Monday, January 21, 2019

no place I would rather be

It always feels good to be back in the studio after a few days away. This is painted on a 16 x 20 x 2" linen canvas.

Email me at for information about my upcoming workshop March 8 and 9.  I love to teach but do not get around to it very often.  The workshop will be held at Lazenby Studio in Bluff Park, AL. (Birmingham) A great space for being creative.  We could always do a field trip to my studio after the workshop for any interested.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

the heart of me

I am still searching on the canvas.  This is a large 36 x 48 x 2" canvas.   I am on a little horse jag right now. I used to be a bit intimidated about capturing their beauty.  Guess I am facing that fear. 

I would like to announce that I am planning a two day workshop here in Birmingham March 8 and 9.  I typically have them at my home studio but friends have offered their new gallery/studio space that is much bigger.  It is a wonderful space with lots of room to be creative.  We will be working on painting animals and still life with expressive brushwork, color and light.  Email me at for more information.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

running to what I can't see

Enough of the sheep already.  No, but this and next month are a great time of exploration for me.  I used acrylic to do a textured undercoating on this 18 x 24" canvas a couple of months ago.  I rarely use acrylic and knew I was going to use oil on the top layer. I liked the vibrancy and texture and color in the underpainting and felt like it needed something powerful to go along with that.  My work may seem a little disjointed now but I am determined to keep experimenting.
I was listening to Lauren Daigel's song "inevitable" when this title reached out to me.  She is the best!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

camera shy

This 12 x 24 x 2" lamb did not want to be photographed.  I use my i phone to photograph my work and it usually does a fair job.  Elongated canvases are the hardest.  I do not understand why and I don't really care to take the time to figure it out.  There is also a terrible glare in the picture. Some days! I probably took 25 or so pictures of this painting and never got it right.

Monday, January 7, 2019

snow day

Feels strange painting a snowy scene the last couple of days when we actually have beautiful weather outside. It is not so hard when we have our typical gloomy, cold winter days.  I am working on a body of work with this theme and color palette.  Very different from my colorful work. Not abandoning anything just changing it up for a bit. This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.

Friday, January 4, 2019

new beginning

 I have been anxious about getting back to painting the last few days.  My last month of painting was occupied by commissions. A different kind of painting for me because it has to resemble something.  I am so happy that folks want me to paint their "loved things" but I sure do miss the freedom to mess up while I am doing them.
I am pleased with the way this painting turned out.  I could keep it as loose as I liked.  It is painted on a 30 x 40 x 2" linen canvas. 
My next show is The Art Event at Lispcomb Academy February 8-10 in Nashville.  I have not been to Nashville in a while and am really looking forward to it.