Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

living color

I squeezed in a bit of time this morning to paint.  Some of my favorite things and colors. This is painted on an 8 x 8" linen panel.
I have two upcoming shows that start December 4th.  The first one is here in town and is showcasing work from 75 artists from the Mt Brook Art Association. It is located downstairs in the Colonial Brookwood Mall.  It opens December 4th and runs through December 19th.  The show is open every day as long as the mall is open.  10 % of the proceeds goes to Hand in Paw!

I am participating in the Fine Arts at Brentwood Academy in Nashville December 4-6th.  I will give a link to the shows or more information as they get closer.   

Saturday, November 21, 2015


I am going to take time this week to focus on all that I have to be thankful for.  Countless! I am thankful to you guys for taking the time to look at my artwork.  This is painted on and 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

cora bell

I have painted this cow image several times but it is fun to see the variations each time.  I guess I see different things each time I approach it.  This one is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  

It is a beautiful day today after lots of rain and yuck yesterday.  Thought I would share how beautiful the creek in our front yard looks today. Yes, I am lucky. Fall!!!
Praying for France and the rest of our world at this sad time.

Friday, November 13, 2015

good hair day

I hope you all have a good hair day and weekend.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

who can resist

Who can resist this beautiful cow face?  I found this 20 x 20 x 2" canvas that I had painted an abstracted landscape on.  It had been in my closet for a year or more.  I decided to add a cow baby and do a little more playing around and now I am pleased with the results.

I am participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta  this Saturday and Sunday.  Come out and see me if you are in the area.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

where are you now

sold  It is nice when the canvas format helps you play`with different views.  Also when the song you are listening to by Mumford and Sons makes for a good title. This is painted on a 12 x 36 x 2" canvas.  
I am preparing to participate in a show this weekend in Atlanta at Chastain Park. My first Atlanta show.  Come see me if you are in the area.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

opposites attract

 I guess you could say I have been painting my butt off.  I am participating in the Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta next Saturday and Sunday.  I happily came home from my Memphis show needing to paint lots of new work.  My last few have all been big pieces for me.  I will take a picture of my tent next weekend because they make a nice series.  This one is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Friday, October 30, 2015

beautiful day

 It's a beautiful day!  Listening to U2 and it is a beautiful day. I need some good music to listen to since I have been camping out in my studio painting for the whole week.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

with lemons....

I have been hard at work since returning from Memphis but could not photograph anything because of the rain.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


 One of my favorite things about the Fall are bittersweet berries. I usually visit western North Carolina during this time and am always on the lookout for a vine so that I can take some cuttings home. I actually ordered some seeds recently and am going to try and grow some vines.  I had to learn all about scarifying and stratifying. It is fun to learn something new. I feel very Martha Stewartish with seeds in my refrigerator.

I just returned from an art show in Memphis.  It was a great show even though the weather was not the best.  A lot of folks came out in their rain gear on Sunday.   I made some new friends and several of my paintings found new homes.  My next show is November 7 and 8 at Chastain Park in Atlanta.
"bittersweet" is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

fitting in

These are a couple of pieces I am taking with me to Memphis this weekend for the River Arts Fest.  The skinny cow is a 4 x 12 x 2" and the" tri cow" is a 4 x 4'.  You can see the major size difference if you enlarge the picture below.   "fitting in" is placed in front of "tri cow". Sold

Come see me in Memphis if you are in the area!

Friday, October 16, 2015

poker face

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this title.  I decided to turn to Pandora radio to come up with something that might be appropriate.  The third song that came up was "poker face" by Lady Gaga.  Perfect!  I did not even listen to the song I was so pleased with the outcome.  This baby hereford definitely has a beautiful poker face.She is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.  
Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!sold

Thursday, October 15, 2015


I have been listening to the audio book "The Agony and the Ecstasy" for what seems like the last year.  It is written by Irving Stone and is about Michelangelo's life.  I think it is around 24 listening hours.  Normally I would lose interest but it has continued to fascinate and inspire me.  I have three more hours to go so I have been listening to it today while painting. This piece is a 6 x 6 x 2".
My next show is the River Arts Fest in Memphis, Tennessee. The show takes place Oct 23-25.  Go to the link to find out more.sold

Friday, October 9, 2015


This painting was driven by having a lot of 8 x 8 " frames that need to have paintings inserted into them.  The title was inspired by Sting's "fragile".  Pretty perfect for the tea cups and orchids.
I have been working on some large paintings so I have not posted a lot.  I am working on another 4 x 4' painting of three cows. Big paintings are a challenge for me but rewarding. My next show is Oct 23-25 and is Riverfest in Memphis, TN.

