Wednesday, February 29, 2012

heading home

The weather has been gloomy this week so it has been nice to pull out some photos I took at the beach. This is painted on a 6 x 6" gallery wrap canvas.sold
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

in search

What fun to paint a warm scene. I am preparing to do a show in Fairhope, Alabama in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to being close to the coast. I have not painted beach scenes in a bit so this was lots of fun. It is painted on a 10 x 10" gallery wrap canvas.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

subdued rooster

I told my husband I was going to try and paint Mr. Wonderful in more subdued colors. It didn't happen. This is painted on an 18 x 36" gallery wrap canvas.
Packed five more boxes. At this rate, I will be ready to move out by 2014.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

what ?

I needed to paint a cow today. I needed her calming look to rub off on me. This beauty took a break from chewing to check me out. She was not impressed. This is painted on a 10" x 10" gallery wrap canvas.
I packed six boxes. Only three hundred or so to go.sold
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

checking in

I did not intend for viewers to know the man was talking on his phone but then I could not think of a title.  One of my favorite teachers, Karin Jurick, felt it was not cool to paint cell phones and I have to agree. Nothing nostalgic about them.
My good friend, Spin, took this picture while we were in Siena, Italy.  It is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.  I have begun using raymar linen panels.  Do not know what took me so long.  Love them.
I closed on my house today so I am living in my house but it is not my house anymore.  We are renting it from the sweet family that bought it until they sell theirs.  Guess I need to start packing.  I have been saying that for weeks now. They have begun clearing our lot and it still hard to believe we are getting to move there.  The picture above is the creek that our house will face. Still pinching myself.sold

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

nice ride

This beauty was parked in front of the villa we stayed in while we were in Florence. I do not know a lot about cars so it took me a while to figure out what make this was. Maybe some of you will have recognized that it was an antique fiat. I saw lots of modern day fiats while we were in Italy but this one was fairly old. Beginning to see several of them in the U.S. now. Our guide in Rome shared with us what fiat stands for.....fix it all the time. That would be fiatt. Sorry if I have offended you fiat lovers. Aesthetically, I think they are great looking. This was lots of fun to paint. It is painted on an 8 x 10" gallery wrap canvas.
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Monday, February 20, 2012


Paisley belonged to a friend I met recently and was her beloved yorkshire terrier that she lost in December. Paisley was very photogenic so I had lots of great photos to work from. Combined two pictures to get this pose. Paisley's head was cocked a bit but it is hard to see because of her lovely flowing hair. The picture is not quite true to color because the background goes more teal than green. Hope this will bring some good memories to my new friend. She is painted on an 8 x 10" gallery wrap canvas.
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Friday, February 17, 2012


These two ladies were enjoying gelato in Rome. I have mentioned my goal of painting twenty images from my Italy trip. I should have titled it "people in Italy". I guess we can't help what we are drawn to. I love watching people and their body language. Another thing that is interesting to me are the surfaces behind the figures. Centuries old tumbled marble, stone or brick, layer upon layer of paint or stucco. I am not am abstract painter but I might come up with some interesting looking paintings by studying the different surfaces.
I have got to vent for a minute. How many words do we have to type in to make sure we are not a robot when we make a comment on someone's blog? You have really got to be motivated to leave a comment to go through the verifications. Maybe it's just me?
This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.
Happy weekend!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

big bag

This woman was an attention getter in Siena, Italy. She was decked out in the finest from her head to her toes. I was surprised she could stand so upright because her bag was so large.
I have mentioned before that we did not see many dogs while in Italy. So curious because in the states we take our dogs everywhere. Some of the breeds looked a bit different too. Not sure what this dog was besides shaggy.
My life is beginning to get more hectic. I have sold my house and am about ready to start my new one. That means lots of distractions from painting for the next year. I am going to make a determined effort to fit painting in. I forgot that when you move you have to pack and unpack.
This is painted on an 8 x 10" gallery wrap canvas.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

a little pink

As close to painting a Valentine's day picture as I will get. There was a strip of pasture in the background that had a hint of pink and the pond that the cows were standing in had a thick layer of algae on the top.
I just got back from a fun weekend in Nashville. I participated in a show and had a great time making new friends and visiting with old ones. I had several discussions with folks about why so many people are drawn to cows and paintings of them. The general concensus was that they are calming and curious. And.....beautiful! I sold a lot of my bovine pictures so I am very happy to paint more. My herd of paintings went from large to small. I just bought a 4 x 4' canvas today and plan to tackle a new cow head soon.
This is painted on a 6 x 6" gallery wrap canvas.sold
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Heidi was rescued by the Clendenon family two years ago. They think she is probably half great pyrenees. I am thinking she must be pretty special because she has six furry house mates (excluding the humans) and she was the first to have her portrait painted. I think her eyes are especially great. She is painted on an 11 x 14" gallery wrap canvas.
I am preparing to participate in an art show in Nashville this weekend. It is sponsored by the David Lipscomb Campus school and 30% of the proceeds go to support the school. LOVE going to Nashville. Come see me if you are in the area.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

baby charolais

I am wondering if you might be a little impressed that I did not title this "baby white cow"? I found out at an art show in Nashville that the white cows are charolais. This calf looks so much like a lamb that I googled pictures of lambs to see the differences. I painted this charolais on an 8 x 8" gallery wrap canvas.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

old friends

I took the reference picture for this painting in Siena, Italy. I have the feeling that these two guys gather on this corner every day. Wish I could have heard some of their stories. Love their body posture. I painted this on an 8 x 10" linen canvas.sold
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