Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'll hang around as long as you will let me

Another title inspired by David Allan Coe's song, "you never even called me by my name". This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

you never even called me by my name

She looks like she could be thinking that.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, August 18, 2017

you don't have to call me darlin, darlin

I was listening to some old school country music while I was walking this morning. I am going to do a series of cows using titles from the lyrics of David Allan Coe's "you never even called me by my name".  Right there....another great title. If you are not familiar with this song, you need to google it.  It will get your weekend started right.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

tight squeeze

 Painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.  Painting some smalls for upcoming Fall shows.  I start out in north Alabama in middle September with the Monte Sano Art show in Huntsville, AL.  The next weekend I am one town away in Decatur for the River Clay Art Show.  The word town made me chuckle.  I don't know if that is southern or old fashioned.  I guess you mostly hear city now.  What constitutes a town versus a city?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

strike a pose

This was fun for me to paint because my Ruthie looks much like this kitty.  This is a surprise for a friend's son.  I have seen this look before. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

bottled up

I traveled to North Wilkesboro, North Carolina last week to take some work to Taupe Gallery.  I met the owners at a show in NC and so appreciated their enthusiasm for my work that I decided to trek up there with some paintings.  It is a beautiful gallery in a gorgeous area.  Mountains all around.  Mountains are always worth the drive.
I hit some of my favorite places on the way home.  This French seltzer bottle was a new purchase along with another globe jar dating back to the late 1800's.  My love of bottles goes way back to finding them at my grand parent's farm when I was little.  It is nice to justify the purchases because I can paint them over and over.
This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, July 28, 2017

some sweet day

I have a friend who asked if I had any paintings with blue hydrangeas.  I do now.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2".  Have a great weekend!sold

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

a sunday kind of love

Each piece of this diptych is a 10 x 30 x 2".  


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

tell you a little story

This is a commissioned piece for an artist friend.  I have the good fortune of having two of her pieces and this is a little pay back.  This is her husband's family barn.  She did not want it too representational.  It is a large 36 x 48" piece.  It has been through several transitions and I have learned a lot and enjoyed painting it.  sold

Friday, July 21, 2017

waiting on the sunset

This is a commissioned piece.  I had several folks at my last show in North Carolina who wanted a larger rendition of a 24 x 24"painting I had at the show.  Even if I am painting from the exact same photo, the painting always comes out differently.  Especially since I am still learning about landscapes and this is a 3 x 4' canvas.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

we were meant to be together

Two 6 x 18 x 2" canvases.  Having a little fun with a diptych.  Bonnie Raitt gave me a nice idea for a title.sold

Monday, July 17, 2017

spoken like a melody

Hope you have a great week.  Painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Don't touch the gate!"

I was in Eclectic, AL a couple of weeks ago and came across a very handsome group of young cows. I found a safe place to park next to the fence and it happened to be close to one of the gates.  I felt bad because they thought it was feeding time and came running to me. I actually got to pet some of them. After about five minutes I noticed a little lady start working her way over to me.  She was cutting grass with scissors.  I thought that was a little kooky.  I explained to her that I was just taking pictures of the cows.  She thought I was kooky.  She was concerned that I would open the gate and told me not to at least ten times as she cut the grass walking back toward her house.  I didn't touch the gate.

This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

better late than never

This 22 x 28" canvas had a sea scape that was on the boring side.  Add a rooster to anything to up the excitement factor.

I am adding a watermark to all my future images.  Too many factions out there who do not care about stealing others work and profiting from it.  I am also using my iphone so the image may not be as good.  Good for me but not as good for you.  Have to do.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It was just my imagination

These colors are pretty close.  I am now photographing my work with my i phone.  My very abused eight year old Canon has bitten the dust.  I just used it to photograph my work.

This piece is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.  My next move is to paint some large pieces similar to this.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I second that emotion



I know many of you are going to favor the painting below over the top one. I got to the end of the tube painting and started thinking about what I wanted to say with this painting. Hmmm....what do I like about it?  I liked the colors and decided I wanted to express a feeling more than a literal scene.  Hang with me.  I am stretching and trying to grow.  I do not plan to abandon the style I have worked hard to get.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

breathe

Wouldn't this look nice on a pillow or tote bag?  Maybe a comforter? Sorry, I just discovered that some of my images have been stolen and reproduced without my permission. Sinotex is a company out of China that gave permission to reproduce my art.  I do not want to call out the individual site that was selling the merchandise because she got the images from them.  The internet is a wonderful and terrible thing. I only do originals so if you ever see a print of my work you should know it has been stolen.

I would like to join this girl.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas. Breathe!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

lullaby

Painted on a 22 x 28  x 2" canvas.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

amber waves of grain

Another paint over.  There was an angel under this landscape.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2".
Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy 4th

Happy Independence day!  Let us not take it for granted. Thank you to all those who have gone before us and Will go before us to protect our freedom.
What is more American than a retriever? ( Even though they came from the United Kingdom)  Right up there with apple pie.
Painted on a 12  x 12 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

sister, oh sister

Hmmm...you might be saying. I told you I was doing some searching this summer.  I painted this over a piece I had that I liked but felt was too specific or literal. This has really been cathartic for me. This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 30, 2017

introspective

Well....for something entirely different.  I painted this over the 36 x 36" canvas with my failed attempt of peonies in a jar.  (I kind of like the way the ghost of the painting looks after I scraped most of the flower painting out.) But...I think I like the figure piece too.  I am just feeling my way through this and I am enjoying the freedom of not being so representational.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

beach music

Beach colors happen to be my favorite colors.  I am still searching and branching out.  I am doing a show in Bluffton, SC next October so I think these pieces will fit in nicely.  It is close to the Carolina coast. This is painted on an 18 x 36 x 2" canvas.  

