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. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

The Coal House

What fun to paint near the historic Coal House in Weston today! I saw this place as I was leaving town the last time I was here, and have wanted to paint it ever since!  The afternoon light was perfect for today's paint.  Mom is with me and we've lunched at the Avalon, shopped the lower end of Main Street, and bar hopped tonight to three different places with live music before ending with a wonderful jazz band at the Saint George Hotel.  Tomorrow I'll paint a few more start scenes to turn in to the Weston Coffee Roastery for this weekend's plein air event. Painting number 5079 in 5079 days. 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Take me to the Lake


It's so fun to find places like this to paint right off the Meramec River!  Mound Ridge had several very appealing groupings of kayaks and boats, and I had trouble deciding which to focus on!  Going with the most colorful, these drew me in for my demo.  It's been great fun to teach high school students acrylic in the field, especially at such an inspiring place. Now Showing at Gallery Zeke in Steelville  😍🎨

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Stonehaus Farms Vineyard


It was super fun to explore this local winery with paint!  I hadn't been here before, so that made the day extra special.  A wine tasting after painting led to a lovely glass of wine to share with artist friends. Every paint out should end this way!  This painting is number 5077 in 5077 days and is now showing at the Lee's Summit City Hall.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Spring Bridge


Maremec Spring Park is one of my favorite places to paint, and it was fun to spend time here with local high school students during their plein air weekend!  All of the students and mentors were treated admission to the Folksy Fish Festival, and we sketched among the bands dotting through the park.  It was a great day spent teaching and having fun in a beautiful setting along the spring. Painting number 5076 in 5076 days. 

Monday, June 17, 2024

Lange General Store


I love finding slices of Americana to paint throughout the Midwest!  Steelville has been going through a transformation in recent years, and I LOVE the vintage charm being resurrected in these historic buildings on Main Street.  It was so fun to paint this building while waiting for judging to roll around.  Painting number 5075 in 5075 days. 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Hoppe Springs


I lose all track of time when painting by a spring, especially when the water is rushing by at my feet  I stood on the small footbridge crossing this spring, wanting to keep an eye out for the copperhead I just saw dissappear into a crack between rocks. As the minutes rolled by, I forgot about him altogether, so mesmerized I was by the water.  There is something so healing about a spring, so soothing to the soul.  This spring is an amazing painting companion with it's magical sounds, and I think I'll be returning each time I'm in town. Painting number 5071 in 5071 days. It looks like I've got a bit of catching up to do on my blog, a few entries didn't post again.  If only every place had a good cell connection in the Midwest. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Nestled in the Woods

This rainy day painting started as one of my acrylic demonstrations with the High School Plein Air sponsored by the Steelville Arts Council last weekend.  I mentored 20 students over three days in 5 different paint-outs.  It was such a super fun weekend filled with very talented young artists, and I hope that I have impacted their art journey in some small way.  I would have loved an opportunity like this at their age.  This painting is now showing at Gallery Zeke in Steelville, Missouri through mid-July.  Come take a peak in person.  Painting number 5068 in 5068 days. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Steelville Presbyterian Church

How dramatically the light can shift in just a couple hours!  What was illuminated at the start fell to shadow by the time I finished.  This painting will be a lasting memory for my Steelville host family as she retires from pastoring here, to move closer to family.  Steelville is such a wonderful place to visit, and I do love painting here. Painting number 5067 in 5067 days. 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Hope at the Farm


It was another beautiful day for painting at the Kick'n K farm!  I found the shade of an old oak tree to stand in, and sketched this painting out first in ink. Once all was in place, I started applying the watercolor.  The horses walked in and out of my composition, abs I painted them in when I could.  This painting now Showing at Gallery Zeke, come see all the wet paintings tomorrow from 10 to 2. Painting number 5065 in 5065 days. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Drag Race Road


This is the first time I've been down this road, and I find a fun slice of Americana to paint in Steelville! What drew me to this street was 3 brightly painted old houses right beside this.  Planning to paint all three on the street, I decided instead to paint the bright colors of this cool place.  Painted on my Dad's birthday, he would have loved this place.  Now Showing at Gallery Zeke until Saturday! Painting number 5064 in 5064 days. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Big Bend Rural School


It was so peaceful by Hoppe spring, sketching the one room schoolhouse in pen and ink.  Cool, refreshing air wafted in from the spring as I started this. I didn't decide until half way through to leave it in ink alone.  I like the timeless mood of pen and ink on handmade paper. It feels a bit like stepping back in time for a little while. Painting number 5063 in 5063 days. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Morning at Maramec Spring


What a treat to paint at one of my favorite places today - Maremec Spring Park!  The water is stunning and the light was soft this morning, setting the stage for a moody painting at the waterfall.  Painting to the sound of the water is sheer joy, as the painting emerges from the panel.  This one is now showing at GalleryZeke!  

