Monday, January 1, 2018

Christmas Commisions and Happy New Year!

It's 2018. I can't believe it. I have had a wonderful year. I am blessed in so many ways, and feel gratitude every day. Life can seem so fragile and I pray for people who have lost loved ones and/or who are suffering. I hope 2018 brings joy and peace to all of my family and friends, including all my art friends online. And to this world.

 I have been busy painting over the Holidays-mostly dog portraits. Fun! And an owl! Here are some recent pups I painted. Thank you for the opportunities to paint those awesome animals. I hope I did them all justice. Our family has two big blessings in tiny packages coming very soon now! What a way to start the New Year.  The 30 paintings in 30 days will be in February. I will be participating, and I hope to see lots of you there!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's been a while since I've blogged or even spent more than a minute on my computer! Life has been busy, as everyone's. My classes are going great at the Birmingham Community House, their annual "Our Town" art show was a success for them, and for me! And I have been doing LOTS of dog portraits! Here are a few random fun paintings, ("There's Our Ride", "Wow, I Can't Believe That", "There is a Season", and "I'm Having Carbs"), but mostly I've gone to the dogs! I will post them all after Christmas/ Holidays when most of them will be presented as gifts. I plan on new adventures with the New Year. Painting big, small, and in between. I have been very fortunate to become involved with the Detroit Artist Market, and I have my friend, Pat Riascos Goodrich to thank for introducing me! ( Her art is ALIVE with color and vitality! And I am happy to say that their current Holiday sale is awesome, and has been good for me as far as several paintings going to new homes. 
But mostly, I want to say that the biggest blessing of all is coming to our little human beings! Our daughter is having not one, but TWO! Yes, a little boy and a little girl. My head is spinning (even more than usual-haha). Through our son, we have a beautiful Grandson who is 5 and precious, and now this! First baby(s) for our daughter- she calls it an "Insta-family". Hopefully, they will stay cozy with Mom until they're ready for their grand entrance- mid to late January.
To say I am full of gratitude would be a gross understatement. 
(But I think I may try the January 30 in 30!)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We Can Straighten This Out.

This is # 30 of the challenge. I only completed a handful this time, and it worked out ok. The time I saved (which was needed) was put to good use (class, family, etc). For years I have created a "Fun Box" for the people who I love, for birthdays. Late September and all of October is fun box time for me, as there are 6 birthdays! I gather up all the things I've collected over the past year that's unique to each person. I have SIX in progress! Birthdays are important to me.....! Hence the fun box. 
This vase of flowers was inspired by a still life I set up in my class, although my paintbrush went awry after while, which I'm used to. The students got off to a really good start and I'm looking forward to seeing theirs on Monday! I wanted to do a "mostly" painting, and this is a "mostly" green. It was fun to add the compliments of purple/pinks. I congratulate everyone who finished the challenge. It's a lot of dedication, but it's a great way to keep that practice up while making lots of new creations.
(which 12x9 and is ready to hang without a frame)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Picnic

This was a painting that I had started at the Mark Mehaffey workshop a couple years ago. I ran into it recently and played with it. I didn't have a photo, so I just kind of winged it (seems like it should be wung!?). Anyways, it's pretty abstract looking now, and I realized I like it. That's a good feeling! 

Friday, September 8, 2017


#8 of the challenge. I came across this Dad recently with his boy. I loved the feeling I got from them. 
I won't make the whole challenge all the way through this month. Just can't seem to fit in all this painting right now. But I love it and so it will just be a little spotty, and I want to work bigger. I may even get myself a new device so that I can do things online without pulling out the computer. (I sound low tech, but I'm not that bad!). So we'll see. Just as I had decided this, I spotted a half finished funny dog on my easel. So we'll see. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Oh and by the way, I appreciate my art friends online and in person more than you know. The comments and camaraderie are treasured so much!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


#7 of the challenge. It was only a matter of time before food was involved! My daughter took this photo (she takes the best photos!). It is 6x6 on gessobord.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Let's Chill"

#6 of the challenge. Just a little oil painting (6x6) of another imaginary scene. I'm beginning to think I need a vacation!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


#5 of the challenge. I love to paint dogs. And well, that's what I did here. And FYI, a dog portrait is a great gift for Christmas, Holidays, Birthdays, etc. Just email me for sizes and price list if you or someone you know would like their pup immortalized on canvas! (See 7/22/2017 blog entry for a few samples, or go to dailypaintworks and check them all out).
Only 25 paintings more to do for the challenge. Keep going everyone!

