Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas
Acrylics on 6 x 6 inches claybord

I pray everyone can find happiness in some way, shape or form this holiday season. Look for it. There may be a light directing you to it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kookaburra Sitting in Old Gum Tree


Kookaburra Sits in Old Gum Tree
Acrylics on stretched canvas 9x12 inches

This is for my production friend, Amanda. She is moving to Australia (lucky girl!) and wanted this done for her new home. Will miss you, sweet girl.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cool Weather Pansy


Cool Weather Pansy
Painted with acrylics on 6x6x2 inches stretched canvas

This painting was gifted to Sheila Murphy. I've lost count how many of my paintings she owns. Sweet lady.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yellow on the Greenway


Yellow on the Greenway
7x7 inches mixed media on 140 lb. watercolor paper

I love to walk the many greenways in Charlotte. This time of year, there are these yellow flowers taking over the landscape. (Wish I was a botanist so I can tell you the name of the flowers.) A few purple ones appear also. It is perfection by the Great Creator.

Tiny Tim 4


Tiny Tim 4
Watercolor on 4x4 inches Aquabord

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tiny Tim


Tiny Tim
4x4 inches watercolor on Aquabord

I doubt I need to explain this one. Tiny Tim is my grandson and he is being held by his mother. I call it Tiny Tim because this work is very small. I painted with watercolors on Ampersand Art Aquabord. Love this surface. Why? Because watercolors is very hard and this board allows me to erase easily. Can't do that as well on paper. It is also cheaper than the Arches 300 lb paper I usually buy.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tired Squared


Tired Squared
Oil on 6x6 inches stretched canvas

This is my daughter, Alex, with her son, Timothy, at 2 months old. It is a tough introduction to parenthood. But, well worth it.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lit Up Rose


Lit Up Rose
Acrylics on 12x12 inch stretched canvas

This was painted from a photo I took from my backyard. The rose was so bright and I was able to get a shot of it with a contrasting dark background. This painting comes from the photo. My daughter commented the rose looked like a lantern. Hmmm... will look for a rose light on Amazon.

This painting was donated to a fundraiser for King David Dance Conservatory. Love donating my art for the arts.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Timothy's Floral


Timothy's Floral
Acrylics 5x7 inches on stretched canvas

I did the final touches on this painting while holding my adorable grandson, Timothy. I couldn't put him down. I held him with my left arm seated and grabbed my brush with my right hand and applied some very loose flowers. Holding him helped me abstract this floral. I like it. Thanks, Timothy, for your help!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

30 Minutes With A Rose


30 Minjutes with a Rose
First of Daily Exercises using Mixed Media

I am a meticulous painter who desperately needs to loosen up. One suggestion was to do timed paintings. 30 minutes is great with loose media like watercolors, pastel crayons and pencil/ink. I enjoyed it. I grabbed a rose from my garden and for future studies will choose whatever is close by and inspiring. Tomrrow? I might go mum.


Daylily of the Day
Acrylics on 6x6 inch stretched canvas

I just saw this in my garden and thought, "Why not?" Another day of temporary beauty immortalized... sort of.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Rose Study

Rose Study
6x6 inches on stretched canvas
Acrylics

Squash Blossoms


Squash Blossoms
6x10 inches on canvas panel
acrylics


Yep, growing some squash. I hear the blossoms make great frittatas. Will have to check it out. In the meantime, they make great painting subjects too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Flowers from Alex


Flowers from Alex
6"x6"x3/4" acrylics on stretched canvas

Nothing says I love you like flowers. I never tire of receiving them. I try to paint them as soon as possible before they wilt. Unlike live models, they do not need breaks and they do not need to be paid. 

Thank you, Alex. You are the best daughter in the world.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

In Memory of Peanut


Peanut
Acrylics on 12"x18" stretched canvas

This was painted for my sister who still mourns the loss of her sweet dog, Peanut. Peanut was very gentle and protective of sis and her partner and two daughters. She was huge in size and heart. I miss her too. It's not the same visiting my sister and not having Peanut nose my hand. I hope the painting helps to heal the loss and replace it with wonderful memories for you, Allyson. I love you, sis.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Maui Gecko


Maui Gecko
6"x6"x3/4" oil on stretched canvas

Met this guy outside a condo sunning on a leaf at Maui. I loved his bright coloring. Beautiful creature on a beautiful island. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Timothy's First Month


