My journey into the world of art began by watching Mom. She could work magic with a bit of paint and a brush. I was fascinated by how she could transform a flat blank canvas into a beautiful work of art. Now, several years later, I'm continuing in the footsteps I followed as a child watching Mom. Thanks for your inspiration and guidance!!!!
"If you don't try - you won't know you can...."Marie (Mom) Janssen
Working on a painting for my sister. It's her grandsons playing football, and their cat is watching from inside - wishing she could play too. Almost finished. Just have to put final touches on the throw rug and add some shadow to the house under the pine tree. Also have to figure out how to make it look like you are inside looking through the patio door.
(18" x 24")
I always appreciate comments, suggestions, critiques ........... Thank You!!!
Started working on a commission piece for cousin Judi. The sky is almost finished, and the foreground is blocked in. Next step is to add native plants and grasses to the pasture scene, maybe some yucca on the right and a few Mexican hat and penstemons dispersed through the grasses. The final touch will be crepuscular rays (sun rays) coming down from the left illuminating the path.
New Beginnings (40" x 30")
Thanks for looking. Comments and critiques are always more than welcome!!!
This is a painting of a woman in her "Red Sundress". The sky and the sea are dark after a long stormy night, but the sun rises between them - separating the darkness and offering hope. The clouds are breaking up and there is a patch of blue sky. The red dress, as in the first painting of the woman in the red sundress is her Courage. As the sun rises, she knows she can face life with confidence. The night is past. Today is a new day. She has an awakening, a spiritual epiphany, a lighting of the fire in her heart that she knew was always there, but was afraid. Now with confidence she faces the sunrise, a new beginning. She is a strong woman able to face the challenges of life. There will be other storms, but she has her red sundress and will put it on and face them.
Getting geared up for 2016!!! I have a fresh canvas on my easel and an inspiration for my next painting. This year my focus of attention will be the sky. I have several "just grass and sky" ideas that need to find their way onto a canvas.
This is going to be a FABULATASTIC year!!! Stop by in a week or two to see what's going on in "My little corner of the Universe"
This past month I've been working on a large piece I'm calling "Another White Combine Harvest". I'm using two 30 x 40 gallery wrapped canvases for this one. It's almost finished ... working on tweaking clouds and started working on the wheat field in the foreground.
"Another White Combine Harvest" (60" x 40")
Background Information About this Piece:
As wheat farmers living on the high plains of Eastern Colorado, we are at the mercy of the weather. Large super-storms like the one in this painting can wipe out an entire crop in the matter of minutes. Hail storms such as this are often called "The White Combine" and so, the title of this painting.
Insights to this painting:
The red sundress is more than a
focal point of interest to bring a bit of color to the painting.
so small yet with confidence ~the red sundress~ we can face challenges as
deep as the ocean and as high as the sky; therefore the title, "The Red
Sundress". As you walk on the shores of life, face challenges head on with
confidence - but still hold onto your hat. Another little insight to
this painting. Notice that she is walking along an empty shore away
from the grassy dune. It's OK to get out of your comfort zone.
Let me know what your thoughts are................. Thanks!
Finally had some quality studio time. I've been practicing painting skies. I'm nearly finished with my latest painting tentatively called "The Red Sundress". I still have some final details to work on - not sure what to think of the rock outcropping above the dune grass - think I'll just take it out and extend the wave. Also, the dune grass needs a bit, the reflection of the girl in the wet sand, and the ocean waves need some final details. I have to remember not to overwork.
"The Red Sundress" (36" x 24")
Let me know what you think - Thanks!!!
(My daughter thinks it's reminiscent of the painting I did a while back of the little girl with the red bucket looking wistfully at a stormy ocean, "There's Always Tomorrow" - now, all grown up)
BTW - I'm still working on Superman, but not ready to post the update...........................SOON!!!!
I'm a fan of 3 Doors Down. In 2000 they came out with Kryptonite and the inspiration for this painting. I don't know why, but felt the need to paint this..........
If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman? If I'm alive and well, will you be there holding my hand? I'll keep you by my side with my superhuman might Kryptonite.
My idea is a couple that have been together for a lifetime. He has been her Superman all these years and knows the answer to his question...................but asks it anyway. I don't really have an actual model for this couple, but I call them John and Edna.
It's still in the rough stage and a lot to do, but it's a start
Finishing this farm scene commission piece. Just a few tweaks, dry time, varnish, and done. I had a lot of fun doing this one - especially the sky. I'm always in awe when one of these super cell storms build up. My husband and I are also wheat farmers, and can relate to the possibility of loosing a whole years income in just 5 minutes.