A Peak into My Studio

My son moved out and I took over his room. It took me awhile to set things up, but at this point I think I’m about as organized as I will get…


My brushes sit in a beautiful glass jar hand-blown by my daughter… 🙂

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My son built this desk for all his computer gadgets and it works great for me. Paintings I have for sale are on the left. Paintings that are drying are on the right.

Plenty of room for storing frames, canvases, unfinished paintings…


And a place to sit and paint or talk or relax… a little space to myself…


My paints are all a mess in that basket under the table… I really need to do something about that. Anyone have suggestions on keeping your paints organized with the lids on them?

Hope you enjoyed the little tour. I’m really happy with my painting place.


New Painting ~ New Studio… An Update

It’s been so long since I posted, but it’s also been so long since I have completed a painting. I’ve been working on this one bouquet of flowers from my garden, determined to complete it no matter what…Here it is almost finished…

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I started this one on an 8″x 10″ canvas, and ended up scraping it about 10 times, until I finally put the canvas down and started over on this larger canvas. I don’t really know why this has been such a struggle for me. Life has changed a lot around here, and I’m dealing with so much more stress. It’s interesting to note how stress affects your painting, but also frustrating. I think some people can probably paint masterpieces from the depths of their soul while in their struggles, but I think I’m a more fair weather artist. How about you? Do you notice a difference in your productiveness, either positive or negative, depending on what you are going through in real life?

The hardest part of this painting for me was the yellow rose… I have painted roses before, but it was as if I had never done it before. Finally after redoing it so many times, I prayed to God for assistance. It was interesting, because from there on out, I was using a totally different technique, and it’s working. 🙂

The other part that was hard for me was the dark shady side of the white peonies. After all, that peony is white, not gray, so I struggled with making it dark enough to show shadow.

I have moved my art from my dining room table to a small house on another part of our property. We call it “The Kennel”, because it used to be a dog kennel before we remodeled it. Here are a couple of glimpses into my new studio…

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So, that’s my update for now. I’ve been missing you all…