Day 30 ~ Road to Gray’s Peak

With a deep sigh of accomplishment… I finished the challenge. Seeing all the photos of the aspens turning their golden yellow hue prompted me to pull out an old photo I had of the road to Gray’s peak. I miss Colorado so much, but I am thankful for the time that we were able to spend there hiking in the mountains.


10″ x  20″ oil on linen

Thank you all for all the encouragement. 🙂


Day 29 ~ Mini Autumn Rose Bouquet

One more day… I feel like I’ve been climbing a 14er and I’m almost to the top, but I’m not sure I can make the last 14 feet…

I think I can do it, and I’m amazed…  I’m only short one painting and that’s okay.


4″ x 4″ oil on mini canvas


Here it is with the little easel…


Day 28 ~ Pure Joy

I’m having so much fun on Instagram. I find artists that encourage me and inspire me and so many wonderful people who share their own life experiences, plus my own children, who I don’t see all the time what they are doing, so posting a picture keeps me up on their activities. This painting was inspired from a friend I haven’t seen for a long time. Her mother was my midwife and delivered 6 of my 9 children. Because of Instagram I get to see a little of what is going on in their lives even though they live faraway.


11″ x 14″ oil on linen

I loved this picture the minute I saw it, and asked her if I could paint it…pure joy!!!

Day 25 ~ Prolific Pansies

This painting has been sitting in my unfinished stash for at least 9 months. What is it about these unfinished paintings that is so hard to complete? All month I’ve been seeing it out of the corner of my eye, occasionally picking it up and scrutinizing it… Finally I decided today to finish it up and post it …


8″ x 16″ oil on canvas


Day 24 ~ Headed to the Mountains

I love the view of the mountains as you are drawing close to them. To get to the mountains from where I live is a long grueling trip through the prairie. So that first glimpse is precious. This is actually on Highway 159 going north from New Mexico. This is a work in progress,  as I still have to put more layers on the clouds…


12″ x  12″ oil on panel

Day 23 ~ Texas Skip 1936

We have a very dear friend whose  grand-mother was a trickroper and she passed on this legacy to her grand-children and even her great grand-children. I asked her for a photo of her grandmother so I could try and paint her. This is the photo she sent me…


This is what she told me about this photo… “This photo was taken by R.R. Doubleday who was the best rodeo photographer of the time. He said this was the best picture he ever got of someone doing the Texas Skip. The rope was in the right spot, both feet are off the ground, and she’s smiling big! It all happens so fast it’s near impossible to get a good shot of that trick. Grandma was 16 when this was taken. That would’ve been 1936.”

That smile…Wow! Isn’t she gorgeous!!! She was still trick roping in her 90’s…

I’m not finished with my painting. I want to capture her face and I need to get the rope in better after the paint dries a bit… So for today, she is faceless…


8″ x 10″ oil on gesso board


Day 22 ~ Sunflowers in Green Glass

I wasn’t planning to do another sunflower painting this year, but my daughter left for a trip this morning and left me with a bouquet of sunflowers in a green glass vase… the vase is what caught my attention. Definitely was a challenge as I have been working on this all day and I still don’t know what to think about it. Any suggestions???



8″ x 10″ oil on linen

I added the leaf because the space looked to empty. One thing I like about the leaf is that I did not intentionally set out to make it look folded over. I just noticed it now when I posted it. 🙂