Autumn Path, completed

Autumn Path, 30" x 30", oil on gessobord
As promised, here is the finished painting.  But....due to the light fading before getting a good shot, this picture is a bit on the glaring side and doesn't show the true color of the mountain in the background.  I'll work on it and get back to you.

Finishing up ... Autumn Path

Autumn Path...almost done
Autumn Path...just beginning
Well, it's been awhile hasn't it?  Sorry about that.  My paycheck job at The Lodge at Deadwood has been keeping me hopping.  Way too tired to paint by the time I get home. 

This particular piece has been completed,  but my last shot of it really sucked.  So, my significant other (from now on known as S.O.), Jack ran to his office in Deadwood and got his camera.  He just got home and will try to take a shot of the finished piece with what light is left in the day. I'll post that shot when he's done.

This past mid October, we went for a walk with our black pug, Frank, along the Mickelson Trail in Deadwood.  I deliberately left the shot unfocused and wanted to paint a softer, looser landscape. 

Currently some of my work is on display and for sale at the Spearfish Arts Center in Spearfish, SD.  I'm enjoying meeting new people and getting to know the Black Hills arts community.

Have a great holiday season everyone!

Getting all wired up!

I finally took the time to charge up the drill and got the new paintings all wired up for the First Fridays Artist reception at the Spearfish Arts Center in Spearfish.

Jack loaded them up in the car for me tonight. I have a 6 a.m. shift at work tomorrow and didn't need to be doing that in the dark!

If any of you are in the Black Hills area of Spearfish, Deadwood, Lead, etc., stop by Friday night, October 7, 5pm to 7pm. I am one of 3 artists featured.

Finished spring floral just as fall rolls in...

"First Peonies"
24" x 24"
oil on cradled gessobord

It took two weeks, but I got back in my studio to finish this floral. These are my first SOUTH DAKOTA peonies. It was our first spring in this house and I didn't know I was going to have a nice big peony bush growing next to the fence.

Fall is just starting to show its glorious head in the Black Hills. The temperatures are much cooler in the evening and mornings. The afternoons are still in the seventies and low eighties, but those days are numbered!

Once it gets too cold to play around outside, I'll be back in the studio more often.

I'll be one of the featured artists at the Spearfish Arts Center in Spearfish this coming October. October 7th actually. I finally have more pieces featuring SD stuff. They like that around here.

Back to florals

"Mary's Allium"
12" x 36",
oil on cradled gessobord

It's been awhile since I've done a floral. I don't know why I don't do them more frequently. Maybe spring and summer go by so quickly OR because I no longer have flower gardens. My gardens in back in Grand Detour, IL were a constant source of material.

This floral is comprised of large allium. This photo was taken at my dear friend's garden. A very unusual, but stately flower in the late spring garden.

The next painting will be a still life floral of peonies. Stay tuned.

Despite cowboy season, I finished a painting!

"Yates Shaft Sunset," 30" x 40", oil on gallery-wrapped canvas.

A couple of weeks ago, I started 3 different paintings. Today I finished one of them. It's the only landscape of the three. This view is from my backyard. Can you believe it? Being a girl from northern Illinois, rolling hills are the closest to high altitude I ever got to.

It's been a very busy 2 weeks with work being very busy because of the tourism season in Deadwood and surrounding areas. In fact, I saw my very first rodeo yesterday in Deadwood during the Days of 76 rodeo. Those people are a bit nuts to torture themselves like that, but it was oddly exhilarating also. A woman sitting next to Jack and I gave us the ins and outs of the rules and regulations of the different rodeo events. And the cowboys weren't bad either.

Any way, I hunkered down today in the studio before the heat of the day set in. The picture shown is not really doing the painting much justice, but it's tough getting the right shot in the light I have in the studio.

Next up...Alliums.


3 Canvases started today


"Alium" starting out.

"Clouds" in it's earliest stages.

"Clouds" about 50% done

Beautiful day in Lead today (pronounced "lEEd.")

Sketched out 3 different size canvases. One large landscape and 2 florals. Once they were all blocked in, I started laying in the color of the large landscape...a sunset scene taken from a photo I took from our back yard.

Also, Frank, our black pug, decided to keep me company the whole time. He's a bit of a snorer, but good company.

"Lilac Road," from start to finish

"Lilac Road" 16" x 20" oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
Finished product.

Almost done. Blocking in colors and values.

Starting out with the cad red background and putting in the values.

