Welcome to my little corner of the universe.

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

Monday, January 22, 2018

On my easel

Playin' checkers at the ol' general store. 

Oil on Canvas
40 x 30 x 1.5

Any and all comments are greatly appreciated!!!  Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Serenity Sunrise"

Just off my easel - 

Serenity Sunrise  (40" x 30")

Let me know what you think.  As always, comments and critiques are always very welcome!!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

On my easel - Ella Wants to Play Too!!

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!!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Beginnings (40 x 30)

Complete???  I added a bit more sunray on the right.  I think it needed it.  Let me know what you think.  All critiques are very much appreciated!!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"New Beginnings" Almost Finished???

I think I'm almost finished with this commission piece.

New Beginnings (40" x 30")

 I see that there may need to be some tweaking of the foreground.  
Thank you for looking.  If there is anything that you see that needs attention please let me know.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Beginnings (40" x 30")

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!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

"Awakening" (40" x 30" oil on canvas)

(40" x 30"  oil on canvas)
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.  

Make today a Red Sundress day!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Finished Painting

I officially took this off my easel today.  I even did a little dance when I put my brush down.

 (40 x 30)  Untitled (as of now)

Here is the reference photo I used.  Thank YOU C Tann Starr from the Run the Year 2017 group for giving me permission to use your photo as a reference.

Thank You for looking.  Any comments, critiques, etc... are always very welcome!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Update of Untitled Beach Painting

Here is the update.  The sky is finished and working on the waves crashing on the beach.  This has proven to be quite a difficult piece.  Thanks for looking!!!

(Untitled Beach Scene)
40 x 30

I have been contemplating including a runner, but it just didn't look right.  So, maybe some footprints indicating that someone ran passed this place as the sun was rising......???

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's on my easel???

After taking several months off, I started painting again.  Here is what is on my easel this week.

The sky is almost finished, and working on the surf and beach.  Contemplating adding a runner ... ???  The reference for this photo was taken by C Tann Starr in the 2017 Run the Year group.  Thanks C!!!

Thanks for looking.  Let me know what you think - add a runner or not?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Snow Quite - Finished Painting

Oh my.......  I realized that I hadn't posted the finished painting "Snow Quiet".  So - here it is (a year later)  Funny how time flies.

"Snow Quiet"  (40 x 30)

And a poem by Robert Frost to accompany my painting ........................  Enjoy

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow Quiet (40 x 30)

Instead of a grass/skyscape I chose a winter scene instead.  I'm almost finished with Snow Quiet.  Have a few details left.  Let me know what you think.......

Inspiration:   The quiet, peacefulness after a snow.  Sound is muffled as if frozen in mid air. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year from My Little Corner of the Universe!!!

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"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Just off the easel .............

Recently finished this painting of a late summer storm.  Which just might be a good title for this one. 

Late Summer Storm (24" x 18")

This is a gallery wrapped canvas in a 1 3/4" deep floating frame.  Comments and critiques are always very much appreciated.

Thanks for looking.........

Saturday, October 24, 2015

U.S. Senator Bennet selects "Another White Combine Harvest"

I am honored to announce that U.S. Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado selected my painting "Another White Combine Harvest"  to be on display in his Washington, D.C. office for the next two years.

"Another White Combine Harvest"  (60" x 40")
(two - 30 x 40 panels)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Another White Combine Harvest" (60" x 40")

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.

Your comments are always welcome!
Thanks for looking.............. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Red Sundress (36 x 24)

Finished "The Red Sundress" today.

 "The Red Sundress"  (36 x 24)

Insights to this painting: 
The red sundress is more than a focal point of interest to bring a bit of color to the painting.

We are 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!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What's on my easel?

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!!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Will you still call me Superman?"

Made a few changes, and started working on Edna.  Making some progress.  I think the hands are going to be the most challenging.  Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Idea for next painting: "Will You Still Call Me Superman..."

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

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