Hiking Paradise

Kansas hit 70 degrees this week. I have thoroughly enjoyed it by doing some hiking and clearing the trails around my property with my Sawzall and wishing I had more land to explore.

Well during the process of clearing the regrowth with my noisy saw, I startled a covey of suicidal quail and  a pair of them flew into and broke the glass window on the back porch!

It has been a sad and interesting week with three deaths one of which  was a possum who met it’s demise in a old through in the back 40! Ugh! And the quail weren’t wearing helmets so.

On the other hand,   back in my sheltered from the harsh reality of life Studio,  I was STILL secretly lusting after the neighbors property and reminiscing about  a few places I have explored for painting ‘landscape’ week. Always good motivation.

My painting content schedule typically follows this lineup which I put together.
Join me if you would like and let me know how it turns out for you. If you are a photographer this might work for you as well. Keep me posted of your ventures and weeks worth of hard work.
1 Figures
2 Animals
3 Stilllife
4 Landscapes





Wildfire Awareness a Charolais Pair and Landscapes


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On the easel this week: Charolais is listed here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/269053605/charolais-cow-calf-painting-8×10-oil Landscapes are still drying. Will be listed this afternoon.

Thanks for coming by to see my blog. I love seeing visitors and meeting new people.



very wet unfinished landscapes above.


Happy Saturday – One Cow , Hay and a Treasury


I finally got this little guy finished.  This is a 5×7. It took me all week to complete 2 5×7 ‘s. I’m going to have to get on my A Game.

Find him here

This next week I’m planning on working on stilllife paintings. Last week obviously was animals which I didn’t get enough time on. I may extend it out for 2 weeks. Since I make the rules I can break them right? We’ll see. I really enjoy the animals. Anyway, both paintings are listed on Etsy now.

Also here is a Treasury of Etsy artist and their artwork I put together yesterday. Its full of really sweet animal art. Take a look and  heart your favorites. Follow an artist. https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTc0NTQwN3wyNzI4MjQxMTQw/creatures-great-small-barnyard-animal?ref=pr_treasury

On the homefront: this happened today. Always a good day for this. Even at 29 degrees. Happy Saturhay!


Home & Studio

In the studio: I think eventually I will have some finished paintings to post at the end of the week. I chose to paint cows because I tend to overlook them as model material since I see them pretty regularly in real life. So that being said I decided to dedicate a week or two to our beautiful bovines.
On the homefront: 67 degrees in Kansas today. Wow! Enjoyed some outdoor time with my youngest son and the cat.  Lots of deer tracks running through the back 40. Found some old relics and great light for photos.

Why blog?

Today was a pretty hectic day. But I’ve made up my mind to start pooling my train of thought and creative ideas on a blog again.

I used to maintain blogs before life became really busy teaching middle and high school which is a full time commitment and my first priority. On top of those things, throw in working cattle and picking up my art business again. I haven’t hired a maid service or farm hand yet so I’m still trying to manage an old farm/house with too many lazy cats, a shedding Pyrenees, and a family.

Anyway, Im sure everyone has their own story or a similar story to mine. If you do please tell me why you decide to blog or start blogging again.

Meanwhile; I made a huge mess in the studio today with a cow painting. Yes! Cows are messy in every format! aaaand I didnt have time to clean out the closet I have on my list of To DO’s today. But if I were going to procrastinate you can bet it would be that.
Some rough progress on a very pregnant heifer in the snow.