Thursday, February 26, 2015

part and parcel

I tried to remember things I stressed to my workshop attendees as I painted this today.  At the top of the list was "make every stroke count".  Don't slap paint on your canvas without a purpose.

I am painting at a fund raiser for the University of Alabama at Birmingham's  Comprehensive Cancer Center this Saturday night. It is one of the nation's leading  cancer research and treatment centers. The fund raiser is called "Art Blink" because the artists have and hour and a half to complete a painting.  Attendees bid on the paintings to raise money for the cancer center's fund for excellence. (research, family assistance, etc) It is a black tie affair so the only downside is that I have to dress up.  Even so....I am honored and excited to be a part of this affair.  I am going to paint a large rooster that will be auctioned. This one is a warm up and is a 6 x 12 x 2".sold

Monday, February 23, 2015


 This was the painting ( 8 x 10") I demoed yesterday for day two of my workshop.  It was one of my favorite pictures and memories from our trip to Costa Rica. Our family was having dinner at a place literally on the edge  of the beach so we watched the sun set and I got some great pictures of this young one. I told my class it sounded more romantic than it was.  There were lots of hawkers on the beach who came and tried to sell you anything from pottery, bird whistles, jewelry and drugs.

Below are some more photos of my awesome students hard at work.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


 I just finished my weekend workshop and it was so fun looking back through the pictures.  I had one surprise photo that is the bottom one of this post.  The Montgomery twosome/funsome took a selfie.  We had a wonderful group of people and painters.  The first day I painted "noodled" for my demo. (8 x 10") I did not really noodle it during the demo but  I had a hard time leaving it alone this morning before the workshop started.  I did not take my own advice to stop working on it when it was finished and fresh.  The ladies all painted great cows and in one case a great looking horse.
I will share some more pictures of the workshop tomorrow.  I already miss my new friends.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

sugar jar

My friend Sonthe gave me this jar filled with candy last year.  I am thinking this won't be the last time I paint it.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

I have really enjoyed painting still life again.  I need to switch gears and prepare for the workshop at my home this weekend.  We will be focusing on painting animals the first day and children the second day.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

love like crazy

The title was inspired by Lee Brice's song but it is appropriate for the way I feel about red angus in the late afternoon sun.  This cow is my sister's next door neighbor.  She does not live on a farm but she is surrounded by them.  I got so excited when I saw these on my way to Nashville last weekend that I was having a hard time holding my camera steady.  The lighting was perfect and so were the cows.  They came right up to the fence hoping I was there to feed them.  It did not help that I drove up on a tractor.  (just kidding about that)
This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

all dressed up

I don't paint hens very often but this one caught my eye.  I mostly favor the bright colors in roosters.  I might have exaggerated her tail feathers a bit....
This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold 

Friday, February 13, 2015

whole lot of lemon

My Dad always ordered iced tea with a "whole lot of lemon" when we would dine out.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" linen panel.  
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

long stem

I bought a few roses yesterday and am enjoying painting them.  I intentionally painted this a little looser.  I love painting on an elongated canvas.  This one is a 12 x 24 x 2". 

The scene when I went out to photograph the painting.  Ruthie thinks she is so cool.  She is. A snake in February?  My husband did not think he liked cats until he learned they help keep snakes away.  Ruthie is his hero. He is not a snake lover.  The second night we were in Costa Rica he opened our room door and there was a small black snake greeting him.  It could not have happened to a better person.  I just got my running shoe and pushed it outside.  I make fun of him but if it had been a big spider I would not have slept the rest of the trip.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

mardi gras

I have not painted my colorful bowls in a while.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Monday, February 9, 2015

tres limones

 I am trying to get back to painting after a long absence.  I actually painted most of this a while back but decided it was missing something.  I added the knife today and I think it works much better.  I plan on painting still life set ups for a few days because I miss it.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

A few pictures from our Costa Rica trip.   The first two are shots of canyoneering in the Los Rocos canyon.  Our favorite thing the whole trip.  

Lots and lots of cows everywhere.  Any small space of land would host some.  In the middle of our first resort.  

A sloth in the Rain forest.  They stay in a tree eating for a week or more. They only go down once a week for their  constitutional.  We got it to look at us by whistling.  Their predators are eagles. I have a mean eagle whistle. If they have a baby and it falls out the tree, they would rather have another one than to go down and get it.  That is not only lazy, that is bad.

A sable tree in the rain forest.  

Views of Tamarindo beach.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I am posting a large 24 x 36 x 2" painting that I painted a few weeks ago.  I don't always post the larger paintings that I do for shows.  I am not very good at photographing large pieces.  This is pretty representative of the work.

I had a wonderful vacation with my family and now feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.  We did volcano hikes through the rain forest,  canyoneered through La Roco canyon, fished, sons surfed, and we all hiked and zip lined through the cloud forest in Monteverde.   We started in the rain forest around Arenal Volcano, then went to Tamarindo beach area and finished up in the cloud forest at 5000 ft elevation in Monteverde.  I will try to share some pictures and information about this beautiful country in the coming posts.

