Thursday, July 31, 2014

critts

This is a painting of some of our "way back" friends.  I am so thankful for friends.... old and new.  We have lots of history with these two and hopefully lots of future.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Friday, July 25, 2014

charolais on chartreuse

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A French cow on a French inspired color.  Chartreuse was named after a French liqueur.  The liqueur is a yellowish green color.  I love the color but I do not think I want to drink anything this hue.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

time well spent

A good way to spend some time this time of year.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

cinnamon girl

Yep.  My work is all over the place.  It just comes down to painting what makes me happy and today this girl struck my fancy.  This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.

Monday, July 21, 2014

double take

 I struggled seeing where the front cow and the back cow separated.  I took the picture of these two in Balsam Mt, North Carolina. It took me going out of town and looking at it when I returned to finally see the separation.  This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I really do not feel that this photo of the painting does it justice.  Looks kind of washed out.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

sidelonghorn


I made a new word. I am enjoying painting these beautiful animals.  The horns are so handsome and the hides are beautiful with all the patterns and spots. This one is painted on a 22 x 28 x 2" canvas.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

beach toddle

I loved this little toddler's style. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"won't you be..... my neighbor ?"


You have to sing the title of this painting.  Big pause after "won't you be".  Those of you who do not know who Mr Rogers is will think I am even crazier than the ones  who are familiar with him.  I think Mr Rogers had a a slight cock of his head when he go to this part in the song.
This is the first Longhorn cow I have ever painted.  The herd that I photographed live in Eclectic, Alabama.  We do not see a lot of long horns in our state so these  generate a lot of curiosity.  They seemed to like the attention and some came right up to the fence.
This one is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

chill


This cow looks pretty comfortable.  If I am approaching a group of cows that are lying down my goal is for them to stay that way. I try my best to slink up so that I do not rile them.  This cow was very chill.  I think one reason so many people enjoy cows is because they are calming.  Especially if you do not own them.  
This cow had beautiful eyes that were asking me to take her home.  She is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, July 4, 2014

game change


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This was supposed to be a red, and blue 4th of July themed still life.  I started with beautiful cherries and blueberries.  Played around with that and was not happy with any of the set ups. Decided to punt our national holiday theme. Decided to add lemons and let it be composed of the three primary colors.  Was not pleased with that either so this is what you are left with.  I have to be happy with the set up or it is going to go south fast.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.    Happy Independence Day!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

lake life

My friend recently moved to the lake full time so I do not think she has had any time to spend in this swing lately.  This is a belated birthday present for my friend and roadie, Lynn.  She has been one of my biggest supporters, helpers, and most importantly ....friends.  She and her husband have been great friends of ours for 30+ years.  This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

peeps

I liked the curious posture of these two.  Something interesting must have been going on to their left. This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Friday, June 27, 2014

let loose

I just finished working on a rather tedious commission so I was ready to let loose. I am usually forced to tighten up to capture certain subjects when I have commission work.  I enjoy that but I LOVE painting whatever and as loose as I want.  This cow has one of those "go eat #(*$%" looks.  Hope you are not feeling that way today.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

muscling it

I enjoyed watching this young boy work his net.  I don't think he ever caught anything but he gave it a good effort.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

sprout

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I loved this chick's curious stance.  While painting,
I try to simplify shapes and stroke work. It may appear to the novice that it was easy to paint.  It is a skill that comes after hours and hours of painting. When I first started painting I tortured and overworked my paintings trying to add every detail.  I knew I wanted a looser look but that did not come until after  logging in lots of easel time. The more you paint, the more confidence you build to become bolder with your strokes and knowing what to edit out.  I TRY to remember what so many of my instructors have shared and that is to think about every stroke before you apply it to the canvas.  Make it count.  Sometimes I remember.

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"chick fi.....what?!!"

I could not resist.  It appeared to me that the chick on the left was telling the other two something.  I bet it was just something trivial.

