Wednesday, December 31, 2014

jilly bean

I think this is the last Christmas commission I have to post.  Jilly Bean belongs to my cousin and her daughter commissioned me to paint her.  Jilly Bean was rescued from a puppy mill.  She had multiple litters of pups so her motherly instincts are strong.  She typically carries around a toy in her mouth.  We considered including one of her "baby" toys but decided just to focus on her sweet face.  She is living the life of Riley now.  This is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! sold 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


This is a commissioned piece that a friend did for her son's family.  I have the pleasure of seeing this family at my church.  You see the boy's hair coming first  because they have these great mops of thick hair.  I have a feeling this little princess is going to be well protected. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.sold

Monday, December 29, 2014


Gusty has some great ears.  This was a commissioned painting that I did before Christmas.   I love the soulful look in his eyes. It is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.
I am getting back to work today after taking several days off to spend with family.  I do not usually take this many days off from painting but it was worth it.   I have a couple of commissions to do and then will be painting for upcoming shows in Tennessee and Texas. sold 

Friday, December 26, 2014


Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  I am still enjoying mine with extended family.
This beautiful dog belongs to one of my son's friends.  His wife commissioned  and surprised her husband with it for Christmas.  Funny how dogs often look like their owners.  One of my sons thought June looked a lot like her owner Thomas.  Both have pretty blue eyes.  This is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.sold

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Sandy is the pup of a young couple who moved from moderate temperatured Birmingham, AL to pretty frigid  Rochester, MN.  Her human Mom is a physician at Mayo and her human Dad is a dentist in Rochester.  The move was quite an adjustment for them all. They happen to be two of my Dad's favorite students when he was teaching at Birmingham Southern College. Ron Alyn surprised his wife Lisa with this painting for Christmas.  It is painted on an 8 x 16 x 2" canvas.sold 

Friday, December 19, 2014

robbie's babies

These two brittany spaniels belong to my sister in law.  This was a belated 60th birthday present from her family.  They are painted on 8 x 8 x 2" canvases.
I am excited to be finished with commissions that needed to be done before Christmas.  I have lots of fun things to post after the 25th.  A good feeling!  Nice to have time to focus on the Reason for the season!sold

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

blues and greens

Great title, hmmmm?  Lots of deep thinking went into it.  No time for that today.  This is painted on an 8 x 10" linen panel.sold

I had to laugh when I was looking at the pictures of the painting. Our Callie nosed into one of them. She was not sure about the edges of the apples.   I decided to include a a picture of her so you could see the rest of her.  She is an almost 6 month old golden doodle.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

high stepper

It was fun painting a white rooster because I have not painted a lot of them.  I tried to keep the palette a little softer.  This is painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" canvas.  Tomorrow when I am painting at the Mt Brook Art Association show at Brookwood Mall I am planning on painting a colorful rooster on a large, elongated canvas.  Come by if you can.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

horning in

I don't really think this long horn minded me horning in and taking his picture. ( I get cheesier by the day.) They were pretty friendly and some came up to the fence.  We do not see many long horns around our area but I found a pasture of them in Eclectic, AL.  Isn't that a a great name for a town?   I am doing the Woodlands Waterway  art show in Houston, TX in early April so I thought it would be fun and appropriate to paint some scenes Texans might see.  This is painted on a 24 x 36" canvas.

I am still busy painting commissions and have lots of fun ones to show you after Christmas.  I will be at the Mt Brook art association holiday art show tomorrow.  I will be painting off and on from 11-8 .  The show is located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  There are 80 artists exhibiting work until Dec 18th.  Folks are manning the show during mall hours so you have plenty of opportunity to go by if you are in the area.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

she loves me.....

Hello again.  I have not been able to post most of my recent paintings because they are Christmas surprises.  I have been staying very busy painting a variety of subjects and will post them after they are gifted.  This beautiful little girl is also going to be a gift but grand mom does not think the receiver will see it.  She sent me several photos but we both loved this sweet pose.  She looks so innocent.  When I told her grand mom what I was going to title it she said that since she is in her two year old stage that the little one might choose, "she loves me not".  I am guessing she is hearing, "no" a lot.  This is painted on a 12 x 1 2" canvas.

I would like to announce that I am participating in the Mt Brook Art Association's holiday show for the next two weeks.  Work is displayed in the old Gus Mayer store, located on the lower level of Brookwood Mall.  There is lots of great work that you might want to buy yourself for Christmas.  There are 80 artists participating.  I will be there next Thursday, from 11-8 , painting and visiting.  Come by and say hello.  Bring your wallet and peanuts for the artist.  The hours for the next two weeks are mall hours.