Saturday, December 30, 2017

on the other hand

I hope this funny face puts a smile on your face. It is painted on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas.sold

Friday, December 29, 2017

when the morning sun starts shining

Listening to Randy Travis as I was posting this.  He is one of the best!  This is painted on an 18 x 24 x 2" canvas.  The picture is a bit grainy. sold

Thursday, December 28, 2017

what was I thinkin

I am excited to paint a lot of new things.  I painted this over a half finished, never going to be happy with, painting.  I don't paint a lot of horses even though I think they are beautiful animals. I am a bit intimidated by that.   This is painted on a 30 x 30 x 2".

My husband loves to watch the old cowboy shows like "Bonanza", "The Big Valley", etc...  I like them too.  I was thinking the other day how so many actors had to know how to ride and also what a big job it was to care for all of the horses on set.  You never know where my mind might wander?  :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

while shepards kept their watch

Painted on a 20 x 20 x 2" while my family watches football on Christmas afternoon.  Augh!  Going to go make them play with me now.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

been wandering

I was having one of those " I forgot how to paint days".  So... I got out an old painting that I decided to paint over and went at it with a palette knife.  It was a good way for me to get out frustrations.  I like the textural effects this one has.  It is painted on an 18 x 18 x 2" canvas.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


 I struggled some on this piece but I think I worked out my issues.  It is painted on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas so I included a second photo to help see the scale.  I have been painting several large pieces lately.  Think I will paint some smalls for a change.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

softer side

This lady is all over the place.  Yep... I am.  A beach scene in very cold December.

I always want to get loose after painting commissions.  It is impossible for me to paint commissions as loosely as I would like to paint because it has to look like someone's somebody or some thing.  I have been painting over several older pieces. It is so invigorating painting with a palette knife. It is a great way to loosen your work up.  This piece is painted on an 11 x 14".

This is my favorite time of the year because I will be painting lots of new things for Spring shows.  Several ideas swimming around in my head.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

first snowfall

This is a very large piece for me.  3' x 5'. It took two easels placed together.  The jury is out as to whether I am finished.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

solemn stillness

I have enjoyed painting over a few paintings lately.  I love how some of the original colors of the piece can compliment the new painting. And...the palette knife is so freeing. This is painted on an 8 x 10 x 2" canvas.

Monday, December 11, 2017

He knows my name

This felt good.  I needed to let loose after doing commissions. Painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

the nearness of you

Snow day in Alabama! Decided to take a vacation from commissions today and paint something that makes me as happy as snow.  This is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" canvas.

The view out of my studio window.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

from whom all blessings flow

A potential painting for a friend.  She has three baby grand daughters.  This is painted on a 24 x 36 x 2" canvas.  I needed to paint something very loose today after working on commissions of folk's pets and various things for the last couple of weeks.  I have a couple more pets to finish and then I am looking forward to painting lots of what ever.  Painting this piece was cathartic. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

the clearing

I took a little break from painting commissions to paint a commission.  What?

This was my first attempt at a large landscape.  A friend really liked my painting "beautiful journey" so I tried to keep the same feeling on a 40 x 40 x 2" canvas.  A totally different ball game but I am happy with it.  A lot of adding and subtracting.  That is when it gets hard because my goal is to keep it underworked and fresh.  Now... on to painting more commissions of a smaller size.