Friday, October 9, 2015


This painting was driven by having a lot of 8 x 8 " frames that need to have paintings inserted into them.  The title was inspired by Sting's "fragile".  Pretty perfect for the tea cups and orchids.
I have been working on some large paintings so I have not posted a lot.  I am working on another 4 x 4' painting of three cows. Big paintings are a challenge for me but rewarding. My next show is Oct 23-25 and is Riverfest in Memphis, TN.

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

more time

I only had a little time to paint today so I did this 5 x 7".  I happened to be listening to a song, "more time" by needtobreathe.  Not sure why they run the words together in their band name?  Maybe because their Dad named them Bear And Bryant after Alabama football's famous football coach, Paul Bear Bryant.  a little ditty I learned by reading about them on Pandora.

We had a wet and cold day yesterday for the Bluff Park Art show.  First time it has rained in their 53 year history.  A lot of wet patrons still showed up to support the wet artists.  Very appreciated!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

standing tall

Tis the "art show" season.  I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show tomorrow from 9 until 5.  Come on out and enjoy the show if you are in the area. 

This rooster will not be there. He has to stay home and dry.  He is painted on an 18 x 48 x 2" canvas and will available in a show house in Huntsville, AL on November 13.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

do it again

I had no idea what to title this painting so I decided that I would name it from within the lyrics of the next song that came up on Pandora.  I have it on the Steely Dan channel and "do it again" was the winner. Could have been worse. This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second picture to see scale.  I like to compare my painting size to the pumpkin squash vine and rosemary growing below. 

I am participating in the Bluff Park Art Show here in Birmingham this coming Saturday.  The hours are 9-5.  The weather is going to be great so come on out and enjoy the day and the art!  Don't forget your wallet.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


This is painted on a 48 x 48 x 2" canvas.  That is a big area to cover and I usually get as much paint on myself as I do on the canvas when I go this big.sold
  I am preparing to do the Bluff Park Arts Show here in Birmingham next Saturday.  It is the 52nd year for this wonderful show.  The hours are 9-5 and it is held in the park in front of the Bluff Park Community Center.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

sweet olive

  This is painted from one of my favorite pictures.  I often stop to take pictures of cows when I am traveling and I am not sure where I was when I took this.  The uncropped photo has the cow lying down and looking up at me.  I have painted this on a smaller canvas a couple of times but decided to go big this time.  "sweet olive" is painted on a 36 x 36 x 2" canvas.  
Her name was inspired by the bushes that I have growing outside my studio.  Most folks refer to them as fragrant tea olive bushes but I call them sweet olives.  The bushes are beginning to mature and really blossom.  The smell they emit is one of my all time favorites. A very happy smell.

Monday, September 21, 2015

upper deck

 This is the first time I have painted on this 12 x 36 x 2" size.  My friend and neighbor wanted a rooster in this format and size. Roosters are one of my favorite things to paint and this canvas led to some fun composition. I included a second picture so that you could see the scale.sold

Sunday, September 20, 2015

bandit and louis

This was such a fun picture to paint.  Louis and Bandit's faces made me laugh while I was painting them.  They look so serious.  I painted this commission in late July and am just now posting it because it was a surprise birthday gift my friends gave their daughter.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2".I enjoyed being in the Monte Sano art show yesterday in Huntsville, AL.  It was fun meeting lots of new folks and selling several paintings.

Friday, September 18, 2015

first mate

I painted Ti this summer but it was a surprise so I had to wait a while to post the painting.  My friend gave it to her husband as a birthday gift. I wonder if Ti or his owner was having more fun?  This was painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Come see me at the Monte Sano Art Festival tomorrow in Huntsville, AL.  9 - 5

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2015


I painted this back in the summer for a friend who just gave it to her daughter for her birthday.  I think King Charles Spaniels are one of the most beautiful breeds.  Darla was from a line of show dogs but was ruled out as a show dog because of the marking on her forehead.  One of my favorite things about her!  this is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

I am headed to Huntsville, AL tomorrow to the Monte Sano Art Festival.  It is a one day show and the hours are 9- 5 this Saturday.  Would love to see you if you live in the area.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

oh girl

I tossed a coin to choose between two song titles for the title of this painting.  I was listening to the Earth, Wind and Fire Pandora channel as I painted this.  I have taken several dance breaks. The two titles I chose were "you dropped a bomb on me baby" by the Gap band and "oh girl" by the Chi Lites.  "you dropped a bomb on me" started playing ten minutes ago and is still playing and there are only four lines of lyrics.  That is helping solidify my decision.  I liked it for the first two minutes.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes yesterday and for the new folks that signed up to receive my blog.  I appreciate you taking the time to view my art work.   I plan to do more give aways on a regular basis.  I do not look at email subscribers very often because it is done through feedburner.  I noticed today that there are 348 subscribers but only 256 are verified.  I guess they send you a return email after you sign up for the blog to verify that you want to receive it.  It may go to folks junk mail sometimes.? If you think you signed up and never get my emails you may need to sign up again and make sure you verify. Wordy!  Sorry!sold

