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. 

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

Monday, December 29, 2014


Gusty has some great ears.  This was a commissioned painting that I did before Christmas.   I love the soulful look in his eyes. It is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.
I am getting back to work today after taking several days off to spend with family.  I do not usually take this many days off from painting but it was worth it.   I have a couple of commissions to do and then will be painting for upcoming shows in Tennessee and Texas. sold 

Friday, December 26, 2014


Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  I am still enjoying mine with extended family.
This beautiful dog belongs to one of my son's friends.  His wife commissioned  and surprised her husband with it for Christmas.  Funny how dogs often look like their owners.  One of my sons thought June looked a lot like her owner Thomas.  Both have pretty blue eyes.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.sold

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Sandy is the pup of a young couple who moved from moderate temperatured Birmingham, AL to pretty frigid  Rochester, MN.  Her human Mom is a physician at Mayo and her human Dad is a dentist in Rochester.  The move was quite an adjustment for them all. They happen to be two of my Dad's favorite students when he was teaching at Birmingham Southern College. Ron Alyn surprised his wife Lisa with this painting for Christmas.  It is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.sold 

Friday, December 19, 2014

robbie's babies

These two brittany spaniels belong to my sister in law.  This was a belated 60th birthday present from her family.  They are painted on 8 x 8 x 2" canvases.
I am excited to be finished with commissions that needed to be done before Christmas.  I have lots of fun things to post after the 25th.  A good feeling!  Nice to have time to focus on the Reason for the season!sold

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

blues and greens

Great title, hmmmm?  Lots of deep thinking went into it.  No time for that today.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.sold

I had to laugh when I was looking at the pictures of the painting. Our Callie nosed into one of them. She was not sure about the edges of the apples.   I decided to include a a picture of her so you could see the rest of her.  She is an almost 6 month old golden doodle.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

high stepper

It was fun painting a white rooster because I have not painted a lot of them.  I tried to keep the palette a little softer.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.  Tomorrow when I am painting at the Mt Brook Art Association show at Brookwood Mall I am planning on painting a colorful rooster on a large, elongated canvas.  Come by if you can.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

horning in

I don't really think this long horn minded me horning in and taking his picture. ( I get cheesier by the day.) They were pretty friendly and some came up to the fence.  We do not see many long horns around our area but I found a pasture of them in Eclectic, AL.  Isn't that a a great name for a town?   I am doing the Woodlands Waterway  art show in Houston, TX in early April so I thought it would be fun and appropriate to paint some scenes Texans might see.  This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.

I am still busy painting commissions and have lots of fun ones to show you after Christmas.  I will be at the Mt Brook art association holiday art show tomorrow.  I will be painting off and on from 11-8 .  The show is located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  There are 80 artists exhibiting work until Dec 18th.  Folks are manning the show during mall hours so you have plenty of opportunity to go by if you are in the area.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

she loves me.....

Hello again.  I have not been able to post most of my recent paintings because they are Christmas surprises.  I have been staying very busy painting a variety of subjects and will post them after they are gifted.  This beautiful little girl is also going to be a gift but grand mom does not think the receiver will see it.  She sent me several photos but we both loved this sweet pose.  She looks so innocent.  When I told her grand mom what I was going to title it she said that since she is in her two year old stage that the little one might choose, "she loves me not".  I am guessing she is hearing, "no" a lot.  This is painted on a 12 x 1 2" canvas.

I would like to announce that I am participating in the Mt Brook Art Association's holiday show for the next two weeks.  Work is displayed in the old Gus Mayer store, located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  There is lots of great work that you might want to buy yourself for Christmas.  There are 80 artists participating.  I will be there next Thursday, from 11-8 , painting and visiting.  Come by and say hello.  Bring your wallet and peanuts for the artist.  The hours for the next two weeks are mall hours.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

keeping tabs

This is a commission piece for a friend.  This is one of her sons and "his" dog.  You see who Jughead is watching.  Best of two worlds.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Friday, November 21, 2014

lucky 7

I have a patron from out of state who sent some pictures of all of her in laws grandchildren.  The pictures included all of their beautiful bodies.   I sent a picture cropped like this back to her and said this was more my style.  She liked the idea so here we are!  It is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  Very fun, don't you think?
This is a Christmas surprise.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

my girl

Strangely enough, "my girl" was playing just as I had decided I was finished with this painting.  (insert eerie music here)  No lie.  I don't think I could have thought of a more appropriate title.
This is the first of many commissions I will be working on in the next few weeks.  This is a 75th birthday surprise for a special lady.  I do not typically do faces but I could not resist attempting this awesome photo.  It could be an ad for watches, cars, sunglasses or white tee's.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 linen canvas.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

it's 5 o clock somewhere

A morning warm up before I paint a more detailed commission. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas. Thank you Alan Jackson for the title inspiration.

Monday, November 10, 2014

up close

I just returned from a quick trip to beautiful eastern Tennessee.  My mom in law lives there and we were there to celebrate my sister in laws birthday.  I also took advantage of photographing some pretty scenery and curious cows.  My first interest in painting cows was peaked in this area by my father in law and uncle's cows.  Wonder how many cows I have painted since I first began? This one is painted on a 20 x 30 x 2" canvas.

