Inktober 2019 Ink Drawings

This is the first time I’ve participated! Fun! This is day 1, 2, and 3.

Day 6 • World Watercolor Month • Daily Painting

Window View 
(scenic lake with bright sunset/sunrise)

Wish this really was 
the view out my window!

Available in my Etsy shop
⭐️ Window View (scenic lake with bright sunset/sunrise)
⭐️ 8" x 8" square (paper size) / Painted area is approximately 6" x 6"
⭐️ Unframed
⭐️ Shipping included for US

Available in my Etsy shop


July - World Watercolor Month Daily Paintings

July 2019


Day 1, 2, 3, & 4

This month's daily paintings (at least most of them)
are available in my Etsy shop.

 Watercolor Painting Cat Pawprint

 Watercolor Painting Deer

 Watercolor Painting Toasting Marshmallows


En Plein Air Miniature 4x4 Acrylic Paintings

A few of my plein air paintings from earlier this year. I was experimenting with acrylic on gessoed panels. The last couple of paintings I switched to 'open acrylics' to give myself more working time than regular acrylics. But even that proved challenging on a windy, dry day outside. Inside the atrium there was usually plenty of humidity which made the process easier.


Plein Air Day: Painting Red Amaryllis in Acrylic

I really can't get enough of plein air painting. I use that term loosely to mean on-location, usually outdoors, basically anywhere that's NOT my studio. 😏

I'm loving painting with Golden's Open Acrylics on 4 inch x 4 inch Aquabord panels

(indoor atrium) Peoria, Illinois  

Below my paintings are more explanations and definitions
of what others think "Plein Air" means.

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”....

En plein air

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]French for outdoors, or plein airpainting) is the act of painting outdoors. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a  predetermined look....

Debate: Must ‘Plein Air’ Be Defined?
There are very few rules in art, which may be what draws a lot of rules-are-meant-to-be-broken types to this field, but artists (like everyone else) want to know that the terms they use are understood in the same way by others. Take, for example, the term painting “plein air,”...

And there are many more opinions!

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and daily activities.


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I LOVE these little books!

I've just recently discovered Chatbooks and can't get enough of them!

They're square format, so they work exceptionally well for Instagram. The  Chatbooks app will even connect with your account and let you know when you have 60 pages ready to print, so you can set your subscription on auto pilot and not change a thing.

Being the perfectionist type person I am, I prefer to control each and every page. And that's another great point, I can control and play to my hearts content! When Chatbooks notifies me that my 60 page (that's 30 sheets double sided) is ready to print, I still have 3 days to delete, change, and rearrange. If I delete several and there's less than 60 pages, then it will NOT go to print. I really like that since I often post way more images on Instagram than I would ever want printed.

I can make a Custom Book, (rather than relying on the subscription) where I import any images I want and add as much or as little writing as I feel is needed. This is a fabulous way to make special books for gifts. In my case I just like to have certain paintings in a single collection.

As with anything, this is not without a small learning curve. There are a few quirks, but well worth figuring it all out to have such a wonderful little treasure of your favorite paintings, people, events or collections of most anything.



You can get $10 off your 
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Painting Acrylic En Plein Air at the Botanical Garden

Long winters can really leave my creative spirit cold. I thaw it out with trips to my local botanical garden to paint en plein air with acrylic or watercolor. So many gorgeous picture opportunities too. Great to have on hand for future paintings when I can't get there in person.

Hopefully spring is coming soon!

See more of my original plein air and other nature paintings in my shop.

Orchids Painting
I'm really enjoying using my new pochade box I made recently

 Plein Air Acrylic Painting  

(indoor atrium)
Peoria, Illinois  


Hibiscus Flower Watercolor Painting at My Local Botanical Gardens

Winter is LONG... my  local botanical garden atrium is the perfect spot for painting.

I love painting in plein Air but fighting the cold and wind in winter is just too much. I often head over to my local botanical garden to soak up the warmth and humidity while I paint in either watercolor or acrylic. Gives me a much needed break from both the elements and my studio.

Available in my Etsy Shop.

I'm even using this painting 
for some of my printed promotional materials!


Mini DIY Pochade Box for Plein Air Painting

I recently made this fun little pochade box for plein air painting with open acrylics. I wanted something light weight and handheld so I purchased a balsa wood box, altered and accessorized it. You can find more pictures with notes in my Instagram story.

Pochade Box

Painting in Plein Air


Will Winter Ever End?

Hope you're having a great 2019!
Can hardly wait for spring so I can get outside 
for plein air painting and urban sketching!