Friday, February 26, 2016

blue steel

I wonder if there are any Ben Stiller fans out there who will get this title? This is painted on a 4 x 12 x 2" canvas.
Have a great weekend!sold

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


I cleaned up and out my studio for four or five hours yesterday.  I need another five hours to finish up.  It is amazing the things I can find when I take the time to straighten.  I found this little 5 x 7" panel in a basket.
One of the reasons I am cleaning is because I am teaching a workshop at my home studio March 18 and 19. One of the days the focus is going to be painting children.  The shot of this little girl has all the right things going for it. Angles!  Lots of angles leads to a more interesting and dynamic painting.  I learned or realized this after taking a workshop with one of my all time favorites...Nancy Franke.
Now...back to cleaning.  Who knows what else I might find?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

big C

This composition kind of made a big C.  My best friend in high school called me big C and I called her big D.  We still do.
I did this 12 x 24 x 2" yesterday as a warm up to painting last night at Artblink.  It was a fundraiser for the UAB cancer center that I described a couple of posts ago.  Eighteen artists painted works in 90 minutes. It was fun but a bit intense.  People are bidding big money on pieces that you hope turn out.  My piece was 18 x 36 x 2" and that was a lot of area to tackle in that amount of time.  It turned out well and made some nice money for the center.  I also sold another piece that 40% of the price went to the charity.
The completed piece. Me, painting on my knees to get to the bottom.  What ever works.

 Friends who bought another piece.

Friday, February 19, 2016


Is it crazy that I went to the beautiful beach in Watercolor, FL for only two full days and I woke up and painted a cow?  I think I walked first. One of my favorite things about going to the beach is taking pictures on the way down.  I got a few pictures of some sheep and lambs too.  They were a little scared of me.  But...not this group of cows.  This made me SO very happy.  I might be the cow whisperer.  
My first workshop is filled and I have one on the wait list.  I have space in the second one that is March 31 and April 1.  Email me at for more information.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

trial runner

I am participating in a fund raiser next Saturday night, the ArtBlink Gala.  Eighteen artists will create works in 90 minutes to be available in silent auctions to raise money for UAB"s Cancer Center's fund for Excellence.  Click on the link for more information.  I have decided to paint a still life similar to this one. Working out the kinks with a trial run will make me feel a little more comfortable while painting in front of Lots of people. I set it up from life in my studio and took a picture of it that I will work from Saturday night.  We will start with a blank canvas and create our pieces in a hour and a half.  Fun to watch, buy and support. This one is painted on a 12 x 24 x 2" canvas.  I am going to paint it on an 18 x 36" Saturday.

The winner of "candy striper" is Jo from Texas.  I promise to do more give aways in the future.  Thanks for taking the time to subscribe to my blog.

This morning I have one spot left in my March 18 and 19 workshop.  It is smart to get on a waiting list even if it is full.  Many times a signee will have a last minute  conflict come up.
I am planning on having the March 31 and April 1 workshop as well.  Contact me at for more information.sold

Sunday, February 14, 2016

my place

Happy Valentine's day!  This is painted on a 10 x 10 x 2" canvas.  Maybe I should have painted a rose in her mouth for the occasion?

I will announce the winner of "candy striper" in tomorrows blog post.

My March 18 and 19 workshop is filling fast.  I will definitely do another March 31 and April 1 if there is interest.  It should be a pretty time of year to get out and do something fun. Email me at if you would like information on the workshops.  

Saturday, February 13, 2016

candy striper

Happy Valentine's weekend!  I am going to give this painting away to one of my blog email subscribers at the end of the day tomorrow. Please note that if you subscribe to get my blog posts that you will need to verify that you would like to receive it.  Feedburner will send you a verification email soon after you initially sign up.  It might go to your junk mail so check that.  I have at least 100 subscribers who never verified , so it never got activated. can unsubscribe at any time.  Subscribe in the box at the top right of this page. This is painted on a 6 x 12 x 2" canvas.

Also....I am announcing a workshop at my home studio March 18 and 19.  Friday and Saturday from 9:30 until 4:00.  We will work on painting animals the first day and children the second.  I am considering a second weekend if there is demand. March 31 and April 1.  I can only accommodate nine students at a time so make a decision fast.  I have already filled three spots. I wish I was computer saavy enough to attach the workshop description to this blog post but I am not. Email me at and I will send you the attachment.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

mama said

Painted on a 20 x 40 x 2" canvas.  Sold

Sunday, February 7, 2016

fluffy fowl spat

I tried to look up what type of chickens these are but had no luck.  I took the picture at a feed store close to where my sister lives in north Alabama. They are white/buffish with a little black on their tail feathers. They were very fluffy.  These two look kind of like they had just had a little spat.  This is painted on a 20 x 30 x 2" canvas.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016


 I don't know a lot about sheep.  I know they mostly like to eat instead of look up at you and your  camera.  Most of my pictures are of them with their noses close to the grass.  I liked this backlit photo.
 This is a big piece.  It is painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas that I needed assistance to photograph.  Say cheese Dan.sold
Happy Super Bowl weekend!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

east winds blowing

 This is a tall piece.  18 x 48 x 2" Eastern winds were blowing in my painting but southern winds were blowing here in Alabama.  Blew my painting right off the easel after I photographed it.  I told you I will never learn.  Much too stubborn for that. The painting survived the fall.sold

Monday, February 1, 2016


 I really like the colors in this piece. I can't resist a hereford.  This is painted on a 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.
Upcoming show schedule is as follows:sold

ArtXtravaganza in Knoxville, TN  March 4-6.

Art in the Hills, Vestavia, AL April 9

Art in the Village, Mt Brook, AL April 16

Double Decker Art Festival, Oxford, MS, April 23

Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, TX, April 29-May 1

Harding Academy Art Show, Nashville, TN  May 6-8

Children's Harbor Art Show,  Lake Martin, AL May 27-28