Sunday, February 7, 2016

fluffy fowl spat

I tried to look up what type of chickens these are but had no luck.  I took the picture at a feed store close to where my sister lives in north Alabama. They are white/buffish with a little black on their tail feathers. They were very fluffy.  These two look kind of like they had just had a little spat.  This is painted on a 20 x 30 x 2" canvas.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016


 I don't know a lot about sheep.  I know they mostly like to eat instead of look up at you and your  camera.  Most of my pictures are of them with their noses close to the grass.  I liked this backlit photo.
 This is a big piece.  It is painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas that I needed assistance to photograph.  Say cheese Dan.
Happy Super Bowl weekend!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

east winds blowing

 This is a tall piece.  18 x 48 x 2" Eastern winds were blowing in my painting but southern winds were blowing here in Alabama.  Blew my painting right off the easel after I photographed it.  I told you I will never learn.  Much too stubborn for that. The painting survived the fall.

Monday, February 1, 2016


 I really like the colors in this piece. I can't resist a hereford.  This is painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.
Upcoming show schedule is as follows:

ArtXtravaganza in Knoxville, TN  March 4-6.

Art in the Hills, Vestavia, AL April 9

Art in the Village, Mt Brook, AL April 16

Double Decker Art Festival, Oxford, MS, April 23

Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, TX, April 29-May 1

Harding Academy Art Show, Nashville, TN  May 6-8

Children's Harbor Art Show,  Lake Martin, AL May 27-28

Saturday, January 30, 2016


I painted Poppy when she was in her first year and had no hair.  Scroll back many posts and you can see her being pulled in a wagon by her older sister.  She is also joined in the wagon by her twin sister.  It was hard for me to capture her likeness on this 8 x 10" canvas but I hope I came close.

This is my last commission for a bit.  I need to concentrate on painting for upcoming shows.  Feel free to send me pictures you would like painted.  I will be getting back to it in a couple of months.

Friday, January 29, 2016


Sadie was a part of the Daughtrey family until they lost her last year. The Daughtrey kids got together and had me paint this for their parents.  Sadie would put her right paw up when she wanted something so they felt like this picture captured her well. I hope this preserves some good memories for the family. It is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


This is the first and most probably the last cat I will paint.  Maybe it was the stripes? Yikes!  I am no Diane Hoeptner . One of the best cat and everything else painters I have seen.

  This is my Ruthie and she turns two today.  She is the first cat I have had since I was a little girl.  She is so much fun . (when she wants to be)  I love watching her cat ways.  She has added lots of happiness to our family. This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.  Happy birthday Ruthie!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

bon appetit

Taking a little break from commission work. I did this 30 x 40 x 2" yesterday while it was too cold outside to do much else. I have had the rainier cherries in my refrigerator for a couple of weeks and have been too busy to paint them.  I  may need to do a couple more paintings of them before they become bird feed.  I read that 1/3 of the rainier cherry crop is eaten by birds.  Your fact for the day.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

back when

This is a commission for a friend and these are her two children a few years back.  I bet many of you are like me and would love to be on a warm beach like this today.  Cold outside!
This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Friday, January 22, 2016

fly over state

I took the reference photo for this painting on my way home from Oklahoma a few years ago.  It was early morning and the light was warm and illuminated this white cow beautifully.  The title is based on Jason Aldean's song, "fly over state".  I agree with Jason that a lot of states are just too beautiful to only fly over. This is painted on a 22 x 28 x 2"canvas.

Have a good weekend and stay warm!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I have been on a roll completing commissions.  Sometimes it takes me a while to get started but once I do I like to knock them out.  My sweet cousin asked me to paint their pooch, Sissy . They lost her last October.  She was the first dog that I had seen have her own doggie sleeping bag.  Cracked me up.  Just like a little kid but maybe a little more spoiled.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

I have three more commissions to do and then I have to take a break from them and paint for lots of upcoming shows. My next show is in Knoxville, Tennessee March 4-6. The Webb school ArtXtravaganza.  I love the Knoxville area because my husband has a lot of family close by and it is a beautiful area.  The first show for me in Knoxville.  I understand they like a lot of orange there.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Minnie and Pearl

 I guess there is a first for everything.  This is the first time I have been commissioned to paint someone's chickens. Minnie and Pearl belonged to a friend of mine.  One of them has gone to Hee Haw heaven.  Who remembers Hee Haw or Minnie Pearl?  These are both painted on 12 x 12 x 2" canvases.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Fur baby number two for "patiently waiting" mom to be.  This will hang along side Bella from yesterday's post. I love this idea for her nursery. Painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Bella is one of two fur babies I am painting for a young lady that is expecting her first non furry baby.  They will decorate the nursery.  Bella is painted on an 18 x 18" canvas.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

this way and that way

 This was my third attempt at  painting on this 36 x 36" canvas.There were two failed still life paintings scraped off in it's earlier life.  Happy with this one.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Can you see me now?

