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

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"The Apple Peeler" (24 x 18)

We bought an antique apple pealer at an auction...lots of gears and really cool mechanics.  Gary thought it would make a good subject for a painting.  Skeptically, I agreed.  Actually, don't think it turned out half bad.

On a side note:  I started to rework the Owen and Austin painting.  As I said in a previous post, the composition just wasn't working.

Friday, October 28, 2011


I've been studying the painting I'm doing of Owen and Austin sitting on the beach.  There is something about the composition that just doesn't seem right.  The more I look at it, the more I think I'm going to have to change the placement of the boy on the left.  Focus starts on the right, then moves left, then moves left and off the canvas...nothing brings the eye back into the painting.  And so........... I'm going to change the orientation of the boy on left and hopefully this will fix the composition problem. 

Happy Painting!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Untitled (24 x 18)

Made quite a bit of progress today.  Interesting shadow and reflection in the wet sand.  Have the reference photo included in the last post.  Think it's fairly close.  Will let it dry then work on details

Any ideas for a title?  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What's on my easel......

Just started - Owen and Austin at the beach.   It's still a pretty rough sketch.  Don't have a title yet.  Hope it turns out.

Let me know what you think. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


A painting begins with a basic idea. A series of lines take their place on a white canvas and paint is applied filling the blank whiteness. Light is intensified by dark, attention is focused.......

An exceptionally executed piece of art - its inspiration, its imperfect perfection, its artist's vision - connects the viewer with the soul of the artist. What is the source of artistic inspiration? This question is as illusive as the wind and answers as varied as there are artists.

What inspires you?

Putting the finishing touches on "Lightening the Load".  Will post the finished piece in a week or so.(BTW:  I did get that closet cleaned out.  Got rid of a lot of "clutter junk" that was just taking up space. Felt pretty good.)  Now I'm ready for my next challenge.  Stop back in a couple days and see what's on my easel.

Happy Painting!!!