Saturday, February 9, 2019

"Divine Day"

 This painting is similar to many others I do. They are imaginary places, with imaginary people. The theme is always the same; they're searching for something. Something they might find in that imaginary building. They're here to pray. Or to enjoy fellowship with other human beings. Or even just to get out of the house and look for some kind of inspiration. I love painting these because to me, the message is always hope. There have been times in my life, and maybe yours too, where I felt I had nothing BUT hope...…
One of my favorite lines is from one of my all time favorite movies- Shawshank Redemption:
"Hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things, and good things never die."
And that's my story of why I paint this particular scene over and over again.
May you be filled with hope when life gets tough... 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Just Odds and Ends

I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday season. I sure did! And the twins turned one on January 15th!
Also, I’ve been painting a bit- yay! Also, stay tuned - my friend and I are taking an online class from Anita Lehman. Tomorrow is our last class and I'll post some pictures from it.
“I Wanna be a Star!”

“Hubbub” This one started out as an alcohol ink painting
on Yupo paper. But then I negative painted around it with acrylic.
 Really fun! 

“Chico” a commissioned piece.
Chico was found years ago roaming the city streets.
But he has had a wonderful life ever since!

Charlie Boy!

Top of the World!

Sweet Betty Boop!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hello, World!

Long time, no blog! Like all of us, life goes in cycles and things get put on the back burner. For me, it's been a wonderful whirlwind. Life is fun and busy and sometimes very challenging. I am blessed on this Christmas season in so many ways. My family and friends being the most significant. We are lucky here in Michigan: no hurricanes, fires, or floods. So many people are suffering and I am grateful every single day for what I have. That includes a 6 year old Grandson and twins that are now 11 months old! Wow.....
I took a little break from painting, as other obligations have become a priority. Our summer was marked by the sad passing of our big, beloved, sweet dog, Wade. He only lived 2 weeks after being diagnosed with Lymphoma. A huge shock. We weren't the only ones who grieved. Our other Golden, Luddie, grieved unlike anything I've ever witnessed with dogs. Wade was a wonderful therapy dog. One of the first things I did was train (with help) his little brother, and Luddie is now a full fledged therapy dog. I felt it would be good for him, and selfishly for me.  
I'm including several pictures- of the twins, and of some random paintings, and of some recent commissions. You can see lots of my paintings, old and new, on my new instagram site, too. It's  Woo-Hoo, I'm SO high tech!
                                                                Let's Dabble
                                                                The Old Green Chair
                                                                   From All of Us
                                                The Adventures of a Little Blue Ball
                                                              Lil Enchilada
                                                        Waiting For My Bride
                                                             A New View
                                                              A Happy Grandma
Available paintings are on
I wish everyone a peaceful and healthy Christmas/Holiday!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Working Together

Well another term ended, and another term begins in a week or so. These are only some of the paintings that were done by students in my class. Some had never picked up a paintbrush! Others have taken my class before, and it is pure joy for me to see their art evolve, not to mention the confidence that has emerged! I truly believe we all have it in us, and I am grateful that these people (who have become wonderful friends!) gave it their all, and helped and supported each other. They were willing to take risks and they just dove in! For me, I enjoyed every minute of this term. We laughed a lot, and learned a lot (from each other), and I think they will all continue to paint!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A painting and a collage

The top painting is from a photo I took and have painted from in the past. It's called "Remember Me". The next one is the one I referred to recently, as a citrasolv collage, and is called "Daydream". Although I've created lots of collages in my day, I've never done one with Citrasolv papers. Talk about fun! In fact everyone in my class did one on Monday. They did a phenomenal job! My last class is Monday, and after that I'll post lots of their work. I love it that they are so enthusiastic and talented! To achieve the beautiful papers with Citrasolv, you basically soak pages from National Geographic magazines (the older ones work best). There are lots of You Tube videos on how to do it. The Citrasolv has a reaction with the specific inks. The image, which becomes obliterated, turns into gorgeous designs! I would give it a try if I were you!  
Both these pieces have been submitted to a juried art show, so my fingers are crossed!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

In Pursuit of Spring

I am anxious for Spring! Although I love the seasons, and would never leave my home state of Michigan, by March we get "teased" every now and then, with aromas of Spring in the air. Then out of the blue, BAM...a snowstorm. And yet I wouldn't have it any other way. These flowers make me think of Spring. It's the first time I've been in my studio since the challenge. I needed a break. I also did a collage with Citra-solv papers and will post it tomorrow. It was pretty fun.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

To the Moon and Back

#29 of the challenge. This was another class painting that we all did together. My first goal for this one was to practice putting a bold stroke down and leaving it. It takes a lot of practice not to fuss and fiddle. And also negative space painting was reinforced and practiced. I'll post a group of photos of their paintings before this session ends. They are doing great! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Where's My Toast?