Monday, September 4, 2017


#4 Sheepskates"   Time for silly! I had the title first, and then did the painting. There will be a few of these silly animals during the challenge. Why? Because I love doing them!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

There You Are

#3 of the challenge. Just a serene little boat ride. I want to be on it. But I can't. I have a painting challenge to do๐Ÿ˜€

Saturday, September 2, 2017

You Have Me, and I Have You

#2 of the challenge. I painted this with oils and tried to be loose with my strokes. It felt so good to paint with thick "chunks" of oil paint! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Artwork

On top- "Mommy Longlegs". Yes, that's right. This was one I named after the fact!

Then, a thick oil painting (landscape) called "Tabasco"

Then comes "Ascent" A large collage I just entered into a contest. In fact, I have my fingers crossed for several entries right now into various contests.

And finally, "I Fell For You", a redo of an earlier version.

These are all available on

Friday, August 4, 2017


This is Anabelle. She has recently passed away. Her wonderful family had asked me to paint her so they could have a lasting memory. What a joy it was, although bittersweet. She just seemed to be helping me paint. I have begun something recently that I didn't pay much attention to before: painting the eyes first. The eyes are my most challenging part, because I believe it's the eyes that reveal the soul. So it's been good for me to do that. Once they are perfect (to me, and I always hope to the family, too), then I can take a deep breath and move on. The family was very pleased with this and that's what matters to me.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Order In The Court!

You guessed it.....another imaginary floral. Could I be having more fun than this? I don't think so. Every now and then I think to myself, "Self, you need to get more serious with your paintings". But then the other side self says "Other side self, paint what you WANT to paint on any given day". So I'm going with the other side self. Anyways, this group is rowdy. It's hard to get them under control.
It's 14x11 and Acrylic

Saturday, July 29, 2017

About Face

This is a 14x11 inch Acrylic. I am enjoying painting these imaginary flowers.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Stand By

Here is an imaginary pot of flowers. I love painting with the dark blues out there, and especially when they're grayed down a bit. This painting makes me happy, and I think because it was so much fun, but also because they seem like they're looking at me (and you!).
It is 14x11 and Acrylic

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No Pressure, Just Play!

"Disorderly Conduct"

These are some of the "marks I put down" when I have no commitment, or pressure, and a couple hours to just play. I am so lucky....I have now created TWO spaces to paint! Wow. How cool. But not just that. I am lucky in SO many ways...............I will tell you one of those ways when I am allowed to:) the meantime,  this guy, who has no title, was one I started in the Donna Zagotta workshop, which I loved.

And this girl, well she's a model. And this modeling gig has forced her to stand in the same position for way too long. Her poor feet and legs are about to give out, but she's hanging in there. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

Larger pieces and a cow for good measure

"On Pause",
"We're Here For You",
"I Think I'm Ready" (collage)

"Oh. Hi" 10x8 oil.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Going to the dogs!

It's been a while since I've been on my computer (I know you can blog from your phone, but I haven't upgraded my phone in a while๐Ÿ˜•). Anyways, dogs have been keeping me busy! These are recent commissioned pieces: Griff, Maxie, Murphy, and Stanley. I loved doing them all! More recent artwork to come!  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is one of the paintings I did at the Donna Zagotta workshop. I will be writing more about that in the near future. I have caught a nasty virus and have been coughing for more than 2 weeks, so I haven't felt much like painting, catching up with my notes from the workshop, or writing in my blog. I'm feeling better though, and that's the good news. This is mixed media with watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. The image itself is 4 1/2 by 5 inches. I mounted it (after varnish) on black board, and matted it in a black mat. Overall size is 9x12, and it will fit into any frame of that size (which is standard). Looks very cool! I've missed my on line art friends and will be checking into what everyone is up to!