I have been busy since returning preparing for the Art Event at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville this Friday through Sunday.  I LOVE going to Nashville.  I am lucky to stay with a good friend, visit with my artist friends, see previous patrons and meet new ones. I will mostly be featuring my animal pieces.  I will also have one display panel of my beach figurative pieces.  Click on the highlighted Lipscomb phrase to go to the link for the show information.

Friday, January 23, 2015

all in

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a gentleman from Kent, England who wanted to buy his girlfriend one of my rooster paintings. She lives close to Denver, CO.  Not sure how he knew she liked my roosters but he named several of the titles of roosters he thought she would like.  Kind of crazy how small our world has gotten with the internet.  Anyway, this is the one he sent her for her birthday.  I admire his creativity and thoughtfulness.  This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas. The title is kind of contrary to the actual rooster since it is not "all in" the frame.  I thought he looked like he was "all in" and ready for action.
I am happy to announce that I will be  away from painting and my computer for a few days.  Heading to Costa Rica with my husband and three sons.  Sorry, no more room in my suitcase. sold

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Bear belongs to a young couple who are celebrating their wedding anniversary.  I painted it a while back and am just now posting.  I love the tilt of the head.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  sold

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The different look of this piece is due in part to an imperfection in my canvas.  I was happy with the way my guy looked but a raised streak kept showing up in the canvas. A few streaks. I am not familiar with the cause because I have never had it happen before. I decided to keep applying thicker paint hoping for the streaks to go away. I may get to keep this for myself or one of my children if this did not do the trick. This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

I took this picture a few years ago in Kentucky.  I am not sure what you call this small guitar.  A small guitar?  I bet it has another name.

Monday, January 12, 2015

digging it

 This is the demo painting for the second day of my workshop.  All was well in painting land.  I deserved a smooth go after the first day's demo.  I channeled my mini mentor Nancy Franke and tried to keep it fresh. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Below are pictures of participants at work.  They were a great group and all worked very hard.  They had lots of talent and made it pretty easy for me.  The weather was cloudy when I photographed their work so the photos are a little dark.  Several painting slipped away before I got to photograph them.  Sorry guys.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

have a heart

Have a heart is exactly what my workshop participants had to have yesterday as I struggled through painting this #%*! black cow.  I specifically chose the black cow because I feel like most people can use some help painting black animals.  Me included after yesterday.  What really made me proud was that three people chose to paint this same cow after seeing my pain.  They did great and so did all the others who chose various animals.  I will post some pictures of their work tomorrow. This beaut is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2". My talented and fun group. Too cold to take the picture outside.  They helped me take Christmas decorations down after the picture.

Friday, January 9, 2015

open arms

I know you want to trade places with these girls.  I took this photo a few years ago in Hilton Head.  I was there to take a workshop with Karin Jurick and she sent us out to find some subject matter. It was late evening and there was a warm, buttery light.  Such wonderful memories of that fun week.

My workshop starts tomorrow so I felt the need to brush up on painting children because that is our focus the second day.  There is so much freedom when you are not painting a commission.  I love painting specifically for patrons but I REALLY love being a little able to paint looser,  make mistakes and take chances.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015


I am preparing to teach a workshop at my home this weekend.  We will be focusing on painting animals Saturday and children on Sunday.  This was my warm up for Saturday.  I am not very rusty on animals but I have not done a lot of children lately.  Better get going on it.  "Sal" is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Stay warm!!

Monday, January 5, 2015


Who would have thought this sweet face could have been so hard to paint?  Now and then paintings do not flow as smoothly as others.  This was one of those.  It might be that it was the kind of 3/4's pose?  Not sure but little Ava was a handful for me.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas and was commissioned by a young couple celebrating their anniversary.sold  

Friday, January 2, 2015

family ties

This is a commission piece for a family who has black angus on their farm.  It is challenging to paint angus because of their dark color.  I like them against the colors in the background.  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.

I have one more commission piece that I am almost finished with and then I am not accepting any more until May.  Hate to do that but I need to focus on painting for upcoming shows.

I have a workshop at my home this coming weekend and then again in February.  I am looking forward to meeting some new folks and spending time with some of my favorite peeps who are coming back for more.sold

Thursday, January 1, 2015

tickled pink

This cow is tickled pink that we have started a new year.  Wishing you all a very happy 2015!   This  is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2".

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

jilly bean

I think this is the last Christmas commission I have to post.  Jilly Bean belongs to my cousin and her daughter commissioned me to paint her.  Jilly Bean was rescued from a puppy mill.  She had multiple litters of pups so her motherly instincts are strong.  She typically carries around a toy in her mouth.  We considered including one of her "baby" toys but decided just to focus on her sweet face.  She is living the life of Riley now.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! sold 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


This is a commissioned piece that a friend did for her son's family.  I have the pleasure of seeing this family at my church.  You see the boy's hair coming first  because they have these great mops of thick hair.  I have a feeling this little princess is going to be well protected. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.sold