Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I am preparing for two of my favorite art shows each year.  I have mentioned the Mt Brook art Association show in previous posts.  It had a rain delay from it's original date in April and is now scheduled for May 16. It is a one day show and features around 75 local artists.
The next weekend, May 22-24, is Children's Harbor annual Art on the Lake.  20% of the proceeds from sales go to support Children's Harbor.  It is a wonderful retreat center on beautiful Lake Martin that offers it's facilities to families that have children with serious illnesses.
"reflecting" is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.

Monday, April 27, 2015

hard boiled

A truer title would be rotten eggs.  This set up has been on my still life table for two or three  weeks.  I had some issues with it so I kept it set up.  Went out of town a couple of times, painted other paintings, etc...  I finally got back to it and worked out things that were bugging me.  I wonder how long it would be before the eggs started to smell?  I know some of you guys remember hiding real hard boiled and dyed eggs for Easter. We would not refrigerate them later and would eat them, cracked and all.
This is painted on a 6 x 12" linen canvas.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

in conjunction

This was commissioned by a young friend to give to her best friend who is getting married.  We did not have a great picture to work with but I think it turned out well.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


This was a commissioned piece and birthday surprise for one of my friends.  Her daughter and daughter in law were the gifters.  I enjoy painting scruffy animals because you can be a little looser with the brush work.  Trapper looks very innocent in this pose.  It is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

I had a good time in Houston at the Woodlands art show even if the weather was not too stellar. Saturday ended up being a pretty good day and lots of people came out. It is always fun meeting new artists and patrons.  I am still unpacking so I will wait and share some photos with you in my next post.

Next Saturday, April 18th, is the 34th annual Mt Brook Spring Art festival. The hours are 9-4 and it is held on the beautiful sports field of Crestline Village. 25 vine Street, Mt Brook, AL 35213. Hopefully it will not rain but if it does, the rain out date is the next day, the 19th, from 12-5.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I miss painting still lifes.  Kind of....  It is nice when they come together like this one did. It is hard thinking of new set ups that will inspire you. This one is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.

I leave tomorrow morning for the Woodlands show in Texas.  I have talked a lot about that show but the very next weekend is one of my favorite shows to do all year.  The Mountain Brook Art Association annual Spring Festival is Saturday, April 18th at Crestline Elementary School.  It is a one day show and the hours are 9-4.  It is a lot of fun to see my Birmingham and surrounding cities friends.  (Artists and patrons ) I will have still life, figurative work and animals at that show.

I heard yesterday on the news that the bluebonnets in Texas are putting on quite a show.  I talked my travel buddy and husband Dan into tacking another hour
on to our drive so that we could spend the night in Brenham, TX.   Several Texas folks told me I could see a good many of them there.

Yee haw!

Friday, April 3, 2015

getting close

I decided I needed to paint a few smaller pictures to take with me to Houston.  The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival is next Friday through Sunday.  I am taking a whole herd of cow paintings with me.  I hope some people like animals because that is all I am exhibiting.  I will share some pictures of my booth after I set it up.  I am having to rent a small utility van because of the size and quantity of work.  This is my first Texas show and the farthest I have traveled.  It will be an adventure for sure.  Hoping it will be "happy trails" for me.sold

This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Have a great weekend and Easter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

good morning

Get rid of that alarm clock and put this on your bedside table.  No snooze button. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


My friend, Dee, sent me this picture.  I often have friends tell me they think of me when they see cows.  I could take it a couple of ways but I think I know what they mean.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Monday, March 30, 2015

sweet emotion

 I decided to fit in one more longhorn painting. Working with the horns can make for some interesting composition. The painting is a little washed out in both of these pictures. I am lucky it is still worth photographing because I dropped it into the rosemary bushes twice. I will never learn. Always in a hurry.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

hypnotic hereford

You're getting very sleepy...... Well...you might be if you don't like cow paintings.  I do not seem to be able to get enough of them.  They always make me happy.  I have so many more images that I have taken or friends have sent me that have not made it to a canvas yet.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.  I think herefords are my favorite because I love their scruffiness and coloring.  So fun to paint white shadows.sold

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This handsome lab belongs to  Matt and Sidney. Matt decided he wanted a painting of Dixie for his birthday. Dixie was his first baby and even though they now have a human baby he wanted a picture of his first for his office. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.  

Monday, March 23, 2015


This cutie belongs to a young friend of mine and is a rescue dog. Cooper stood out to her because he had freckles like she did. She is recently engaged and gave this painting to her fiance for a birthday surprise. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

happy trails

Something a little different.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

chip off the old block

I painted this picture a few months ago and never posted it.  I finally figured out a better way(for me anyway) to photograph large pieces.  I take my photos outside with the back of the painting is facing the sun.  If it is a small painting, you can put it in a box lid or something so that light does not get through. Learned this from Qiang Huang. To photograph the large piece, I tacked some dark felt to the back of the painting to take the place of the box.  Handling these big pieces is  hard. This is another 4 x 4 x 2".

  I put "puppy love" on my mantle so that I could live with it a while.  It helps me to see problems.  I decided to upgrade his horns and make it so that the end of his tail did not look like a lobster claw. Check him out on my previous post to see the changes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

puppy love

I was giddy the whole time I was painting this longhorn.  I usually start with the eyes when I am painting animals.  If you can capture the life in them it is smooth sailing after that.  He was staring at me with that hound dog look as I painted. This is a large 4 ' x 4' x 2" canvas.
I took this image when I visited Oregon last Fall.  The bluebonnets were added for a Texas slant.  I was juried into the Woodlands Waterway Show in Houston for my animals so that is what I will be exhibiting at the show.

