Thursday, October 27, 2016

lovely girl

I just returned from some time spent in the NC mountains and I am having trouble getting back into my routine.  I attempted one painting this morning that was a fail.  I was feeling discouraged so I thought it would be good to try something different.  This is primarily painted with palette knives. (I mostly use brushes) So.... lesson learned.....  If you fail, try something else. This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am announcing two workshops to be held at my home studio this January.  The first will be Jan 13 and 14 and the second will be on the 27 and 28.  The days are a Friday and Saturday and the hours are 9:30 until 4:00.  The class is limited to nine and lunch is included.  The workshop is $260. Email me at to reserve your spot or to learn more about the workshop. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Saying loose between commission work. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2".sold

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

modern folk

Titled after the Amazon radio station I am listening to.  She kind of looks like modern folk art.
  Painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.  I am in the middle of doing several small commissioned paintings so it helps me to paint something big and looser.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


A 6 x 8 x 2" commission piece.  I get to paint this scene twice for a patron.  She is gifting it to two relatives.  It is always interesting to me how the next one will probably be fairly different even though I will paint the same image.  Some of it has to do with the mood I am in while painting.  I will attach it to this post after I paint it so that you can compare.
Have a fun weekend!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


A friend got an early start on her Christmas shopping by having  me paint her grandson and his dog.  This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2".  Precious!

Friday, October 7, 2016


This calf had such a sweet look on her face.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Hope you have a great weekend!  I don't have a durn thing in my weekend plans and that makes me happy! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

take the long way home

This is not a cow.  It is a white rooster painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  

Join me and other artists at the Bluff Park Art Festival this Saturday, October 1.  The hours are 9-5 and my booth # is E 6.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

a friend of mine

My husband said I have been on a cow painting jag. Sorry if you do not like cows.  I am weak.  Their sweet faces call out to me.  This one is painted on a 15 x 30 x 2" canvas.

I am preparing for the Bluff Park Art Show this Saturday in Birmingham.

Monday, September 26, 2016

mother's day out

I like this group.  The painting looks nice with my flowers too.  This is painted on a 24 x 48 x 2" and if it is dry enough it will be with me at this Saturday's Bluff Park Art Show.  The hours are 9 - 5.  I would love for you to come by! My booth number is E 6. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Really big cow

This is painted on a 3 x 5 ft canvas.  I am terrible at photographing large paintings so my son Clint gave me a little assistance. It also gives you a little perspective of the size of the painting because he is right under 6' tall. I did not accessorize my front porch to go with the painting but it does.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


This 30 x 30" piece was commissioned by a family from Asheville, North Carolina. One of my favorite places to visit.

My next show is the Bluff Park Art Show held right here in my home town of Birmingham.  The date is Saturday, October 1st  and the hours are 9 - 5. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

sit still, look pretty

36 x 36 x 2" canvas.

Join me at the Monte Sano Art Festival tomorrow in Huntsville, AL.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

peek a boo

Come see this and other paintings at the Monte Sano Art Festival this weekend in Huntsville, AL.  Saturday 9 - 5 and Sunday 9 - 4.

"peek a boo" is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

sweet days of summer

I struggled through this 24 x 36 x 2" for the last couple of days.  I wanted to do something a little more colorful.

I will be in Huntsville, AL this Saturday and Sunday for the Monte Sano Art Festival.  The hours are 9- 5 on Sat and 9-4 on Sunday.  Come see me!

Friday, September 9, 2016

color my world

If you around my age( I will be 55 next week) you probably had "color my world" by the band Chicago as your prom theme song.  I turned on music as I sat down to write this and it was the first song to play and provided a nice title for this painting. It may be my least favorite song by Chicago.

This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" linen canvas.  I have a client who would like a background similar to this so this was a warm up/try out. I like it.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

pretty buff

I might have exaggerated the shadow colors a bit.  :)
This is painted on a 20 x 24 x 2".  Chicken fans will understand the title. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Does anybody really know what time it is?

The band Chicago gave me a great title for my latest cow painting.  Things cows think about #1.

