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When I paint, no matter what the subject matter is, I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, using bold, vivid colors and a sense of humor. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece. I constantly experiment with colors, techniques and subjects.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Note Cards - BOGO


I am almost out of cards from my 2015 collections and I will not be reprinting them, so if you are interested, I am offering a few  designs online and for each one you purchase, I will  give you another card for free.   So  you buy one, you get one surprise card design for free.  

Thirty Days, Thirty Paintings...Whew..

Just a reminder to myself of what I did and a little something for you to remember what you saw and commented on thru the month.  Thanks for all of the feedback I got in comments and personal messages.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day One and Day Thirty --the jig is over.

I started with a small painting
 that measures 5.5 by 7.5 inches
and ended up with a  painting 16 times 
larger and measuring 22 by 30 inches.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DAY 30 BIG JIG

Well, I made it.  Day 30 of the 30 paintings in 30 days.  This one is 22 inches by 30 inches.  I went all over the place in the last 30 days, always keeping in mind the theme of Puzzles and puzzling things.  So there you go...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gloria Maria gets caught ! DAY 29

Gloria Maria was spending time in the hen house at night .  She liked the extra heat and the fresh breakfast.  She thought she would never get caught.  Who knew what she did catch was Chicken Pox.  Moo, itch, Moo, itch.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Two Lonely Pieces - Day 26

I have no words for this painting. Imagine that...   I have gotten back to what I started on Day 1 which is simple puzzle pieces.   The difference is that I am working on Full Sheets of watercolor paper which is 22 inches by 30 inches.  Most of my other paintings for this challenge are tiny and measure 5.5 inches by 7.5 inches.  So, I learned a lot on the small ones and now with more paint, bigger brushes, a bigger table to work on, and a bigger glass of wine, ...... I am having a barrel of fun.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Jig Head is looking for hidden pieces DAY 25

Jig Head is wondering where the missing pieces are.  His comb feels a little incomplete to him.  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pinky wants Mink ... Day 24

After spending a week  snowmobiling in  the freezing winds of the Great North Woods, Not only does California Pinky want some Silk Long Johns, she is insisting on Mink lined Uddercovers.  She wants to be sure that none of her Girly Parts will never get that cold again.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Luigi got Inked .. Boom DAY 23

Luigi is feeling his oats since he punked out his feather do, electric blue is cool,  and got some tats done in places we don't want to talk about.  Man will the chicks love the new Luigi..boom!!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chicken Little's Cousin - Day 22

Chicken's Paranoid Family has another cousin who is thinking the Moon is Falling...She is clucking around the pen singing,  "When the moon in the sky looks like a big Jiga Puzzle Pie, that's annoying...."  I think Chicken Little and her cousin Little Red Cluck Cluck need to cross the road to Hautala's to have an adult Hen Beverage.  Egg Noggin straight up??

Thursday, January 21, 2016



I am offering a few of my paintings in the form of note cards. Click to see what is available now.   They make nice gifts and are great for sending short notes  on the blank inside.  Some folks frame them and use them as a mini piece of art.  


Here's lookin at you kid. Day 21

Love comes in all different shapes.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In Plain Sight Day 20

Perky Golden Moo is bored with the whole puzzle thing that seems to catch on in the cold months of winter so to entertain herself, she sneaks around and hides puzzle pieces in plain sight.  That way she gets to mess around with the puzzlers AND she gets to experience the real glory of placing the last  piece in the puzzle.  Just a small victory but great fun in the Barnyard.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SCREAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where's Pink?? Day 19

David Bowie,
 Glenn Fry,
 WHERES PINK??
 Its not just another brick in the wall,
 The wall is crumbling down.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Elsa and Jack hanging out -- Day 18

Elsa Moo Moo heard that Black-Jack gives the best scalp treatment in town so she hoofed over to the Bye Bye Birdie Salon  and was revitalized by high noon.  Its not easy to be a high maintenance dame.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fly me to the moon -- Day 17

Rosie just got wind of her admirer at the farm, heck, she just arrived and already some little bull has pierced his ear and is singing her love songs.  He even has copied her style and has a heart earring.  Time to take a break and give the little bull time to cool off.  Rosie dashed to Walmart's for a passport pic with the promise of wonderful photo that captured all of her cougar beauty.  She is thinking she should take a long trip to someplace exotic.  Word in the barn, among the cows is that the Costa Rican bulls are very suave but man alive, look at her passport pic.  Isn't it possible for those  photographer guys to take a pic that doesn't make you look like a deer in headlights.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Young Love, First Love -- Day 16


Young love, first love
Filled with true devotion
Billy Blue refused to have a tag with a number on it.  It was part of his teen age rebellion.  Mama Cow was shocked when he had his number tag replaced with an ear piercing. Billy declared this  huge heart earring was the only way to clearly announce his love and devotion for  Rosie, a young calf  who recently arrived at the farm.
Being an adolescent is a complicated situation!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sarah the Sacred Cow Day 14


