Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Traveling Chicken and her Peeps Come to Mankato, MN

I recently had the great honor of a visit from 'the Traveling Chicken".  As a host for the little chicken and her companions, I was invited to be a quest blogger on the official blog where I submitted this painting. This was a big deal, ya'll! After I signed up for the chicken, I waited a long time to be a part of this thing that has been going on since 2012! The chicken has been all over the world and finally came here. I came up with a little story, which you can read on The Traveling Chicken blog, if you are interested. In fact, looking back at the archives, there are many fun stories to read and lots of interpretations of the wee poulet and her companions. Check it out :

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


The last painting in the 31 day challenge - finally!  I have painted every day, although I didn't finish a painting every single day. Hopefully I learned some things along the way, and now I'm happy to go on to some other projects. But first,  I get a little reward ;-)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Grain Fed

The second to the last one! I bought a loaf of "take and bake" bread the other day, but I didn't read the direction that said to freeze the bread if you weren't going to bake it right away.  Four or five days later, I popped it in the oven and it smelled divine! It looked completely beautiful when it came out too. Nice and crusty - yum! But on the bottom, I noticed a big green area. So disappointing! Never one to waste, it ended up serving another purpose, and I learned a lesson. But I can't wait to go buy another one and bake it right away this time!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pepper Pile-up

I got to use a lot of cadmium colors for this, and keep them pretty intense. Pretty fun! I love those happy little peppers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Radish Bowl

Here's my story - I bought some radishes, not because I wanted a salad, but because I've never painted them. They had lovely green tops at the time. I stuck them in the veggie drawer and forgot about them, until the tops were dark and slimy, so I trimmed them up, and popped them in a bowl and then I painted what turned out to be a complicated maze. The colors in the produce section of your grocery store are so intense! A purple cabbage, for example, or those mini peppers.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Legs and Hair

I rarely buy carrots with the tops intact. I don't see an advantage other than aesthetic pleasure, the feeling that it's fresher perhaps? We know why I did it now though:-) They were fun models and I'll put them to good use tomorrow, maybe in a soup. With a ton of fresh snow, that seems like a good use.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Room for More

In real life these grapes are as tired as I am. they've been sitting out since Thursday night and the stems are getting a little brittle. The poor grapes may have lost their luster too, but they've served me well. Thank you grapes.