This was one of the rare days that I did not feel like painting.  Glad it does not happen very often.  I painted this guy last week.  20 x 20 x 2".

Beginning in April I have five weekend shows in a row.  From two in my hometown, then to Houston, Texas, and ending that run in Nashville.  I do not need to have a lot of days that I do not feel like painting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016


I took some photographs on my way to see my mom in law in Chattanooga the other day and this was one of my favorite shots.  I could have titled it ' "fat cow on a skinny canvas". 12 x 36 x 2".  I have recently realized how much I love the colors of winter. This cow was off by itself and stared at me the few minutes I was photographing her and her pasture mates. That make me SO happy!
Hope your week is a good one!  

Friday, January 8, 2016

till we meet again

 You might be glad that I did not post another cow painting.  I like roosters too.  For those of you that were happy it is not another cow today...I hate to tell you that I got some great new shots of cows on my way to Chattanooga yesterday.  It is taking every bit of my willpower to work on commissions instead of my new photos today. They are fat, hairy cows that are tan and white.!!!! Just my type!

This rooster is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  Title inspired by lyrics from Citizen Cope.sold

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


I need to quit looking at my cow photos.  I am having a hard time getting back to the business of painting commissions that are not cows.  This face was beckoning me to paint her again. So I did.  Painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Happy with this.  Now let's see if I can translate this 4 x 12" on to an 18 x 48" and keep the same feel.sold

Monday, January 4, 2016


Sorry if you are tired of cows.  I rarely get tired of painting them.  Sometimes.....
I loved the curiosity on this cow's face. It was fun to play with the color palette a bit too.  The elongated canvases always make for more interesting composition.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Sunday, January 3, 2016


I love what you can say on a small canvas.  I find that I can paint more character into my pieces when I am working on a small canvas.  I am working on translating that to big canvases and I think I am getting better at it.  Using larger tools helps but it is still tough.  This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.  If I were good at math I would tell what a percentage that was of yesterday's 3 x 4' painting.  sold

Saturday, January 2, 2016


The reference photo for this painting was loosely based on a picture that an artist friend I have never met sent me.  Martine Alison lives in France and she takes the time to visit my blog and comment on my work fairly regularly.  She has a wonderful blog and a very creative and whimsical style of painting.  Take a minute to check her out.  She travels a lot and always has gorgeous photos to share.  The blog is in French but you can switch the language once you get there.

"comfortable" is painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

here's to it

Wishing you all the best and a wonderful 2016!  This is painted on a 10 x 20 x 2" canvas.  
Thanks for the encouragement and patronage of my painting.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


A friend commissioned me to paint Buck for her brother's family.  The family recently lost Buck to cancer.  He was a beautiful and much loved dog and I hope the painting brings back some good memories for the family. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

that's amore

I have always wanted to paint a highland cow and a patron from England gave me the perfect photo to work from.  He and his girlfriend took this picture in Scotland last summer and he surprised her with the painting for Christmas.  I feel so honored to be a part of bringing others happy moments.
I felt like I was peeking in a cows bedroom the whole time I painted this.  It would be the perfect cover for a cow romance novel.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Monday, December 28, 2015


A Christmas commission for a friend's daughter.  Winston always has one ear up and one ear drooping.  Got to love this face. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, December 27, 2015


Hope you all had a merry Christmas.  I did and have enjoyed spending lots of time with family. I am anxious to get back to painting.
This is a Christmas surprise my friend commissioned.  The little one is her grand daughter and she had it painted for the parents.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Monday, December 21, 2015

cumberland island

A friend commissioned me to do this for her "man" friend.  They spent a fun time at Cumberland Island last year and she wanted me to try and capture some of it's beauty.  I have always admired the shapes and colors in marshes and this gave me a great opportunity to paint a scene.  This was painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015


A friend commissioned me to paint Sonny for her daughter's Christmas present.  This much loved dog was named after the owner's beloved grandfather. So fun to paint such a beautiful animal and make someone happy with the result.  I would like to have a pet named after me one day.  I don't think I have ever heard of a pet named Carol.??   This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I have been very busy painting but have not been able to post because they are Christmas surprises.  I took a little time to do this 4 x 12 x 2" calf.  This format is really fun to work with.  
The Mt Brook Holiday show is ongoing until December 19th.  See the card from my previous post for the details.  

Thursday, December 10, 2015


I painted this 22 x 28 x 2" painting yesterday as a demo at the Mt Brook Art Association's Holiday show.  The show is continuing until the 19th of December.  Different club members work the show so go in and check it out if you are in the area.  Details are on the card in my last post. Bring your wallet.sold

Monday, December 7, 2015


I feel a little like one of these running around with it's head cut off.  I have been painting a lot but most are commissions and I can not post until after Christmas. This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".sold

I am participating in the Mt Brook Art Association Holiday show.  I will be at the show painting this coming Wednesday from 12-5.

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. sold 
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.sold