Sunday, April 23, 2017

another chance

This is a 30 x 30 x 2" piece that I started last week and finished this afternoon.  I am pretty tired from doing a show yesterday but took a little time to finish this so that  I can take it to my Nashville show at Harding Academy May 4-6.

I have enjoyed doing home town shows for the last two Saturdays.  It is fun making new friends and visiting with long time ones at shows.  I am happy to say that besides lots of new patrons, many of my patrons these past two weekends already owned some of my work and came back for more.

Next up.....The Double Decker Art Festival in Oxford, MS.  It is a crazy whirl wind of a show for the artists but was a blast last year. It was my first visit to the city. Artists have to set up beginning at 6 am Saturday morning, do the show from 10 - 5, then take down and be of the town square by 7 or so. It is a lot of work but well worth it. I am booth # 97 if you are in the area.

The following Thursday- Saturday, May 4-6 is the Harding Art Show in Nashville. Another great show with so many talented artists.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

country road

It is always fun to try and fit the long horns in a piece. I think it is more interesting to let some run off the edges.  This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

It is my busy show season. I had a great show in Vestavia last Saturday.  This Saturday is Art in the Village put on by the Mt Brook Art Association. It was the first show I ever participated in several years ago.  It is all 2 dimensional artists that live within 30 miles of Mountain Brook.  They gave me a great entrance to get into the show world.  I remember how nervous I was for that first show around eight years ago.  I still get a little nervous.  Art in the Village is held in Crestline Village from 9 -4.  The address is 25 Vine Street, Mt Brook, AL 35213.  Come join us!

The next Saturday, April 29, I am looking forward to going back to the Double Decker Show in Oxford, MS.  So much fun!  The next week, Thursday- Saturday, May 4-6 , is the Harding Academy show in Nashville, TN.  One of my favorite places!!  Lots to look forward to.  In the meantime, I paint......

Friday, April 14, 2017


Remi was a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina.  He was much loved for twelve years and just recently passed.  I have felt the love from Remi while I painted him.  He reminded me to take breaks to hug my dog and cat several times. He is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Come out to Art in the Hills tomorrow, Saturday from 10 -4.  Held on the Vestavia Hills, AL municipal center grounds.  Next Saturday, April 22 is Art in the Village in Mt Brook.  More about that next week.

Monday, April 10, 2017

lean on me

I made the most of a dozen white roses I used for decorations for a dinner. The two pictured on their own are painted on 6 x 8 x 2" canvases.  How did that sunflower sneak in there?

I have a show here in my home town of Vestavia Hills, AL this Saturday, April 15th from 10-4.  Art in the Hills is held on the Vestavia Municipal Center grounds.  I would love to see you there. The next Saturday, April 22nd, I will be in Mountain Brook, AL for Art in the Village. 9-4.  More about that next week.

Friday, April 7, 2017


These roses decorated a table last night for a friend's birthday. This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.sold

I have a show in my home town next Saturday. Art in the Hills in Vestavia at the City Hall Municipal Center. The hours are 10-4.  I would love to see you if you are in the area.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

for the good times

No clue what to title this piece so I used the title of the music I was listening to. Thanks Al Green. This is a 30 x 40 x 2" piece I did last week.  It is going with me to Jackson, MS tomorrow.  I am participating in the Ridgeland Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday.sold

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

some harmony

I am preparing for the Ridgeland Arts festival in Jackson, Mississippi this Saturday and Sunday.  It has been several months since I have done an outside show so I have lots of new pieces to display.  The weather is supposed to be great. Looking forward to visiting Jackson.
This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas. Still having issues with my camera.  Ugh.sold

Monday, March 20, 2017

tipsy chick

I am gearing up for six Spring shows. My first show is April 1 and 2 ,The Ridgeland Arts Fest, in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  My parents lived in Jackson, MS twenty years ago and I am looking forward to going back and visiting areas we used to enjoy.  My twin sons and youngest son were born while they lived there so I have a lot of great memories of exploring Jackson with them.
This is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

clap along

Just a little happy.  If you ever wake up in a sour mood I would suggest you listen to Pharrell Williams song "happy". This is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Saturday, March 4, 2017


