Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Hotel Lakeside

Hotel Lakeside is such a beautiful historic hotel on the coast of Lake Erie. One can look out over the water while dining or sitting on the screened in veranda. Steeped in vintage charm, it is low stepping back in time to a more peaceful pace.  It is a joy to paint here, if only for a few days.  Painting number 5105 in 5105 days. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Historic Downtown Lakeside

Painting in the heart of Lakeside is so much fun!  With at least four locations serving frozen treats, there is constant pedestrian traffic!  I talked and visited as I sketched this scene - dropping far more detail in than planned.  Mom and I had to break for lunch before her favorite quiche place closed, so I had to return to apply the paint.  A lovely couple offered me a smoothie, when they learned I had not yet tried the place.  Due to their kindness, I am now hooked on those delicious, healthy smoothies!  Who knew I could get something that I only make at home, from a shop?  Amazing!  Painting number 5104 in 5104 days. 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Maxwell House



This beautiful Maxwell House is iconic to Lakeside, right inside the heart of town.  It was lovely to paint this while a young girl talked all things art with me, interested in every painting and supplyin my bag.  I think she will be the next generation artist on this street, talking to the next budding artist.  I'm happy this painting has a new home with a couple on the porch that I painted, as I was coached by this sweet little spirit!  Painting number 5103 in 5103 days. 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

On Lakeside Beach


What better way to end this day than with a final paint on the beach at Lakeside?  Music wafted on the air from the sunset service as a cool breeze blew in off Lake Erie.  One my one, people walked down the pier and took seats along water's edge, in a daily ritual to watch the sunset.  This place is special, full of simple pleasures, family values and true community spirit.  I love painting here as much as I love being here.  It was so much fun to find patrons waiting at my booth spot to buy my paintings before I unpacked them!  I'm happy so many paintings find new homes today - as well as this one, tonight!  Painting number 5102 in 5102 days.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Lakeside Waterfront - August Cup


 I chose this lovely path along Lake Erie for my second paint today, and was rewarded with sailboats sailing into my scene!  I'm so happy to capture the August Cup race in progress! What amazing luck!  Painting number 5101 in 5101 days. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Afternoon on Walnut



It's great to be painting in Lakeside again - and the weather is absolutely perfect!  Returning to Walnut, I am looking towards the lake for this view, and sketching on ink and watercolor.  It's fun to visit with all the friendly people as they walk by.  I hope to do several more paintings in this charming downtown before leaving! This painting will be at the Wet Paint Sale on Sunday, down by the lake, near the Pavilion here in Lakeside, Ohio. Painting number 5100 in 5100 days. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024


I can't resist painting the garden phlox when it is in it's prime!  These blooms smell heavenly, sweet like lilac.  With ink I sketch the lines loosely, then float in color as I see it.  This is a small sketch to match my small painting window, an ATC size.  I hope they remain for weeks to come!  Painting number 5099 in 5099 days. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Garden Phlox

These blooms are so fragrant - the whole lawn smells almost of lilac. My very first starts were from Grandma Bessie's garden on Olive, where I helped to weed and tend, before running for lunch for all.  They were good days, learning to care for baby plants, while making memories to last a lifetime.  Now, those flowers bloom abundantly all over our property, and each time I see them, I think of Grandma Bessie.  Painting number 5098 in 5098 days. 

Monday, July 8, 2024

Butterfly and Lily


This afternoon finds me painting in my flowers - in between the many garden tasks!  I have been told this variety of lily is very old - pre-civil war, in fact. I have them everywhere, and have only seen them in another old property  - the home of Amelia Earhart in Atchison, Kansas.  Very full and vibrant, the butterflies love them - and this cloudless sulphur danced among them today.  With only a tiny painting window, I am painting small today, 3x4, and the texture is very rough.  A bit of a challenge on a small piece, to be sure. The very best part of this size is that I am quickly done!  Painting number 5096 in 5096 days. 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Phlox and Swallowtail


There's always time for a quick sketch in my garden - especially when the phlox are in their glory!  All of our recent rain has pumped up the vibrancy on these lovelies.  My very first start was from Grandma Bessie's house on Olive, many years ago.  I've planted them all over the property through the years, and now, their heavenly fragrance fills the air, and brings back memories.  Those are the very best flowers to surround oneself with. This one is headed to Powell Gardens for the Butterfly Festival and is painting number 5093 in 5093 days. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Zebra Plant


It is fun to sketch inside on this stormy day with a cup of hot tea and family.  I am working on a few butterfly paintings for Powell Gardens, so i added the little blue butterfly instead of the chicadees that were seeking shelter from the rain. After painting this beautiful zebra plant - I brought it home to enjoy in my own garden!  Painting number 5090 in 5090 days. 