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

more time

I only had a little time to paint today so I did this 5 x 7".  I happened to be listening to a song, "more time" by needtobreathe.  Not sure why they run the words together in their band name?  Maybe because their Dad named them Bear And Bryant after Alabama football's famous football coach, Paul Bear Bryant.  a little ditty I learned by reading about them on Pandora.

We had a wet and cold day yesterday for the Bluff Park Art show.  First time it has rained in their 53 year history.  A lot of wet patrons still showed up to support the wet artists.  Very appreciated!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

standing tall

Tis the "art show" season.  I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show tomorrow from 9 until 5.  Come on out and enjoy the show if you are in the area. 

This rooster will not be there. He has to stay home and dry.  He is painted on an 18 x 48 x 2" canvas and will available in a show house in Huntsville, AL on November 13.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

do it again

I had no idea what to title this painting so I decided that I would name it from within the lyrics of the next song that came up on Pandora.  I have it on the Steely Dan channel and "do it again" was the winner. Could have been worse. This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second picture to see scale.  I like to compare my painting size to the pumpkin squash vine and rosemary growing below. Sold

I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show here in Birmingham this coming Saturday.  The hours are 9-5.  The weather is going to be great so come on out and enjoy the day and the art!  Don't forget your wallet.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


This is painted on a 48 x 48 x 2" canvas.  That is a big area to cover and I usually get as much paint on myself as I do on the canvas when I go this big.sold
  I am preparing to do the Bluff Park Arts Show here in Birmingham next Saturday.  It is the 52nd year for this wonderful show.  The hours are 9-5 and it is held in the park in front of the Bluff Park Community Center.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

sweet olive

  This is painted from one of my favorite pictures.  I often stop to take pictures of cows when I am traveling and I am not sure where I was when I took this.  The uncropped photo has the cow lying down and looking up at me.  I have painted this on a smaller canvas a couple of times but decided to go big this time.  "sweet olive" is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  
Her name was inspired by the bushes that I have growing outside my studio.  Most folks refer to them as fragrant tea olive bushes but I call them sweet olives.  The bushes are beginning to mature and really blossom.  The smell they emit is one of my all time favorites. A very happy smell.

Monday, September 21, 2015

upper deck

 This is the first time I have painted on this 12 x 36 x 2" size.  My friend and neighbor wanted a rooster in this format and size. Roosters are one of my favorite things to paint and this canvas led to some fun composition. I included a second picture so that you could see the scale.sold

Sunday, September 20, 2015

bandit and louis

This was such a fun picture to paint.  Louis and Bandit's faces made me laugh while I was painting them.  They look so serious.  I painted this commission in late July and am just now posting it because it was a surprise birthday gift my friends gave their daughter.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".I enjoyed being in the Monte Sano art show yesterday in Huntsville, AL.  It was fun meeting lots of new folks and selling several paintings.

Friday, September 18, 2015

first mate

I painted Ti this summer but it was a surprise so I had to wait a while to post the painting.  My friend gave it to her husband as a birthday gift. I wonder if Ti or his owner was having more fun?  This was painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Come see me at the Monte Sano Art Festival tomorrow in Huntsville, AL.  9 - 5

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2015


I painted this back in the summer for a friend who just gave it to her daughter for her birthday.  I think King Charles Spaniels are one of the most beautiful breeds.  Darla was from a line of show dogs but was ruled out as a show dog because of the marking on her forehead.  One of my favorite things about her!  this is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am headed to Huntsville, AL tomorrow to the Monte Sano Art Festival.  It is a one day show and the hours are 9- 5 this Saturday.  Would love to see you if you live in the area.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