This is the first time I have painted on this 6 x 18 x 2" canvas.  It was a great format for the longhorns.  This long and skinny canvas does not really photograph that well.  Especially when the auto focus on my camera has quit working and the auto focus in my eyes is sketchy because I see well from a distance but squat up close.
I have been using a palette knife more often lately because I have found it is easier on my hands.  Pulling paint out of my brushes for hours every day takes its toll on my hands.  ( This is all about Carol getting old today) I am happy with what is happening so all is good.
These long horns live in Eclectic, Alabama.  They belong to a lady named Robin.  This probably sounds very sexist but I think it is so cool that it is a woman who takes care of these cows.  She has a very big and beautiful herd.sold

Thursday, March 2, 2017

go your way

I love the way little paintings can make such an impact.  Wish I could keep that quality in my bigger pieces. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

lovely day

These two lovely ladies are painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Total bliss painting a doodle dog for the fun of it.  No pressure of it needing to look like any pooch in particular. Great way to start the weekend.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

happy cow

On one of my most recent road trips I noticed that all the pastures of cows I passed were lying down. I asked my husband, Farmer Dan, if he knew why they were all lying instead of standing.  Dan was a banker but did have experience helping his Dad with his cows after he retired to farm in east Tennessee.  Retired to farm? such thing.  Retired to work harder than he ever had. Back to cows lying down.....farmer Dan thought that there was no particular reason that they were lying down.  Just cow life.  Of course I had to fact check him because there had to be a reason this was going on. Something profound. Farmer Dan was right. Cows recline for several reasons, tired, digesting food, calving, to look sexy, etc....
This beauty is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

let it be

This is the piece I did at ArtBlink Saturday night.  I had to start with a blank canvas and create this in 90 minutes.  With people watching......on a nice clothes.  In nice clothes that I got red paint on even before the crowd got there.  A lot of red paint. Is there even any red in the piece?  Little bit. It is a black tie optional event that raises money for cancer research at the University of Alabama in Birmingham's Kirkland Clinic.  This 22 x 28" piece was purchase by a  new friend and she got a nice painting and contributed to a great cause.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


So fun painting this after painting still life set ups most of last week.  I will share some pictures from ArtBlink soon. (A cancer research fundraiser I participated in last night.)

This is a large painting. 36 x 36 x 2"   

Friday, February 17, 2017

loved ones

 These are a few of the commissions I did of special folks commissioned by special folks.

I am participating in a fundraiser for cancer research tomorrow night at the University of Alabama Birmingham's Kirkland Clinic.  I described it and added a link for more information a couple of posts ago.  I will be painting 22 x 28" still life of hydrangeas that will be up for auction while I am painting and for a short time after I finish.  There are 18 artists who will have 90 minutes to create their piece.  A little intimidating but this is the third time I have participated so I know the ropes.  It is such a wonderful cause and I am honored to be a part of it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winnie Cooper, Zoe, Scout and Gabe

I never got around to posting the commissions I did around Christmas.  I will share them over the next couple of weeks.  I think I did around 21 of them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

let's stay together

One of the best love songs and singers inspired this title.  "let's stay together" by Al Green.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.sold

I am painting at UAB"s ArtBLINK this Saturday night.  Eighteen local artists will work with a variety of media to create masterpieces in 90 minutes that can be purchased during the silent auction. Funds from the gala go toward the Cancer Center’s Fund for Excellence, which supports high-priority research efforts for specific projects, including launching young investigators in cancer research or recruiting new faculty. A percentage of the funds raised will support patient and family assistance efforts.  
I am going to paint a large still life so I need to play with a few arrangements this week.  
Happy Valentine's day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

silver lining

This painting needed a little black dog.  This is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.  I will have it and many others this weekend at The Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, TN.  Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3.  Come see me and the other artists if you are in the area.sold

Monday, January 30, 2017

head turner

I did this 18 x 24 x 2" as one of my demonstrations this past weekend at my workshop. I tried to share some things that I think are important in making successful paintings.  Always nice to remind myself!  I will name a few of them below.  These are all things I have learned from other teachers and lots of practice.
Use the biggest brush possible. Quit before you think you are done.  Squint while looking at your subject to lose the little shapes.  Leaving some of the canvas showing through makes the painting appear more airy.  Have a variety of soft and hard edges. Do not apply your brush to the canvas until you have checked yourself.  Make each brushstroke count.
I had another great group this past weekend and it was nice to see all of them progress!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

shelter from the storm

I am sharing a little picture story with you in this blog. The top piece is the final piece.  (I think?)  The bottom picture is what it looked liked the first time I photographed it.  I decided I did not like the top two white umbrellas so I painted them out.  Photographed it again and decided I was not sure I liked the man walking out of the canvas on the left.  Painted him out.  Took the painting back outside to photograph and dropped it in pine straw.  If you have followed my blog for a while you know this happens to me quite often.  You can not teach and old dog new tricks or change my bad habits. sold