I spent the day at my sister and brother in law's home yesterday and they had some fairly new chicks. It was so fun to hold and watch them. I took a few (300) pictures.  I am going to have fun with some of the titles.  This one is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, June 16, 2014

don't let be lonely tonight

"Don't let me be lonely tonight" by James Taylor was playing on Pandora as I was posting this picture.  I was still playing around with titles so I was easily influenced.This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, June 12, 2014

life is good

 Is this a great scene or what?  This fellow and his lovely companion are always thinking of good reasons to go out for a ride around their camp house property. This is a very common scene so his wife and kids commissioned me to paint it for him for Father's day surprise.  How awesome is that? (so many questions in this post)
 This is making me want to give in to my husband's desire to get a big dog. I do not have anything against it I just remember how much work it is.  I Need to remember how much fun it is.
This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas so that is my reason for including a second picture.  Hard to appreciate the scale without a visual. This is going to be hung over their camp house mantle.  Pure fun!
 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

kenzie

Kenzie's owners commissioned this portrait of their beautiful chocolate lab.  I hope it brings a smile when they see it.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, June 9, 2014

4 in a row

I decided to paint something that was not looking back at me today.  I have a few pet commissions lined up so this is a warm up.  None of the animals favor these onions but it still helps me to loosen up.  This is painted on a 6 x 12" linen canvas.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

a cool place

Meet Beasley and Rosie.  A yellow and red lab that belong to a friend of mine.  She has patiently waited on me to find time to paint her beauties.  I love it when dogs smile.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.sold  

Friday, May 30, 2014

cover up

I have finished show season and now have a list of commissions to work on.  This was just a fun piece to do between commissions.  It is painted on a 6 x 6" linen panel.
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

looking up

 I met a couple at a show in Fairhope, Alabama and they commissioned this painting.  I love the little guy looking up to his grand dad.  If you are familiar with this area you might recognize Mobile Bay and Yardhams restaurant in the background.  There is a nice park that runs alongside the bay and it is a wonderful place to walk. Especially with a beautiful grandchild. This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

joe

This is a friend's new puppy Joe.  I think the caution tape is pretty appropriate for a young lab.  I do not think I have ever seen a lab with blue eyes.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas. sold

Friday, May 16, 2014

gaggle


I surprised myself today when I was thinking of a title.  I do not know a lot of goose speak so when I came up with "gaggle" and then looked it up and found out that it's meaning was a flock of geese I was happily surprised.  I guess I do know some goose speak.  I took the reference photo for this painting at Lake Martin a couple of years back.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas. Sold 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

fishy

This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  I am preparing to do a show at Lake Martin Memorial day weekend.  The show is a benefit for Children's Harbor.  This will be the forth time I have participated and I always enjoy staying with a good friend and seeing lots of other folks that come out to support this great cause.  The show hours are Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday, 9-2.  The show is on the grounds of the Children's Harbor retreat that is close to the Kowaliga bridge.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

at ease

Water is a blessing in so many different ways.  I will only speak about it's relaxing qualities at the moment.  As I post this, I have the window open and am listening to the rain and the creek below my home. It pleases just about all the senses....taste, touch, hearing, sight....
  The two girls in my painting are cooling off from the sun and enjoying the weightless feeling water allows. I could pretty much go on and on about the wonderful attributes of water but the soothing sounds of water are calling for a nap on the porch. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.sold

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

partly cloudy

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Actually there is 100% chance of rain in Tupelo, MS where I am headed this Friday for the 43rd annual Gumtree Art Festival.   I am looking forward to exploring Tupelo because I have never visited before.  I am fortunate to have my husband, my roadie friend, Lynn, and her husband (also my very good friend!) joining me. It makes selling or not selling lots more fun.  Truthfully I do not think I have ever celebrated not selling.
I am thinking positively that it will only be partly cloudy.  This cow is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.
Lynn and me at the Magic City Art show in Birmingham.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

big smile

Hope this brings a smile to your Monday.  Painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Sunday, May 4, 2014

star student

This cow stared at me the whole ten minutes I was taking pictures of her and her friends. I have not seen or painted a lot of grey cows and this one was a beauty. I enjoy experimenting with combinations of colors to get grey. Definitely not just a mixture of black and white. I did not exaggerate the eyelashes on this cow.  I have done that before to add to the cow glamor.  This one had all the makings for a prize winning cow.  She is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I have enjoyed having this weekend off from doing a show.  My youngest son graduated from college and we celebrated with several family members.  I go to Tupelo, Mississippi next weekend for the Gumtree Art Festival Saturday and Sunday.  Come see me if you are in the area.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

dog tired

I feel a little like this dog looks.  A busy time in my life with completing back to back weekend shows.  I have not had a lot of time to paint because of the time involved in that.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

