Sunday, June 29, 2014


I liked the curious posture of these two.  Something interesting must have been going on to their left. This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, June 27, 2014

let loose

I just finished working on a rather tedious commission so I was ready to let loose. I am usually forced to tighten up to capture certain subjects when I have commission work.  I enjoy that but I LOVE painting whatever and as loose as I want.  This cow has one of those "go eat #(*$%" looks.  Hope you are not feeling that way today.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.

Have a good weekend!sold

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

muscling it

I enjoyed watching this young boy work his net.  I don't think he ever caught anything but he gave it a good effort.  This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I loved this chick's curious stance.  While painting,
I try to simplify shapes and stroke work. It may appear to the novice that it was easy to paint.  It is a skill that comes after hours and hours of painting. When I first started painting I tortured and overworked my paintings trying to add every detail.  I knew I wanted a looser look but that did not come until after  logging in lots of easel time. The more you paint, the more confidence you build to become bolder with your strokes and knowing what to edit out.  I TRY to remember what so many of my instructors have shared and that is to think about every stroke before you apply it to the canvas.  Make it count.  Sometimes I remember.

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"chick fi.....what?!!"

I could not resist.  It appeared to me that the chick on the left was telling the other two something.  I bet it was just something trivial.

I spent the day at my sister and brother in law's home yesterday and they had some fairly new chicks. It was so fun to hold and watch them. I took a few (300) pictures.  I am going to have fun with some of the titles.  This one is painted on a 6 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, June 16, 2014

don't let be lonely tonight

"Don't let me be lonely tonight" by James Taylor was playing on Pandora as I was posting this picture.  I was still playing around with titles so I was easily influenced.This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, June 12, 2014

life is good

 Is this a great scene or what?  This fellow and his lovely companion are always thinking of good reasons to go out for a ride around their camp house property. This is a very common scene so his wife and kids commissioned me to paint it for him for Father's day surprise.  How awesome is that? (so many questions in this post)
 This is making me want to give in to my husband's desire to get a big dog. I do not have anything against it I just remember how much work it is.  I Need to remember how much fun it is.
This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas so that is my reason for including a second picture.  Hard to appreciate the scale without a visual. This is going to be hung over their camp house mantle.  Pure fun!sold

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Kenzie's owners commissioned this portrait of their beautiful chocolate lab.  I hope it brings a smile when they see it.  This is painted on an 11 x 14 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, June 9, 2014

4 in a row

I decided to paint something that was not looking back at me today.  I have a few pet commissions lined up so this is a warm up.  None of the animals favor these onions but it still helps me to loosen up.  This is painted on a 6 x 12" linen canvas.sold

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

a cool place

Meet Beasley and Rosie.  A yellow and red lab that belong to a friend of mine.  She has patiently waited on me to find time to paint her beauties.  I love it when dogs smile.  This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" canvas.sold