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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Plein Air adventures

9 x 12
oil on canvas
Plein air is still unconquered territory for me. Last week I went out with friends to paint and couldn't even remember how to set up my french easel. Right after the long and awkward period of setting up, spreading out my copious equipment, and settling in to paint, the bugs descended and I discovered the one thing I didn't pack was bug spray. Additionally, in spite of being a dog lover, the dog that lived on this property didn't love me back. She didn't think I should be there and made her point painfully clear. 

On the upside, it was a beautiful morning with comfortable temperatures, and I found this lovely tree grove dappled with sun and shadows. We were only there for a couple of hours but enough time for me to get down the composition and values and enough information to finish this up at home. I think I'll try it again, someday.

Monday, July 14, 2014


18 x 16
oil on canvas
Sunflowers and daisies grow wild all around our vegetable and herb garden. My husband can't bear to pull up a flower, no matter where it may sprout, so blossoms are bountiful around here. These were so beautiful, back lit by sunshine and against the blue sky, how could I not try to paint them. I loved how it turned out.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Exhibit!

I'm so excited to be a part of this beautiful gallery and one of the artists in their summer exhibit. If you're ever in Ft.Wayne, Indiana, make an effort to visit the beautiful Castle Gallery. It's in the historic West Central district of town and the Castle is clearly the most magnificent home in the neighborhood. Click here to visit their website.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Along the San Antonio Riverwalk

24 x 36
oil on canvas

This was captured in December where in Texas, it still appears to be barely Autumn. The beautiful Riverwalk of San Antonio is built approximately one story below the actual city and winds along the San Antonio River. It's classified as a city part but offers cafes and fine dining, galleries, hotels and shops. It's a must see. I loved this view with the rich colors reflected in the water.

Monday, June 23, 2014


8 x 8
oil on panel

A portrait of a family member with a deeply tender heart and great, interesting features including those light blue eyes, pink skin, and still a trace of his once red hair.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Congress Avenue Bridge

oil on canvas
24 x 30

I think I need a new camera or else a new computer. No matter what device I used to photograph this painting, it just didn't translate the image optimally. I am happy with how the painting turned out. It was a vehicle to accomplish two things I wanted to do, to paint water and to paint big with a big brush! I like how painting big is very physical. I really get my shoulders into it and oddly, my legs. I had a little dance step at times that went, stroke, back step, stroke, back step, stroke... 

This is of the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. Also known as "the bat bridge", named for the gazillion bats that live under it by day and come pouring out and up each evening, en masse, to eat little Texan bugs. It's reason enough to have big nightly parties with the hundreds of people that come out to enjoy the show, seriously, every night throughout the summer. In this view, we were sitting along the river's edge in the shadows of the trees and the sun was setting behind us casting that gorgeous peachy cast on the skyline beyond the bridge. I didn't include the throngs of people that crowded along the railing of the bridge, nor the parade of kayaks, row boats, paddle boats, swan boats, tour boats, and other flotilla that added to the festive atmosphere. Just one of the many, many charms of Austin.

For purchase, please contact The Castle Gallery

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simply Sunny

12 x 16
oil on Ampersand panel

When it's nice out, we like to take drives into the nearby countryside and enjoy the fresh air and sparse traffic. We live near a community with a large Amish population, so you just have to relax and take your time if you're sharing the road with folks in their buggies.  This was from one of those trips with the late afternoon sun creating beautiful shadows on a road near our home.

For purchase, please contact The Castle Gallery

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irishman

5 x 5 
oil on panel
This is our favorite Irishman, our very dear friend Pat, caught with an impish expression. I painted this quickly with thick paint as part of the Daily Paintworks color challenge. I was trying to concentrate on values and use expressive colors, but without realizing it, I managed to convert the colors back toward realistic flesh tones. It was fun and pretty liberating although the painting wasn't as expressive as I was shooting for.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Detail 3, Paul

oil on canvas

The most recent addition to my large painting celebrating friends and family within our musical community. This is Paul, who I've mentioned is an amazing banjo, guitar, and dobro player, and master woodworker/carpenter and is married to Mona! Mona has been a frequent subject and was the first "detail" completed for this project.

Here's a video of Paul performing a tune he wrote. Go to You Tube for more! If you're viewing this from your phone, click on this link to see the video.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Detail 2

oil on canvas

Number two portrait completed as part of the large painting of musical friends and family, although the background is just loosely painted in. I expect it will change as I add more people into the the background. This is our lovely Priscilla.