Category Archives: Learning

Along the Mississippi River

We drove from Kansas City to Chicago last week and followed the Mississippi River through most of Iowa. The river, the farm fields, and the striking fall colors made it hard to keep my eyes on the road at times. … Continue reading

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By a Pyramid

In December, when we went into a COVID related regional lockdown, I began a notebook for doing small imaginative sketches. I thought that since I could not get out for plein air painting, that at least I could learn a … Continue reading

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Five Days on the North Rim

We camped on the edge of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, not in the park, but along the Rainbow Trail in Kaibab Forest. If you look closely at this painting, you can see our two campers, my husband, sister, and … Continue reading

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Slow Days of Summer

Hanging out with family under shade trees in the heat of summer may be one of the best experiences ever. I wanted to capture this feeling of slow togetherness in this sketch.

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Sunset in the Meadow

When I look at the collection above of the plein air paintings that I did on our recent trip to Colorado, I notice that I am reluctant to include people in the landscapes and to use vivid accent colors. Since … Continue reading

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Marigolds on Stripes

I brought my marigolds inside and took my time arranging the composition. For color and shape contrast, I put the round orange flowers on a mostly blue striped tablecloth. Then I arranged the wrinkles in the stripes to counter the … Continue reading

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Describing Nature’s Beauty

There are so many ways of looking at, thinking about, and admiring nature. Some do it with words, photos, or paint, others in less common ways. Over the years I have come to appreciate the perspective of my favorite mathematician, … Continue reading

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