Sarah the sacred blue eyed cow is getting ready for the Prom.  She has her best bling on and she is planning to dance until the cows come home...no curfew for Sarah.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sin Bites -- Day 13

Little did Aunt Bea know that when she stole a slip of the plant she saw in the back of the church, it would turn into a jigsaw plant.  She finds pieces of a jigsaw puzzle daily on her table and floor.  None of the pieces fit together thus far and it is keeping her up at night.  Aunt Bea is starting to taking a bit of the drink to calm her nerves but it is not helping much.  Its not easy when you commit mortal sins.  Confession is the answer.  Thou shall not steal bites.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Puzzled" Feline Day 12

Puzzled Petunia wonders why the local Tom Cats don't pay attention to her.  Her friends say its her attitude but she isn't buying it.  The only way to test her theory is for her to sign up for  www.pof.com   dating service.  What Petunia doesn't understand is that Plenty of Fish dating service is for people , not for cats with an attitude.  What a wake up call it will be for her....or maybe she will find some interesting opportunities.  ......to be continued.  meow!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Girlfriends putting the pieces together -- Day 11

Girlfriends, young or old always seem to have each others backs, and are always there to help fit the pieces together, often with a glass of wine in hand.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

News Flash: Patti Moo Moo Falls to Pieces .. Day 9

Patti Moo Moo is just unable to forget her romance with Big Blue Moo which, by the way,  resulted in a child Baby Blue who has since moved to California.  Patti Moo falls to pieces, each time she hears Big Blue Moo moo.  They just can't be friends, she can not pretend.    She likes his brand of Bull... come to think of it, so do many of the other heifers who hang out in the barnyard.  Go figure!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fretful Frida is working the Pole - Day Eight

Fretful Frida was unable to make it on the Debate Team, but there is no argument that she knows her way around the JigSaw Pole down at the Gentlemen's Club.  Turns out many of the Debate Team members spend a lot of time there as well....and they are bad tippers.!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wanna buy notecards??? Here is your chance

 Now you can buy my notecards - click here

All Glitz Day Seven

I am playing with color combinations and loosely done birds. I tried some textures in this one and a new techniques.  It is a little brighter in real life.  This one was hard to photograph. 
  Glitzy Gilda is all Flash and not much substance but it is working for her.  She hangs out on trees most of the time and has some pearl jigsaw bling that she loves to wear.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Keeping it Warm - Day Six

This old stewing hen is trying to keep this puzzle piece warm.  Its all shes got, she ran out of eggs a long time ago.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

PEARL PEARL PEARL...WHAT A DAME Day five

(just for fun)  Pearl has decided to become a California Cow.  Those Wisconsin Winters were getting to be just too much for her.  She is loving the aroma of the California Grass and when it rains, turns out it rains pearls.  What more could a self respecting girl ask for.  Jewelry and plenty of aromatic grass.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Don't forget your lipstick

You have heard of lipstick on a pig, right? Well, this is that pig's barnyard neighbor. Word in the barnyard is that she is the Mary Kay Rep and is hoping to get her pink Cadillac this year.

THIS ONE'S FOR ME - Day four

This little chick has climbed on top of this puzzle piece in order to claim it.  She is  hoping  to put the final piece in...Wonder how long she will have to wait.  Perhaps she will be chicken soup by the time she realizes that there is no such thing as a last puzzle piece.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

THERE'S A SONG IN MY HEART Day Three

Looking up close and personal at all of the puzzle pieces, this one realized that there was a song to be sung.  Music is soothing to the soul, for sure.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hidden Heart - Day Two

Among all of the puzzle pieces you will be sure to find tinsel, texture and a secret heart trying to peek out and wishing to dance in the street.

IN SEARCH OF THE REMAINING PIECES -- DAY ONE

I am honoring the jigsaw puzzle for this 30 in 30 challenge, both literally and metaphorically.  So I started with the Mama puzzle piece and a baby puzzle piece moving around in space.  Don't know where I am going with this idea but I know it will take twists and turns that will be a surprise to me.  I will experiment with colors, textures, and techniques and of course my sense of humor will be in the mix every now and then.   Each piece is rather small.  This one is 5.5 inches  by 7.5 inches.   So, there you have it....  
...My idea of fun.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

All I am saying is Give Piece a chance

So, there are three more days until the 30 in 30 challenge begins and I have picked a subject.  It is an off the wall subject, would you expect anything less?  Not sure where it is going to go and how it will develop over the next 30 days but we will see, at least I will see and I hope some of you will hop on for the ride.  Comments are welcome. I get a kick out of them.  So hang on, its going to be a bumpy road. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

NORTH STAR

North Star, sounds like a name for one of the Kardashian kids...  but it is the feeling I get when I look at the cold winter sky.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Frosty is hanging with a new crowd

Not only has frosty found new friends, getting around has suddenly become a lot easier.