Sunday, December 4, 2016

Some Recent Paintings and Happenings

Back to my blog! I just thought I'd share a few recent paintings. Also, I have had artwork in two shows, and have completed 2 commissions (which I'll show after the recipients get them). So I have been busy........mostly with life more than painting. I hope to do the 30 in 30 again, and this time, I'll try to actually finish it! I look forward to checking out everyone's art who enters it in January. I hope everyone has a great Christmas/Holiday!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Peanut and George

Meet Peanut and George. I was lucky enough to be asked to paint 2 beautiful bulldogs recently. Thanks, Mary Weeks! These are both on 16x16 canvasses with wide, painted gallery edges and were ready to hang. In fact, they are already hung in their home! Peanut has gone to the "Rainbow Bridge" ( It's a story/poem about what happens to our beloved pets when they die, and what happens when we join them. It's very comforting to me. So, here's sweet and comical Peanut. Her relative George is still with us, and is just as characterful! What a total treat it was to do this project. And painting dogs has become one of my favorites!
I haven't been on my blog in a long time. Hopefully I'll be painting more and more again. But I've still been keeping tabs on what my friends are up to!

Sunday, September 11, 2016


#11 of the challenge. you might think I'm having too much fun. Is there such a thing? Not in my little world! This was supposed to just be a puppy. A simple puppy minding his own business. But then the word "puparazzi" popped into my mind. There was no turning back. But he needed a camera. So that's all I have to say about that.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dock of the Bay

#10 of the challenge. I took this photo last summer at Interlochen, when I was there for the Mark Mehaffey workshop. But, as usual, this looks nothing like the photo. I strayed again. There's more to the story.....that is that I'm trying to be more loose and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Town Without Pity

#9 of the challenge. This is one of my "one mark at a time" paintings (from some kind of memory). Not that all paintings aren't one mark at a time, but when I paint like this, I'm all over the painting, back and forth, back and forth.
It's very fun, and I can keep pretty loose. And the title? I guess you'd have to be old enough to remember the song. I always loved Gene Pitney!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Let's Bend the Rules

#8 of the challenge. This started out as acrylic, but ended up oil. Just a random flower sitting in a random vase, and minding their own business. But I do love the random colors!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fountain of Youth

#7 of the challenge. I snapped this photo a while back and finally decided to try it. I'm always a little nervouse about painting kids and water, but I'm happy with the outcome.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm All About Preparation

#6 of the challenge. I am told that this pup LOVES getting dressed up and just has an attitude of anything goes. I painted this from a photo, but I think he would have actually sat and posed for it!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Special Guest"

#5 of the challenge. I have done these scenes several times (from memory?) Yet I don't remember ever being in a scene like this, so I'm not sure of the origin. But I enjoy the mysterious and spiritual thoughts I have as I paint these people. I just know they're about to experience something very enlightening!
Free shipping for the challenge month! 
oil  12x9

Your Time to Shine

#4 of the challenge. Simple sunflowers just doing their thing. There are lots of layers of oil on this, and lots of colors that were hard to capture with my camera. The title came to me after the fact this time. I think we all need our time to shine! 
 Only 26 days to go.......I need to pedal faster! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

You Look Pretty

# 3 of the challenge. As I've said, I love observing people and wondering what their lives are like. When I saw this couple, she just seemed really down and discouraged. He turned to her at one point and said something. I didn't see her reaction, but I imagined and hoped that he said something really nice, really uplifting, and just sweet. Maybe it made her day. We all need that sometimes! It doesn't take much to encourage and uplift most of us. Just a moment of compassion can make a huge difference!
Oh, and I loved her little feet and how they didn't touch the ground! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

#2 of the 30 in 30 challenge. Maybe this girl just ate lunch. So she's checking her lipstick and making sure there's no spinach in her teeth.  I love trying to imagine someone's life when I go back and look at my photos. I know she's in love with her skirt. So was I!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Through Thick and Thin

This is #1 of the 30 in 30 challenge. I thought I'd start with an image from my memory. A sweet couple who have been through everything, and made it out on the other side. And of course, a few little bodily changes came along the way! I am offering free shipping for paintings created during the challenge month! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

White Noise

I found these guys separately, in my sketchbook pages, and decided to bring them together. I didn't know if they would get along or not. But Lo and behold, they started kickin out the jams! So I gave them each a brand new white suit, a few people to watch them, a hint of some city life, and off they went to see what kind of trouble they could get into! 
12x9 oil

Friday, August 19, 2016

Let's Dance!

This is a mixed media painting, 10x8. I say mixed media because it is oil over acrylic, but not totally covered. I left the parts of the acrylic that I liked, but enhanced parts with my oh so creamy oils! Anyways, they look like they want me to get up and dance. So I will.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dinner Can Wait

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free",  Michelangelo.
I discovered this quote last night and I love a lot of things about it: the vision he had before the creation, the confidence and faith of what would be before it happens, and others things. It also reminded me of negative painting. He was getting rid of all that marble that didn't look like an angel!
This is a photo I snapped at our local farmer's market. The calf was eating until the little girl reached down and touched him. My imagination told me that this moment of her touch was more important to him than his food. But I could be wrong. The beauty is, it doesn't matter!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stay With Me

I saw this horse in a field and stopped to take a picture. He walked right up to me, and didn't seem to want me to go. He was really beautiful, and I tried hard to capture him, but I don't think I did him justice. Maybe I'll go back and talk to him about it!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

They Invited me for Thanksgiving!

Another photo from my day on Claude's farm. This turkey, she told me, was going to be eaten for Thanksgiving. Wow, I thought. Glad he doesn't know it. He thinks he was invited for Thanksgiving!
See why communication gone awry is sometimes a good thing? Ha! Very fun to paint this:)

Monday, August 8, 2016

"I'll Have the Mussels"

This is one of those "one mark at a time" paintings. I was enjoying creating this imaginary little scene where I would love to be. People having fun, laughing, and well......eating mussels! With this kind of painting, it's fun to just go back and forth.....a lighter spot here, a darker spot there. Tweak, tweak, tweak, until it looks right to me, and not worrying about what the rest of the world might think. Just mindin' my own business and getting lost in thought. Good for the soul!
I will start the next session at the Birmingham Community House this fall. Class starts October 17th. It's the foundations and fundamentals of painting. We always have fun! If you live in the area and would like to paint and meet new friends, try it out!

Saturday, August 6, 2016