Happy to be home from my latest show with a lot fewer paintings.  I hope the new owners are enjoying them as much as I did painting them.  One thing I hear a lot from folks at shows is that my booth makes them smile.  Could you ever ask for a nicer compliment?  We all need more things to smile about. This is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.sold

My next shows are as follows:

Monte Sano Art Festival  Sept 17 and 18  Huntsville, AL

Bluff Park Art Show Oct 1   Birmingham, AL

Telfair Art festival Nov 11-13  Savannah, GA

Thursday, September 1, 2016

big mad cow

This is a commissioned piece for a new patron from Michigan.  She saw a painting I did a couple of years back titled "mad cow".  The painting was sold and small and she needed a bigger one.  I painted this 24 x 24 x 2" for her.  Every state needs a little bit of Alabama color in it.

I am participating in Art in the Park in Marietta, Georgia this Saturday- Monday.  The hours are 10 -5 each day.  Come see me if you are in the area.

Hope you have a fun and restful Labor day weekend!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

oh dear

My cow and rooster paintings are getting jealous.  This is painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.

Monday, August 29, 2016

we go together

I agonized over what to paint a couple of weeks after traveling in Asia.  I felt guilty that I did not come home and start painting elephants, rice fields, or other things I was exposed to for the first time.  I eventually got over it and have now come to realize what was the most beneficial for me from my trip.   It was being away from my studio and not painting for a month or so!  I needed a break from it.  Not everything I do in my life has to relate to my painting.  Sometimes you just do things for the fun and experience of it.
I am pretty happy with some things that I have painted since getting back in the studio.  So.....if you have the luxury of this....take some time to smell the roses.  They smell pretty good.
This piece is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  The colors shown here are not a great representation.

I will be in Marietta, GA this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Art in the Park.  It is held in the town square and the hours are 10-5 each day.  My booth number is 150.   

Sunday, August 28, 2016

give me a revelation

Listening to Third Day's "revelation" this morning.  This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas. sold

Friday, August 26, 2016

summer days

I am excited to get back in the studio on a regular basis.  I have had lots of great diversions this summer.  I really needed them.  I feel refreshed and ready to get back into painting.

I have a show next Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Marietta, Ga located in their beautiful downtown square.  The hours are 10 -5 each day.  That is a lot so come out and see me if you are in the area.

This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


I was fortunate to grow up having close relationships with my cousins.  Some of my fondest memories were those shared with my cousins on both my mom and dad's side.  So thankful for those wonderful people!  This piece was commissioned by one of my cousins so extra special love went into the creating.  It is very large.  3 x 4' , so I included an extra picture so that you can see how big it is in comparison to my easel.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


I painted this commission piece before I traveled in July.  It was a surprise birthday gift so I am just now posting it.  Princess was the childhood dog of a friend that is my age.  His wife was thoughtful enough to  have me paint it for him.  I am actually listening to "Where the Red Fern Grows" right now.  I read it years ago but it is fun listening to it again.  All about a boy sacrificing and saving to buy two coon dogs.  We probably all have one or two dogs that were extra special in our history.
This is painted on an 11 x 14".

Sunday, August 14, 2016

pleasing combination

I painted this "pleasing combination" on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  I felt a little more confident on this piece. Sold

Saturday, August 13, 2016

a lovely ride

Was just listening to James Taylor's "the secret of life" and boy did the words speak to me.  I have had a hard time getting back into painting after being away and have been ultra critical of what I am working on. Particularly this 30 x 40 x 2" piece.  The lyrics "try not to try too hard" and "enjoy the ride" were some words I needed to hear today and several days ago. I wish I knew how to add a song to my blog.

My upcoming shows are as follows:

Marietta,GA Art on the Square Sept 3, 4 and 5

Montesano Art Festival in Huntsville, AL Sept 17 and 18

Bluff Park Art Show in Birmingham, AL Oct 1

Telfair Art Festival in Savannah, GA Nov 11, 12 and 13

Brentwood Academy Art show in Nashville, TN Dec 2, 3 and 4

Saturday, July 30, 2016

after midnight

Maybe you would think I would paint something "Asiany" since I just returned from many days spent there.  That will come after I have time to sort through pictures.  For the time being I am adjusting to the twelve hour time difference.  This title refers to the time I painted this 8 x 8" angus.  Went to sleep around 9 pm and woke up around 1 am and decided to paint until 4 or 5 am.  Really screwed up but worth it!
I had a wonderful time visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) and Hanoi, Vietnam with one of my sons.  Got to experience and see so many different things.  I will share some pictures once I am totally recuperated.
I am headed out of town again soon to visit and participate in a show in Asheville, North Carolina.  The show is held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in historic Biltmore Village. The days and hours are Saturday, the 6th from 10-7 and Sunday, the 7th from 12-5.  This is my first time to participate so come out and see me if you are in the area.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

pre pie

I'm not making a pie.  i just could not think of a title.  A sunflower would not taste very good in a pie anyway.This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" .
Headed out for southeast Asia tomorrow.  Be back in August. Sold

