Thursday, March 31, 2016

a little sunshine

   A little sunshine on a rainy day here in Alabama.  This is painted on a 5 x 7" linen canvas.

My husband planted a lot of sunflowers around our property so I am hoping to paint from home grown flowers sometime.sold  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Taking a little break from painting a dog commission.  I like to have some smaller paintings available at shows.  The small ones usually have a lot more charm.  This is a 5 x 7".  My next show is Art in the Hills, April 9, in Vestavia, AL.  More info two posts back.sold

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

lucky one

I photographed this child playing in a fountain in Oregon.  She looks right at home on a beach in Florida or Alabama.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, March 28, 2016

it was a beautiful day

Listening to Tom Petty's "runnin' down a dream" made it easy for me to title this 11 x 14 x 2" piece.

I am getting prepared for show season.  My first show is right in the heart of where I live.  Vestavia's "Art in the Hills".  This is the third year for this show and I am glad to be a part of it for the first time.  It is Saturday, April 9 from 10-4 at the new Vestavia City Hall Complex.  It will feature around 45 artists and several specialty Food trucks.  I would love for you to come by if you are in the area.

Friday, March 25, 2016


I was thinking "hallelujah!" after I painted this demo last Saturday.  I totally bombed painting a little girl as a demo that morning.  Fortunately my workshop friends had a good sense of humor and patience.  I guess you can still learn through other's mistakes.  This was not even on the itenarary but many of them wanted to see how I painted jars.  So"hallelujah!  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.

Happy Easter! Hallelujah!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

lyin' eyes

Sold Guess which band I am listening to as I post this and try to come up with a painting title?  This was the demo painting I did for the first morning of my workshop this past weekend.  It is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas. 

The picture below is of my fun and wonderful workshop folks.  They all did a great job with their  paintings.  This picture does not do their paintings justice.  It also adds ten pounds and years to each of us.  Haven't you heard that?
I enjoyed making some new friends and helping them in their art journey. It was helpful for me to remind myself of the things that I think are important to teach others.    

 I did this 8 x 8 x 2" practice demo the night before the workshop and thought it would be interesting for you to see how differently it turned out from the one above.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

small bait, big fish

I decided I better brush up on painting children since I am teaching it this coming Saturday.  I enjoy trying to capture a child in a spontaneous moment.  One thing that makes this painting successful is that  it has good angles.  I learned from Nancy Franke that you need to look for lots of X's and Z's and V's in the figure.  It just adds to the energy and leads to a more interesting composition. This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

one life

Busy getting ready for a workshop I am having at my home this Friday and Saturday.  Fun!
This is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" canvas.sold

Thursday, March 10, 2016


I sold a piece that I had in my house so I needed to paint something new.  A new friend from Texas was visiting and liked it so I sold it to her.  I enjoyed "blue morning" pictured below for three years but now another family gets to have it. 
This picture is seen as soon as you come into my house so it needs to be something I like to look at.  Both of these pieces are 24 x 48 x 2".  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


This cow had some crazy hair but I trimmed it up some because it did not look believable.  This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2" canvas.sold

Monday, March 7, 2016

jump ups

I got some small jars from Etsy and the johnny jumps ups were the perfect size to display in them.  Violas are a favorite of mine because they are so easy and colorful. This is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.  sold