Friday, March 13, 2015

in season

I painted one of my cows right into a field of bluebonnets. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas.  They will be in season when I head to Texas April 9th but I am not sure we will see many in the eastern part of Texas. If any Texans can tell me an hours drive or so from Houston where I might see some I will go out of my way.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Jack belongs to my cousin's daughter.  Does that make her my second cousin?   The painting was a birthday gift from her husband.  I love Jack's chocolate almond eyes.  Reminds me a lot of my Callies. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  Kudos to Josh for giving such a thoughtful gift!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Murphy belongs to a young couple who just got married.  A friend commissioned me to paint it for their wedding gift. I know. I mostly got glasses and plates for my wedding presents. I hope Murphy is adjusting to life with a new man in his master's life.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

to the barn

I have an attention deficit when it comes to painting.  My mind has been working over time these days thinking of things I want (or need) to paint.  I want to paint more egg set ups and I will but I have been wanting to paint this long horn for a while. I had to get it out of my system.  It is painted on a small ,6 x 12 x 2" canvas but I think it would be nice on a large canvas.  This longhorn lives in Springville, AL. This is about thirty minutes from where I live and I have taken pictures of them a couple of times. This image was taken by a fellow artist, Diane, and she was kind enough to share it with  me.  I tried to keep this one loose and just focus on the shapes.sold

Monday, March 9, 2015

new eggs, old spoon

My sister brought me some fresh eggs yesterday.  I have never painted eggs before so I thought it would be fun.  It was.  More to come!  This one is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Friday, March 6, 2015

home on the green

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

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

hey jude

I am headed to a show in Houston, Texas in a month so I have decided to paint a few Texas sized paintings.  This one is painted on a 2' x 6' canvas.  The top photo is a closer view of the face.  I am not skilled in photographing large works so I decided to show three views.
 The show is the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival and the dates are April 10, 11 and 12th.  Road trip!
Oh yeah, "hey Jude" was playing as I finished this piece.  Great song!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

part and parcel

I tried to remember things I stressed to my workshop attendees as I painted this today.  At the top of the list was "make every stroke count".  Don't slap paint on your canvas without a purpose.

I am painting at a fund raiser for the University of Alabama at Birmingham's  Comprehensive Cancer Center this Saturday night. It is one of the nation's leading  cancer research and treatment centers. The fund raiser is called "Art Blink" because the artists have and hour and a half to complete a painting.  Attendees bid on the paintings to raise money for the cancer center's fund for excellence. (research, family assistance, etc) It is a black tie affair so the only downside is that I have to dress up.  Even so....I am honored and excited to be a part of this affair.  I am going to paint a large rooster that will be auctioned. This one is a warm up and is a 6 x 12 x 2".sold

Monday, February 23, 2015


 This was the painting ( 8 x 10") I demoed yesterday for day two of my workshop.  It was one of my favorite pictures and memories from our trip to Costa Rica. Our family was having dinner at a place literally on the edge  of the beach so we watched the sun set and I got some great pictures of this young one. I told my class it sounded more romantic than it was.  There were lots of hawkers on the beach who came and tried to sell you anything from pottery, bird whistles, jewelry and drugs.

Below are some more photos of my awesome students hard at work.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


 I just finished my weekend workshop and it was so fun looking back through the pictures.  I had one surprise photo that is the bottom one of this post.  The Montgomery twosome/funsome took a selfie.  We had a wonderful group of people and painters.  The first day I painted "noodled" for my demo. (8 x 10") I did not really noodle it during the demo but  I had a hard time leaving it alone this morning before the workshop started.  I did not take my own advice to stop working on it when it was finished and fresh.  The ladies all painted great cows and in one case a great looking horse.
I will share some more pictures of the workshop tomorrow.  I already miss my new friends.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

sugar jar

My friend Sonthe gave me this jar filled with candy last year.  I am thinking this won't be the last time I paint it.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

I have really enjoyed painting still life again.  I need to switch gears and prepare for the workshop at my home this weekend.  We will be focusing on painting animals the first day and children the second day.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

love like crazy

The title was inspired by Lee Brice's song but it is appropriate for the way I feel about red angus in the late afternoon sun.  This cow is my sister's next door neighbor.  She does not live on a farm but she is surrounded by them.  I got so excited when I saw these on my way to Nashville last weekend that I was having a hard time holding my camera steady.  The lighting was perfect and so were the cows.  They came right up to the fence hoping I was there to feed them.  It did not help that I drove up on a tractor.  (just kidding about that)
This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

all dressed up

I don't paint hens very often but this one caught my eye.  I mostly favor the bright colors in roosters.  I might have exaggerated her tail feathers a bit....
This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold 

Friday, February 13, 2015

whole lot of lemon

My Dad always ordered iced tea with a "whole lot of lemon" when we would dine out.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" linen panel.  
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

long stem

I bought a few roses yesterday and am enjoying painting them.  I intentionally painted this a little looser.  I love painting on an elongated canvas.  This one is a 12 x 24 x 2". 

The scene when I went out to photograph the painting.  Ruthie thinks she is so cool.  She is. A snake in February?  My husband did not think he liked cats until he learned they help keep snakes away.  Ruthie is his hero. He is not a snake lover.  The second night we were in Costa Rica he opened our room door and there was a small black snake greeting him.  It could not have happened to a better person.  I just got my running shoe and pushed it outside.  I make fun of him but if it had been a big spider I would not have slept the rest of the trip.