The Art

Farm Sky Painting

Forgive my excitement if it seems like I’m bragging, but I’m excited right now with my latest accomplishment. I love it when a painting I do ends up well. That doesn’t happen often. But I stayed focused all the way. I’m sure it was because of my huge crush on skies and farms and gorgeous sunsets.

Two views. Enjoy.

Fires In Ashbarrels, The Art

More Fun With Watercolors

I spent the weekend drawing and painting while my husband took the kids during the days for some bonding. After morning chores and I had the house to myself on Saturday, I relaxed and napped for a few hours before I scribbled and doodled in my sketchbook. I had so much fun at doing nothing that I felt guilty for goofing off. So I took out some photos and found a beautiful sunset one of a place where my father grew up.

Behind the farm where my father grew up.

I took some liberties with the drawing until I had a nice design, then I began painting in shapes. I got a nice drawing on my paper before hubby and the kids were home.

Today, alone again, I hurried back to my drawing and photo. I was both excited and worried: I wanted to paint, but I wasn’t sure how. Sometimes I like to attack the paper with my brushes loaded with paint and let the picture happen. So after a couple false starts I decided to begin with a gentle touch and “draw” the picture until I had something close to a copy of my photo. Then I loaded some brushes and let the paint do its magic.

My finished painting, dried with a hair blower/dryer set at low.

Below are 3 close-ups of some of the areas I like best. I tend to admire textures and mixtures after I’ve finished a painting. I think it’s an attraction I have to abstract design.

I love the yellow, red and blue mixes.

This area shows a delicate mix of muted colors.

I love the different textures of sky and land.

I think the weekend’s result was a surprising success. And it was very kind of my husband to give me some quiet time. I think he deserves something special for his thoughtfulness.

My Tangerine Days, The Photos


Several months have passed since I posted any sunset photographs. Don’t worry, I’m correcting that oversight now.

Below are 4 beautiful photographs taken during a sunset at one of my favorite lake getaways. I could carry on forever why I love sunsets on water, but I’ll let the photos speak for me.


My Tangerine Days, The Photos

6 Random Favorite Photos, 2 of 2

By now you know I love mountains.
They are beautiful to look at and dangerous to be on.
Sometimes the best beauty is viewed at from afar.

And sometimes beauty must be seen up close.

Beauty is found indoors.

Sometimes we trek many miles looking for beauty.

Beauty is everywhere, day and night…

…Even after a storm during holiday in the UK.


My Tangerine Days, The Photos

6 Random Favorite Photos, 1 of 2

I love mountains, woods, water … and boating.

One of Alaska’s biggest moneymaking exploits.
I’m not a fan, but my family loves it.

Big skies, wilderness and water are perfect getaways.

Photographing nature is looking and seeing.

Big places to live among bigger nature.

Finally, a look at the modern mixed with the old.

My Tangerine Days, The Photos

Lake Erie

The best thing about being away from California’s coast is visiting large lakes. This is Lake Erie in New York, not far from where some of my relatives live. Not as warm or rocky, but still nice to look at—and to relax at.


My Tangerine Days, The Photos

Sunset Night At Sea

Another out-of-focus sunset snapshot. Despite its technical flaws, I love this photograph—the golds and reds are fading and the darkening blues speak of the promise of night and the solitude there. That’s where the artist is most at home: alone with herself but never lonely.