How Now Brown Cow?

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The latest in my Home on the Range series celebrating Kansas.  Of course it has to be titled “How Now Brown Cow”!  This particular piece is a tribute to the Kansas farm.

On a 12 x 12 stretched canvas with 1 1/2 inch deep sides. Created with Citra Solv altered National Geographic pages and acrylic paint.


Strut watermark

Awhile back I photo stalked some crows that were hanging out at a convenience store parking lot.  They were feasting on the crumbs of all manner of junk food that had been dropped.  One in particular seemed to be strutting around like he owned the place.

And so, this is “Strut”, a collage and paint crow on a Citra Solv background.  I used a 10 x 10 inch wood panel as a base for this collage.

Next week Strut will head to Tessera Fine Art Gallery along with many other new pieces.

Hope you have a happily creative weekend!


Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!


I am still plugging away in my Tribute Journal, and it is only fitting that I share my Abraham Lincoln page with you today.  I admire Abraham because he was an overcomer.  He overcame hardship and disadvantage, and even failure to become a man of great influence.  He carried that power with integrity, a rare feat.  His depth of wisdom and insight is apparent in many of his quotes.  I included some of my favorites on the page.

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“Don’t worry that you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”


“Lucky” Jefferson in my Art Journal


“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.” 

Thomas Jefferson

This is a page out of my art journal and is an example of paint over collage.  You can see the map papers, book pages, and other elements (like a magazine cut out of the word lucky) barely hidden beneath the paint, but did you know there is a magazine image under the face as well?  The new face looks entirely different, but gluing in a cut out to paint on top of can help with proportion and angle of the features.

When cutting a face out of a magazine, I don’t worry about the hair, just the face.  Nothing has to be neat and tidy, because you will be painting on top anyway.  I simply coat the collaged piece with clear gesso, let dry, and then paint in my own style!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!