July, it is a gift when they bloom again as the season changes.  Bees and butterflies love them, as I do!  Lucky for me, this one is just off the covered porch, so I can paint even as the light rain persists.  I have Robert Oster's Great Southern Ocean in my fountain pen - which is the blue of the sky.  I simply pulled it into the sky with a wet brush.  I love how his signature inks move when wet!  This miniature painting is my 2803rd in 2803 days. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Stella D'Oro

 Oh how I love growing and painting these Stella D'Oro lilies!  They never disappoint, and continue to bloom as long as one deadheads the spent blooms.  Perhaps their bright and cheerful color is their greatest gift as they shine in the gardens.  Choosing a miniature paper, I ink and watercolor the lilies quickly on this cold and drizzly day.  Not a fan of the cold, it takes me a while to acclimate to weather changes - and a few layers of clothes!  I'm really looking forward to the warmer days ahead this weekend!  Painting number 2802 in 2802 days. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Bee in Roses

 These sweet roses were calling my name today!  Even after our hot, dry spell, they continue to bloom.  So, with ink and watercolor, I paint on a miniature 3x3 handmade cotton paper, dodging raindrops to get it finished.  I've spent so much time painting in my gardens during covid. I wonder what will fill my winter days when the flowers are no more? Painting number 2801 in 2801 days. 

Monday, September 7, 2020


 Oh these helianthus tuberosus blooms are glorious this day!  With my favorite TWSBI Diamond mini I sketch this delicate scene, and soon add color with my Watercolor Confections half pans. I come back in with a little more ink to finish this miniature ATC painting (only 3.5x2.5 inches). The days grow shorter and fall is coming, so I must make the most of the warm days of summer that are left!  Today's painting makes 2800 in 2800 days. 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunflower, too


Oh how I love painting sunflowers!  I wait all year for just this time, and too quickly they fade from glory.  I am saving the seed from my largest head for next year's bed of sunflowers - and I will plant them thick for better painting compositions!  Lol!  It's all about the painting journey, after all!  Ink and watercolor on handmade cotton paper for this 2799th painting in 2799 days!  Wowza! 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Pink Rose of Sharon

 I love the very long bloom time of Rose of Sharons!  I can always count on them for 4th of July, and here we are, still enjoying them Labor Day weekend!  This pink one came from our old neighbors, the Ruhls.  So popular with bees and birds, I have plenty of company while painting!  Love this ink and watercolor for these quick paintings in my gardens! Painting number 2797 in 2797 days. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Live Forevers

 Some days, it is nearly dark before I can get to the easel!  The days are growing shorter and so is my painting time.  These Live Forevers have graced this garden long before I got here, and I have moved them all over the lawn and even put them in pots.  Grandma planted the first and I have nurtured them all these years.  A little yellow butterfly landed on the blooms and me - so I included her!  Love that ink and watercolor for quick paintings in the garden!  Painting number 2798 in 2798 days. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Bee and Hydrangea

 This Little Lime hydrangea has blooms the size of baby heads - and in thrilled with the vigorous nature of this variety!  Hydrangeas are fickle things around here, so finding the hardy ones is important!  I am painting in miniature this evening, eager to work on larger paintings tonight, too.  So, with ink and watercolor I step into my garden for a few peaceful minutes, returning to the work that waits.  Painting number 2796 in 2796 days. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


 I have several large sunflowers just passing their peak bloom in my garden.  This one is not a mammoth but another variety which I still need to look up. The seed face is lighter in color and there is a smattering of shorter, curly petals - which I find charming!  I'll need to keep an eye on these to be sure I save some seed for next year! I know those birds will be very interested, too! Painting number 2795 in 2795 days. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Wildwood Springs

 Oh how I love painting these vintage places!  This lodge dates back to 1920 - and is full of that hundred year old character and charm!  Never one to waste a minute, I started sketching this as we artists awaited judging from within.  Visiting and painting, this came together quickly with the fresh aura of the place itself.  Mom and I will be staying here when I return to Steelville - and I can't wait for an opportunity to paint the expansive lodge!  The architecture is wonderful and this full porches simply must be experienced to truly enjoy!  This painting sold at Gallery Zeke!  Painting number 2794 in 2794 days. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Jerusalem Artichokes

 After years of admiring these in Kansas, Missouri and my own property, I now discover they are jerusalem artichokes!  A native wildflower - they are also a wild edible, and are supposedly delicious!  I will dig some when the time is right and roast the roots!  These sunflowers seem to last forever as cut flowers, and have a long bloom time, too. It wasn't until I wanted to identify it among other wild sunflowers that I found it's name.  How wonderful!  The bees really like them, too - they kept buzzing me as i painted!  Painting number 2793 in 2793 days. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Roadside Sunflowers


I love these wild sunflowers that grow with reckless abandon!  With sprawling branches, they bloom profusely - and oh how the bees and birds love them!  Today I just oils to capture their beauty - tangled stems and all.  Rather than sketch my composition with brush and paint, I started with the masses of color, dotting in every area like a puzzle.  This actually helped me paint accurately, since their were no stems winding through as my brain would have it.  I like the very realistic portrayal this process led me to.  Painting number 2792 in 2792 days.