I have some happy news to report.  My husband officially retired today after 33 years in the banking industry.  A big woo hoo for him.  I will tell you in a few weeks whether it is a big woo hoo for me.  Think it will be.  And...my youngest son, Dillon, is graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Geology this Friday. Sold

Thursday, April 24, 2014

all ears

I am about to go set up for the Magic City Art Connection show that runs from tomorrow through Sunday. It is located in beautiful Linn Park in downtown Birmingham.  The weather is supposed to be nice so come on out and enjoy if you are in the area.  My booth is 437 and is right next to the Birmingham Museum of Art.

This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

you talk'in to me?

I painted this haughty rooster on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  I think the fact that I am extremely busy played into the success of this piece.  Kind of fast and furious brushwork.sold

Monday, April 21, 2014

ebony and ivory

I painted this the day I left for the Tallahassee art show.  Touched it up a little this morning after returning last night. I spotted these calves on my way to North Carolina a few days ago. The little white one followed the black one every where it went.  Guess it was a girl thing. I included another shot to show you that it is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.
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 I wanted to include some pictures of the beautiful LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Show.  It was a wonderful setting and if it had been 20 degrees warmer it would have been even more wonderful.  I shivered my way through the two days.  Did not remember to bring my parka to Florida.  I had a blast and loved getting to spend time with two long time friends Steve and Hollywood Carter.  My friend's real name is Kathleen but she looks like a hollywood star and is always cooking up a deal of some sort like a Hollywood agent.

So......next weekend is the Magic City Art connection here in Birmingham.  Friday , Saturday and Sunday.  It is held in beautiful Linn Park downtown. My spot is right next to the Art Museum so that will give you a landmark if you would like to come.   



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

balsam mountain beauty


I took the photo reference for this in Balsam Mountain, North Carolina.  My parents have a house not far from this area and I spotted this herd on my way up last week.  I got some great photos and look forward to painting several of the pictures.  This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

I am headed to Tallahassee, Florida tomorrow afternoon to participate in the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Show Saturday and Sunday.  Would love to see you if you are in the area.  I will be the one with all the cows in my booth.sold

Sunday, April 13, 2014

kathleen

Does she ever paint anything other than cows?  Yes.  I really do but this is what I am feeling right now.  It should not be too much longer before I get down to the beach and I will probably shift my subject matter then.  But...I love to take pictures of cows on my way to the beach.

I just returned from going on a trip with my Mom to North Carolina and I got some new pictures that I am chomping at the bit to paint.  Beautiful herefords.  I really do need a bumper sticker that says, "I stop for cows."  Feel sorry for the people who travel with me.

I am headed to Tallahassee, FL this coming weekend for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks art show Saturday and Sunday.  We are staying with our good friends , Kathleen and Steve, so I was inspired to name this beauty after her.  I painted a 6 x 6" of this little one before and Kathleen owns it.  Kathleen has been a huge encourager and supporter of my work.  Wish I could carry her around in my pocket.

This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

rerun



I had a very successful art show Saturday with both the weather and  the sales.  I am happy to report that I took several people's "cow painting virginity".  That means I get to paint more and that makes me happy.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
My next show is in Tallahassee, FL and is the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Festival April 19 and 20th. I get to stay with my good, crazy, artist friend from college so it will be a good time.sold



Friday, April 4, 2014

time for a cool change

I was listening to Little River Band's "cool change" at the same time I was posting this.  It is time for a cool change.  This is painted on a 6 x 6" linen panel.sold