Thursday, November 26, 2015


I painted this little corgi from a photo and it will be given by her owner as a gift. I enjoyed doing it. It's always a challenge to capture the unique character that every dog has, but I think she likes it (thanks Barbara!). Her actual name is Orange Marmalade. So sweet! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I was trying to concentrate on a mostly warm painting with a dash here and there of cool (an exercise we did at the Mark Mehaffey workshop). It's a great exercise and I'll be trying out lots of different things for the challenge. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Hug your family and pets an extra time or two.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Safe and Sound" and Getting Ready for the January challenge!!

This guy just came in for a safe landing! It is 12x9 and Acrylic.
I am planning on doing the January 30 in 30 challenge again. Whew, time is flying by. It is so rewarding and fun to do, and I ALWAYS learn something. I also meet so many other artists on line as we support each other. I hope there are lots of you out there that will join me!  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

You're Not Alone

Negative painting again for shadows. The title came after the painting, as it often does. It's a gorgeous day here in Michigan. Beautiful snow outside, it's sunny, and I have been in my big "toy box" "play room" for several hours. How lucky am I? It is such a wonderful and joyous feeling, and yet, as all of us I'm sure feel, my heart hurts for what is going on in this world.   This is my back yard view.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Well, Benny's name doesn't have a story. He just looks like a Benny. Funny about get an itch to paint something specific, and you do it (or try it). Sometimes you don't know why. In this case, upon seeing Benny, my husband casually said "What's up with the wild animals lately?". Hmmm... I didn't have an answer to that, but maybe tomorrow I'll paint a car or a plum. That's the beauty of it! And the fun of it. I never take for granted the gift of being able to lose myself in something I love so much. I am blessed. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Negative Paintings

I was going through some older camera cards and found these pictures I took from several years ago of paintings of mine. I did alot of negative paintings as a way of using up scraps of paper from other paintings. ( I don't throw out anything with my paint on it! You can always use those pieces for collages, negative paintings, small paintings of their own, etc). With these, many were matted and framed, lots were printed and made bookmarks and placemats (laminated), and I had a lot of fun with them. So I may just do a few more!  

Friday, November 13, 2015


When I was a young girl, we got a little boy dachshund dog, and my Mother asked my little brother, who was 5 years old, if he wanted to name him.  Without blinking an eye, he said "Sammy Doug".
I never knew where he came up with that. So that was that. He was Sammy Doug. His "formal" name (all dachshunds have to have a "formal" name!) was Samual Douglas. Anyways, Sammy became a beloved part of our family. He had a funny personality in that he behaved as if he was a huge and scary animal if another dog was around. I think he may have thought he was a bear. There. I've said it. I think there may an extra bear in Heaven. that I think of it, isn't there a bear constellation? Maybe that's going too far. This is 10x10 Acrylic on deep painted gallery sided canvas, so needs no frame. 
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Thursday, November 12, 2015


This is one of the 2 angels that visited me yesterday in my art studio. I usually paint pretty thickly, and for these, I wanted to practice more of a watercolor technique (acrylic). The image is 5x7, and it will arrive matted (white) and ready for an 8x10 frame.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


​I decided to paint another angel, and it led to two (another one tomorrow)!
I just got back from a great trip to Asheville, North Carolina to visit my beloved friend Cheryl (aka Dado), and basked in the beautiful surroundings, ate good food, had great conversations, oh, and shopped! Maybe I'm feeling thankful and hence the angels. We are surrounded by them I believe. And last weekend was no exception! This image size is 5x7 and will come matted (white) with backing board, so ready to frame in an 8x10 frame. available on dailypaintworks