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Jumping Ahead to Now

From where I started to where I am right now in my painting is compared to a drive from one coast to the other.

I have been ask where all my painting ability came from and the answer is that it has been laying in wait for the right time to come out. That is the only thing I can figure.

There are many reason one does not paint and the biggest is Fear and Failure. Art is something very personal because you bring out either your greatest joys or your greatest fears and you expose them to the world. Sharing you greatest joys is pretty easy, but exposing your greatest fears is something I was finding hard to do…I am not one that likes to fail and I have failed more than once with my painting. You learn to accept that everything is not going to be a Master Piece or many never become a Master Piece. It is a process of putting what you like on a canvas and enjoy it with the hopes there are others that will enjoy it also.

You will never know how you feel about painting until you pick up that paintbrush, dip it in some paint and put that paintbrush to a canvas.

My newest painting, as of last night, is called “Orange River Running” this is an Oil on a 16 x 20 Stretched Canvas. It was painted from a photo and I wished I could give credit to the photographer for his/her beautiful shot. I am still looking.



My Beginning Paintings

Painting 5 Superstition Mountain at night

This was an attempt to paint “Superstition Mountain”.  I live in Arizona and this is my view from my window.

Painting 4 Lesson on painting rocks with a credit card.

These rocks were from a lesson on painting rocks with a credit card by Terry Harrison.

Painting 3 The Welcome Gate

“The Welcome Gate” was about the third painting I did…

Painting 2 Waves

Ocean and waves and it was the second painting

first picture painted in acrylics

My very first painting…Trees

My Beginning Paintings

This is a painting of a Photo…I was on a roll and it hasn’t stopped yet.

I practice about everyday and these paintings are all painted with acrylics..

These are the first 6 beginning Paintings. I will share a few because there are many.

The Progress

It isn’t always about the drawing or painting, but about practice you put in. If you want to do something well than you will practice. I am fortunate enough to be retired and have many hours to practice, but many people don’t have this time.

A Passion is something you love to do deep in your soul and that is the driving force that makes the time to practice.

The materials needed to practice is a small sketch pad or journal and a pencil (with a very good eraser on it). Sketch everything that draws your interest, i.e a colorful leaf on the ground, an old tree trunk, a building, it really doesn’t matter what it is because this is practice. At some point draw it large scale and paint it…practice, practice and practice.

I will be posting some links to “How To’s” they have become very important to me because I don’t want to sit in an Art School and do something I could be doing in the comfort of my own home.


A Very Scarey First Attempt at a Drawing



In November of 2013 I picked up a pencil and attempted to draw a person. I almost never picked up a pencil nor attempted to do this again. As luck has it I am to stubborn to stop so in 2014 I had practiced and practiced..I felt I was ready to do a portrait. Don’t laugh it can happen.


And it did. This is a portrait that I have completed in Oils of my lovely oldest Daughter.

Don’t ever get it in your head that you can’t unless you have exhausted every available source to learn.

I am in the process of finishing my second portrait of my lovely middle daughter. This is still a work in progress.




My First Step

Thought it was time to blog about my adventure in Art. I am not the greatest artist, but I am a determined one. I picked up a paintbrush in October 2013 as I turned 65 yrs old and haven’t put that brush down yet.

I have not taken art classes, but I can’t say I am “Self Taught” either because if it weren’t for YouTube I would still be drawing and painting stick figures.

I discovered to never take people in the know at their statements. Case in point is when I was in 8th grade, Jr. High School or what is now known as Middle School, we were required to take an art class. I did and was told by this teacher that I should never consider art as a profession nor a hobby. Being at that impressionable age I figured this educated woman knew what she was talking about and never again drew or painted anything other than the walls of my house.

I became a crafter for a few years and enjoyed it, but that went by the wayside as most things do when you are just doing things for your own enjoyment and the crafts pile up. I have always loved Art, but again I just turned away from it.

Today I feel confident enough to put my Art out there. Good or bad, I am loving this adventure and if I can inspire one person to follow their hearts than I will be happy. Never let someone direct your passion for discovery. If you feel you enjoy what you do or what you would like to do then move forward with it.

I have to credit my granddaughter for the push it took to get into the painting. She gave me some paints, paintbrushes and a canvas and told me to paint if that is what I wanted to do..I did and I am so glad that I just jumped in and painted.

This blog is dedicated to my adventure and adventures never really have an end. So Welcome and I hope you enjoy.