Monday, December 30, 2013


This week's DPW challenge is "The Root and Bulb Challenge".   As I was heading out to the grocery store it occurred to me pick up some carrots if they had any with the tops.  Luckily there were some organic carrots with the longest tops and greenery I've ever seen.   Like most vegetables they were put into the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator.  Later while working at my computer my husband approached me with the carrot tops hanging from his let me know not to store carrots with the tops on.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pink cone flower

This was painting was done over a year ago it won a ribbon at an art exhibit.  It was painted in my Flemish style and not sure how it got missed but here it is.  It is only  5 x 7 inches however you can see the detail from 40 feet away.  The juror noted that it was a small painting yet really caught her eye.

Today was 46 degrees, sunny, snowy, perfect to paint plein air.   So skipped out of the studio to enjoy the outdoors.  Hope everyone was able to get some fresh air today.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rosebud 2

I was feeling melancholy thinking about my Brother and Mother.  So may this rose represent those lost but not forgotten and to take time reminiscing., it felt great. 

 It was only a bud it never blossomed yet managed to be outstanding.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


What a way to start your day.  This was the beginning to my creation ""a bowl of breakfast.   In a bowl put a layer of fried hash browns, cooked scrambled eggs, then add sauteed onion, green pepper, bacon or sausage, tomatoes and whatever else you have.  Top this with cheddar cheese and melt the cheese in the microwave and enjoy.  Over the summer the Hammy Slammy became my favorite breakfast to buy when traveling.   Guess what the only difference was it had ham my choice of meat for breakfast when eating out.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Persimmon 1

Other artist have been painting these and my recent grocery store visit prompted me to try this fruit.  The lovely reds and oranges are my favorite colors to paint and this fruit is pretty interesting.  It seems rather confusing to determine when it's ripe.  My problem, a couple of years ago I lost my smell and taste so my husband will have to do the tasting.  It's amazing how foods make your glands react  sour, bitter, and salty is easy for me to without the taste.   Most foods are in my memory and I enjoy eating them, only if I stop and think do I get disappointed.  This fruit is not in my memory so not sure how this will end.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snowman sledding 2

What do I collect....snowman, it happened by accident it wasn't a conscious effort.  After many years it dawned on me, I purchase a snowman of one kind or another each year for myself.  These have become my subjects for my Christmas Cards.  Hope you enjoy these happy snow lovers who visit during winter and the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rose bud 1

What a struggle to get the light hitting this correctly.  The thing about painting sometimes you must walk away.  This is what happened with this painting today it is a success yesterday it seemed like a failure.  Darn good thing it was so pretty as a bud it's wilting and not going to open.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cantaloupe 1

Not sure where this melon came from, it lacked flavor, this didn't surprise me, this is not the time of year to buy melons in Michigan.  Although Pinckney is my home town, Howell is just North of me, they celebrate melons with an annual festival, we take them pretty serious around these parts.  Melon slices make a great painting bringing back memories of warm summer days.  This could really cheer someone up over the winter months.