Friday, January 31, 2020


Gloomy days are good days to paint bright things.  I love orange and deep pink together.  This is painted on a 6 x 12" canvas.sold

Thursday, January 30, 2020

let it fly

This was a warm up painting I did before teaching my last workshop.  We were focusing on painting animals loosely so I was practicing what I was about to preach.  I was happy that I was able to portray his cocky personality with bold and minimal brushwork.  That comes from lots and lots of practice. I do not often get it right.  This one made me happy. It is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.

Monday, January 27, 2020


Today was a good day to paint something bright and up lifting.  It is a little gloomy here in Birmingham so I needed some brightness.  Deep pink is my favorite color. This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas. The color of the background is not very accurate.  It is a little warmer than this photo portrays.  Sold

Saturday, January 25, 2020


I am preparing to paint a 36 x 48” canvas that includes tulips so this was a nice warm up. White tulips symbolize forgiveness and worthiness. Google told me so it is true. This is painted on a 15 x 30” canvas.

Friday, January 24, 2020

since you said goodbye

One of my favorite things to paint.  Glad some others like it too. This is painted on a 16 x 20".  Hope you have a great weekend.  It is sunny here in Birmingham so that makes me happy!

I have a spot left in my February 7 and 8 workshop here in Birmingham if you are interested.  Email me at for more information.

Monday, January 20, 2020

tah dah

This little chick looks like he just finished his chicken dance and is taking a bow.  My imagination? :)
Trying to stay loose while painting and focus more on expression than exactness.  I painted this chick with one larger brush and stayed way back from my easel.  If you want to paint loosely you have to implement these practices. I painted this on a 6 x 6" canvas.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

I feel fine

This was the demo I did at my workshop last Friday.  We focused on painting simple still life pieces. I titled this painting after a James Taylor lyric. It is funny how it coincides with the short story I would like to tell.  Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning before the workshop participants arrived, I was doing a little practice / warm up painting.  I painted two scrapers.  ( I scrubbed them out) Not a good feeling when these folks were paying to come learn from me.  I was pretty shaken but felt that if I slowed down and listened to the the information I was sharing with them that I would be fine.  I was teaching to the teacher. It all worked out and I had a very talented group.  I am not able to show you how well they did because we had a rainy Saturday and did not go out and take photos.  Glad we got a group photo on Friday.
This piece is painted on an 11 x 14" canvas.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

warm up

I am teaching a workshop at my home studio this Friday and Saturday.  We paint from live set ups and talk about color, composition and brushwork.  I think still life is a great way to start your painting education.  I was doing a little practicing today.  This is painted on an 8 x 8" canvas.
This workshop is full but I have one opening in my February 7 and 8 class.  Email me at for more information.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

A cup of sunshine

Painted on an 8 x 10”.
I have a couple of spots that have  opened up in my workshop next Friday and Saturday. January 17 and 18. Email me at for more information. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Painting a rooster is good therapy for me. This is painted on a 12 x 12” canvas. Not that I need therapy. :)