Thursday, April 30, 2015


12" x 12" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas

I made another attempt at a horse.  Last time I tried painting horses, I ended up with an owl.  The proportions got a little wonky again on this one, and I'm still not sure about the eyes.  But the colors are pretty and I'm calling it done.   

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eagle revisited

8" x 10" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
Here's one of those paintings I previously abandoned.  It's a leftover from my animal series.  To try and "finish" it, I jazzed up the eagle's body with some color, and now I think it made him look like a chicken.  Woops.  I'm pretty happy with his head, though.  Maybe he's dressed up for Mardi Gras.   OR...  it's a chicken with an eagle mask.    
As I look at this photo and yesterday's photo, I'm thinking that pulling out the real camera and better lighting might be worth the effort.  Taking photos with my phone is so easy, though.  I can crop it and send it to Blogger in about 10 seconds.  The trade off is so-so photos.  This eagle one definitely looks better to me "live". 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Storm field

12" x 12" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas 
I haven't been great about finishing paintings lately.  Not sure if I'll finish any of them, or if I'll just end up painting over them.  But this guy is finito.  Dark stormy clouds rolling over field.  Little beams of sunshine are coming through where the clouds break up on the horizon.  

Spring is really unleashing a lot of awesome flowers right now.  I can't stop taking pictures in our yard and when I walk the dog.   If you wanna see my random snaps, I'm putting some of the prettier ones on Instagram now.    There's also a sample of my recent instagrams over on the right.  I'm just about over Facebook, so maybe I'll tip-toe away and just read blogs and look at pictures on Insta.  Maybe.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Final destination: sunset cheese

Last night, I noticed an orange glow out the window and said to Nate "Ooh,  I think there's a good sunset brewing. I'll go check." So I opened our front door to see this glorious sunset.  
as seen from our front porch last night

I yelled back to him "oh yeah!", inadvertently sounding like the kool-aide man.   

Pretty soon Nate came out, repeating my "oh yeah!"  And he had a plate of cheeses - a nice little selection of fancy-ish ones.

Then a thunderstorm started gearing up.  So we sat there on the porch eating cheese and saying "oh yeah! " for good lightning & thunder.   Suddenly, one flashed right overhead really loud and scared us. 

Susan: oh that was scary
Nate: yeah, I thought that was it!
Susan: it?  Like we were getting struck dead by lightning?
Nate: yeah!
Susan: Ha!  How perfect would that be if we went out like that: struck by lightning while yelling "oh yeah" and eating cheese on our front porch? 
Nate & Susan: lolol! Nom nom nom (mmm cheese)

Our obit would be like "The couple was found on their front porch with a plate of melted cheese.  They are survived by 4 elderly pets.  Considering the pet situation and the consequently dire state of their carpet,  authorities are considering it a public service that the house was struck down by God.  In lieu of flowers,  please treat yo'self to some fancy cheese and a cocktail of your choice."

Hmm, I don't really have a painting tie in to this story.   Here is an old sunset painting of mine.  I wish this was our porch view.
12" x 12" x 0.75" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


10" x 8" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas

Red foxes are so adorable.  We had a couple of them scampering around our neighborhood last spring.  So so cute.

I googled around to find some fox fun facts, and found some good ones here.  It says that foxes use the earth's magnetic field to hunt (!!) and that they "see the earth's magnetic field as a 'ring of shadow' on it's eyes".   What the...  I didn't know that!

Oh, and if you want to know what the fox says, it says this: