Okoboji Queen Sunset

If you visit the Iowa Great Lakes region you need to experience a sunset at Spirit Lake.  The view is particularly nice at Arnolds Park in Okoboji and that is where the Queen II docks for the evening.

I really can’t tire taking in all the beautiful colors of a sunset.  They are particularly stunning, and hard to give justice when painting.  Yellows, oranges and pinks glow against the water, land and everything else that the last rays of sun touch before it disappears until the next day.


The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy. 

Psalm 65:8

A special thank you to Chelsie Stettnichs for allowing me to paint this from her photo!

The original for this painting is available along with a limited number of signed prints.  You can find them here:  DSJonesStudio Etsy Shop

Sneak Peak

A little sprucing up and reorganizing on the blog and across social media sites was on the agenda the last few days.

I’m pleased to announce the opening of DSJonesStudio Etsy Shop.

Right now there are signed prints available in the shop.

You’ll find the newest series Sweet Smell of Memories –  Proverbs 27:9 there.  Being in the company of our loved ones, our friends, our besties.  Inhaling the sweet smell of a favorite scent…all these bring joy to my heart and can invoke sweet memories.  These memories are what inspired the five paintings in the series.

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” Proverbs 27:9


Sweet Smell of Memories Prov. 27:9


I’ll be adding some original paintings to the shop along with the prints, however, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak.


All this computer work, phew!  I’m anxious to get back to painting! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!


Settled In

We have been living in our new house for a few months now and are enjoying being settled in.

The front room has turned out to be a great room for my painting studio. The sunlight dances in through the front windows and bounces off my work area and all around the room. It makes for an enjoyable place to paint!

Both Toaster and Ellie (our rescue tabbies) enjoy being there with me. They can be found either sitting on the windowsill, an adjoining chair, on my work area; or if one is feeling feisty trying to steal paint brushes or drinking paint water. Cough, cough, Toaster. 

I’ve been busy painting and posting to Instagram and Facebook, but realized I was remiss in updating my blog. My apologies. 

So here is our Ellie Bellie that I’ve recently painted in watercolor. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Learning in limbo

While waiting to move into our new location, I’ve been trying to take advantage of reading and watching different artists at work.

It is a great way to keep the creative ideas flowing, and also to learn new techniques to try.

I should warn you that it can also lead to a list of supplies you may want to purchase.  🙂


Last month we said our goodbyes to this sweet, funny man, my father-in-law. He managed to retain his humor even as he struggled with Alzheimer’s. 

Both paintings were paintings of love and painted from photos taken by my niece Lauren who originally captured Pop’s personality so I could paint it. 

We all miss you Pop. 




We have two rescued tabby cats that live with us. Toaster tries to steal my paint brushes or sneak a sip of water out of my paint buckets. 

After he realizes that won’t work, he will lay down and watch me paint, or take/fake a nap. 

I think he senses when I am finished or when I’m not particularly paying attention to him, because then he will sneak and try to grab something.

Right after this picture was taken he had the object he was reaching for in his mouth. He realized I was busy taking this picture, and so he went for the opportunity. 

He’s a stinker. That’s our Toaster. We love him. 

Let Go and Have Fun at Arnolds Park, Iowa

For a change of pace, painted a quick, loose, watercolor of Arnolds Park in Okoboji, Iowa.

Usually I start with a sketch on the paper, but this time I just begun by laying down water and dropping on layers of paint.

The fun and often and scary thing about watercolor is not exactly knowing what the paint will do at times.  Sometimes you have to just let. go.  After adding some shadows, I decided to go back and add a layer of cadmium orange to the trees and shoreline.  I like how it brightened up those areas, so I figured, what the heck, let’s see what it does to the water, and then proceeded to lay down a layer over that.  It added a depth to it that wasn’t previously there.

Watercolor painting is about learning, having fun and experimenting sometimes.  Couldn’t think of a better thing to do on this subject matter, where having fun, learning and letting go is what you do at Arnolds Park!

Overall image size is 5 1/2″ by 12″