I am looking forward to traveling to Savannah, GA this weekend for the Telfair Art Festival.  The show is Friday night through Sunday afternoon.  This will be my last traveling show until February.  Phew!  On to commissions after that!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


In a bit of a hurry to post this morning because I am getting ready to travel to celebrate my sister in law's 60th birthday. She has accomplished so much in her sixty years despite being deaf from birth.  She graduated from California State, received her masters, and most recently her PHD.  She also is an accomplished athelete, winning at least five gold medals in tennis at the deaf olympics.  She is a professor at Gallaudet University in Maryland. Sold
This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Friday, November 7, 2014

land of milk and honey

This was another title inspired by what I was listening to at post time.  Steely Dan's "do  it again".  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.sold
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Balsam Mt herefords

It has been a while since I have posted or painted.  I have traveled to a couple of shows and then caught up with home life when I returned. I have one more show that I am traveling to in a couple of weeks.  The Telfair Art show in Savannah, Ga November 14-16.
I took the reference photo for this painting in Balsam Mountain, NC.  I usually do not include much background in my animal paintings opting for the focus to be on the animals instead of the surroundings.  This scenery was to nice to leave out. This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  I included a second picture to see the scale.
My January and February workshops are full but please email if you have an interest in being on the wait list or for future workshops.sold

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

angus on red

I have painted this angus before with a different background and on a different size canvas. I included a picture of the first time I painted her. It might be fun to paint the same image and use different backgrounds.  Why don't you try it?
"angus on red" is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.

I will be in Memphis, Tennessee this weekend for the River Arts Fest.  Friday night through Sunday afternoon.  First show for me since last May. The weather is going to be great so come see me if you are in the area.  The next weekend I am in Ocean Springs, MS for the Peter Anderson Art Festival.  I will be in Savannah for the Telfair Art show November 14-16.

My January workshop is full with one on the wait list but I have four spots left in the February workshop.  Email me at for more information.

Monday, October 20, 2014

new kid in town

Another painting titled inspired by what I was listening to at post time.  No creativity needed.  I was listening to the Jackson Browne Pandora channel and the Eagles happened to be singing "new kid in town". I painted this pretty furiously.  I have a lot going on in my life.  I just returned from a trip to beautiful Oregon.  This weekend I am doing a show in Memphis, TN  and the next weekend in Ocean Springs, MS.
This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I still have spots left in my January and February workshops.  If you would like more information, email me at  January is filling up the fastest so don't wait if you are interested in that one.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

for a friend

Just a fun study for a friend who is going through a rough patch right now. He mentioned how he thought paintings of glass were cool. about a glass with a manhattan in it?  This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" and is a gift for him.

Monday, October 13, 2014

out of the blue

I am pretty much a loner painter.  I definitely enjoy being with people but I am also very content being by myself.  That being said......I feel like going to Nancy's workshop and hearing some fresh instruction and advice has been a huge benefit to me.  I was reminded of some basic things that are crucial to good painting.  I have mentioned them in my previous posts.  We all need to get out of our comfort zones and seek more knowledge.  You also learn a lot and make new friends from the fellow participants in workshops.
"out of the blue" is painted on an 11 x 14 linen canvas.

Speaking of workshops....I am announcing two upcoming ones at my home.  The first dates are January 10 and 11 and then February 21 and 22.  These are both held on Saturday and Sunday, from 10-4.  You can email me at for more information.  Something fun to do to brighten up your winter.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I painted "harmony" specifically for a patron who has bought two other cow mugs from me.  She needed one more to complete the harmony and to be in harmony with the other two.  She is hanging all three together.  They are all 8 x 8 x 2".sold

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

apple time

My friend Lynn is going to like this one.  She is a sucker for red.  I have heard that you need to put a little red in every painting.  I don't think I do.
I have been painting mostly from photos lately and have not had time to get back to one of my first loves, still life.  It is hard to fit it in sometimes.  I set up my still lifes so that I can have practice painting from real life.  These apples asked me to paint them so I found some complimentary things to go with them.
I am enjoying using the limited palette that I practiced at Nancy Franke's workshop. This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.sold

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

all by myself

This was my final painting for Nancy Franke's workshop. It is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.  One thing she mentioned several times was to look for triangles, X's and Z's in bodies and in compostion.  More interesting. This little guy has lots of those going on and  I think that was the main reason I was drawn to this photograph.  
I am personally drawn to Nancy's work because of her color palette, her loose brush work, and subject matter.  She has more energy and light than almost  anyone I know and that shines through in her work.  I am so happy to have had this opportunity to learn from her again.  She's the bomb.

Below is a picture of Nancy (yellow scarf) and her wannabes. I am the giant on the front left.  Nancy could fit in my back pocket. Sold 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This is my first painting of the second day of Nancy's workshop.  I painted it on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas. I struggled with the smallness of it.  We talked a lot about striving for your painting to look effortless.  I feel like I achieved that look but let me tell you it was NOT effortless. I almost scraped it several times. I am all about adding some bold strokes at the end of a painting to make it look like I started out that way.
Nancy uses a limited palette. ultramarine blue, cad red medium, cad yellow light or lemon, titanium white.  Now and then she uses a "short cut" color like yellow ochre.  One of my favorite colors! Good for warmer skin tones.  Oh yeah, now and then she uses cerulean blue.  I typically use lots of short cut colors but I used her palette for the workshop.  I am so pleased with the results that I may stick to it for a while.  I mixed cad yellow and cerulean to get the bright swim tube in the painting.

Monday, October 6, 2014

fancy free

One of the wonderful things about painting children is being able to capture them before they develop hang ups about how they look.  Before they realize that they have frizzy hair, a big nose or a crooked smile.  Children are so carefree and confident.  That is what Nancy Franke captures in her children studies.  You can add to that carefree attitude through your use of loose brushwork and less detail.  Nancy quote worth repeating, "saying a lot with as little as possible." !!!! is not easy.  It is a process that you get to after working very hard.  I painted much tighter when I started out but I knew where I wanted to go and kept at it.  Another thing Nancy said is that when you are having trouble, go to a larger brush.  What!!???  Yes!

This foot loose and fancy free girl is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" and was the second painting I did at the workshop.