Monday, July 4, 2016

red, white and blue

I wonder how many other people are painting on the 4th of July?  I have been painting some small paintings to take to a show in Asheville, NC . I am participating for the First time in a show in Biltmore Village August 6th and 7th.  I get back from Asia at the end of July and head up to Asheville a couple of days later.
I am very excited and a bit nervous about this long trip.  I am flying to Chiang Mai, Thailand by myself.  The opposite side of our planet. My son arrives a day later.  He is already in Thailand visiting some other areas. I am going with an open mind and great curiosity about visiting cultures that are very different from my own.  It is easy to live in my own little bubble.  That being said.....I am so thankful for this wonderful country that I live in.  I am thankful for my forefathers and the people who have fought to keep this country free. God bless America!  And....the rest of the earth!

This is painted on a 4 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, June 30, 2016


I had these flowers in little jars welcoming a guest last weekend.  Too pretty not to paint.  This is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2". sold

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

take it easy

 Painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas. Take it easy.sold

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

on a country road

Painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.  sold

My mind is kind of in crazy mode today. I just made a decision to join one of my sons during part of his two month tour of Asia.  I will join him in a couple of weeks to tour Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. How cool is that?


Saturday, June 25, 2016

summer breeze

I wish a summer breeze would blow around here in Birmingham.  And....a lot of other places!sold

This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas. Stay cool!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ya got trouble

Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in........

This is a commissioned 16 x 20" portrait for a friend whose dog's name is  T.  T is short for Trouble. Trouble with a capital "T" and that rhymes with "P" and.......

I really need to get out more.

Just in case you do not already know, these were some lyrics from the song "ya got trouble" from the musical "The Music Man".

Monday, June 20, 2016

whatcha talkin bout Willis?

Mac kind of has the Gary Coleman questioning look from "Different Strokes".  This is a commissioned piece a friend had me paint for her daughter's boyfriend.  Mac always has one ear that stands up.  Pretty cute, eh?

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Painting while I am watching to Nurse Jackie.  An old show that I have just discovered on netflix.  Addicted to it after the first show. Are we supposed to be talking about art?sold

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

walk this way

I really do not want these lyrics in my head the rest of the day.  Aerosmith's song just popped into my mind as I finished this painting.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

My next show is in Asheville, NC!  A favorite place to visit.  It is the 44th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair held in Biltmore Village on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls.  The dates are August 6th and 7th.  If you have never visited Asheville or this area you need to. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Glamor shot of Shug.  Love the over the shoulder"" look back".  This painting was commissioned as a remembrance and surprise birthday gift for a young friend who loved Shug for many years.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" linen panel.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

happy summer

 A commission piece for a friend.  Nice using blue hydrangeas from my yard.  This is a large 3' x 4' x 2" piece.  Happy summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I painted this 10 x 10" to accompany a cow mug a patron purchased from from me a year ago.  Sometimes you need two cow paintings.  Or more!!

I have enjoyed taking a few days off.  I have a full line up of shows that begin again in August. Painting is mostly pleasurable for me but it is good to slow down the pace and take some time to do other things.

I have several folks on an email list that have shared their desire to take a workshop with me. I am working on finding a time to schedule one or two at my home.  E mail me if you would like to be included on this list.  I will notify these individuals before announcing it.  I can only accommodate nine students so classes fill quickly. 

Monday, May 30, 2016


A young friend commissioned me to paint her best friend's dog, Molly, for a birthday gift.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Another good title would have been, "big smile" or "happy face".

I just returned from my last show of the season. It was lots of fun but I am kind of ready for a break.  So is my husband, Dan.  I could not do it without him.  We actually spent our 33rd wedding anniversary at the show Saturday.  That is a good man.