And now...for the winner of the birthday chick..........judydon02
I will give judydon02 a couple of days to respond to my email at and if I do not hear from them I will draw another name.  
Thanks again everyone and I promise to do more give aways. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

birthday chick is my birthday today. To celebrate I painted this 6 x 8 x 3" birthday chick. I am going to randomly draw a name from the folks who subscribe to my blog emails and give it to some "lucky" winner. I will draw tomorrow afternoon, the 15th.  If you would like to subscribe, there is a button at the top right of this blog site.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Inspired (or saved) by lyrics again.  Dave Matthews Band "sweet".  I have painted this cow mug several times but it is always different depending on my mood.  Feeling kind of loose and colorful today.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2".  Think next time I want to go very big like a 3' x 3'.
Hope you have a good weekend! Sold

Friday, September 11, 2015

garden gems

I am guilty of buying vegetables with the intention of trying new recipes and putting something healthy on our table.  The truth is.... I would much rather paint them.  Fortunately my husband understands that.   This is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I started this small painting a few months ago and decided to finish it yesterday.  Sometimes I get really tired of painting a particular subject and will abandon mid way.  Even cows. This is painted on a 6 x 6 x 2" canvas.sold

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

with autumn closing in

I had to resort to music lyrics again to think of a title for this painting.  "night moves" by Bob Seger had recently played on my computer.  I guess autumn is closing in.

That is the best I could do after spending a fun, long weekend in Chicago with my family. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

I am preparing to do several shows this Fall.

Montesano Arts Festival in Huntsville, AL Sept 19th

Bluff Park Art show in Birmingham, AL Oct 3rd

River Arts Fest in Memphis, TN  Oct 23-25

Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA Nov 7-8

Fine Arts  Brentwood  in Nashville, TN Dec 4-6

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

after further consideration

I am happy to have some new cow photos to paint. I visited with some friends at Lake Martin last week and as a bonus got some new pictures of cows.  Lots of fresh faced calves.  White cows with great light are my favorites.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, August 31, 2015

you've got a friend

Listening to James Taylor's "you've got a friend" as I was posting this.  I almost always paint cows that are looking at me.  I guess I am only interested in cows that are interested in me.  This one made me very happy. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

My next show is the Monte Sano Art festival in Huntsville, AL September 19 from 9-5.  It is held in Monte Sano state Park.sold

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I am not a portrait artist nor do I have any desire to EVER  be.  I dug deep to paint this picture of my nephews, Jack and Will. Not perfect but as close as I can get to their cute faces. My sister always told me it was her favorite picture and she wished I would paint it for her. I hate that it took a tragedy for me to get around to the challenge. Sweet, little Jack always got unwanted attention for his beautiful red hair.  His friends called him Red which is what a lot of my father's friends called him. I wish I could fix the hurt and sadness my sister's family is going through. I hope this will eventually bring some happy memories back.  This is painted on a 20 x 24"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


This is a picture of Ace shortly after he was rescued as a puppy.  Such a puppy thing to hide in the ferns.  I am sad to report that he only lived a short year before he was hit by a car.  The owner's family members are giving the painting to him as a remembrance and birthday present. I hope it will bring him happy memories. This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, August 24, 2015

blessed assurance

A lot has happened since my last happy go lucky posting.  My sister and brother in law lost their 22 year old son, Jack, in a car wreck a few hours after my last blog post. Life can change in an instant and this has been a very sad time for our family.  We are thankful to have the blessed assurance that Jack is with Jesus but  the missing him will never go away.  I would appreciate prayers for my sister, brother in law and Jack's brother, Will.

