Monday, August 30, 2021

blue days


 My heart has been very heavy these past few days over the deaths and crisis in Afghanistan. Praying and painting my way through the days.  So many to pray for all around our country and world.  

Managed to paint something bright and cheery on a 24 x 24" canvas.  

I have a lot of shows coming up so I have been painting away.  The schedule is as follows: 

Monte Sano art Show  Huntsville, AL Sept 18 and 19

St James Court Art Festival   Louisville, KY Oct 1-3

Art Festival of Carrollton. Carrollton, GA Oct 9 and 10

River Arts Fest  Memphis, TN  Oct 23 and 24

Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival  Pensacola, FL. Nov 5-7

Three Rivers Art Festival  Covington, LA Nov 13 and 14

Studio Open House.  Birmingham, AL  Nov. 18 

Monday, August 16, 2021

a little less conversation


 Back to painting one of my favorite things.  I love using saturated colors when painting roosters and just loading on the thick paint.  Very satisfying.  This is painted on an 8 x 16 " deep canvas. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Kit and caboodle

 I am always trying to think of something new and fresh for still life set ups. The items here are the whole kit and caboodle for making a popular drink called ranch water. Doesn’t that sound good? Horses and cows traipsing through the water on the ranch.  Don’t think I would want to drink that. This ranch water drink is a mixture of tequila, lime and mineral water. 

This is painted on a 30 x 30” canvas.

Monday, July 19, 2021

tennessee whiskey

 The title for this 30 x 40" painting was inspired by a Chris Stapleton song.  He has such a beautiful talent and seems like a pretty good guy. 

This piece was painted over an unsuccessful abstract.  Leaving some of it shining through helped to make this painting successful.  Making lemon aid out of lemons. 

Thursday, July 8, 2021



 Trying to get back to some basics after painting a few things that I was not happy with.  My mood has been a little glum because of foot surgery recovery and not being in my normal routine.  Boo hoo!  I am over feeling sorry for myself.  Focusing on what I can do now and not what I can't!!

I am happy with the way this turned out.  Some of my very favorite colors in this 16 x 20" piece.  

Friday, July 2, 2021


 Hello!  I am trying to get back to the easel some while recovering from foot surgery.  I have been putting it off because I dreaded all the time I would have to lay around and stay off of it.  It has only been ten days but I am so ready to get back to my regular painting and exercise routine.  Trying to be a patient patient.  

I worked on this horse little bits at a time.  I am happy with the outcome of this 16 x 20".  I want to try it on a large canvas soon.

Happy 4th of July!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021



I can not believe I have not posted since March. I said I was going to be better in the new year.  Hmmm... 

I had some successful shows this Spring despite the weather.  At my shows in Huntsville, AL and Nashville, TN several artists lost their tents and work to straight line winds.  The outdoor show life is not an easy one.  

I have been finished with shows for a couple of weeks and have mostly been working on commissions.  I needed a little time away to focus on skill.  Boy, was I on the struggle bus today.  My goal is to simplify and beautify objects.  This painting did not flow off the brush and there were some ugly words said.  I am happy with the way it turned out but it was a struggle.  Need to keep on keeping on!  

This painting is a 12 x 24".

Thursday, March 4, 2021

sunny skies

The sun was shining beautifully on a hydrangea I had on my catch all/drying table.  I worked fast to capture the sunlight illuminating it.  The time constraint helped me keep it a bit looser. I need to do timed pieces more often.  This is painted on an 8 x 16" canvas.

I have a few shows scheduled this Spring! yay!  

March 27 and 28  Old Town art Festival St Augustine, FL

April 23- 25  Panoply in Huntsville, AL 

May 1 and 2  Ridgeland Art Festival , Jackson, MS

May 7-9  TACA in Nashville, TN 


Thursday, February 25, 2021


 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



 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



 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


 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


 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


 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


 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 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


 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



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