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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"In Their Footsteps" (40 x 16) WIP

I think I have a title for my "untitled" painting.  Thanks for everyone's input and ideas.

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to cross the vastness of this country before there were roads.  I can only imagine what it took to traverse the rugged prairie in a covered wagon.  You could see “nothing forever” but endless grass and sky.  Sometimes as I drive the now graded and paved roads I think of myself following the trail of the early pioneers … following the trail they blazed for me.  And so, I decided to call my previously untitled painting  -  "In Their Footsteps" 

Check back in a few days for an update on painting progress. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

"Untitled" (40 x 16) WIP

A little more done.  Was having a bit of an issue with the wagon wheels.  Think I have that resolved.  Starting to define the bluff on the right.  Want to capture the light on the south face.  And so a possible title???  "Heading West" ???  Will have to do some more thinking about that.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Untitled" (40" x 16")

Started this a couple days ago....basic blocking-in is finished and the sky is almost there.  Photo seems a bit yellow.  Next post I'll try to use natural light for the photo.

Not sure about a title - any suggestions?
Thanks for looking............

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cheyenne County Art Guild Show

The Cheyenne County Art Guild Show was this weekend.  I'm pleased to announce that I was honored with the "People's Choice" award for "Papa and Ted".   I'm excited that my painting qualified for showing at the 2011 Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) in Columbus, NE,  June 15-18.

I also had a first place ribbon on my doodle art (which also qualified for the ANAC show), and a second place ribbon in the amateur division  on "The Banjo Player".