Thursday, February 25, 2021

sisters


 I just finished this commission of sisters.  It was such a treat and honor to paint.  It is painted on a 12 x 24" canvas.


I have a few shows lined up for the Spring.  My first one is in St Augustine, FL March 27 and 28.  I am so excited to travel there because I have not been since I was a young girl.  Hoping to get a little Florida sunshine!

Friday, February 19, 2021

fancy free


 I might be longing for warmer weather.  This is painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

seaside

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 I think I have Spring or Summer fever.  Painting warmer days ahead.  This is painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.  

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

bat girl

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 These are a couple of female cardinals that I recently painted.  I paint the male cardinals much more often because of their beautiful red.  These females are holding their own.  Both are painted on 6 x 6" canvases.

Friday, January 29, 2021

morning


 This is the first large still life I have done in over a year.  I have a couple of shows I am participating in in March.  I hope!!  The first is in Fairhope, AL March 19-21.  The next weekend I will be in St Augustine, FL for the Old Town Art Show March 27 and 28.  I have not been to St Augustine since I was a little girl so I hope it does not get cancelled.  Fairhope is another favorite place to visit.


This is painted on a 36 x 36" canvas.


I hope you have a great weekend!  Stay safe!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

years roll by



 Felt like painting something happy today. Poor red headed children getting so much attention everywhere they go.  Including from me!  What a beautiful shade of blonde.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

honey


 It has been a while since I have painted a cow mug.  I got some wonderful photos of charolais cattle in Mississippi a couple of years ago.  I could have stayed there all day taking pictures.  I love playing with the shadow colors in white. 

This is painted on a 12 x 12 " deep canvas.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

winter happy


 I have been struggling to get back in the studio.  The gloomy weather and political situation in our country has me a bit down.  My desire to paint is not very strong.  

I have not painted pansies in a long time so it was a good challenge for me.  The colorful pansies and the bright lemons were just what I needed. Hopefully you too!

This is painted on a 6 x 8 x 1 1/2" canvas.

Friday, January 8, 2021

twins



 A new patron saw my painting of the little blonde, Daisy Jane, and it reminded her of her daughter.  The little blonde, has a dark haired twin sister so I got to do another version. Her twin girls are in their teens now but it is always fun to remember them when...   

These are each painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.  

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

peace, love and joy


 We need some sweet things to look at these days. I hope this little one will bring a smile to your face or a memory of someone.  This is painted on a 12 x 24" canvas.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

daisy jane

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 I have been taking a little time away from my studio to relax.  That is kind of hard to do since my studio is above the garage at my home.  I think I went two days without stepping foot in it.  I have a few commissions to do but felt like painting what ever yesterday and today.  This little one is painted on a 12 x 16" canvas.


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas commissions

These are most of the commissions I have done the past few months for Christmas gifts.  It is so fun helping to make a special present for a deserving recipient. I am honored to be asked!  

This has been a trying year but thanks to many patrons I have painted right through it. So thankful to have a job that I can do even through a pandemic.  I greatly missed going to shows and selling directly to customers.  I am hopeful that some outdoor shows will be up and running again this Spring or summer.  I am all for wearing a mask as long as it is needed.

I am looking forward to getting back to basics with my painting.  This is the time of year after most of my commissions are completed that I can focus on slowing down and remembering the most important elements in painting.  A good way to refresh your mind is to reread any workshop information you have.  Most instructors give handouts with information detailing what they think is important. I miss going to  workshops and having workshops at my studio.  Hopefully 2021 will ease up on us a little.  I am not sad to say good bye to 2020. I am, however, thankful for so many good things in my life including you!
























 

Friday, December 18, 2020

a dog's life


 I decided to paint my dogs most common pose.  She perches on the end of the couch with her paws right next to her face and watches all.  Now and then she will actually pick up her head to see something.   Somehow she knows the deer that frequent the woods behind our house are out there before she can see them. My husband was the one who wanted a dog so that he would have a companion while he was working outside.  She will go with him for a few minutes but she is much happier inside.   She is pretty much a mama's girl.