I decided I needed a little reassurance with my painting so I decided to start back with one of my favorite subjects.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

Friday, July 31, 2015

what's going on

I little ode to the magnificent Marvin Gaye. "what's going on?" is playing as I am posting this.  I really don't know what's going on.
This week I have painted some commissions that will have to be posted later because they are surprise gifts. Hall and Oates, "sara smile" is playing.  Another awesome song.  This painted is painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas. Smile a while.....sold

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I took the reference photo for this painting up in east Tennessee. I recently accompanied 90 teenagers and 30 adults from my church on a work trip that is sponsored by the Appalachian Service Project. They target homes that need repair to make them warmer, safer or drier. We were in a beautiful area that was located between Bristol and Kingsport, Tennessee.
My small work group thought it was a little weird that I frequently asked them to pull over so that I could photograph cows, sheep or the landscape.  They were very accommodating even if they did not get it. This one is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

mary thorne

Long time, no see.  I have been traveling for the last couple of weeks so today was my first day in the studio in a while.  I must admit that I enjoyed the break.  
This is the third painting I have done for Mary Thorne's family.  The previous two are pictured below.  I met this beautiful family two years ago at a local art show and it has been fun watching the girls grow.  Mary Thorne is a twin and she was the only one cooperating the day this was taken.  Another painting to come. All of these are painted on 8 x 10" linen panels.

Friday, July 10, 2015


My nephew, Jack, bought Lucy at the flea market, "dog days" in north Alabama for $6.00.  The salesman wanted $30.00 because he said Lucy was "a full blood Spaniard".  The one time I went to dog days I did not see one person for sale.

The story of Lucy's purchase is great and so is she.  She has the prettiest eyes I have ever seen on a dog.  She has brought so much happiness to my sister's family that I decided to paint her for their wedding anniversary.  She is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I wonder if there is a color named "rainbow white"? 
Painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  Sold

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

mercy mercy me

I was excited to buy peaches with the leaves intact last week and then I ran out of time to paint them. I found time to work out this one piece.  I really struggled with this painting and almost scrubbed it out two or three times. I then proceeded to drop it wet side down two different times when I was photographing it.   As I was posting this I happened to be listening to Marvin Gaye's  song, "mercy mercy me".  I feel that is quite appropriate for this painting.  It is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

show me

I have a patron/friend from North Carolina who requested I paint another cow mug.  She has bought two cow paintings from me and needed another.  I told her I would paint a couple and let her choose.  This one is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Monday, June 29, 2015

my girl callie

We just celebrated our dog Callie's first birthday.  Fun to paint a dog that did not matter if I played a little bit.  She is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.  She has brought so much joy to our lives.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

hold tight

This piece was a surprise father's day gift for a Nashville Dad.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

sophie's two

This was a surprise for a Dad on father's day.  I forgot all about posting it.  It is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Even though it was hot, humid and a Monday today I had a good day.  Three of my least favorite things unless the Monday happens to be the first day of a week long vacation.  I painted this on a 20 x 20 x 2" linen canvas.sold

Thursday, June 18, 2015

say cheese

I advised a friend how to best photograph his dogs if he wanted a portrait painted.  I suggested he take the photograph outside and to get down on the dogs level.  Sounds easy enough? Not really!  I was shocked when he sent his photos back and he had all three dogs cooperating in one picture.  The lab was happy in every shot and the little white one looked like he/she was about to receive a steak dinner.  Bright eyed and smiling in every picture.  The little black and white one made me laugh because it one was looking away in all of the shots....up in the air, at the other dogs, to the side....  Maybe a little attention deficit disorder??  This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen canvas.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Jack brought lots of happiness to family friends of ours. He recently passed so my friend surprised her husband with this 8 x 8 x 2" portrait of him.  I hope it brings back good memories for the family.  Lots of love in those eyes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

hanging on

I got home from being out of town for a few days and this hydrangea was still perky.  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2".sold

Monday, June 15, 2015

leia's happy place

I have always loved golden retrievers because of their smile.  This is a commissioned piece and the owner said Leia is happiest when she is at the beach.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.  Leia is having some medical issues at the present so say a little prayer for her if you will.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

last chance

Instead of doing everything else I needed to do today I have been in my studio. I am going out of town tomorrow so I decided to paint my "about to wilt" flowers one more time.  One more time on a big 30 x 40 x 2".  This one came together a teeny bit better than the last piece. I have so much to learn but think it is pretty cool that there is no ceiling in the growing process.

Monday, June 8, 2015


I was listening to Mumford and Sons, "believe" as I started to post this.  Several times over the last couple of days I did not "believe" I would be posting this painting. It has gone through many changes. This is a big painting, 30 x 40 x 2". That is a lot of surface to consider. I added and deleted fruit, painted out a little blue vase, scraped the whole background out and painted it again. Painting is not easy.

 Last but not least, the wind blew the painting over after I photographed it so I had to pick debris out of it.  The dead ants did not do anything to improve it. The bottom picture gives you a better idea of the size and was photographed after I repaired it.sold