Friday, January 31, 2014

Day 31 - Year of The Horse

Happy New Year - Chinese New Year, it goes from January 31, 2014 to February 18, 2015. It is a Lunar New Year and the year of the Wood Horse. There are 12 animals in the cycle that interact with 5 elements, wood, metal, fire, water and earth.

The horse has a ying-yang influence. The horse is a symbol of power, it can promote action or be supportive.

Since this is Day 31 of January and Rick suggested that I should wrap of the 30-30 challenge with a 31st painting...which I had already done because I did two owls on the one day. But, since it is the year of the horse, I did a little mixed medium piece last night.

Rick's Roundup - mixed medium on wine stained paper

Thursday, January 30, 2014


"The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself." Steve Martin

I have surprised myself this month. Doing the 30 paintings in 30 days has kept be very focused, very busy and surprised at all that I  accomplished. I have stated before I do not really get a painting a day done, I work on several backgrounds at a time. I find it usually takes me 3 days to do these little oils. The pastels vary between 1 1/2 - 2 days for these little works. All in all it has been a very good month.

Yesterday, was a nice surprise too. The steaming process that is attributed to Degas techniques worked pretty well. Ruth & I started by putting a ground with texture, pumice or aluminum oxide to a gel medium or gesso. After that was dry we started our paintings with soft stick pastels, blocking in the colors. To the steamer, we used a clothing steamer. You need to watch for it dripping and spitting water.

Degas used a palette knife and or brush to push the pastel around in this state. It becomes a thick watercolor. Once it dries it is back to powder again but the texture remains. Continuing on we added details, steam a second time, the colors darken as it steams but return pretty close to what was applied. The whites are lost some but not near as much as I thought. One more application of details a final steaming.

After the paintings dried in the sun, we sprayed them with UV Protective sealer, 2-3 coats, then Used Matt Spray around 4 good sprays, may require more depending on how heavy the application of pastels is on the individual painting. Check in between sprays on each: dark, bright and light area. Different pastels dry differently. Once we were done with the spraying the works are sealed and protected.

It was a good day. I did two drawings with my experiment, used the same image but did one on the primed canvas and one on Rives BFK which I had mounted on a canvas board. They both worked beautifully.

Today is the final day of 30-30 and the beginning of paper making.

Ruth painting in soft pastels, after 1st steaming

Ruth's pastel painting, finished after steaming and sealing

Ruth steaming one of her pastels

Linda's soft pastel on primed canvas

Linda's soft pastel on Rives BFK paper

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Science, Pastels & Degas

Today I am playing the Mad Scientist, along with a fellow artist, Ruth. A couple years ago I started reading about sealing pastels so they could be framed without glass. I have been experimenting off and on since then. Trying to find a way to keep the pastels detail that I love so much, not darken the color of the pigments and display the finished works without glass.

I have not found a lot of information about this technique used by Degas on his pastels. But, apparently he liked to experiment too. He mixed up his techniques, sometimes creating a print then working on top of the print. He used a special fixative from what I have read no one knows the recipe for and then he also used a steaming technique. He worked in layers, steaming and fixing in-between each layer.

Today I will channel my inner Degas, well, at least I am going to try the steaming technique. I have no idea what will come out of this as I have not seen it done before.

More tomorrow, pass or fail, it is always good to try something new...

Edward Degas, dancer 1

Edward Degas - crimson

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Down The Drain

Sometimes it doesn't work - what you say - sometimes the hand does not do what the mind is trying to get it to do, so in those moments you need to cut bait!

The little giraffe I did for Day 27 was not what I started with, in fact I was not planning to do a giraffe at all. I spent the morning printing out pictures for future works. I often use more than one picture for my paintings to get all the colors, and details. I had printed out several giraffe images to do a study with multiple images on one page. But, the one picture had such a funny expression I got pulled in and started working on a new piece. After working on it for a couple hours it became apparent that this will be my piece for today. Or so I thought. I kept working on it the angle and tilt of the head was hard but the chin and neck became the real problem. I was pushing now to see if I could do a direct painting all in one day, using all the did not work. I started making lovely shades of gray, making mud on my painting.