Monday, June 26, 2017

relax

Bear with me as I do a bit of experimenting this summer.  I like this loose seascape much more than the still life that was originally painted on this 6 x 12 x 2".  I have decided to paint over some existing paintings that I don't feel very good about. sold 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

venture out

You can see that I am still venturing out a bit.  I owe an artist friend a couple of paintings and this is a study for one I might do larger. This is her husband's family farm.  (I think) She wants something loose and 36 x 48"  This one is painted on a 16 x 20".sold

Venture Out also reminds me of my Dad.  Our family camped a lot (one campground named "venture out") while we were growing up and I have so many great memories. I cherish those times spent with my first family.  My Dad passed away three years ago but he packed a lot of love into his eighty years on this planet.  Happy Father's day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

lake view

A long time friend commissioned me to paint her two children and dog enjoying the lake.  The picture she gave me to work from was great so my job was not too hard. I have learned that you do not have to be married to a photo.  Change it for the paintings sake.  There was an old dock in the foreground and I painted it in at first.  It was preventing your eye from moving into the picture so I asked her permission to delete it.  Much better.  Do you see the backwards S composition?  Or I guess it could be a Z.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

workin' on a mystery

Tom Petty's song, "runnin' down a dream" came up first on my "thumbs up" station on Pandora.  The lyric, "workin' on a mystery", was pretty perfect for this painting and post.  This painting started as a vertical one and was a figure from behind.  I was playing around with abstract design. I did not like how literal the piece was, so I scrapped and flipped it to be a horizontal piece. I am definitely working on a mystery because I do not really understand much about abstract or non representational work. Summer is a time when I can explore a bit.  So, there you go. This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Monday, June 12, 2017

cowabunga

Maybe the death of the very best Batman, Adam West, is on my mind.  Sold 

 Sorry if you are tired of cows.  White cows in particular. I never tire of painting white shadows. (or cows) This one is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas and will be with me at the Lake Norman Art Festival, June 24 and 25 in Huntersville, NC.  I would love to see you if you are in the Charlotte area.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

it don't come easy

I am a huge Patty Griffin fan and this title was inspired by her song, "when it don't come easy".  She is coming to Birmingham in July and I have tickets.  Very excited!
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.
I have one more show and it is in two weeks in Huntersville, NC.  It is the Lake Norman Art Festival July 24 and 25th.  Come see me if you are in the Charlotte area.

Friday, June 9, 2017

well seasoned

Decided to paint one of my Boston ladies today.  I took a series of photographs five or six years ago at Dorchester Bay and this lady was one of my favorites.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.
Hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

june

"june" is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

pure

I have painted this cow portrait a few times on various size canvases.  I am drawn to the majestic feel of this pose. This one is painted on a 48 x 48 x 2" canvas.  It will be with me at the Lake Norman Arts Festival in Huntersville, NC June 24 & 25. Huntersville is a bit north of Charlotte.  First time visiting the area.  



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

looking in the eyes of love

Experimenting a little.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2".  I might have been listening to Allison Krauss when I was thinking of a title.

Join us at Art on the Lake at Children's Harbor this Saturday and Sunday.  Located on beautiful Lake Martin in Alabama. May 27 from 9-5 and May 28 from 9-2.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

reflection

This is the last of the dogs on the lake series for a while. This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.  I will photograph the series together when I get to Art on the Lake this May 27 and 28th at Children's Harbor at Lake Martin, AL.sold
I have added one more show to my schedule.  June 24 and 25th I will be at the Lake Norman Arts Festival in Huntersville, NC.  I have not been to this area so I thought it would be nice to explore a new place.  It is close to Charlotte.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

first and best mate

A good day at the lake.  12 x 12 x 2".

My next show is Art on the Lake benefiting Children's Harbor at Lake Martin. The dates are May 27 and 28.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

sugar

So happy to get to paint a new 36 x 36 x 2" cow baby.  I have sold seven or eight big cows this Spring at shows. It always makes me happy to birth a new one.  That might be a little hard but I did carry twins 29 years ago that weighed a total of 15 and 1/2 lbs.

Happy mom's day out there to all you ladies.  So fortunate to still have my mom and mom in law in my life.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

big chaw

Golden retriever's faces are so expressive.  I have a weakness. Painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".sold

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

mine

Painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  Dogs! :)


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

sue

Listening to "a boy named Sue" by Johnny Cash. I am going to do a series of dogs at the lake.  I have a show Memorial Day weekend at Lake Martin, AL. More about that to come.
This painting is a 24 x 36 x 2".

I am looking forward to going to Nashville tomorrow to participate in the Harding Academy Art Show.  Come see us Thursday evening 5-9, Saturday 1-9 or Sunday 10-4.

Monday, May 1, 2017

just swell

A new 24 x 24 x 2" piece I will have at the Harding Academy Art Show  in Nashville, TN this Thursday through Saturday.  The hours are 5-9 on Thursday, 1-9 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday.
Such a great show with so much talent.sold

I just returned from a great show in Oxford, MS.  It was great seeing old friends and making new ones. I feel extremely lucky that I have participated in three outside shows these last weekends and none included rain.  Pretty remarkable for the Spring.

After this weekend show I have one more show
Memorial Day weekend at Lake Martin.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sunday morning

A new painting heading with me to Oxford, Mississippi this weekend for the Double Decker Art Festival.  The hours are 10-5 on Saturday. I am booth #97 if you are in the area.
This piece looks pretty washed out in the photo. Seems like it is the time of day that alters it. It is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.

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.sold

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.