Nixie getting more layers

Working on getting some more layers added to this commission piece.  Gradually adding more layers of color.  This session I used cadmium yellow, burnt sienna, raw umber, burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue, payne’s gray, raw sienna, burnt umber, indigo, cadmium orange, permanent mauve, winsor violet, and a various mixture of some of those colors.  Not in that particular order, btw, I’m just trying to remember all the colors I used today to tell you, lol. Light was great for painting today, but time to call it a day.  Have a great rest of the weekend everybody!

~ Denise ~


Work in progress –


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

Painting A Fluffy Cow

Right now I’m up to day three on Facebook of the fluffy cow painting.

I have to admit I almost chickened out on posting my first days work.

That first day is always my hardest, and always the place that I seem to be most disappointed. The place I tend to be the most impatient. Sometimes I will help speed up the drying process with a hair dryer just so I can continue to layer on paint and get to a place where I can at least feel good about coming back to the project.

One of my Artist friends has a great attitude about the process. She always tells me “It’s just paper, if you don’t like it start over”.

So if you are painting, keep going in the process!  If you aren’t happy along the way, remember, it’s just paper.  That thought can give you the freedom to keep going and you might just  like your results in the end after all.  Happy painting!


I started this project a few months ago and I just wasn’t happy with how it was turning out.

I think I must have scrubbed off two different backgrounds and still couldn’t quite get satisfied.

Nothing seemed to go right.

I was disgruntled.

Then I realized that my subject matter looked pretty much the same way to me.

So today I picked up the brushes and played around a bit and this is what I’ve come up with. I’m ready to move on to something else!

Anyone else get that way sometime?

Presenting “Disgruntled”