Hmmmm! These are water-based oil paints, which means they clean up with soap and water. What would happen if I just ran water over the canvas??? I did just that, with a little help from a nail brush the paint went down the drain. There was a light tint of color and some of the coffee stain was still there. A good place to start. I took my hair drier gave it a quick dry and back to the drawing table. I tried to convince myself to just do a line drawing and let it be, but no I had a little paint left over. I added a light wash of color to tone the giraffe but then it seemed too dull. So, pulled out my liner brush and added a few, many a few too many lines. Done, at least I was calling it done.

It was a long afternoon and it did not end up where I thought I was going. That is the interesting part of being an artist sometimes you have to just go with the flow, even if it takes you over the waterfalls. Putting the oils away for a couple days to experiment with pastels and set up paper making. Just 3 more paintings to go to complete the 30-30 I am too close now not to finish, no idea what today holds, guess we will all see tonight!

Day 27 - "Take Two" oil on coffee stained canvas

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Words and Music

Today will be filled with music, I listen to music when I am working, sometimes I need the words to sing along as I am organizing the studio, painting or working on the computer. Today will be filled with numbers too, doing the computer thing putting income and expenses on excel spreadsheet. Doing math stuff, I may need classical or jazz, maybe a little Miles Davis.

Trying to wrap up all the business of art today. This will free up the week as I move into paper making. Along with bringing the 30-30 to a close. Just 5 more paintings to go! I must admit I am happy that I was able to keep up. I confirmed that I really don't get one painting done in a day. I do several backgrounds in one day, pick one or two to block in dark's, and one to finish sometime that week. The advantage to pastels is no wait time for drying, I still like that.

As I was starting the 30-30 we had Chinese carry-out for dinner. One of the fortunes read - "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity". It rang true, as I had a stack of canvases, paper prepared, pastels and paints on my drawing tables and pictures printed as references. I did vary some of the images as I went along. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

The second fortune, "Only one who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible". Painting 30 paintings in 30 days was a bit absurd but I am coming to a close to achieving the impossible. Now to take this experiences, increase the size of the canvases/papers and work at getting one or two paintings done a week.

Thanks everyone for all the encouragement along this challenge. It has helped make this fun and giving me the push I needed.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Just A Reminder...

This month has gone by quickly. Which is not unusual when one stays busy and focused. Just a reminder of what is going on today and next week.

The Artist of Scottsdale Ranch will have the annual show at the Community Center, 100th St. & Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ from 10 - 5 TODAY! If you are in the area come on by and see all the original artwork on sale and for the silent auction. Some amazing deals are to be had at the auction. The artists have donated their work and 100% of the money raised goes to benefit two charities: Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and the Friends of Animals Control & Rescue. Just a reminder that if you would like to have "Funny Face" you can send me an e-mail with your bid, if you bid the full value $200.00 the bidding stops there and it is yours, just a thought! E-mail me at bidding goes through 4:45 PM AZ time, 6:45 EST.

Next week - making paper at the studio in AZ, more on that but if you are interested you can always e-mail me question or check the web site under workshops/shows.

And in less that a week we wrap up the 30-30 challenge. Can't wait to see what I can create in these next few days!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's never really just Black & White

Looking over the collection of work I have been doing for this 30-30 challenge and my work in general. I seem to deal a lot with Black & White images (animals) which are not really black and or white. I won't go into the whole science of color thing but the basis is black is all colors mixed together and white is the absences of color. When you look at black you can often see one color as the major player, generally blue, often blue-purple, or sometimes a brown shade (red). As black fades in fabric the predominant comes comes forward. White reflects and absorbs colors well, depending on what other colors are near it, white can become a full spectrum of color. Kind of like silver, when you are painting silver or reflective surfaces you are not painting the color silver you are painting the colors that reflect off of the shiny surface. With black & white, you never really just paint those two colors. In some of my works, the black is really just a mix of the colors creating that dark feel.

Gray, well, it is not really black & white mixed together. The elephant I did in oil did not use black in any of those grays. They were created by mixing complimentary colors together.

So, next time you look at a black and white painting, look at how many colors you really see.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For The Elephants

This winter has been a bit busy. I enjoy reading but usually it is at the end of the day. Over the last couple of months I have been lucky to get in a couple of pages before retiring for the night. I have been slowly reading, "Love, Life, and Elephants, an African love story" by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. It is a true story of a European family traveling to Africa, settling there, farming, growing up and learning to live with not only elephants but many other native animals.

