Thursday, December 12, 2019

Winter Whites

I am still working on Christmas cards - and this is one of my favorite places to run AND to paint.  This winding creek meanders through the woods to the lake, and there are paintings at every turn.  This time of year the brush is dying down, allowing me to get closer to the water. Sometimes the very best spots are deep in the brush!  I hope to be returning again and again this winter.  Painting number 2542 in 2542 days. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


There is something very joyful about painting animals!  From sketch to paint, the whole process seems magical.  What begins as a few sketchy lines, comes alive as paint fills the masses.  The very best part - when their owners are overwhelmed with the results!  I absolutely love this artist's life!  Painting number 2541 in 2541 days. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Elf Wreath

I love the cheerful colors and lanky limbs of this sweet little elf as he poses on this wreath!  A cute Christmas icon, I am painting him in miniature to suit my tiny painting window. Its amazing how much detail I can achieve in a tiny space with a few quick strokes. The process grows faster each time I paint, and feels more natural with each one I finish.  Maybe one day soon I'll be able to paint these in my sleep, without opening my eyes!  Lol! Painting number 2540 in 2540 days 

Monday, December 9, 2019


Oh how I love painting puppies!!  Their sweet little faces and expressions are perfect for ink and watercolor!  With this little guy, I started with India ink and a super fine nib - I want those curly lines to be soft as they skip over the texture of the paper.  Next, I come in with the same kind of curly strokes with watercolor to add texture to the coat.  In this way I continue until that beautiful coat takes on life and dimension. I finish with my fountain pen and water soluble ink, adding water to blend a little.  Really love the process! 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Crown Center Trees

The elegant trees in their varying heights called to me from across the room, as they awaited the next performer.  With a little time left, I pulled out a miniature paper in ATC size - 3.5x2.5.  With my India ink pen I sketched in my trees, and dropped in a little watercolor after.  My favorite Levenger Raven black ink in my "Christmas" green TWSBI fountain pen was used for final marks.  With still a little time left, I was off to do another!  Painting number 2538 in 2538 days. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Crown Center Ornaments

I always look forward to painting at Crown Center during the holidays.  Intending to walk over to Union Station as well, I never did make it!  I just couldn't tear myself away from all that holiday glam!  This is the first painting of the day - of the first thing that caught my eye on my way in!  What a great place to paint, eat, and shop!  Painting number 2537 in 2537 days. 

Friday, December 6, 2019


I have always had a special place in my heart for animals, even as a child.  There is something very joyful in the act of painting them, too!  I can't help but smile as I sketch each line and paint in each color. With this little face looking back at me - how could I not smile?  Painting number 2536 in 2536 days.