Friday, December 27, 2013

Judith and Jesse Newman

Judith Newman and I have been through the "war zone" together.  
We have known each other for years.
She sent me this photo of her son, Jesse, and herself, obviously mugging for her very capable camera.  I painted them in their crazy pose.

Happy New Year, Judith!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Channel & Ralphy Silver

These lovely kiddos are Maltese munchkins.  
They are spirited and have an ATTITUDE about a lot of things!!  
I painted them as a special gift for my dear friends, Anne and Cary.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Holidays, Everyone!!

The doggies were snuggled, and the cat too.  Waiting for Santa to appear, and knew...
That he would come soon to bring them toys
And loads of treats for our girl and the boys...

Health, happiness and much joy in 2014!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


The image is a biker in a biker bar....
Courtesy of my biker image chasing, friend, Gini.
I caught him in the act of enjoying another brew,
While the action behind him rocks on.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thunder By The Ocean

Thunder By the Ocean….
A lone horse flies down the ocean front while
scavenger gulls caw and flap to his rhythm….
I loved painting this.  
Hope you enjoy it too.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Look Through Any Window...

I have always been a little frightened of acrylics.  
They are STRONG in color and different to handle, compared with watercolors.
With watercolors, I paint fairly photo-realistically.
With acrylics, I decided to let it all hang out.
In LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW, I did just that. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lady With Umbrella

I drew this image on an old envelope.  
She had her hair knotted tightly, wore a traditional Thai dress, and carried her umbrella 
for shade from the sun.  
The stamp and address add a little mystery to the image.


This young fellow is the grandson of my dear friend, Annie Bickley.
Emmet is a fine athlete even at an early age.
He loves to run through the grass, seriously looking for the goal line.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chinese painting with Lian Quan Zhen

I took a painting class with Lian Quan Zhen.  
He was wonderful.  Great artist and super sense of humor.  
I generally cannot STAND painting flowers and focus most of my attention on people and animals.
This work was done with Chinese brushes and colors on rice paper.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jim's 1949 Jeep Willy's

I gave this 1949 Jeep Willy's to Jim as a wedding gift.
He drove it all over the mountains in Colorado.
Recently, when we moved, he regretfully sold it.
I wanted him to have Willy's back, if only in a painting.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ellis Island New Arrival

OK, I'll admit it.  I just couldn't give up painting this image.  
My grandfather, Julius Ludwig Van Pahlke
arrived on Ellis Island with a few belongings.  
I painted him previously, but my work didn't depict the STORY
I wanted to tell.  I think that this is better.

This tells of a little guy who just arrived off of the boat, 
with his few treasures in a bag and basket.  Tattered and torn
just like Madam Liberty held her arms to embrace.

Enjoy and be glad you are here in the USA!!

Friday, August 9, 2013


The assignment was to paint "Imagine" for our art league.
So I thought about all of the things I could imagine...
And here is my result:

If Pigs Could FLY...
They would fly over the MOUNTAINS, of course.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tiny Columbine...

The task was to paint a miniature painting.  Anything we wanted.  I chose something I truly avoid at all costs.  Flowers.  I love them, but find them incredibly difficult to paint.  3x5 mighty inches overall, this little beauty is our state flower here in Colorado.  Enjoy, everyone.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Willie LaWarre

Once upon a time, there was a very special little guy.
His parents, Claudia and Bill adopted him so that they could
give him kisses and hold him,
and Willie could give them licks and jumps and make them laugh and giggle.
Here he is -- in his puppy faced best.
Willie La Warre

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Two of Fourteen Plus ONE

This is a painting of my Grandpa Habenicht, his brother, August, and
my Dad, George.  They were obviously happily
"strutting their stuff" between the car
and my adorable baby Dad.
By the way, Grandpa Albert and August were two
of fourteen children who lived on the farm where
this photo was taken.

Hope that you enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The CAT is out of the BAG!!!

NIMS is the cat of my dear friend, Sonia Cohen.
This cat is a REAL CAT -- loves to climb into things and play hide and seek.
Here Nims has climbed into a brown paper bag, and YES,
She successfully got out of the BAG!
Love to you and Nims, Sonia.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Torch Is Passed

The Torch Is Passed

My dear friend, Arleen, lost her darling mother a few months ago.
Her niece held her Mothers hand as she left this world for the next.
Arleen asked me to paint this.  
I have called this painting "Passing the Torch."
I cannot tell you all how much this moved me to paint this intimate and lovely moment in time.
I hope that it moves you too.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mrs. Jenkins, You Have A Lovely Daughter....

