Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Marsh Lake, YT Canada - plein air to studio painting (1)

you can click on that link to learn more.

As we made our way to Whitehorse I spotted a good wide place along the road
 with a good view of the lake and distant hills, and a great sky. 

We stopped and I made a quick pencil sketch of the scene:

And a quick painting sketch as well:

Marsh Lake, Yukon Territories, Canada            8 x 10 inches       oil on Multimedia Art Board

At home, to get the feel of the sketch again, put some watercolor in a little sketchbook.

Next post will be 
more progress for the painting
 "Marsh Lake, YT" (not sure of title quite yet).

Thank you so much for checking in to this blog!


Bear Glacier, British Columbia - plein air to studio painting -

In May, we flew to Seattle to visit family 
and retrieve our pickup. 
We drove home to Juneau 
via the Cassiar Hwy, Alcan 
Skagway, AK.

 I painted a few times along the way.

One place we had always wanted to visit
 is Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK 
so we made the left turn at Highway 37A 
from Meziadin Junction at Milepost J 97.5.

We "ran into" the beautiful Bear Glacier, in British Columbia:

and I made a quick pencil and painting sketch:

Bear Glacier, BC   pencil  5 x 4"

Bear Glacier, BC    oil on linen plein air sketch    8 x 6 inches   
Matt took a couple of photos 
while I was working (it was pretty chilly, 
so I am bundled up):

Back home, found a piece of Masonite that I had gessoed black.
Sketched in general guides with my pastel pencil.

And ... the result:

Bear Glacier, BC    oil on Masonite panel  18 x 11.75

Thank you so much for viewing! 
Hope you are all having a good summer - 
Solstice is almost here!


Peaks - 11th of 11 paintings from the JAHC March show

This, my last painting from the show,
 was born from a failed landscape.

Peaks     Oil on canvas panel   8 x 10 inches

I made a larger painting, with Peaks in mind that I will share on my next blog post.

The artist statement for our show 
was a poem made from some of the titles 
we were tossing out there as possibilities.

With kaleidoscope eyes

shapeshifters escape artists,

unlearn how the light

gets in optic verve,

taking chances, eyes wide

  open  — poetry of space.

Our Kaleidoscope Eyes title fit our show well. 
Here are a couple of shots of some paintings on the gallery wall.

Here are the three of us!

Timi, Teri, Barbara

Thank you for following along!


Blaze - 10th of 11 paintings in the JAHC March show

There is not much story for Blaze
I did use oil sticks and a lot of experimenting. 
Worked on it for longer than any of the others. 
I like that it looks as it there is a fire inside a cave 
and to me it looks like there is a waterline reflecting some of it.

Blaze       Oil on canvas panel    12 x 9 inches

Here it is in its frame.

There is one more, which I am posting very soon!

Thank you so much for viewing my art!


Lost Horizon III - 9th of 11 paintings in the March JAHC show

The abstracted landscape. 

Van Gogh did it.

 Turner did it. 

Many painters abstracted what their eyes saw - 
or maybe some people actually see that way? ...

Whatever the case, I also had a goal to abstract a landscape
and the following shots show some of the process for Lost Horizon III.

Color slapped on.

Adding texture in places with acrylic crackle paste.

Almost there ... it needed something ... there was energy ...

It needed still more action! Got my arm & body into it.

Lost Horizon III        2017   Oil on wood panel   30 x 36 inches

Thanks so very much for viewing my art!


Lost Horizon II - 8th of 11 paintings in the March JAHC show

What is a lost horizon? What is a lost edge?

Lost Horizon II        Oil on wood panel    30 x 36 inches

This is an abstracted painting - lost and soft edges are everywhere!

To define lost, soft and hard edges  *THIS* post
 by Lori Woodward in FineArtViews does a very good job.

In the finished painting above, the hardest edges are in the trees on the right, the old pilings
 and -kind of- at the waterline at the left more distant view.

There is no horizon line and that was my inspiration. 
The day I viewed this scene, the light was flat, and it truly looked like the sky and water merged. 
I loved it.

Photo (taken by my husband) from that hazy, flat light day:

This little painting sketch is my original Lost Horizon.
Lost Horizon      oil on wood panel    5 x 6 inches

 These photos follow the process of my large painting. One of my goals 
was to use acrylic molding paste in this painting for texture on the beach.

First sketch on the 30 x 36. Used a white pastel pencil.

Modeling paste smeared on

Defining the shapes of the land masses, trees, water and sky

Adding some color

Trying to keep the feeling of the small painting

Almost finished 
I was stuck here for  awhile. The atmosphere was not where I wanted it.

Then it hit me to just smear 
with a large spackling/drywall-trowel/straight-edge thing
loaded with paint. 
I took a couple of deep breaths 
and said "it's only paint" and smeared away.

It was what I wanted.

Another goal for our group show was to get even more abstract. This was harder than it seemed.
So, I tried it - stay tuned for more Lost Horizon on my next post.

Thank you so much for viewing my art.


JAHC Gallery Show 7th of 11 paintings

This abstract painting was one of those, 
"I would like to use THIS beautiful color in this painting" 
which is Azo Coral by M Graham
- and so it happened.

I don't have any progress shots of this one ...

Overflow       2016  Oil on canvas panel    10 x 8 inches

... but I do have a photo of it in the frame.

Black frame with an incised line painted iridescent greenish gold.
Overflow has a new home with my friend and fellow artist, who is in this group show with me:

  Timi Johnson (that link is her website) - 
because we made an artist trade! 

I have her wonderful painting, "Rise"  - below:

Rise      2017  Timi Johnson   Oil on panel   4 x 4 inches

This is magnificent in b & w as well!

Here is the painting in its frame (made by my hubby) but the frame design was by Timi:


Thank you Timi!

And thank you to everyone who are following along on the art blog journey,
I appreciate it so much!


JAHC Gallery Show 6th of 11 paintings

Each of us had 10 or 11 paintings in the March exhibit.

We culled many from our first once-over before we hung the show.
We were going to try the "less is more" approach. (By the way, it worked!)

This painting, Fiat II, is the large one inspired by Fiat, 8 x 6 inches (see last week's post). 
Since I did take some process/progress photos, I will post them for those who may be interested.

1st sketch with graphite, ~ 9 x 5 inches
Underneath this in my sketchbook I have written, 
"The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten." 

 ... unfortunately, I didn't record who said it.

This board  is actually a cradled support (made by my husband xoxoxo).
It is 48 x 24 inches! ... there will be no frame.
I sketched a bit of a grid and the first lines in white pastel pencil.

The following are progress shots of what happened during the painting of this painting.

Fiat II    Oil on wood panel    48 x 24 inches

- detail -

This painting was the last one that I finished for the show. 

It was very hard to get a good photo of it, so there is kind of glare at the top ... so I may try again when I can take it outside.

We take the show down tomorrow, but I will keep posting the rest of the paintings that I had there.
Thank you so much for viewing my art!