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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pretty in Pink

16 x 20
oil on canvas
   Family love is captured on a screened porch between two beauties in pink.  This is my wonderful neighbor and her little great granddaughter at the reception following a family wedding.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shadow Dance

16 x 20
oil on canvas
A little girl plays in the surf at Malibu. While she was splashing in the puddles and making shadows in the sand, my nephew's wedding was taking place just to the left of her little playground.

 Jeremy and Alyssa

There were also people repelling down the rocks during the ceremony and others climbing down while we were getting pictures, as noticed in this shot. Lots of fun happenings there on the beach. Another fun fact about this particular location is, this is the site of the final shot in the original "Planet of the Apes" where Charlton Heston rides up and sees the torso of the Statue of Liberty washed up on the shore.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Garden Ornaments

20 x 16
oil on canvas
 A young woman poses on an ornamental bridge in a lovely Indiana flower garden as light filters through pink and green leaves.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


9 x 12
oil on canvas
It took me awhile to like sushi and I'm still a lightweight, inasmuch as I still haven't developed an appreciation for the more exotic selections on the menu, but what I do like, I LOVE! The last time I met my friend for lunch at a favorite local restaurant, the staff was gracious enough to let me take their photo. There is such atmosphere and color here!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Santa Monica Street Dance

12 x 12
oil on 1/2" cradled panel

On my first trip to California I learned what all the fuss is about. A weekday visit to Santa Monica treated us to a Chinese celebration and street dance, apparently not uncommon to this spectacular city. The amazing, pervasive sunshine set up great shadows on these dancers.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Up the Creek

18 x 14
oil on canvas
I was crossing over a little bridge on a woodsy road and had to stop the car and take the photo I used for this painting.  The foreground was in shadow from the thick woods while the background was glittering with morning sun. The reflected blue sky was just this pretty. I painted it pretty loosely, that is loosely for me.

Monday, July 20, 2015


6 x 6
oil on panel
Our good friend Rob. An incredible musician and along with his wife Susie, is the other half of The Flying Suracis. He not only tears up the guitar and bass, he can grill killer brats, is effortlessly funny, and shares my deep, abiding love of Beatle music.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In the Shade Garden

12 x 14
oil on canvas

I so enjoyed this challenge of getting the dappled light and shade right in the skin tones on this painting.  The model took some time to catch up on her studies while she provided this classic pose.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

In the Golden Hour on Theme and Main

11 x 14
oil on canvas
Recently, we were taking a drive to check out the rivers in town which, thanks to the relentless rains this summer, have been very high for weeks. At this location along the St.Mary's river, the sun was just beginning to set and it was brilliantly flashing between the trees. We had to pull the car over to just appreciate the beauty of the moment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Barr Street Market

11 x 16
oil on board
It's so exciting to be back into the season of garden fresh vegetables and farmer's markets. We went out to one last weekend and it was enough to inspire me to finish this painting that I began last year. This is a popular local market, full of the colors and fragrances of summer.