Sunday, January 25, 2015


"Glow" 8in x 8in
I did this painting back in September as part of 30-day painting challenge, and then I let it sit for weeks and weeks because I wasn't sure how I felt about it.

The September challenge also completely burned me out for a long time. I have barely picked up a brush since then.

However, the recent posting challenge from fellow WVWS Signature member Andrea Burke was good for me. It helped motivate me, and I finally finished another painting that I had half-heartedly started before Christmas. Can't show that one at the moment; it needs to sit so I can think about it.

As part of my fresh start, I took a good hard look at this September challenge painting, and made some subtle changes. I now pronounce it finished, and it feels good to move on.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Painting-Posting Challenge 5


"Silent Night" (Private Collection)

"Chill" (Private Collection)
Last day for the posting challenge. Thanks again to Andrea Veseth Burke for asking me to do this.
Even though the storm whiffed on us today (thank goodness) it seems appropriate to finish up with some snow scenes. Two are of Wardensville locales and one is based on a barn at Antietam National Battlefield. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Painting-Posting Challenge 4

"One Moment" (Private Collection)

"Wisdom Watching" (Private Collection)
"Green Eyes" (Artist's Collection)

Day 4...and today's theme is "Faces." The faces include those of family members, and also a stone-faced visage of Pallas Athena that is part of the ornamentation of the West Virginia State Capitol.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Painting-Posting Challenge 3

"Pink Sugar" (Private Collection)

"Yellow Wings" (Available)

"Sweet Life" (Available)
So on to Day 3 in the painting-posting challenge. Thanks to Andrea Veseth Burke for putting me up to this!

Butterflies are the theme of today's paintings. Butterflies have special meaning in our family, so I'm happy to share these with all of you.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Painting-Posting Challenge 2

"Top of the Morning" - 2014

"See's Motel Sign" -  2004

"Polly's Porch" -  2000
So here's another theme....this one being a particular house on Main Street in Wardensville, W.Va.

I first painted the porch of the house years ago when Polly Peer still lived there. She always had wonderful flowers on the porch and the bright colors and the ornate wood trim were a visual delight.

I next included the house in a painting of Main Street Wardensville with the old See's Motel sign as the focal point, but in truth it's the house that's the star of the show.

Finally, as part of my current Wardensville painting series, I did just the side gable of the house, cropped tightly, so I could focus this part of the structure's wonderful wood trim. Polly passed away in 2007 at age 98, but even now, I still think of this ornate landmark as Polly Peer's house.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Painting-Posting Challenge

"School Days" - 8inx8in

"Old Glory" (Private Collection)

"Warriors Win" (Private Collection)

There's a challenge moving around Facebook where artists are asking one another to post three painting for five days and find other artists to do the same.

I've been nominated by Andrea Veseth Burke ( to do the challenge. Andrea is a fellow signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society who has moved to sunnier climes a bit further south.

I plan to post based on for the first day, these are three paintings of the old Wardensville school building.