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Molly


 Molly is a little camera shy so her family had to work hard to get a picture of her. I think it was worth their effort.  Reminds me of how I used to bribe my three sons to cooperate for a Christmas picture.  I would take fifty to get a good one of all three.  It was always worth it.  

Molly is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

lily


 Hello! I have been terrible about posting paintings to my blog.  I have been putting things on my instagram page because that is a little less time consuming.  I plan to turn over a new leaf after I finish my Christmas commissions.  This pretty pooch belongs to a friend of mine and is a gift to self. She is painted on an 8 x 10".

The pandemic has kept me from doing shows but I have painted a lot since last March.  I am grateful to so many who have supported me through commissioning me or buying existing paintings.  I can not imagine the hardship some artists are going through.  All types of artists.  

Hoping this next year will bring lots of good things to our world.  2020 will never be forgotten.  


Sunday, October 25, 2020

simple love


 I have enjoyed using my palette knife to work on staying looser. It is so satisfying when you lay down a stroke and it is even more interesting than what you hoped for.  I would definitely recommend  using a palette knife if you are trying to loosen up.  I love my rosemary brushes and will always use them but loving the knife as a tool and change up.  I particularly like the Italian brand RGM that is widely available at art stores. Play with something new this week.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

psssh

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 A little late afternoon exercise.  I finished two commissions today!  Woot, woot!  This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

on second thought


 I love painting something very loose before and in between painting commissioned pieces.  I enjoy the freedom to be as loose as I like.  Hard to do on commissioned pieces.  I did this 6 x 6" piece almost exclusively with a small palette knife.  So fun!sold

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

in a tizzy

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 I played around with oil sticks to start this rooster.  It is a good stress relief to paint a rooster because I can be a little looser and energetic with my brushwork. I have been blessed to paint many commissions but I have to be more careful and tight with my brushwork. ( I am pretty sure people want their dogs, children, etc to look like the image they send me. ) So....painting something loose and wild is a good thing for me to do between commissions.  

I feel like we are all in a bit of a tizzy these days.  Praying and hoping for better days to come.  Stay safe!


This is painted with oils on a 15 x 30" canvas.

Monday, October 5, 2020

parydoxx


 Parydoxx has belonged to a client for seventeen of his twenty two years.  It was an honor for me to paint him. This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.  I hope it will bring lots of happiness to Parydoxx's family.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

I six

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 My youngest son, Dillon, used to tell people he was six when he was only two. This little lamb looks like it is stretching out to be as tall and old as possible.  Do you remember when we would wish to be older?  I do wish to be older but not like when I was nine and could not wait to be ten.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Carry on

 I painted this with palette knives only. A good way to paint looser if that is your goal. The color red is so special. I do not use a lot of red but I really love it. Especially against its compliment color green. This is painted on a 6 x 6” canvas.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Lttle one

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Felt like painting something innocent and cute. We could all use a big dose of happy. This is painted on a 6 x 8” canvas. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

fragile


 I have always been a little like a bull in a china shop.  I am pretty good at breaking, dropping, knocking things over, etc.  I think a lot of it is because I am not very patient.  I am patient with people but not with tasks.  A high school boyfriend once gave me a plastic corsage before a dance because of my history of ruining the delicate real ones. I remember knocking over my water glass six times during one meal with his family.  I hate to say that I never grew out of clumsiness. 

This is painted on a 12 x 12" linen canvas.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Blaze

 

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I am getting over my intimidation of painting horses.  I just have to fight through the painting and look for the correct shapes, etc.  This is painted on an 8 x 16" canvas.  

I hope you all have a good week!  

Saturday, September 19, 2020

fiesta

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 Some days I feel like going more colorful and loose.  This rooster gave me the freedom to push the colors and textures.  This was almost exclusively painted with my palette knife.  Using a palette knife is great way to help loosen up and load on thick, juicy paint. It was a bit like frosting a cake because if I did not put enough paint on my knife, it would scrape away the layer beneath. This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas.