2017 First Place at DAR Continental Congress


My husband, Gene and I have just returned from a spectacular week in Washington, DC while attending the 126th Continental Congress of the Daughters of the Revolution. I was awarded First Place in Watercolor in their American Heritage Competition; it was quite awesome and humbling.  Below are a few photos from the event.


You can read about my entry to the American Heritage Competition, – Moving Family Traditions Forward through Art.  I feel the required one-page essay helps to explain the art process well.

The Opening Night Ceremony was full of Pageantry, military band, and impressive guest speakers. The DAR owns about a full block at the National Mall; The DAR Library alone houses over 200,000 books of the American Revolution that for the most part are not yet digitized. I could have spent a week there alone. It was quite a trip!

The DAR is non-political; just Patriotic.



2016 – Day 6 & 7 TEXAS TRIP



Up early to miss the Dallas traffic, but caught a great sunrise. You do not want to get caught on I35 like we did at rush our coming in. Shortly, it was back to watching for signs.
Our stop this night was in Hoover, Alabama – near Birmingham. This place called Cajun Steamers was hopping and yes, that is an alligator skin on the wall.
Next day it was back to signs, but by now, we had almost found all of them. On the trip our best technique for staying awake was telling stories – about growning up in Finland and Iowa.
And here we are back home, with the car emptied.  What fun we did have! Next trip? We do not know yet, but if it is a fun location, we might go:-) We are going painting on Tuesday to a nursery.  . . .

On to Texas


DAY 2  And more driving – through 7 states in two days – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and finally, Texas. The road was covered with trees on both sides so vistas were non-existent. We entertained ourselves by hunting for story-telling signs so it became quite an adventure. Stopping for lunch at Catfish Village was one of them. After an exciting trip through the center of Dallas due to rush hour traffic, we finally arrived to Margies.

Texas Here We Come


DAY 1 – Starting the road trip to Dallas where we are driving over 100 paintings for a little art exhibit in Argyle, thanks to our host, Margie. First we drove through the Carolinas. Then it was Georgia and driving though Atlanta. 

Art Exhibition in Texas!


Packed for Texas!

We managed to get all 100 framed paintings (25 are matted only) into Anne-Marie’s great Mercedes that goes completely flat in back, so we are ‘ready’ for our little road trip!  We leave Thursday and hope to post a few photos along the way on our Facebook accounts and on http://www.jannstravels.com. Thanks to Margie, our Texas host and to Vicki, my sister that lives close to Margie, we have almost 65 coming to our little road show! It’s quite an adventure!

Travel in Tuscany with Natalie


It has been non-stop touring, dining and painting with my daughter, Natalie. We even celebrated her birthday in Cortona with a special cake that Lina had made. She wanted to visit this old farm estate, called Spannocchia, southwest of Siena. It offers great painting opportunities for another trip. From there, we headed for one night at the wonderful Villa le Barone, above Florence, with panoramic vistas any direction you look. The hosts, Jacqueline and Corso are so generous and welcoming. Tomorrow, it is time to think about packing to return home.