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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thinking it Over

oil on canvas
I've known Lennon since she was a bump and I've wanted to paint her since she got here. This baby is just as photogenic as her beautiful mom, whom I've painted several times. She's at that fun, busy stage now where she's toddling and curious about everything. Here she's seems to be taking a break in her reading to contemplate something. I love how babies are all plump spheres, rosy, heart-shaped lips, and button noses.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Ladies Won!

I'm so happy to announce my painting "Waiting for the Show", won Best of Show at the Ventures in Creativity Juried Art Exhibit last weekend. The judge was the Ohio OPA artist, Carolyn Lewis. I liked this painting but winning this award was a complete surprise and I have to admit, pretty sweet.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Way Home

oil on canvas
A view of the last post from a few steps up the street. This is slightly bigger and obviously in a square format with a bit warmer colors. This canvas surface is also more "toothy" and absorbant, so it required a heavier hand and thicker paint. This, again, was captured in New Harmony at that golden hour of the evening. For an person like me with an small town, Indiana childhood, it evokes familiar, nostalgic memories of heading home after a day of playing outside in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day's End, New Harmony

14 x 11
oil on linen
This is another painting that came out of my trip to New Harmony, Indiana, during The First Brush of Spring. At the end of the first full day, while the expected rainstorms were still holding out, I walked around with my friends scouting for scenes to paint the next day. The sun was going down and casting those beautiful long shadows while I snapped photos and caught this moment. The rains indeed arrived that night, so this view had to wait until yesterday when I painted it in studio.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bring Me a Dream

11 x 14
oil on canvas panel
A friend modeled for this figurative piece that presented some nice challenges with foreshortening.
Figure drawing and portraiture have always been my preferred subjects, both as an artist and as an art lover, so this was a project I loved tackling.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Workshop With Time Horn

 Tim Horn is such an amazing artist and teacher. I was so lucky to be able to attend his workshop last year and jumped at the chance to go again when he came back to his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. In both classes, I not only learned valuable lessons in plein air painting, but was also fortunate to be in the company of very nice and fun loving workshop mates. Here we are all at the end of the third day, just before going our separate ways. Tim's work is captivating. Check out his website here -

Here are a couple of my paintings from the workshop. It was seriously HOT out, but we could hardly complain since the expected rain never materialized.
 "Ohio Barnyard"
10 x 8
oil on canvas board
"Old Homestead"
8 x 10
oil on canvas board

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pie Birds on a Hankie

6 x 6
oil on board
New Harmony is a tiny little town but has great shopping. There are only four restaurants and one of those closes after lunch, but there's a shop run by a dulcimer luthier and a collective of shops that include a stained glass place, kitchenware, antique stores, and the best clothing place I've found in a long time. During one of the rainy days, we shopped and I found these little gems.

Monday, May 22, 2017


6 x 6
oil on panel
A quick, loose little portrait of my niece Alyssa.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Before the Show

14 x 11
Oil on canvas
Another painting that came out of our time in New Harmony. I mentioned the weather wasn't optimal most of the time, but the day I took this photo was the exception. We arrived on a beautiful day in the afternoon shortly before a ceremony and exhibit at the Hoosier Gallery. People were gathering and greeting each other, waiting for the show to begin when I snapped this pic of these lovely ladies. They just had to be painted. I don't think I'm the only one who took advantage of these unwitting models.

Friday, May 19, 2017


24 x 12
oil on canvas
Last month a bunch of painter friends and I joined over 200 other artists in New Harmony, Indiana for an annual paint out called "The First Brush of Spring". There are several planned events and competitions, but the main draw is to paint scenes of the very charming town in the company of people who love plein air painting. It was great fun although the weather didn't cooperate. We had one full day when it didn't rain but it was cloudy and threatening to pour down most of our time there. I did manage one outdoor work, but the rest of my pieces came from photos. This one is of my traveling companion, bunk mate, and good pal Linda from a photo snapped during one of our wine breaks.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

To Better Days Ahead

20 x 20 
oil on canvas
A larger, more finished piece from the previous study. As usual, I kind of like the study better, but there just wasn't enough of it. I like the large format for such cheerful colors.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To Better Days Ahead - study

oil on canvas board

On a day of blizzards and nor'easters, I chose this moment from last summer to use for a painting exercise. The challenge was to do a "quick draw", allowing no longer than two hours from start to finish. I had a bit of time to spare, such was my motivation to project myself into this memory of warmer days. But spring is coming. Spring is always coming.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Prompting Spring

16 x 20
oil on linen panel
February was such a cruel teaser. We had temps close to 70 which led to outdoor activities and kayak trips. Our crocuses were in bloom and the daffodils and tulips were well on their way.  Now on the cusp of St.Patrick's day, there's a blizzard on the east coast and plenty of snow here. This painting began with full anticipation of spring, marrying my favored subject of portraiture with my lesser explored attempts with florals.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


10 x 10
oil on Ampersand gessoboard
Last year my beautiful friend Brooke came over for a photo session which resulted in several paintings, including this one, finished today. In this pose, there were two light sources, sunlight from a window on the right and a lamp on the left, leaving interesting highlights and shadows.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oblivious to Others

12 x 9 
oil on Centurion canvas board
Still in the Valentines mood, what better masterpiece expresses love than Klimt's "The Kiss"? I wish I could claim to be in Vienna to see the painting for myself, but not yet anyway, so this is a composite of my models and the painting.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Giclées now available

"Be Mine"
After several requests and just in time for Valentine's Day, limited edition giclées of "Be Mine" are now available. Printed on heavy watercolor paper and sized at 14x11 or 20x16. Alternate sizes can be printed on request.


Oil on canvas
24 x 24
 A loose, abstract-impressionistic rendering of a garden. I'm still getting back into the swing after a busy holiday and a season of trading flu bugs with my husband.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Letting the Day Unfold

18 x 18
oil on canvas
My friend and I took a few days to enjoy Chicago and had the great pleasure of staying at her daughter's beautiful North Central home. We were very near Lincoln Ave. in the Roscoe Village area and could walk to great restaurants, a Trader Joe's, wonderful shopping areas. And downtown was a quick Uber ride away. I caught this image while we were enjoying coffee on the porch and planning our day.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Studio View

14 x 11
pastel on board
Last week my friend Susie invited me to paint with her at her studio. The room has huge windows that overlook one of the three big rivers our city is known for. It is a lovely view although this particular day was very gray, almost devoid of color. The only real punctuation was the burnt sienna river. I opted to paint that day with pastels, a medium fairly foreign to me. I thought maybe it would be easier clean up and all together less messy since I was in someone else's space. Not. You pretty much need one for every color you want as opposed to mixing your colors in my preferred medium, oil, so they take up a ton of space and dust was everywhere, especially on me. But I liked working with them. Just looking at this painting make me realize it's January 12 and I am completely ready for spring.

Monday, January 9, 2017

figure drawing 2

5 x 7
colored pencil and ink on paper
Another drawing of the same model that was posted yesterday. This one came out of the 45 minute pose.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

figure drawing exercise

8 x 4
graphite and ink on paper
Our city is fortunate to have a community art gallery and center that offers two sessions a week with live models. Nothing is better for improving your eye and drawing skills than a short pose, usually lasting for 5 minutes. This is an example.