Saturday, August 4, 2012



I came across this little guy on a morning walk in San Diego. There is a certain freedom in painting dogs instead of humans. I think it's that unconditional love thing and they don't really care if you got a likeness or not.



Saturday, July 14, 2012



Gracie is a Maltipoo who lives in Austin Tx. with her mom, Dana. She is shown here waiting patiently for her first haircut.

Thursday, July 5, 2012



A painting of our granddaughter which started out easy and quickly took a turn for the worse. I don't remember how many times I wiped and scraped the background. I was trying to put a garden setting in the background but it overpowered the figure. I finally decided the canvas was too large and cut 3.5 inches off the end. We both love to watch Winnie The Pooh so that is where the red balloon comes in.

Thursday, June 28, 2012



It has been a long time since I have posted but trust me, I have been busy. I would love to say that I have been traveling to far off countries but only in my head. Two years ago we had to take a very large sycamore tree out of the back garden. As a result, my shade garden turned into a sunnier space and most of my shade plants died in last summer's awful heat. I have been replacing them with more
drought tolerant plants and Knock Out Roses. I have never been able to grow roses before because of the shade so I'm pretty excited about having some roses to paint. Stay tuned.

The above painting of peonies was painted in a friend's peony garden last month. It was a gorgeous May day and just a pleasure to be outside painting.

Friday, May 4, 2012


This small painting is currently hanging at The Art Vault Gallery in Troy, OH. The Gallery will be having a Grand Opening Sat. May 19 from 6-8p.m.

Monday, April 23, 2012



Just an apple, I know. And not a very good photo either but this was just a practice piece. I have been watching a few painting videos lately and was inspired to scrape this painting down several times and start over. Sometimes painting for no other reason than playing is good for us and I intend to do more of it in the future.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


This is a section of a larger painting that is at Renaissance Fine Art Gallery . The gallery is located in Carmel, Indiana. If you happen to be in the area, stop in and look at all the nice work in the gallery.

I want to announce a gallery opportunity for artists living in my area. Patty Rose is in the process of opening a gallery in Troy, OH. The Art Vault Gallery will be located at 2 East Main St. in Troy. Patty is having an Open House on April 5, from 6-8p.m. Stop in to see the space and hear about her plans for the gallery.

Sunday, March 11, 2012



This little girl was having a great time playing at the beach on Hilton Head Island.

The painting I posted a few weeks ago by my ten year old nephew won First Place and Best of Show at a local art contest. He now has more art supplies to work with. Congratulations Ian.

Monday, February 27, 2012



This is a little girl at the beach on Hilton Head Island. She was out with her family for a fun day of kite flying and running on the beach. What a nice break from painting  still lifes. Still lifes can be very time consuming with the set up, removing and replacing items. With a photo I feel like I have more freedom. I start the painting from a photo but once the drawing is correct, I usually don't look at the photo very often. It's a nice change from all that scrutiny that I give to a still life.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Emerging Artist and New Website

Lily by Ian Blackburn

My ten year old great nephew came to my studio Sat. to do a painting for an art contest and this is the finished product. He was not very pleased with it but I think it is great for a first oil painting. I think his taste is more photo-realism as opposed to impressionism. Last year he entered a landscape done with pastels and won 1st place in his age group and Best of Show. As you can imagine he felt very pressured to do something spectacular.

In teaching another person I always learn something myself. To keep things simpler for him I had him mix the most prominent colors in piles before he started the painting. It worked so well for Ian that I don't understand why I haven't used this method for myself.

My new website is up and running with the help of my friend Ryan Asher. Ryan has been so busy building websites for other people that he hasn't finished one for himself. But you can contact him at if you need some help with a website.

Monday, February 13, 2012


This is the start of a painting from a few days ago. You can see that I decided to move the vase down a little so it would not line up exactly with the plate. I am using gessobord that I have covered with black acrylic paint. Sometimes I use burnt sienna or just start on the white primer of the gessobord.

Here I have covered the canvas with oils in preparation of getting a bit more detailed and adding highlights.

8" X 10"
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Here is the finished painting after another coat of loose paint and some palette knife work on the tulip.

Friday, February 10, 2012


I think I have mentioned in the past that I love the work of Robert Henri so I decided to do a study of this portrait titled AN IRISH LAD, hoping to channel Robert. I don't think the channeling worked but I think I learned a few things.

I believe this painting was done over a rust colored ground. I used white canvas paper which is fine if you are painting a practice piece or planning to frame an oil under glass.

He was in love with the face in this one and gave very little attention anything else. The clothing seems to be an afterthought.

His brushwork is lush. This practice made me realize that I don't mix enough paint at a time. That isn't a problem with very small paintings but it is when you start painting larger. It is something I have struggled with for years. Too much remixing slows the process and is frustrating.

The other thing I learned is that it isn't easy to get in the head of another artist as much as we all try.

An Irish Lad by Robert Henri

This is a photo of the original that I got from the Internet but unfortunately the color is not very accurate. I worked from a book of Henri's paintings. His last name is pronounced Hen-rye. It was an assumed name adopted by him at seventeen. He was born in Cincinnati, OH. in1865 to a wealthy family that developed real estate. His real name was Robert Henry Cozad. The family later moved to Nebraska where his father developed the town of Cozad but there were many conflicts between the developers and the local ranchers. Robert's father shot and killed an unarmed man in a scuffle and as a result was indicted for murder. The family fled and all took assumed names out of fear. He was a cousin of the famous painter Mary Cassatt but couldn't tell anyone out of fear that his family would be found.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our granddaughter after a hard day of chalk painting with Mommy. Hayden is 2yrs 7months and an absolute delight.

Monday, January 16, 2012


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I have friends who belong to a local arts group that moved into a very spacious studio last year. My friend Diane decided to set up a large still life in the main room of their meeting site and she invited me to come and paint with her. The set up is just beautiful. I took small panels since I knew I would only be able to paint one day and this is the painting I did first. I will post the second one later in the week.

Monday, January 2, 2012


This is Lulu, the very beautiful long haired cat who lives with us. She is very sweet (she slaps our dog and bites our son Tony but they both deserve it) to my husband and me. She also causes us horrible allergy problems but hey, she's a cat. I encourage you to paint your pets.