Monday, June 3, 2024

Afternoon at the Cabin

It was a lovely morning for painting a log cabin in the woods, and I just couldn't resist painting the morning light.  I had to keep moving closer to my subject to stay in the shade of the outermost walnut tree.  The sun was in and out today, so I marked that light early to be sure I'd have it.  I do so love these rural Missouri homesteads. This painting now Showing at Gallery Zeke in Steelville, and is my 5061st painting in 5061 days. 

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Afternoon at the Barn


I love painting the vintage barns of the Missouri heartland - even when I'm short on time!  With only enough time to enter two paintouts briefly for the Summit Art Plein Air, I arrived here on my way out of town for a 30 minute quick paint.  It was like sprinting in a race to get this painted, framed and turned in - but it was also my little slice of sanity on a crazy day.  I always feel better when my daily painting is done. Painting number 5060 in 5060 days. I've had no coverage these last 5 days, so none of my photos would load to a post.  One would think the days of no service areas were minimal, but they've only grown worse in the last year.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Old Barn in Ink

 Today, I taught a pen and ink workshop for Summit Art Plein Air at Missouri Town 1855.  This place is full of lovely buildings and living history, and it is a treat to get to sketch here.  I taught the traditional methods first, adding my own techniques as we progressed through the drawings.  This was my second of the day, and I might just try this in oil on thirsty Thursday..... painting number 5055 in 5055 days. 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Downtown Overland Park


It's so much fun to paint my favorite street in historic downtown Overland Park with artist friends!  Tonight was the Magic Hour paint out for the Stems Plein-Air, benefitting the Overland and Arboretum. This is a lively place with walkers and families strolling by to visit and enjoy the downtown district.  I only wish I had more time here to paint in my old stomping grounds!  Painting number 5054 in 5054 days. 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Last Day on Genessee


I love capturing the last day of a building - only hours from implosion.  When I see a place like this, I wonder of the stories the walls would tell.  Years of work day life were held here, and soon an empty lot will remain. Truly Urban sketching in action here, as a sliver of time is now recorded on paper.  Painting number 5053 in 5053 days. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Looking Down Genessee

I love painting the hustle and hustle of this vibrant historic Genessee street by the Livestock Exchange.  It's fun to see the area alive with activity, and the morning light was perfect for painting this scene. The Historic West Bottoms Plein air event is a great way to explore the area in paint.  Painting number 5052 in 5052 days. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Into Augusta


I just had to paint this view into Augusta, it was calling my name on my entry into town.  With only enough time before my next scheduled event, I jumped right in with ink. After marking our every building up the street, I followed with watercolor. I took this photo just before the final polish, and I forgot to take another in site.  It happens sometimes when I'm rushing to the next event on the schedule! I'm happy this painting found a new home, too!  Painting number 5050 in 5050 days - wowza!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Hickory and St Louis

This is the second annual Historic West Bottoms Plein Air event in Kansas City, and it is fun to explore these streets.  I've only been to this area a handful of times in my whole life, so every street is new to me. I found this location as I was leaving the area last year, and just had to paint it first this time.  Painting number 5049 in 5049 days. 

Friday, May 17, 2024

Morning Rounds

Once in a while, I am so inspired on location that the paintings roll through my mind as I'm soaking it all in.  This farm was such a place, and I knew I would have to paint this first.  The goats and cows were so engaged with their host, it seemed I was watching a children's story unfold.  I love where this painting took me and I'm looking forward to many more paintings like this!  Painting number 5045 in 5045 days. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Cottage on Walnut


Painting during the evening hours is a lovely experience.  I watch as the sun sets and the light fades, often sketching my scene in paint while I can still see well.  I like to work by the light of street lamps, and it can become pretty dark at times. The street quiets with only a few passers by a I work on another piece.   When the owners of the cottage stopped by to turn in the lights, I just HAD to capture the magic!  I set my gallery painting aside and started this one in it's place, complete with waving flag on the front porch.  What a sweet cottage to paint in historic Augusta - and I'm so happy it has a new family, the owners of the Honeybee Vineyard. I purchased a gorgeous tea rose wreath from a local shop, the Wandering Owl, which was made from grapevines from their vineyard!  I will now think of them every time I walk through my front door!  Painting number 5044 in 5044 days. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Looking Down Walnut


I love painting up and down Walnut Street in historic Augusta, Missouri, and this spot near the H.S. Clay House is a favorite location.  This inn is a jewel in town, and the morning light spreading in through the leaves caught my attention immediately.  I set up on the spot and started painting, and barely finished up in time to drive it framed up to the Harmonie Verein.  I'm so happy this painting has a new home, too.  Painting number 5043 in 5043 days. 

