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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trail Road (24 x 18) WIP

Here is today's start on a landscape "Trail Road". This is a rough blocking-in . Glare you see on the midline trees if wet paint. Think I'm off to a fairly good start.

We'll see what happens with this ..............

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Highlander #1 (12 x 12) WIP

Here is the beginnings of a series of close-ups of Scottish Highlanders. This is still quite rough and will need to put in highlights and more detail in the hair. My husband was wondering why I would do this series ... don't think he's a fan of cow paintings. But I think they have such personalities - they make me giggle. Anyway, it's an opportunity to practice painting hair. They have a lot of it.

I started working on #2 as this one dries..............Check back again soon to see the latest updates. Sorry about the glare - wet paint

P.S. Thanks to Shayne McGuire of "Myths and Legends Photography" for permission to paint these beautiful beasts. Her website address: http://www.mythandlegends.net/ check it out!!! Beautiful work!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dancing on the Beach

Completed and framed ........................

Friday, July 9, 2010

Scottish Highlanders (36 x 24)

Added a few details and calling this one done. The photo has a bit of light glare on the top - it's really not that white.

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

P.S. Thanks "Shadwell" for giving permission to paint your shot of these "cooos". Shadwell is a member of the wetcanvas artist website... http://www.wetcanvas.com He does amazing work!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Scottish Highlanders (36" x 24")

This has been a lot of fun to paint - think I'm finished.

At least they don't look like haystacks with legs..........

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Scottish Highlanders (36" x 24") WIP

Started working on Highland Cows again. Think it's comming along pretty good. Check back often to see the progress.

See earlier posting on March 14, 2010 for the beginning underpainting

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dancing on the Beach

Painting is a journey along an inspirational path. Around every turn is a new discovery, a new breakthrough, a new "aha" moment. Painting Mom and Dad "Dancing on the Beach" was just that - a journey. Mistakes are made, as you can see from previous posts, and yet we persevere, we press on. Dad would say, "It's not the destination, but the journey." It's what we learn along the way. It's the feelings and emotions that are attached to our learning experiences on our journey that make the destination ............

Think I'm finished............

Let me know what you think - I greatly appreciate all critiques and comments.