I would love your opinion about adding the man on the left back in OR anything else.  Don't waste your time telling me to be more careful.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

I am teaching a workshop at my home tomorrow and Saturday.  Fun!  I may schedule another one this summer. And won't be on how to photograph your work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rose in Rosé

I kept this Rosé bottle because I thought it was to pretty to toss.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

to and fro

We have thankfully had some umbrella weather here in Alabama lately.  We really needed it after a 70 day drought in the late Summer/ Fall.sold
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I am still experimenting a little bit. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

orange coat girl

 I decided to paint a companion piece for the red socks fan.  They are both painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

morning rush

I got some great rainy photos during a trip to England and Scotland a couple of years back. I love the reflections that are created in the water.  I did several paintings with umbrellas that I was happy with soon after the trip.  This 30 x 40 x 2" sat in my closet unfinished for a year or so.  It was really grey and boring.  I recently jazzed it up and am really happy with the results.  Sold

Monday, January 16, 2017

dream on

Playing around a bit.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

I had a great group in my workshop this past weekend.  They were talented and fun. It always helps me to tell people what I think is important in painting.  I love a John Carlson quote that I heard in Nancy Franke's workshop. " Too much reality is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul.  We love suggestion and not hard facts.

I have another workshop the 27 & 28th of January.  A couple of spots remaining.

My next show is The Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.  The dates are Feb 3-5.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

a little summertime

We all need a little summertime in January. I am preparing to have a workshop at my home this Friday and Saturday.  We will painting still life one day and animals the next.  I have a couple of spots in my Jan 27 & 28 workshop if you are interested.  Email me at for more information.
"a little summertime" is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, January 9, 2017


I have just returned from a family trip with happy news.  My son proposed to his girlfriend. So excited to have a very special girl in our family's future.  About dang time.

I am getting ready for my workshop that is this Friday and Saturday at my home.  Excited to get back to painting and sharing the fun with others.

This is painted on a 5 x 7" linen canvas. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

wake up call

Life is a gift!  Happy 2017 to you!  

This "wake up call" is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I am enjoying painting large and loose.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

sunshine in my pocket

I just counted the Christmas commissions I have completed since beginning work on them in October. Twenty one. Lots of dogs, cattle, children, and even the front of a house with two dogs in the yard. (don't be getting any ideas, that was a one time thing!) It is fun for me to think of all the Christmas celebrations I have a small part in.

This cow mug is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

happiness in my heart

I definitely have happiness in my heart. I have finished all of my Christmas commissions.  Cutting it a bit close.  I love doing commissions for many reasons but the biggest one is for the happiness it brings the receivers.  I have to paint much tighter than usual while painting them so it was fun painting this calf loosely.  She is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas. I am excited to be thinking of new work that I want to paint for upcoming shows.  My next one is in Nashville at David Lipscomb February 3-5.

I still have some openings in my January workshops that are being held in my studio here in Birmingham. The first one has a couple of spots and the dates are Jan 13 and 14.  What a great Christmas present it would be.  Email me for more information.  The second workshop is Jan 27 and 28 and it has a couple of spots remaining. My email is

Saturday, December 10, 2016

ooh ooh child

I used my " go to" way of coming up with a painting title when I have painted a subject many times.   I turned on my amazon music and found a title from the first song that played.  The song was "ooh, ooh child" by the five stair steps.  I remembered the song but not the group.  It happened to be a song that was perfect for me to hear right now.  I am a bit stressed finishing up commission work.sold

I painted this 8 x 16" at the Mountain Brook Holiday show last Thursday.  It is open until Dec 17 and the hours are 11-8 each day. Located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall across from Brio. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

i am loved

Thank you to Lauren Daigel for the title inspiration.  Listening to her song, "here's my heart".  Love her music.
This was a demo that I did yesterday at the Mountain Brook Art Association's holiday art show. It was a nice break from painting a katrillion dogs.  I hope I did not add any fur to the lemons.  I am working through a few more Christmas commissions.  This is painted on an 18 x 36 x 2" canvas.

The MBAA Holiday show is ongoing every day from 11-8 each day until Dec 17.  It is located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  (across from Brio)  There is lots of great work available! Artist demos most days too!