Timothy's First Month
Oil on 6"x6" stretched canvas

I will be painting a small 6x6 work of Timothy each month for his first year of life. These 12 works will be assembled and framed together to make one work. Can't wait to see dramatic changes each month. The first month shows him doing what he does most... sleep! Well, for a couple hours at a time. My poor daughter is exhausted with breastfeeding with little rest in between. I tell her what was told me, "Sleep when he sleeps."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home Again


Home Again
Acrylics on 6.5"x10" mixed-media paper

Went to my hometown, Charlottesville, with my sister, Allyson. We had to stop by our old homestead. We were shocked at its disrepair. Roof was torn up, walls were cracked and in the back was this old truck. I so wish I could buy and restore it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tree Challenge


Plein Air Buds Tree Challenge from Freedom Park
Mixed Media (watercolor and artist crayons) on paper 6"x6"

Artist, Carol Pighin, posted an usual tree on Facebook and challenged us Plein Air Buds to paint it. I so enjoyed it because I am presently stuck at home helping my daughter with her newborn son. The buds usually refrain from working with photos but since we are outdoors a lot, it works. We know what trees look like in real life. I will be back out painting again soon. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Day One" (Preliminary sketch)


"Day One"
Sketch done with ink, w/c and artist crayons on Mixed-Media Paper
6"x6"

This sketch was done from the first photo ever taken of my newborn grandson, Timothy. He was born just last week on March 29th. I plan on making a series of 6"x6" paintings of him, one per month, to compile into one large work (24"x24"). My idea of a baby quilt!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Talia


Talia
Acrylics on 12"x12" stretched canvas

Talia is the granddaughter of my friend, Deaidre. I will be a grandmother soon and Deaidre gave me some gender-neutral hand-me-downs from Talia. So many clothes! My grandson will be very stylish when he arrives thanks to Deaidre. Hope she likes my token of gratitude.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Napping Buddies


Napping Buddies
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

Ah... love painting dogs and children. This one combines the pleasure. This was painted from a photo posted on Facebook by my sister. Cannoli is the model for a lot of my dog paintings. Willow has been my subject several times too. Love this one of them together. Will do more of Willow and Hudson with Cannoli.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hawaiian Hibiscus


Hawaiian Hibiscus
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

I have fallen in love! With Hawaii! I should never have gone because I dream of it often. I so want to return... and stay. I could just sit and admire all the hibiscus and ginger flowers. So beautiful and peaceful there. Sigh.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Just Ducky


Just Ducky
7"x11" acrylics on gessoed paper

You can learn a lot from ducks. Look at him! So cool, calm and collected looking. But, if you look below the surface his little webbed feet are paddling like crazy. A great example of the saying, "Never let them see you sweat." 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Loving Brothers


Loving Brothers
Acrylics on 8"x6"x1 1/2" wood cradle

I painted this for a "Twitter" friend. We are doing a little barter. In exchange for this painting of her grandsons, she is knitting an outfit for my grandson who is due mid April. I so enjoyed doing this!

Below is what my friend knitted for my grandson. She is so talented!



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Creek Study


Creek Study
Acrylics on 5"x7" Gessoed Paper

Just a quick study done of a creek I happened on during a walk. Landscapes are my favorite subjects to paint. You can be loose and free with strokes and coloring.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Coffee with a Picked Tomato


Coffee with a Picked Tomato
Mixed Media on Arches 140 lb. paper

I painted this from a photo last summer. The coffee mug is one of my favorites from the Lark & Key Gallery. The tomato came from my tomato plant... a Better Boy, I think.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Statice Study


Statice Study
Watercolor on 5"x7" watercolor paper

This flower is the last remaining flower from a bouquet that had filled my vase. I tossed out flowers as they decayed but this flower is resilient and hardy. I decided to reward it with a sketch study and watercolor portrait. What a trooper!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Garden House


Garden House
 Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

Unfurnished, no heat or AC, no running water or toilets but what a lovely location. Saw this little fixer-upper at Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews, NC.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Strut Your Stuff


Strut Your Stuff
Acrylics on 8"x8" stretched canvas

Saw and photographed this bird at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida. So many birds at this beautiful park! But this fellow stood out. He was literally strutting his fluff!



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Deer I Met While on a Walk


Deer I Met While on a Walk
Acrylics on 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

I love deer. My weekend walks along a nature trail, is not complete until I see one. They are so graceful and gentle. I adore pictures of dads with their kids trying to feed these timid creatures. Once you get up close and personal with them, how can you kill them? Sorry, got political... art goes there often.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Painting 1/30


Loose Floral
Acrylics w/ acrylic skins 6"x6"x3/4" stretched canvas

I have signed up to do Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. What was I thinking! Well, they will be small and loose. Pray for me!