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Peter and Mill Street

My fondness for historic homes landed me here for a quick painting at the corner of Peter and Mill, in New Melle.  This corner house and it's sweet shed are iconic New Melle, and are full of small town charm.  I even received streetside refreshments while painting!  What fun it is to paint in New Melle!  Painting number 5040 in 5040 days. This painting is now available at Gallery Augusta on Walnut Street, in Augusta, Missouri. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Night on 2nd Street

This watercolor batik is of a dear friend's house in Sainte Genevieve, and is a special surprise for our Mother-Daughter weekend visit to our favorite inn!  Following the starry night theme I've used for two other special paintings in the area, I paint this in multiple layers of ink, watercolor and hot wax on delicate tissue thin rice paper. The effect is luminous, and always unpredictable, making the final painting one of a kind indeed.  We had a marvelous trip full of adventures, and this painting will have a new home tomorrow as a Mother's Day gift!  Painting number 5039 in 5039 days. 

Friday, May 10, 2024

Looking Down Main Street


Sometimes, I've just got to paint a nocturne! I love painting my favorite inn at Sainte Genevieve.  Mom and I are enjoying an early Mother's Day weekend at the Main Street Inn, where the proprietor and conversation are always entertaining! Great breakfasts, shopping, dining, Chaumette Winery and a tour of the Jean Baptiste Valle House where the art of local colony artists of the 30s and 40s was displayed, suns up our brief and fun filled days.  Oh - and of course squeezed in those daily paintings!  Painting number 5038 in 5038 days. 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Night at Gallery Augusta

It was lovely to spend such a beautiful evening painting with artist friends in historic downtown Augusta, and this golden gallery was irresistible!  Using the light from a street lamp, I quickly marked out my masses with their local color.  I like to start nocturnes while there is still some blue in the sky, before it turns very dark.  This allows me to paint those hints of color that show in the shadows - while I can still see them.  As my friends painted, I finished this and another painting of the cottage across from this building, too.  It's rare to have such perfect weather, so I just had to take full advantage of it all.  Painting number 5037 in 5037 days. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Sugar Creek Afternoon

What a gorgeous day for painting at Sugar Creek Vineyard - and the light was spectacular!  Before I landed in this spot, I set up 4 other times in different locations.  First, I was looking up the vineyard trail - but the light was too washed out. Next in the vineyard on the opposite side - but another artist was already heading that way, and the composition wasn't quite right. The next two were two slightly different views of the side of this building with it's umbrellas spreading out like a blanket - but there were already 4 artists working on that view.  Each time I returned to the car, this view spoke to me.  Finally, the 5 time I listened!  I rarely waffle on a painting spot like this, but I think the strong light and shadow here pulled me right in.  Painting number 5035 in 5035 days. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Mount Pleasant Afternoon

It was a lovely day for the Premiere Artist's Paintout, full of sunshine and bright spring foliage.  This historic winery has been a favorite haunt through the years, and has changed colors three time in that span.  This color is reported to date back to an historic, original color, and is quite lively in the landscape. My last social occasion here was a celebration of my youngest daughter's upcoming wedding, with bridesmaids, sisters and moms.  There are so many memories here that it is a joy to paint here whenever I get the chance.  Painting number 5034 in 5034 days. 

Sunday, May 5, 2024

H.S. Clay House inked


I love drawing this grand B&B in Augusta with pen and ink! This place is perfect for great get-a-ways, and my family has enjoyed special times here, too. I've painted this place a few times, but never from the direct front. The lines and angles are all the fun here, and pen and ink is a wonderful, vintage medium to explore them with. This drawing is now showing at Gallery Augusta on Walnut Street, just a block away in historic old town Augusta. Painting number 5033 in 5033 days. 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Life on the Farm

This farm spread out generously, making it hard for me to decide on my scene.  Within minutes I find this sweet vignette, and soon had it finished and turned in to New Melle.  What a fun place to paint!  Painting number 5032 in 5032 days. 

Osage Ridge Morning

Today's Mystery Paint-out was high atop Osage Ridge Rd, with a breathtaking view. Standing in the shadow of a great pine, the wind blew forcefully from the south.  I had one panel left in a larger size than I wanted - and it was on an unprimed gessoed panel showing white.  Not my intended set-up, but once started, I persevered to the finish.  This painting was a hard won battle with the wind, complete with debris blowing into my eyes. The reward for this hard work was winning the Sponsor Award today, in this beautiful place, immersed in nature.  Painting number 5031 in 5031 days. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Wildflower Ridge

 I hiked to the end of the lake to find this special vantage.  My favorite TWSBI fountain pen is running out of black ink, so I used Thunderstorm by Robert Oster in another favorite pen. It's dark and chromatic, and separates when wet.  There are baby wildflowers planted all over this place, and this will be gorgeous in the coming years!  Painting number 5029 in 5029 days. 

Gallery Augusta Lit

As the lights came up in Augusta, I was drawn to this scene. As I sketched it in paint, the lights popped on across the street.  After talking to the owners, I decided to lay this one aside to work on their sweet cottage. I finished before the other artists on the street, so I came back to this one.  That gorgeous gold is a super color on the gallery, and so very paintable at night!  Painting number 5028 in 5028 days.