Sunday, October 31, 2021


 Pink and red and orange flowers can cure just about anything, in my opinion.  These are zinnias.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

1101 Seat Taken

 This was my last chance to paint the marigolds I grew from life.  It was really hard to say goodbye to them as they were so brilliant.  The chair is one I painted several years ago, modified in this painting.  In reality, every surface of the chair is painted with a design, but I felt too many details would take away the focus of the marigolds.  I'm very happy with this painting. but I am NOT falling in love with it because that is "the kiss of death" for a painting, as a wise former mentor would say.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

1100 Purple Pollinators


The Asters are back again and they are beautiful.  I wish they lasted longer.

I've been painting up a storm but haven't been able to post everything I'm working on because they are surprises in one way or another.  I'm having a ball.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

1099 Aloha

 I took the reference photo for this painting at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  There are stairs surrounding the waterfall, and at the top there is a beautiful hibiscus bush.  It's always crowded on this narrow path, so I had one shot, and I think this turned out to be a perfect pose.  I always think of Hawaii when I think of hibiscus, where I've never been, unfortunately.

Monday, October 18, 2021

1098 Dancing Cheek to Cheek

 I had to get one more nasturtium painting in before the garden is put to bed for the winter.  I am collecting seeds from the nasturtiums with the hope of growing them again next year.  They are such a happy flower and bring me joy.

Friday, October 15, 2021

1097 Mum's the Word

 These teensy little mums have outlived all the others in the mixed Fall bouquet my daughter gave me,  and I couldn't toss them before painting them.  This was another opportunity for me to stay loose.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

1096 Asters

 Flowers for the week included these Asters, one of my husband's favorite flowers.  We both wish they would last longer than they do.  I was pleased that I did not get "precious" with painting the flowers themselves.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

1095 Norma Jean Baker a.k.a. Sugar


Introducing Sugar, a Coton de Tulear, who is living the good life.  Her real name is Norma Jean Baker, named by her "mom," a big Marilyn Monroe fan.   Her name was modified to "Sugar," Marilyn's character's name in the movie, Some Like it Hot because Sugar's "dad" refused to call her Norma Jean, which I think is hilarious.  

This was a commissioned painting to be given as a gift.

Friday, October 8, 2021

1094 Solar Power

 I almost felt guilty buying sunflowers at the farmers' market when I grow them on my roof, but I couldn't resist the unusual colors of the red ones and the mauve/white ones, which I don't grow.  Unfortunately the only sunflowers flourishing that I could (barely) reach are the little yellow ones on the top of the arrangements.  

By the way, I have had many inquiries about note cards featuring my paintings.    I will have two sets of six of my Strada Easel Challenge paintings bundled together for a very reasonable price.   Also, most any of my paintings can be featured as note cards, as an alternative, in case you have favorites.  Please contact me via email if you are interested in more details or would like to place an order.  My email address is:

Friday, October 1, 2021

Strada Easel September 30-day Challenge

 Thirty paintings in thirty days--that was the challenge.  Here is a composite of all thirty of my paintings, thanks to Roberta Schmidt a.k.a. ArtcyLucy for effortlessly whipping this together while I struggled with the basic thought of it.  

Participating in the challenge was a very worthy use of my time.  New techniques, substrate, colors, and tools were all employed and many lessons were learned in the process.

Which is your favorite painting?