This painting painted itself. The hardest part about the piece was getting my butt to the easel and DOING IT.

I woke up Easter morning with no plans on my plate and the sun shining. Since I don't live near my family, there were no Easter obligations and the day lay before me unencumbered with social appointments. On this past Friday, our lovely town of Lead, SD got a good 8" of snow. Yes, snow. But, the last 2 days have been back in the 50s with the snow melting quickly. is my newest painting. It's the final in the series of the 3 spring lilac pictures I took when I first moved to South Dakota. This is a small gravel backroad in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of western Rapid City.

I LOVE lilacs. The smell brings me back to my childhood and last year the lilac season was a full month behind northern I got TWO lilac seasons.

Here is "Lilac Road" in its progressive stages. Enjoy.

Maybe if I paint about Spring, it will come sooner!

"Meadow at Dusk," 16" x 20," oil on gessobord

Think Spring.

Here is another in a short series of images I'm doing during late Spring in the Black Hills. This meadow is in the Johnson Siding neighborhood of Rapid City.

This painting was done a bit looser than the last. Probably because when I finally got the time to paint, my light was starting to fade. Had to move fast! Actually, I prefer the more subtle, loose brushstrokes, with an occasional finger smear here and there. Finger painting is a good thing.

The weather in Lead and Deadwood continues to be real snowy. It will get to 40-50 degrees and some of the snow will melt, but then a dumping of snow comes around the corner and we're right back where we started! So.... I have one more in this series. Hopefully, I'll get a start on it this week.

Until then....

Back in the groove...

"Late Spring in Johnson Siding," 12" x 16", oil on cradled gessobord

Finished with the final touch ups on the painting I started last week. When it's dry, I'll paint the cradled sides and wire her up.

Once finished, I got cracking on the next oil on the next late spring landscape I captured last year. It's almost dusk with the sun setting over a meadow. I got a good start, but then needed to finish the laundry and start supper. Oscars on tonight and they start at 6:30 p.m. here in the mountains! See the progress of the meadow painting below...

Meadow ... part 1

Meadow ... part 2

Meadow ... part 3

Back at the Easel




Well, it took me almost 9 months, but I picked up my paintbrush again. It's about time right?

Sunday in Lead was very snowy and cozy. No need to go anywhere. Jack had his own creative projects to work on and I made a huge chicken pot pie the day before that we could snack NO cooking responsibilities.

My studio still isn't quite set up here yet, so I moved my easel and paints into my bedroom (it's a nice big light-filled room) and started on a 12" x 16" cradled gessobord panel. When I moved to SD last spring (late may), I took some shots of the beautiful landscapes.

So, this one is of this HUGE lilac bush at dusk. I got two springs last year. One in Illinois and then another one in SD. Who doesn't love lilacs?

It's an oil and I've shown it in 3 progressive steps. I think it's 95% done. I've gone kind of loose with it, but need to pop the lilacs more. The oils were getting a bit too wet for me to fuss with anymore. When I think it's 100% done...I'll post it.

Oh....had my little buddy, Frank laying on the end of my bed watching the whole time. He's Jack's dog, but he's become my shadow around here. Nice having a sweet little pup around again.

If you're in Spearfish area....

Painting #1 being shown, "Laying Down on the Job," 30" x 30" oil

Painting #2 being shown, "216 W. 1st St.," 30" x 40" acrylic

As mentioned in my previous post, I have two pieces entered in the 32nd Winter Art Show at the Spearfish Arts Center/Matthews Opera House on Main St. in downtown Spearfish, SD.

Attendees to the 4-day exhibit can vote for their favorite piece.

So come on by -- you can view the artwork in the Opera House:
  • Thursday, February 10th through Saturday, noon to 6 pm
  • Sunday, February 13th from noon to 2 pm with an Awards Ceremony at 2 pm on Sunday
The weather is going to be in the 40s on Sunday, so that's when I'm going!

Climbing back in the saddle ... SD style

The Spearfish Arts Center

After moving to South Dakota almost 8 months ago, looking for a good job (check!), moving again to a bigger place (check!), I've finally taken the big step of entering my first art show in my new land (check check!).

Yesterday, Jack and I took a couple of my paintings to the Spearfish Art Center in Spearfish for their Winter Art Show. The public can view the show Feb. 10-12 and the awards will be given on Sunday, Feb. 13.

If any of you are around the northern Black Hills, stop on by!

The next big thing is to finish setting up my studio and to start painting in my new surroundings.