Sunrise Service

20170222_131637.jpgPrepared this painting as a sample for an upcoming Easter Paint Party.  What do you think?



On one of our morning walks last week, Jed and Lincoln and I saw forsythia beginning to bloom….already! Because of it we painted Forsythia in the kids classes last week and they did great work.  Here are the samples I created for them to see for their paintings.

Yesterday the Interweave blog had an interesting post for President’s Day all about First Ladies who crocheted.  I was so interested to read about  Ida Saxton McKinley who crocheted over 4000 slippers while her husband was in office despite her ill health.  The photos today are from a wonderful article on Betsy Butler’s blog. (See it here.)  This is from Interweave:

    “Ida Saxton McKinley (1847-1907), the wife of President William McKinley (1843-1901), was limited by precarious health. Suffering from severe headaches, mild epileptic seizures, fainting spells, and periods of depression, she often preferred to remain in her private quarters. But despite her physical limitations, she was an avid crocheter said to have crocheted some 4,000 pairs of bedroom slippers during her lifetime . . . Mrs. McKinley either gave these slippers away to friends, veterans, and orphans or she sold them at auction to raise money for the charities that she supported.”


pets-feb-19I had a really fun Paint Party yesterday with a wonderful group of ladies that come out from Northern Virginia to paint every few months.  They are all delightful and we have lots of laughs as we paint beautiful pets.  Great work ladies.  Can’t wait till April.

We had family and friends painting together at The Studio yesterday creating fabulous Pet Portraits.

selfie-5It was nine years ago today that I posted my first entry on “Life of a Daily Painter” blog.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  NINE YEARS!
I started blogging as a way to share the daily paintings that I was creating and to hopefully sell some as I try to make a living as an artist.  But after a year or so the blog developed into more.  As I started teaching more I would share the work of my students.  They enjoy seeing their work and hearing your comments on what they are doing.

And now that we have The Studio – A Place for Learning (a creative teaching co-op) I am sharing the creativity of others who take all sorts of classes there.

Huge Student ClassAnd in the midst of all the posts about art and creating  I have shared stories about my dogs (here is one of my favorite about Truman) , some painting tips, museum travel suggestions (here is one that features the “French” Lincoln),  recipes, crochet patterns and memories of my family.

Rice Tire 1234Now with Facebook many others have discovered the blog and started following too.  Many of you have followed from the beginning and others found me along the way.  I am so grateful to you all for that.

Each morning the first thing I do is sit down to write a post and share a photo.  It’s become a habit that I enjoy.  Thanks for following along.  I hope you will continue visiting with me here.

Kid’s classes painted Forsythia this week.  We saw some beginning to bloom on our walk earlier in the week.  All this strange weather has things popping out.