THIS little cherub is the daughter of Jane Jenkins.  
Jane is a huge supporter of CARE, or Colorado Animal Rescue.
Little Zoie is absolutely fuzzy and happy and wonderful.
I hope that this painting makes Jane grin!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Kathy and Bill Hegberg have a doggie named Lily. 
 She is a powerful dog of long proportions who hunts, leaps off of kayaks in search of fish, and has ATTITUDE.
I love her determined look, her sleek, well-toned body, and her BIG-ness.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cheeseburger In Paradise....

I love painting whimsical stuff that makes me smile....

I painted a Banana Split in Ted Nuttall's class, 
and ergo, thought of this cheeseburger to paint on my own.  
Here it is -- a big bite of heaven on a bun.  
Hope it makes you smile too.  YUMMMMM.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Women of Beauty

The Task Today:  To paint three paintings that relate to one another.  Use some to a lot of collage, paint, textures.  Never have done this before.  I chose small amounts of additional collage materials, lots of paint -- applied with fingers, brushes, and sticks.  The figure is from my drawing earlier this week -- a young lady, nude, with her arms spread wide.  I loves this figure.  Hope you do too!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wind In Her Hair...

OK.  I bit the bullet.  I decided to try ACRYLIC PAINT!!!
Good grief.
One would think me Benedict Arnold!!!
I bought paints, brushes, gesso (???), and all of the STUFF.
I held my breath and walked into Robert Burridge's
classroom in Sedona.  Five days of instruction by this fabulous, encouraging,
thoroughly competent painter.
Today, the task was to paint our nude model.
We were to paint her, but nothing specific.  No details.  Just HER.
This is my painting.

I am having FUN!

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Banana Split....

The task was to paint a still life painting in a week long workshop with Ted Nuttall, a fabulous teacher of watercolors.

I couldn't stand that thought of flowers in the pot, blocks on the table, or other more "traditional" still life prospects.  So I painted a banana split.  

Ice cream is yummy and chocolate, strawberries and nuts with whipped cream sounded like just the ticket for me.  So here it is:  The banana split.

Instead of just looking at mine, why not go out and get your own????

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Miss Molly Brown

Miss Molly Brown passed away and is residing at Rainbow Bridge.  She was an outdoor girl, a mountain queen, and best friend of my friend Janis Huggins.  
I thought it was fitting that I paint Molly Brown for Janis.  Like many of us, Janis is a dog lover and misses Molly Brown every single day.  I can relate to that.  Each of our fuzzy children is special, and has a permanent place in our heart.  
Here's for you Janis.  
With love,  Elle

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Ends: Gravelle Kids

These two guys are really FAST.  
They just look sleepy.  They are saving their energy for something really important --
 Like chasing rabbits or squirrels or something....
Meanwhile, they make super looking book ends.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chloe Kurt

Meet Chloe Kurt, daughter of Carol and Karen Kurt.
She is young -- just a puppy, but smart as a whip and sweet as the day is long.
An Aussie Shepard, she is soft and and has wispy fur.  

We all welcome her to our hiking community in Aspen!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Albrecht Children...

         Cricket and Casey are adorable Ragdoll kitties.  They jump and play and sleep in the sunshine.  Their fur is soft and wispy and floats in the air.  As I painted them,
I could feel their warmth and gentle sweetness.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Miss Chicken in Scottsdale, Arizona

Miss Chicken arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona!  She has been around the world several times, and travels incessantly.  She came here, after waiting for over a year on a list.  All of the artists on the list wanted to paint her.  I wanted to paint her too.

I thought that she would like to see our desert here, so I painted her among the cacti in the Sonoran desert.  I think she enjoyed it here, although she couldn't understand why she couldn't touch the cacti.  I explained that the cacti have large thorns that stick you if you touch them.  One needs to admire them from afar.  She thought that was just fine.

Miss Chicken leaves tomorrow for her next destination.  Good-bye Miss Chicken.  Thank-you for letting me paint you!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quiet Study

My friend, Bernie Grauer, was bicycling in the Frying Pan River basin.  
He stopped when he saw these magnificent long horned sheep.  He was able to get a few photos of them -- just quietly studying their surroundings.  Aren't they stunning creatures??

Monday, January 7, 2013

Eat More Chicken!!

I just love cows and steers!  They are so unhurried.  They look DIRECTLY at you and just watch....

My dear friend, Gini, allowed me to paint her photograph of these steers.  Thanks, Gini!