"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas

My nephew got married in the Salt Lake Temple this month, and so I decided to paint him a picture of the temple with the Christmas lights.  When I started it I was not sure I would be able to pull it off, but I really like it.  I've enjoyed looking at it this month an feel like it does pay tribute to the Savior as the light of the world.  I'm a bit humbled by that.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Marsh--again

I just love the marsh, so I painted it again.  This time the colors are a little more subtle and, I think, a little more natural.

A painting a day has been eclipsed by holiday preparations.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I've seen several paintings online that use glass in a still life and have been been interested in trying my hand at it.  It looked hard, and it was a little tricky, but I think I'll try it again.  I'd like to master it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Frankfurt Temple

I did this painting for a friend of mine who was married in the Frankfurt Temple.  It's a surprise, but I'm pretty sure it will remain a surprise even though I've posted it on my blog. It was a challenge to make the greens interesting since, with the roof, there is so much green in this painting.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Seagulls on Edisto Beach, SC

Often when I ask my husband, "What does this painting need?" he answers, "You should paint a bird in it."  So, when he saw this painting he liked it immediately.  "Finally," he said, "you painted some birds."

Friday, October 23, 2015


I really enjoyed shaping these tomatoes with brushstrokes of color.  It seemed like less work than it did to paint some tomatoes from my garden from a photo that I took a month a go.  That surprised me.  I thought a photo would always be easier. (The basket is a sweetgrass basket from Charleston, SC)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Green Pepper

I was so excited to see that there are peppers still growing in my garden! Soon after I started painting this it seemed that it was not going to work out at all.  I just threw caution to the wind and put down bold strokes.  Voila!  It looks a little Van Gogh-ish, and I like it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mont San Michel at Night

Painting a night sky was difficult.  I'll have to work on it again.  But I loved painting the lights on the city.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lemon on a Plate

I did this early this morning because I have limited painting time today, and I want to be as "daily" as I can.  It was harder than I expected--and it turned out a bit Cezanne-ist.  I'll have to try a lemon again another time.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's Been a Very Long Time

I'm just going to post some of the paintings I have done in the last YEAR AND A HALF since I've posted anything.

Just in the last couple of months I have become interested in the daily painting movement.  These next paintings are small (5x5 or 6x6) and were mostly done in one sitting--around and hour or two.