Monday, March 30, 2015

sweet emotion

 I decided to fit in one more longhorn painting. Working with the horns can make for some interesting composition. The painting is a little washed out in both of these pictures. I am lucky it is still worth photographing because I dropped it into the rosemary bushes twice. I will never learn. Always in a hurry.  This is painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

hypnotic hereford

You're getting very sleepy...... might be if you don't like cow paintings.  I do not seem to be able to get enough of them.  They always make me happy.  I have so many more images that I have taken or friends have sent me that have not made it to a canvas yet.  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.  I think herefords are my favorite because I love their scruffiness and coloring.  So fun to paint white shadows.sold

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This handsome lab belongs to  Matt and Sidney. Matt decided he wanted a painting of Dixie for his birthday. Dixie was his first baby and even though they now have a human baby he wanted a picture of his first for his office. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.  

Monday, March 23, 2015


This cutie belongs to a young friend of mine and is a rescue dog. Cooper stood out to her because he had freckles like she did. She is recently engaged and gave this painting to her fiance for a birthday surprise. This is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

happy trails

Something a little different.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

chip off the old block

I painted this picture a few months ago and never posted it.  I finally figured out a better way(for me anyway) to photograph large pieces.  I take my photos outside with the back of the painting is facing the sun.  If it is a small painting, you can put it in a box lid or something so that light does not get through. Learned this from Qiang Huang. To photograph the large piece, I tacked some dark felt to the back of the painting to take the place of the box.  Handling these big pieces is  hard. This is another 4 x 4 x 2".sold

  I put "puppy love" on my mantle so that I could live with it a while.  It helps me to see problems.  I decided to upgrade his horns and make it so that the end of his tail did not look like a lobster claw. Check him out on my previous post to see the changes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

puppy love

I was giddy the whole time I was painting this longhorn.  I usually start with the eyes when I am painting animals.  If you can capture the life in them it is smooth sailing after that.  He was staring at me with that hound dog look as I painted. This is a large 4 ' x 4' x 2" canvas.
I took this image when I visited Oregon last Fall.  The bluebonnets were added for a Texas slant.  I was juried into the Woodlands Waterway Show in Houston for my animals so that is what I will be exhibiting at the show.

Friday, March 13, 2015

in season

I painted one of my cows right into a field of bluebonnets. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas.  They will be in season when I head to Texas April 9th but I am not sure we will see many in the eastern part of Texas. If any Texans can tell me an hours drive or so from Houston where I might see some I will go out of my way.  This is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  sold

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Jack belongs to my cousin's daughter.  Does that make her my second cousin?   The painting was a birthday gift from her husband.  I love Jack's chocolate almond eyes.  Reminds me a lot of my Callies. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.  Kudos to Josh for giving such a thoughtful gift!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Murphy belongs to a young couple who just got married.  A friend commissioned me to paint it for their wedding gift. I know. I mostly got glasses and plates for my wedding presents. I hope Murphy is adjusting to life with a new man in his master's life.  This is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

to the barn

I have an attention deficit when it comes to painting.  My mind has been working over time these days thinking of things I want (or need) to paint.  I want to paint more egg set ups and I will but I have been wanting to paint this long horn for a while. I had to get it out of my system.  It is painted on a small ,6 x 12 x 2" canvas but I think it would be nice on a large canvas.  This longhorn lives in Springville, AL. This is about thirty minutes from where I live and I have taken pictures of them a couple of times. This image was taken by a fellow artist, Diane, and she was kind enough to share it with  me.  I tried to keep this one loose and just focus on the shapes.sold

Monday, March 9, 2015

new eggs, old spoon

My sister brought me some fresh eggs yesterday.  I have never painted eggs before so I thought it would be fun.  It was.  More to come!  This one is painted on an 11 x 14" linen panel.

Friday, March 6, 2015

home on the green

Painted on a 24 x 24 x 2" canvas.sold

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

hey jude

I am headed to a show in Houston, Texas in a month so I have decided to paint a few Texas sized paintings.  This one is painted on a 2' x 6' canvas.  The top photo is a closer view of the face.  I am not skilled in photographing large works so I decided to show three views.
 The show is the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival and the dates are April 10, 11 and 12th.  Road trip!
Oh yeah, "hey Jude" was playing as I finished this piece.  Great song!