The story starts from the beginning, how Dame Daphne Sheldrick came to Africa. Her family moved to Kenya and she tells in great detail how she became involved in the creation of the National Park systems. Plus, how she, her family and extended family raised orphan animals, including elephants, rhinos, zebra, antelopes and any other wildlife that came to them. Raising them with the intent of them returning to the wild, which generally they did.

I think reading this book a little at a time was a good thing. It keeps Africa fresh in my mind. It has me going back over my photographs and painting from the memories of seeing the animals in their native home. It has inspired me to do more research and to want to return to Africa once again. This link will take you to a slide show.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

By The Numbers

Math, numbers, when you think of art, artists, you generally do not think of Arithmetic. How's that for old word of the day?  I realized once I got out of school, that math is use in so many ways. An artist will often break the process of painting/drawing down into mathematical formulas. The theory of 3's, use of triangles, creating a grid, division within a painting, or even the mixing of colors, medium ration to pigment. Most of these things we learn but do not think of them as math. We do not take a math class to teach us these techniques, we paint, we draw and we incorporate them into our work.

After the works are created then we have to deal with the other form of math. The real numbers to paper kind of math. It is always a battle to figure out how much to price art for sale.

Once the art is sold, there is the tax man, doing sales tax, which is what I was doing yesterday. Setting up "excel" for income & expenses for State & Federal taxes. Learning to use things like the "Square" or "PayPal". Lots of applications for arithmetic.

And to wrap it all up, there is the math that comes along with framing. This is when an artists learns quickly about fractions. I use to create my art and not think about the size. Then I started doing my own framing, cutting mats and ordering custom frames, not the way to go.

Today, I will continuing doing it by the numbers, wrapping up expenses today, always depressing. I will use division today, this morning is the business of art, but this afternoon is devoted to the creating of art.

The image for today is a study using math to help me with the proportions and composition. Figured you would rather see that then a picture of a spread sheet and calculator.

Monday, January 20, 2014

What's Going On...

What's going on, lots and lots of art, as you know we are still rolling with the 30-30 challenge. Some days are much easier then others. Coming up this Sat., Jan. 25th from 10 - 5, I will join the Artists of Scottsdale Ranch at the annual show & silent auction. Located at the Community Center right on the corner of 100th St. & Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ. If you are in town come on by and see us, rain or shine, from the looks of it should be mostly sunny and mid-70's.

The 20 artists that are in this show donate original art work for the silent auction. There are two that we donated work for: Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Maricopa County Animal Control & Rescue. There will be some great deals on art work to be had, some have minimum bids, some do not, you could walk away with an original painting for less then $50.00 and 100% of the money goes to the charities.

Shortly after this show I will again open my studio for - you guessed it - paper making. Starting Thursday, Jan. 30 - 31 & Feb. 1 - 2 from noon to 4 PM. My studio will be set up for recycled paper making. The fees are minimal and if you purchase anything from the studio, anything at all, prints, books, or framed originals the fee is waived. For one day of paper making cost is $30, two days $55, three days $80 and all four $100. Each day I will introduce the basic techniques on making paper, plus each day a new/different technique to include with your paper making. Super Sunday Feb. 2nd 50% of the fees will go towards scholar ships for art students. Space is limited so if you would like to come by please e-mail me at:

Today paper work, getting tax stuff ready, making post cards, packing art to ship and organizing for the show this weekend. What's going on today is the business of art and with a little luck we might get to paint a little too!

Jan. 25th - 10 - 5 

Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 1-2 noon - 4

Saturday, January 18, 2014

More or Less

This 30 paintings in 30 days is not exactly as it sounds. Many of you know that I generally do not work fast and I like details. One of the reasons I signed up to do this challenge was to help me work each day, to loosen up a little, and to reintroduce myself to oils.

In getting into the oils I found that like pastels I work better with a abstract background. If I try drawing or painting directly from life or pictures, I see too much information. I get overwhelmed with all of the details, too many plants, too many leaves, too many rocks, you get the picture. I have started a piece in plein air and found it looks awful. If working in pastels I literally rub it all together to create a background. From there I can either block it with a light drawing using either black or white charcoal and my handy eraser starts to pull the lights out. Then I go for the blues and purples adding in the dark areas. At this point I am ready to get to the serious work, the details.

With oil painting it is kind of the same, I take what is left on the palette at the end of the day and tone canvases. What ever colors are there become the background. When they dry in a couple days, I look at them to see what images will they become. That is how the rhino and elephant pieces came about. I try to use the background as part of the painting and not hide it all. Once, I lightly draw in the image, I block in colors and finish with the details. Although, once I block in colors I sometimes need to wait to add the lights and details another day.