Monday, July 1, 2024

Crossandra and Butterfly

Today was our Monday Morning Watercolorist gathering at Family Tree Nursery in Shawnee. Mom joined me and Michaela and the boys met us there, along with artist friends. We drove through the pouring rain to get there, abs it was totally worth it to paint in their greenhouse as the rain hit the clear roof. There were a few leaks, but we sat strategically at a lovely wooden table in the clear.  After painting this tropical flower from Sri Lanka, we shopped and stopped by Bill and Evelyn's house for a visit. Tonight was an impromptu game night with Michael, Travis, Tiffany, Mom and my brother's family. Another super fun and busy family day!  I brought this beauty home to my own garden, too!  Painting number 5089 in 5089 days. 

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Old Red Tractor

How could I resist painting a beautiful old tractor, sitting in the sun?  I love the red color against those greens of summer, and oils were the perfect medium to define those masses.  It was a hot one, so I stood a distance away - in the shade!  Painting number 5088 in 5088 days. 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Allium Batik

Sometimes, it is super fun to switch up mediums completely.  After so many days of ink and watercolor, I find myself playing with ink, hot wax, and watercolor on rice paper!  Always fun and unpredictable, each watercolor batik is unique. Paint, hot wax and ink flow and resist almost at random, and the translucent paint is full of energy. Perhaps, I'll explore more of my garden blooms with this reckless abandon!  Painting number 5087 in 5087 days. 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Downtown Weston


Weston is dull of vintage charm - and so much fun to visit for a weekend!  Mom joined me for the fun and we dined and shopped between my paintings!  I have several favorite places to hit while here, and I needed another day at least. Painting number 5086 in 5086 days.  This painting is now showing at Weston Coffee Roastery! 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Corner of Main and Market

 This vintage Phillips 66 Station is iconic to Weston, and known as Stanley's Station.  With ink, I sketched out this scene from the side of a building, underneath the awning.  As I sketched, suddenly a stream of water flowed down from above - and luckily went over me and my painting!  Knowing that could quickly change, I moved out to an open spot to continue (as I talked history with a long time resident).  The water followed all around the building as I realized the resident on the second floor was watering her plants on the balcony!  One never knows what to expect when painting outdoors!  Now Showing at the Weston Coffee Roastery on Main.  Painting number 5085 in 5085 days. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Beverlin's Statuary

 I love finding these beautiful slices of Americana across the Midwest, and Weston is full of them!  Spending a couple of days here painting and shopping with Mom, I just couldn't resist this lovely street front.  What a treat to paint this special place before enjoying all the town has to offer!  Now Showing at Weston Coffee Roastery and is my 5084th painting in 5084 days. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024



The tall garden phlox are beginning to bloom - and the lawn smells heavenly!  On this VERY busy day, I only have enough time to paint a miniature atc sized painting, and of course this garden was calling to me!  With grandkids blowing bubbles, I quickly captured this beauty in between the fun.  I love the vibrant color and fragrance so much!  Painting number 5083 in 5083 days. 

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Monday, June 24, 2024

865 Ashley



I love getting to paint historic homes full of vintage charm in Weston!  While shopping at one of my favorite boutiques, Missouri Bluffs, the lovely lady ringing me out mentioned that she requested her house to be painted last year, but all there was done on site was a painting of her outhouse.  I asked for her address and popped by to see this antebellum gem!  Finding shade to paint from put me on the side of this home, and this composition was irresistible.  I finished too late to stop back by the shop, but left a message and delivered it to the coffee shop before leaving town.  This painting is number 5082 in 5082 days.  Now Showing at the Weston Coffee Roastery on Main! 😍🎨

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Walking Down Main

 I found a reasonably cool place to paint under the covered porch of the museum in Weston.  With heat indexes passing 100, this afternoon was no time to paint in the sun.  Looking down Main Street from on top of the hill offered many good compositions.  I chose the most dramatic drop in elevation to accentuate the dipping rooftops leading to the historic businesses.  It was fun to talk to visitors walking by as I worked, and Mom kept me company on the bench when the wind pushed me closer to the building for shelter.  I had to fight for this painting today!  This is now showing at Weston Coffee Roastery on Main. Painting number 5080 in 5080 days.