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

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Nathan" (12 x 12)

I started this yesterday.

Our son, Nathan, is a farm boy at heart. Eventhough he is a civil engineer working for a water resources firm in Englewood, CO, he still retains that "heart in the soil" attitude. Nathan liked the novelty of running the dirt-in-the-face, no air conditioning, 820 John Deere Tractor (circa. 1950s). And so, the subject of this painting.

"You can take the boy off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy."

My plan is to include another 12 x 12 panel of him working in the field. Hope it turns out.

"Walking Home" (24" x 18")

Noticed a bit of an anatomical issue with the older girl's legs and feet. They appeared to be walking ahead of her (see previous post below). Think I solved the problem ......?????

Time to move on to another project.............................................

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Walking Home" (18" x 24")

I'm going to call this finished. Or, at least finished for now. Might do some tweeking on the feet yet. Trying to capture the feeling of movement was (is) quite a challenge.

This painting is reminiscent of my childhood (minus about 100 years - our road was graded). Our bus route was really long, about an hour, and we were the last ones off. At one point the bus came within a mile of our farm. On nice days we would ask the driver to drop us off and we would walk the mile home, saving us from the agony of riding the whole route. And, we would get home about a half hour sooner...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Walking Home" (WIP)

Just about finished. Wondering what to do with the fields. Leave them.......add some cows....... picked corn field?

Any and all critiques - comments are very welcome.............

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Walking Home" (18 x 24) WIP

Starting to add the finishing touches. The children still need a lot of work. Feet are always difficult for me to get right. I'm tempted to paint some grass to hide them.

Thinking about putting cows in the field. Not sure if it's a good idea.....................

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Walking Home" (18 x 24) WIP

Getting a bit more done on this painting. Not finished with the kids yet, and will add farm buildings and some cows.