What it all comes down to for me is I more or less get a piece done in a day or three. So, the painting a day may have been started earlier in the week. The gorilla piece was a toned paper that had been sitting in my flat files for literally years waiting for me to see what it would be, one morning as I was pulling out works in progress, picture references, and that piece of toned paper, it all came together. Once I got it started it truly was done in a day but for me that does not often happen.

Just thought I would explain some of these crazy processes as so many have ask, how can you do a painting a day. Well, more or less, getting a painting done each day but it may not have been started that same day.

To view all the painting to date, you can go to my web site:
To see all the artists taking place in this challenge click on the 30-30 link on this blog and it will take you to Leslie Saeta's blog and you can scroll through each day, hundreds of paintings that are posted.

Day 18 - "Black Swan" pastel on black paper, I started this piece some time ago with a light sketch and then it just sat for a long while. Over a couple of days I finally got it done. It is a small piece 4x6 inches.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The other day while talking to my son, John he was saying that even though he has a fair amount of art on his walls he still has room for more "Garnish". I liked that word, art garnishes his apartment, it is that little something extra that pulls it all together that gives it the finishing touches.

If you are interested in garnishing your home with something from the 30-30 up until the 25th most of the works are on sale. I am offering a special price for the oils just $200.00 as of the 25th the price goes up to $300.00 unframed. The pastels will vary a little starting at $150.00 going up to $200.00, some will have handmade papers mounted on the edges or will have matting to protect, on the 25th they may be framed for a show in AZ. At that point the pastels go up in price from $175 to $3000.00 some with frames.

There is one exception the first painting I did for this challenge "funny face" goes up for auction at the show on the 25th. This money raised from this piece goes to Animal Control & Rescue program. The starting bid is $40.00 and sale price is $200.00 it is a 6x6 canvas 1 1/2 inches deep. If you are interested in this piece let me know you can either go on the bid sheet or if you pay the full $200.00 it will go to the auction as sold with 100% of the money going to the charity.

A little garnish here and there is a good thing. If you are in AZ Jan. 25th come on by and see the show. There will be 20 artist and 30-40 pieces of art donated by the artist for the auctions. We are located at 100th St. and Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ at the Community Center in Scottsdale Ranch right by Lake Serena. We are there 10-5 rain or shine, the show is inside and on an outside cover patio area.

If you are interested in something just e-mail me at or to see more works go to my web site:

Day 1 - "funny face' oil in canvas $200.00 for charity

Day - "fly away" - pastel on sanded paper, this will be mounted on black surrounded with white mat to 6x6 framed $175.00 until 1-25-14 includes shipping. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Art & The Animal

Tom Altenburg's painting "Silent Landing"
While in Tucson we always go to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Which happens to include the Ironwood Art Gallery. This year starts with "Art & The Animal", works from the Society of Animal Artists.

The show includes some of the finest wildlife artists around. This is part of a larger show, which started in Bennington, VT. The works at Ironwood Gallery are selected to travel to several locations around the country. Some of the artists included in this show are: Robert Bateman, Ruth Ray, who was at the opening reception, Tom Altenburg, whose work, "Silent Landing" was on the poster for the show and Heather Soos, "Forest of Gaints" kept you searching for the small birds within her painting.

The show represented most of the mediums. Although there were pastels in the main show, none made the cut for the traveling show. There was a charcoal drawing, some graphite works, watercolors all framed under glass. The bulk of the show were oil, acrylic paintings and sculptures.

As I spoke to people at the show, there was interest in an upcoming pastel show. Business cards were exchanged and conversations of favor subject matters. It was a good afternoon and a lovely way to end our visit to the AZ Sonora Desert Museum, whose name I always have trouble remember.  Here is the link to the Society of Animal Artists if you would like to learn more about the organization. And a link to the desert museum for when you plan you trip to Tucson.

A few of the works from the SAA show in Tucson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wolf Moon

Everything has a name, each full moon has it's own name, or several of them. The Farmer's Almanac states that these names came from Native American tribes. Often each tribe would have their own name for the full moon. The naming of the moons was a way of keeping track of the seasonal changes.