#28 of the challenge. I took a photo of our breakfast on a snowy Saturday morning recently. I think I'll take more photos of my food. It's pretty fun. And bacon is a real treat- to paint and to eat!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We Can Work it Out

#27 of the challenge. Just some colorful pears trying to figure out a dilemma. They know that the trick to working things out together is to really listen and not just hear. They're trying very hard. 
By the end of these challenges, my fruit, the people, even the landscapes, all start talking to each other. Good thing the challenge doesn't last TWO months! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pooch Smooch

#26 of the challenge. I love dogs, and there's nothing like a sweet smooch when you need it the most! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Cheeseburger With No Meat or Cheese, Please

#25 of the challenge. I am lucky that I don't have any food allergies, etc. But we've all seen the bewildered look on the faces of the poor waitresses when they're face with an extreme challenge! This has painted wide edges, so no frame is needed and sits on a shelf or table, too! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Birch in Blue

#24 of the challenge. This was another step by step with the class. The assignment was to pick a color theme. I picked an analogous scheme, and I can't believe the variations in the student's paintings. They just dive right in, and create beautiful paintings! My colors were blues, pinks, and violets, and I left some of that beautiful toned color to shine through. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Frill Free Zone

#23 of the challenge. I started this with one brushstroke that would become the first leaf on the left, and built from there, just enjoying the colors. I finished these leaves, and was happy with the reds in the stems, and the shadow on the vase, and pretty much all of it!
But then the unthinkable: "This can't really be finished." This was too easy, too fun. Too flowing. It needs a flower, or a tablecloth, or stripes on the tablecloth, or something. And yet my intuition said no. Funny how sometimes we feel we HAVE to go on. I decided to honor my intuition and listen to my oh so wise (not) voice!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Join the Club

#22 of the challenge. Just a textured little club sandwich. I took the photo when I was having lunch with my beloved Aunt. I started taking pictures of my sandwich before I even explained why. Then I noticed that she had that very familiar look on her face of "Now  what is she doing?" Then we proceeded to laugh our way through lunch, as always. That's the best!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


#21 of the challenge. I have used this photo that I took in the past. I loved this still life. I did this in class again, and the students followed along, step by step. They did an unbelievable job! I find that by going step by step and vocalizing my thought process, I can reinforce what I've talked about, including values, composition, color, glazing, wet in wet, light source, shadows, negative painting, etc. I will try to remember to take pictures next time!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Listen Up

#20 of the challenge. This was one of several paintings that I did in my class, while students painted along with me. They did a fantastic job! I can't believe how enthusiastic they are, and how each of them is finding their own "voice" (they may not admit that:)).

Monday, February 19, 2018

Poppy Pals

#19 of the challenge. This is one that I have worked on on and off for a while, and finally am happy. I love doing that ghost-like background, exposing different shadows with layers of negative space painting. This is large (36x24), and makes a nice impact on a wall. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wishin and Hopin

#18 of the challenge. I snapped a photo of this woman and she looked liked she was "wishin and hopin" for someone or something to arrive. The title is an old Dusty Springfield song (which is dating me I'm sure!). This is 8x10 with 1 1/2 inch sides that are painted to extend the image. Hangs without a frame and also looks great sitting on a shelf. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Bond

#17 of the challenge. I have used this reference photo before. I took it because I loved the connection, the love, and the protection that this young dad and his son conveyed. 
It is on a wide painted gallery edge canvas. No framing, and it looks wonderful sitting on a shelf or table. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pick Me! Pick Me!

#16 of the challenge. I snapped photos of pups (of which we were there to pick one!)
This little guy had the sweetest expression. I don't know if he's the one we picked, because he quickly ran into the rest of the crowd.