oh girl

I tossed a coin to choose between two song titles for the title of this painting.  I was listening to the Earth, Wind and Fire Pandora channel as I painted this.  I have taken several dance breaks. The two titles I chose were "you dropped a bomb on me baby" by the Gap band and "oh girl" by the Chi Lites.  "you dropped a bomb on me" started playing ten minutes ago and is still playing and there are only four lines of lyrics.  That is helping solidify my decision.  I liked it for the first two minutes.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes yesterday and for the new folks that signed up to receive my blog.  I appreciate you taking the time to view my art work.   I plan to do more give aways on a regular basis.  I do not look at email subscribers very often because it is done through feedburner.  I noticed today that there are 348 subscribers but only 256 are verified.  I guess they send you a return email after you sign up for the blog to verify that you want to receive it.  It may go to folks junk mail sometimes.? If you think you signed up and never get my emails you may need to sign up again and make sure you verify. Wordy!  Sorry!sold

And now...for the winner of the birthday chick..........judydon02
I will give judydon02 a couple of days to respond to my email at and if I do not hear from them I will draw another name.  
Thanks again everyone and I promise to do more give aways. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

birthday chick is my birthday today. To celebrate I painted this 6 x 8 x 3" birthday chick. I am going to randomly draw a name from the folks who subscribe to my blog emails and give it to some "lucky" winner. I will draw tomorrow afternoon, the 15th.  If you would like to subscribe, there is a button at the top right of this blog site.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Inspired (or saved) by lyrics again.  Dave Matthews Band "sweet".  I have painted this cow mug several times but it is always different depending on my mood.  Feeling kind of loose and colorful today.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2".  Think next time I want to go very big like a 3' x 3'.
Hope you have a good weekend! Sold

Friday, September 11, 2015

garden gems

I am guilty of buying vegetables with the intention of trying new recipes and putting something healthy on our table.  The truth is.... I would much rather paint them.  Fortunately my husband understands that.   This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I started this small painting a few months ago and decided to finish it yesterday.  Sometimes I get really tired of painting a particular subject and will abandon mid way.  Even cows. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

with autumn closing in

I had to resort to music lyrics again to think of a title for this painting.  "night moves" by Bob Seger had recently played on my computer.  I guess autumn is closing in.sold

That is the best I could do after spending a fun, long weekend in Chicago with my family. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

I am preparing to do several shows this Fall.

Montesano Arts Festival in Huntsville, AL Sept 19th

Bluff Park Art show in Birmingham, AL Oct 3rd

River Arts Fest in Memphis, TN  Oct 23-25

Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA Nov 7-8

Fine Arts  Brentwood  in Nashville, TN Dec 4-6

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

after further consideration

I am happy to have some new cow photos to paint. I visited with some friends at Lake Martin last week and as a bonus got some new pictures of cows.  Lots of fresh faced calves.  White cows with great light are my favorites.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, August 31, 2015

you've got a friend

Listening to James Taylor's "you've got a friend" as I was posting this.  I almost always paint cows that are looking at me.  I guess I am only interested in cows that are interested in me.  This one made me very happy. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

My next show is the Monte Sano Art festival in Huntsville, AL September 19 from 9-5.  It is held in Monte Sano state Park.sold

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I am not a portrait artist nor do I have any desire to EVER  be.  I dug deep to paint this picture of my nephews, Jack and Will. Not perfect but as close as I can get to their cute faces. My sister always told me it was her favorite picture and she wished I would paint it for her. I hate that it took a tragedy for me to get around to the challenge. Sweet, little Jack always got unwanted attention for his beautiful red hair.  His friends called him Red which is what a lot of my father's friends called him. I wish I could fix the hurt and sadness my sister's family is going through. I hope this will eventually bring some happy memories back.  This is painted on a 20 x 24"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


This is a picture of Ace shortly after he was rescued as a puppy.  Such a puppy thing to hide in the ferns.  I am sad to report that he only lived a short year before he was hit by a car.  The owner's family members are giving the painting to him as a remembrance and birthday present. I hope it will bring him happy memories. This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, August 24, 2015

blessed assurance

A lot has happened since my last happy go lucky posting.  My sister and brother in law lost their 22 year old son, Jack, in a car wreck a few hours after my last blog post. Life can change in an instant and this has been a very sad time for our family.  We are thankful to have the blessed assurance that Jack is with Jesus but  the missing him will never go away.  I would appreciate prayers for my sister, brother in law and Jack's brother, Will.

I decided I needed a little reassurance with my painting so I decided to start back with one of my favorite subjects.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.