This is the first full moon of 2014, the Wolf Moon, as the tribes would hear the wolves howling under the moon. It was also called Old Man Moon, First Yule Moon and sometimes Snow Moon but later that name was given to the moon in February.

I could not find the image I wanted to post but did find a wolf small pastel on black paper and a full moon photograph.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Working On Weekends

Most artists work on the weekends, doing shows, prep work, mental work, computer work, physical painting and drawing work. There have been times when Rick will ask why I am so quite? Especially when we are on the road. It is usually because I am doing what I call drawing in my head. Working on projects to come, color, design, even medium. I always have ideas and for the most part what I see in my head is what comes out on paper.

This past weekend we did our traditional get away to Tucson. One of my favorite places is the Living Desert Museum. They have a new young mountain lion this year. He was a joy to watch, jumping up into a tree, which looked like he had not done before and then not so gracefully getting out of the tree. The free flight of raptors and the hummingbird aviary, where they are busy building nests.

I did try to sketch the mountain lion but only got very quick gestures. I just take pictures of the birds as they are way to fast to even think about drawing. But, I was able to take a few moments each day and do a little plein air drawing. Which I then used for the 30-30 but today we are back to the easel. Trying to wrap up two that I started last week. Plus, lots more paintings to come.

While we were at the Living Desert we got to see the "Animals in Art" show...more on that another day.

View of Tucson city night lights

Mountain Lion - up a tree

Falcon - free flight

Monday, January 13, 2014

Eclectic choices

Hiking around in the woods in search of nature's little treasures isn't very practical these days.  With mud, ice, slippery ground and things pounded down by snow and rain, the subjects for painting are few and far between.  So I'm relying on my files of hundreds of know, the ones you took because "I think I'll do a painting of that someday"....  Well, I think that day is here.  I've discovered lots of images that I had forgotten about and others that I wondered ...'what was I thinking'....  But I've pulled out a few and am putting them to use. 
The last few days I've used a photo of a Great Horned Owl that I took at the Living Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.  Also, a basket of apples from a roadside market, probably somewhere local.  And some sunflowers....just because I hadn't seen the sun in days. 
Ah, January in the mid-Atlantic!! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hacked??? Please Read

Strange stuff going on, tried to post my image for the 30-30 last night and got this strange picture pop up instead of mine. It was a picture of a note written on it "Merry, you've been hacked". What does this mean? Since I am posting the image to someone else's site and it is through a link that does the downloads I was not sure exacly who was being hacked. 
But, sent everyone a note and trying to let as many know as possible just I case this "hacker" gets to my accounts, files, etc. 
If anyone sees anything strange from me please let me know. Hopefully this gets corrected quickly!

Friday, January 10, 2014

On The Road Again....

Today is Day 10 of the 30 day challenge, since we were on the road and the surface was not that smooth no drawing in a moving car today. I did a little pastel sketch from our room - "Tucson View" - it is on handmade paper, texture is rough, which is okay for pastels, it was a fun little piece to do for a day on the road. We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Marilu is rolling right alone with her works too. I saw on her FB post that she did a birds nest with eggs. I pulled out a picture this morning of a birds nest thinking I might try one in oil! Great minds!!

LHP - pastel on handmade paper "Tucson View"

Marilu Tousignaut

Marilu Tousignaut

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Being an artist is about being flexible. I often say, life gets in the way, when it does you just have to have a little flexibility. There will always be things that alter the direction you are going. So, we alter what we are doing. I have been working on a couple of pieces. One is an oil and it needs to be done in layers. That requires drying time, so that puts me behind a day in my 30-30 challenge. I am also working on a portrait of a dog, it is a special piece and the details need to be right. There are times when you don't need to have everything perfect but when you are doing an animal that you know well - it needs to be right. Starting a small pastel that will help with the transition to a larger piece. Again, another image, another day behind.

Since, I had some paint left on my palette I decide I would use what was there to do my painting for today. Not my favorite piece but it is done. The two other pieces will come along some time next week. The weekend may be more sketches, then full out paintings. You just never know what will happen. I am armed with pastels, watercolors, paper, photos as needed for reference or possible a little plein air work may happen. It is all about being flexible...

African bird, oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Sometimes a piece is as easy as 1-2-3. I knew this afternoon would be difficult to get any work done. I took my morning coffee and went into the studio. As I was going through my file of papers and canvases that are pre-pared for something to happen I came across a brown toned paper. Hmm, what can I do with that? Then I found an old copy I had printed off years ago, the images came out very pixelated, is that a word?  But, it was lacking detail and just the image to work with that little brown toned paper.

"Silver Back" pastel, with B&W charcoal - 3

pastel using eraser in reductive technique - 2

toned paper, quick sketch with white charcoal - 1

Monday, January 6, 2014

30-30 Getting Harder

The 30-30 challenge is getting a little harder. I found that the oils are something I don't do well in one day, I prefer to do the dark under-painting and background and then let them dry before adding the light colors. So, have one underway and a second with background color in place.

In between those I am doing pastels. One of the reasons I love working in pastel is you can just keep working without having to wait for drying time.  Of course I also love the detail I can get with pastel pencils. I am trying not to get to fixed on the details with this project. But, I also want my work to represent me and to be a good piece.

Plus, there are other projects in the works, bigger pieces of art that will take longer then one day and require a fair amount of detail. I am enjoying the focus and the hands on work each day. I will work hard and not stress if I don't get one done. So far, so good!

Day 6 - pastel on coffee stained paper, still need to finalize the bright whites and bump up the dark's, almost done...title: "woooo me" size 8x10.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Miss Direction

I started out this morning on the computer planning to create a watermark for photos and artwork that I post on line. I had one set up and used it for a while but somewhere it disappeared as things tend to do on computers. I know not where they go but they must be flying around in cyber space somewhere.

Already I am misdirected, I never did make the new watermark but I will and soon. Instead I started organizing photo files. At the beginning of each year I try to put all the show files into one big folder so that I know what went where that year. A kind of visual inventory. In doing this I got looking at photos that I want to use for art work this year. I started making folders for birds, skies, places, etc. I do get easily distracted and misdirected.

But, here are a few photos I ran across, who knows they may end up in the 30-30 challenge...

Friday, January 3, 2014

1 - 2 - 3 of 30

I hope I'm finally on track.  Power is restored and the snow is melting, albeit slowly in the wind and cold temperatures.  Today's sunshine was lovely to see at least. 
With this project I'm straying from my usual and comfortable medium of scratchboard.  For one thing, the scratchboards take a lot more time to complete than I'm allowing myself in the 30-in-30. 
So I've reverted to watercolor and pencils - colored and pastel.

#1 is a quick watercolor with a little pen & ink.  The tree is what I see every morning out my kitchen window. 
#2 is a little holiday ornament done in pastel pencil.  I found it in my mother's things when I cleared out her apartment a few years ago.  I had given it to her several years before.  Now it sits somewhere in my kitchen every Christmas season. 
With painting #3, I have returned to my comfort zone of birds.  Feathered creatures have been a large part of the focus of my work for the last year or two.  This piece has the small twist of being a limited palette of primary colors - cadmium red light, cadmium yellow pale and ultramarine other colors were used.

I'm still feeling my way through this project of 30 paintings in 30 days.  It's a good thing for an artist to do, but it's not my usual way of working.  While I've been known to finish a small scratchboard in one sitting, I generally take several days to complete a piece.  So this truly is a challenge for me.   But I think I'm up for it....I'll let you know January 30th.  So stay tuned....Linda and I are on a roll....


3 Dog Nite

Well, three dog week anyway...since I had a couple of projects that were dog related I started the 30-30 off with dogs. Today is number 3 and that will be it for a little bit. Next Africa is calling!

Marilu being on the east coast was having some problem with power - like not having any because of snow. So, she could not post her pictures. As of today I do have two of her images, waiting on the third and as I get them I am keeping them in a file to make that slide show at the end of all this adventure.

I am trying to get a little ahead of the game as there will be some times when I am on the road. Oil paints won't work well for in car art but pastels do just fine. So, I will continue with the oils but will fill in-between with soft pastels.

Marilu is working with watercolor, color pencils and may do a few scratchboards. It has got both of us very focused. We should have lots of small pieces for shows this year.

We just set the dates for the Fine Arts in the Valley show, mark your calendars: Opening reception will be October 17th from 6 - 9 PM, October 18-19 and October 25-26 the show will be open from 11 - 6.

The year is already starting to fill up with lots of shows and workshops.

Day 3 - "just thinkin" lhp

Day 1 - Marilu
Day 2 - Marilu

What's That Sound???

You know you are in Wyoming when you wake to the sound of horses. With limited wi-fi service it has been a lot harder to get blogs written a...